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I’m a first time startup investor, where do I begin?

Investing in startups is risky. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with our process and become comfortable with risk prior to investing. We suggest reading the “Investors” section of our website to better understand our investment process and to get yourself registered with MicroVentures.  

Who is an accredited investor?

An accredited investor is defined under regulations set by the SEC. You can view the specific criteria here.  

If I invest, for how long do I have to hold my shares for?

The requirement is one year based on SEC regulations. If funding is not completed, we will return your investment. The private market is very illiquid so you should be prepared to hold your investment for a longer period of time. The average exit for a startup is 7 years from inception and can often be longer.  

When the minimum time requirement has passed, how do I sell my shares?

There is currently no market for selling your investment on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to liquidate your investment please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to exit.  

What is the main difference between primary and secondary offerings

The main difference between a primary offering and a secondary offering is how the shares (stocks) are being acquired. In a primary offering, investors are purchasing shares (stocks) directly from the issuer. However, in a secondary offering, investors are purchasing shares (stocks) from sources other than the issuer (employees, former employees, or investors).  

How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest in?

Each quarter, we ask the companies we have made primary investments in to provide us updates. If/when the company provides us with an update, we pass those along to our investors. For secondary investment opportunities, we do not have information rights and do not get quarterly updates. In an effort to keep investors up to date on current public events surrounding the company, we provide a quarterly news update.  

If I want to investment “more than the maximum” in a particular opportunity, may I?

If you want to invest a greater amount than the maximum listed on the MicroVentures platform, send your request via email to: help@microventures.com. We will make every effort to assist you.    
Equity Crowdfunding
How Equity Crowdfunding Works Crowdfunding is the process by which a large number of individuals make small monetary contributions into a single pool, ultimately funding a new venture or project. Early forms of crowdfunding can be traced back to the 17th century with popular application during the cooperative movement in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the Internet serves as the primary infrastructure for crowdfunding. While the basic mechanics are unchanged, crowdfunding campaigns are structured differently based on the venture or product seeking capital. The four most common crowdfunding structures include reward-based, philanthropic, debt, and equity.
  • Reward-based Crowdfunding: Individuals back tangible consumer products, various forms of art work, and other ideas in exchange for early access to products, discounts on purchases, or other incentives. Kickstarter is an example of a rewards-based crowdfunding platform.
  • Philanthropic Crowdfunding: Individuals back a charity or non-for-profit fundraiser, providing funds to further a cause or movement. Crowdrise is an example of a philanthropic crowdfunding platform.
  • Loan or Debt Crowdfunding: Also known as peer-to-peer lending, individuals provide capital to businesses or individuals in exchange for interest payments and return of principal over a defined time period, similar to a mortgage or a car loan. LendingClub is a popular loan crowdfunding platform.
  • Equity Crowdfunding: Individuals make an investment in a new business venture in exchange for common or preferred equity. MicroVentures is an equity crowdfunding platform.
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Debt vs. Equity
Generally, capital raised for new businesses takes one of two structures: debt or equity. Debt capital is raised in the form of a loan or promissory note to be paid back at some point in the future usually with interest. Conversely, equity is issued as stock in a company, representing a form of ownership with no defined maturity date. While hybrid financial products exist, they are outside the scope of this writing.

Investing in Debt

right_rail_investIn a debt financing, there are two parties to the transaction, the debtor and the creditor. In exchange for capital, the company (debtor) will issue a loan or promissory note to the investor (creditor). The documents governing and representing the loan will outline the complete provisions of the transaction, however, there are a handful of key terms investors should understand before investing in a debt product. Principal: amount of capital originally invested in a debt product Interest rate: the percentage rate, usually quoted annually, at which interest is paid by the debtor to the creditor while the loan is outstanding Interest: the cash paid to the creditor by the debtor until loan maturity calculated as (interest rate ÷ payment frequency) * outstanding principal balance Amortization: the act of paying the principal balance over time between the issuance of the loan and loan maturity Maturity: the date at which the outstanding principal balance must be paid and returned to a creditor in full Default: failure to make timely payments of principal or interest An attractive aspect of debt financing is current income generated through interest payments over the life of the loan. Typically, interest is paid to creditors on a quarterly or monthly basis providing cash flow to investors while the principal is outstanding. Principal can be amortized, meaning paid in installments over the life of the loan, or paid in full at maturity, known as a bullet maturity. Figure 1 is a depiction of a typical amortizing cash flow stream for a three-year $500,000 loan with an interest rate of 5% and a quarterly payment frequency. Each total payment (interest plus principal) is equal while the principal balance is paid over time. This cash flow structure is similar to a mortgage or auto loan. amortizing CFFigure 2 illustrates a bullet maturity structure, showing interest only payments throughout the loan until maturity. This structure is commonly used by corporations as interest, a tax-deductible expense, is maximized. The transaction terms in Figure 1 are assumed for Figure 2. Amortizing Cash Flow Another advantage to debt from an investor’s vantage point is security. In most cases, debt sits at the very top of the capital structure and in scenarios of liquidation or bankruptcy is first to be repaid with the assets of the debtor. Debt transactions can also include security features tied to certain assets of a debtor providing an even greater level of security to creditors in the event of default or bankruptcy. Given the seniority of debt within the capital structure, the rate of return for debt investments is typically lower than its equity investment counterpart. Debt can be (and often is) a very complex financing structure. The discussion above barely scratches the surface of the mechanics of a debt investment. Other important facets of debt investments include any covenants required of the debtor, events of default, recourse, prepayment provisions, fraudulent conveyance, underlying security, and many others. Additionally, debt can take on multiple structures including but not limited to senior secured, mortgage, unsecured, convertible, zero-coupon, payment-in-kind, revolvers, floating-rate, and structured products among countless others. The most common debt product in a venture capital context is a convertible note, the properties of which we discuss extensively in our Convertible Note Whitepaper. In summary, debt investments can provide investors with current income and security not afforded to equity investors. Given the relative position in the capital structure and security surrounding debt investments, the rate of return for creditors of a given company is typically lower than the company’s equity holders. Moreover, debt investments have a finite life and an investor’s relationship with the company ends upon maturity and repayment of the debt capping the potential upside afforded to equity investments.

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Risks of Investing in Debt

There are a number of risks involved in investing in debt instruments. The four primary risks are liquidity, inflation, interest rate, and default. Liquidity risk: is a financial risk that can occur when a given financial asset, security, or commodity cannot be traded quickly enough in the market to prevent or minimize a loss. Inflation risk: is the chance that cash flow from an investment won't be worth as much in the future because of changes in purchasing power due to inflation. Interest rate risk: is the risk that an investment's value will change due to a change in the absolute level of interest rates, in the spread between two rates, in the shape of the yield curve, or in any other interest rate relationship. Default risk: is the risk that a company may be unable to make the required payments of principal or interest and may result in the loss of some or all of the principal invested.

Investing in Equity

When an investor makes an equity investment, he or she is issued shares in exchange for capital and becomes a shareholder, or owner, of the company. There are two types of equity securities routinely used in financing new businesses: preferred and common. As owners of a company, both common and preferred shareholders have voting rights related to the board of directors, ultimately influencing control over the company’s activities and direction. While the equity portion of a publicly traded company’s capital structure will more heavily lean towards common, venture capital investors typically utilize a preferred equity structure due to certain rights and privileges afforded preferred shareholders, most notably a liquidation preference. Prior to making an investment in preferred equity it’s important to understand the additional features attached to preferred shares.

Dividends

Preferred shareholders are typically entitled to a dividend, if and when declared by the board of directors, before any dividends are paid to common shareholders. Dividends for preferred shareholders are established at a percent of the principal, similar to an interest paying debt product, usually between 4% and 10% annually.

Liquidation Preference

In the event of a liquidation or acquisition, preferred shareholders may receive back at least the original investment value and, often, a multiple thereof before any distributions are made to common shareholders. A liquidation preference of 1x is typical, although a preference of 3x is not uncommon. In addition to a multiple preference, some preferred equity structures include participating provisions whereby preferred shareholders will receive a multiple of the original purchase price and then participate ratably on an as-converted basis in the remaining proceeds of the liquidity event. As-converted simply refers to the preferred shareholders participation if each preferred share was converted into a common share.

Conversion Features

Most always, preferred shares are convertible into common shares at the option of the preferred shareholder at a 1:1 conversion ratio. There are several instances where conversion into common could be advantageous to a preferred shareholder including an acquisition of the company at a value well exceeding the liquidation preferences, where common shareholders receive a greater amount of the acquisition proceeds. Some preferred structures include automatic conversion provisions where if the company is executing a Qualified Initial Public Offering above a certain valuation threshold, preferred shares are converted into common to enable selling in the secondary market following a public offering.

Pay-to-Play

Pay-to-play provisions are used to incentivize early investors to participate in future financing rounds. Essentially, if an investor subject to a pay-to-play provision does not participate in a future financing round of the company, the investor could lose certain rights and privileges associated with preferred stock. In a stricter construct, if an investor does not participate in his or her pro rata participation in a future financing round, the preferred stock could be converted to common. Pay-to-play provisions can be helpful to both entrepreneurs and investors.

Board of Directors

In a preferred equity investment, investors will negotiate for the ability to join the board of directors in order to influence company direction and serve as a proxy for preferred shareholders. By taking a board seat, investors can actively monitor activities of the company, ensuring the company’s actions are in the best interest of investors and employees. While additional terms are found in a typical preferred equity financing, the few listed above serve as the primary reasoning behind venture capital investors pursuing a preferred stock structure when making an equity investment. As implied earlier, another advantage to preferred stock is its seniority to common stock. Common stock ranks as the lowest priority in a company’s capital structure, and consequently, is often the class of stock held by company founders and employees. While common stockholders are afforded certain voting rights, economic participation in the event of a liquidity event or declaration of dividends is subordinate to creditor and preferred shareholder cash distributions. Given its relative rank in the capital structure, common stockholders often assume the most risk of any investor class in a given company, while potentially reaping the greatest rewards.

Risks of Investing in Equity

The primary risk involved with investing in equity investments is the loss of part or all of investments and principal. There is no guarantee of dividends or return on investment. Furthermore, share prices are subject to fluctuation. While debt investments can provide a stable cash flow stream and security for investors, participation in value expansion, and return on investment, is capped at the interest and principal payments outlined in the financing documents. By taking on more risk as an equity investor, one can economically participate in a company’s value creation activities providing an enhanced return profile relative to a company’s debt offerings. Given this dynamic, several early stage venture capital investors utilize a convertible note structure, a financial product that begins as a debt instrument and converts into equity at a future date. To learn more about the convertible debt financing structure, download our Convertible Note White Paper.

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Diversification
When contemplating an investment in a new business venture, investors typically do not consider a private investment in a technology startup as a risk-minimizing activity. However, within a given portfolio, an investor can maximize return for a given level of risk by diversifying among several uncorrelated asset classes. Taken in this context, venture capital investing, while in isolation a risky investment style, can provide enhanced returns at a given level of risk. While a well-diversified portfolio can reduce risk, it does not ensure a profit nor does it guarantee against a loss. Illustrated graphically, Harry Markowitz, a pioneer of modern portfolio theory, introduced the efficient frontier in 1952 as the representation of the relationship between risk and return in the context of a portfolio of assets. Shown below, the efficient frontier is a set of optimal investment portfolios that offer the highest level of return for a given level of risk. Risk vs Return in Startup Investing The distinguishing feature of the efficient frontier is its non-linearity. The degree of curvature of the efficient frontier is due to the covariance, or lack thereof, of the assets within a portfolio. As long as the returns of the assets within the portfolio are not perfectly correlated, the standard deviation of the portfolio must be less than the average standard deviation of the assets. Meaning, as new assets whose returns are uncorrelated to that of the portfolio are added, the relative risk of the portfolio is minimized for a given level of desired return. right_rail_invest

Based on modern portfolio theory and the efficient frontier, return is maximized for a given level of risk through asset class diversification. Therefore, adding alternative investments, like private equity or hedge funds, to a traditional portfolio can provide enhanced returns for the same level of risk. The chart below illustrates how alternative investments can impact the efficient frontier. What results is an upward shift in the efficient frontier, providing an enhanced return for a given level of risk, or conversely, a similar return at a lower risk profile.

Implication of Diversification in Startup Investing The principles of modern portfolio theory are not unique to aggregate portfolio management. Diversification is equally important among assets within the same class and especially important when investing in technology startups. When contemplating a venture capital investment, it’s important to consider multiple investment opportunities in an effort to reduce risk across the portfolio. Ultimately, the goal for any investor is to maximize return at a desired level of risk. Diversification of and within asset classes, particularly alternative assets, can enhance portfolio returns while reducing portfolio concentration and risk.   Invest in StartupsGet started reviewing MicroVentures investment opportunities by registering here. To learn more about diversification read our related blog posts: Mitigating Risk Through Diversification Building Wealth Through Pre-IPO Investing 5 Guidelines for First-Time Startup Investors How to Use Your IRA to Invest in Startups
Early Stage Vs. Late Stage Companies
The startup lifecycle spans idea generation to an eventual exit through an acquisition, initial offering, liquidation, or failure with several inflection points throughout. Early vs. Late Stage Investing_1

Seed and Early Stage Investments

Seed and early stage companies are typically seeking capital to invest in product development, building a team of employees, and formalizing customer acquisition strategies. While seed stage companies are focused on product development, early stage companies typically have a handful of users testing a beta product while fine-tuning their go-to-market strategy and building out sales channels. Seed stage startup • Focused on product development and preparing for a broader market launch. • Product is usually in use by early beta customers for testing and feedback. • Typically cash-constrained and seeking its first outside investors through family, friends, and angel investors. right_rail_investInvestments within this stage typically take two forms: convertible notes and preferred equity. The form of investment is dependent on the company’s relative maturity with seed stage investments typically structured as convertible notes while early stage companies issue preferred equity in exchange for investor funds. In institutional venture capital terms these are known as Series Seed, Series A, and at times Series B. Early_stage_startup• Officially launched and focused on customer acquisition. • Implementing its sales channel strategy and attempting to reach breakeven cash flow. • Generating revenue but pursing additional capital from institutional investors to invest in customer acquisition and business development.  

Late-Stage Investments

Late stage companies have typically demonstrated viability as a going concern and generally have a well-known product with a strong market presence. Late stage companies have generally reached a point of positive cash flow generation and begin to experiment with expanding into tangential markets. Regardless, investments in both early-stage and late-stage companies involve a considerable amount of risk. Late stage startup• Well-known product which has successfully penetrated its initial market and learned where and how to move next. • May be cash flow positive and introducing its product into tangential markets. • Investors are seeking liquidity as the company begins to position itself for an acquisition or an initial public offering. Investments made early in a company’s lifecycle typically require a long holding period and can be riskier relative to a late stage companies. Understanding the lifecycle stage at which an investment will be made is paramount in accurately capturing the risks and return characteristics associated with that investment.

Risks Involved

Investments in early-stage and late-stage companies are highly speculative and involve significant risks due to, among other things, inconsistent cash flows, the competitive landscape, and short operating cycles. These investments are generally illiquid and highly speculative, and are not suitable for anyone without a high tolerance for risk and/or low liquidity needs. You should invest only if you are able to bear the risk of losing your entire investment. There can be no assurance that subscribers will receive any return of capital or profit. Invest in StartupsGet started reviewing MicroVentures investment opportunities by registering here.   If you would like to learn more about Early Stage and Late Stage Companies read our related blog posts: Investing in Pre-IPO Companies 5 Guidelines for First-Time Startup Investors Investing in Tech Startups
Glossary of Terms
Accelerator: entities focused on helping entrepreneurs grow new business concepts. Accelerators offer fixed-term, cohort-based programs, often including professional advice and guidance, that culminate in a public pitch event or demo day. Accredited Investor: an investor who meets specific SEC income and net worth criteria, allowing him or her to invest in startups and other high-risk private company securities. Acquisition: the process through which one company obtains ownership of another entity's stock, equity interests, or assets. Angel Investor: a single individual (as opposed to a firm) who provides his or her personal capital to fund a startup company. Bridge Loan: a loan which is designed to “bridge the gap” between institutional investment rounds. Buyout: when a purchaser gets controlling interest in a company after it buys the requisite number of shares. Cap: a valuation ceiling that exists in a convertible debt deal. Cap Table: a detailed spreadsheet that outlines all the stockowners of a company and the terms at which they have invested. Carry/Carried Interest: profits that a VC is entitled to after returning principal and interest to investors. This can range from 10-30%. Closing: the final event to complete an investment, at which time all the legal documents are signed and the funds are transferred. Common Stock: the type of stock generally issued to company employees. This class of stock (shares) generally has the least amount of rights and privileges. Common stock is a lesser class of stock than preferred stock. Convertible Debt (or Convertible Notes): a debt or loan that will be paid back in the future in the form of equity or company stock. Crowdfunding: the process by which a large number of individuals make small monetary contributions into a single pool, ultimately funding a new venture or project. Debt Financing: when a firm raises money for working capital or capital expenditures by selling bonds, bills, or notes to investors, promising to repay the debt with interest. Dilution: is the reduction in the investor's ownership percentage of a share of stock caused by the issuance of new dilutive securities. Due Diligence: comprehensive review or investigation of material facts in regards to an investment or transactions. Early Stage: a period of venture capital investment that falls between seed- and late-stage deals that includes Series A and Series B financings. These companies typically have a proven concept and little revenue. Equity Financing: when a company raises money by selling its shares, allowing shareholders to become partial owners of the company through the purchase of stock. Both debt and equity financing can happen independently or in conjunction with each other. Exit Strategy: also called a liquidity event, this the VC's way of seeing a return on an investment in a company. Common types of exit strategies include initial public offerings (IPOs), strategic acquisitions, and management buyouts. General Partner: an owner of a partnership who has unlimited liability and who is active in the day-to-day operations of the business. Incubator: entities that advise young companies in their earlier days, most commonly before they have received a significant investment. Aside from offering the companies a physical workspace, incubators provide an array of services – marketing help, guidance on product development, legal assistance, access to a network of investors, and pitch/presentation training – designed to ready companies for growth and success. Initial Public Offering (IPO): marks the first moment that shares of stock are offered to the public. When this happens, the company becomes publicly traded and is subject to an entirely new array of securities regulations (among other things). This also means the company will be listed on an exchange. Institutional Investors: investors represented by groups that invest and manage funds on the investors' behalf, including pension funds, investment funds, and mutual funds. Issuer: the legal entity that develops, registers, and sells securities (shares, bonds, notes, etc.) to finance its operations. JOBS Act: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, passed in April 2012. Late Stage: rounds Series C and later are typically categorized as late stage. Leveraged Buyout (LBO): when one company uses a significant amount of borrowed money to meet the cost of acquiring another company. Assets of the company being acquired are often used as collateral for the loans, along with the assets of the acquiring company. Limited Partner: a co-owner of a business organized as limited partnership who (unlike a general partner) does not participate in the management of the firm and has limited personal liability for the firm's debts. Lock-up Period: the length of time an investor must wait before selling or trading company shares after an exit. Portfolio Company: a company in which a venture capital firm has invested, thus, making that company part of the VC firm’s portfolio. Pre-money and Post-money Valuation: pre-money valuation refers to what a company is worth before it receives any sort of funding. Let’s say the initial agreed-upon valuation is $3 million. If a venture capital firm then invests another $1 million, the post-money valuation would be $4 million (the sum of the pre-money valuation and the additional funding). Preferred Stock: has a higher claim on assets and earnings than common stock. Preferred shares generally have a dividend that must be paid out before dividends to common shareholders, and the shares usually do not carry voting rights. Primary Investment Opportunity: an investment opportunity that allows investors to acquire equity in an issuer through a primary transaction. Primary Transaction: the acquisition of stock (shares) or debt instrument from the issuer directly. Pro-rata Rights: the right of investors to participate in later funding rounds so they can maintain the amount of equity they own in a company. Return on Investment (ROI): the money the investor would get back from his or her initial investment. Risk: the likelihood of seeing a lower return than expected, including the possibility of losing some or all of the original investment. Rounds of Financing: startups raise money from venture capital firms in different rounds, typically called Series Seed, A, B, C, D, etc. Series Seed is the first round and is typically for the company to figure out the product it is building, the market it is in, and the user base. Series A is intended to help the company scale distribution or develop a business model. Series B is typically scaling the business and continuing to build traction. Funding amounts in each round generally increase. SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity): a warrant to purchase stock in a future priced round. Both SAFE and convertible notes allow for a conversion into equity, but while a convertible note can allow for the conversion into the current round of stock, or a future financing event, a SAFE only allows for a conversion into the next round of financing. Secondary Investment Opportunity: an investment opportunity that allows investors to acquire equity in an issuer through a secondary transaction. Secondary Transaction: the acquisition of stock (shares) from sources other than the issuer (employees, former employees, or investors). Seed Stage: the first official round of financing, which happens relatively early on in a business’s development. At this point, the startup is looking for funds to prove its concept, and that money can be helpful in building a prototype. Depending on a variety of metrics that measure a company’s growth and development – for example, how it is acquiring and retaining customers, its revenue streams, and the amount of money it spends each month – the seed round may be followed by others. Slide Deck: a presentation in which startup founders show their business concept and summarize financial projections for a VC. Sophisticated Investor: an investor who does not meet the qualifications of an accredited investor but who holds sufficient investing experience and knowledge to weigh the risks and merits of an investment opportunity. Syndicate: a group of investors who invest in a startup together. Term Sheet: a non-binding document that details the terms and conditions of the investment. This acts as quick introduction to the investment opportunity and highlights some of the more complex legal documents that will follow. Valuation: the value ascribed to a startup by an investor. Venture Capital (VC): financing that investors provide to startup companies that are believed to have long-term growth potential but also a substantial amount of risk.   Invest in StartupsGet started reviewing MicroVentures investment opportunities by signing up for free here.
Convertible Debt (aka Convertible Notes)
When sourcing capital for a new business venture, entrepreneurs utilize one of two basic structures: debt or equity. Debt is a capital source with a finite life and clearly defined return profile known at the initial investment. With debt financing, a company is required to pay interest throughout the term of the loan with principal repaid at maturity. Conversely, equity investors are issued shares representing ownership in an enterprise. While equity does not require repayment over a defined time period, an entrepreneur’s stake in his or her company is diluted through the issuance of equity to outside investors. Given the dynamics of early-stage companies, venture capital investors use a hybrid funding mechanism, convertible debt. Convertible debt, in the context of a venture capital financing, is a funding structure that combines the benefits of debt and equity into a single capital source. Convertible debt, usually in the form of a convertible note, is essentially a loan which converts into equity at a later date. A convertible note is a short-term loan with maturities ranging from 12 to 36 months. Instead of paying interest in the form of cash, which would deplete valuable resources of a young company, interest accrues until maturity or conversion. A conversion of the loan (plus accrued interest) into equity is triggered by a subsequent priced equity financing round, typically known as a Series A financing. To compensate convertible note holders for the additional risk assumed with investing at an early stage, most convertible notes feature a conversion price below that of the subsequent financing round through the use of a valuation cap or a discount on the purchase price. Importantly, a valuation cap and a discount are mutually exclusive conversion features thus cannot be applied simultaneously. The note holder will ultimately utilize the conversion feature resulting in the most advantageous purchase price. There is no assurance that a purchaser of a convertible note will realize a return on its investment or that it will not lose its entire investment. Additionally, purchasers will not become equity holders unless there is a future fundraising event, an IPO, or sale of the Company none of which can be guaranteed. How to Get Started…. In order to review MicroVentures investment opportunities please signup. Invest in Startups
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We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

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Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

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Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

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Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired. SIGN UP
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Entrepreneurs today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which must be paid back within an agreed upon amount of time, with interest. Equity, instead, is a portion of ownership of the company in exchange for an investment. A convertible note or “convertible debt” is a hybrid funding solution (hybrid between debt and equity). Convertible notes are short-term loans which convert to equity at an agreed upon milestone or maturity date—usually a Series A round led by a VC firm. Learn more about Convertible debt through our Education Center

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

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Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities. - See more at: https://microventures.com/international-investors#sthash.x8SFjvba.dpuf

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We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. This means your money is safe with us. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities. - See more at: https://microventures.com/international-investors#sthash.x8SFjvba.dpuf

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Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate). - See more at: https://microventures.com/international-investors#sthash.x8SFjvba.dpuf

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team. - See more at: https://microventures.com/international-investors#sthash.x8SFjvba.dpuf

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want. - See more at: https://microventures.com/international-investors#sthash.x8SFjvba.dpuf

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired. - See more at: https://microventures.com/international-investors#sthash.x8SFjvba.dpuf

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Join investors in 500 Startups and diversify your portfolio by participating in a fund encompassing 500 Startups' Fund III - their latest fund, Fund I Annex - a follow-on round supporting 500 Startup's initial cohort, and 500 Luchadores - 500 Startups' Latin American fund.   Highly selective admission in the accelerator program means for you a curated and supported investment in diversified startups.
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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. This means your money is safe with us. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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MicroVentures is one of the only online equity crowdfunding platforms to offer individual investors access to Private Equity investment opportunities in stocks or shares. Some of our past offerings include: Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Jawbone and Box. Our team conducts research and due diligence on Early Stage, Late Stage and Real Estate Investments to bring you high-growth private equity investment opportunities and access to shares from companies that are venture backed. No other platform has the team or resources to simultaneously offer these types of opportunities to you and help you diversify your investments including private company stock and alternative investments.  

