WHO’S GETTING FUNDED?
Here’s some news from Boomi founder and Philly Startup Leaders president Rick Nucci and his stealth-mode startup: it has raised $1.8 million, according to an SEC filing. The startup is called Guru Technologies, and the filing lists FirstMark Capital managing director Amish Jani and Boomi’s former Engineering Manager Mitch Stewart as partners in the company. New York City-based FirstMark Capital was an investor in Boomi. Nucci declined to share any details yet.
Integral Molecular, the biotech company headquartered at the Science Center, was awarded a $509,000 federal research grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, according to SBIR Source. Integral Molecular was founded by Ben Doranz, a Penn Ph.D. who used to work in Penn’s tech transfer office.
Squareknot, the pre-launch company that was named one of Philly’s coolest startups by PhillyMag, has received investment from Center City’s Gabriel Investments, said Holly Flanagan of Gabriel Investments at a recent event. Squareknot, which PhillyMag reported then raised $500,000, aims to make a better how-to guide. It plans launch in early 2014, PhillyMag reported. The Squareknot team has worked out of Gabriel’s offices.
WHO’S GETTING BUZZ?
LifeVest Health‘s employee healthcare incentives service gets featured in Mashable’s five health tech trends to watch in 2014. The Center City company also demoed at TowersWatson‘s private Health Technology Engagement Expo in New York City, alongside industry giants Johnson & Johnson Wellness & Prevention, RedBrick Health and Virgin HealthMiles, cofounder Mike Logsdon told us.
Temple grad Adam Lyons got Dallas Mavericks owner and famed investor Mark Cuban to put money in his startup, The Zebra, a “Kayak for auto insurance.” Lyons lives in Austin, Tex. now. Read about him in Inc. here.
WHO’S MAKING MOVES?
InRecruit, the network for student athletes, launched a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, according to a release. That means that high school coaches, athletes and their families will be able to use InRecruit to connect with college recruiters.
Dave Speers, formerly of ElectNext and who was most recently running sales and marketing at Cloudmine, is now a brand strategist at Curalate, the visual analytics company that recently passed the 30-employee mark.