Boston Tech Tidbits: C.A. Webb, DraftKings, Onapsis & More
[Updated, 8/28/15] A smattering of technology startup and VC news around town as summer winds down:
—New England Venture Capital Association head C.A. Webb is leaving the organization as of Aug. 31 to start a new venture firm. She will be working with Michael Skok, formerly of North Bridge Venture Partners, and John Pearce, formerly of Demandware and Actifio. “I’m glad to report that the NEVCA board is narrowing down a fantastic slate of candidates to lead the organization’s next chapter,” Webb wrote in a farewell note. Expect news on that, as well as her new firm, in the coming months.
—Boston startup DraftKings is on a tear, opening fantasy sports lounges at the home stadiums of the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and Kansas City Chiefs just in time for football season. The company is also expanding internationally, with an office in London to open by the end of this year. It’s all being funded by a $300 million financing round led by FOX Sports that DraftKings announced in July.
—Onapsis, a Boston cybersecurity company, has raised $13.8 million in equity financing, out of a total offering of $18.7 million, according to a regulatory filing. The company’s previous investors include .406 Ventures and Endeavor Catalyst.
—Causemo, a Boston startup that runs a digital-giving site, has raised $4 million from Accomplice (via its Boston Syndicates program), Furneaux Capital, and other investors. The company, which was founded last year, offers simple ways for consumers to learn about and donate to causes. [This item was added in the update—Eds.]
—SmackHigh is a new social-posting startup in Boston that has raised $1.65 million in seed funding. The deal was led by Flybridge Capital Partners, with participation from Wayne Chang, Boston Seed Capital, Mike Baker, and David Chang. The company’s online message-board service is aimed at high school students.
—Planon, a Boston-area workplace management software company, has opened an office in Seattle. The new facility will support the firm’s West Coast customers—in particular, multinational companies looking for software to help manage real estate and maintenance.