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Over $50 Million Raised on Our Platform

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired. SIGN UP
Convertible Debt (aka Convertible Notes)
When sourcing capital for a new business venture, entrepreneurs utilize one of two basic structures: debt or equity. Debt is a capital source with a finite life and clearly defined return profile known at the initial investment. With debt financing, a company is required to pay interest throughout the term of the loan with principal repaid at maturity. Conversely, equity investors are issued shares representing ownership in an enterprise. While equity does not require repayment over a defined time period, an entrepreneur’s stake in his or her company is diluted through the issuance of equity to outside investors. Given the dynamics of early-stage companies, venture capital investors use a hybrid funding mechanism, convertible debt. Convertible debt, in the context of a venture capital financing, is a funding structure that combines the benefits of debt and equity into a single capital source. Convertible debt, usually in the form of a convertible note, is essentially a loan which converts into equity at a later date. right_rail_investA convertible note is a short-term loan with maturities ranging from 12 to 36 months. Instead of paying interest in the form of cash, which would deplete valuable resources of a young company, interest accrues until maturity or conversion. A conversion of the loan (plus accrued interest) into equity is triggered by a subsequent priced equity financing round, typically known as a Series A financing. To compensate convertible note holders for the additional risk assumed with investing at an early stage, most convertible notes feature a conversion price below that of the subsequent financing round through the use of a valuation cap or a discount on the purchase price. Importantly, a valuation cap and a discount are mutually exclusive conversion features thus cannot be applied simultaneously. The note holder will ultimately utilize the conversion feature resulting in the most advantageous purchase price. Below is a demonstration of how a convertible note functions in practice.

Convertible Note Mechanics

After conducting due diligence, an angel investor makes a $200,000 investment in NewCo, a promising young startup raising seed capital. NewCo issues the angel investor a $200,000 convertible note with a two-year maturity accruing interest at 5%. convertible note image 1The terms of the note dictate a mandatory conversion upon a subsequent Qualified Financing, defined as a financing in which NewCo raises $1 million or more. Additionally, the note includes a conversion feature that dictates a conversion price at a 20% discount to the offering price of the Qualified Financing. NewCo has experienced early user adoption and finalized its marketing strategy. In an effort to expand, NewCo is seeking $1 million in funding at a pre-money valuation of $2 million, or $1 per share, approximately one year after issuing the convertible note. The angel investor’s note, with accrued interest, is now worth $210,000, converts into equity at a price per share of $0.80. NewCo issues the angel investor 262,500 shares. Note Mechanics_2 The angel investor now has equity in the company worth $262,500 from an initial investment of $200,000, resulting in a 31.25% return. Suppose the angel investor’s note also included a pre-money valuation cap of $1.5 million in addition to a 20% discount. Upon the Qualified Financing, the note would convert at the lesser of the 20% discount or a valuation cap of $1.5 million. At an aggregate valuation of $2 million or $1 per share, applying the discount results in a $0.80 per share purchase price. However, with a valuation cap of $1.5 million, the note would convert at $0.75 per share ($1.5 million cap divided by $2 million pre-money valuation times the price per share of $1). The resulting conversion would equate to 280,000 shares, or a 40% return to the note holder. Note Mechanics_3 Invest in StartupsGet started reviewing MicroVentures investment opportunities by registering here. If you would like to learn more about Convertible Debt, read our related blog post or download our Convertible Note Whitepaper. What is Convertible Debt Equity Financing Vs. Debt Financing
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Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest in?

The companies that we invest in provide us with updates on a quarterly basis. We pass those updates along to our investors. These updates typically include company progress on: sales, partnerships, product changes, revenue and growth metrics, team expansion, follow-on funding, and recent press.

If I invest, for how long do I have to hold my shares for?

There is currently no market for selling your investment on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to liquidate your investment please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to exit early.

How does the MicroVentures due diligence process work?

Investing in startups is risky. Therefore, we review startups with the same level of rigor as a traditional Venture Capital Firm. We screen all listing applicants using specific criteria – an evaluation of suitable risk, likelihood of profitability, willingness to give up an equity stake in exchange for capital, etc.—and select only the startups that fit a certain profile.

I am a seasoned angel investor. What now?

Please register on our platform to have access to our offerings. We perform institutional level due diligence on all the offerings listed on our site and take the first level of due diligence off investors’ plates. MicroVentures’ licensed brokers are here to provide you with excellent service and answer any questions you might have. Once you are an approved investor you can read our research, and invest at your leisure. Minimum investments are as low as $3,000 per offering and our deal flow is sourced from a variety of sectors.

What is the difference between a sophisticated & accredited investor?

The SEC defines a “sophisticated investor” as an individual who does not meet the accredited investor definition, who has investing experience, and who can make financial decisions without others’ input.

An “accredited investor” is defined by the SEC as:

  • a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person;
  • a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year; or
  • an entity (trust, LLC, corporation, etc.) with assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to acquire the securities offered, whose purchases a sophisticated person makes.

I’m a first time startup investor, where do I begin?

Investing in startups is risky. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with our process and become comfortable with risk prior to investing. We suggest reading the “Investors” section of our website to better understand our due diligence process and to get yourself registered with MicroVentures. Once approved, you will have access to all of our resources, the ability to review our current offerings, and the opportunity to invest in startups. From here we will continue to provide support and education to help you become an avid startup investor—so please explore and join us on LinkedIn for updates.

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Entrepreneurs today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which must be paid back within an agreed upon amount of time, with interest. Equity, instead, is a portion of ownership of the company in exchange for an investment. A convertible note or “convertible debt” is a hybrid funding solution (hybrid between debt and equity). Convertible notes are short-term loans which convert to equity at an agreed upon milestone or maturity date—usually a Series A round led by a VC firm. Learn more about Convertible debt through our Education Center

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Invest withConvertible Notes

Entrepreneurs today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which must be paid back within an agreed upon amount of time, with interest. Equity, instead, is a portion of ownership of the company in exchange for an investment. A convertible note or “convertible debt” is a hybrid funding solution (hybrid between debt and equity). Convertible notes are short-term loans which convert to equity at an agreed upon milestone or maturity date—usually a Series A round led by a VC firm. Learn more about Convertible debt through our Education Center

Learn more about convertible notes & review our offerings

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Over $50 Million Raised on Our Platform

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Featured In:

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Invest withConvertible Notes

Entrepreneurs today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which must be paid back within an agreed upon amount of time, with interest. Equity, instead, is a portion of ownership of the company in exchange for an investment. A convertible note or “convertible debt” is a hybrid funding solution (hybrid between debt and equity). Convertible notes are short-term loans which convert to equity at an agreed upon milestone or maturity date—usually a Series A round led by a VC firm. Learn more about Convertible debt through our Education Center

Learn more about convertible notes & review our offerings

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Invest withConvertible Notes

Entrepreneurs today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which must be paid back within an agreed upon amount of time, with interest. Equity, instead, is a portion of ownership of the company in exchange for an investment. A convertible note or “convertible debt” is a hybrid funding solution (hybrid between debt and equity). Short-term loans which convert to equity at an agreed upon milestone or maturity date - usually a Series A round led by a VC firm. 

Learn more about convertible notes & review our offerings

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Over $50 Million Raised on Our Platform

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Featured In:

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Expertise

Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Invest withConvertible Notes

Startups today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company: debt or equity. An equity based investment through MicroVentures secures an "ownership" of the company for your investment. A convertible note or “convertible debt” is a hybrid funding solution (hybrid between debt and equity) which convert to equity at an agreed upon milestone or maturity date. 

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

SIGN UP

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Invest withConvertible Notes

Entrepreneurs today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which must be paid back within an agreed upon amount of time, with interest. Equity, instead, is a portion of ownership of the company in exchange for an investment. A convertible note or “convertible debt” is a hybrid funding solution (hybrid between debt and equity). Convertible notes are short-term loans which convert to equity at an agreed upon milestone or maturity date—usually a Series A round led by a VC firm. Learn more about Convertible debt through our Education Center

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Entrepreneurs today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which must be paid back within an agreed upon amount of time, with interest. Equity, instead, is a portion of ownership of the company in exchange for an investment. A convertible note or “convertible debt” is a hybrid funding solution (hybrid between debt and equity). Convertible notes are short-term loans which convert to equity at an agreed upon milestone or maturity date—usually a Series A round led by a VC firm. Learn more about Convertible debt through our Education Center

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Over $50 Million Raised on Our Platform

Feburary 2012

July 2011

November 2011

September 2013

April 2013

August 2013

August 2011

January 2014

Featured In:

How We Add Value & Reduce Risk

Expertise

Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Accreditation
Based on the current U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, most startup investment opportunities are available only to accredited investors. An accredited investor is defined under rules set by the SEC. You are an accredited investor if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
  1. Any bank as defined in section 3(a)(2) of the Act, or any savings and loan association or other institution as defined in section 3(a)(5)(A) of the Act whether acting in its individual or fiduciary capacity; any broker or dealer registered pursuant to section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; any insurance company as defined in section 2(a)(13) of the Act; any investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a business development company as defined in section 2(a)(48) of that Act; any Small Business Investment Company licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration under section 301(c) or (d) of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958; any plan established and maintained by a state, its political subdivisions, or any agency or instrumentality of a state or its political subdivisions, for the benefit of its employees, if such plan has total assets in excess of $5,000,000; any employee benefit plan within the meaning of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 if the investment decision is made by a plan fiduciary, as defined in section 3(21) of such act, which is either a bank, savings and loan association, insurance company, or registered investment adviser, or if the employee benefit plan has total assets in excess of $5,000,000 or, if a self-directed plan, with investment decisions made solely by persons that are accredited investors;
  2. Any private business development company as defined in section 202(a)(22) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940;
  3. Any organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, corporation, Massachusetts or similar business trust, or partnership, not formed for the specific purpose of acquiring the securities offered, with total assets in excess of $5,000,000;
  4. Any director, executive officer, or general partner of the issuer of the securities being offered or sold, or any director, executive officer, or general partner of a general partner of that issuer;
  5. Any natural person whose individual net worth, or joint net worth with that person's spouse, exceeds $1,000,000.
  6. Any natural person who had an individual income in excess of $200,000 in each of the two most recent years or joint income with that person's spouse in excess of $300,000 in each of those years and has a reasonable expectation of reaching the same income level in the current year;
  7. Any trust, with total assets in excess of $5,000,000, not formed for the specific purpose of acquiring the securities offered, whose purchase is directed by a sophisticated person as described in §230.506(b)(2)(ii); and
  8. Any entity in which all of the equity owners are accredited investors.
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Due Diligence
The information provided below is purely educational and is not a representation of any MicroVentures' processes. Broadly defined, due diligence is a comprehensive review or investigation of material facts in regards to an investment or transactions. Typically, buyers execute an extensive due diligence process prior to consummating the purchase of a business or investment to gain a full understanding of the both the assets being acquired as well as any liabilities or risks inherent in the business or transaction. In the context of startup investing, the goal of due diligence is to evaluate the economic viability of an idea or early stage business, and it typically occurs through multiple phases or steps. Despite investing at different points in a company’s life or specializing in investments within specific industries or markets, venture capitalists typically employ a comprehensive screening system to determine whether a company or investment is appropriate for the fund’s portfolio. A phased approach to due diligence provides investors with a structured process for evaluating each investment opportunity against standard criteria. As investors eliminate companies at various stages in the screening process, a group of over 100 prospective investments might result in one or two companies ultimately receiving an investment. Due DiligenceThe diagram here serves as an example of a due diligence process culminating in an investment decision for early and seed stage venture capital funds.

Phase I

A typical first screen involves a detailed look at the founding team, the company’s product or service, and the industry in which the company will be operating. These three criteria provide a solid foundation for the initial screening process and can help bring to light any red flags early in the review process. Founding Team: When evaluating a founding team, importance is placed on a team’s relevance to the product or market. For example, if founders have established a company to tackle problems related to DNA sequencing yet prior experience is in social media, a deeper look into the team’s motivations and understanding of its target market would be warranted. However, if the founding team is a group of scientists with experience in biomedical engineering and DNA research, a direct link can be made between the team and the product. In addition to product knowledge, background checks and interviews serve an important role in screening a founding team. Product or Service: In the initial screen, evaluation of the product or service is focused on its broad application and understanding why a certain product or service is necessary, what void is being filled by its existence, and when will broad adoption occur. Most investors conduct a product demo to confirm the product works as advertised and assess the user or customer experience. Industry: Industry analysis sets the stage for understanding a company’s target market, key demographics, existing competitors, barriers to entry, and voids the company is trying to alleviate. This analysis provides context for the remaining steps in the review process and helps investors prepare for a detailed review of the product.

Phase II

For companies that move beyond the first filter, Phase II involves a deeper evaluation of the product and the specific market the company is targeting. Product Detail: In Phase II, a company’s product is sent through an exhaustive review process with investors basically attempting to poke holes in the company’s product thesis from multiple angles. This process includes an analysis of the core technology, its scalability and adaptability, and the product roadmap and milestone timelines. A lot of attention is paid to the user experience and user interface. Questions are typically answered regarding the product’s usability, ease of adoption, any friction points, and specific use cases. In addition to experience, focus is placed on the user interface and design of the product. Investors determine whether the design is appropriate for the target market or unique relative to existing competitors. In addition to review and analysis of the core product, investors also conduct a review of the prospective business model and monetization channels. Target Market: When evaluating a company’s target market, sometimes referred to as the “total addressable market” or “TAM,” several key factors play a role. From the investor’s perspective, a target market analysis boils down to an understanding of the company’s prospective customers: demographics, propensity to spend, size of customer base, built-in network effects, employment and earnings power, and regional economic factors, among other considerations. This analysis varies between consumer and enterprise end-users as well as software or hardware products. It’s also important to review how a company measures its addressable market, which can serve as a barometer of a company’s understanding of its customers. If large variances exist between an investor’s independent analysis and a company’s depiction, further study should be done to either reconcile differences or confirm a company’s mischaracterization of its customer base.

Phase III

Phase III closes the loop on the analysis thus far, tying together the product and customer base to determine a company’s economic viability and revenue-generating capacity. Utilizing information discerned in the prior two filters, investors can properly evaluate the economic merit and commercialization of the company by combining what was learned from the product analysis, business model, and customer base. These three items, when taken together, can serve as the basis for understanding a company’s earnings power from both a single customer and aggregate market perspective. In addition to revenue generation, detailed attention is paid to a company’s cost structure to ensure appropriateness for the product. For example, a hardware company will have a higher cost structure due to expenses related to components and manufacturing relative to software companies where the bulk of expenses is typically found in salaries and wages. Ultimately, revenue generation driven by market adoption of a superior product is what will drive a given company’s success. Phase III of the due diligence process sets out to quantify this potential in an effort to initiate an investment decision.

Phase IV

The due diligence process culminates in an investment decision made after the investor has reviewed all material facts relating to a company, its product, and market. Several other investor-specific factors can influence an investment decision, including familiarity with the industry or strategic fit within a portfolio.

Why is Due Diligence Important?

Due diligence, when conducted properly, can be a time-consuming and painstaking process. However, the importance of due diligence cannot be overstated. With barriers to capital formation for startups being liberated through the JOBS Act, crowdfunding, and general growth and awareness of startup communities around the world, individual investors are overwhelmed with opportunities to put capital to work into a variety of new business ventures. Given risks inherent in startup investing, investors need to take the proper steps in evaluating investment opportunities. A rigorous due diligence process can help illuminate the risks of a given investment opportunity and assist investors in making an informed decision as to whether an investment is appropriate for his or her portfolio.   Invest in StartupsGet started reviewing MicroVentures investment opportunities by registering here.
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Entrepreneurs have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which they must pay back within an agreed upon amount of time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest in?

The companies that we invest in provide us with updates on a quarterly basis. We pass those updates along to our investors. These updates typically include company progress on: sales, partnerships, product changes, revenue and growth metrics, team expansion, follow-on funding, and recent press.

If I invest, for how long do I have to hold my shares for?

There is currently no market for selling your investment on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to liquidate your investment please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to exit early.

How does the MicroVentures due diligence process work?

Investing in startups is risky. Therefore, we review startups with the same level of rigor as a traditional Venture Capital Firm. We screen all listing applicants using specific criteria – an evaluation of suitable risk, likelihood of profitability, willingness to give up an equity stake in exchange for capital, etc.—and select only the startups that fit a certain profile.

I am a seasoned angel investor. What now?

Please register on our platform to have access to our offerings. We perform institutional level due diligence on all the offerings listed on our site and take the first level of due diligence off investors’ plates. MicroVentures’ licensed brokers are here to provide you with excellent service and answer any questions you might have. Once you are an approved investor you can read our research, and invest at your leisure. Minimum investments are as low as $3,000 per offering and our deal flow is sourced from a variety of sectors.

What is the difference between a sophisticated & accredited investor?

The SEC defines a “sophisticated investor” as an individual who does not meet the accredited investor definition, who has investing experience, and who can make financial decisions without others’ input.

An “accredited investor” is defined by the SEC as:

  • a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person;
  • a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year; or
  • an entity (trust, LLC, corporation, etc.) with assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to acquire the securities offered, whose purchases a sophisticated person makes.

I’m a first time startup investor, where do I begin?

Investing in startups is risky. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with our process and become comfortable with risk prior to investing. We suggest reading the “Investors” section of our website to better understand our due diligence process and to get yourself registered with MicroVentures. Once approved, you will have access to all of our resources, the ability to review our current offerings, and the opportunity to invest in startups. From here we will continue to provide support and education to help you become an avid startup investor—so please explore and join us on LinkedIn for updates.

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Case Studies and Whitepapers

Twitter

Through MicroVentures, investors leveraged deep industry relationships and gained access to one of the most exclusive private companies, prior to its anticipated IPO.

View Twitter Case Study

What is a Convertible Note?

Entrepreneurs have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which they must pay back within an agreed upon amount of time.

View Convertible Note Whitepaper

MicroVentures Blog

Visit the blog

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest in?

The companies that we invest in provide us with updates on a quarterly basis. We pass those updates along to our investors. These updates typically include company progress on: sales, partnerships, product changes, revenue and growth metrics, team expansion, follow-on funding, and recent press.

If I invest, for how long do I have to hold my shares for?

There is currently no market for selling your investment on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to liquidate your investment please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to exit early.

How does the MicroVentures due diligence process work?

Investing in startups is risky. Therefore, we review startups with the same level of rigor as a traditional Venture Capital Firm. We screen all listing applicants using specific criteria – an evaluation of suitable risk, likelihood of profitability, willingness to give up an equity stake in exchange for capital, etc.—and select only the startups that fit a certain profile.

I am a seasoned angel investor. What now?

Please register on our platform to have access to our offerings. We perform institutional level due diligence on all the offerings listed on our site and take the first level of due diligence off investors’ plates. MicroVentures’ licensed brokers are here to provide you with excellent service and answer any questions you might have. Once you are an approved investor you can read our research, and invest at your leisure. Minimum investments are as low as $3,000 per offering and our deal flow is sourced from a variety of sectors.

What is the difference between a sophisticated & accredited investor?

The SEC defines a “sophisticated investor” as an individual who does not meet the accredited investor definition, who has investing experience, and who can make financial decisions without others’ input.

An “accredited investor” is defined by the SEC as:

  • a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person;
  • a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year; or
  • an entity (trust, LLC, corporation, etc.) with assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to acquire the securities offered, whose purchases a sophisticated person makes.

I’m a first time startup investor, where do I begin?

Investing in startups is risky. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with our process and become comfortable with risk prior to investing. We suggest reading the “Investors” section of our website to better understand our due diligence process and to get yourself registered with MicroVentures. Once approved, you will have access to all of our resources, the ability to review our current offerings, and the opportunity to invest in startups. From here we will continue to provide support and education to help you become an avid startup investor—so please explore and join us on LinkedIn for updates.

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Case Studies and Whitepapers

Twitter

Through MicroVentures, investors leveraged deep industry relationships and gained access to one of the most exclusive private companies, prior to its anticipated IPO.

View Twitter Case Study

What is a Convertible Note?

Entrepreneurs have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which they must pay back within an agreed upon amount of time.

View Convertible Note Whitepaper

MicroVentures Blog

Visit the blog

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest in?

The companies that we invest in provide us with updates on a quarterly basis. We pass those updates along to our investors. These updates typically include company progress on: sales, partnerships, product changes, revenue and growth metrics, team expansion, follow-on funding, and recent press.

If I invest, for how long do I have to hold my shares for?

There is currently no market for selling your investment on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to liquidate your investment please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to exit early.

How does the MicroVentures due diligence process work?

Investing in startups is risky. Therefore, we review startups with the same level of rigor as a traditional Venture Capital Firm. We screen all listing applicants using specific criteria – an evaluation of suitable risk, likelihood of profitability, willingness to give up an equity stake in exchange for capital, etc.—and select only the startups that fit a certain profile.

I am a seasoned angel investor. What now?

Please register on our platform to have access to our offerings. We perform institutional level due diligence on all the offerings listed on our site and take the first level of due diligence off investors’ plates. MicroVentures’ licensed brokers are here to provide you with excellent service and answer any questions you might have. Once you are an approved investor you can read our research, and invest at your leisure. Minimum investments are as low as $3,000 per offering and our deal flow is sourced from a variety of sectors.

What is the difference between a sophisticated & accredited investor?

The SEC defines a “sophisticated investor” as an individual who does not meet the accredited investor definition, who has investing experience, and who can make financial decisions without others’ input.

An “accredited investor” is defined by the SEC as:

  • a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person;
  • a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year; or
  • an entity (trust, LLC, corporation, etc.) with assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to acquire the securities offered, whose purchases a sophisticated person makes.

I’m a first time startup investor, where do I begin?

Investing in startups is risky. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with our process and become comfortable with risk prior to investing. We suggest reading the “Investors” section of our website to better understand our due diligence process and to get yourself registered with MicroVentures. Once approved, you will have access to all of our resources, the ability to review our current offerings, and the opportunity to invest in startups. From here we will continue to provide support and education to help you become an avid startup investor—so please explore and join us on LinkedIn for updates.

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Case Studies and Whitepapers

Twitter

Through MicroVentures, investors leveraged deep industry relationships and gained access to one of the most exclusive private companies, prior to its anticipated IPO.

View Twitter Case Study

What is a Convertible Note?

Entrepreneurs have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which they must pay back within an agreed upon amount of time.

View Convertible Note Whitepaper

MicroVentures Blog

Visit the blog

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest in?

The companies that we invest in provide us with updates on a quarterly basis. We pass those updates along to our investors. These updates typically include company progress on: sales, partnerships, product changes, revenue and growth metrics, team expansion, follow-on funding, and recent press.

If I invest, for how long do I have to hold my shares for?

There is currently no market for selling your investment on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to liquidate your investment please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to exit early.

How does the MicroVentures due diligence process work?

Investing in startups is risky. Therefore, we review startups with the same level of rigor as a traditional Venture Capital Firm. We screen all listing applicants using specific criteria – an evaluation of suitable risk, likelihood of profitability, willingness to give up an equity stake in exchange for capital, etc.—and select only the startups that fit a certain profile.

I am a seasoned angel investor. What now?

Please register on our platform to have access to our offerings. We perform institutional level due diligence on all the offerings listed on our site and take the first level of due diligence off investors’ plates. MicroVentures’ licensed brokers are here to provide you with excellent service and answer any questions you might have. Once you are an approved investor you can read our research, and invest at your leisure. Minimum investments are as low as $3,000 per offering and our deal flow is sourced from a variety of sectors.

What is the difference between a sophisticated & accredited investor?

The SEC defines a “sophisticated investor” as an individual who does not meet the accredited investor definition, who has investing experience, and who can make financial decisions without others’ input.

