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2013 March

31 Mar


Ann Arbor-based start-up’s farming app is growing fast

March 31, 2013 | By |

In a nondescript 600-square-foot Liberty Street office above a café in downtown Ann Arbor’s bustling start-up corridor, two lifelong friends from a rural community in Michigan’s Thumb are trying to revolutionize farming.

Backed by $1 million in venture capital, 24-year-old Jesse Vollmar and 23-year-old Brad Koch have developed a Web-based service and mobile application giving farmers digital tools to manage their businesses. Their start-up, FarmLogs, has already secured paying clients on the six continents where farming is possible.

Read more on Detroit Free Press

26 Mar


Utopia Parkway in LA | Ride-Sharing Revolution

March 26, 2013 | By |

I’m obsessed with the ride-share revolution sweeping the nation.

My interest was piqued last year during a phone call with Nick Allen, a member of myCALinnovates Advisory Board.  Nick told me that he was in the process of winding down his fund at Spring Ventures, which would allow him to focus his energy on a new business he founded with Sunil Paul.  The new venture, called SideCar, launched in San Francisco last June.  Four months later Allen and Paul raised a Series A round of $10 million from Lightspeed Venture PartnersGoogle Ventures,SV AngelMark PincusLerer Ventures and a convoy of other prominent angels and VCs.  The A round allowed SideCar to expand well beyond their launch city of San Francisco.  SideCar now serves passengers in Seattle, Austin, DC, Philly and, now, thankfully, the City of Angels.

Read more on TechZulu

25 Mar


A New Way to Commute (Video) – Fox Business

March 25, 2013 | By |

SideCar CEO and co-founder Sunil Paul on his app, which he hopes to change the game for commuters in major cities.

View the video on FoxBusiness

24 Mar


Ride-Sharing Service, SideCar, Opens In D.C.

March 24, 2013 | By |

An app-based service called SideCar just launched in the District. It provides the public with a new option in getting around the city.

The app operates by connecting people who need a ride with drivers.