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Cariloop Closes on $400,000 Seed Financing

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Cariloop announced today that it has closed on $400,000 in seed funding, led by Greenpark & Golf Ventures (GP&G) and Corbett Capital. Cariloop provides those looking for help with senior care management a massive amount of information and resources related to senior care facilities and related services. The company was a participant in the inaugural class of startups for the Health Wildcatters accelerator program, of which GP&G is also a…

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How to raise $1 Million+ outside of Silicon Valley

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Let’s first start with the mind-set that capital is not scarce, the opportunity for improvement evolves around becoming a better, modern entrepreneur, with a bigger vision and better execution. Say it with me “THERE IS CAPITAL… MONEY IS AVAILABLE!” Now that we have that covered let’s get to it. The first thing you must know is it’s not about money, it’s about people. Money follows people. Starting with your team….

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SAFE and Sound? A Primer on the new YC Docs

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This is a guest post by Ryan Roberts of Roberts Foster LLP covering his thoughts on the recently released SAFE financing documents released by seed accelerator Y Combinator. Roberts Foster LLP is a LAUNCH DFW Community Champion. A Primer on the SAFE Seed Financing Documents Y Combinator (YC) recently released a set of seed financing documents called SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity). Some background on seed financing structure and…

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Simpli.fi Raises $16M Series B

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Fort Worth-based Simpli.fi just announced that they’ve closed a $16M Series B financing led by Frontier Capital. Simpli.fi is an ad-tech company that leverages massive amounts of unstructured data to provide customers with highly targeted marketing solutions. The latest financing will be used to support accelerating demand from agencies, trading desks, local media networks, and other marketers looking to take advantage of the benefits of unstructured data in programmatic marketing. The…

Editorial: Mistakes to Avoid when Raising Capital

Editorial: Mistakes to Avoid when Raising Capital

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Almost every startup raises capital at some point and many startups do it more than once.  At The Dallas Angel Network, I see startups raising capital on a daily basis and for all but the hottest new companies, it’s not easy.  While raising money is a challenge, there are a few things an entrepreneur can address early on that can lessen the headache. Initially, raising capital the first time is…

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EnTouch Controls Raises $8.2M Series B

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Another day another Dallas VC raise. Things are picking up! Entouch Controls provides cloud-based energy management systems to restaurants and retail stores via a SaaS business model and counts chains such as Mooyah Burger amongst their customers. This is yet another signal for the community that there is plenty of investment money available in Dallas once your startup has demonstrated some customer traction. Congrats to the Entouch team! Full press…

Southwest Angels Gain Share of Deals/Dollars, California Loses

Southwest Angels Gain Share of Deals/Dollars, California Loses

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The 2012 HALO Report (http://www.svb.com/halo-report/) reports that angel investment dollars in the Southwest region, which includes Texas, grew from 7.9% of nationwide angel investments in 2011 to 11.0% in 2012 while “biggies” like California and the Southeast took significant hits, dropping from 31.0% to 23.1% and 18.5% to 10.8% respectively.  The number of deals in California also registered a loss from 21.0% to 18.1% while the Southwest registered more deals…

Venture Spur Moves into Dallas – Second Startup Accelerator this Month to

Venture Spur Moves into Dallas – Second Startup Accelerator this Month to

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Entrepreneurs and Founders, It is truly exciting to see how the accelerator community is growing in DFW. Tech Wildcatters has done an amazing job pioneering the accelerator community and with the recent announcement of their addition with Health Wildcatters, this is a wonderful expansion into a new and needed industry. In addition to the great work that Gabriella and her team is doing through the Wildcatters brand, there is another group coming to Dallas…

Tech Wildcatters’ 2013 Spring Class of Startups: Meet the 11 Teams

Tech Wildcatters’ 2013 Spring Class of Startups: Meet the 11 Teams

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It’s that time of year again – a buzz of excitement is pervading throughout the DFW tech ecosystem as our very own Forbes Top 10 startup accelerator, Tech Wildcatters, announces their next class of startups they’ve accepted for the Spring term. This is Tech Wildcatters’ fifth class since inception since 2010.  Notable companies that have made their way through include The Brand Protection Agency, Mobestream Media (Key Ring App), Koupon…

Blazing the Trail: Joel Fontenot

Blazing the Trail: Joel Fontenot

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Joel Fontenot is Managing Partner at Trailblazer Capital, the only Texas VC firm to consist solely of entrepreneurs. I met with him recently to get a better idea of what makes VC’s tick. We began the discussion talking about the Dallas investment market. Many are already aware of the difficulty getting funding in today’s world, especially in DFW. Over 75 percent of the capital coming to local companies comes from…