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21Oct/14Off

STAQ closes $2.5 Million led by Genacast Ventures

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STAQ Inc. Closes $2.5 Million Series A Financing

Platform For Unifying Data Across Ad Technologies Automates The Last Mile Of Ad Operations

New York (October 21, 2014) STAQ Inc., which makes ad operations more efficient by unifying ad technology through reporting, connections and integrations, today closed a $2.5 million Series A round of institutional financing led by Genacast Ventures and Core Capital. Other investors include Kinetic Ventures, Revel Partners and The Hive, an early stage fund for data driven businesses that also provided STAQ's seed round funding of $1.1 million.

Founded in 2012, STAQ Inc. develops and provides STAQ, a collection, reporting, and integrations system for advertisement technology. Its product combines advertisement reporting that enables users to view their campaigns, inventory, data, analytics, and sales pipeline from across all of their advertising technology. Already, STAQ has integrated into more than 175 of the most widely used technologies among publishers and marketers, including ad servers, RTB exchanges, DSPs, SSPs, audience targeting systems, analytics, CRM and workflow tools.

“We’ve automated the last mile of ad operations, with programmatic reporting and analytics,” says James Curran, CEO & Co-Founder. “Everyone in the industry has a unique tech stack and different business needs. Because of this, collection and aggregation of data from different systems has been a painstakingly manual process, until now. Our technology automates this process and offers the tools to normalize all of this data, aggregating buying data across multiple DSPs and exchanges, or revenue from many direct and indirect streams for publishers.”

Mr. Curran added that the additional capital "Will fuel the expanding adoption of our product, used by brand publishers, ad technology platforms and media buyers."

"The ad tech landscape is getting more complicated every day and STAQ is an essential tool to simplify this world for digital marketers," says Gil Beyda, Founder and Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures. "As a founder of and investor in many ad tech companies, it became clear to me that STAQ is critical for today's advertisers, agencies and publishers to be successful."

“We chose STAQ because their core business focuses on our needs: Programmatic advertising data collection and scalable UI aggregation,” says Jen Witt, Director of Ad Operations at Match Media, a subsidiary of IAC. “They are staffed with industry experience, giving them deeper insight into the operational data collection problems faced by publishers using multiple UIs and APIs to collect daily figures.”

“Marketers and publishers have multiple partners that make up their marketing technology stack. Many use different ad servers, networks, DSPs, SSPs, DMPs, CRM, analytics tools and other types of platforms. Just compiling data from all of these systems can be a headache, keeping ad tech companies from being able to make quick decisions in their day–to–day ad operations," adds Mike Subelsky, STAQ Inc.'s CTO & Co-Founder. “We connect to your ad tech stack in an automated fashion, compile all of the data you need to access. Every stack configuration and use case is different and our system can be customized to specific needs. Finally, since we maintain the integrations, operations teams can launch with STAQ without needing their own tech resources.”

STAQ, Inc. (http://www.staq.com) makes ad operations more efficient by unifying ad technology through reporting, connections and integrations. The company is led by industry veterans from the Rubicon Project, Collective Media, Advertising.com and DoubleClick. It has offices in New York City and Baltimore.

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14Jul/14Off

Rocketrip Closes $3 Million

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Next Generation Travel Management Start-Up Rocketrip Closes $3 Million In Series A-1 Funding
Series A Investors Canaan Partners and Genacast Ventures Join New Investors CrunchFund and Paul Buchheit to Fund Product Development and Sales

NEW YORK, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rocketrip, the first commercially available platform to save companies money on travel expenses by rewarding employees for cost-saving behavior, today announced that it raised $3 million in an accelerated round of funding from current and new investors. The funding will be used to expedite product development and sales efforts.

The A-1 round was led by current investors Canaan Partners and Genacast Ventures, and includes participation from new investors CrunchFund and Paul Buchheit. Rocketrip closed a $2.6 million Series A round in January 2014 led by Canaan with participation from Genacast Ventures, Y Combinator, and other investors. To date, Rocketrip has raised $6.2 million in venture funding.