An “accredited investor” is defined by the SEC as:

  • a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person;
  • a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year; or
  • an entity (trust, LLC, corporation, etc.) with assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to acquire the securities offered, whose purchases a sophisticated person makes.

I’m a first time startup investor, where do I begin?

Investing in startups is risky. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with our process and become comfortable with risk prior to investing. We suggest reading the “Investors” section of our website to better understand our due diligence process and to get yourself registered with MicroVentures. Once approved, you will have access to all of our resources, the ability to review our current offerings, and the opportunity to invest in startups. From here we will continue to provide support and education to help you become an avid startup investor—so please explore and join us on LinkedIn for updates.

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Case Studies and Whitepapers

Twitter

Through MicroVentures, investors leveraged deep industry relationships and gained access to one of the most exclusive private companies, prior to its anticipated IPO.

View Twitter Case Study

What is a Convertible Note?

Entrepreneurs have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which they must pay back within an agreed upon amount of time.

View Convertible Note Whitepaper

MicroVentures Blog

Visit the blog

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest in?

The companies that we invest in provide us with updates on a quarterly basis. We pass those updates along to our investors. These updates typically include company progress on: sales, partnerships, product changes, revenue and growth metrics, team expansion, follow-on funding, and recent press.

If I invest, for how long do I have to hold my shares for?

There is currently no market for selling your investment on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to liquidate your investment please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to exit early.

How does the MicroVentures due diligence process work?

Investing in startups is risky. Therefore, we review startups with the same level of rigor as a traditional Venture Capital Firm. We screen all listing applicants using specific criteria – an evaluation of suitable risk, likelihood of profitability, willingness to give up an equity stake in exchange for capital, etc.—and select only the startups that fit a certain profile.

I am a seasoned angel investor. What now?

Please register on our platform to have access to our offerings. We perform institutional level due diligence on all the offerings listed on our site and take the first level of due diligence off investors’ plates. MicroVentures’ licensed brokers are here to provide you with excellent service and answer any questions you might have. Once you are an approved investor you can read our research, and invest at your leisure. Minimum investments are as low as $3,000 per offering and our deal flow is sourced from a variety of sectors.

What is the difference between a sophisticated & accredited investor?

The SEC defines a “sophisticated investor” as an individual who does not meet the accredited investor definition, who has investing experience, and who can make financial decisions without others’ input.

An “accredited investor” is defined by the SEC as:

  • a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person;
  • a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year; or
  • an entity (trust, LLC, corporation, etc.) with assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to acquire the securities offered, whose purchases a sophisticated person makes.

I’m a first time startup investor, where do I begin?

Investing in startups is risky. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with our process and become comfortable with risk prior to investing. We suggest reading the “Investors” section of our website to better understand our due diligence process and to get yourself registered with MicroVentures. Once approved, you will have access to all of our resources, the ability to review our current offerings, and the opportunity to invest in startups. From here we will continue to provide support and education to help you become an avid startup investor—so please explore and join us on LinkedIn for updates.

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We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. This means your money is safe with us. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. This means your money is safe with us. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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Equity crowdfunding is a new space, and we're one of the most experienced platforms. We've done the most online investments, processed the most money, we're one of the only platforms to have led an investment round, to have successful exits and to offer both early and late stage investment opportunities.

Security

We are a FINRA registered broker dealer specializing in equity. This means your money is safe with us. In fact, every single employee who deals with the customer investing – from the Founder, to our customer service reps— has their Series 7 license about equity crowdfunding, investing in startups and online investment opportunities.

Selectivity

Most equity crowdfunding platforms will take any start up they can get. We pick what we believe are the best, safest, most secure startup investment opportunities to present to investors. It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures (Harvard has a 7% acceptance rate, we have a 1% acceptance rate).

Due Diligence

Everyone knows that startup investing is risky. But it's currently much riskier than it needs to be since most equity crowdfunding platforms simply don't do any research or due diligence into the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. Every company we feature has been through multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis by our experienced financial team.

Customer Service

Even with all of our due diligence, startup investing is very risky. We want to help you understand if an investment is suitable for you in any way we can. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works – call it and one of our licensed brokers will pick up and talk to you about anything you want.

Access

Equity crowdfunding platforms may begin to accept non-accredited investors when the SEC publishes The JOBS Act Title III rules. However, MicroVentures has experience allowing non-accredited investors under current SEC regulations since 2011 and has proven success by accepting non-accredited investors alongside Venture Capital investments for a portfolio company that was later acquired.

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What makes MicroVentures different is that we are a full service online platform for venture capital investments that is open to the public. We take the best parts of Venture Capital (connections, research, deal flow, mentoring) and combine it with the best aspects of Equity Crowdfunding (open access, ease of use, diversification) to give investors the best of both worlds.

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Gone are the days when you needed a personal invitation from a friend just for the chance to risk $100,000, at a minimum, on a single deal. MicroVentures has turned that model on its head. We match startups seeking capital with angel investors looking to invest as little as $100.   We offer investment opportunities through MicroVenture Marketplace, a FINRA registered broker-dealer offering both primary and secondary investment opportunities through special purpose vehicles or directly into issuers, as well as opportunities under Regulation CF through our funding portal.
Home - Experience
We have been a Online Venture Capital Investment Platform for over 6 years, and in that time have offered over 250 investment opportunities, and facilitated over $100M in transactions. Our team is experienced and well respected in venture capital circles; we have successful startup investing experience and several exits.
Home - Deal Flow
At MicroVentures, in the past, we have given investors the opportunity to invest in startups alongside Venture Capital firms and angel investors. Some of the companies we list have graduated from an accelerator like Y Combinator or 500 Startups, have proven founders, and experienced angels who have already invested. In over 6 years, we have presented our investors with over 160 investment opportunities.
Home - Due Diligence
Investing in startups is risky, but it's currently much riskier than it needs to be because many of the "equity crowdfunding" platforms simply don't do any due diligence on the companies they list. MicroVentures completely rejects that idea. We believe in screening startups with multiple rounds of due diligence and professional analysis. Further, we provide an online summary to help investors understand the investment opportunity. Our rigorous screening process causes us to reject far more startups than we accept. In fact, it's easier to get into Harvard than it is to get listed on MicroVentures.
Home - Customer Service
Investing in startups is very risky. We want to help you understand if startup investing is suitable for you. In fact, we love helping investors so much, our phone number is on the site. It actually works — call it, and our Investor Relations Team will pick up and directly speak with you. MicroVentures’ professionals take the time to educate our investors on the risks associated with startup investing. We won’t poke and prod you toward a startup investment opportunity. Our high-touch service has helped clients find an effective balance between service and technology, minimizing investment confusion and frustration throughout the process.
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MicroVentures does not require the kind of large investments that have traditionally closed off the world of early stage startup investing. Instead, both accredited and non-accredited investors can invest with as little as $100. For investors of all stripes, this type of access to startup investing in private companies is virtually unheard in traditional Venture Capital investing.
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The MicroVentures platform offers investors a gateway to investment opportunities in pre-vetted early stage startups and also secondary investment opportunities. Traditionally these investments have required a larger capital commitment. Not anymore. Now you can access private investment opportunities, sometimes for as little as $100.
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Before you can invest with MicroVentures, you are required to sign up as an investor. Upon completion, we will contact you by phone to confirm and verify your status. Once processed, your account will be activated and you can begin evaluating our exclusive offerings for potential investment. Sign up is free and there is no obligation to invest in startups.
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Ultimately, MicroVentures does all the heavy lifting and gives you all the data you need to make an informed investment decision.
How We Choose Companies

MicroVentures reviews startups with the same level of rigor as traditional Venture Capital companies. We screen all offering applicants using specific criteria – an evaluation of suitable risk, likelihood of profitability, willingness to give up an equity stake in exchange for capital, etc.—and select only the startups that fit a certain profile. The process looks like this:

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What is the difference between a sophisticated and an accredited investor?

The SEC defines a "sophisticated investor" as an individual whose net worth does not exceed $1 million, who has investing experience, and who can make financial decisions without others' input. An "accredited investor" is defined by the SEC as:

  • a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person's spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person;
  • a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year; or
  • a trust with assets in excess of $5 million, not formed to acquire the securities offered, whose purchases a sophisticated person makes.
Will there be any personal guarantees made by the business owner?
It's important to note there are no guarantees by the business owner to the investor. When you opt to invest in a company, you do so at your own risk.
How long will I be required to hold my shares?
The requirement is one year based on SEC regulations. If funding is not completed, we will return your funds. The private market is very illiquid so you should be prepared to hold your investment for a longer period of time. The average exit for a startup is 7 years from inception.
When the minimum time requirement has passed, how do I sell my shares?
There is currently no market for selling your shares on the secondary market. You should plan on holding your investment until the company has an exit. If there is an emergency and you need to sell your shares please notify us and we will do everything we can to see if there is another buyer available.
How often will I get updates on the companies in which I invest?
Each quarter, we ask the companies that we have made primary investments in to provide us updates. If/when the company provides us with an update, we pass those along to our investors. For Secondary investment opportunities, we do not have information rights and do not get quarterly updates. In an effort to keep investment up to date on current public events surrounding the company we provide a quarterly news synopsis.
If I want to invest "more than the maximum" in a particular business, may I?
If you want to invest a greater amount than the maximum allowance listed on the MicroVentures platform, send your request via email to: help@microventures.com. We will make every effort to assist you.
Startups
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MicroVentures is an investment platform that helps startups and small businesses raise capital online. We currently raise capital through Regulation D Rule 506 and Regulation Crowdfunding. Once you apply we will discuss what option may be right for you.

But we've raised capital for all sorts of businesses not on this list.
If you are interested in us possibly raising money for your company, here is what we look for:
What We Look For

Our investors are always looking for great opportunities. If you have a company with a unique idea, then we are interested in learning more. The sweet spot for our platform is companies or startups that need $150,000 to $1,000,000 in capital.

Our Process

MicroVentures reviews startups with the same level of rigor as traditional Venture Capital firms. We screen all offering applicants using specific criteria—an evaluation of suitable risk, likelihood of profitability, willingness to give up an equity stake in exchange for capital, etc.—and select only the startups that meet our high level of standard.

If approved, your business opportunity will be listed on our website for angel investors to review and help fund. MicroVentures is a registered broker-dealer and allows investors to securely invest online—making the process seamless for all parties.

Company FAQ
How long will the funding process take?
It typically takes us 6 weeks from the time of your application submission to final approval and the actual funding date. Once fully funded, you should expect to receive your funds within 2 weeks.
What information will I be required to provide during the evaluation process?
Our Due Diligence Team will analyze the business information and funding request from your application and prepare the funding report that goes to the MicroVentures Investment Committee.
How does MicroVentures determine whether my business is eligible to be listed on the site?
MicroVentures looks for businesses that have a unique idea or a new spin on an old technology. We review the team, traction, market size and other factors to determine if the company will be a good fit for our platform. Additionally, we believe in accountability to the business (or concept), which is one reason we seek to identify firms whose founders already have invested their own capital in their business.
When does the money from investors actually distribute to my business?
Typically 14 days after funding is completed, MicroVentures will complete the investment process and disburse the funds.
How long will an investor be required to hold my shares?
The requirement is one year based on SEC regulations.
Who determines the value of outstanding shares?
MicroVentures and the business will work together to determine the value of outstanding shares.
How do I request additional funding for my business if needed?
We are happy to consider assisting in additional funding rounds. All you have to do is contact us.
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MicroVentures is more than just an equity crowdfunding platform. We also offer a solution that sources private equity deal flow for qualified institutional investors including family offices. We serve institutional investor clients in the U.S. and globally, providing direct access to both early and late stage private companies that are frequently closed off to other investors.
Secondary Transactions

Institutional investors are showing increasing interest in participating in secondary transactions. MicroVentures can source these opportunities and facilitate investments between buyers and sellers. We source both primary and secondary investment opportunities for institutional investors across a number of growth sectors, and our platform is designed to facilitate the larger transactions typically associated with these types of investments.

Co-investment Opportunities

In addition to making direct investments, our institutional investors may also have the option to co-invest alongside MicroVentures in specific investment opportunities in early and late stage companies.

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Offering Exclusive Investment Opportunities

MicroVentures has access to many late-stage secondary investment opportunities that are typically closed off to investors outside of institutional VCs. Our deal flow is sourced by our team and presented to our client base of new and experienced angel investors, high net-worth individuals, institutional investors, family offices, wealth managers, and Registered Investment Advisors.

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An Experienced Broker-Dealer

MicroVenture Marketplace Inc. has the experience and platform to facilitate secondary transactions for our community of accredited investors. In the past, we have offered our investors the opportunity to purchase equity, either as direct investments or through special purpose vehicles, in late-stage companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Pinterest, Dropbox, Nutanix, Meetup, Spotify, Palantir, Pinterest, DocuSign and The Honest Company. You can also view our full portfolio.

