Startup Calendar for November 25th

Today we’re updating our weekly newsletter to place a stronger emphasis on events and accelerator programs.

Event organizers have added thousands of events to CrunchBase since we launched our events platform in October. You’ll find events highlighted on our homepage, on the profiles of people participating in those events, and, of course, in our newsletters.

Soon we’ll begin localizing these newsletters in order to provide more relevant information around upcoming events, accelerator deadlines, and demo days.

Three events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

As well as ten accelerator programs:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

VCs Are Putting More Than Just Coins Into Laundry Service

VCs Are Putting More Than Just Coins Into Laundry Service

It’s been a routine chore for centuries, but laundry continues to plague entrepreneurs who are still working to create a more optimal solution to the recurring problem of dirty clothes.

Venture investors are fully on board, backing another ten laundry service startups in the past year as a clear winner has yet to emerge from the pile.

From recently-funded Alfred, a New York-based startup that provides a personal “butler” for $25 per week, to FlyCleaners, Brooklyn’s latest on-demand dry-cleaning establishment, it seems there are more ways to outsource personal hygiene now than ever before.

In the past two years, startups focused on laundry and dry cleaning service have raised over $28 million in 17 venture rounds. While it’s not a shocking amount of cash, it seems rather steep for such a standard task.

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Game Recognizes Game As Carmelo Makes His First VC Plays

Game Recognizes Game As Carmelo Makes His First VC Plays

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article by Christine Magee.

Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is making a bid for a legacy off the court — with a big assist from CrunchBase.

The power forward-turned-venture capitalist launched Melo7 Tech Partners earlier this year with partner Stuart Goldfarb and has since closed 10 deals ranging from a seed for smart kitchenware startup The Orange Chef to Lyft’s latest $250 million cash bonanza.

A 7-time All Star and 2-time Olympic medalist, Carmelo is used to mixing it up with the best of the best — and the VC arena is no exception. Up and running for less than a year, Melo7 Tech already counts major players like Accel, a16z and Google Ventures on its list of most frequent co-investors.

“I have a 50-50 partner who happens to be Carmelo Anthony,” says Goldfarb of his high-profile partner. “It’s half his money and half my money, we’re both at risk, and help is never, ever in terms a commercial endorsement from Carmelo Anthony.”

That being said, both Goldfarb and Carmelo are fully intending to work Melo’s superstar status to their advantage. Continue reading

Investors Are Backing A Recruiting Revolution

Investors Are Backing A Recruiting Revolution

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article by Christine Magee.

Hiring is going high tech thanks to a crop of new venture investments.

Recruiting can be a nightmare for companies of all stages and sizes – it’s a time suck for current employees, often a shot in the dark in terms of candidate search and interview logistics, and if done haphazardly it can really screw up a company.

It’s an issue that has spawned a new class of startups tackling a variety of recruiting obstacles. With over $400 million raised in 120 venture rounds this year, investors are finally directing their attention and cash toward one of the largest pain points for any company – hiring.

As companies like Hired, Jibe and ZipRecruiter secured sizable rounds in the past few quarters, total capital committed this year has already far surpassed 2013’s total of $275 million.

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VCs Want Tech To Be Your New Sous Chef

VCs Want Tech To Be Your New Sous Chef

While giants like Seamless and billion-dollar Delivery Hero continue on a quest to conquer the food delivery market, a new crop of food startups are raising venture dollars to cater to those who would rather cook their own meals.

From gourmet recipe kit Plated to gadgets like immersion circulator Nomiku and gluten detector 6SensorLabs, amateur chefs are beginning to rely on tech to prepare home-cooked meals that rival take-out.

Berlin-based recipe kit service Marley Spoon is the latest in this bunch, closing a $5 million Series A funding yesterday to build out its service in Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands.

The second quarter of this year saw an influx in funding for cooking-related startups, as $50 million rounds for both HelloFresh and Blue Apron pushed the total capital committed to an all-time high of $107 million in 12 venture rounds.

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Teespring Makes Lucky 13 For a16z And Khosla

Teespring Makes Lucky 13 For a16z And Khosla

Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz team up for the 13th time today, backing custom apparel crowdfunding platform Teespring in the second sizable funding round raised this year by the three-year-old startup.

Securing the vote of confidence from both of these major players has proven to be a sign of good things to come.

The list of 12 co-investments prior to Teespring includes two successful exits, two unicorn companies, and another handful heading that way with over $50M in venture funding raised.

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Startup Calendar for November 18th

Seven events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And fourteen accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!