Above Average is a multi-channel producer of digital comedic content, founded and incubated by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. The Company produces branded and original short-form comedy videos offering a unique combination of marquee comedic talent sourced through its SNL “ecosystem” relationships, rising comedic talent, and a growing network of original content creators and collaborators.
Marc Lieberman Named President of Above Average Digital Studio
Deadline / Nov 10 2017
AVP leads $15MM investment in Lorne Michaels’ Above Average
Variety / Jul 20 2016
Affinity’s patented technology structures and analyzes millions of data points across emails, calendars, and third-party sources to offer users the tools they need to automatically manage their most valuable relationships, prioritize important connections, and discover untapped opportunities. The platform also offers a holistic view of users’ networks in a centralized, automatically updated database without any manual upkeep.
Affinity Raises $26.5 Million to Manage Relationships with Machine Learning
Venture Beat / Feb 13 2019
Bellhop is the nation’s first tech-enabled moving platform, which not only streamlines the move-day process but also ensures customers are matched with the most-qualified movers and drivers in their area. The Company is committed to refining the experience of moving by recruiting friendly, hardworking people and using technology to connect them with customers in a seamless way.
Bellhops Raises $31.4 Million To Make Moving Less Miserable
Forbes / Dec 18 2018
Brandable is a next-generation consumer products studio that partners with strategic influencers to build the next great consumer products brands. The Company is focused on key categories including toys, wellness, and food & drink to develop relevant, millennial-minded brands from the ground up that have real demand and marketplace fit.
How Brandable Is Helping Brands React Quickly To Customer Trends
Pulse2.0 / Jul 11 2019
Clippings’ platform provides the interior design industry with new ways to source products and manage projects from inspiration to installation. The London based startup is building technology to develop smarter streamlined processes that reduce the time, friction, and cost required for interior designers to discover and source products for commercial and residential projects.
Clippings was acquired by Material Bank in August 2021.
With a new acquisition, Material Bank looks to create a ‘Shopify for design’
Business of Home / Aug 15 2021
London Interior Design Startup Clippings Raises £11.8 Million
The Telegraph / Sep 18 2018
Compass is a real estate brokerage firm, built on an integrated technology platform that increases agent productivity and offers consumers a cross-device, cohesive, end-to-end service, from the initial search to the final signature. The Company’s technology provides leverage in lead generation and workflow management, increasing margins as compared to traditional real estate brokerages. The platform also provides unique insights about agents, customers, and the market, further enabling Compass to optimize its funnel and improve the customer experience.
Real estate platform Compass raises another $370M on a $6.48B valuation en route to an IPO
Techcrunch / Jul 30 2019
Compass valued at 6.4 Billion in latest funding round
Business Insider / Jul 30 2019
Compass gets $450M from SoftBank; real estate portal now valued at $2.2B
TechCrunch / Dec 07 2017
This Real Estate App is Making New York Brokers Nervous
Fast Company / Jun 18 2015
Curology is an end-to-end prescription skincare company that uses its technology platform to acquire and treat patients for acne and related blemishes. The Company was founded by two dermatologists who felt that the way these conditions are treated by medical professionals is highly inefficient with respect to both access and pricing. Curology enables consumers to engage with a medical professional online and receive prescription medication that is created specifically for their skin condition.
The 11 Best New Skin-Care Products for Oily and Acne Prone Skin
Self / Jul 16 2019
This $20 Cream Cured My Hormonal Acne For Good
Coveteur / Mar 01 2018
Curology Wants to Treat Your Acne Over The Internet
Racked / Dec 01 2016
AVP Leads $15 Million Investment in Curology, A Customized Subscription Skincare Business
TechCrunch / Aug 24 2016
DemandStar is an open marketplace platform for the $1.5 trillion local government procurement industry. The Company reduces the friction for governments and businesses to transact by providing free access to a shared supplier base and powerful electronic bidding workflow tools.
Digitour is an emerging media and entertainment company that creates and produces IRL (“in real life”) social media experiences. The Company has developed a proprietary talent model to identify and recruit emerging young stars from YouTube, Vine and Instagram for their events, most of whom have already cultivated a sizeable and passionate following.
Viacom Acquires Minority Stake in DigiTour Media
The New York Times / Aug 20 2015
Ryan Seacrest, Advance Publications Invest in Digitour, a YouTube Concert Promoter
Variety / May 05 2014
The Ergatta Rower is the first product to successfully combine cardio equipment and interactive gaming content for home use. The rower offers members a competitive, motivating and full-body workout on an elegant cherrywood machine fit for your living room.