"Since January's Series A round, results from Rocketrip's Pilot Programs have provided quantifiable evidence that the platform will decrease corporate travel costs by more than 20 percent, fundamentally change employee spending behavior, and make travel weary employees feel better about hitting the road," says Dan Ruch, Founder & CEO of Rocketrip. "We are all very encouraged by the positive feedback from current Rocketrip customers, as well as a deep pipeline of new business. The money raised from this A-1 round will be used primarily to drive our sales efforts as well as build out our product and engineering team to improve usability and integrate new features."

In 2014, Rocketrip saved clients $200,000 across 1,000+ round trip air and hotel segments. Much of the savings came from expected shifts in behavior such as choosing the lowest fare at time of booking, purchasing 21+ days in advance, and booking coach over business class. However, several exciting and unanticipated money-saving scenarios emerged as employees were self motivated to beat their personalized budget in order to maximize Rocketrip Rewards. Examples include:

  • Booking accommodations through Airbnb
  • Using personal miles to pay for flights, demonstrating that employees value Rocketrip Rewards more than their airline miles
  • Purchasing bundled air/car/hotel packages
  • Staying with a friend
  • Choosing a train instead of a plane

"As a former Google employee, I've personally seen the benefit a reward-based travel policy offers both employees and finance departments," said Paul Buchheit, Rocketrip investor, a former Google employee and creator of Gmail. "I know the model works, and I am thrilled to be part of the Rocketrip team making this travel program available to companies and business travelers everywhere."

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19May/14Off

Divide is joining Google

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Divide is joining Google!

We’re thrilled to announce that Divide is joining Google! Divide was founded with a simple mission: Give people the best mobile experience at work. As part of the Android team, we’re excited to continue developing solutions that our users love.

For existing customers, Divide will work as it always has. Thank you to everyone who has downloaded our app, partnered with us, invested in us and provided feedback along the way; we truly appreciate all your support.

The Divide Team

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30Apr/14Off

LeadiD Raises $7M in Series A Funding

LeadiD Raises $7M in Series A Funding Round

Comcast Ventures, Tribeca Venture Partners, Genacast Ventures Lead Cash Infusion

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - Apr 30, 2014) - LeadiD, the first neutral, privacy-friendly, trusted arbiter of lead transactions, announced today that it has raised $7M in Series A funding from Comcast Ventures and Tribeca Venture Partners. Genacast Ventures, an early-stage technology fund affiliated with Comcast, which had led LeadiD's seed funding, also participated in this round. This brings the total of funds raised since the company's inception to $9.7M. Today's announcement was initially mentioned on re/code.

LeadiD is growing dramatically. The raising of this Series A round of funding comes just a few months after the company's announcement that it had tripled both platform usage and revenue over the course of 2013. Located in Ambler, PA, just west of Philadelphia, the start-up will use new funding to grow its team and further strengthen its lead authentication technology for both buyers and sellers. LeadiD has already generated more than one billion unique LeadiDs for its 350 clients -- a list that includes major brands throughout the education, mortgage, insurance and automotive verticals.

"Online Lead Generation is a multi-billion dollar industry," said Ross Shanken, Founder and CEO of LeadiD. "But the practice of buying and selling of leads traditionally has been highly inefficient. We developed and scaled a system that allows sellers and buyers to determine the value of a lead and make purchase and resourcing decisions accordingly. This investment is the latest indication that we're moving the marketplace in the right direction."
"LeadiD provides a technology that improves marketer outcomes, seller margins, and consumer experience," said Sam Landman, Principal at Comcast Ventures. "No other neutral solution like this exists at any scale, and we're excited to be backing the one with the first-mover advantage."

"Genacast Ventures looks to invest in technology companies with the potential to disrupt large, established markets," added Gil Beyda, Founder and Managing Partner at Genacast Ventures. "Lead generation is one such market that is an essential customer acquisition vehicle for thousands of businesses, large and small, around the world. LeadiD helps insure there is a growing supply of quality, performing leads and has demonstrated their ability to bring new levels of trust and transparency into the lead selling and buying process. We believe LeadiD is now an indispensible component to a healthy, thriving lead generation ecosystem."

