Embodied raises $22 mln of Series A capital

Embodied said it raised $22 million of Series A capital in a round led by Calibrate Ventures and joined by new investor JAZZ Venture Partners. Jason Schoettler from Calibrate and Andrew Firlik from JAZZ will join the board. A press release follows:   Embodied Raises $22 Million in Series A PASADENA, CA – June 19, 2018 – Embodied has raised $22 million in a Series A financing led by Calibrate Ventures with new major investor JAZZ Venture Partners. Existing investors include Osage University Partners, Intel Capital, Grishin Robotics and others. Joining the board of directors will be Jason Schoettler from Calibrate Ventures and Andrew Firlik from JAZZ Venture Partners. Embodied is developing an AI software platform and companion robots that revolutionize care and wellness for families and individuals. The company was co-founded by Paolo Pirjanian, former CTO of iRobot (Nasdaq IRBT) and Maja Matarić, chaired professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience,
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Stensul raises $7 mln Series A

New York City-based Stensul Inc, a technology company focused on email marketing, has closed $7 million in Series A funding. Javelin Venture Partners led the round with participation from Arthur Ventures, First Round Capital, Uncork Capital, Lowercase Capital and Scott McCorkle, former President of ExactTarget. Source: Press Release

Seal Software raises $30 mln from Toba Capital

Seal Software said it raised $30 million from existing investor Toba Capital. The company also announced a partnership with DocuSign. A press release follows:   Seal Software Unveils Global Partnership with DocuSign, Announces $30 Million in Growth Capital from Toba DocuSign and Seal Using Artificial Intelligence to Save Time and Money Discovering Agreements, Contracts and Other Legal Documents SAN FRANCISCO at DocuSign Momentum 2018—June 20, 2018—Seal Software, the leading provider of content discovery and analytics solutions, today unveiled a global partnership with DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU) in support of DocuSign’s broader System of Agreement strategy to automate and connect the entire process of how agreements are prepared, signed, enacted and managed. Concurrent with today’s announcement, Seal Software also disclosed that it has secured a $30 million investment from Toba Capital, the company’s principal existing investor, to support its next stage of growth. DocuSign’s cloud-based System of Agreement platform connects the leading e-signature
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Finless Foods raises $3.5 mln led by Draper Associates

Berkeley, California-based Finless Foods, which uses cellular biology to make lab-grown seafood, raised a $3.5 million funding round led by Draper Associates. Other investors in the round include Softmatter VC, Starlight, U-Start Club, Blue Horizon, Hemisphere Ventures, Babel Ventures, Yakumi Investment, Olive Tree Capital and Harrison Blue Ventures. The company, founded last year by biochemists Michael Selden and Bryan Wyrwas, previously raised early funding from the San Francisco accelerator IndieBio and Hatch, a Norwegian aquaculture accelerator. Finless has also received investment from Hi-Food, an Italian company founded by food scientists. Source: Company announcement

Veterinary fintech company Scratchpay raises Series A

Los Angeles-based Scratchpay Financial, which provides financial services for the veterinary care industry, announced it has raised $6.4 million in Series A funding. The Companion Fund, a pet care-focused fund launched this year by Mars Petcare, led the round. TTV Capital, Struck Capital and SWS Venture Capital also participated in the round. Scratchpay was founded in 2016 by John Keatley and Caleb Morse. Source: Company press release

Prifender snaps up $5 mln seed

Bellevue, Washington-based Prifender, a provider of identity-aware technology, has secured $5 million in seed funding. Firsttime VC led the round with participation from Shaked Ventures and iAngels. PRESS RELEASE Bellevue, WA and Tel Aviv, Israel, June 19th, 2018 – Prifender, a pioneer of identity-aware technology, today announced that it has raised $5M in a seed round led by Firstime VC, with participation from Shaked Ventures and iAngels. The funding will be used to fuel global expansion and accelerate platform development, leveraging both AI and traditional techniques to optimize functionality. Prifender is the first company to create a fully automated, enterprise-ready data privacy platform that discovers and maps personal information across all networks, delivering clear visibility and addressing one of the most significant challenges enterprises are facing today. Prifender’s platform offers self-service identity mapping with the ability to associate each identity with its relevant privacy obligations, enabling organizations to easily
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Estonian ID verification startup Veriff grabs $7.7 mln Series A