Gamified connecting rowing machine maker Ergatta raises $30M
TechCrunch / Apr 28 2021
Ergatta, Rowing Startup, Nabs $200 Million Valuation
Bloomberg / Apr 28 2021
EVRYTHNG works with Fortune-1000 consumer product manufacturers to make any product connected by creating and managing an “Active Digital Identity” (“ADI”) for that product. The Company offers a platform-as-a-Service model that allows enterprise customers to manage the ADIs of their products and then facilitate and manage digital transactions involving those products. Through ADIs, brands can track and analyze usage, foster customer interaction, and engagement, and provide value-added services that drive loyalty.
UK Internet of Things Startup EVRYTHNG Raises $24.8 Million to Help It Connect Every Physical Product to the Web
Business Insider / Mar 14 2017
Farfetch is an online marketplace that connects independent, luxury fashion boutiques with high-end consumers around the world. The company carefully curates its network offline stores, based in places like Paris, New York, Helsinki and Honolulu, and provides them the infrastructure (e.g., inventory management, tracking, photography, customer service) and audience to sell online. Featured products come from designer brands as well as up-and-coming designers.
Why Farfetch Could Command A $6 Billion IPO
Forbes / Aug 21 2019
Why Farfetch Just Became the Netflix of Fashion
GQ / Aug 13 2019
Farfetch’s Next Move? Testing the resale market
WWD / May 13 2019
Farfetch Signals Growing Ambitions in Resale
BOF / May 13 2019
Farfetch Files for IPO, Testing Investors' Appetite for Luxury
Business of Fashion / Aug 20 2018
Farfetch Partners with JD.com to Boost Chinese Business
Business of Fashion / Jun 22 2017
Natalie Massenet Joins Farfetch as Co-Chairman
The Business of Fashion / Feb 28 2017
Fi builds cutting edge technology to elevate the relationship between dog parents and their dogs. Since launching the first LTE‑M enabled GPS tracking collar in 2019, Fi has empowered millions of dog parents with insights about their dogs behavior and whereabouts. Able to locate dogs nationwide from anywhere in the world, Fi has already saved thousands of dogs’ lives by providing accurate GPS tracking and real time escape notifications to dog parents. The Fi smart collar also enables parents to monitor the health of their dogs and compare their activity to other dogs on the Fi network. With Fi, dog parents make sure their best friends live their best life.
Connect pet collar company Fi raises a $30M Series B
TechCrunch / Feb 25 2021
Flite is a data-driven, programmatic creative solution that provides technology for advertisers and publishers to build creative, set up campaigns, test / optimize media, and measure results. The subscription-based product also integrates third-party applications (e.g., Twitter, Instagram) directly into online ad units, enabling customers to leverage content across marketing channels, at scale. Flite provides marketers with the ability to respond in real-time to performance data and current events, updating their paid media with the most relevant content.
Snap has acquired an ad tech company called Flite
Recode / Dec 19 2016
Gigya is a leader in the customer identity and access management market. The Company helps companies turn unknown site visitors into known, loyal, and engaged customers. More than 700 of the world’s leading enterprises, including 50% of the comScore top 100 US web properties, rely on Gigya to build identify-driven relationships with over 1.1 billion customers while powering scalable, secure, privacy compliant customer identity management.
SAP buys customer identity management firm Gigya for $350M
TechCrunch / Sep 24 2017
Ginger brings high-quality mental health support within seconds to those in need. Through the Ginger app, members can connect with our team of coaches via text, 24⁄7, 365 days a year. For those in need of additional support, a therapist or psychiatrist can be added to their care team for video sessions. Millions of people have access to the Ginger on-demand mental health system through their work with employers, health plans, and other partners.
Exclusive: Headspace and Ginger plan merger to form a mental-health powerhouse
Fast Company / Aug 25 2021
HyTrust develops workload IT security solutions focused on securing private, public, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. The Company’s software mitigates security and operational risks that customers face when pursuing cloud and virtualized data center transformations including governance and encryption. HyTrust has been widely deployed by Global 2000 customers and top government agencies, with a strong market presence in financial services, healthcare, and government verticals.
Entrust Acquires HyTrust, Expanding Encryption, Key Management and Security Posture Management for Virtualized and Multi-Cloud Environments
Entrust / Jan 14 2021
Hytrust and Nexenta Partner to Integrate Security and Software-Defined Storage for Multi-Cloud Environments
Globe Newswire / Aug 21 2018
HyTrust raises $36M and acquires DataGravity
Techcrunch / Jul 11 2017
IfOnly is a marketplace for incredible experiences. From unique everyday offerings with local experts to once-in-a-lifetime connections with lauded luminaries, IfOnly provides access to a curated selection of extraordinary experiences that benefit worthy causes around the world.