LeadiD clients include Urban Science, eFinancial, Consumer United, and dozens of other brand advertisers. Whether on the buyer or seller side, the LeadiD technology authenticates the origin and history of every lead, providing real-time analytics that predict each individual lead's worth and efficacy. Registration for the technology is free for marketers on both sides of the transaction.

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30Apr/14Off

ZeroFOX Secures $11M in Series A Funding Led by NEA

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ZeroFOX Secures $11M in Series A Funding Led by NEA to Combat Social Cyber Attacks

The Social Risk Management Company™ Leads the Fight Against Social-Borne Cyber Attacks by Mitigating Risk Introduced to Enterprise and Government Organizations via Social Media

BALTIMORE, MD—April 30, 2014—ZeroFOX, The Social Risk Management Company™, today announced it has secured $10.7 million in Series A funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The funding round includes a $450K non-dilutive incentive from the State of Maryland. Also participating in the round were earlier investors Genacast Ventures (a fund in partnership with Comcast Ventures), Core Capital and a number of notable security industry luminaries including Enrique Salem (Board Member at FireEye and former CEO of Symantec), Dean Drako (Founder and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks and founder, BOD and former CEO of Barracuda Networks), Michael Fey (General Manager and WW CTO at McAfee), John M. Jack (Former CEO of Fortify and currently a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz), Ken Levine (CEO of Verdasys and former CEO of Nitro Security), and Todd Headley (former CFO of SourceFire), amongst others, bringing total funding over the last 12 months to $13 million.

NEA is one of the largest venture capital firms in the world with a current investment fund of $2.6B. “We are very excited to join the ZeroFOX team as they work to defend against the growing problem of intelligent cyber threats,” said Peter Barris, Managing General Partner, NEA, and ZeroFOX Board Member.“The security space has not evolved at the same pace as new consumer social media tech has and we think ZeroFOX is poised to address a very critical part of security for enterprise customers. The team’s deep expertise in the security space positions them well to tackle this challenge, and we look forward to partnering with them.”

“I continue to be humbled by the support and momentum we are gathering at ZeroFOX,” said James C. Foster, Co-Founder and CEO of ZeroFOX. “Peter Barris and NEA are among the very best investors and business partners worldwide. Their confidence in our vision and our team are true testaments that we are on to something very big.”

According to the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Report, nearly 1/3 of all data breaches occurred via social as the primary attack vector. ZeroFOX is uniquely focused on this attack vector, enabling organizations to identify, manage, and mitigate the information security risks associated with employee and corporate social media usage. From targeted social-based cyber attacks to fraud, phishing, social engineering and impersonations, the ZeroFOX Platform provides real-time risk management, threat intelligence and security analytics.

“Social media and peer-to-peer communications are increasingly used as a medium for attacking individuals’ digital personas and undermining enterprise security,” said Larry Walsh, Chief Analyst at The 2112 Group. “The need for effective identification and mitigation of social-based security threats is long overdue.”

“ZeroFOX is the only organization that sits at the intersection of cyber security and social media, helping customers address the information security risks associated with social,” said Evan Blair, Co-Founder and COO, ZeroFOX. “Now, with NEA’s support we are in position to become the global brand for Social Risk Management.”

ZeroFOX was founded in January of 2013 and has collected a number of industry awards including being recognized as the CRN’s Top 10 Security Companies, 2013 Maryland Cyber Company of the Year, Winner of Chesapeake Regional Technology Council 2014 Rising Star Award, Winner of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Capital Connection TechBuzz show in Washington D.C., ‘Incubator Company of the Year’ for the state of Maryland in June 2013, and Baltimore Business Journal’s ‘Top 5 Cyber Companies to Watch’, ‘20 Most Promising Security Companies’ by CIO Review, and Daily Record’s ‘Innovator of the Year’.

