We know. We are late with this. With some travel for our team this week, the Alley was unmanned but we are catching you up now.
With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space. We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech this week including the fundings, exits, and events.
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Maple, a new service that will deliver high quality chef-inspired meals straight to your door, has raised $4 million in seed funding led by Thrive Capital, with participation from 14W, Bessemer Venture Partners, High Peaks Venture Partners, Momofuku’s David Chang, and other individual investors. The service is slated to launch early next year.
22,000 attendees from 109 countries descended on Dublin this week for the Web Summit. The four-year-old gathering of geeks is now being hailed as the “Davos for Geeks” and one of the industry’s Must Attends. This latest summit drew 614 speakers (including Peter Thiel and Bono), 2,160 start-ups exhibiting for 700 investors, and 1324 members of the press.
New York was well represented and it was fairly obvious: over the course of the three-day conference, 82,000 cups of coffee were consumed. Maybe a bit of Guinness and Jameson, too, but who’s counting?
Please note that this photo does not contain all 22,000 attendees.
Image credit: Twitter
Minus, a developer of mobile chat and photo sharing application and whose “MeowChat” app prompts users to create profiles of themselves describing their age, gender, location, and hobbies so they can be matched with similar users in chat rooms and private conversations, has raised $8 million in funding from investors, including Eniac Ventures, Social Starts, IDG-Accel, and SIG.
In addition to attending the WebSummit in Dublin, we also had the pleasure of attending DellWorld in Austin last week and had a chance to catch up with Alexis Ohanian. Alexis held a thought provoking discussion on the coming of the second machine age with MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, authors of The Second Machine Age.
We also caught up with Alex Hawkinson at SmartThings at Quartz: The Next Billion Conference where Alex shared some insights on the connected world.
Image credit: Marley Kaplan of mkThinkTank, the boutique strategy and insights agency, on a mission to help brands navigate the emerging technology/startup landscape.
Namely, a leading end-to-end HR and payroll management platform, has raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Matrix Partners, with participation from earlier backers True Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Bullpen Capital.