Happy spring! Q1 was big for us. We allocated $8M to early-stage tech startups, a 326% YoY increase from Q1 2016. We also went to SaaStr and hung out with a lot of our clients—and a lot of our future clients, too, we hope!
Here’s a snapshot of some of the companies we funded in Q1.
Highlights of first-time clients
PlayVox’s mission is to empower call center teams to deliver great customer service. Their QA software allows managers to measure the quality of customer interactions across all channels—chat, email, phone, and more—in one simple platform.
Strivven Media develops high-tech products for students, teachers, and schools. Their flagship product, VirtualJobShadow.com, is a career exploration platform used by thousands in school districts, colleges, and workforce agencies across the country.
Vidillion enables video content owners to connect TV viewers with advertisers. Their Connected TV solution aggregates content from multiple ad platforms and determines the appropriate ad to display based on viewer demographics.
EcoDomus provides project management software for the construction industry as well as BIM software, consulting, and integration services. Their facility management application is an industry leader.
Springboard Retail builds point of sale and retail management software that provides real-time updates, custom reporting, and multi-channel, multi-site insights. They have processed over $1B of retail sales at over 1,000 sites across North America.
Waggl is an employee feedback platform that helps organizations connect with employees more quickly and in a more engaging way than a typical survey. More than 3,000 organizations have used Waggl to gather insight and opinions.
Mailprotector has provided email filtering and security systems since 1999. Today, they provide a full complement of cloud-based email security, management, and hosting services. Lighter Capital’s funding will be used for product development, customer service enhancements, and market expansion efforts.
ReviewBuzz is an online reputation management tool that helps companies generate more positive reviews on platforms like Yelp, Facebook, and Google Places, increase their online ratings, and cultivate more happy customers.
Syscloud has been providing products to migrate, protect, and help manage organizations’ Google Apps domains since 2013. They provide enterprises and educational institutions transition with backup and disaster recovery software solutions.
TextUs helps teams integrate texting into their workflow. Their staffing & recruiting, sales acceleration, and customer engagement products all aim for better user experiences through texting. They plan to use their Lighter Capital financing to expand sales and marketing.
Agiliron provides business management software that features integrated stores, sales channel additions, modular building blocks, and dedicated databases. It provides solutions to its clients based on industry, e-commerce, retail, and wholesale.
Highlights from repeat clients
Subscribe Pro is returning for their second round with us. Subscribe Pro is a subscription billing solution for eCommerce companies. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Subscribe Pro enables online merchants to ship and replenish automatically. It integrates with 60+ gateways, including Authorize.net, PayPal, and Braintree. Subscribe Pro used their last round of funding to invest in sales, marketing, and product development and will continue this investment with our current round.
StudySoup helps students get the education content they need to succeed in class, including study guides, textbook notes, and lecture notes. StudySoup was founded on the idea that learning from your peers is the best way to learn. They launched their peer-to-peer learning marketplace in 2014. This is their second round of funding from us, and we’re excited to watch them grow!
ListReports provides a mobile marketing solution that gives loan officers and real estate agents the tools to create, manage, and deliver promotional materials. This is their fourth round from Lighter Capital.
Sellbrite helps retailers automate listing, pricing, syncing, shipping, and inventory control across multiple channels. This is Sellbrite’s second round with us.
Nuvolo builds asset management programs for the ServiceNow platform. Nuvolo was the first partner to complete ServiceNow’s Application Certification process. This is Nuvolo’s second round of funding from Lighter Capital.
AppBuddy enhances Salesforce user productivity with GridBuddy, a UI frontend that brings all your Salesforce data and use cases together into a unified, intuitive, and actionable user experience. This is their second round of Lighter Capital funding.
Prometheus Research provides research informatics and data management services to medical research institutions. Prometheus is a trusted partner to the Yale University Child Study Center, the Marcus Autism Center, the Simons Foundation and other leading research institutions. This is their fourth round of funding from us.
6Connex is a leader in the virtual environment space. Their 100% SaaS virtual destination platform helps more than 100 organizations host bring their use cases to life. This is their second round of funding with Lighter Capital.
Code SixFour provides online tools and resources to help insurance and employee benefits advisors grow their capabilities and build relationships. This is Code SixFour’s seccond round with us. We first funded them in June of last year.
ClearDB provides database virtualization services for native cloud and hybrid database-as-a-service applications. This is their fourth round with us in the last year.
IPfolio is a Salesforce software vendor that provides lightweight, accessible tools for managing your patents, trademarks, and related intellectual properties. IPfolio was one of the first thirty companies Lighter Capital funded. This is their third round since 2013.
Signal Vine provides a student engagement platform for professors to communicate effectively via text messaging. Teachers can also organize student rosters based on various characteristics to share assignments or resources. This is Signal Vine’s second round of funding with us.
We also hit a milestone this quarter. On March 30th we cracked 250 deals. Here’s to the next 250!