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10Feb/14Off

Rocketrip Lands $2.6 Million Series A Round

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Rocketrip Lands $2.6 Million Series A Round

Canaan Partners and Genacast Ventures Invest in Next Gen Travel Management Firm to Accelerate Software and Product Development

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rocketrip, the first commercially available platform to save companies money on travel expenses by rewarding employee cost-saving behavior, today announced that it has closed its first institutional round of funding. Canaan Partners led the $2.6 million Series A financing with participation from Genacast Ventures and others investors. Rocketrip has received previous funding from Genacast Ventures, Y Combinator, and angel investors.

"Legacy corporate travel systems that are designed to streamline the travel process and enforce policy, in fact create friction with employees and drive non-compliance in today's $160 billion-a-year US business travel industry. As a result, travelers often 'go rogue' as the industry calls it, and book travel outside of those systems," says Dan Ruch, Founder & CEO of Rocketrip. "Rocketrip is optimized for employees that are allowed to book travel using their website or vendor of choice, motivating cost sensitivity by rewarding employees with a percentage of the savings they generate. However, for companies with a more complex travel program and a mandated booking channel, Rocketrip can function in parallel with existing systems by motivating similar cost saving behavior."

In just three months of early pilot testing, seven Rocketrip customers saved nearly $20,000 across 100 trips. This represents a higher-than-expected 25% reduction in travel spend.

"We are pleased to have Canaan Partners and Genacast Ventures invest in our vision to reform a very broken corporate travel management process," adds Mr. Ruch. The new funds will be used to accelerate software and product development and to build out sales and client services."

"Forward-looking companies are recognizing that they can enlist their employees to help reduce spending on travel while increasing employee satisfaction on these trips. This change is happening especially fast in the mid-market," says Warren Lee, General Partner, Canaan Partners. "Rocketrip is well-positioned to take advantage of these changing corporate travel market dynamics."

"Existing travel management interfaces are obsolete; they are bulky, antiquated, take time to learn, and have increasingly diminishing value. By contrast, online travel agencies and other online booking websites provide ease of use, high availability, and lots of choice," says Gil Beyda, Founder and Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures. "I believe the corporate travel management space is starving for the kind of innovation that Rocketrip provides."

"With Rocketrip's incentive platform, companies can promote desirable cost-saving behaviors, such as advanced purchase of flights. Everyone benefits from using Rocketrip: companies cut their travel costs and get best-in-class reporting on travel spend and behavior, and employees earn rewards for booking cost-effective trips," says Gillian Tee, Rocketrip Co-Founder and Head of Product and Technology.

Rocketrip (http://www.rocketrip.com) is the first commercially available travel management platform to save companies money on travel expenses by motivating employees to become willing and enthusiastic partners in cost savings. Rocketrip's algorithms integrate a company's travel policy with real-time trip pricing and availability to create a personalized Smart Budget for each trip. Employees are set free to book using their favorite travel websites. The company rewards employees for booking under budget by sharing a percentage of the savings in the form of cash and gift cards. Rocketrip, based in New York City, provides employers with insights and analytics on company spending, savings and employee travel behavior, giving them the ability to optimize their travel policy and rewards program.

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5Dec/13Off

YieldMo Closes $8 Million in Series B Financing

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YieldMo Closes $8 Million in Series B Financing to Expand its Premium Mobile Advertising Platform

Google Ventures joins existing investors including Union Square Ventures and Genacast Ventures in new financing round

(New York, NY) December 5, 2013 -- YieldMo, a technology company rethinking mobile advertising for publishers and marketers, today announced its Series B financing round led by Google Ventures. YieldMo raised $8 million in its latest round, with full participation from existing institutional investors including Union Square, Genacast, Rhodium, Dace Ventures and ff Venture Capital. The company has raised $12.1 million to date.

