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College Pulse Delivers First Real-Time Data Analytics Platform for Tracking US College Student Opinion

Company Raises $1.5 Million from Leading Venture Capital and EdTech Investors College Pulse, a survey research and data analytics company, co-founded by Terren Klein and Robin Jayaswal, has developed the first real-time data analytics platform to track and predict US college students' opinions, interests and buying behavior. Recent survey research reports include: Divided Legacy: Students' Perceptions on Affirmative Action, Expectations vs. Reality: Early Career Salaries, and Political Intelligence: The State of the 2020…

The Teespring Turnaround, E-Commerce Platform Announces Profitability

Teespring, the ‘create & sell’ commerce platform, announces its profitability following a dramatic turnaround after years of turbulence, which had the business burning millions of dollars and facing near death in 2016. Teespring graduated from Y Combinator in 2013, and was backed by some of Silicon Valley’s top VC’s including Khosla Ventures & a16z. Despite the investment, the business struggled due to a heavy reliance on the digital ads eco-system. Under the new leadership of British CEO, Chris Lamontagne, the…

Customer Communication Platform Podium Raises $60 Million in Series B

New Funding Allows Podium to Double Its Engineering Team and Expand Product Offerings to Better Serve Mid-Market and Enterprise Clients Podium, the leading customer communication platform for local businesses, announced that it has raised a $60 million Series B growth round of funding led by IVP with participation from Accel, Summit Partners, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Y Combinator. Podium launched in 2014 as a product to help local businesses get honest and timely online reviews. Since then, the…

Dropbox IPO: An Enlightened Friday For The US Tech Industry

At the High End of the Indicated Pricing, It Could Raise Nearly $650 Million, Making It the Largest Tech IPO Since Snap Hit the Market Last year, we had predicted that Dropbox would be a fascinating IPO story of the tech industry. And then, it came true. The cloud storage and work collaboration company went public on Friday. Within hours, incubator YC saw a whopping 40 percent jump in Dropbox's expected share price. It was a delight to see Dropbox flashing at NASDAQ with the ticker symbol “DBX”. Dropbox is the first-ever…