Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for families

 Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney – a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions – has raised $ 10 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by early stage venture fund Relay Ventures. There was another private equity investment in the round, but the parties didn’t want to… Read More

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Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

 Netherlands-based Minibrew has raised $ 2.8 million in seed funding after completing a successful $ 350,000 crowdfunding campaign to bring some smarts to the home-brew process. The Minibrew is a little keg with a big brain. When we first met the company in 2015 they offered a whiff of high tech to the brewing process, adding a monitored brew vessel and mobile app to the age-old technique of… Read More

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Away nears 100K stylish suitcases sold as it raises $20M

 What do people actually want in luggage? A phone charger, unbreakable exterior, and maximum packing space at a resonable price is what Away discovered. So it built a line of sleek but expansive polycarbonite suitcases equipped with battery packs, and sold them direct-to-consumer. Now after selling nearly 100,000 suitcases and generating $ 20 million in revenue, Away has raised a $ 20 million… Read More

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Drivemode raises $6.5M from Panasonic and others for smartphone car tech

 If you’re an Android device owner and also a driver, you may already be familiar with Drivemode: It’s one of the most popular apps for use in cars on Google Play, with over one million app downloads and active users spread across 180 countries. The app is designed to reduce distractions for drives via an eyes-free interface designed to access smartphone functions like navigation… Read More
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Tenka Labs raises $2.1 million to turn Legos into kids’ engineering projects

circuit cubes Nate MacDonald and John Schuster spent more than a decade in schools looking to teach students some basic principles of circuitry and engineering — but realized that just giving them a battery and a motor and saying “go” wasn’t enough. So the two have started Tenka Labs, a new company that designs small blocks that operate as parts of circuits that they can connect to… Read More

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