Q-Sensei to Series B // HUGE is still a startup [Startup Roundup]

News from Q-Sensei, Tangeez, Huge, Airbnb, Sherpaa and custom gadget case-maker, caseable.

Updated 10/25/13 @ 4:15 pm: The Brooklyn neighborhood of caseable was incorrectly described in an earlier version of this story. They are based in Prospect Heights.

Who’s getting money?

Downtown’s Q-Sensei, which has  Brooklyn and Berlin office, raised $2.04 million on an offered $3.178 million Series B Equity round, according to an SEC filing. The company creates multi-lateral search products, showing users filters for topics that the software surmises from the users’ search (at least, we’re pretty sure that’s what this says). Users can tell the system if its filters are helpful or not. Check out their demo video.

Tangeez made it, crossing its $49,000 Kickstarter goal for their quirky interactive lights.

Who’s Making Moves?

In response to a political attacks against Airbnb, a company that we know at least one new startup hire used while he looked for a permanent apartment. The company rolled out economic data to defend itself this week, according to the Wall Street Journal, specifically citing its ability to bring guests into Brooklyn:

Twenty-eight percent of Airbnb users stayed in Brooklyn and 4% stayed in Queens, according to the study, which surveyed 680 guests and 619 hosts who responded to a survey. The study estimated, for example, that visitors spent $14.5 million in Bedford-Stuyvesant last year, on accommodations and local businesses.


Healthcare startup Sherpaa appears to have left the borough for Soho, according to the founder’s blog. Technically Brooklyn has reached out to find out more.

Who’s getting buzz? 

Upstart Business Journal finished a three part series on Huge, asking how a 14 year old company can maintain a startup culture.

Prospect Height’s bespoke gadget case maker, caseable, gets profiled by Forbes for being just customizable enough, while still reaching scale through a partnership with Zazzle.


Companies: caseable / Huge / Sherpaa / Airbnb
Series: Brooklyn

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