Using YieldMo’s technology, marketers can purchase high quality ad placements in consumer-friendly formats on mobile pages and apps of premium publishers. The ad placements typically appear on 100% of the publisher’s mobile inventory and allow for an incomparable level of testing and optimization using machine learning and predictive analysis. YieldMo has consistently delivered best-in-class metrics for publishers and marketers, and will use the new funding to continue building unparalleled technology infrastructure and adding more premium publishers and advertisers to its platform.

Michael Yavonditte, CEO of YieldMo commented, “Premium publishers need a flexible way to monetize the massive shift in traffic from desktops to mobile devices. Publisher business models are threatened if they cannot find a way to replace the revenue. Marketers need a platform with formats and transparency that allows for proper testing and optimization over time and that provides a reliable ROI. Consumers visiting premium publishers on their personal mobile devices want to see ads they can read without being interrupted. We created YieldMo to solve these problems for each of these constituencies in a balanced way.”

“In mobile, one of the big challenges is developing compelling ad formats that work on small screens, and YieldMo has created a format that is incredibly appealing,” said Rich Miner, General Partner, Google Ventures. “I was impressed that YieldMo’s adaptive ad format and platform were performing so well that publishers were opening up premium inventory.”

YieldMo was founded in 2012 by Michael Yavonditte, Teddy Jawde, Todd Coleman and Rick Eaton. The founding team previously built Quigo Technologies, a Web advertising company that was acquired by AOL in 2007. YieldMo’s system addresses prevalent issues of privacy and effective targeting with mobile in mind. YieldMo is distinct in that it deals only with premium publishers, does not require user tracking or targeting and enables both publishers and marketers to showcase and optimize their brands in order to yield their due share.

About YieldMo
YieldMo is rethinking mobile advertising to optimize yield for publishers, ROI for marketers and the experience for consumers. YieldMo’s Premium Private Platform for Mobile enables marketers to purchase high quality non-banner ad inventory in consumer-friendly ad formats on the mobile pages and apps of premium publishers. YieldMo was founded in 2012 by Michael Yavonditte, Teddy Jawde, Todd Coleman and Rick Eaton. The founding team previously built Quigo Technologies (acquired by AOL in 2007). The company has received funding from top-tier investors including Google Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Genacast, Rhodium and Dace Ventures. YieldMo is headquartered in New York, NY. To learn more please visit yieldmo.com.

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8Oct/13Off

Divide raises $12 million led by Google Ventures

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BYOD specialist Enterproid raises $12 million led by Google Ventures; will do business under the Divide name

Funding will fuel growth and enable Divide to invest in partnerships

NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterproid, developers of Divide™, the secure mobile platform, announced today it has secured $12 million in Series B funding led by Google Ventures and will now conduct business under the Divide name. The latest investment -- which includes participation from existing investors Comcast Ventures and Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture capital arm, Qualcomm Ventures, as well as new investors Globespan Capital Partners and Harmony Partners -- brings Divide's total funding to $25 million.

Divide, which was founded in 2010 to provide an innovative no-compromise BYOD solution, will use the investment to accelerate its growth and capitalize on key partnerships with companies such as IBM, Vodafone, Verizon and Tangoe. Since its launch, Divide has been downloaded more than 200,000 times by consumers and professionals through the Apple App Store and Google Play. The Divide platform is seeing even faster growth among corporate clients, with a more than 10 fold increase in paid licenses so far this year. Divide sells to hundreds of customers including some of the world's largest financial, healthcare and technology companies as well as federal agencies and small and medium-sized businesses.

"Divide provides a simple, secure and standardized solution for BYOD that is unique in its ability to win over both IT decision makers and employees," said Divide CEO Andrew Toy. "We're taking this opportunity to embrace the Divide name, which best embodies the work we do in securing business data on employee-owned devices. Our mission has resonated with hundreds of enterprises looking for a better mobility solution for solving BYOD."

Divide, available on iOS and Android as a free app or with an enterprise subscription, offers an encrypted workspace container on employee devices that keeps business data and apps separate and secure from the personal side of the device. Corporate customers can manage Divide through the cloud-based Divide Manager console or through select mobile device management (MDM) partners. Divide also offers the industry's first customized container, allowing businesses to extend their brand to mobile devices.

