Lighter Capital makes the Inc. 5000 for the second year in a row

We're happy to announce that Inc. has ranked Lighter Capital #634 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Lighter Capital is also the tenth fastest-growing private company in Seattle, and #35 in the financial services industry. This is the second time Lighter Capital has appeared in the Inc. 5000.

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Lighter Capital client Signal Vine raises $2M Series A round

As reported by their press release, Signal Vine, provider of a text messaging platform used by higher education institutions to improve student retention and comprehension, has raised a $2M Series A. New Markets Venture Partners led the round. New Markets invests in early- and growth-stage edtech, IT, and business services startups, and their companies have been acquired by industry leaders like Blackboard and ETS.

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Lighter Capital client Nuvolo raises $10M in VC

As reported by VentureBeat, Nuvolo, a provider of asset management software to life sciences organizations and pharmaceutical companies, just raised a $10M Series A. New investor GE Ventures led the round. Existing investors NEA and ServiceNow Ventures also participated. Nuvolo plans to use the capital to scale up sales and marketing and hire new employees.

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CivicConnect's Boston IoT pitch singled out

Lighter Capital client CivicConnect (formerly Civic Resource Group) was singled out by StateScoop, a site that features innovators in state and local government technology, for an innovative proposal they gave to the city of Boston for an augmented reality app.

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MapAnything raises $33.1M Series B

MapAnything, a five-time recipient of Lighter Capital funding, announced a $33.1M Series B funding round today. Columbus Nova led the round. Also participating: ServiceNow Ventures and previous investors Greycroft Partners, Harbert Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, along with individual investors Michael Lazerow and David Stern.

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Congratulations to three Lighter Capital clients for raising VC funding!

We’re always excited to hear when companies we funded go on to thrive and raise additional funding. Last month, former client Steelbrick raised $48 million in funding on top of a previous $18 million Series B round in February. The recent round was led by Institutional Venture Partners, well-known from their investment in companies such as Dropbox, Netflix, Snapchat, and Twitter. When we invested $200K in Steelbrick, the company was wholly owned by the entrepreneur, Max Rudman, who has since moved into a CTO role. We’re glad to see them well on their way towards profitability and IPO.

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Another Lighter Capital client gets acquired: Congratulations to RedSpin!

We’re excited to announce that Lighter Capital portfolio company RedSpin, a leading provider of HIPAA IT security analysis, was recently acquired by Auxilio, another market leader in IT security services for the healthcare industry. Here's the full press release.

We provided two rounds of financing to RedSpin, totaling $750,000, from November 2013 to August of 2014. We funded them because they were uniquely positioned to provide the kind of security services that healthcare companies and organizations just can’t skimp on.

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Boost funding from Lighter Capital paves the way for Full Circle CRM

When’s the right time to bring an equity investor into your business? The answer is simple: when you are in your strongest negotiating position. Unfortunately that moment rarely lines up with the moment you need a capital injection.

Full Circle CRM is a prime example of a company nailing that target. When CEO Bonnie Crater and her team came to us in November 2013, they needed a capital injection to help grow their sales and marketing efforts and expand their development team. “We knew there were opportunities to be exploited, but we didn’t yet have the momentum to be on the radar of VC community,” says Crater, CEO of Full Circle CRM. “Lighter Capital gave us a path to our Series A funding.”

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Cloudbilt makes Inc. 500 list as one of America’s fastest growing companies

We are thrilled that Lighter Capital client Cloudbilt has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America. The company, a provider of SaaS solutions on the Salesforce AppExchange, was ranked as number 227 in the Inc. 500 list, and number 15 in the software category. Cloudbilt’s revenue growth in this period was remarkable: 1,995%! Congratulations!

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HiveMine Named One of "World's 100 Companies That Matter in KM"

HiveMine, the Seattle-based enterprise expertise identification (people, documents, and conversations) and exchange solution provider and Lighter Capital portfolio company, was recently named as one of the '100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management" by KMWorld. This is quite the distinguished list, which includes IBM, Oracle, Apple, MicroSoft, Google,  and SAP.

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