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WHO’S GETTING FUNDED
First Round Capital participated in a $3 million round for New York City-based food delivery service Blue Apron’s U.S. expansion, TheNextWeb reported. It also participated in a $42 million series D round for New York City-based online lending company On Deck, VentureBeat reported.
Comcast Ventures participated in an $11 million round for Washington, D.C.-based Quad, TechCrunch reported. Quad aims to offer a more affordable track to private universities.
In its first major fundraising campaign in its 50-year history, the University City Science Center raised more than $1 million for Quorum, its “entrepreneurs’ clubhouse,” as we reported last week. Investors included Safeguard Scientifics, the University of Pennsylvania, NewSpring Capital and Quaker Partners.
WHO’S MAKING MOVES
University City’s Curalate just announced that it’s doing Instagram analytics for brands, alongside its original Pinterest analytics, AdWeek reported. CEO Apu Gupta told AdWeek that Curalate is the first platform to combine analytics for both social networks. Read our most recent update on the startup here.
The whole ElectNext team was together for the first time and the occasion occurred in Old City’s Indy Hall, as per this tweeted photo from developer Michael Toppa. The six-person team for the politics startup is split up between San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City.
Callowhill couponing app SnipSnap launched a new feature: recommended coupons, according to its blog.
Two former Viddler employees, along with two other cofounders, launched a startup called Plain that aims to develop simple tools that allow you to “focus on the task at hand,” according to a blog post on the startup’s site. Check out Plain’s first product, Barley, which its founders say is a super easy-to-use content management system. Plain is based in Carbondale, Pa., just outside of Scranton. The team is also opening up its space as a coworking spot, in an effort to jumpstart the local tech scene.
Why bootstrap instead of raise capital? Read our report to hear from local bootstrappers, including the teams behind Firefly, Real Food Works and Jarv.us.
Center City’s TicketLeap underwent a major management shift this week. CEO and founder Chris Stanchak will now be the Chairman of the Board, while CFO Tim Raybould will become President and COO. Read more about the move and Stanchak’s reflections on ten years of TicketLeap in our story here.
Networking matchmaking startup Quewey sold its technology to a group of Boston-based investors and consequently shut down, as we reported last week.
WHO’S GETTING BUZZ
Callowhill mobile backend startup Cloudmine is featured on YesWare’s blog in a story about how the startup “made the leap” into enterprise sales. The startup, YesWare reported, partnered with new Center City investment fund MissionOG to help it tap the enterprise market (read more about MissionOG and its cofounder Andy Newcomb here). Read more about Cloudmine CEO Brendan McCorkle‘s thoughts on working with corporations here and about Cloudmine’s shift to the enterprise market here.
Conshohocken ecommerce optimization company Monetate scored highest on a customer satisfaction survey by Forrester Research, according to a company release.
Ooooh, Tinder’s founder poached some Philly talent: Technical.ly Playbook
DreamIt Ventures launches an internship program with Coded by Kids [Startup Roundup]
Old City carpooling company behind Ride, vRide raises $5M [Startup Roundup]
Traffic.com cofounder raises $1.2M for digital marketing startup [Startup Roundup]
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