IfOnly, a marketplace for experiences, has new funding-and a new CEO
Techcruch / Apr 04 2018
isocket provides a technology platform designed to simplify the direct advertisement sales process. The Company’s platform automates the manual steps like order execution and monitoring, enabling premium publishers and advertisers to do more business directly and at ease.
Rubicon Project Buys iSocket and Shiny Ads to Automate AD Buys
Wall Street Journal / Nov 17 2014
Joor is a wholesale fashion marketplace that allows brand and retailers to connect and transact digitally. The Company has put the entire wholesale buying process online to enable brands and retailers to drive incremental revenue, cut costs, improve their customer experience, and analyze performance through data analytics.
Wholesale fashion startup Joor raises $15 million
Biz Journals / Jul 26 2013
Material Bank is a marketplace for design professionals and brands in the architecture and design industry, providing the fastest and most powerful way to discover and sample materials. The revolutionary platform powers complex searches across hundreds of brands in seconds. Samples ordered by midnight (ET) are delivered in a single box by 10:30 AM the next day — always free for design professionals. With a rapidly growing community of members, Material Bank is the easiest way for brands to connect with thousands of vetted design professionals in the specification process.
Advance Venture Partners became an investor in Material Bank as part of Material Bank’s acquisition of our portfolio company Clippings
With a new acquisition, Material Bank looks to create a ‘Shopify for design’
Business of Home / Aug 15 2021
Material Bank raises $100 million, with plans to target residential design
Business of Home / May 06 2021
Mediamorph is a provider of cloud-based management software for participants in the digital video content and distribution supply chain including studios, networks, and operators. The Company’s cloud-based enterprise software and data services help customers optimize content exploitation, maximize revenues, and better understand licensed-content value. Mediamorph improves the management of and insight into financial, rights, and consumption information, while streamlining data through customers’ systems and supply chains.
Mediamorph was acquired by Whip Media Group in October 2019.
TV Time Acquires Mediamorph, Merging TV and Film Analytics With Content Distribution
Variety / Oct 15 2019
TV Time Acquires Mediamorph, Merging TV and Film Analytics With Content Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)
Variety / Oct 15 2019
Mediamorph Named One of Deloittes Fasting Growing Technology Companies
Benzinga / Nov 16 2016
AVP Leads $21 Million Investment in Mediamorph, a Media Rights Management Platform
The Street / Sep 26 2016
Moda Operandi is a trusted flagship insider, offering unprecedented access to the runway for this season and next. The Company is the only online retailer allowing clients to preorder next season’s looks straight from the runway while also offering expertly a curated in-season boutique. Moda Operandi’s stylists provide the most bespoke services in luxury shopping, attending to clients’ every need, from expert styling advice to tailored wardrobe recommendations.
Moda Operandi CEO Deborah Nicodemus Exits, Tesla’s Ganesh Srivats Steps In
Business of Fashion / Jul 23 2019
Moda Operandi Expands Into Menswear
Business of Fashion / May 30 2018
Moda Operandi, Women-Led Luxury Seller, Raises $165 Million To Speed Up Growth
Forbes / Dec 06 2017
Moda Operandi Looks Beyond the Runway
Business of Fashion / Apr 05 2017
Moda Operandi and Tiffany & Co. Launch a Bridal Collection Fit for a Fashion Girl
Allure / Sep 05 2016
Modsy is a software-enabled interior design platform that uses advanced 3D rendering technology to create realistic visualizations of living spaces and furniture. The Company’s technology ingests photographs provided by customers to create life-like room models and populates these models with suggested layouts and furniture designs based on a customer’s style preference. Customers can then modify the layout and furniture choices and purchase items across brands through the website.
What It’s Actually Like to Work with Modsy, the $69 Digital Design Service
House Beautiful / Jul 22 2019
Modsy raises $37M in Series C funding
Retail Dive / May 21 2019
How One Stylish and Scrappy Startup Designed Its Office in a Single Weekend for $5000
Inc. / Aug 27 2018
How the Founder of Modsy and Her Mentor Are Building a 'Power Squad' to Help Women in Business
Entrepreneur / May 31 2018
Crate and Barrel partners with Modsy for 3D design experience
Furniture Today / Apr 30 2018
Modsy Combines Virtual And Real Interior Design
Forbes / Apr 10 2018
Meet the former intern on The Sims who raised $33 million for her 3D furniture platform
CNBC / Feb 16 2018
Interview with CEO of Modsy, Shanna Tellerman
Huffington Post / Jan 01 2018
3D home design startup Modsy raises $23 million in Series B funding
TechCrunch / Dec 07 2017
MONOQI is the online destination for hand-picked design. Since 2012, the Company has dedicated itself to collecting hard-to-find and limited-edition design products. MONOQI has an international team searching the globe for the best contemporary design, making strong curatorial selections presented on its flash-sale platform.
