WHO’S GETTING FUNDED?
Sidecar, the Center City ecommerce marketing company, raised $3.1 million in a round led by Bala Cynwyd-based Osage Venture Partners, CEO Andre Golsorkhi told us. All previous investors participated, including GSI Commerce founder Michael Rubin. Sidecar raised $1 million earlier this year and is growing rapidly. In the winter of 2013, the company aimed to grow from 30 to 50 staffers in 2014. It’s at 35 staffers currently and is still looking to grow to 50, Golsorkhi said. Sidecar is hiring all across the board, including positions like sales, user experience, product management, data scientists. Its newest customer is electronics retailer TigerDirect.
Spark Therapeutics, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia gene therapy spinout, raised $72.8 million in a round led by Silicon Valley-based Sofinnova Ventures, according to a release. CHOP also participated in the round, using $20 million that it previously dedicated to Spark, joining other investors like Brookside Capital, Deerfield Management Company, Rock Springs Capital, funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and Wellington Management Company, LLP. Spark is building a a 28,000 square foot office in University City.
A healthcare startup called Curbside Care raised $20,000 and is looking to raise $150,000 total, according to an SEC filing. Wharton MBAs Grant Mitchell and Scott Ames II are listed as the company’s executives.
Instamour, a mobile dating company, raised $50,000 from friends and family, founder Jason Sherman told us. Sherman has, full disclosure, contributed videos and stories to Technical.ly Philly. It will also receive $100,000 from the Syracuse, N.Y.-based StartFast Venture Accelerator, which Instamour will join this summer. Instamour makes an iOS video dating app that you can download here for free. It has users in more than 20 cities, Sherman said.
WHO’S MAKING MOVES?
Anita Garimella Andrews, RJMetrics‘ VP of Client Analytics Services, spoke at Google Partners’ UK conference of the Future of Data in May. Watch a video of her talk below. She starts at about 1:37:30.
Jon Gosier, cofounder of public safety analytics company D8A, spoke on a panel as part of the “New York Forum” in Libreville, Gabon with, among others, rap star Akon. Read Gosier’s blog post about it and watch the video of the panel below.
Eventuosity, the event planning platform based in University City, announced that the Washington, D.C.-based USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program will use its platform. The organization gives veterans who have been wounded a chance to play hockey.
We noticed a number of recent departures from PeopleLinx, the Center City startup that gamifies social media for corporations. Spokesman Michael Idinopulos told us it’s just the natural ebb and flow of tech. Curalate, the Center City visual analytics startup, has poached two PeopleLinxers: Kristen Levenick, PeopleLinx’s client success manager, and Katelyn Ares, PeopleLinx’s director of business development. Inside sales manager Steve Graham left for Radnor-based mobile startup Relay, and VP of Client Engagement Liz Coleman also left in May, though no word about where she’s headed to next.
Speaking of PeopleLinx, here’s a recent blog post by Idinopulos on how consulting firms use social networks.
Here are some more details on the new office of Biomeme, the mobile DNA test startup: they’re right next to coworking space Indy Hall at 20 N. 3rd St and it’s a 2,200 square foot space. We’ll get some photos soon.
WHO’S GETTING BUZZ?
Felicite Moorman, CEO of East Falls smart home company BuLogics, moved to East Falls after she relocated her company from Malvern. Check out this blog about the renovations on her home, a 19th-century mansion.
STARTUP ROUNDUP SNAPSHOT
Jon Gosier, cofounder of D8A, speaks at the New York Forum in Libreville, Gabon. Photo via Jon Gosier.
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