Startup Calendar for March 24th

              
 

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Startup Calendar for March 17th

              
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Startup Calendar for March 10th

              
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Startup Calendar for March 3rd

              
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Atlanta’s Southern Hospitality Is Winning Venture Investors

Atlanta’s Southern Hospitality Is Winning Venture Investors

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

Atlanta is home to the world’s largest drive-in, some of rap music’s greatest minds, and 71 streets named Peachtree. It’s also the center of a thriving startup scene, as we saw at last night’s Meetup + Pitch-Off.

Over the past five years, venture investors have committed $1.2 billion in venture capital to Atlanta-based startups, according to CrunchBase data. Annual deal count grew by 25% in 2014, and capital committed more than tripled the $110M recorded in 2010.

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Underwear Startups Have Investors Hot And Bothered

Underwear Startups Have Investors Hot And Bothered

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

After taking the runway at New York Fashion Week, fashion tech is making a play for the bedroom. A new collection of underthings and intimates startups are stripping down to basics — and venture investors are seeing 50 shades of green.

It’s not a lot of money yet, but the surge in seed funding over the past two years indicates growing investor interest in tech-enabled basics brands. From a16z to First Round, over 100 venture firms and angel investors closed deals for underwear startups since 2012, according to CrunchBase data.

“Underwear alone in the U.S. is a $15 billion plus market per year in terms of revenue,” says Bryan Lalezarian, CEO of basics brand MeUndies.

MeUndies has raised over $1 million in venture cash to deliver trendy underwear to hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide — and Lalezarian says they’re currently raising more. A handful of bold marketing moves, including a sponsorship for crotch-grabbing football star Marshawn Lynch and a collection of photo ads deemed too sexual for Facebook, have generated a lot of recent attention for the three-year-old startup.

“If you think about the tools that we have today with social media — Instagram, Snapchat, obviously Facebook and Twitter — there are a lot of unique ways we can connect directly to customers to deliver our message, tell our story, and sell our brand, and those didn’t exist 20 years ago when companies like Gap and Victoria’s Secret got started,” says Lalezarian.

According to CrunchBase data, underthings startups have closed 22 venture rounds since 2013 — the majority of which are very early-stage as investors test the waters.

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Startup Calendar for February 24th

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Featured events this week:

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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!