Startup Growth Weekly #28

In this issue of the Startup Growth Weekly…Why “Growth?”, a Guide to Product Pricing and Highlights From the Google I/O 2016 Keynote.

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The Makers

  • Bench – Rapid fire meetings to get shit done
  • Notion – Increase your team intelligence
  • Snips – Add a layer of AI to your phone, manage all your information

A wearable breathalyzer won $200,000 in a biosensor competition

From The Accelerators
Techstars Boston Demo Day Preview: 14 Companies, 12 Video Interviews

Google confirms a new in-house startup incubator

How Much Does Pre-Seed Equity Really Cost?

Growth Tips, Tools and Services
App Blaster – Get to the top of the app store through influencers

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The Experiment Lab

Behind The Numbers

What 671 million push notifications say about how people spend their day by Andrew Chen

Beg, Borrow & Deal
Metadata raises $2M to help advertisers target users who resemble their existing sales leads. “They want to be the one place where [B2B businesses] can essentially have their demand generation machine on auto pilot.”

Teckst raises $2.5M to kill the phone call and let customers text with brands. “The company is seeing particular success with early adopter-type ecommerce or mobile-first businesses — like JackThreads, Memebox, or the on-demand parking service Luxe.”

Lucid Sight scores $3.5 million for VR game development and ad platform. “This capital will allow us to release high-quality and free ad-supported games across all VR platforms at a higher pace.”

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Activate & Onboard

Rinse & Repeat

Up and To The Right

Fuel To The Fire

Dedrone raises $10 million to detect aerial intruders. “The DroneTracker is already being used at stadiums, airports, data centers, high-end hotels and private homes, Lambrecth said”

Tink scores $10M for its virtual banking app. “Today we’re live in Sweden with 300,000 users on Tink 1.0 and are currently running beta tests in 10 additional European markets for international expansion later this year,” adds Kjellén.

Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive, easier to manage. “Tally solves problems that customers have managing multiple credit cards, incurring charges or fees, and not knowing which one to pay first,” Flynn said.

Afero raises $20.3 million to secure connected devices, whether WiFi is working or not. “We give them [personal property owners] a low-cost device that doesn’t rely on WiFi working in the home to be effective, that bridges water leak detectors in the home back to the cloud.”

Showpad closes $50M Series C to keep growing its SaaS sales productivity platform. “The company says it has been more than doubling revenue for the last four years, and now has more than 850 customers in multiple markets at this point.”


The Big Idea

Growth vs. Profitability and Venture Returns

Start-Ups Once Showered With Cash Now Have to Work for It

A Venture Fund With Plenty of Virtual Capital, but No Capitalist

At a Glance

Here are all the highlights from the Google I/O 2016 keynote

Uber Rolls Out It’s first Self-Driving Car

Trend Spotting

Register for CB Insight’s free livestream of The Future of FinTech Conference

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