"With the changes in the mobile landscape, enterprises are looking for a way to transform today's smartphone into an enterprise-ready mobile device," said Rich Miner, General Partner at Google Ventures. "Divide delivers a fully functional smartphone experience, while adding all the security, policy enforcement, manageability and core apps you'd expect from a best-in-class enterprise mobile platform."

About Divide

Divide delivers easy, secure enterprise mobility, enabling organizations and individuals to get the most out of mobile technology and corporate BYOD policies. Divide offers a secure container solution that includes cloud-based management with advanced on-device technology for enterprise security and control without compromising personal freedom and privacy. Founded by former mobile executives and engineers from Morgan Stanley, Divide is headquartered in New York, with offices in London and Hong Kong. Divide investors include Google Ventures, Comcast Ventures, and Qualcomm Ventures. Learn more by visiting our website, or by following @divide on Twitter. Divide can be downloaded for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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LeadiD Receives Capital Infusion to Support Accelerated Growth

Investment Supports New Products, New Markets and Expanded Team as Lead Gen Industry Embraces Lead Authentication Standard

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 13, 2013

LeadiD, the first neutral, privacy-friendly, trusted arbiter of lead transactions, today announced that it has raised an additional $1 million in capital from Philadelphia-based Genacast Ventures, lead investor in LeadiD’s initial $1.7 million seed-stage investment. The investment supports the company’s growth trajectory and is a strong validation of both its business model and the growing adoption of the LeadiD authentication standard in multi-billion consumer verticals such as education, mortgage, insurance and short-term loans. LeadiD will use the new funds to expand its team, accelerate product innovation and continue to drive market adoption.

“LeadiD’s significant achievements and momentum over the last year are clear indications that we are building a breakout business and defining a new market,” said Ross Shanken, LeadiD CEO. “LeadiD is becoming the de facto standard for bringing both lead buyers and sellers together because our technology platform empowers a neutral and trusted transaction. This investment will enable us to sustain our outstanding momentum with new talent, expanded footprint and aggressive technology innovation and product enhancements.”

“Ross and his team have built a market-transforming company with a disruptive technology that is solving the lead gen industry’s biggest challenges,” said Gil Beyda, Founder and Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures. “Our support enables LeadiD to rapidly expand its reach and underscores our commitment to continue to support breakthrough technology.”

This new development builds on company’s early success in forming strategic partnerships with industry leaders to facilitate seamless adoption by lead buyers. Earlier this year, the company launched LeadiD Marketplace, a single source for best-in-class marketing solutions that support the LeadiD standard. Solutions in LeadiD Marketplace are fully integrated with LeadiD, and are offered ‘on-demand’ for rapid implementation, enhanced results and increased ROI.

A few short weeks ago, the company also reached another major milestone with the unveiling of the LeadiD TCPA Compliance app. The app provides organizations a way to obtain and demonstrate definitive confirmation that the proper TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) disclosures were present during the lead event and that the consumer did in fact provide express consent. The LeadiD TCPA app is the first truly scalable TCPA app because it doesn’t require disruption of dialer operations with manual screen shot review, thereby preserving an organization’s speed-to-contact advantages. LeadiD also commissioned a white paper and checklist addressing TCPA concerns in the online media sector.
The firm has also been recognized by industry peers for significant achievement and was named winner of the coveted Most Innovative Company award in the 2013 LeadsCouncil LEADER Awards program.