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500 Startups is a seed fund and startup accelerator. They believe...
500 Startups
500 Startups is a new kind of seed fund and startup accelerator. They believe successful Internet startups are born from usable design, customer-focused metrics, and online distribution. 500 provides funding ranging from $25K to $250K to early stage startups and also aims to be innovative in their investment model. They are based in Mountain View, California but their companies, mentors, and advisers come from all around the world.
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Betable is a London based gaming platform, which allows mobile and social...
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Bloom Energy is changing the way the world generates and consumes energy...
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Control is a tool for online merchants to more intelligently track and analyze payment information...
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Dekko was a developer of 3D mapping and augmented reality (AR) engines that...
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DocuSign provides electronic signature technology and Digital Transaction Management services for...
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Domo is a software company that specializes in business intelligence tools and data visualization...
Doorman - Item
Doorman has developed a last-mile package delivery solution designed to end the era of missed, damaged, or stolen...
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Dreamit Ventures is a venture capital and seed-stage accelerator that focuses on early-stage companies...
Dropbox - Item
Dropbox is a cloud-based file sharing and collaboration platform. Dropbox is available through...
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Eventric provides software and online services for the live entertainment industry...
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eyeQ has developed a software platform designed to bring the benefits of e-commerce to physical retail...
Fab.com - Item
Fab is a design-focused e-commerce site and mobile app that allows users to buy and sell everyday design products...
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Flurry - Item
Flurry is optimizing the mobile experience for developers, marketers, and consumers. Flurry's market-leading analytics product...
Game Golf - Item
GAME GOLF is a golf performance tool that tracks every swing on the course. The technology...
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Geekatoo is a nationwide network of local verified technicians who provide in-home computer repair ...
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HealthCrowd's DH*RMA platform is a full-service enterprise engagement platform using dynamic persuasion messaging...
The Honest Company - Item
The Honest Company creates products using natural and renewable raw materials that help the environment through...
Honeycomb - Item
HoneyComb has created a new drone system and image processing software specifically tailored towards...
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HUBB produces high-performance, reusable oil filters for engines of fleet and consumer vehicles. They have patents...
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INRIX, founded in 2004, is an industry-leading provider of traffic information and predictive technology for...
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Instacart is a grocery delivery service that provides same-day delivery. Users are connected with a "personal shopper" who...
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Jason's House matched empowered buyers with pre-screened real estate agents...
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Jawbone is a world leader in consumer technology and wearable devices...
Karma - Item
Karma is a mobile internet company that is passionate about keeping users connected. Karma's second-generation device...
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Keen Systems enables print service providers to set up online stores to optimize business as the print industry...
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Launchrock, launched out of Philadelphia's Startup Weekend, focuses on collecting an interest and building an audience for...
Loom - Item
Loom keeps your photos and videos at your fingertips while saving you space. View your photos...
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Medigram provides a secure, cloud-based mobile communication platform to connect healthcare professionals...
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Meetup is an online social network that allows users to create and join groups and plan face-to-face...
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MicroVentures was one of the financial industry's first organizations to merge crowdfunding with the venture capital industry…
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Misterbnb is a peer-to-peer short-stay property rental platform built for the gay community. The platform ensures...
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Nutanix delivers web-scale IT infrastructure to medium and large enterprises with its software-driven...
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OpenLabel converts the barcode on every product in the world into a "digital label" that is open to...
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Pinterest - Item
Pinterest is a free content discovery platform providing users the ability to collect ideas, products, or themes...
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PublikDemand used social media to help solve customers’ problems with big companies...
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Are You A Human
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Arlington Arms
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Astroprint
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Betable
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Allevi
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Biomeme
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Birchbox
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Bonafide
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Bonobos
Bonobos offers men's and women's clothing as well as specialty golf apparel. The inspiration for the Bonobos brand was centered on better-fitting pants. The founders of Bonobos set out to design a pair of chinos that provided a custom tailored fit from an off-the-rack purchase. Launched online in 2007 with its signature line of better-fitting men's pants, Bonobos is now the largest apparel brand ever built on the web in the United States.
Boostable
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Box
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CaptureProof
CaptureProof is revolutionizing the way doctors and patients communicate. It is a HIPAA-compliant app for medical chat, photos, and video. With CaptureProof, patients don't have to struggle to explain their symptoms, and doctors don't have to guess what they really mean. Patients show-and-tell, and doctors see-and-know. CaptureProof turns the mobile phone into a medical tool and lets patient capture symptoms as they happen. Patients can avoid the "wait-and-see" visit by recording symptoms through notes, photos, or video, and show up prepared to share with the doctor.
Cleanify
Cleanify is a marketplace for home and small office cleaning services. Through Cleanify's marketplace, users can search, book, and pay for cleaning providers based on a system of peer reviews. Cleaners are given a platform to sell their services and choose where, when, and how much they charge. Additionally, they are provided business tools to manage their service and optimize their routes and schedules.
Cloudera
Cloudera is revolutionizing enterprise data management by offering the first unified platform for big data, an enterprise data hub built on Apache Hadoop. Cloudera offers enterprises one place to store, process, and analyze all their data, empowering them to extend the value of existing investments while enabling fundamental new ways to derive value from their data. Only Cloudera offers everything needed on a journey to an enterprise data hub, including software for business-critical data challenges such as storage, access, management, analysis, security, and search.
DigniFi
DigniFi is a lending platform for vehicle repairs and maintenance. Partnering with auto repair shops around the United States, DigniFi allows borrowers to complete loan applications and necessary paperwork through an online in-store kiosk. Loan applications are taken through the company's proprietary credit model and a lending decision is delivered within minutes.
Control
Control is a tool for online merchants to more intelligently track and analyze payment information processed through multiple online platforms. The merchant's dashboard, known as the Control Board, is fully customizable and is designed to display key revenue data in an easy-to-read format. Merchants are also able to run reports that capture key variables or trends. Control supports online merchants using Stripe, PayPal, and Paymill.
Dekko
Dekko was a developer of 3D mapping and augmented reality (AR) engines that would allow apps and users to interact with their real-world surroundings. Dekko ceased operations in 2015.
DocuSign
DocuSign provides electronic signature technology and Digital Transaction Management services for facilitating electronic exchanges of contracts and signed documents. DocuSign's electronic signature technology allows users to prepare, send, sign, and manage documents digitally using e-signatures that are valid and legally binding around the world. DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform builds on this product by providing secure, cloud-based software and services that allow organizations to prepare, execute, and manage transactions in an all-digital environment.
Domo
Domo is a software company that specializes in business intelligence tools and data visualization. To do your job well, you need the right information at the right time. Unfortunately, that information lives in an ever-increasing mess of disconnected spreadsheets, systems, databases, and applications. Domo solves that problem by bringing your business and its data together in one intuitive platform. With Domo, it's easy to see all the information you care about in one place and use it to make faster, better-informed decisions.
Doorman
Doorman has developed a last-mile package delivery solution designed to end the era of missed, damaged, or stolen packages. Through on-demand package delivery, Doorman allows customers to receive packages when they are home, avoiding a trip to the post office or leaving a package on a doorstep. Upon sign-up, each user is given a personalized Doorman shipping address where customers divert all package deliveries. Doorman then allows customers to arrange delivery at a more convenient time.
Dreamit
Dreamit Ventures is a venture capital and seed-stage accelerator that focuses on early-stage companies and invests further in the most successful companies’ follow-on rounds as they continue to grow. Dreamit is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has satellite locations in New York, Baltimore, Austin, and Tel Aviv. Dreamit has a general accelerator as well as education and healthcare specific programs.
Dropbox
Dropbox is a cloud-based file sharing and collaboration platform. Dropbox is available through a web-based interface, as a desktop application, and on both iOS and Android mobile platforms, enabling true file sharing and synchronization functionality anywhere at any time. Dropbox currently offers three products: Dropbox Basic, Dropbox Pro, and Dropbox for Business.
Eventric LLC
Eventric provides software and online services for the live entertainment industry. Their solutions include software for tour and artist management and online VIP ticketing services. Their customers include live acts such as Dave Matthews Band and Britney Spears, as well as corporations such as SAP and Burger King.
eyeQ
eyeQ has developed a software platform designed to bring the benefits of e-commerce to physical retail stores. eyeQ's platform can attract shopper attention at the shelf with targeted and personalized messages and determine shopper interest and reaction by being both engaging and aware. The software is delivered in-store via LCD panels and computer vision technology that can provide real-time insights on customers to brands and retail store partners.
Fab.com
Fab is a design-focused e-commerce site and mobile app that allows users to buy and sell everyday design products at great prices. The company facilitates social commerce by allowing its over 14 million members to upload and share design inspirations. Fab's mission is to help people better their lives through design. Fab strives to provide the best-designed website and apps, selling the best-designed products, delivered with the best-designed service. Fab was acquired by PCH International in March 2015.
Facebook
Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) is the world's largest social networking site. It allows users to connect, share with friends and family, and learn about current events. It also provides a unique realm for advertisers to learn about and more effectively target their consumers through their online social activity. Facebook went public in March 2012.
Fandeavor
Fandeavor provides gameday experiences and seamless travel for sports fans. It allows fans to reserve a complete sports experience package in a single, streamlined, transparent transaction. Fandeavor experiences can encompass air travel, lodging in the most fan-friendly hotels, and participation in VIP-type experiences.
Flurry
Flurry is optimizing the mobile experience for developers, marketers, and consumers. Flurry's market-leading analytics product sees activity from more than 500,000 apps on over 1.3 billion smartphones and tablets worldwide, giving the company the deepest understanding of mobile consumer behavior. Flurry has turned this knowledge into accelerated revenue and growth opportunities for app developers, and an effective, measurable advertising channel for marketers to engage their audiences on mobile devices. Flurry was acquired by Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) in July 2014.
Game Golf
GAME GOLF is a golf performance tool that tracks every swing on the course. The technology automatically tracks and uploads game and course data into an easy-to-use platform for analysis, sharing, and review without intruding on your round. The platform is positioned for use in any sport – golf is just the beginning.
Geekatoo
Geekatoo is a nationwide network of local verified technicians who provide in-home computer repair, TV mounting, home theater setup, and more, all at very affordable prices. The company has a network of thousands of technicians nationwide who bid on jobs submitted on the Geekatoo platform. Geekatoo merged with HelloTech in Q2 2016.
HealthCrowd
HealthCrowd's DH*RMA platform is a full-service enterprise engagement platform using dynamic persuasion messaging and multivariate testing to optimize patient engagement. The platform is able to deliver messages through multiple mediums, including instant message, email, voice, social, and other mobile applications. By using multivariate testing, HealthCrowd is able to dynamically serve patient populations, altering message delivery and content to derive the right message, to the right patient, at the right time.
The Honest Company
The Honest Company creates products using natural and renewable raw materials that help the environment through waste minimization and removing unnecessary, harmful chemicals. By reducing the amount of petroleum through its supply-chain process, The Honest Company is committed to cutting down on toxic agents in both its products and packaging and strives to be 100% plant-based and sustainably-sourced.
HoneyComb
HoneyComb has created a new drone system and image processing software specifically tailored towards farmers for use during the growing season. HoneyComb estimates that large-scale growers can use real-time data to quickly diagnose problems, improve crop yields by 2% or more, and reduce many key input costs by up to 10%.
HUBB Filters
HUBB produces high-performance, reusable oil filters for engines of fleet and consumer vehicles. They have patents on the design and utility for both the product and filter cartridge exchange program, and additional patents are pending for other applications such as hydraulic fluid, water, fuel, coolants, and cooking oil.
INRIX
INRIX, founded in 2004, is an industry-leading provider of traffic information and predictive technology for individuals, corporations, and government agencies. Utilizing a community of more than 275 million vehicles, smartphones, cameras, and other sensors, INRIX provides real-time traffic information for over 5 million miles of roads across more than 40 countries.
Instacart
Instacart is a grocery delivery service that provides same-day delivery. Users are connected with a "personal shopper" who is tasked with selecting and delivering grocery orders from local grocery stores. While not affiliated in an official capacity, the company facilitates grocery deliveries from major grocery distributors like Whole Foods, The Food Emporium, Kroger, Costco, and others.
Jason's House
Jason's House matched empowered buyers with pre-screened real estate agents who were willing to share their commission. The company ceased operations in 2016.
Jawbone
Jawbone is a world leader in consumer technology and wearable devices, building hardware products and software platforms powered by data science. Jawbone is the creator of the best-selling JAMBOX family of wireless speakers, the award-winning Jawbone ERA Bluetooth headsets, NoiseAssassin technology, and UP, a lifestyle tracking wristband and companion software.
Karma
Karma is a mobile internet company that is passionate about keeping users connected. Karma's second-generation device, the Karma Go, runs on Sprint's LTE network and is available throughout the United States. Karma has uniquely decoupled the hardware device from the Karma management software, allowing multiple users to connect through a single Karma Go through independent user accounts. Karma offers both pay-as-you-go and monthly data subscriptions.
Keen Systems
Keen Systems enables print service providers to set up online stores to optimize business as the print industry rapidly transitions to e­-commerce. Launched in 2010, Keen's award­-winning (GraphExpo 2011 and InterTech 2012) web­-to-­print solution is the fastest­-growing cloud­-based service for small and medium­-sized printing companies. Additionally, Keen's Print is Big (www.printisbig.com) campaign is a valuable resource used by thousands of printing companies around the world and is the recipient of Printing Industries of America's 2013 web2award. Keen System was acquired by Aleyant in 2015.
LaunchRock
Launchrock, launched out of Philadelphia's Startup Weekend, focuses on collecting an interest and building an audience for early-stage startups that are still at the idea phase. With over 10 million signups, Launchrock provides incentive for users to spread the word about new startups through email and social networking. By pulling together creative, development, and marketing strategies, Launchrock successfully creates a buzz for new startups. Launchrock was acquired by Fundable in 2014.
Loom
Loom keeps your photos and videos at your fingertips while saving you space. View your photos, create albums, and manage your library from anywhere. Loom was acquired by Dropbox in 2014.
Lyft
Lyft is a peer-to-peer ridesharing company that creates communities of passengers and drivers in a given market through a mobile application supported on iOS and Android devices. Lyft attempts to differentiate itself from other ridesharing services through its "community model," establishing a social network among drivers and passengers. Passengers launch the application and request a ride, and a nearby driver responds to the request and arrives at the pick-up location.
Medigram
Medigram provides a secure, cloud-based mobile communication platform to connect healthcare professionals. Healthcare organizations around the country are replacing outdated legacy technologies with Medigram to improve clinical efficiency and reduce compliance risk. Medigram is HIPAA compliant, works on any smartphone, and is encrypted for security.
Meetup
Meetup is an online social network that allows users to create and join groups and plan face-to-face meetings with individuals based on shared interests. Users enter their postal code and a topic they are interested in and are instantly connected to thousands of people and can arrange a time and place to meet. By facilitating new relationships and social groups, Meetup strives to revitalize local communities.
MicroVentures
MicroVentures was one of the financial industry's first organizations to merge crowdfunding with the venture capital industry in the U.S. The Austin, Texas-based company provides an opportunity for individual investors, both accredited and non-accredited, to invest in early-stage and secondary private companies alongside venture capitalists, often at the same or similar terms. In November 2016, MicroVentures publically launched its funding portal that connects non-accredited investors with regulation crowdfunding opportunities made available through Title III of the JOBS Act.
Misterbnb
Misterbnb is a peer-to-peer short-stay property rental platform built for the gay community. The platform ensures a welcoming, safe, and comfortable environment when traveling domestically and abroad. In addition to a rental marketplace, Misterbnb provides leading content for destinations including restaurants, attractions, and events friendly to the gay community. Misterbnb is available in over 130 countries.
New Valence Robotics
New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS) has developed a 3D printer and associated curriculum to bring 3D printing technology into the classroom. The core of the company's technology is its patent-pending process for automated part removal integrated into the NVPro printer. Paired with a cloud-based management interface, NVPro printers can be managed and operated 24/7 from any device.
Nutanix
Nutanix delivers web-scale IT infrastructure to medium and large enterprises with its software-driven Virtual Computing Platform, a hyperconverged infrastructure technology. Nutanix has developed enterprise storage and computing solutions that run cloud-based workloads for some of the largest enterprises in the world, including NASDAQ, Best Buy, Yahoo, and Toyota Motors of North America. Customers can start with a few servers and scale to thousands with predictable performance and economics. Nutanix went public in 2016.
OpenLabel
OpenLabel converts the barcode on every product in the world into a "digital label" that is open to the public for comment. Just scan any product, and instantly see, share, or rank all the reasons to buy (or avoid) that product. Beyond price comparison, users can finally connect with the issues they care about from sources they trust. More than just an addictive app, OpenLabel is building a massive data-driven platform to connect consumers with information and offers at the critical decision point. OpenLabel was acquired by Buycott in Q1 2016.
Oru Kayak
Oru Kayak is an elegant and compact kayak that can be folded into a portable carrying case. Using the principles of origami, the Oru Kayak is only 25 lbs. – light enough to carry in a shoulder bag but durable enough to handle six-foot waves. This 12-foot kayak fits in the trunk of a car and can be fully assembled in less than five minutes.
Palantir
Palantir Technologies, Inc. is an American computer software and services company that specializes in data analysis. Palantir offers a variety of software applications that integrate, visualize, and analyze information. They work with both private and public customers to help solve a wide range of problems. Primary clients are the US government and financial services customers. Since its founding in 2004, Palantir has doubled in size each year while retaining early-stage values.
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PayByGroup is a group payment service that makes collective purchases easier by allowing each group member to contribute to the purchase of a big-ticket item for the entire group. PayByGroup allows users to control how to split costs between group members and only charges you when the funding goal is met. One person no longer has to collect the money from each group member by hand and can instead use PayByGroup to centralize and simplify the payment process.
Pinterest
Pinterest is a free content discovery platform providing users the ability to collect ideas, products, or themes from around the internet in a single, organized portal known as a Pinboard. Users can upload, save, and manage content on personal Pinboards which can then be shared with the broader Pinterest community. Each user is delivered a customized "pin feed" which is built based on a user's pinning behavior.
PogoSeat
Pogoseat is a mobile app that gives people attending sports games or concerts the opportunity to upgrade their seats and purchase unique experiences during the event. Pogoseat not only gives fan the opportunity to improve their entertainment experience but also gives venues and teams the opportunity to increase fan engagement, monetize unused inventory, and gather data to improve the fan experience. Their clients include the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco Giants, the Sacramento Kings, the Brooklyn Nets, and more.
PopApp
PopApp is an application that allows developers to transform paper sketches into mobile app prototypes. These prototypes can then be shared with colleagues and friends, for a more efficient and valuable way to get feedback. PopApp is currently compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, and desktops and has been used to create over 1.5 million sketches.
PreNav
PreNav has developed a computer vision technology to enable low altitude flight precision for drones. Using deep neural networks for object recognition and localization, PreNav allows drones to operate in and around sensitive areas without hitting obstacles, unlocking the potential for new drone applications.
Pristine
Pristine’s flagship product, EyeSight, supports a world in which physical and geographic barriers to expertise are made irrelevant via its rich video collaboration and productivity platform. Pristine solves the problem of “Hey, can you take a look at this?” through mobile communications solutions and enterprise-grade wearables.
PublikDemand
PublikDemand used social media to help solve customers’ problems with big companies. The company ceased operations in 2015.
Redfin
Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of real estate agents who earn a salary and customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin.com features all of the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties.
Reesio
Reesio is the only complete one-stop-shop solution for the technology needs of modern real estate professionals. They provide full Transaction Management, CRM, Listing Syndication, and Offers Management. Everything is all in one place, with no separate e-signature or other accounts required. Reesio uses a modern web-based system to take an agent's real-time transaction information and create searchable and accurate listings. Reesio was acquired by Move, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE) in 2015.
Republic Project
Republic Project, launched in 2009, is a media technology innovator that allows users to create rich media ads that run on multiple devices and platforms. The company uses a content management system that provides a template to easily allow users to add images, videos, and other interactive ad ingredients. This technology allows brands and agencies to reach new social and mobile audiences without the expense and complexities of traditional media. Republic Project was acquired by Digital Generation, now Sizmek (NASDAQ: SZMK), in 2013.
Revolights
Revolights is a patented 360-degree LED bike lighting system for front and rear wheels and is designed to provide full visibility for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Revolights provides a legal headlight and smart brake light, and provides true 360-degree visibility. Revolights are equipped with a removable rechargeable battery.
Ribbon
Ribbon started by creating technology to simplify the complex world of payments, providing a frictionless platform for merchants and other users to send and receive money online from any device.
SendHub
SendHub is a simple and fast way for professionals to communicate. They provide businesses and organizations with a call and messaging solution to reach small and large groups of people. Their simple interface lets users place and accept calls, as well as send group messages to anyone, from anywhere. SendHub is great for businesses but has also seen successful usage from teachers, political organizations, and more. SendHub was acquired by Cameo Global in Q2 of 2016.
ShowKit
ShowKit provides companies and developers tools to build real-time video-based customer support services for mobile users. ShowKit's solution can be integrated into a company's mobile app to enable in-app screen sharing, co-navigation, and video chat with only four lines of code. A company's support agents can field customer calls from inside a web-based application or from a smartphone or tablet, and can remotely view and navigate a customer's mobile screen. The company ceased operations in 2015.
PLNAR
PLNAR has developed a platform to take detailed and precise measurements from a picture taken by a smartphone or tablet, increasing productivity for any measurement-taking end user. Device-agnostic, PLNAR's multiple patent-pending software platform allows users to take Smart Pictures, which are 2D images or high-definition 3D models containing millions of measurement data points. PLNAR also provides embedded cloud saving and sharing features.
SMaSH LLC
SMaSh provides an interactive SMS platform that delivers Web-like levels of interactivity through SMS-based applications. SMaSh enables marketers to build immediate, rich data interactions between mobile consumers and product/service providers at the moment the consumer’s interest is greatest – all through text message.
Soldsie
Soldsie is a social commerce service that allows customers to purchase products via Facebook and Instagram comments. Registered Soldsie customers can simply purchase products by commenting SOLD on a post. The company also manages the invoice process by tracking sales, inventory, and invoices.
Space Monkey
Space Monkey is changing how the world stores data, forever. By taking the cloud out of the data center and putting it in consumers' homes, Space Monkey provides all the benefits of a traditional cloud service but at a fraction of the cost, and with the speed and space of local data storage. Space Monkey was acquired by Vivint in 2014.
Spotify
Spotify delivers to consumers an attractive, legal, and versatile online music streaming service, offering platform and social sharing features unmatched by its rivals. It provides listeners with paid and unpaid subscription options that provide access to more than 20MM music tracks, which can be played, depending on the subscription model, from any device even when not connected to the Internet.
Stanley Hotel Suites
Stanley Suites is an 89-unit extended-stay hotel carrying the MainStay Suites brand on a site located in the city of Stanley, North Dakota. The Mainstay Suites brand is a national brand franchise offered by Choice Hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in the world.
Epifany (Stealz)
Epifany (formerly Stealz) has developed and deployed a social media engagement tool that uses customer loyalty incentives to reward users for sharing product experiences on social media platforms. Through the Epifany mobile application, supported on iOS and Android, users can check in, share feedback, and post photos instantly across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, converting a business’s customers into brand ambassadors.
Stitch
Stitch provides a social platform for older adults looking for companionship and community. Online dating has become increasingly popular as more and more individuals turn to the Internet for socialization. However, today’s online dating apps tend to target the younger, Internet-savvy demographic, leaving few viable options for older adults, including those merely seeking companionship. Stitch addresses this gap by providing a web and mobile-based social platform tailored for the 50+ age group. By deploying a finely-tuned, cohesive combination of product features, revenue structures, and safety mechanisms, the platform prioritizes interests and activities over appearances, trust and safety over allure, and companionship along with romance.
Structured Polymers
Structured Polymers produces specialty polymer materials for the additive manufacturing industry. Structured Polymers is one of the leading innovators in the 3D printing industry, as it offers more specialized materials at a lower cost. Think novel ink for 3D printers using technology that expands the polymer ink library from less than 10 to more than 1,000.
SupplyHog
SupplyHog is a more efficient and transparent way for contractors to buy building supplies and materials. The company aims to consolidate the shopping, purchasing, and shipping elements into a cost-effective and easy-to-use program. SupplyHog works with local manufacturers and distributors throughout the country to find items at the most competitive price.
Sylvan Park
The Grove, formerly Sylvan Park, is a 178-unit multifamily apartment complex in Raleigh, North Carolina in close proximity to North Carolina State University, and is a portfolio property of Artesia Real Estate. Artesia, through a newly formed affiliated entity, purchased the property and has made renovations and cosmetic upgrades to the interior and exterior of the units.
TeVido Biodevices
TeVido has developed a 3D bioprinted nipple areola complex ("NAC") for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction patients. It uses 3D bioprinting and a patient's living cells to create a custom NAC graft. TeVido's technology should encourage vascularization and blood flow, increasing take rates relative to current solutions. TeVido's technology also has applications with skin grafts and wound care procedures.
Togga
Togga has taken the successful elements of fantasy football and applied them to the world's most popular sport – soccer. Togga addresses a fundamental problem in fantasy soccer's currently antiquated model by bringing a live draft, enhanced stats, and social community to the fantasy soccer market. Togga bridges leading content, social media, and an unparalleled fantasy soccer experience.
TowerView Health
TowerView Health helps chronically ill and elderly patients manage complex medication regimens with a connected, prefilled pillbox. Patients are sent medication trays prefilled by dose and time of day – morning, afternoon, nightly meds, etc. These trays fit into the proprietary pillbox, which senses if patients miss a dose and sends automated reminder notifications to patients, caregivers, and families via phone or text message.
Twitter
Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) is an online social networking and microblogging service that allows users to send and read user updates in the form of "tweets." The real-time communication facilitates public self-expression and allows users to discover and spread content. Active users include celebrities, companies, world leaders, and news organizations. Twitter went public in 2013.
RedAwning
RedAwning is a vacation rental website that provides users with reliable listings from only professionally managed vacation rentals. RedAwning also makes it easier on property managers by automating every step of the reservation process.
Venture51
Venture51 is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in high-tech companies and supports the most promising founders in high-growth markets. The firm brings their own entrepreneurial experience, relationships, and marketing/product expertise to the table. They look to back passionate, experienced entrepreneurs who are focused on creating highly scalable technologies and significant value propositions for their customers.
Visual.ly
Visual.ly serves as a marketplace for creative visual content, bringing designers, journalists, animators, and developers together with brands in need of creative campaign solutions. Visual.ly facilitates several media types including infographics, videos, web experiences, presentations, micro-content and campaigns. Visual.ly was acquired by ScribbleLive in Q1 2016.
Yelp
Yelp (NYSE: YELP) connects people with great local businesses by serving as the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US and in more than 30 other countries. Yelp went public in 2012.
Zillabyte
Zillabyte is a cloud-based platform for data analysis that lets developers building an application focus on their model rather than infrastructure. Zillabyte sets up and maintains the infrastructure needed to analyze data. Zillabyte does not only allow users to work with open data sets as well as private data, but the company also offers packaged algorithms that perform tasks such as geocoding and fraud analysis. The company ceased operations in 2015.
Chiron Health
Chiron Health has built a telemedicine platform that allows physicians to provide patients with HIPAA-compliant video visits for routine follow-up care. Rather than relying on a network of random physicians to provide services, Chiron’s telemedicine services are offered to patients by their physicians, accelerating adoption rates. These visits are fully reimbursable by insurance carriers as in-office visits, allowing physicians to generate incremental revenue.
A Plus
A Plus is a media company based in NYC that focuses on delivering positive journalism and “being the voice of good in the world.” Co-founded by Ashton Kutcher, who currently serves as Chairman of the Board, A Plus launched in April of 2014. Also known as “A+,” the company’s website went live in January 2015 and now garners millions of views per month. A Plus was acquired by Chicken Soup for the Soul in September 2016.
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Acquia
Acquia is a software-as-a-service company that provide products, services, and support for Drupal, an open-source web content management platform. Acquia closed a $55 million equity financing round led by Centerview Capital Technology in September 2015. Acquia’s customers include non-profit organizations such as Greenpeace and NATO, universities such as Duke and Princeton, and public and private companies such as Pinterest, Intuit, Intel, Fujitsu, T-Mobile, and Mercedes-Benz.
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Anaplan
Anaplan is a next-generation planning software that replaces spreadsheets with a cloud-based platform, simplifying business analytics and speeding up the business planning process. Anaplan provides more than 100 pre-built apps for workforce, quota, projects, demand, budget planning, and more. Anaplan’s customer list includes HP, Chevron, VMware, Schneider Electric, Gatwick Airport, DocuSign, Motorola, McAfee, and United Airlines.
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Ecomom
Ecomom was an online retailer that specializes in providing eco-friendly and organic products for children and their families. The original company ceased operations in 2013, and its assets were acquired by GreenCupboards of Spokane, Washington.
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Gecko Robotics
Gecko Robotics facilitates infrastructure inspections by designing, developing, and operating robots that can climb into confined and dangerous places, dramatically improving infrastructure integrity and workplace safety. The company’s robots are equipped with high-quality ultrasonic sensors and real-time HD video recording, enabling more thorough inspections in a fraction of the time a manual inspection would take.
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Finrise
Finrise is a healthcare lender that provides financing for treatments and services that are often not covered by insurance, giving patients more access to healthcare and improving reimbursement rates for physicians. The service is offered by physicians directly to their patients, allowing patients to be treated immediately while giving them more time to pay. Finrise offers financing solutions for dental, auditory, and veterinary practices.
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Goodybag
Goodybag provides a delivery and takeout marketplace that makes it easy for offices to fulfill their catering needs, including placing orders for large groups or meetings. The company simplifies the ordering process for office administrators and others tasked with placing catering orders while giving office personnel more variety by offering access to hundreds of local restaurants and catering options.
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Graphicly
Graphicly was an online platform for publishing, distributing, and promoting digital content. The company graduated from the Techstars accelerator program in 2009. The company ceased operations in 2014.
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Histowiz
HistoWiz is a comprehensive histology service company that accelerates tissue testing for cancer researchers. The company provides a three-day turnaround, cloud-based digital results, and an online platform that facilitates collaboration between researchers, pathologists, medical students, and others in the scientific community. Clients include MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and numerous medical centers, universities, and private laboratories.
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Kik Interactive is a Canadian company that provides a free instant-messaging application for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone mobile devices. Kik is known for allowing its user to preserve their anonymity and is particularly popular among U.S. teenagers.
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LendEDU
LendEDU is a marketplace for student loans, student loan refinance, and student loan consolidation. The platform allows users to compare up to 12 different student loan lenders with a single inquiry submission that does not count against the user’s credit. The company also provides related tools such as payment calculators and tips on personal finance. The company’s goal is to help users save money through transparent pricing and education.
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MapJam
MapJam is a web and mobile map publishing platform that allows businesses, organizations, and individuals to create useful, personalized maps that are easy to share. MapJam goes beyond addresses by helping customers and clients pinpoint locations such as specific parking lots, building entrances, playing fields, market stalls, or other gathering places not easily found using street addresses.
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Matternet
Matternet is embracing drone technology to enable goods to be delivered anywhere – even the most remote places on earth. The ONE Matternet drone can transport items up to 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) over 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) on a single battery charge. It is designed specifically for transportation, with a central container that is easy to load and unload. Matternet has partnered with Mercedes-Benz to create a concept vehicle whose rooftop can serve as a launch and landing pad for Matternet M2 delivery drones.
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Mobile Action provides intelligence and insights for mobile apps, including...
Mobile Action
Mobile Action provides intelligence and insights for mobile apps, including app analytics, app store optimization, and user analytics. Customers include Adidas, ABC, eBay, Reuters, Redbox, Intuit, and Microsoft.
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Perlstein Lab (PLab), a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) that is accelerating precision drug discovery for...
Perlara
Perlstein Lab (PLab), a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) that is accelerating precision drug discovery for 5,000+ rare genetic diseases. PLab’s innovative technology has been featured by Science, Science Friday, Popular Science, TechCrunch, and The Wall Street Journal. The company is initially focusing on childhood monogenic (single-gene) diseases.
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Pakible provides businesses with custom branded product packaging, from design to...
Pakible
Pakible provides businesses with custom branded product packaging, from design to manufacturing. Products include self-locking corrugated cardboard shipping boxes and lightweight poly shipping bags, all available in a variety of colors and dimensions. The company’s website provides templates that allow customers to easily upload designs. Customers include Samsung, Soylent, Reddit, and Uber.
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Practice Fusion is a top cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform for doctors and patients...
Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion is a top cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform for doctors and patients, with more than 100,000 healthcare professions in its network. The platform includes products for billing, charting, labs and imaging, and e-prescriptions, as well as patient portals for improved engagement and communication.
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Prosper is a peer-to-peer lending marketplace that connects individual borrowers with individual and...
Prosper
Prosper is a peer-to-peer lending marketplace that connects individual borrowers with individual and institutional lenders through an online platform. Borrowers are able to submit credit applications and list loan requests from $2,000 to $35,000, and individual lenders are able to invest as little as $25 in a given loan. In addition to serving as a marketplace for borrowers and lenders, Prosper also provides servicing for loans on behalf of investors. The online application process is available 24/7 and is usually processed faster than a traditional loan.
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Qbox is a company that provides hosted services for Elasticsearch search engine, Kibana data visualization, and...
Qbox
Qbox is a company that provides hosted services for Elasticsearch search engine, Kibana data visualization, and Logstash data collection software. Qbox allows users to choose their cloud platform, whether Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer, or Rackspace. The company provides 24/7 support and maintenance as well as migration and backup services.
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Qualia is a data intelligence company that helps brands reach consumers though purchase intent...
Qualia
Qualia is a data intelligence company that helps brands reach consumers though purchase intent targeting. The company uses consumer actions such as social media posts, shares, check-ins, likes, and hashtags to effectively target consumers through multi-channel ad campaigns. Qualia’s advertisers represent major brands across a wide range of industries and include Google, Comcast, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, P&G, Sony, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
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Razzor has developed a series of proprietary algorithms that improve video image quality and enhance...
Razzor
Razzor has developed a series of proprietary algorithms that improve video image quality and enhance daylight viewing for smartphones and tablets as well as PC and TV screens – all while extending battery life. Razzor’s algorithms, software, and drivers can run on any embedded device including Intel, Qualcomm, MediaTek, or other CPU/GPU. The technology has already been distributed in a million Dell and Quanta notebook PC computers.
Reduced Energy Microsystems
Reduced Energy Microsystems (REM) is a designer of low-power microprocessors. REM’s technology enables the company to design processors to use one-third the power of traditional processors, increasing performance per watt for demanding uses such as the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile computing, and data centers.
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Reduced Energy Microsystems (REM) is a designer of low-power microprocessors. REM’s technology enables...
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Snap is mobile messaging and multimedia app that allows users to send and receive...
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Snap is mobile messaging and multimedia app that allows users to send and receive ephemeral photos and videos. After four years in operation, Snap usage surpassed that of Twitter. The app is especially popular among 18- to 24-year-old users. Snap was valued at about $18 billion in May 2016.
StackShare
StackShare is a developer-only community made up of engineers, CTOs, VPEs, and developers from some of the world's top startups and companies, including Google, Yelp, Lyft, PayPal, Dropbox, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Instacart. The StackShare website provides technologists with comprehensive information on software tools and cloud infrastructure services across dozens of categories. This information allows users to compare technology products and services based on price, feature set, popularity, and other criteria. Users can also discuss products and services in the community, identify usage trends, discover new tools, or browse other companies’ stacks.
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StackShare is a developer-only community made up of engineers, CTOs, VPEs, and developers from some of the...
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Laasie.ai uses artificial intelligence and big data to connect hotels directly with their customers, providing guests with instant rewards...
Laasie.ai
Laasie.ai uses artificial intelligence and big data to connect hotels directly with their customers, providing guests with instant rewards and incentives for booking directly as opposed to using an online travel agency (OTA) such as Priceline or Expedia. Because OTAs charge hotels a 20-25% commission for each booking, Laasie.ai is able to save properties money while providing guests with premium experiences. Hotels can implement Laasie.ai's technology by adding a few simple lines of code to their backend systems.
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Streamup provides a free live chat and video streaming platform that gives users a fun way to watch, chat with, and...
Streamup
Streamup provides a free live chat and video streaming platform that gives users a fun way to watch, chat with, and support their favorite musicians. Users can share streaming live shows via the app or can embed the Streamup video player and chat software directly in their website. Streamup also facilitates the flow of “tip jar” money from fans to musicians.
Techstars
Techstars is a startup accelerator founded by David Cohen, Brad Feld, David Brown, and Jared Polis. Techstars places heavy emphasis on mentorship as part of the startup ecosystem and provides more than twenty accelerator programs, including programs in major cities across the U.S. Techstars’ portfolio companies include DigitalOcean, SendGrid, ClassPass, and Karma.
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Techstars is a startup accelerator founded by David Cohen, Brad Feld, David Brown, and Jared Polis. Techstars places...
Treeline
Treeline provides automation of software backend and API development, allowing developers to easily build custom, high-performance backend systems for their apps without writing code. Treeline's cloud-based compiler exports Node.js code that is compatible with any hosting platform. Treeline also provides pre-built “machinepacks” or common utilities that allow apps to interface with other companies’ APIs, including Stripe, YouTube, GitHub, Mailgun, Mandrill, Facebook, and Twilio.
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Treeline provides automation of software backend and API development, allowing developers to easily build custom...
Vesper Labs
Vesper is a NYC-based company that provides office management services delivered by trusted, vetted career office managers. Services include inventory and vendor management, office procurement, event coordination, bookkeeping, administrative research, one-off project assistance, executive assistant support, and light HR help. The company provides a software portal for 24/7 request submission and offers flexible service plans that include virtual and onsite assistance on an ad-hoc basis, once per week, or every day.
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Vesper is a NYC-based company that provides office management services delivered by trusted, vetted career...
Weft
Weft provides a supply-chain platform that supports global asset tracking and logistics for maritime shippers, manufacturers, and third-party logistics (3PL) companies, replacing outdated and error-prone spreadsheet-based systems. Weft also provides predictive analytics that help companies reduce shrinkage, minimize risk, and make better logistics decisions, increasing overall operating efficiency.
