Benjamin’s Desk, NextDocs, raise capital [Startup Roundup]

Also: investments from Genacast Ventures, Comcast Ventures, First Round Capital and Edison Ventures.


Coworking space Benjamin’s Desk raised $150,000, according to an SEC filing. Artists & Instigators managing partner Wayne Kimmel, who now works out of the space, is listed as a director of the company.

NextDocs, the Conshohocken-based company that provides technology solutions for life sciences companies, raised $5 million, according to an SEC filing. The five-year-old company raised its first round of funding in August 2011, and before that, was completely bootstrapped. Read our recent Q&A with NextDocs CEO Zikria Syed here.

First Round Capital participated in a $5 million round for Breakthrough, a Redwood City, Calif.-based online platform for mental health therapy, Fortune reported. Did you know that First Round managing partner Josh Kopelman‘s first business was a juice stand? Read about it in our new series cataloging local entrepreneurs’ first businesses. Tell us your story.

Comcast Ventures co-led a $1 million seed round for New York City-based Maker’s Row, which connects American manufacturers and businesses, according to a release.

Edison Ventures led a $7 million Series C round for New York City-based RealMatch, a startup focused on online recruiting advertising, according to a release. The Lawrenceville, N.J. venture capital firm also invested $5.5 million in Ontario, Canada-based cybersecurity firm eSentire, according to a release.


Genacast Ventures and Comcast Ventures participated in a $2.2 million seed round for Baltimore-based cybersecurity startup Riskive, according to my colleague Andrew Zaleski at Baltimore.

LeadiD, a Montgomery County lead certification technology platform, raised $1 million, according to an SEC filing.


How do you get your first ten customers? Here’s Firefly cofounder Dan Shipper‘s guide.


Wizehive developer Reed Lauber, who was also a frequent SEPTA hacker and worked on side projects like Tacodelphia, has left Philadelphia for Denver. He quit his job at Wizehive and left the city for “a change of pace,” he said.

Center City business analytics firm RJMetrics has rebranded. Check out the new look on its site.

Fitly, a healthy meal subscription service that’s part of the inaugural DreamIt Health class, launched this month. Read our story about the startup here.

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