Veriff, an Estonian online identity verification startup, has secured $7.7 million in Series A funding. Mosaic Ventures led the round. PRESS RELEASE Tallinn, 19.06.18 – Online identity verification startup Veriff raises a $7.7M series A round. The company uses the investment to further develop its SaaS product and expand to the US market, while making the world’s most advanced ID verification available for SMEs. The $7,7M investment round led by Mosaic Ventures was joined by Taavet Hinrikus, Ashton Kutcher, Paul Buchheit, Elad Gil, Y-Combinator, SV Angel, ACE Ventures, LIFT99, Superangel and took place right after graduating Y Combinator’s W18 batch. Simon Levene of Mosaic Ventures and Taavet Hinrikus will both join the board of Veriff. In total, Veriff has raised $8.4M in investment from 25 institutional and private investors including the most successful startup founders in Estonia – now called Estonian Mafia and Andrew
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SharesPost pockets $15 mln Series C

SharesPost Inc, a liquidity provider for the private technology growth asset class, has raised $15 million in Series C funding. LUN Partners and Kenetic Capital led the round. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO – June 20, 2018 – SharesPost, Inc., a leading liquidity provider to the private technology growth asset class, today announced it has closed a $15 million Series C round led by LUN Partners and Kenetic Capital. The funding will be used to build out SharesPost’s Alternative Trading System (ATS) for private company shares and security tokens and to further expand its global reach into Asia. “Our strategy is to create a single, global marketplace for traditional and digital securities of private growth companies. Connecting U.S. and Asian investors and companies on our ATS is a key objective in realizing that vision,” said Greg Brogger, Founder and CEO of SharesPost. “With the relationships, capital and expertise
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SharesPost pockets $15 mln Series C

SharesPost Inc, a liquidity provider for the private technology growth asset class, has raised $15 million in Series C funding. LUN Partners and Kenetic Capital led the round. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO – June 20, 2018 – SharesPost, Inc., a leading liquidity provider to the private technology growth asset class, today announced it has closed a $15 million Series C round led by LUN Partners and Kenetic Capital. The funding will be used to build out SharesPost’s Alternative Trading System (ATS) for private company shares and security tokens and to further expand its global reach into Asia. “Our strategy is to create a single, global marketplace for traditional and digital securities of private growth companies. Connecting U.S. and Asian investors and companies on our ATS is a key objective in realizing that vision,” said Greg Brogger, Founder and CEO of SharesPost. “With the relationships, capital and expertise
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TrustToken fetches $20 mln

TrustToken, a stablecoin creator, has secured $20 million in funding, according to a blog post on its site. The investors included Andreessen Horowitz, BlockTower Capital, Danhua Capital, Jump Capital, ZhenFund, Distributed Global, Slow Ventures and GGV Capital.

Micro-learning app Blinkist attracts $18.8 mln Series C

Berlin-based Blinkist, a micro-learning app and platform, has raised $18.8 million in Series C funding. Insight Venture Partners led the round. PRESS RELEASE Berlin, 20 June 2018 – Blinkist, the micro-learning app and platform providing personal and professional development, today announces it has raised a Series C round of $18.8 million, led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Greycroft, IBB Bet and e.ventures, to expand its global operations. The company, which boasts an international network of over 6 million users, will use the funding to grow its Berlin-based team, establish Country Managers for individual markets, scale its international customer base, and continue to improve a product which is increasingly popular with time-poor, and information-hungry young professionals. Blinkist is currently available in English and German, but is planning to use the investment to strengthen its footprint across the globe and increase localised efforts in
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