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Weft provides a supply-chain platform that supports global asset tracking and logistics for...
Zycada
Zycada is solving the ubiquitous problem of mobile network latency and unreliability – caused by factors such as network congestion and data packet loss – by developing a networking and routing platform that makes mobile applications run faster.
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Zycada is solving the ubiquitous problem of mobile network latency and unreliability...
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ReTargeter is a full-service display advertising platform specializing in audience targeting and...
ReTargeter
ReTargeter is a full-service display advertising platform specializing in audience targeting and retargeting. ReTargeter helps businesses optimize marketing spend by targeting potential customers through a full suite of targeted display solutions. ReTargeter was acquired by Sellpoints in 2015.
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Singularity University (SU) is the global leader for...
Singularity University
Singularity University (SU) is the global leader for learning, networking, and innovating with exponential technologies. Their platform provides a global community of individuals and organizations with diverse education programs, conferences, community events, digital content and courses, and startup programs. Based in Silicon Valley, the mission of Singularity University is “to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's grand challenges.” SU was co-founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, and is lead by CEO and Associate Founder, Rob Nail.
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Thrive Market is a members-only online store that offers top-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices.
Thrive Market
Thrive Market is a members-only online store that offers top-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. Founded in 2013, the company has grown from a few employees to over 500 full-time workers. Thrive has more than five million registered users and ships more than $200k worth of goods each day.
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WellDog specializes in permeability analytics and gas testing and reservoir monitoring and optimization…
WellDog
WellDog specializes in permeability analytics and gas testing (finding and measuring producible gases in coal, shale, and other reservoir formations) and reservoir monitoring and optimization, including the custom manufacturing and servicing of down-hole gauges, valves, and pumps. The company saw 172% revenue growth from 2012 to 2016, has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America in Deloitte's annual Technology Fast 500, and received the President's "E" Award in 2016.
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Beamable is an open, extensible game server platform that lets you create online games...
Beamable
Beamable is an open, extesnsible game server platform that lets you create online games and virtual worlds in minutes. Rapidly add player auth, analytics, social, commerce, inventory, content management, meta-game features, GenAI, Web3 capabilities, and more to any game project.
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Petcube helps people stay connected with their pets throughout the day…
Petcube
Part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class, Petcube is a global leader in Connected Pet, which is defined as the intersection of Connected Home and pet care. Petcube helps people stay connected with their pets throughout the day. Its newest product, Petcube Play, is an interactive pet camera that lets pet owners see, talk to, and play with their pets remotely from their smartphone.
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Reliant’s diagnostic screening test gives consumers the ability to obtain earlier diagnoses…
Reliant Immune Diagnostics
Reliant Immune Diagnostics seeks to improve consumers’ access to healthcare while reducing the cost. Reliant’s diagnostic screening test gives consumers the ability to obtain earlier diagnoses without having to leave their home. In under 20 minutes, consumers will be able to self-diagnose multiple common ailments and link directly to a doctor for treatment.
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InnerSpace’s instant mapping and location platform aims to change how we experience indoor spaces…
InnerSpace
InnerSpace’s instant mapping and location platform aims to change how we experience indoor spaces. InnerSpace sensors integrate multiple patent-pending technologies and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology to quickly scan any indoor space and automatically create 3D models and floorplans. Additionally, the sensors can track the movement of people and/or objects inside buildings, gathering the data needed to create turn-by-turn indoor navigation apps. InnerSpace partnered with IBM to expand distribution and introduce its innovative solution using IBM’s BlueMix and Watson technologies.
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Realty Mogul connects people who want to invest in real estate with real estate companies that want to raise capital…
Realty Mogul
Realty Mogul connects people who want to invest in real estate with real estate companies that want to raise capital to fund their projects. Through the RealtyMogul.com platform, accredited, non-accredited, and institutional investors can invest in real estate online through a private, secure website. Investors get insider access to pre-vetted investment properties with a low minimum investment amount. In 2016, Realty Mogul expanded operations to include its first commercial real estate investment trust (REIT): MogulREIT.
Feastly
Feastly is an online marketplace that connects sophisticated diners with chefs who host pop-up dinners, meal-sharing services, and supper clubs. The marketplace gives diners the chance to eat within an innovative, creative setting and provides chefs another way to monetize their work without the expenses of opening a traditional restaurant. In February 2017, Feastly officially launched a partnership with Airbnb allowing travelers to plan and book local dining events. Other notable partnerships include those with S. Pellegrino, OpenTable, Couchsurfing, and Luxe.
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Feastly is an online marketplace that connects sophisticated diners with chefs who host pop-up dinners…
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Adenda is helping brands create full-page, interactive, rich-media push notifications…
Adenda
Adenda is helping brands create full-page, interactive, rich-media push notifications, which can help increase app interaction rates. Adenda’s patented software development kit (SDK) allows third-party app developers to display content directly on the lock screens of Android phones – without users ever having to unlock their device. Current customers include mobile operators U.S. Cellular, US Connect, and Infiniti Mobile as well as TIM, one of the largest mobile network operators in Brazil.
volansi
volansi provides point-to-point delivery of time-sensitive shipments using high-speed, long-range, un-manned aerial vehicles. Introduced at Y Combinator’s 24th Demo Day, volansi helps companies save on potentially costly downtime due to delayed shipments and gain control over their supply chain. The proprietary Hybrid Quad vehicles can achieve speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, significantly faster than ground transportation, and travel distances of up to 1,000 miles. The company is currently serving customers in the high-tech, automotive, aviation, and oil and gas industries and set a U.S. record by flying a fixed-wing commercial drone 97 miles to deliver a 4.7-pound robotic component to an applied materials factory.
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Volans-i provides point-to-point delivery of time-sensitive shipments using high-speed, long-range, un-manned aerial vehicles…
Play Fund
Play Labs is a new startup incubator/accelerator program for MIT-affiliated startups using playful technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, 3D modeling, gamification, and artificial intelligence. Startups will have access to speakers, advisors, and mentors that are relevant and tailored to their industry as well as hands-on mentoring. Play Fund has been created to give investors the opportunity to invest in companies that graduate from Play Labs. The Fund is expected to invest up to $80,000 in each startup that finishes the program and meets certain investment criteria as determined by the Fund’s Managers, Bayview Labs and Seraph Group.
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Play Labs is a new startup incubator/accelerator program for MIT-affiliated startups…
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Social Finance Inc. (SoFi) takes a radical approach to lending and wealth management…
SoFi
Social Finance Inc. (SoFi) takes a radical approach to lending and wealth management by offering faster service, open conversations, and benefits – such as exclusive loan rates, career development, financial advice, and entrepreneurship programs – to help members get ahead and find success. Founded in 2011 with the goal of refinancing student loans by matching alumni with fellow graduates on a school-by-school basis, SoFi has expanded into mortgages, mortgage refinancing, personal loans, wealth management, life insurance, and banking. The company raised a $1 billion Series E in September 2015, which was the largest funding round for a U.S.-based fintech startup to date, and now has 260,000 members and more than $16.7 billion in funded loans.
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Accel Robotics is the creator of the OMNIO robot, an artificial intelligence-enabled smart shopping assistant…
Accel Robotics
Accel Robotics is the creator of the OMNIO robot, an artificial intelligence-enabled smart shopping assistant that acts as a brand ambassador in retail stores. OMNIO delivers smarter in-store service by engaging customers and empowering associates, and its two working prototypes have appeared at retail events by brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, and Konica Minolta. Named a 2017 Cool Company by San Diego Venture Group, Accel Robotics was accepted into the REVTECH Accelerator Program in 2017.
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Vantage Robotics has developed Snap, a fully portable, easy-to-use, camera-equipped drone…
Vantage Robotics
Vantage Robotics has developed Snap, a fully portable, easy-to-use, camera-equipped drone to allow anyone to safely and easily create spectacular aerial video. Snap is one of the world’s lightest and smallest quadcopters, combining gimbal-stabilized 4k video and top-tier flight performance with safety, portability, and ease of use. Winner of Richard Branson’s 2017 Extreme Tech Challenge, Snap uses a magnetic interface to allow for a structure that breaks apart on impact for reduced damage and has prop guards in place to protect users from the drone’s blades. Vantage Robotics has filed 11 patents on technologies for flying cameras and has been selected by a major news organization to provide aerial coverage for its team of journalists.
Experiment 7
Experiment 7 is a game development studio focused on creating social tabletop games for virtual reality headsets. Through the company’s Magic TableTM platform, players can challenge real-world friends, users from across the globe, or custom AI opponents in tabletop games set in striking, detailed environments.
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Experiment 7 is a game development studio focused on creating social tabletop games for virtual reality headsets…
Outsite
Founded in 2015 and a graduate of 500 Startups’ 18th batch, Outsite is a coworking/co-living concept for professionals, entrepreneurs, and groups who want to get away and get focused. The company provides houses in nine beautiful locations where telecommuting professionals can stay, work, and socialize for a few days or weeks. Outsite also plans company retreats for both small teams and big corporations to help bring teams closer together; past clients have included LinkedIn, Google, KIND Snacks, and Zynga.
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Founded in 2015 and a graduate of 500 Startups’ 18th batch, Outsite is a coworking/co-living concept…
uShip
uShip is an online marketplace that enables individuals and businesses to price search, book, and ship bulk items, both locally and globally. By connecting shippers with user-rated carriers with extra cargo space (e.g. large shipping companies, small fleets, single-truck owners, or even road-trippers), anything can be shipped through uShip, from freight to furniture to livestock. In 2016, the company signed an exclusive five-year agreement in Europe worth “tens of millions” of dollars with DB Schenker, one of the world’s largest logistics firms.
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uShip is an online marketplace that enables individuals and businesses to price search, book, and ship bulk items...
Additive Rocket Corporation
The Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC) utilizes state-of-the-art metal additive manufacturing techniques (such as 3D metal printing) and advanced design and test processes to create liquid propellant thrusters and rocket engines for space industry vehicles and small-satellite launchers. The company was awarded first place in the “High Tech” category and $60,000 in cash and services at the 2017 Entrepreneur Challenge at University of California, San Diego and was selected to be part of Techstars’ inaugural Asia-Pacific accelerator.
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The Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC) utilizes state-of-the-art metal additive manufacturing techniques…
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Curb’s energy intelligence system embraces smart technology to create an energy-efficient home…
Curb
Curb’s energy intelligence system embraces smart technology to create an energy-efficient home. With its mobile app and web interface, users can see, in real time, what’s driving the cost of their electricity bill and receive energy-saving tips and electricity safety alerts. Curb was the winner of the McDonald’s IoT Challenge and Capital Factory’s Best in Show at SXSW 2016. The company was also named the winner of the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup and a $50,000 investment from Startbot in 2015.
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SimplyVital Health is a web-based platform that aggregates patient data across healthcare providers…
SimplyVital Health
SimplyVital Health is a web-based platform that aggregates patient data across healthcare providers to accurately track patients and identify opportunities for cost savings, all while preserving data integrity through blockchain technology. It allows providers to securely track a patient’s progress, establish protocols with skilled nursing facilities and primary care physicians, and monitor patient outcomes. SimplyVital’s platform is also one the most secure HIPAA protocols on the market; with its blockchain technology, it can create an immutable audit trail of a patient’s entire treatment history.
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Voyajoy helps rental property owners, hotel managers, and corporate housing providers maximize income and reduce costs…
Voyajoy
Voyajoy helps rental property owners, hotel managers, and corporate housing providers maximize income and reduce costs on their short-term rental units. The company leverages smart operations and marketing software to seamlessly manage and market multiple properties and dynamically update pricing across more than 30 mainstream and niche property rental sites. The company has API integrations with Booking.com, TripAdvisor, HomeAway, and Expedia, allowing customers to automatically upload property rental data from those sites directly onto Voyajoy’s comprehensive platform.
23andMe
23andMe® is a personal genetics company that provides genome analysis services via its easy-to-use and affordable at-home DNA-collection kit. While many direct-to-consumer genetics companies, including 23andMe, have been around for about a decade, 23andMe became the first company to receive FDA authorization to market direct-to-consumer genetic health risk reports in April 2017. To date, the company has received $491 million in funding, including a recent $250 million equity round led by Sequoia Capital, which had a reported pre-money valuation of $1.5 billion.
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Founded in 2017, Ordermark aims to help restaurants navigate the shift in how people find and order food. The company’s...
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French Accelerator helps startups founded abroad enter the U.S. market and scale their business successfully…
French Accelerator
French Accelerator helps startups founded in France, and other countries, enter the U.S. market and scale their business successfully. It focuses on Series A-stage startups, helping entrepreneurs take their products to market, find the right customer/user segments, implement the right business model, generate revenue and user growth, develop scalable/profitable distribution channels, augment their teams with complementary skills, and potentially raise capital. French Accelerator has partnerships with brands such as Bank of America, Cap Value, French Founders, French Morning, and Built in Los Angeles.
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Shapeways enables users to make, buy, and sell custom 3D-printed products…
Shapeways
Shapeways enables users to make, buy, and sell custom 3D-printed products, giving creatives designers access to industrial 3D printing technology capable of manufacturing products with complex designs in a wide range of high-quality materials, including 14k gold, sterling silver, brass and stainless steel, ceramic, and plastic. Hewlett-Packard chose to partner with Shapeways to pilot the new HP 3D printer, and Shapeways also partnered with DyeMansion in June 2017 to offer a new polishing process using the DyeMansion Powershot S automated finishing system.
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Tesseract Space is a provider of cost-effective propulsion components and systems for in-space applications…
Tesseract Space
Tesseract Space is a provider of cost-effective propulsion components and systems for in-space applications spanning from commercial Earth-orbiting satellites to robotic exploration missions. A Y Combinator 2017 graduate, Tesseract has designed, built, and fired its first prototype thruster with propulsion systems use low-toxicity propellants, significantly reducing the cost of fuel, eliminating the hazards of toxic fuels, and providing better fuel economy.
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Founded in 2002, Sonos is a consumer electronics company that manufactures multiroom speakers…
Sonos
Founded in 2002, Sonos is a consumer electronics company that manufactures multiroom speakers, allowing users to play music anywhere in their house and control the speaker using a smartphone app via Wi-Fi. No wires and no complicated set up – just music where you want it, when you want it. In October 2017, the company launched the Sonos One, a speaker that supports Amazon Alexa and is expected to support Google Assistant in 2018, on top of its other home speakers and home theater systems. Sonos shipped four million units in 2016, making it the second largest Wi-Fi-based wireless speaker brand by sales in 2016, behind Amazon.
Datatron
Datatron uses machine learning to help enterprises easily merge real-time data and historical data, enabling advanced decision-making. Its technology combines the power of real-time systems with big data, allowing business to respond to events as they happen, unlike existing big data systems that only process batches of historical data. Datatron provides actionable insights, not just visualization of data (e.g. graphs, plots, and other statistical graphics). The company has also rolled out its first two solutions built on top of its AI platform ─ an AI data cleansing solution, which helps data scientists shift their attention to high-value business analysis, and an AI virtual assistant for sales departments.
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Datatron uses machine learning to help enterprises easily merge real-time data and historical data…
CachePhysics
CachePhysics is pioneering predictive data infrastructure management within the fast-growing database-as-a-service (DBaaS) industry. Its self-learning model dynamically adjusts to new data requirements and helps enterprises avoid the significant and unnecessary costs of allocating extra database resources to various applications. Furthermore, CachePhysics provides guaranteed data performance Quality of Service (QoS), ensuring an enterprise achieves optimal latency (i.e. speed) across its entire network of applications. Currently, Application QoS is achieved by significantly over-allocating (i.e. overprovisioning) data resources.
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CachePhysics is pioneering predictive data infrastructure management within the fast-growing database-as-a-service (DBaaS) industry…
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Percolate is an all-in-one web and mobile software platform…
Percolate
Percolate is an all-in-one web and mobile software platform that helps brands and marketing agencies deliver unified customer experiences across all marketing channels. Named a leader in The Forrester Wave: Content Marketing Platforms, Q2 2017 Report, Percolate is used by over 800 brands, such as GE, Unilever, Mastercard, Marriott, Levi’s, Ikea, IBM, Cisco, and Cigna, among others.
BitPay
Founded in 2011, BitPay allows users to accept payments in bitcoin and receive funds directly to their bank account or secure, open-source Bitcoin wallet. Over one million Bitcoin wallets using BitPay’s technology have been created, with several thousand new wallets being added every day, according to the company. It also supports bitcoin settlements in eight currencies and processes direct bank deposits in 38 countries. For businesses, BitPay can facilitate online payments, in-store payments, nonprofit donations, mobile app payments, and billing/invoicing.
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Founded in 2011, BitPay allows users to accept payments in bitcoin…
Circle
Circle is a consumer finance company focused on transforming the world's economy with secure, simple, and less costly technology for storing and using money. The Circle Pay app allows users to send funds to and receive payments from others around the world at no cost, with no exchange rate markups or fees. The app is free to download on iOS and Android devices and deposits held in U.S. dollars are FDIC insured up to $250,000. In addition, Circle is a global liquidity provider for institutional clients looking to buy and sell crypto assets and is developing a blockchain-supported protocol called CENTRE, which will enable wallet-to-wallet digital transactions across multiple fiat currencies and crypto assets.
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Circle is a consumer finance company focused on transforming the world's economy with secure, simple, and less costly technology…
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Aromyx has determined how to reproduce the biochemical signals sensing organs send to the brain...
Aromyx
Through its work with scientists at Princeton, Stanford, and Temple University, Aromyx has determined how to reproduce the biochemical signals sensing organs send to the brain and how to measure those signals in a meaningful way via its EssenceChip – which places human olfactory and taste receptors onto a disposable biochip with a digital readout. Incubated at Stanford’s StartX accelerator and the Plug and Play Ventures Materials program, Aromyx has partnered with Rewired to incorporate digital taste/smell technology into smart robots.
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ZenSports began as a mobile application that enabled users to book reservations at sports facilities but...
ZenSports
ZenSports began as a mobile application that enabled users to book reservations at sports facilities but has pivoted to align itself with the online sports betting market, intending to capitalize on changes in the U.S. regulatory environment. ZenSports plans to integrate a peer-to-peer sports betting marketplace with its app where users can create and accept bets for live sporting events from their smartphone. Preliminary designs for this feature plan to develop and utilize a native cryptocurrency token (SPORT), smart contracts, and a blockchain mechanism to facilitate the exchange of funds between parties.
Fair
Fair is a car leasing company that aims to provide customers with the ability to drive the car they want for as long as they want, with the option to turn it in at any time. Unlike a traditional lease, when a customer signs for a car, Fair buys it from the dealer and allows the customer to return the vehicle whenever he or she wants—no long-term commitment required. Fair’s mobile platform is designed to let customers seamlessly shop and sign for a car on their phone, offering consumers certified pre-owned vehicles from over 40 different brands, and includes cars, trucks, and SUVs.
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Fair is a car leasing company that aims to provide customers with the ability to drive...
BlueJeans Network
BlueJeans Network is a cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration software that aims to connect people around the world. The company’s software allows businesses of all sizes to access high-quality business video communications on a global scale.
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BlueJeans Network is a cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration software that aims to...
Topgolf
Topgolf is a high-tech driving range designed for all ages and skill levels with point-scoring golf games, food and drink, and a golf store. The company’s patented technology allows players to track their gold balls and see exactly where they land. Each ball includes a microchip to track location that players can drive from climate-controlled bays located on multiple floors for year-round play.
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Topgolf is a high-tech driving range designed for all ages and skill levels with point-scoring golf games...
HotelTonight
HotelTonight is an app-based service that matches travelers seeking last-minute lodging with discounted hotel room options. The company also offers a way to book rooms up to 100 days in advance. The company has raised approximately $133 million in funding and was valued at in over 30 countries are available on HotelTonight’s app.
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Turo
Turo is a peer-to-peer vehicle sharing marketplace that enables travelers to rent a vehicle of their own choosing from individual vehicle owners. Searchers can view and select nearby vehicles to rent and owners can earn extra money renting out idle vehicles. Turo aims to be a viable alternative to traditional car rental options.
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Turo is a peer-to-peer vehicle sharing marketplace that enables travelers to rent a vehicle of their own choosing from...
Wonda VR
Wonda VR is a platform that enables the creation of immersive VR experiences. The company is focused on the education training segment of VR marketing, aiming to meet the growing demand among schools and enterprises.
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Wonda VR is a platform that enables the creation of immersive VR experiences. The company is focused on...
Process Street
Process Street is a business-to-business (B2B) software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed to provide enterprises with a simple, streamlined way to manage a wide range of recurring workflows, checklists, and procedures. It offers companies the ability to customize the platform and workflow process to meet their individual needs.
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Process Street is a business-to-business (B2B) software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed to provide enterprises with...
Keap
Keap is a management platform that gives small businesses a complete view of their marketing and sales efforts through customer relationship management (CRM), marketing automation, cross-channel analytics, and third-party integrations. They also provide an e-commerce platform.
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Keap is a management platform that gives small businesses a complete view of their marketing and sales efforts through...
Chartboost
Chartboost is a mobile game discovery and development platform that aims to help brands tap their revenue potential and better engage with potential users. The platform currently supports video, rewarded (opt-in), playable, and rich media advertisements. Via the Chartboost Exchange, advertisers can place bids to show their content to users. This links advertisers with over 300,000 mobile games that have 900 million active players who engage in more than 40 billion monthly game sessions.
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Chartboost is a mobile game discovery and development platform…
Price.com
Price.com is an AI-powered product search engine specializing in alternative shopping options, including generic, used, and local—designed to give consumers an all-in-one place to search and compare products. The company was launched in 2017, lists approximately 80 million products on its database, and adds one million new products each month. Notable angel investors include Dick Costolo (former CEO of Twitter), Kamran Ansari (Head of Corporate Development at Pinterest) and Charlie Songhurst (former Head of Corporate Development at Microsoft).
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Price.com is an AI-powered product search engine specializing in alternative shopping options, including...
Deep Science AI
Deep Science AI is an affordable remote surveillance monitoring solution. Its human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence (AI) platform is designed to detect threatening situations in real time. The company’s AI Surveillance (AIS) platform aims to spot weapons, people concealing their identity, fires, and after-hours intruders. Top retails have requested pilots from Deep Space AI, including 7-Eleven, GameStop, Gap, and Meijer. All plans come with 24/7 monitoring, video storage of threat detections, free AI platform updates, and IT support.
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Nextdoor
Nextdoor is a website and mobile app designed to allow verified members of local communities to share updates and communicate online to build safer, more connected neighborhoods. It is used in 75% of all U.S. neighborhoods, 50% of all Netherlands neighborhoods, and 40% of all United Kingdom neighborhoods. The company’s value was estimated to be $1.5 billion in December 2017 after it raised $75 million in funding. Notable investors include Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Tiger Global Management.
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Hyperloop
Hyperloop aims to leverage magnetic levitation to glide vehicular pods at speeds of up to 670 miles per hour in enclosed, pressurized steel tubes. In May 2017, Hyperloop became the first company in the world to test a full-scale hyperloop. To date Hyperloop has raised $295 million in total funding.
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AUTO1 Group
AUTO1 Group is an online platform designed to facilitate the efficient purchase and sale of used automobiles in the European market. The company was founded in 2012 and purchases used cars from private sellers, car manufacturers, and dealerships, and then resells them through its global dealership network. AUTO1 Group maintains a diversified, brand-agnostic inventory of vehicles that dealers can access 24/7. In 2017, more than 420,000 vehicles were traded on the company’s platform, a 40% year-over-year increase.
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iMicrobes
Industrial Microbes is a biotechnology company that develops and licenses microorganisms and processes which convert methane and carbon dioxide into valuable, versatile building-block chemicals that can be used in a wide range of applications. This process has the potential to cut chemical production costs in half and help reduce carbon pollution associated with chemical manufacturing.
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ICON
ICON is on a mission to create sustainable 3D-printed building practices that lead to beautiful homes which are accessible to everyone. The company is attempting to make home building more affordable and much faster, all while being less resource intensive. Using their proprietary 3D printing platform, they built one of the first permitted 3D-printed houses in the U.S. in just 48 hours. The printer is designed to work under constraints common to impoverished areas, such as limited water, power, and labor infrastructure.
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Puppet
With Puppet, IT administrators can now automate across their entire business. Puppet Enterprise helps administrators see the whole picture, easily control and enforce consistency, and keep everything compliant, all in a common language that works for today’s technology — and whatever comes next. Puppet acquired delivery automation software company Distelli in 2017 with the goal of improving how IT and software development teams collaborate. More than 37,000 companies use Puppet’s open source and commercial solutions, including over 75% of the Fortune 100.
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Kiavi
Kiavi aims to change the typical lengthy, complicated, paperwork-filled home loan process. An online mortgage lender, Kiavi has funded more than $2 billion in mortgage loans since it started lending in mid-2014. Kiavi's goal is to provide a rate quote within three minutes, a full application process within 20 minutes, and a closing date in just 10 to 14 days. The process is also completed entirely online, allowing borrowers to keep track of their loan progress via their customized dashboard. The company also provides institutional and individual investors access to attractive, high-yield real estate assets.
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Ionic Security
Ionic Security, formerly known as Social Fortress, was originally conceived to give individuals full control of the data that they shared through social networks or email. Today, the company helps enterprises protect corporate and personal data through data-centric encryption and multifactor authentication because firewalls built around network systems are no longer sufficient. With Ionic, each data element is individually encrypted – unlockable and viewable only to authorized users.
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Ripple
Ripple is a platform designed to use blockchain solutions to enable an international network of banks, payment providers, and digital asset exchanges to seamlessly send funds across borders via RippleNet. The company aims to make cross-border payments faster, cheaper, and more reliable. Ripple owns approximately 60% of XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency digital asset by market capitalization. 60 banks are in the process of commercially deploying Ripple’s enterprise software, including Santander, Royal Bank of Canada, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
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Napa Valley Distillery
Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) produces over a dozen small-batch and limited-release spirits – including the award-winning Meyer Lemon Liqueur and Napa Vodka – plus barrel-aged craft cocktails. The company’s 12,000-square-foot production facility houses a tasting salon and event center, and a second vintage bar shop and tasting room are located inside the Oxbow Public Market. NVD also operates a Distinguished Bar Club, shipping members spirits, bitters, syrups, mixers, and barware every quarter as well as providing access to discounts and invitations to exclusive events. The company plans to build out a full kitchen and operate a small restaurant in its main location.
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Stance
Stance was founded in 2009 with the vision to develop a lifestyle brand and change the way consumers look at socks. The company designs unique, colorful, and innovative socks and undergarments. It moved quickly to create a wide variety of designs and has partnered with notable celebrities and athletes such as Rihanna, Allen Iverson, and Bubba Watson, to push its message and create a brand with which consumers could identify.
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VINEBOX
VINEBOX is a premium wine-by-the-glass subscription service that gives consumers an affordable way to try a wine before they buy it. Each month, VINEBOX sends a curated box containing three single-serve portions of wine sourced from wineries around the world that are customized to suit each customer’s tastes and preferences. Each shipment contains tasting notes, pairing suggestions, and some fun facts about where the wine came from.
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Qelzal
Founded in 2014, Qelzal (d.b.a. Kelzal), was created to provide an efficient method of detecting and identifying movement. It leverages event-based vision (EBV) and advanced machine learning to enable high-performance AI cognition without requiring substantial computing hardware or electrical power. The company has been awarded several grants, including one from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a detect-and-avoid visual system for drones. Originally focused on drone technology, Kelzal has since pivoted to focus on the surveillance and monitoring industry with plans to eventually service the AV and robotics market.
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LQDEX
Founded in 2018, LQDEX’s goal is to be one of the first decentralized, trustless cross-chain digital asset exchanges. LQDEX aims to enable trustless trading of many digital assets such as Bitcoin, Ether, U.S. dollars, foreign currencies, stocks, commodities, and other securities, all on one platform. Through its decentralized method and creation of proxy tokens backed by collateral, LQDEX aims to significantly reduce the risk of hacking and remove the counterparty risk normally associated with other exchanges.
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Locomation
Locomation aims to help the trucking industry reduce costs by creating an autonomous system for trucks driving in tandem. The system, known as relay convoying, is a “human-guided” autonomous system in which one truck autonomously follows a lead truck driven by a human. Locomation believes that this could help reduce transportation costs: with two drivers, each alternating between sleeping in the autonomously driven truck and driving the leader, there will ideally be no need for the trucks to stop so the drivers may rest — potentially saving valuable time and money.
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Uber
Uber’s ridesharing platform seeks to connect riders with safe, reliable, and convenient transportation at a variety of price points in cities around the world. Since launching in 2009, Uber has grown well beyond its original ridesharing platform, and now encompasses an on-demand network of food delivery and bicycle sharing services, as well as divisions focused on corporate transportation, freight brokerage, autonomous driving, and urban air transportation.
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Robinhood
Robinhood offers commission-free trading for stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), options, and cryptocurrencies—all in one, user-friendly platform. Since its public launch in 2015, Robinhood has enabled millions of people to participate in the markets, cementing the company as the nation’s fastest-growing brokerage. Unlike other online brokerages, Robinhood allows users to trade for free with no account minimums. By making trading free, Robinhood has saved its users an estimated $1 billion in commissions on transactions it has processed from inception through December 2017.
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Robinhood offers commission-free trading for stocks, exchange-traded funds...
Stop, Breathe & Think
Stop, Breathe & Think has developed a personalized emotional wellness platform that guides users through meditations & mindfulness activities aimed at achieving greater emotional wellbeing. The app is specifically tailored to meet the needs of each user, recommending activities that are designed to support their mental and physical health and help them cope with stressors they’re currently experiencing. The company is on a mission to help kids, teens, and young adults develop the emotional strength needed to thrive while facing life’s ups and downs.
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Venafi
Venafi is a cybersecurity platform which aims to protect and secure cryptographic keys and digital certificates. The company’s Venafi Trust Protection Platform is designed to constantly assess which keys and certificates are trustworthy and which are not. It then seeks to protect the trustworthy ones and fix or block untrustworthy ones.
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Airbnb
Airbnb provides an online community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book vacation accommodations around the world. Since its inception, Airbnb properties have hosted over 400 million guests in 81,000 cities and 191 countries. As a result of Airbnb’s growth, the company generated $93 million in profit in 2017 with $2.7 billion in revenue. Airbnb has also recently begun diversifying its business, offering additional services in guided experiences, business travel, and restaurant bookings as it looks to tap into other segments of the growing travel industry.
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Quanergy
Quanergy Systems is a leading provider of time-of-flight LiDAR sensors—which use light to measure the distance between a sensor and an object—and perception software. This technology is designed to enable real-time 3D mapping and object detection, classification, and tracking. Beyond transportation and robotics, Quanergy’s solutions may also be utilized in other sectors, such as 3D high-definition mapping, surveying, localization, aeronautics, mining, agriculture, industrial automation, security, smart spaces, and 3D-aware smart devices.
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D2iQ (Mesosphere)
Founded in 2013, D2iQ, formerly Mesosphere, provides an operating platform that aggregates datacenter resources and automates IT operations. The D2iQ platform aims to make running and managing distributed systems easier by pooling together all resources as if they were a single computer.
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Zume is designing technology to help make high-quality and sustainable food more...
Zume
Zume is designing technology to help make high-quality and sustainable food more accessible for people around the globe. While originally known for its robotic pizza preparation and delivery services, the company has aspirations to provide a high quality, end-to-end, scalable solution that will reduce the time and distance between clean food sources and dense population centers. The company’s Ratio platform uses software, automation, and transportation logistics in an effort to develop better tools and processes that will allow restaurants to deliver fresh, healthy food to its customers.
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Autobon
Autobon has developed an AI-powered system that is designed to facilitate intelligent and autonomous trucking. Founded in 2016, the company has created a hardware and software platform that retrofits trucks with features such as vehicle-assisted trucking. Autobon’s technology is designed to help digitize and update the trucking industry’s mass aftermarket and create a safer and more efficient driving experience for the operator and fleet owner.
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Founded in 2015, DailyPay is an on-demand cash service that seeks to reduce employee turnover for its corporate clients by improving the financial lives of their employees. DailyPay partners with companies to offer employees the ability to get paid before their regularly scheduled payday. The company believes it can help corporate clients better recruit, retain, and engage their workforce by giving them more control over their earned wages.
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Hyas
Launched in 2015, Hyas has developed an attribution intelligence solution designed to not only recognize security breaches when they occur, but also work to locate the criminals behind them. Using its extensive proprietary database, Hyas’ online detection, analysis, and investigation tools aim to provide users with a comprehensive view into malicious activity and the infrastructure used to conduct it. The platform is designed for IT investigators in law enforcement and intelligence agencies as well as corporate IT forensic analysts. Hyas works closely with its clients and seeks to help law enforcement more quickly identify cyber attackers to have them prosecuted.
Emerge
Founded in 2015, Emerge is developing a haptic-based technology that uses sound waves and computer algorithms to create virtual objects in midair, that users can feel and manipulate with their hands. Through its hardware and software technology, the company hopes to enable users to utilize touch to provide a more robust, interactive AR and VR experience. Emerge was launched through Singularity University's Global Solutions Program, which is sponsored by Google and NASA.
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Founded in 2011, Formlabs designs and manufactures powerful and accessible 3D printing systems for engineers, designers, and manufacturers around the globe. Headquartered in Boston with offices in Germany, Japan, and China, the company was founded by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. Formlabs is accelerating innovation in a variety of industries, including education, dentistry, healthcare, jewelry, and research. In addition to the company’s 3D printers, Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials for 3D printing, as well as its own 3D printing software.
Bolt
Bolt has built a transportation platform where users can request private car and taxi rides and unlock electric scooters through a smartphone application. The company has grown by entering markets where ridesharing is already a proven concept and then working to win over a community of drivers and riders by charging lower commission and having lower fares. Currently, the company is primarily focused on the European and African markets.
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Bolt has built a transportation platform where users can request private car and taxi rides...
IFTTT
IFTTT has created a connectivity product to help consumers get more out of their apps and smart devices by creating applets that facilitate automated tasks. Consumers are able to use the free app to create applets, which essentially automate tasks like locking a front door on their smart house, saving payments to a spreadsheet, or coordinating between social media accounts. IFTTT also partners with businesses to continue to add services and applets onto its product.
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IFTTT has created a connectivity product to help consumers get more out of their apps and...
Udacity
Udacity’s goal is to democratize education through the offering of higher education opportunities that are accessible, flexible, and economical. Offering a variety of online courses from Universities and other educational organizations around the world, Udacity seeks to reach students anywhere that have access to internet and give them the ability to study a range of job-ready skills that can help them pursue a more rewarding career.
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Udacity’s goal is to democratize education through the offering of higher education opportunities...
Shift
Shift Technologies is an online, peer-to-peer, marketplace designed to simplify the process of buying and selling cars. The company utilizes a pricing algorithm that takes into account millions of data points to help customers get the right value for their car. Shift employees manage the entire selling process from detailing, pricing, facilitating test drives, financing options, inspections, to finalizing the DMV interactions and paperwork. Potential buyers can search for used cars online and if they request a test drive, the cars will be delivered to their door.
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Wonderschool
Wonderschool is a platform that enables educators and childcare providers to start preschools and daycare services out of their own homes. Its platform serves as an online marketplace where parents can book childcare services and teachers can manage their students, parents, and programs from one dashboard. To help people start and run their own childhood education services, Wonderschool manages administration and logistic services and provides educators with mentorship, pricing recommendations, and assistance with getting through the licensing process. Originally only offering services in San Francisco, the company has begun expanding and now offers 140 programs in three different cities across the United States.
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Bird
Founded in 2017 by former Uber and Lyft executive Travis VanderZanden, Bird’s dockless shared electric scooter platform is looking to revolutionize urban transportation. The company’s goal is to reduce car usage, traffic, and carbon emissions through its e-scooter platform that enables users to unlock shared electric scooters in their cities. The company targets the last-mile of transportation through its fun and easy-to-use electric scooter product. Bird’s growth has been unprecedented, as it is the fastest startup ever to reach a valuation of $1 billion or more.
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Audicus
Audicus, which specializes in direct-to-consumer hearing aid devices, hopes to address the issues inherent in the hearing device industry. Leveraging its technology-focused customer experience, which digitizes the clinical approval process, the company aims to offer customized device options for a fraction of the cost of traditional options. The company believes that by decoupling the costs associated with the device and the audiologist, it can provide a superior product at a more affordable price relative to incumbent alternatives.
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Planet Watchers
PlanetWatchers is an all-weather geospatial analytics solution that aims to maximize the productivity of natural resource enterprise assets with an actionable business intelligence platform. PlanetWatchers aims to provide these tools to organizations to better plan supply chains, mitigate risk, and maximize productivity. By combining artificial intelligence algorithms, machine learning, cloud infrastructure, and multi-source satellite imagery, PlanetWatchers aims to deliver the vital information needed to help optimize the management of natural resources at a regional and global scale.
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Slack
Founded in 2009, Slack aims to be the hub for teamwork in organizations through the platform’s fun, consumer-based solution. Designed to help people communicate more effectively, Slack’s enterprise collaboration platform is available via desktop and mobile devices. The company's platform offers users a variety of features for sharing messages, tools, and files all in a single place, enabling teams to become more efficient and collaborative.
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Automattic is the owner of WordPress.com, the web hosting service that offers a more basic version of the WordPress software. It also provides additional related services such as hosting and backup. Along with WordPress.com, Automattic is the parent company of WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Crowdsignal, Cloudup, Prospress, and more. Automattic has more than 920 employees in 69 countries working towards the common goal of democratizing publishing so that anyone with a story has the ability to share it.
Apex Trading
Apex Trading, a Colorado-based cannabis wholesale trading platform, seeks to provide a transparent, reliable marketplace of vetted cannabis vendors and purchasers, equipping both parties with a suite of features to help simplify the cannabis trading experience. Through its robust, industry-tailored platform, the company aims to give buyers and sellers the tools they need to remove the hassles inherent in the wholesale transaction process.
