WHO’S GETTING BUZZ?
Artisan also launched two new products: one that lets its brands analyze how people are using their apps and another that allows brands to change their apps to target certain user bases. Find more details in the press release here.
And in case you missed it, Boomi founder Rick Nucci is now Philly Startup Leaders’ president.
WHO’S GETTING FUNDED?
First Round Capital participated in a $5 million round for Liftopia, a San Francisco-based online ski marketplace, TechCrunch reported.
LLR Partners, a Cira Centre-based private equity firm, invested $50 million in Cigital Secures, a Washington, D.C.-area security software firm, according to a release.
WHO’S MAKING MOVES?
Data science startup Metalayer has become tech firm D8A. D8A absorbed Metalayer CEO Jon Gosier‘s many projects, including Metalayer itself and Abayima, his Knight Foundation-backed app that aims to fight government censorship in third-world countries. When asked what drove the change, Gosier said: “I wanted the company to be more inclusive of the social good work we do and that didn’t always resonate with VCs.”
Check out this blog post from RJMetrics‘ staffer Ben Garvey on how he and his colleagues built an automatic gong ringer.