Author Archives: Ravi

Marketing startup Influential raises $12M from WME and others

Influential announced today that it has raised $12 million in Series B funding. The funding came from existing investors Capital Zed, ECA Ventures, Paradigm Talent Agency, ROAR and Tech Coast Angels, as well as from Hollywood agency WME . Just a couple weeks ago, Influential said it was working with (and had raised money from) WME. The agency is the first to try out a new Influential product called Talent Pro, which gives agents access to social data around a broader pool of talent. Influential founder and […]

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Celebrity funds from Jay Z, Will Smith and Robert Downey Jr. are backing a life insurance startup

Ethos, the company that bills itself as making life insurance accessible, affordable and simple, has officially come out of stealth with an $11.5 million investment led by one of the world’s top venture firms, Sequoia Capital, and additional participation from the family offices of Hollywood’s biggest stars and an NBA all-star. Jay Z’s Roc Nation, and the family funds of Kevin Durant, Robert Downey Jr. and Will Smith, all participated in the new round for Ethos, and Sequoia Partner Roelof Botha is taking a seat on the […]

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Share your startup – June 2018

Tell us about your startup! /r/startups wants to hear what you’re working on! Contest mode is on, so remember to select ‘Show All’ to see all the replies. If you don’t see your post, you probably need to load more comments at the bottom. Also, all posts are sorted randomly, so the sort function doesn’t seem to work. Name / URL Location of Your Headquarters Elevator Pitch/Explainer Video More details: What stage are you in? How many employees or founders? Are you looking for anything? (Feedback/Hiring/Investment) Discount […]

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Weekly Feedback and Support Thread

Create something? Let’s see it! Feedback or Support Requester Please use the following format: URL: Purpose of Startup: Technologies Used: Feedback or Support Requested: Comments: Post your site along with your stack and technologies used and receive feedback from the community. Please refrain from just posting a link and instead give us a bit of a background about your creation. Feel free to request general feedback or specific feedback in a certain area like user experience, usability, design, or code review. Feel free to request support with […]

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Is indiehacker ever been useful to you, it always felt little bit like ‘look what i got’…?

This is a legit question… maybe it’s just my interpretation… or this is how it’s. After reading 30 or so stories, interviews. posts… I feel I haven’t learned anything and I just got to know few companies. Low key advertisement / look at me. I feel outcome is I just feel more and more annoyed by click bait titles and then posts thinly decorated as insights. So have you gotten anything out of any material there then look at me i’m so great. I am not completely […]

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How to find usability testing apps that won’t cost the Earth

I was asked by a client to find a software or app that would help with their usability testing for a new startup website. I went and found the market leaders and I was gob smacked at the high costs of this service. You can easily be billed $40,000 for this service. That is unless you read this post. My client does have a budget, but most were way over what he could afford, so I decided to do some research and found some usability testing services […]

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CTO Equity Question

Hey guys. I’m pretty new to the equity and vesting side of startups so I had a question. So I may be joining a small startup as their CTO. The current team is only 2 people and they have been running the startup “manually” since they started. I offered to build a web app for them and if they liked it, I would join as the CTO. Well the web app is done and they are ready for me to join. They sent an equity consideration of […]

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Benchling raises $14.5M to help streamline collaboration among scientists

Email and a smarter notebook might be enough for handling communication for projects or experiments inside a team in a lab in some university basement. But when you have around 200 scientists working on discovering something new — say, a new drug — that communication process is going to quickly break down, and Sajith Wickramasekara that sits somewhere between science and software. That’s the goal for Benchling, which Wickramasekara hopes will make life easier for researchers and help simplify and speed up the process of scientific discovery. Specializing in […]

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VR helps us remember

Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that people remember information better if it is presented in VR vs. on a two dimensional personal computer. This means VR education could be an improvement on tablet or device-based learning. “This data is exciting in that it suggests that immersive environments could offer new pathways for improved outcomes in education and high-proficiency training,” said Amitabh Varshney, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at UMD. The study was quite complex and looked at recall in […]

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Farmdrop picks up £10M Series B

Farmdrop, the farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has picked up £10 million in new funding. New investors in this Series B round include LGT Impact Ventures (described as a growth equity investor that invests in businesses making a positive contribution to society), and Belltown Ventures, a renewable energy investment specialist with an interest in agricultural technology. Previous backer Atomico also followed on. Founded by ex-city broker Ben Pugh in 2014, Farmdrop originally launched as a ‘click and collect’ service that let you order groceries […]

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