Curated design shopping club MONOQI launches, raises funding
TechCrunch / Jan 26 2012
Morning Consult is a global data intelligence company delivering insights on what people think in real time. By surveying tens of thousands across the globe every single day, Morning Consult is unmatched in scale and speed: It determines the true measure of what people think and how their decisions impact business, politics and the economy. Industry leaders rely on Morning Consult’s proprietary technology and analysis for real-time, intelligent data to transform information into a competitive advantage.
Morning Consult Now a Unicorn With $1 Billion Valuation
Morning Consult / Jun 08 2021
Former Kantar and Omnicom PR Group CEOs Join Morning Consult Board of Directors
Morning Consult / Jul 16 2020
Morning Consult Raised $31M Series A Round
CityBizList / May 15 2020
Nativo provides a technology platform for native advertising to publishers and marketers, enabling the delivery of highly curated brand content served within publishers’ editorial streams, matched to the look and feel of the specific property or publication, and fully integrated with and consumed on the publisher’s site.
Nativo Hires Industry Veteran Yasmeen Coning as New Senior Vice President of Marketing
Yahoo! Finance / Oct 17 2019
Hey, Mark Zuckerberg: A software CEO describes how Facebook can fix its ugly ad problem
The Inquirer / Apr 10 2018
Nativo Names Industry Veteran John Haake as SVP of Marketing
Yahoo! Finance / Jan 17 2017
Native Advertising Tech Firm Nativo Raises $20 Million in New Funding
Wall Street Journal / Jun 30 2015
Newscred is the global leader in enterprise content marketing. The Company’s content marketing platform provides actionable insights and streamlines processes for content marketers to tell exceptional stories that drive measurable results.
NewsCred Announces $20M in Additional Financing; Takes Aim at Global Marketing Transformation
Yahoo! Finance / Jul 11 2019
NewsCred Raises $42M as it Sets Its Sights Beyond Content Marketing
TechCrunch / Sep 02 2015
Newsle develops a news aggregator that tracks people in the news. The Company’s news discovery engine enables users to follow published content about people they’re connected to and following on social networks.
LinkedIn Acquires News Alert Startup Newsle
Forbes / Jul 14 2014
Openly is a Boston-based premium homeowners insurance company. Its centralized platform offers comprehensive coverage using advanced pricing models. Founded by industry veterans in 2017, Openly is dedicated to delivering modern and transparent homeowners insurance and empowering independent agents across America.
Openly Secures $40M in Series B Funding Round to Accelerate Rapid Growth
Yahoo! Finance / Dec 17 2020
Parsley Health is the leading national provider of holistic personalized medicine services across telemedicine, diagnostics and in-person care. Parsley’s unique approach blends cutting-edge testing, nutrition, wellness and prevention with conventional medicine. It is the first and only vertically integrated digital health solution for reversing chronic disease and optimizing health. Founded in 2016, Parsley’s Centers are located in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and fully-digital telemedicine services will be available nationwide in early 2020.
PebblePost invented a platform, Programmatic Direct Mail®, that enables brands to convert online shoppers into buyers with meaningful direct mail. The Company uses real-time online interest and intent data to send personalized direct mail that influences at-home purchase decisions and drives conversions across all purchase channels. The patent pending digital-to-direct mail platform integrates segmentation, campaign management, advanced targeting, product, analytics, and optimization.
PebblePost Named Best MarTech Startup in 2019 MarTech Breakthrough Awards Program
Yahoo! Finance / Aug 13 2019
PebblePost Reinforced Commitment to Sustainability with New Partnership and Product
Yahoo! Finance / Jul 16 2019
PebblePost Raises $25 Million To Push Direct Mail Further Into Programmatic
AdExchanger / Aug 21 2018
Rent the Runway is a fashion company with a technology soul. Powered by a transformative business model, proprietary technology, a unique reverse-logistics operation and some of the smartest people on earth, the Company is in a position to challenge old systems and rewrite new rules. By giving people access to remarkable luxury experiences, Rent the Runway is changing the meaning of ownership — and revolutionizing retail in the process.
