Current Companies On Grid Ventures
Luminoso allows big data to become big insight, identifying the nuances of meaning that enable actionable business insight. Recently closed $6.5 million Series A. (MIT Media Lab, Acadia Woods Partners, Atlas Ventures, Rationalwave Capital Partners) big data-enabled.
SeamlessDocs is the next-generation form and e-signature platform with a focus on being the new standard for paperless government forms. SeamlessDocs closed a $5 million Series A financing in 2015 and a $7 million Series B funding round led by Motorola Solutions in 2016. (also Govtech Fund, Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable Accelerator, Murat Aktihanoglu, HBS Angels, Code for America, Urban.Us) ecommerce, big-data-enabled
The New York Shipping Exchange provides the global shipping industry a standardized “over-the-counter” exchange for entering enforceable freight contracts. NYSHEX raised a $8.5 million Series A funding in March 2017 led by Goldman Sachs Principle Strategic Investments and GE Ventures, with participation from Blumberg Capital, Tectonic Capital and other investors. vertical marketplaces.
RapidSOS is an advanced emergency communications company at the cutting edge of commercializing technology to connect any device (car, IoT, wearable, phone) directly to 911 and first responders in an emergency, warn people in harm’s way, and predict and preempt emergencies before they occur. RapidSOS closed a $14M round in April 2017 led by Highland Capital Partners with participation from Two Sigma Ventures, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, and three former FCC Chairs — Tom Wheeler, Julius Genachowski, and Dennis Patrick. geodisruption, geodata.
Culinary Agents is a professional job matching and networking platform specifically designed for food, beverage and hospitality professionals. METRO Cash & Carry recently purchased a minority interest and is expanding Culinary Agents to Spain, Portugal, Japan, Austria, Turkey, Germany and Italy. (RRE Ventures, James D. Robinson, HBS Angels, Metro) vertical marketplace.
AllTheRooms brings you all the rooms on the planet via the world’s largest accommodation search engine. Kayak & Trivago, only better! (New York Angels, 37 Angels, Brian Cohen) vertical marketplace, big data-enabled.
Cups is the “Starbucks App” for independent coffee shops. Cups helps you discover and patronize your city’s best independent cafes with purchase prepaid plans. Launched in Tel Aviv, and now in NY, Philadelphia, the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Sacramento. Download the Cupsapp and use my code hlsvf to get a FREE cup of offee and $10 off your first plan! (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, HBS Angels) vertical marketplace, geomarketing.
EnerKnol is a one-stop resource for all US energy regulatory data, gathering real-time policy information from 2,000+ sources and providing an intelligent dashboard for energy market professionals. EnerKnol also produces New York Energy Week, the largest energy industry conference on the East Coast. (Select Venture Partners, Archer Gray, New York Angels, HBS Angels) next-generation content.
Shoppable®, formerly 72Lux, is the market leader in contextual commerce and universal shopping cart technology. Shoppable allows users to easily purchase or save any product they discover throughout the entire web — without leaving the publisher’s site. The Shoppable Google Chrome extension enables users to purchase products from any website via a universal shopping cart. Shoppable raised a $3.5 million Series A in August 2016. (500 Startups, First Growth Venture Network, Dave McClure, Stewart Alsop, Paul Singh, Thomas Varghese, Alex Goldberg) ecommerce
Walc is the first navigation app that gives you directions based on what you see. Instead of telling you to head north, Walc guides you via local businesses and landmarks and gives you walking directions like you’d give a friend. Walc is the winner of McDonald’s Innovation in Transportation Challenge at SXSW 2015; BMW Ventures’ Future of Mobility Competition; and WeWork’s NY Demo Day. geosocial, geoinformation.
Consumers expect free Wi-Fi. SocialSign.in turns free Wi-Fi into a powerful marketing channel for retailers and venue operators. (TechStars, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Alex Iskold, Jerry Wang, First Growth Venture Network, MetaPropNYC) geoInfrastructure.
Furious Corp is a revolutionary inventory management platform which helps premium video programmers maximize revenue across the growing number of digital distribution platforms. (Nielsen Innovate, Laconia Ventures) big-data-enabled.
Social Standards (formerly BarTrendr) allows brands to objectively measure and analyze social conversations as if it were sales data. Brands can now instantly measure the true ROI of their marketing efforts, see detailed demographics and psychographics of their actual consumers, anticipate trends before they affect sales. Social Standards is the foundation for Nielsen Bar Moments, the most comprehensive measurement and analytic resource in the beverage industry with 1.5 million monthly engagements. (Band of Angels, New York Angels) social frameworks, big data-enabled.
PageScience leads in enabling advertisers to target pages, and not people, for the best advertising response. PageScience’s proprietary PageMatch technology respects user privacy and moves beyond user cookies, retargeting, and programmatic. Formerly Precision Health, PageScience has particular depth in targeting heath indications … respecting user privacy, and without cookies. (Metamorphic Ventures, Cava Capital, iNovia Capital, Founder Collective, Alpine Meridian, Health Ventures Group, Mike Perlis) big-data enabled, healthy living. Sold to AccentHeath.
AirXpanders offers a needle-free alternative for women who choose reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy. The AeroForm tissue expander received FDA de novo clearance for a US launch in 2017. AirXpanders raised $36.5 million in an IPO on the Australian ASX exchange in 2015. (ASX:AXP).
PowerVision produces the FluidVision intraocular lens to be inserted into the eye during cataract surgery and restore perfect vision in people with presbyopia. Alcon recently purchased an option to buy PowerVision as part of a $40 million Series D financing. (Venrock, Aisling Capital, Correlation Venture Partners).