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Apex Trading, a Colorado-based cannabis wholesale trading platform, seeks to provide a...
Siera.ai
Siera.ai is developing a machine learning and artificial intelligence-driven cloud platform to provide autonomy and active safety for industrial vehicle fleets. By retrofitting warehouse vehicles, the company intends to transform them into fully functioning autonomous vehicles.
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Siera.ai is developing a machine learning and artificial intelligence-driven cloud platform to provide...
RIOS
RIOS (formerly Robotik Innovations, Inc.) is building an artificial intelligence-powered and dexterous robot designed to solve increasingly complex automation tasks in assembly lines, warehouses, and more. The company combines custom AI algorithms, vision, and unique human-like sensors that will allow robots to learn complex skills from sensory inputs – like touch and sight - without human supervision. By designing a solution that empowers robots to grasp a variety of objects in an unstructured environment and to construct models of the world, RIOS hopes that their technology will be adopted by leaders in logistics, manufacturing, food & agriculture services, recycling/trash management, and more.
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Cruz Foam
Founded in 2017, Cruz Foam seeks to transform seafood waste into sustainable and biodegradable foam. By upcycling wasted shrimp and crab shells, Cruz Foam intends to replace non-biodegradable petroleum-based foams to help end the global issue of plastic pollution.
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TVP NYC
TVP NYC offers a fourth-party (i.e. comprehensive) logistics solution to e-commerce businesses and brands. The company’s end-to-end proprietary technology platform, Phantom, is designed for digitally native brands, consumer packaged goods companies, and a range of other direct-to-consumer businesses and organizations. To date, the company has worked with PepsiCo, AARP, Red.org, and Thrive Global Store, among many other brands.
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The Peak Beyond
The Peak Beyond is a retail technology company that aims to create shopping solutions that utilize interactive marketing to engage consumers, increase product knowledge, and drive sales. The company offers two hardware products—the Smart Shopping display and the Brand Catalog display. Users can navigate the display’s simple, intuitive interface to obtain additional product information, learn about in-store specials, and more. The company’s products are currently displayed in cannabis dispensaries throughout the country.
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Next Shift Robotics
NextShift Robotics offers automated and robotic material handling solutions to companies in the distribution, manufacturing, and logistics industries. The company’s patented solution is designed to increase labor efficiency, order velocity, capacity utilization, and process quality. The system’s collaborative approach allows the robots to unload and load items independently, aiming to optimize efficiency while contributing to a more worker-friendly environment.
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NextShift Robotics offers automated and robotic material handling solutions to companies in the...
Smart 3D
Smart 3D is a 3D printing company focused on developing an ecosystem of products that enable users to have an efficient printing process. The company currently sells its Portrait 3D printer, nine types of printing filament, and other 3D printing accessories to users, as well as offering a free cloud-connected software platform.
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Spiral Genetics
Spiral Genetics has developed the tools necessary to compare large populations of whole human genomes. The company’s software makes it easier to organize and format data, allowing for increasing ease of analysis. Spiral Genetics hopes to enable researchers to dramatically reduce the time it takes to analyze whole genomes, streamlining the process of identifying important variations. Currently, the company is working with national ministries of health and medical schools to provide the software tools needed to perform crucial, resource-efficient analysis.
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StrandSmart
StrandSmart is a San Francisco-based company that is building an affordable, accessible, and accurate diagnostic test to help patients and clinicians diagnose and treat various forms of cancer sooner. The company is developing blood tests to provide primary care physicians with a first alert for otherwise seemingly healthy patients by capturing whole cancer cells to get a comprehensive view of a potential tumor.
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Ro2 Knipe Village
True North Holdings is developing nearly four city blocks of mixed-use projects in downtown Phoenix in what is known as Roosevelt Row or “Ro2.” Ro2 will feature creative office space, retail and dining options, entertainment venues, hotels, rooftop bars, and multiple renovations of historic neighborhood buildings. The first completed mixed-use office space will be Knipe Village. The property – which is expected to open in July 2020 – will feature six floors totaling over 100,000 square feet of office and retail space, with creative art and retail installations on the ground floor, rooftop amenities, parking, and expansive office space.
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Flexport
Founded in 2013, Flexport is a freight forwarding and customs brokerage that combines software with dedicated customer support to increase efficiency and transparency. It provides a platform for customers to track international shipments in real-time, leveraging data and scale to obtain favorable freight forwarding rates. As the company continues to grow, it is beginning to expand its focus to other areas of the shipping and trade industries such as warehousing and trade financing.
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Passenger
Founded in 2018, Passenger is developing a Virtual Reality / Mixed Reality (VR/MR) headset designed to relieve cybersickness and VR fatigue while providing a more realistic VR/MR experience. To do this, Passenger intends to solve the vergence-accommodation problem, reduce frame lag, and provide for a continuous depth of field by creating a VR/MR headset that projects light beams directly onto a user’s retinas with the use of a patented light steering device and various divergence modulators.
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Founded in 2018, Passenger is developing a Virtual Reality / Mixed Reality (VR/MR) headset designed to...
Ro2 Cambria
True North Holdings is developing nearly three city blocks of mixed-use projects in downtown Phoenix in what is known as Roosevelt Row, or “Ro2.” One of the first projects in the development will be a boutique hotel that will be affiliated with the Cambria® Hotels & Suites brand. The property – “Cambria Suites,” which is expected to open in October 2019 – will feature 127 rooms, a coffee shop, a restaurant and lounge, a rooftop bar and lounge, an outdoor pool, an outdoor whirlpool, a fitness room, a lobby workstation, a market pantry, and vending areas. This opportunity will be in Ro2 Cam, LLC, the entity that owns the Cambria hotel project.
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ZestAI
ZestAI aims to make fair and transparent credit available to all potential borrowers while providing financial institutions a solution for more accurate credit risk modeling. Leveraging its proprietary Zest Automated Machine Learning, the company aims to provide a robust credit risk modeling solution that is also transparent for lenders, allowing them to evaluate their credit risk models.
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Alluva’s platform aims to give individuals and institutional investors access to leading data...
Alluva
Alluva’s platform aims to give individuals and institutional investors access to leading data insights into the cryptocurrency market. Users can follow each other to garner insight on trading strategies and market expectations as well as identify potential investment opportunities. With Alluva, potential investors can explore blockchain technology, blockchain startups, and cryptocurrency investments all in one place.
Couchbase
Founded in 2009, Couchbase has created an open-source, document-based NoSQL database to enable enterprise clients to operate their mission-critical business applications. Used by clients such as United Airlines, PayPal, and LinkedIn, Couchbase gives developers added flexibility and agility to create customer applications that can handle expanding and volatile workloads.
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The EVERY Company
The EVERY Company, a San Francisco-based food technology company, is creating animal-free egg whites and other performance protein products for sports nutrition, baking, and industrial uses that aim to subvert the environmental, economic, and moral issues inherent in traditional egg production. Using its scalable microbial fermentation process, the company is able to mass-produce specific proteins found in eggs for use as a substitute for animal-based ingredients.
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Affirmed Networks
Affirmed Networks is designing products to transform the future of the mobile industry. The company’s virtualized Evolved Packet Core is engineered to enable communication service providers to scale their networks to keep up with consumer demands for mobile services, all while reducing their customers’ capital and operating expenses. Affirmed has also prepared itself for the impending 5G future, releasing an industry-first 5G solution in 2018 to better serve its customers as they migrate to 5G.
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Republic Restoratives is a female-owned and operated distillery in the Ivy City neighborhood in Washington, D.C. In addition to operating a tasting room, which is home to community events, private tours, and events, Republic Restoratives sells its craft spirits to restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and other retailers. The company’s mission is to foster community through high-quality and accessibility-priced craft spirits, welcoming events, and a value-driven brand. Since launching its tasting room in 2016, Republic Restoratives has generated well over $3M in revenue, earned customers like the Wing, the Washington Nationals, and Costco, and has been featured on NPR, the Washington Post, Forbes, and Nylon.
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Copper CRM
Copper has built a customer relationship management software product that is designed to identify, track, and optimize customer relationships. Copper’s platform directly integrates with Google’s G Suite so its users can have all of their customer data in one place. Users can add leads, update deals, look up past interactions, create Google Calendar events, and follow up on tasks directly from their Gmail inbox. Copper’s CRM solution integrates directly with Google Slides, Hangouts Chat, Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheet, Gmail contact, and Google Data Studio.
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Goodwipes offers consumers a convenient, eco-friendly take on wet wipes for those looking to...
Goodwipes
Goodwipes offers consumers a convenient, eco-friendly take on wet wipes for those looking to stay clean at home or on-the-go. Through their suite of hygiene products, which are available in big-box retailers such as Target, CVS, and H-E-B, among others, Goodwipes aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding certain aspects of personal hygiene in an effort to help every user feel fresh and confident.
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ClearMotion is an automotive technology company focused on providing a proactive ride system...
ClearMotion
ClearMotion is an automotive technology company focused on providing a proactive ride system to improve ride conditions for vehicles. Designed to provide unmatched comfort, handling and stability, the company’s technology utilizes proprietary algorithms, machine learning, fast-acting software, and actuators to push and pull wheels as they encounter road disturbances. While its proactive digital chassis system is still in development, the company has garnered significant interest from investors and automotive companies.
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Founded in 2010, UniKey is a provider of mobile access control solutions for residential...
UniKey
Founded in 2010, UniKey is a provider of mobile access control solutions for residential properties, commercial properties, the automotive industry, and more. The company gained attention after appearing on Shark Tank, where it received investment offers from all five sharks, and since 2013, nearly 1.7M people have interacted with a UniKey-powered device.
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Addepar is a financial technology company that aims to bring people, technology, and data...
Addepar
Addepar is a financial technology company that aims to bring people, technology, and data together. The company’s platform is focused on data aggregation, analytics, and portfolio reporting to unify financial reporting and help organizations become more data-driven. Addepar’s product is built for family offices, private banks, and wealth advisors to be able to handle all of their client’s interactions under one easy-to-use system.
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Rubrik provides a cloud data management platform that is designed to index massive amounts of...
Rubrik
Rubrik provides a cloud data management platform that is designed to index massive amounts of data. The company’s platform offers data recoveries, hands-free management, automated workflows, quick backups, and analytics to enable clients to better manage their data and business information across environments and locations. Rubrik aims to simplify data management for enterprises across its unified platform and provide simple-to-use interfaces and workflows so users can easily manage their operations.
Druva
Druva’s cloud platform runs on Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) and is offered as a service to deliver globally accessible, scalable, and autonomous enterprise data resiliency. The company’s patented cloud architecture helps transform backup data into an asset by making it more open and accessible so customers can streamline governance, improve cyber resiliency, and gain insights to uncover opportunities and expedite decision making.
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Druva’s cloud platform runs on Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) and is offered as...
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ClassPass offers monthly memberships providing access to fitness studios...
ClassPass
ClassPass offers monthly memberships providing access to fitness studios, gyms, spas, and wellness centers. The company utilizes a credit model to create a marketplace where open spots in workout classes can be priced variably and dynamically. It also provides gyms, studios, and wellness centers in its partner network with tools to help them dynamically price their classes, view optimization rates, and adjust open spots based on predicted demand.
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Pictor Labs aims to disrupt the histopathologic industry by replacing the chemical processing of biopsied tissues...
Pictor Labs
Pictor Labs aims to disrupt the histopathologic industry by replacing the chemical processing of biopsied tissues with AI virtual-staining techniques. This team has developed a unique AI algorithm that can ingest high-resolution images of unprocessed and unstained tissue samples captured with a standard fluorescence microscope and convert them to a series of virtually stained final images within seconds. Internal testing on this process has demonstrated that this virtual staining process yields a better result compared to what pathologists typically obtain from a traditional histology laboratory.
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Outreach aims to increase the productivity of sales teams through its AI and machine learning sales engagement...
Outreach
Outreach aims to increase the productivity of sales teams through its AI and machine learning sales engagement platform. By automating and prioritizing customer touchpoints throughout the sales cycle, the company aims to help sales organizations funnel more customers through their pipeline, close more deals, and exceed revenue and sales goals. Its platform provides actionable AI and machine learning data intelligence through a single dashboard, integrating all of a prospective customer’s related information on one easy to view page. Some of Outreach’s customers include Cloudera, Glassdoor, Pandora, and Zillow.
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Comma.ai has created an affordable, aftermarket solution that focuses on providing an autonomous hardware and...
Comma.ai
Comma.ai has created an affordable, aftermarket solution that focuses on providing an autonomous hardware and software product, rather than developing and building an autonomous vehicle itself. The company is positioning itself as a mass-market, retrofit solution that can equip automobiles with Level 2 autonomous capabilities by pairing artificial intelligence-enabled software with a windshield monitor. Comma is bypassing the intense capital requirements that developing a full-stack autonomous fleet generally requires by focusing on perfecting its mass-market software.
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Founded in 2008, Malwarebytes has created software to serve as the first line of defense against malware and...
Malwarebytes
Founded in 2008, Malwarebytes has created software to serve as the first line of defense against malware and hackers for consumers and businesses. Malwarebytes offers a wide range of cybersecurity products to protect their users from frequent cyber threats. The company believes that everyone has the right to a malware-free existence, and its team of 600 employees has been awarded six patents for products intended to protect their millions of consumers and businesses from cyberattacks.
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Buddy (Buddy Technology, Inc.) is an insurance technology company offering on-demand episodic insurance for...
Buddy
Buddy (Buddy Technology, Inc.) is an insurance technology company offering on-demand episodic insurance for outdoor sports and activities. Buddy utilizes an automated intelligence-enabled chatbot, Buddy, to answer customer queries and process claims, and can integrate with third-party websites and apps such as Facebook Messenger and Huck Adventures. The Buddy chatbot captures relevant customer data across all platforms and utilizes natural language processing (NLP) to monitor conversations and interact with customers. This helps the company gather unique insights and facilitates future opportunities to potentially upsell and cross-sell insurance products.
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Indigo is an agricultural technology company that aims to improve grower profitability…
Indigo
Indigo is an agricultural technology company that aims to improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and resource use efficiency through microbiology and digital technologies. By offering microbe-coated seeds for enhanced yields and accumulating granular data on the characteristics of crops, Indigo hopes to “de-commoditize” the agriculture industry, unlocking greater profits for growers and greater transparency for buyers and end consumers.
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ThoughtSpot aims to empower every person in an organization, from C-suite executives to front-line employees...
ThoughtSpot
ThoughtSpot aims to empower every person in an organization, from C-suite executives to front-line employees, with the ability to quickly uncover data-driven insights through its search and artificial intelligence (AI)-driven analytics platform. With ThoughtSpot, data analysts can type a simple Google-like search to instantly analyze billions of rows of data, and leverage AI to get trusted, relevant insights pushed to them as answers to thousands of questions they might not have thought to ask.
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Persephone Biosciences is a biotechnology company leveraging artificial intelligence to evaluate and...
Persephone Biosciences
Persephone Biosciences is a biotechnology company leveraging artificial intelligence to evaluate and decode the metabolic relationships between the gut microbiome and the immune system. Persephone’s technology platform collects and analyzes gut microbiota samples. The company then uses machine learning and systems biology tools to study the impact of gut microbes on patient prognosis with the goal of developing microbial cell immunotherapies to be taken in conjunction with many of the market-leading drugs from Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and AstraZeneca. Not only does Persephone Biosciences believe its technology has the opportunity to help improve the efficacy for these checkpoint inhibitor drugs for cancer, but also that it may be applicable to other diseases, like COVID-19.
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Ginkgo Bioworks is remixing biological code in new combinations with the goal of producing organisms...
Ginkgo Bioworks
Ginkgo Bioworks is remixing biological code in new combinations with the goal of producing organisms with new and more effective properties to meet needs in sectors that include medicine, agriculture, food science, and biofuel. Within its four large-scale laboratories, aptly called foundries, Ginkgo engineers use automated technology, software, and a proprietary biological portfolio of organisms, named the Codebase, with the goal of developing precise, repeatable, and commercialized bioengineering results at scale. By automating and scaling the process of organism engineering, engineers are able to focus on the science behind organism design while achieving greater efficiency compared to standard laboratory procedures.
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Founded in 2017, Weller is a food and beverage company that aims to deliver functional, wellness-focused products.
Weller
Founded in 2017, Weller is a food and beverage company that aims to deliver functional, wellness-focused products. The company first launched with an assortment of CBD-infused products designed to help consumers easily integrate the potential holistic benefits of CBD into their daily lives, including a CBD-infused sparkling water, a water-soluble CBD powder, and CBD-infused snack bites. The company is now looking to expand into other wellness areas, recently launching a new product line called Sparkling Immunity, a vitamin and mineral-infused sparkling designed to provide immune support.
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Uncommon Bio aims to disrupt the nearly $1T meat industry by utilizing state-of-the-art cell culture techniques.
Uncommon Bio
Uncommon Bio aims to disrupt the nearly $1T meat industry by utilizing state-of-the-art cell culture techniques. The company intends to make lab-grown sausage, bacon, and other pork products and has already created one of the first bacon and pork belly prototypes without genetic engineering. By using a small sample of cells from an animal to grow the meat, the company is working to diminish the economic, environmental, and moral issues surrounding the current meat industry.
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Upgrade is a fintech startup that is focused on delivering fair, affordable credit through loans and cards. The company was...
Upgrade
Upgrade is a fintech startup that is focused on delivering fair, affordable credit through loans and cards. The company was co-founded by the former co-founder and CEO of Lending Club (NYSE: LC) and aims to deliver a mobile and digital experience that lowers unnecessary fees and provides transparent credit terms. Upgrade reached unicorn status in June 2020, with its $40 million Series D round led by Santander InnoVentures that valued the company at $1 billion.
Ordermark
Founded in 2017, Ordermark aims to help restaurants navigate the shift in how people find and order food. The company’s product suite is designed to help restaurant operators to simplify the processing of online ordering services via easy to use software. By working as a partner with restaurants and virtual kitchens, Ordermark’s platform hopes to facilitate enhanced functionality for restaurants that are committed to serving digital-era consumers and fulfilling their online ordering potential.
Dataminr
Founded in 2009, Dataminr is a real-time information discovery company that aims to transform publicly available social media and internet data into actionable alerts and early warnings to breaking events. Its alerts are designed to help organizations manage non-market risk and assist with law enforcement and public safety responses. The company’s algorithms discover, distill, and deliver alerts from the increasingly diverse and complex landscape of publicly available information including social media, blogs, information sensors, and the dark web, providing businesses, public organizations, and newsrooms with the knowledge they need to respond with confidence.
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23andMe® is a personal genetics company that provides genome analysis services…
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Founded in 2009, Dataminr is a real-time information discovery company that aims to transform publicly available...
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Zymergen combines the latest innovations in data science, automation, and molecular biology to discover and engineer...
Zymergen
Zymergen combines the latest innovations in data science, automation, and molecular biology to discover and engineer new molecular products. The company uses cutting-edge hypothesis testing with an atheoretic methodology to explore all genetically feasible solutions to aid its customers, and itself, in the development of new and better products. To do this, Zymergen works equally as a software and a biology company to generate genome-wide research to discover unknown biological traits and create modified microbial organism strains. These dual abilities help the company deliver material diversity and performance across industries ranging from agriculture and industrial chemicals to pharmaceuticals and electronics.
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Founded in 2001, Workfront has developed a work management platform designed to facilitate teams’ ability to connect...
Workfront
Founded in 2001, Workfront has developed a work management platform designed to facilitate teams’ ability to connect strategy and planning to work, iteratively plan and prioritize work, and facilitate digital collaboration to boost productivity. The Utah-based company aims to provide a robust solution, complete with integrations that allow enterprises to seamlessly assimilate Workfront software into their existing software stacks. Workfront customers have included companies such as Fender, Merck, Nordstrom, T-Mobile, The Home Depot, Under Armor, and more.
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Founded in 2012, DigitalOcean provides a cloud platform to deploy, manage, and scale applications of any...
Digital Ocean
Founded in 2012, DigitalOcean provides a cloud platform to deploy, manage, and scale applications of any size, with the goal of removing infrastructure friction and providing predictability so developers and their teams can spend more time building better software. DigitalOcean’s cloud-computing and infrastructure platform offers simple services, transparent pricing, and an elegant user interface. The company graduated from the TechStars Boulder accelerator program in 2012 and has more than 500K users and over 64,000 teams on its platform.
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OpenAI is an artificial intelligence (AI) research and deployment company that develops...
OpenAI
OpenAI is an artificial intelligence (AI) research and deployment company that develops and implements machine learning (ML) solutions. The company consists of researchers and engineers who work together with the goals of creating safe and beneficial AI systems and benefitting humanity with those systems.
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Founded in 2012, San Francisco-based 6sense has developed software designed to...
6sense
Founded in 2012, San Francisco-based 6sense has developed software designed to help B2B companies improve the effectiveness of their sales and marketing efforts. The platform, named 6sense Revenue AI™, uses artificial intelligence to highlight potential buyers it believes are most likely to turn into paying customers. The company serves B2B companies in industries such as manufacturing, financial services, and business services.
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A.D.A.M. is a developer of an on-demand personalized implant manufacturing infrastructure...
A.D.A.M.
A.D.A.M. is a developer of an on-demand personalized implant manufacturing infrastructure with a full scope of related services, provided remotely or on site. With A.D.A.M., medical professionals will be able to complete all steps of the implant-printing process from 3D-modeling to receiving a sterilized personalized device, ready for implantation.
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Acorns is a financial services company that empowers consumers to take control of their finances...
Acorns
Acorns is a financial services company that empowers consumers to take control of their finances through one app. Through Acorns, users can set up an investment account, start saving for retirement, set up an investment account for their children, earn cashback on purchases, manage their debt load, find a job, and receive a personal checking account and debit card. Acorns aims to help users invest and save by rounding up transactions made by accounts linked to the Acorns app or with Acorns debit card and transfer the money into an investment portfolio.
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Advanced Microbubbles designs and manufactures custom, size-isolated, ultrasound-triggered microbubbles...
Advanced Microbubbles
Advanced Microbubbles designs and manufactures custom, size-isolated, ultrasound-triggered microbubbles for drug delivery and gene therapy. With a vision of enabling safe and precise cancer chemotherapy using uniform-sized microbubbles, the company is seeking to solve problems such as poor drug uptake into tumors, off-target chemotoxicity, and serious side effects.
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AgileMD empowers healthcare providers with data, predictive analytics, and pathways...
AgileMD
AgileMD empowers healthcare providers with data, predictive analytics, and pathways to support the best clinical decisions. It's cloud-based engine helps ensure that nurses and doctors can rapidly understand a patient's status and follow the most current clinical best practices to provide optimal care.
Buffalo Automation
Buffalo Automation is an artificial intelligence startup that develops autonomous navigation technology for commercial ships, recreational boats, and water taxis with the goal to improve maritime safety.
Impossible Foods
Impossible Foods develops plant-based substitutes for meat products. It's signature product, the Impossible Burger, was launched in July 2016. Currently, the company produces plant-based alternatives for beef, sausage, chicken, pork, and more.
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AirMyne is building machines to capture and remove carbon dioxide...
AirMyne
AirMyne is building machines to capture and remove carbon dioxide from ambient atmospheric air so it can be utilized or sequestered downstream. AirMyne's Direct Air Capture system is supply chain compatible, uses less hazardous inputs that minimize fire risk, and is designed to use energy thoughtfully and efficiently.
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AirWorks empowers geospatial project managers to deliver more products, faster...
AirWorks
AirWorks empowers geospatial project managers to deliver more projects, faster. Its geospatial intelligence solution quickly produces linework. By putting reliable data in clients' hands, AirWorks aims to provide the tools to make the bets decisions, reduce risks, and be more efficient.
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Alternativ is a technology company building a wealth management platform...
Alternativ
Alternativ is a technology company building a wealth management platform for entrepreneurial, growth-minded, financial advisors and next-generation clients.
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Anima Virtuality is a gaming and interactive technology company using artificial intelligence...
Anima Virtuality
Anima Virtuality is a gaming and interactive technology company using artificial intelligence to make virtual characters and worlds real. Founded by two entrepreneurs and friends, Anima is backed by investors like Coinbase Ventures, Flamingo, Polygon, Hashkey, Not Boring Capital, and executives from Riot Games. Anima is at the forefront of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain tech, with a team that previously built cutting edge products with Epic Games, Nintendo, and Tumblr.
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Andela is a global talent marketplace connecting leading organizations with highly skilled...
Andela
Andela is a global talent marketplace connecting leading organizations with highly skilled technologists in emerging markets. Andela aims to build engineering teams equipped with skills and hardware to effectively work remotely on a client company's software development team. Whether a company needs an additional software developer to augment its current team or needs to build a team from scratch, Andela can source applicants from its robust talent pool to work on client engagements.
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Anfin is a stock investment application with an easy-to-use interface that help users buy and sell...
Anfin
Anfin is a stock investment application with an easy-to-use interface that helps users buy and sell stock listed on Vietnamese stock exchanges. Anfin aims to become a multi-utility application, providing all the necessary tools and services for your investment journey. As of June 2022, it reportedly had 100,000 funded accounts and deposits reached up to $5 million and $10 million in total transaction volume.
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ApolloShield detects and blocks drone intrusions, as well as tracking down and arresting...
ApolloShield
ApolloShield detects and blocks drone intrusions, as well as tracking down and arresting unauthorized drone operators. Developed by experts from the Israel Defense Forces and currently serving more than 25 countries, ApollogShield's plug-and-done system is portable, packs down into an easy-to-carry briefcase, and is quickly deployable.
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AppDirect is a white-label software marketplace for vendors to sell core and third-party B2B software products...
AppDirect
AppDirect is a white-label software marketplace for vendors to sell core and third-party B2B software products. Its end-to-end solutions allow software vendors to manage their entire customer lifecycle from customer acquisition to billing to relationship management, all through a single platform.
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Artsy is a global online platform for discovering, buying, and selling art...
Artsy
Artsy is a global online platform for discovering, buying, and selling art. The company partners with over 3,400 leading galleries, museums, auction houses, and art fairs to create a digital marketplace consisting of over 700,000 pieces of art and over 60,000 artists. For artists, the marketplace aims to provide a channel to showcase their art to over 2,000,000 Artsy users across the globe.
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ASAPP has developed machine learning- and artificial intelligence-enhanced software designed to make customer experiences...
ASAPP
ASAPP has developed machine learning- and artificial intelligence-enhanced software designed to make customer experiences more productive. The AI platform is designed for customer care teams and salespeople and is engineered to augment, automate, and enhance conversations with customers to close more deals while focusing on complex and data-rich problems
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AstroForge is a space mining company that is on a mission to make metal mining cheaper...
AstroForge
AstroForge is a space mining company that is on a mission to make metal mining cheaper and less environmentally costly by mining rare minerals on asteroids in outer space. The company is initially targeting platinum and has assembled a team of scientists and engineers to help pave the way for asteroid mining.
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Attentive is a comprehensive personalized text messaging solution...
Attentive
Attentive is a comprehensive personalized text messaging solution. It offers a short messaging service (SMS) marketing platform that allows retail and electronic commerce brands to connect with customers providing solutions such as marketing automation, growth marketing, retention marketing, audience management, messaging, and business intelligence.
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Automation Anywhere is a global software company that develops robotic process automation software...
Automation Anywhere
Automation Anywhere is a global software company that develops robotic process automation (RPA) software. Its RPA software is designed for business users to record and deploy robots without needing any coding skills. It combines traditional RPA with cognitive elements such as natural language processing and reading unstructured data to enable businesses to automate end-to-end processes for everyone in the organization.
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Avro Life Science is a medical device/biopharmaceutical company developing medicated stickers...
Avro Life Science
Avro Life Science is a medical device/biopharmaceutical company developing medicated stickers capable of delivering antihistamines and other small molecules to children. The company has developed a polymer allowing Avro to make patches that can deliver hundreds of different drugs transdermally.
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BeGo has developed an artificial intelligence-based platform where companies can quote and book full truckload (FTL) transport...
BeGo
BeGo has developed an artificial intelligence-based platform where companies can quote and book full truckload (FTL) transport directly from its app. BeGo then locates loads, informs drivers, and optimizes routes based on current and future locations to help reduce empty returns, extra costs, and reduce CO2 emissions.
Beyond Identity
Beyond Identity is a passwordless Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) platform...
Beyond Identity
Beyond Identity is a passwordless Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) platform engineered to enable companies to secure access to applications and critical data. The company aims to transform the landscape of secure digital access for workforces, contractors, customers, and developers. Its Universal Passkey Architectured seeks to establish the highest level of security and ease of use in MFA.
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BigPanda has developed an artificial intelligence-powered ITOps platform to help customers automatically identify...
BigPanda
BigPanda has developed an artificial intelligence-powered ITOps platform to help customers automatically identify actionable alerts, proactively prevent incidents, and ensure service availability. BigPanda's Incident Intelligence and Automation platform empowers some of the world's largest brands to keep businesses running, prevent service outages, and improve incident management to improve customer experiences.
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BIOS Health is a neural engineering company leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to crack the code...
BIOS Health
BIOS Health is a neural engineering company leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to crack the code of the human nervous system. Its neural interface platform and implantable device are designed to interpret signals from the brain to the body to enable more effective treatments for a range of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
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BioSapien is a biotechnology company focused on the development of a drug delivery platform...
BioSapien
BioSapien is a biotechnology company focused on the development of a drug delivery platform, designed to direct chemotherapy precisely by targeting the site of cancerous cells. BioSapien's lead product is the MediChip™ platform, an extended-release dosage form engineered to allow for reduced dose-limiting toxicities and increased local bioavailability, while seeking to significantly reduce hospital and insurance burden through unique on-the-go delivery.
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Bloom Institute of Technology (BloomTech) is an online coding BootCamp for aspiring...
BloomTech
Bloom Institute of Technology (BloomTech) is an online coding bootcamp for aspiring full stack web developers, backend developers, and data scientists. BloomTech is designed to help accelerate the path to a well-paying job and offers a 110% tuition refund guarantee for graduates who don't get job offers paying at least $50,000 a year within 365 days of graduation.
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Bolt Threads is a materials solutions company that aims to invent cutting-edge materials for the fashion and beauty industries...
Bolt Threads
Bolt Threads is a materials solutions company that aims to invent cutting-edge materials for the fashion and beauty industries that put us on the path toward a more sustainable future. Through innovative collaborations with world-class brands and supply chain partners, Bolt Threads has created Mylo™, a mycelium-based material that looks and feels like animal leather, Microsilk™, a sustainable alternative to spider-spun silk fibers, and B-Silk™ Protein, a biobased, biodegradable, and vegan polypeptide that has been shown to outperform silicone elastomers in beauty and personal care products.
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Booster Fuels seeks to make fuel delivery hassle-free for users through contactless fuel delivery at competitive...
Booster Fuels
Booster Fuels seeks to make fuel delivery hassle-free for users through contactless fuel delivery at competitive rates and same day delivery to fleet vehicles, business vehicles, retail clients, and university campuses. Booster Fuels' mission is to fuel the energy transition by transforming how the world powers the movement of people and goods.
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Botanisol Analytics is a biotech company that has created autonomous testing kiosks...
Botanisol Analytics
Botanisol Analytics is a biotech company that has created autonomous testing kiosks aiming to have the accuracy of a medical lab with the convenience of an ATM machine. The company aims to provide infectious disease screening without a doctor's appointment or insurance necessary.
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BotBuilt has developed a robotic system for the framing portion of the residential homebuilding process...
BotBuilt
BotBuilt has developed a robotic system for the framing portion of the residential housing process. BotBuilt is focused on creating flexible software that can scan unique building plans and create a robot command immediately to commence construction on the wall panels, floor trusses, or roof trusses. Its robotic system can pick up multiple different tools and materials, identify locations of nails and studs, and much more.
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Branch Metrics is a mobile software company focused on mobile deep linking and attribution...
Branch Metrics
Branch Metrics is a mobile software company focused on mobile deep linking and attribution, aiming to unify user experience across devices, platforms, and channels. Branch Metrics' mobile marketing and deep linking solutions aim to deliver seamless experiences that increase ROI, decrease wasted spend, and eliminate siloed attribution. When companies integrate Branch's technology into core marketing channels including apps, web, email, social media, search, and paid ads, Branch aims to help drive higher-value conversions than ever before.
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Bucha Bio creates biomaterials that can be recycled and reused...
Bucha Bio
Bucha Bio creates biomaterials that can be recycled and reused with the goal of combatting animal and plastic waste while promoting ethical and natural bacterial and plant-based ingredients. Its patented technology combines biobased components with existing manufacturing processes to help create materials that are sustainable and scalable for the fashion, automotive, and electronics industries.
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Builder.ai has created an AI platform designed to simplify and automate the custom software development process...
Builder.ai
Builder.ai has created an AI platform designed to simplify and automate the custom software development process for apps and websites. Builder's platform uses reuseable, Lego-like building blocks to minimize manual work and can reportedly turn design files into front end code in as little as 60 seconds.
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Buffer is a social media scheduling platform...
Buffer
Buffer is a social media scheduling platform that allows companies to seamlessly create, schedule, and post content across Facebook, Instagram, X, LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, Mastodon, Shopify, and more. Buffer aims to help customers build an engaged audience organically through its affordable and intuitive marketing tools.
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Bunch is a mobile app that enables people to stay connected with friends through the Metaverse...
Bunch
Bunch is a mobile app that enables people to stay connected with friends in the Metaverse, sharing anything from watching videos to playing games together. Users can create a virtual avatar, customize a home, and invite friends to hang out and chat via voice or video.
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C16 Biosciences is a biotech company that uses microbiology to brew sustainable...
C16 Biosciences
C16 Biosciences is a biotech company that uses microbiology to brew sustainable, conflict-free palm oil in an attempt to reduce global CO2 emissions. C16 believes using fermentation to brew palm oil like beer offers the most likely path to developing a truly sustainable palm oil alternative without deforestation, endangering animal species, or forcing inhumane labor practices.
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California Cultured (CA Cultured) aims to usher in a new age of sustainable chocolate and coffee...
California Cultured
California Cultured (CA Cultured) aims to usher in a new age of sustainable chocolate and coffee. CA Cultured uses cellular agriculture to create plant cells that have identical characteristics to cocoa and coffee, down to the last molecule. By taking samples of existing plant cells and replicating them, CA Cultured aims to create chocolate and coffee that only takes days to grow and harvest, instead of the months to years standard processes take.
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New Era Technology is a global technology solutions provider...
New Era Technology
New Era Technology is a global technology solutions provider. Its suite of solutions aim to securely connect people, places, and information across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC in industries such as Global Enterprise, Banking & Finance, Smart Buildings and IoT, Healthcare, Education, and Government.
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Canix is an enterprise resource planning tool for the cannabis industry...
Canix
Canix is an enterprise resource planning tool for the cannabis industry. With the goal of helping cultivators, manufacturers, and distributors stay ahead of the competition, Canix helps reduce labor costs and improve operations with real-time data, automated inventory tracking, compliance, and optimized production and distribution processes.
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Capsule Pharmacy is an online pharmacy that delivers prescriptions to your door...
Capsule Pharmacy
Capsule Pharmacy is an online pharmacy that delivers prescriptions to your door. Designed to make it easier to fill prescriptions and stay on medications, Capsule users can receive free same-day delivery on prescriptions - all from their phone.
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Cart.com has created a unified omnichannel e-commerce platform for brands...
Cart.com
Cart.com has created a unified omnichannel e-commerce platform for brands to effectively navigate both direct to consumer (DTC) and business to business (B2B) channels. Cart.com helps companies create online storefronts and facilitates marketing and fulfillment to help companies manage supply chains and offer competitive shipping costs.
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Cased is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) companion for monitoring, orchestrating, and running software...
Cased
Cased is an artificial intelligence (AI) companion for monitoring, orchestrating, and running software at any scale for DevOps, SREs, and infrastructure teams. Cased's goal is to enable engineers by helping reduce complexity, eliminating bottlenecks, and implementing best practices to accelerate team productivity.
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Cerebras develops large computing chips designed for artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning applications...
Cerebras
Cerebras is developing large computing chips designed for artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning applications, like natural language processing (NLP), computer vision, and high-performance computing (HPC). The company claims that it's systems can train large-scale and complex AI workloads while allowing researchers and commercial companies to build large language models (LLMs) without royalties.
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Chipax is a FinTech company that allows companies to automatically synchronize all their financial information...
Chipax
Chipax is a FinTech company that allows companies to automatically synchronize all their financial information, from checking accounts to billing and taxes. Chipax aims to enable small and medium enterprises to automate day-to-day management of collection, billing, reconciliation, reports, and more.
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CircleCI operates a continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform that allows developers to...
CircleCI
CircleCI operates a continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform that allows developers to automate multiple parts of the engineering process, monitor the quality of their code, and conduct timely rollbacks when flaws are discovered. Its platform is designed with speed, flexibility, and scale at the forefront of the development lifecycle with the goal of delivering high-quality code quickly.
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Cityblock Health aims to provide healthcare built on trust, empathy, and understanding by focusing...
Cityblock Health
Cityblock Health aims to provide healthcare built on trust, empathy, and understanding with the goal of radically changing the way healthcare is administered. Offering 24/7 flexible care for physical, mental, or social care needs, users can meet with care providers at home, in the community, at a clinic, or by phone.
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ClearDATA offers a management and security platform designed to protect sensitive information in the healthcare industry...
ClearDATA
ClearDATA offers a management and security platform designed to protect sensitive information in the healthcare industry. It aims to operationalize compliance, privacy, and security for the healthcare ecosystem in public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AQS) and Google Cloud. Its "cloud architects" customize solutions to the specific needs of an organization, following all necessary compliance and security guidelines like HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), SOC (Service Organization Control), and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
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About MicroVentures
Founded in 2009, MicroVentures built a platform that gives both accredited and non-accredited investors access to invest in startups. Over $550M has been raised on our platform to date.

