VERSUS IO is a product comparison website that has raised $2.8 million in Series A funding from Earlybird, 500 Startups, Lars Dittrich, and Dario Suter. Dave McClure, the founder of 500 Startups, Dittrich, and Suter invested $100,000 into VERSUS IO in December 2012. Another investor in VERSUS IO is High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF).
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Based in San Francisco, ZOZI is a service that helps users find adventures by offering the ability to discover and book extraordinary experiences around the world. The services work with celebrity expert guides. ZOZI offers adventures like midnight kayaking, urban zip lining, white water rafting, and training with Olympic gold medalists. ZOZI launched when the founder and CEO traveled the world and found it difficult to find and book local activities. The company has announced that they have raised $10 million in growth capital and debt as part of a Series B1 round. ZOZI raised a total of $17.5 million thus far.
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Sightly is a local video platform that has raised $5.6 million in venture capital. Sightly is known for pioneering a way for consumers and local businesses to connect in engaging ways. Their video platform helps businesses get found and discovered by consumers. Bright Capital Digital led this round of funding. Foresight Ventures participated in this round and so did existing investors Floodgate, Tomorrow Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Mack Capital, and 500 Startups.
SpotHero is an online parking garage reservation startup that has raised $2.5 million in funding led by Battery Ventures, 500 Startups, Bullet Time, e.Ventures, OCA Ventures, New World Ventures, Lightbank, and Draper VC. SpotHero is spinning out of the Chicago startup accelerator program Excelerate Labs. SpotHero has a mobile app and website that lets drivers reserve the perfect parking spot while on the go. After opening the app, the service will show you nearby spots that are open in parking garages.
OneSpot is an advertising company that is planning to reinvent the display ad web banner industry. The company has raised $1.5 million from RSL Venture Partners, 500 Startups, Ralph Mack, Mike Maples Sr., and Josh Baer. Content on websites will be transformed into display ads that will be targeted towards specific consumers and help drive click-throughs.
TrueLens is a marketing startup that has raised $1.2 million and they have unveiled a core customer intelligence product called Socialgraphics. TrueLens co-founder and CEO Roy Rodenstein believes that the company is in a different bucket than other social marketing companies.
CapLinked is a startup company that helps manage business deals. CapLinked has raised $1.6 million in Series A funding. The company raised funding from companies like FF Angel, Siemer Ventures, 500 Startups, Peter Thiel, Andrej Henkler, and Alexsis de Raadt-St. James.
Chromatik is a digital music platform company that has recently launched a web and iPad applications to help users learn how to practice, record, and collaborate on music with friends. Chromatik raised $2 million in funding from pop artist Bruno Mars, Learn Capital, Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, Launchpad LA, MuckerLab and several other angel investors. Some of the angel investors that participated in this round are in the music industry like Jeff Ayeroff, Dr. Jennifer Snow, Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence, Stephano Kim, Brandon Creed, and Josh Levine.