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WHO’S GETTING FUNDED?
OneTwoSee closed a $1.3 million round, cofounder Chris Reynolds tells us. You can find the SEC filing here (though it doesn’t reflect the full $1.3 million raised) under the company name MobileReactor. The Center City TV companion startup works with professional and collegiate sports and plans to use the funds to enter into the spaces of Smart TV, set-top-box, social and mobile, Reynolds said.
Robin Hood Ventures, a local angel group that previously invested in the company, and MissionOG, another local venture firm, participated in the round. Andrew Newcomb of MissionOG is listed as a board member, as is former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter-turned-mobile entrepreneur Art Howe and FGI Worldwide CEO David DiPiero. When asked if Howe and DiPiero were investors, Reynolds declined to comment.
Hire an Esquire, a legal staffing startup with offices in Philadelphia and New York City, raised a $350,000 seed round, according to an SEC filing. Both Silicon Valley and New York City investors participated in the round, but not any local investors, said CEO Julia Shapiro.
WHO’S MAKING MOVES?
Monetate appears to be preparing for its IPO. It hired Bob Lawson as its new Chief Financial Officer, according to a release. Lawson, who will be based out of Palo Alto, Calif., was formerly the CFO of Silicon Valley-based cloud computing phone company RingCentral. Lawson was at RingCentral during their IPO and led Codexis, a biofuel company, to IPO. Read more on the Inquirer.
Monetate’s former (and first) CFO was David Stetson. The company now has 220 employees, according to the release.
Philly Tech Meetup is quiet this month — there are meetups scheduled for April or future months on its site. The popular monthly meetup started charging $10 in February due to costs associated with organizing the event, said organizer Rohan Mehta in an email to the group. Mehta did not respond to a request for comment about future meetups.
WHO’S GETTING BUZZ?
Autism Expressed, the digital literacy startup for special education students, has been the subject of a series of EdWeek articles, including this one about the hardships that edtech startups face. Autism Expressed founder Michele McKeone is also blogging for the education news outlet. Follow her blog here.
Who does Curalate use for PR to help land them in national press? A small boutique firm in Boulder, Colo., said marketing head Brendan Lowry at Tuesday’s PR for Startups event.