DuckDuckGo hits average of 4M daily searches // Artisan Mobile raises $2k for Philly schools [Startup Roundup]

Advice from student founder Dan Shipper on bootstrapping a six-figure business in school, a mobile payment startup raises cash and online ordering platform Zuppler opens a Conshohocken office.


Parametric Dining, a startup whose mobile payment app CheckMate is being piloted at University City’s City Tap House, raised $100,000, according to an SEC filing.

Wayne-based medical device firm InSyte Medical Technologies raised $675,000, according to an SEC filing. Last October, it raised $2.1 million, according to an SEC filing.

Cloudamize, or “ for cloud services,” raised $1.2 million from local investors, we reported last week.

First Round Capital participated in a $2.6 million round for San Francisco-based Sproutling, a startup that sells wearable sleep monitors for infants, Forbes reported.


The Philadelphia Daily News profiled InRecruit, the “LinkedIn for sports recruiting” from former NBA player Malik Allen. Find our coverage here.

The National Law Journal wrote about Drexel professor Karl Okamoto, who cofounded legal education startup Apprennet, and his massive open online courses (MOOCs), describing him as a legal educator who has gotten MOOCs right. (Behind a paywall) Apprennet will offer a series of business law MOOCs this fall, including the Basics of Acquisition Agreements.

On his blog, Dan Shipper, the Penn senior behind Dorm Room Fund-backed cobrowsing startup Firefly, offers his thoughts on what he learned bootstrapping a six-figure business from school.


DuckDuckGo has hit an average of four million daily searches so far in September, InfoWorld reported. The Paoli-based search engine that promises not to track users saw a huge jump in searches after June’s PRISM scandal. Since June, when it hit 2.5 million daily searches, traffic has steadily been rising. The traditionally small office — it’s at 10 employees right now — is growing its team, said founder Gabe Weinberg.

Old City’s Artisan Mobile raised nearly $2,000 for the School District of Philadelphia, according to a tweet from CEO Bob Moul. Artisan matched donations from its employees, and Moul matched the total, according to another tweet.

Zuppler, an online ordering platform that just opened an office in Conshohocken, recently launched its version 3.0. Check out a demo here. Read more about it here.

VenturePact, the outsourced product development team for Penn startups, is accepting applications for its third class of startups. Read more about VenturePact and its portfolio companies in our feature here.

Companies: Instructure / Practice / Artisan Mobile / Cloudamize / DuckDuckGo / Firefly / First Round Capital / Zuppler

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