About LeadiD

Founded in January 2011 by Ross Shanken, LeadiD is the only independent, neutral, open technology platform, which tracks the origin and history of every lead event that utilizes the LeadiD system. No supplier-proprietary data is exposed, but rather, LeadiD allows Lead Sellers and Lead Buyers to make real-time decisions based upon definitive origin and history flags that are predetermined. LeadiD fosters an environment of trust in the transaction, one where both Lead Sellers and Lead Buyers alike derive top-line value. With unmatched data, LeadiD is the industry standard for authenticating lead origin and history and the authentication platform of choice for firms of all sizes. For more information, visit LeadiD.com. @LeadiD

About Genacast Ventures

Genacast Ventures (http://www.genacast.com) invests in Internet technology entrepreneurs with a vision and passion for forging new markets or disrupting old ones. Established in 2008 as a partnership between serial entrepreneur Gil Beyda (Real Media and Tacoda) and Comcast Ventures, Genacast’s commitment to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build great companies is already experiencing success with its first investment Invite Media being acquired by Google and its second investment Demdex being acquired by Adobe. Current portfolio companies include DoubleVerify (online advertising), PackLate (travel), Enterproid (mobile), Mortar Data (big data), LeadiD (lead generation), YieldMo (mobile advertising), Rocketrip (corporate travel) and Riskive (security). Genacast invests up to $1M in 3-4 seed-stage start-ups each year.

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23Jul/13Off

Riskive Closes $2.2M Seed Round Led by Genacast Ventures and Core Capital

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Cloud-Based Security Platform Provides Real-Time Threat Identification & Prevention; Protects Enterprise Organizations from Social Cyber Threats

BALTIMORE, MD—July 23, 2013—Riskive, the Social Risk Management company, today announced it has secured $2.2 million in seed funding from Genacast Ventures (a fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures), Core Capital and a world-class group of individual investors. Riskive protects government and enterprise organizations from the next generation of security threats: Social Cyber Threats.

Angel investors participating in the round include Frank Bonsal (Founder of NEA) and serial entrepreneurs Greg Cangliosi, Bill Boyle and Andrew Eye, amongst others.
Social Risk Management is emerging as the next great security challenge for organizations which are being continually breached by a myriad of experienced attackers and hackers. Riskive’s cloud-based technology platform is currently deployed in beta and leverages predictive analytics to protect against advanced cyber threats in multiple government and enterprise organizations.

“Social network technology and social media has proliferated into every aspect of business as well as our personal lives,” said James C. Foster, CEO and Founder of Riskive. “Deploying a security solution based on predictive analytics to prevent attacks before they happen is the new standard for security. It’s critical for organizations to understand the potential for malicious threats to invade into the core of a business via social streams. This type of invasion puts every aspect of a business at risk and has the capacity to entirely shut down an organization. With Riskive, organizations now have a constant ally to alert them in advance of these attacks.”

Riskive has assembled a proven team of over 12 security experts. This quickly growing team is continuing to enhance Riskive’s proprietary cloud-based technology platform that is dedicated to identifying, monitoring and preventing risk across the socially connected enterprise. Riskive’s security technology allows for real-time protection of users, applications and social brand assets.

“Riskive brings a first-mover advantage to the market because it identifies social-based threats before they have the opportunity to inflict serious damage,” said Gil Beyda, Founder and Managing Partner at Genacast Ventures. “Foster and Evan have worked together before and they have a proven track record. As enterprises embrace social media more and more, business entities are actively being targeted for their intellectual property. Riskive’s ability to protect against current threats – as well as its advanced threat detection capabilities against future attacks – is a very compelling value proposition for us and will be critical for this emerging market.”

“The ‘social enterprise’ era has arrived,” said Mark Levine, Managing Director, Core Capital. “Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are just a few of the great social tools that have emerged as a new vector leveraged by cyber criminals. Riskive was an attractive investment opportunity because of the technology, the team and tremendous advisory board its assembled to fight against this emergence of social threats against not only consumers, but business and government entities.”

Mission to Research & Develop Innovative Defense Technologies

“Our mission is to research and create innovative defense technologies aimed at protecting businesses and platforms throughout all social media platforms and channels,” said Evan Blair, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Riskive. “To prevent the next generation of cyber threats, we are determined to empower organizations with the ability to react before cyber attackers ever launch an attack.”

Riskive was selected as the winner of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Capital Connection TechBuzz show in Washington D.C., besting over 300 other early-stage companies. Additionally, Riskive was also named the ‘Incubator Company of the Year’ for the state of Maryland in June 2013.

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