Client Updates - BGV's 3rd Fund and InfoScout's Exit

Two exciting updates this week from our clients - BGV has closed on their third fund with $80M in funding. Good work team!

http://benhamouglobalventures.com/2017/06/28/bgv-closes-third-fund-makes-new-investments/

Also, Infoscout has been acquired - a huge win for the team and investors.  Read more about the journey here:

http://blog.infoscout.co/infoscouts-journey-from-founding-to-funding-to-acquisition/

Congratulations to both teams!

Understanding your QBO ProAdvisor

The new ProAdvisor Program brings together the previous ProAdvisor and Cloud ProAdvisor programs, and it’s FREE to join. If your main focus is serving desktop clients, you’ll still be able to purchase a membership with all the desktop benefits you’re used to – including valuable QuickBooks desktop software, desktop certifications and U.S.-based desktop support – now with two options to choose from: Premium at $549 /year, which is the same as ProAdvisor Program with no changes, and also Deluxe at $349 /year, which is a lighter version of ProAdvisor designed to narrow support for desktop software.

EasilyDo Brings Its Powerful Email App To Android

EasilyDo’s simply named “Email” application is one of the most popular productivity apps on iOS, because it closely resembles the look-and-feel of Apple’s default Mail app, but comes with more powerful features. Essentially, it feels like you’ve given the Mail app an upgrade. Now EasilyDo’s Email has made its way over to Android, bringing the same core functionality to a new platform, including its one-click unsubscribe to newsletters, undo send option, package tracking, automatic organization of your expenses, shopping, travel information, and more.

Kelvin Kwong Leaves Jawbone For Product VP Role At Big Health

As Jawbone continues to work towards a pivot, the Up device maker also continues to talent that may not be core to its future. In the latest departure, Kelvin Kwong, who had been the Jawbone’s director of product management, has joined Big Health, maker of the Sleepio sleep improvement program, as VP of product management. Alongside that, Dr Jenna Carl is now the startup’s medical director.

San Francisco Equity Partners Acquires Red Monkey Foods

San Francisco, CA – January 17, 2017 – San Francisco Equity Partners (SFEP), a private equity firm exclusively focused on expansion-stage companies in the consumer industry, announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in organic spices and seasonings company Red Monkey Foods.  SFEP will partner with Founder and CEO Jeff Brinkhoff and his team to capitalize on the strong momentum in the business.

Slack Invests In 11 Bot Startups To Seed Its Platform

Slack announced today that it has invested in nearly a dozen new bot startups to bolster its Slack App Directory. The team collaboration chat app has invested in 25 startups thus far with money from the Slack Fund, an $80 million investment fund backed by venture capital firms like Index Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. The group … Continue reading Slack invests in 11 bot startups to seed its platform

Pivothead a big hit at Microsoft Build

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