MicroVentures is one of the financial industry's first organizations which merges crowdfunding with the venture capital industry. The San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX based firm provides an opportunity for angel investors to invest in startups alongside Venture Capitalists, often at the same terms. We conduct detailed due diligence on startups and if approved we help them raise capital from angel investors.
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Years of executive experience and stable, smart, innovative insight give our management team the acumen to ensure MicroVentures makes solid business decisions benefiting our stakeholders.
Bill Clark
With more than a decade of top-level management experience in the credit risk management and financial services industry, Bill brings to the company key strategic focus and critical evaluation skills essential to both the investor and startup business components of MicroVentures.

As Risk Manager at an online payment processing company, Bill's responsibilities included managing risk on the merchant side of the business. His comprehensive approach to the company stems from key experience previously helping manage a billion-dollar portfolio of small business accounts as Credit Risk Manager in the Small Business Risk Management Division of a captive financial institution. He holds a BS in Finance from Michigan State University as well as Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 securities licenses.

In his spare time, Bill likes to explore Austin with his wife Jessica and two young daughters, and whenever possible enjoys playing a pickup game of basketball with friends.
Tyler Gray
Tyler joins MicroVentures from Charles Schwab. Prior to Schwab, Tyler was an Options Trader in Chicago and Austin, where he managed a multimillion-dollar account and wrote multiple algorithms to capture profit from different market inefficiencies. He holds a BA in Economics from Michigan State University and an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from St. Edward's University. Additionally, he holds Series 7, 9/10, 24, 27, 63, and 99 securities licenses. Tyler enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors with his wife and their two goldendoodles, Wrigley and Chloe, and going wine and beer tasting in the Texas Hill Country.
Elizabeth Willmore
Ernesto Paiz

