October 29, 2018

SJF Leads $10 Million Series A in ShipMonk

Deerfield Beach, Florida – October 29, 2018 – ShipMonk announced today it has closed a $10 million Series A financing round led by SJF Ventures with participation from Grotech Ventures, Supply Chain Ventures, and a strategic group of individual angel investors. The company will use the financing to continue its rapid expansion, including the addition…

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September 26, 2018

HelloFresh Furthers Curbside Recyclability with TemperPack

Richmond, VA / (PRWEB) / September 26, 2018 – HelloFresh, the largest meal-kit company in the US, has made a substantial commitment to sustainability by replacing their box liners with curbside recyclable ClimaCell™ created by TemperPack. The new liners perform as well as EPS foam (Styrofoam) on an inch-per-inch comparison, but offer consumers the opportunity to…

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September 4, 2018

Fit4D Raises Additional $4 Million To Fuel Growth and Product Innovation

New York / (PRWEB) / September 4, 2018 – Fit4D, a leading diabetes management technology services company based in New York City, announced an expansion financing led by existing investor SJF Ventures with new investors C&B Capital, Esther Dyson and North Haven Capital. Existing investors Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and StartUp Health also…

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August 31, 2018

Use electrons. Not too many. All clean.

August 31, 2018 – (LinkedIn) – I attended the Electrification 2018 EPRI conference last week in Long Beach. I came away inspired to further invest in ‘electrifying everything’ to reduce carbon emissions and enhance performance and employment.  But I was also schooled by utility experts on the challenges to the grid, such as increasing peak loads,…

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July 30, 2018

The Wall Street Journal Discusses Optoro’s $75 Million Funding Announcement

(The Wall Street Journal) – Logistics technology specialist Optoro Inc. has raised $75 million in new funding to expand development and sales of its software aimed at helping retailers handle returns and resales of merchandise, a capability taking on greater importance under e-commerce. The new funding round, led by Franklin Templeton Investments, a unit of Franklin…

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June 28, 2018

Has healthcare technology exceeded its humanity?

June 28, 2018 – (MobiHealthNews) – It is highly likely that the following statement has been erroneously attributed to Albert Einstein, but we can hope he, at least, also had some internal debates on the topic. “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” At SJF Ventures, we’re both impact and…

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June 27, 2018

Rustic Crust Closes $8 Million Round

(NOSH) / June 27, 2018 – Better-for-you pizza company Rustic Crust, Inc. today announced the close of an $8 million round of capital, its first raise in roughly eight years. Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners (ACAP) provided the majority of the capital; Whipstitch Capital represented Rustic Crust in the deal. Rustic Crust currently produces two lines: American…

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May 31, 2018

SJF Invests in $6.6 Million Series A for Voltaiq

BERKELEY, Calif. and BROOKLYN, New York, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/— Voltaiq, the leader in Battery Intelligence™ software solutions, today announced that it has raised $6.6 million in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Anzu Partners and includes Bee Partners, SJF Ventures, and UL Ventures. The funding will enable Voltaiq to accelerate…

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May 7, 2018

SJF Leads $11 Million Series B in mPulse Mobile

SJF Ventures has led mPulse Mobile’s $11 million Series B financing.  mPulse provides mobile solutions that help healthcare consumers and organizations achieve better outcomes.  The company’s technology tailors messaging touchpoints and interactive dialogue to offer personalized engagement for patients.  mPulse’s client base is made up of over 70 health plan, provider, pharmaceutical and wellness customers,…

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April 10, 2018

TemperPack Announces Successful POPBOX Trial Completion

TemperPack’s POPBOX replaces bubble foil meal kit liners with certified curbside recyclable alternative: RICHMOND, VA – April 10, 2018 – TemperPack, a leading manufacturer of sustainable insulated packaging, has announced today the successful completion of a season-long trial of POPBOX with PaperliteTM, a new, fully curbside recyclable packaging innovation for perishable food shipments. With the…