Rent the Runway plans to Launch a brand made entirely out of recycled materials, COO says
Business Insider / Jan 14 2020
Rent The Runway Partners With A Hotel Chain To Ease The Stress Of Packing
Forbes / Dec 09 2019
Rent the Runway brings 500 jobs to Arlington
WFAA / Jul 11 2019
Rent the Runway’s new flagship defies classic retail strategies
The Business Journals / May 09 2019
Rent the Runway just opened its largest brick-and-mortar store yet
TechCrunch / May 08 2019
Rent the Runway Now Valued at $1 Billion With New Funding
NY Times / Mar 21 2019
Rent the Runway Launches Maternity Subscription Service
Brit+Co / May 31 2018
30 Minutes with Rent the Runway's CEO
RetailDive / May 07 2018
Fashion for Rent: A New Economy Takes Root in the Cloud
WWD / May 01 2018
Rent the Runway Has a New Wedding Concierge Program That'll Solve All Your Pre-Wedding Fashion Woes
Brides / Feb 20 2018
Live from NRF: How Rent the Runway's Unlimited Subscription model changed its in-store strategy
Glossy / Jan 16 2018
Rent the Runway’s Roadmap to Growth
WWD / Apr 10 2017
Rent the Runway has raised a $60 million investment led by Fidelity
Recode / Dec 27 2016
Sawyer is bringing children’s activity inventory online and building a destination for parents to manage their children’s activities, schedules, and overall development. The Company also develops an online booking and payment solution designed for children’s activity provides, including features such as scheduling, commerce, and customer management.
Sawyer Raises $11M to Connect Parents and Providers for Educational Playtime
EdSurge / May 14 2019
This Startup Wants to Be the OpenTable For Kids’ Classes
Fortune / Aug 01 2017
Taboola has built the world’s largest and most advanced discovery platform delivering personalized recommendations to over one billion users every month, on many of the web’s most innovative and highly-visited websites. Thousands of leading publishers, marketers, and agencies utilize Taboola’s predictive technology to increase user engagement, monetize their traffic, and distribute their content to engaged audiences across the web.
Unified helps marketers make informed and impactful decisions with the industry’s only business intelligence platform purposely designed for social advertising. With experience collecting and enriching over 1 billion dollars of social investment data, Unified is passionate about providing Fortune 2000 brands and agencies greater transparency into their many teams, tools, and strategies. The Unified Platform and service teams are specifically built to ensure data quality, optimize investments, and answer critical business questions.
UrbanSitter has built a trusted online marketplace in the childcare space, offering an online platform dedicated to matching families and childcare services providers in major metropolitan areas across America. The Company enables parents to screen caregivers and post short-term and long-term job opportunities, manages the scheduling and payment of caregivers, and provides a forum for families to share feedback on caregivers.
UrbanSitter Chooses Collective Go™ To Help Facilitate Safer Childcare For Families
Yahoo! News / Jul 15 2020
Parenting benefits company Cleo partners with UrbanSitter to address the US childcare crisis
Tech Crunch / May 14 2020
UrbanSitter Expands Childcare Solutions and Reach with Acquisition of Sitter Inc.
Yahoo! Finance / May 15 2019
First Comes the Baby, Then Comes the Startup
Mashable / Oct 11 2018
This Innovative app connects parents with the perfect babysitter-and it's completely trustworthy and safe to use
Business Insider / Mar 27 2018
Vestiaire Collective is a luxury resale marketplace where consumers can buy and sell pre-owned designer clothes and accessories. Unlike other pre-owned marketplaces, the Company is heavily involved in curating, verifying, and shipping goods that are sold through the platform. Vestiaire employs a quality control team that assess 100% of items sold on the platform.
As ‘Re-commerce’ War Rages, Vestiaire Collective Arms Up with $62 Million Raise
Business of Fashion / Jan 24 2017
Visible Measures develops a digital video platform that uses MRC-accredited metrics and patented technologies to power an analytics suite with one-of-a-kind capabilities for measuring not only total viewership, but also how much time users spend with ads.
Whip Media’s market leading enterprise software platform centrally connects data, processes and teams throughout the digital distribution journey. Powered by proprietary data and predictive insights, the Company enables the world’s top entertainment organizations to efficiently distribute, control and monetize their TV and movie content to drive revenue and direct-to-consumer growth. The company’s newest innovation, the Whip Media Exchange is a next-generation content marketplace that makes global film and TV content licensing faster and more efficient.
Advance Venture Partners became an investor in Whip Media as part of Whip Media’s acquisition of our portfolio company Mediamorph.