September Update

New Investments

We are proud to continue to support CEO Mary Biggins and the entire talented team at MealPal. MealPal helps restaurants increase efficiency and revenue during the peak hours and provides a convenient way for MealPal members to receive high quality, affordable, and delicious meals in select cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. View open positions on the MealPal team. 

We are also excited to support CEO Tonio DeSorrento and the experienced team at Vemo Education. Vemo Education is the first company to help postsecondary institutions develop, launch, and implement Income Share Agreements (ISAs), including Purdue University’s “Back a Boiler” program. Income Share Agreements are an innovative financing alternative to student loans that reduces risk for students and increases college affordability. Learn more about how Vemo Education can help your institution.

September 2017 Updates from Our Entrepreneurs

Sounders FC replaces Ticketmaster with SeatGeek’s tech-fueled ticketing platform - Sounders FC COO Bart Wiley told GeekWire that improving the fan experience was the primary reason for why the club went with SeatGeek. "We felt like SeatGeek gave us chance to be both innovative and creative when it comes to how fans interact with their ticketing platform,” he said. Wiley said the Sounders are appreciative of Ticketmaster for partnering with the club for nearly a decade. But he noted that SeatGeek “opens doors that potentially we weren’t able to open before.” Learn more about SeatGeek Open

‘Mobile Marketplace’ from Ibotta and Button Adds 30 New Brands - Ibotta offers cash-back rewards to shoppers, and software-producer Button provides deep link connections within the Ibotta app. The new marketing platform extends the benefits that come with Ibotta rewards to fast-track the mobile commerce efforts of traditional retailers. More than 50 brands now participate in the marketplace, including 30 newmerchants such as Target, Walgreens, PetSmart, Sears, and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about partnering with Ibotta

(PLAY VIDEO) Boxed CEO Sees Discipline as Key to Competing With Amazon- Chieh Huang, Boxed's chief executive officer, discusses how the company competes with Amazon. He spoke with Bloomberg's Julia Chatterley and Scarlet Fu Sept. 13th on "Bloomberg Markets." Download the Boxed app and get $15 off your first order

In Switzerland, U-space takes off - On September 14th, AirMap partnered with Switzerland’s skyguide for Europe’s first live demonstration of sophisticated U-space capabilities. Part of AirMap’s ever-growing global footprint, the demonstration represents an important step forward in our mission to open more airspace for commercial drones. U-space is Europe’s vision for the digital infrastructure that will support safe, efficient, and secure access to European airspace for millions of drones. Much like the U.S. “Unmanned Traffic Management” initiative, U-space is a collaborative effort to enable situational awareness, data exchange, and digital communication for the drone ecosystem. Request access to the AirMap API

SINET Selects Virtru as a Top 16 Cybersecurity Innovator of 2017 -  Security Innovation Network (SINET) released its annual list of SINET 16 Innovators — the most innovative and compelling emerging cybersecurity companies from all over the globe. We are proud to announce that Virtru has been included on this year’s prestigious list of 16, selected from hundreds of security companies around the world that applied. Contact the Virtru sales team to learn more

Factual Expands European Presence With Store Visitation Measurement Deal- Paris-based mobile demand-side platform S4M has tapped Factual to measure foot traffic in Europe for major brand clients across retail, entertainment, automotive, and quick-serve restaurants. The deal represents Factual’s effort to expand its position as a geo-data provider in Europe since hiring Mandeep Mason last February as managing director for the continent’s operations. Contact the Factual sales team to learn more

Clarity Money Milestone: Personal Finance App Attracts 500,000 Users - Clarity Money announced it has reached 500,000 users in less than seven months after launching on iOS. The app, which launched in January 2017, reportedly analyzed over $60 billion in transactions for customers and saved its users who interact with the app more than $300. CEO Adam Dell: “The last few months here at Clarity Money have been a whirlwind. We’re humbled and motivated that we’ve not only surpassed our initial first-year goal of 100,000 users but also that so many users have chosen Clarity Money as their financial advocate. We’re committed to providing an entirely customized experience for our users and look forward to what the future holds for us.” Download the Clarity Money app

eShares acquires Silicon Valley Bank Analytics - At eShares, we want to do two things with the business. First, convert SVBA's project-based 409A valuations into subscription-based valuations on our platform. This drives down the cost of 409A valuation and allows us to perform valuations within 7-10 days. Second, provide a safe landing for SVBA customers. When valuation firms shut down, customers are left unprotected because no one is available to defend future audits. SVBA acted responsibly by selling us both their assets (the customers and employees) and their liabilities (obligations to defend 409A valuations). Join eShares and get 100% off your onboarding fee

YC-backed Lively raises $4.2 million and adds HSA investment option - In addition to its funding announcement, Lively is also kicking off new investment capabilities for its customers through its partnership with TD Ameritrade. “We were getting a lot of feedback from our users about wanting more options when it comes to investments,” wrote Lively co-founder Alex Cyriac. In fact, the startup launched a self-directed brokerage option through TD Ameritrade to enable customers to invest their HSA funds by leveraging a variety of investment options, including individual stocks, bonds, CDs, ETFs, and mutual funds. “Simply put, users can invest in what they want,” he explained. Learn how to offer a Lively HSA to your team

RaiseMe Expands Innovative Performance-Based Scholarship Platform To Serve Community College Students -  Community college students on RaiseMewill be able to earn scholarships incrementally for their academic and extracurricular progress during their time at two-year community college institutions. One such scholarship moves beyond traditional measures of student success, awarding students who are veterans or on active duty for their military service. Additionally, partnering four-year institutions on RaiseMe will have the opportunity to provide degree pathways for community college transfer candidates, helping guide students towards successful baccalaureate degree completion. Learn how your school can partner with RaiseMe

Food52's Wholesome Means to Branding Success - In the early days, it used to be that you just "knew" Food52 when you saw it. As we've expanded so quickly, we've codified some things -- for instance, we have a style book and of course, the two of us, as well as our Creative Director (our first hire), Kristen Miglore, are always keeping an eye on things. But it's also important that our brand continues to evolve. Static brands become stale. We make sure new writers and new buyers have the freedom to try out new things and let our audience be the judge. We get it wrong sometimes, but that's also part of our brand. We own our mistakes and keep looking forward. Visit Food52

Join Atlas Obscura on an Arctic Journey - On this once-in-a-lifetime expedition, we'll trace the routes of the early explorers who first navigated these waters as they sought out the fabled Northwest Passage, learning more about "the man who ate his boots" and his extraordinary wife, Lady Jane, an intrepid adventurer who sponsored a total of seven expeditions to track down her  husband's ships. The writer Paul Watson describes it as “the longest, broadest and most expensive search for two lost ships in maritime history.” View more Atlas Obscura Trips

Upcoming Galvanize Events - Attend an upcoming info session, tech talk, or intro to coding event at Galvanize in New York City, San Francisco, Denver, Austin, Phoenix, Seattle, or Boulder

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