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March 14, 2018

SJF Leads $7.5 Million SeamlessDocs Investment

SJF Ventures IV invested $4.5 million to lead a $7.5 million Series C financing of SeamlessDocs, a New York-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company focused on bringing government paperwork and workflows into the digital and mobile age.  More than 300 state and local governments in the United States rely on SeamlessDocs to conduct business online through digital…

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January 31, 2018

Living Earth Acquires Nature’s Best Organics of Tennessee

DALLAS, TX (The LETCO Group, LLC DBA Living Earth) – Texas’s largest compost manufacturing and organics processing company has acquired the operating assets of Nature’s Best Organics of Tennessee, an organics processor, manufacturer and distributor of landscape materials. Living Earth is pleased to announce that it has acquired the operating assets of Nature’s Best Organics…

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January 25, 2018

TransLoc Acquired by Ford

January 25, 2018 – TransLoc, a leading provider of transit technology, has been acquired by the Ford Smart Mobility Business Group. SJF Ventures, along with Fontinalis Partners, co-led an $8 million financing for TransLoc in March 2016. For more on that financing see: https://sjfventures.com/sjf-ventures-and-fontinalis-partners-co-lead-8-million-financing-for-transloc/. “We are thrilled about the merger of TransLoc with Ford Smart Mobility,”…

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November 9, 2017

EdLinks: Building Scalable Outcomes-Based Education Companies

New York, NY – As part of its EdLinks series, SJF Ventures hosted a panel discussion focused on building scalable outcomes-based education companies. SJF Managing Director Arrun Kapoor served as moderator, asking questions on the relationship among outcomes and return on investment, buyer purchasing decisions, efficacy measurement, customer partnerships and more. Speaking on the panel…

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November 1, 2017

Vital Farms Opens Facility in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield News-Leader A national supplier of pasture-raised eggs celebrated the opening of its Springfield processing facility this month. Austin-based Vital Farms‘ new facility, named “Egg Central Station,” processes one million eggs a day. It has created more than 50 new jobs with a starting wage of $13 an hour. Mayor Ken McClure told the News-Leader the…

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November 1, 2017

SJF Co-Leads Investment in Jopwell

New York, NY – SJF Ventures is pleased to announce it has co-led the $7.5 million Series-A investment in NY-based Jopwell, a company that matches Black, Latino and Native American professionals with career opportunities.  Cue Ball co-led the investment with participation from Kapor Capital, Y-Combinator, Omidyar Network, Teneo Holdings and Valar Ventures. Minorities are underrepresented…

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September 28, 2017

Optoro Named to 2017 Forbes Next Billion Dollar Startup List

Optoro Is Building A Billion-Dollar Business Helping Companies Cope With A Glut Of Rejected Stuff: In Optoro’s 300,000-square-foot warehouse outside Nashville on a stiflingly hot afternoon in late August, Susan Cohan scans the bar code on a cardboard box holding 97 pink crocheted bikinis. The tops were priced at $27.99 and the bottoms at $19.99…

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August 31, 2017

LA Times Highlights Carrum Health

How one California county is fighting high-priced surgeries: LOS ANGELES – August 31, 2017 – Retiree Leslie Robinson-Stone and her husband enjoyed a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort — all thanks to the county she worked for. The couple also received more than a thousand dollars in spending money and a personal concierge,…

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August 24, 2017

Energy Storage is Coming Fast!

In our most recent blog post, we discussed how venture capital can help scale solutions that mitigate the impacts of climate change. This post will focus on one of those solutions, energy storage, which we believe is at an inflection point within its life cycle. Energy storage has the capability to make the electrical grid…

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August 15, 2017

Public Transportation is Key to Honoring the Paris Agreement

President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement in July prompting cities, states, organizations of all sizes and everyday Americans to step forward and pledge to uphold the core tenets of the Paris climate agreement and fight climate change. 274 mayors have signed on as part of the Mayors National Climate Action…

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