Ernesto joins MicroVentures from Ecosystem Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm. Ernesto was the firm's Investment Manager, where he successfully doubled the size of the firm's portfolio. Ernesto's investments have led to multiple successful early-stage exits for Ecosystem Ventures. Ernesto has led early-stage investments across the U.S. and multiple foreign countries. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs on refining and executing their marketing strategies.

He also has hands-on experience in holding multiple roles in various startups across industries such as cloud security, e-publishing, and consumer goods. 

Ernesto holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, is a published author, and played collegiate baseball.

Ashley Allen, CFA

Ashley joins the MicroVentures team from Probity Advisors, a registered investment advisory firm located in Dallas. Ashley worked as an Associate, supporting the firm's portfolio managers with trading and maintaining client accounts, as well as back-testing and modeling various investment theses. During her time at Probity, Ashley maintained a large cap stock model and managed option strategies, such as covered calls and bear put spreads. In addition, Ashley wrote the firm's weekly market commentary.

Ashley has a degree in Finance from Louisiana State University with a minor in Spanish, and she is a CFA charterholder.

Outside of the office, Ashley is a fan of LSU football and enjoys traveling and trying out new restaurants.

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Prior to joining the MicroVentures team, Lisa worked at Dell Financial Services (DFS) as a Customer Service Supervisor.  While at DFS, Lisa managed a customer service team, oversaw operations, and focused on problem resolution. Lisa holds a BA in Mass Communications from Texas State University.

Lisa enjoys photography, travel, and spending time outdoors with her husband and their three children.

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Crowdfunding

Title III of the JOBS Act went into effect last May, opening more equity crowdfunding opportunities to non-accredited investors and loosening restrictions on startups looking to raise funds on equity crowdfunding platforms like MicroVentures. Thanks to Title III, ordinary investors aged 18 and older can now invest in startups. Although there are limits to the amount you can invest, you no longer have to be wealthy – or an “accredited investor” – to invest in private companies.

Federal law requires that you understand the risks of investing in early-stage companies before you invest on platforms like MicroVentures. You should also familiarize yourself with the investment process and regulations, including investment limits, cancellation policies, and sale restrictions. This FAQ provides basic information on these and other important topics, but you may need to refer to other resources for a complete understanding of Title III equity crowdfunding.

What are the risks?

Investing in startups involves considerable risk, including the possible loss of all or a significant portion of your investment. You should review all disclosed risk factors before making an investment decision. The following are some of the primary risks associated with investing in a startup under Title III:

  • The company may be unable to complete an initial public offering of its securities, a merger, a buyout, or other liquidity event
  • The company may be unable to expand and maintain market acceptance for its services or products
  • The company may be unable to adapt to rapidly changing consumer preferences, technological advances, or market trends
  • The company may be unable to achieve management’s projections for growth, to maintain or increase historical rates of growth, or to achieve growth based on past or current trends
  • The company may be unable to develop, maintain, and expand successful marketing relationships, affiliations, joint ventures, and partnerships that may be needed to continue and accelerate growth and market penetration
  • The company may be unable to manage rapid growth effectively
  • The company’s business operations may be disrupted or costs increased as a result of the company’s customers complaining or making assertions about its services or products
  • The company may experience technological problems, including potentially widespread outages and disruptions in Internet and mobile commerce
  • The company may experience performance issues arising from infrastructure changes, human or software errors, website or third-party hosting disruptions, network disruptions, or capacity constraints due to a number of potential causes including technical failures, cyber attacks, security vulnerabilities, natural disasters, or fraud
  • The company may be unable to adequately secure and protect intellectual property rights
  • The company may be the subject of claims or litigation for infringement of intellectual property rights and other alleged violations of law
  • Changes in laws and regulations may materially affect the company’s business
  • The company may be unable to comply with all applicable local, U.S., and international laws and regulations, including rules regarding data security and privacy, resulting in increased costs and/or business disruption if the company becomes subject to claims and litigation for legal non-compliance
  • Liability risks and labor costs and requirements may jeopardize the company’s business
  • The company may be unable to secure additional capital necessary to support operations, to finance expansion, and/or to maintain competitive position
  • The company may issue additional company equity securities that dilute the value of existing equity securities, and that dilute the voting power of existing investors
  • The company may be unable to hire or retain key members of management and a qualified workforce
  • The company may be unable to compete effectively against other businesses in its industry, some of which have longer operating histories, greater name recognition, and significantly greater financial, technical, marketing, distribution and other resources
  • Competing companies may develop new services, products, and marketing and distribution channels or may establish business models or technologies that are disruptive to the company’s business
  • Current and future competitors of the company may make strategic acquisitions or establish cooperative relationships among themselves or with others that may significantly increase their ability to meet the needs of existing and potential customers, putting the company at a disadvantage
  • The business of the company may be jeopardized by stagnant economic conditions and by political, geopolitical, regulatory, financial, or other developments in the U.S. and globally, including incidents of war and terrorism, outbreaks and pandemics of serious communicable diseases, and natural and man-made disasters that are beyond the company’s control
  • Because the valuation of a startup is subjective compared to the market-driven stock prices of public companies, you may overpay for the equity securities you purchase
  • The class of equity securities you purchase may have fewer rights than other equity classes issued by the company
  • The company may be able to provide only limited information on its operations and business plan due to the early stage of its development
  • You may be restricted from selling or transferring your securities for 12 months following your purchase, and beyond that 12-month period, there may be no market for your securities should you wish to sell them at that time
  • The company may not have relationships with established, professional early-stage investors such as angel investors, startup accelerators, and venture capital firms, or may not have these experienced individuals on their board of directors, leaving them without significant business mentorship, valuable resources and contacts, or general guidance
  • The value of the company’s equity securities may experience significant and unexpected decline, including prior to, during, or after an initial public offering

There may be other risks that are specific to the company, its industry, or its business model, and there may be other risks not generally disclosed or known, in part because the company is privately held and does not provide risk disclosure in publicly available reports. Investors must understand that they are voluntarily assuming all of the risks of the investment, including any and all risks relating to the company.

It is impossible for anyone to know with any certainty which companies will be more successful than others, and an investment is subject to all of the risks inherent in any investment in a nascent business or industry with a number of different competitors.

Risks specific to "notes": Promissory Notes: There is no assurance that a purchaser of a promissory note will realize a return on its investment or that it will not lose its entire investment. Additionally, the issuer may not be able to generate enough cash flow to meet their interest payment obligations and may at anytime default. Convertible Notes: There is no assurance that a purchaser of a convertible note will realize a return on its investment or that it will not lose its entire investment. Additionally, purchasers will not become equity holders until a future fundraising event, an IPO, or sale of the Company. Prior to conversion, convertible notes are susceptible to issuer default. Crowdsafe Notes: There is no assurance that a purchaser of a crowdsafe note will realize a return on its investment or that it will not lose its entire investment. Additionally, purchasers will not become equity holders until the company decides to convert the Securities into Securities or until an IPO or sale of the Company. Additionally, a crowdsafe note is not a debt instrument and investors in crowdsafe notes do not have preference in a liquidation. Further, crowdsafe notes do not accrue interest.
What types of investments can I choose from?
What information will the startups provide to potential investors?

Companies fundraising under Title III on the MicroVentures platform are required to provide the following information to potential investors:

  • General information about the company and a description of the business
  • The names of the company’s officers and directors
  • The “use of proceeds” – how the company plans to use the money raised from the offering
  • The target offering amount
  • The deadline for the offering
  • Risks that are specific to the company and its business
  • Financial information

The type and depth of the financial information the company is required to provide varies depending on the amount of the target offering and whether or not the company has raised money under Title III before:

  • Raising $107,000 or less: Companies must provide investors with financial statements and certain specific line items from income tax returns, both of which must be certified by the principal executive officer of the company.
  • Raising $107,000.01 to $535,000: Companies must have their financial statements reviewed by an independent public accountant. The accountant’s review report must be certified by the principal executive officer of the company and provided to investors.
  • Raising $535,000.01 to $1.07 million: Companies that are raising under Title III for the first time must have their financial statements reviewed by an independent public accountant, and any resulting review report must be provided to investors. Companies raising under Title III for a second or subsequent time must have their financial statements audited by an independent public accountant, and the accountant’s audit report must be provided to investors. An audit provides a higher level of financial scrutiny than a review.

If you would like more information about a company, each offering on the portal has a discussion forum where you should ask any questions you have and review the questions other investors have asked.

How much can I invest?

Because of the risks inherent to crowdfunding investments, federal law puts inflation-adjusted limits on the amount an investor can place into Title III offerings during any 12-month period. These limits are based on your annual income and net worth:

  • If either your annual income or net worth is less than $107,000, then during any 12-month period, you can invest up to the greater or either $2,200 or 5% of the lesser of your annual income or net worth.
  • If both your annual income and your net worth are equal to or more than $107,000, then during any 12-month period, you can invest up to 10% of annual income or net worth, whichever is lesser, but not to exceed $107,000.

Your net worth is the sum of all your assets minus all your liabilities. For the purposes of a Title III investment limit calculation, the value of your primary residence is not allowed to be included in your assets, and any mortgage or other loan on your primary residence should not be included in your liabilities, assuming it is equal to or less than the fair market value of your home.

The table below provided by the SEC shows specific examples of investment limits:

According to the SEC, you can calculate your annual income or net worth jointly with your spouse, whether or not property is held jointly. However, if you calculate income or net worth jointly, the total of each person’s Title III investments cannot exceed the limits that apply to an individual at that level of income or net worth.

If you are unsure how much you can invest under Title III, feel free to contact us or ask your accountant or financial advisor.

Can I cancel my investment?

You can cancel an investment up to 48 hours before the end of an offering deadline. After that point, your investment will be final and you won't be able to cancel.

If, prior to closing the funding, the company you’re investing in makes a material change to the offering terms or other information that was disclosed to you, you will be given five business days to confirm that you still want to make your investment. If you do not confirm your investment within five business days of that notification, your investment will be cancelled.

Will I receive updates on my investment?

After the offering is closed and your investment has been finalized, you can expect an annual report from the company once per year. This report will be available on the company’s website – not on the MicroVentures platform.

Among other items, the report is required to include the following information:

  • The company’s name, legal status, physical address, and website
  • The names of all company officers and directors, along with descriptions of each position, including the period of time each position was held
  • The names of all investors owning 20% or more of the voting equity securities in the company
  • A description of the company’s business and anticipated business plan
  • The current number of employees at the company
  • Financial statements, including balance sheets, statements of comprehensive income, statements of cash flows, statements of changes in stockholders’ equity, and other notes
  • A description of any debts incurred by the company, including the amount, interest rate, and maturity date
  • A description of all transactions whose amounts exceed 5% of the aggregate amount of capital raised under Title III in the last 12 months, and any such transactions currently proposed

The annual report must be filed within 120 days of the end of the fiscal year covered by the report.

There are a handful of circumstances under which a company is not obligated to provide an annual report, which would prevent investors from having access to current financial information about the company. For example, the company if not obligated to provide an annual report if, at any time:

  • The company is required to file a report under provisions of the Securities Exchange Act
  • The company has filed at least one annual report and has fewer than 300 investors
  • The company has filed at least three annual reports and has total assets that do not exceed $10 million
  • The company or another party purchases or repurchases all of its securities
  • The company liquidates or dissolves in accordance with state law
Can I sell my investments?

Unlike shares of public companies, securities purchased under Title III may not be transferred or sold during the first year of ownership unless they are transferred or sold:

  • Back to the issuing company
  • To an accredited investor, as defined by the SEC
  • As part of an offering registered by the SEC
  • To a member of your family, as defined by the SEC
  • To a trust you control or to a trust created for the benefit of a member of your family
  • As a result of your death or divorce

For the purposes of Title III, the SEC defines a “family member” as a child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, spouse or spousal equivalent, sibling, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law, including adoptive relationships.

Beyond the initial 12-month period of restriction, there may be no market for the securities should you wish to sell them. Please bear in mind that startup investments are long-term investments that may take years to become liquid, if they do at all.

Is a crowdfunding investment right for me?

It is up to you, the individual investor, to consider and ultimately determine whether investing in private securities offered and sold under Title III is appropriate for you. Research your investment target carefully on MicroVentures and using other sources. Pay particular attention to the terms of the offering. Also thoroughly review the risks of crowdfunding investments and the risks specifically associated with the target company before deciding whether the investment fits your risk profile. It is important that you invest only capital that you can afford to tie up for an indefinite period of time, and capital that you can afford to lose completely.

MicroVentures is not responsible for any losses you incur as a result of crowdfunding investments made under Title III. Please also note that, once an offering is complete, MicroVentures may or may not have an ongoing relationship with the startup.

How does Title III crowdfunding work?

You can find startups that are raising funds under Title III on the Offerings page of the MicroVentures website. These are companies that MicroVentures has already performed due diligence on, a process that includes evaluating the company’s product or service offering, business model, intellectual property, product roadmap, leadership team, addressable market, competitive landscape, regulatory environment, user traction, historical and projected financials, and more.

Before you can make an investment using the MicroVentures platform, you must first create a MicroVentures investor account. Once you have done that and selected a company you would like to invest in, you will make your investment online through the MicroVentures funding portal. This portal is registered with the SEC and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

You must make your investment before the deadline stated in the offering documents. If the company reaches the target offering amount prior to the deadline, it may set a new deadline and close the offering early. In those cases, the company must give five business days’ notice about the new deadline.

After making your investment, you may cancel it up to 48 hours before the offering deadline. After that point, your investment will be final. Your investment will be made via ACH transfer to a specified escrow account held by MicroVentures on the startup’s behalf.

Once you have made an investment in a startup, you will hold private equity in that company. The value of your stake in the company may increase or decrease over time depending on how the company performs. You will receive cash or stock return on your investment if and when a positive liquidity event occurs – for example, as a result of the company going public or getting acquired by another company. Please bear in mind that startup investments are long-term investments that may take years to become liquid, if they do at all.

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MicroVentures charges a commission for each Issuer. These fees can vary for each Issuer so you should reference the Form C or the offering page for each individual Issuer to get the full details.
Types of investments offered
MicroVentures offers various types of investment opportunities based on the needs of the Issuer. That could be equity or convertible debt. Please see the risk section in the education section for Risks. For additional information, you can consult the Issuer’s Form C which can be found on the Issuer’s offering page or www.sec.gov for details on the type of security being offered and the risks associated with that security. Investments in private companies are risky. Do not invest if you cannot afford to lose your entire investment.
Can the Issuer/company or MicroVentures cancel my investment?
Yes, your investment can be cancelled by the Issuer/company before the offering is officially closed. While we don’t expect it to occur very often the issuer has the same rights as you do. The guidelines regarding the cancellation rights for a specific investment will be included in the Form C. The most common reasons for cancellation would be if you were a competitor or a Bad actor.
Is an equity investment appropriate for me?
Investing in a private company is very risky. It can take longer than 7 years for an early stage company to see an exit and even at that point they might not return capital. If you cannot afford to lose 100% of your investment, then you should not make the investment.
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Since the offering may have hundreds of investors do not expect to have the opportunity to communicate directly with the founders. After the offering is completed, MicroVentures will continue to communicate with the issuer and will attempt to obtain quarterly updates on how the issuer is doing. The issuer is not obligated to send those updates so you should not have the expectation that you will be kept in the loop on how the company is performing on a quarterly basis.
What is MicroVenture Marketplace
MicroVenture Marketplace is a FINRA registered funding portal offering opportunities under Regulation CF.
Risks of investing in "notes"
Investing in a private company is very risky. It can take longer than 7 years for an early stage company to see an exit and even at that point they might not return capital. There are many risks associated with a “note” investment. Below are a few, not an exhaustive list by any means, of the risks associated with “notes.” Promissory Notes: There is no assurance that a purchaser of a promissory note will realize a return on its investment or that it will not lose its entire investment. Additionally, the issuer may not be able to generate enough cash flow to meet their interest payment obligations and may at anytime default. Convertible Notes: There is no assurance that a purchaser of a convertible note will realize a return on its investment or that it will not lose its entire investment. Additionally, purchasers will not become equity holders until a future fundraising event, an IPO, or sale of the Company. Prior to conversion, convertible notes are susceptible to issuer default. Crowdsafe Notes: There is no assurance that a purchaser of a crowdsafe note will realize a return on its investment or that it will not lose its entire investment. Crowdsafe notes have a risk of defaulting. Additionally, purchasers will not become equity holders until the company decides to convert the Securities into Securities or until an IPO or sale of the Company. Additionally, a crowdsafe note is not a debt instrument and investors in crowdsafe notes do not have preference in a liquidation. Further, crowdsafe notes do not accrue interest.
Risks Involved

Investments in late-stage companies are highly speculative and involve significant risks due to, among other things, inconsistent cash flows of the company, the nature of its proposed investments, and potential conflicts of interest. These investments are not suitable for anyone who does not have a high tolerance for risk and/or has high liquidity needs. You should invest only if you are able to bear the risk of losing your entire investment. There are no assurances that investors will receive any return of capital or profit.

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How does the JOBS Act impact crowdfunding?
On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act has facilitated a substantial reduction in the regulatory burden surrounding financing activities for small companies in public and private capital raising transactions. The JOBS Act consists of seven sections, or Titles, all detailing certain provisions of the law.
  • Title I: Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies
  • Title II: Access to Capital for Job Creators
  • Title III: Crowdfunding
  • Title IV: Small Company Capital Formation
  • Title V: Private Company Flexibility and Growth
  • Title VI: Capital Expansion
  • Title VII: Outreach on Changes to the Law
While each provision influences capital formation for small business in some capacity, Title II and Title III have a disproportionate impact on crowdfunding. Title II of the JOBS Act is related to private placement transactions executed under Rule 506 of Regulation D. Title II charges the SEC with eliminating the general solicitation and advertising bans in connection with Rule 506 offerings. Prior to Title II, entrepreneurs seeking capital had to have a “substantial and pre-existing relationship” before including an investor in a private placement securities transaction. On September 23, 2013, Title II was implemented by the SEC allowing companies to advertise their offerings to potential accredited investors under the newly implemented regulation 506(c). By allowing issuers to solicit or advertise their offerings more publicly, the investor pool for startup capital has greatly expanded. The most impactful provision to crowdfunding is found in Title III of the JOBS Act. Title III, once implemented, will effectively allow non-accredited investors to invest in startups. As it stands, equity crowdfunding is limited to accredited investors. While Title III was passed with the JOBS Act, the SEC has yet to publish final rules, meaning market participants cannot take advantage of Title III. As a result, several states have sidestepped the SEC and introduced laws, each with different nuances, allowing intrastate crowdfunding for residents not meeting the federal accredited investor definition. Title III, once implemented, will dramatically increase the pool of available capital and increase capital formation for small business in the United States. Get started reviewing MicroVentures investment opportunities by registering hereInvest in Startups