New $15 million fund for Intuit QuickBooks developers

Today we're thrilled to announce a new $15 million fund to support Intuit developers and the QuickBooks platform. Working with Intuit, we launched the Lighter Capital Intuit Developer Fund for companies building apps on the QuickBooks platform, including QuickBooks Online, with its 2.38 million subscribers.

At Lighter Capital, we see strong potential in the Intuit developer ecosystem, and we want to help companies developing QuickBooks apps for small and medium-sized businesses get to get to the next level.

"As more SMBs turn to the cloud for core business functions and services, we believe we'll see increasing demand for developer apps to serve the QuickBooks Online community,” our CEO BJ Lackland told ProgrammableWeb. 

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Lighter Capital closes its 300th deal

Yesterday we closed our 300th deal: a follow-on round for Mailprotector. We're aiming for 500 deals by July 2018, so hitting 300 is a big milestone for us.

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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 named the fastest growing private tech company in Washington

We’re thrilled to announce Puget Sound Business Journal has ranked Lighter Capital #4 on its annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in Washington, in commemoration of our 457% revenue growth since 2013. Even more impressive, Lighter Capital is the only tech company ranked in the top 5, making it the fastest growing private tech company in the state.

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Lighter Capital makes the Inc. 500 List for the first time!

We're thrilled to announce Inc. Magazine has ranked Lighter Capital  No. 335 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in the US, with growth of 1,144% over the past three years. Lighter Capital is #18 in the Inc. 500 Financial Services Category, and #4 on the list of 50+ companies on the Inc. 500 from the Seattle metro area.

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Lighter Capital in the news

Lighter Capital has been making some tech and business headlines lately, and of course we love seeing our "name in lights." But it’s also satisfying to see media and influencers providing more context and information about financing alternatives for entrepreneurs, particularly as Angel and VC funding tightens up for tech startups.

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A big start for Lighter Capital at SaaStr Annual 2016

We had a huge first day at SaaStr Annual 2016 and we're coming back for more!

The Lighter Capital booth was busy from the get-go on Day 1, and we had dozens of conversations with SaaS company founders, CxOs, VPs, and many others. We love talking with startups, because we're a startup too, so it's always great to swap stories and talk shop. One of the best parts of conferences like SaaStr Annual is meeting people face-to-face, or as the kids say, IRL.

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3 reasons to join us at the SaaStr Annual

Lighter Capital is excited to be a sponsor of the SaaStr Annual conference again this year, and we want you to join us! The conference is February 9-11 in San Francisco, and this year Jason Lemkin and the team are taking things up a notch. It’s going to be three action-packed days of high-quality networking and learning for over 5,000 SaaS entrepreneurs, execs, investors and founders.

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Lighter Capital Raises $100M to Fuel Emerging Tech Companies—and it’s all thanks to great customers, employees and investors

Last Friday we announced a new $100 million fund with Community Investment Management (CIM), an impact investment firm focused on funding lenders that provide capital to small businesses. With this new fund we have raised the total amount of capital we can provide to each company from $1m to $2m.

We also closed a $9 million Series B equity financing with investments from Voyager CapitalSummit Capital, and individual investors. Here’s the full press release.

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Washington Technology Industry Association made a video about us!

As a source of funding for early-stage technology companies, Lighter Capital is proud to be a member of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). One of WTIA’s main goals is to double the venture and angel capital invested in high-tech startup companies in our state by 2020, which is very aligned with our mission and product. Even though our funding is debt-based, we are great alternatives or supplement to equity financing for early stage technology companies.

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