FarmLogs Nabs $10m Series B From SV Angel, Sam Altman And Others

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Nearly 12 months ago, FarmLogs announced it raised a $4 million Series A. And today the company is back with a $10 million Series B to keep pushing farming into the digital age.

The additional funding came from existing investors Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, and Hyde Park Venture Partners. SV Angel and Sam Altman, Y Combinator’s president, also participated in the round, which brings FarmLogs’ total funding to $15 million.

Since launching and graduating from YC’s winter 2012 class, the Michigan-based company has seen tremendous growth, tripling its marketshare in the first six months of 2014. The additional funding will be used to further the company’s technology and hire the right people to scale the business....

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Dolly, the app to summon help to move heavy stuff, raises $1.7 million

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Dolly, a Seattle-based online moving and delivery platform that made Chicago its first market, raised $1.7 million in seed funding and launched a public mobile app, the company announced Thursday.

Dolly uses an app to connect people who want to move tough-to-carry items with people who have a truck, van or large SUV.

Co-founder and CEO Mike Howell says Dolly, which has been beta testing in Chicago for four months, gives people a way of moving things without the awkwardness of asking a friend, or the inconvenience of renting trucks or using a moving company...

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No more clueless meetings. Charlie is a virtual assistant that prepares briefing sheets on every meeting attendee

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We’ve all been there, rushing into a meeting with someone we’ve never met, barely sure of their name let alone their professional background or personal interests. It’s a tough place to start a new relationship, and totally avoidable with a little prep. But we’re all busy. If only we were like the President, or anyone even half as important, who has an assistant prepare dossiers on each participant before every meeting.

Prepare to feel like the President.

Charlie is a virtual assistant app launching today that will make meeting prep a breeze. By connecting the app to your Google Calendar, it can automatically determine who you’re meeting with and will send you both a daily email summary to start your day as well as a more detailed one-sheet on each meeting an hour beforehand...

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Flywheel Raises $1.2M For Its Designer-Centric WordPress Hosting Platform

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The open-source WordPress software runs a huge chunk of all of the sites on the Internet, so it’s no surprise that there’s also a massive ecosystem that has sprung up around the platform. These days, there’s a specialized WordPress service for virtually any niche you can think of.

Omaha-based Flywheel is one of those services. It focuses on designers, freelancers and creative agencies that need a managed WordPress platform to build and manage their clients’ sites. Today, the company announced that it has raised a $1.2 million funding round...


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Wearable tech startup Strap raises $1.25M

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Strap – an Over-the-Rhine-based software development firm and Brandery graduate – has raised more than $1 million in seed investments.

Venture development organization and startup investor CincyTech led the $1.25 million round of funding. Mercury Fund, Vine Street Ventures, Danmar Capital, Hyde Park Venture Partners, New Coast Ventures and angel investors including Cintrifuse chief executive Wendy Lea also invested in the firm...

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Rithmio Nabs The Cash Needed To Build A Gesture Recognition Platform

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Rithmio hopes to build and release the first gesture recognition platform that other companies can build into their products. Co-founded by Adam Tilton and Prashant Mehta PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the company just announced that it secured $650k in seed funding to make it happen.

The company previously demonstrated a user navigating a map using a wrist-based device. Yet the goal isn’t to build yet another wearable. The company envisions helping brands integrate its gesture recognition product into wearables and smartphones. Imagine a wearable for weightlifters that tracks and critiques their movement...

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