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2015 January

30 Jan


Sportsman Tracker Raises $950k To Bring Hunters Into The Smartphone Age

January 30, 2015 | By |

Hunting is one of the oldest social activities. Even if the hunter goes out alone, there’s always a story to tell or a lesson to be learned. That’s where the Sportsman Tracker comes in. The app, which just raised $950k, aims to give hunters key information before they go out into the woods.

The Michigan-based company is today announcing that it raised just shy of a million led by Huron River Ventures and Start Garden, with additional investment from Detroit Innovate, Muskegon Angels and Karis Capital Partners.

Read more on TechCrunch

28 Jan


HRV Announces Team Updates

January 28, 2015 | By |

HRV is pleased to announce some updates to its team. Ryan Waddington, has joined Arsenal Venture Partners as a Partner where he will focus on deal sourcing and working with Arsenal portfolio companies. These responsibilities are closely correlated and well aligned with his current HRV responsibilities, which include two co-investments with Arsenal. While we will miss Ryan’s 100% focus on HRV activities, we are thrilled to work more closely with Arsenal and look forward to continued collaboration with Ryan in his new role.

HRV is also pleased to announce the addition of Sam Hogg as a Venture Partner. Sam is responsible for deal sourcing, portfolio management, and portfolio company support. His expertise spans sectors from the biological sciences to information technology with nearly all activities centered around sustainability and resource economics. Sam is also a venture partner with Open Prairie Ventures, a leading agricultural technology firm.

“We hope to fund another 3-4 deals in the current fund with 1-2 of them in the agriculture technology sector and Sam is the perfect person to spearhead that effort. Sam’s prior entrepreneurial track record also make him a great resource to help add value to our early-stage portfolio companies,” said Tim Streit. “We appreciate all of Ryan’s contributions to date, look forward to working with him for the remainder of this fund, and also welcome Sam as a new Venture Partner”.

19 Jan


Gigaom Ambiq Micro has made a chip that consumes 10 times less energy

January 19, 2015 | By |

Ambiq Micro, a semiconductor company in Austin, Texas, has been working for the last five years to build a lower-power chip by applying to silicon a technology that has been used in quartz wristwatches. It has finally managed to do so in high-enough densities and manufacturing volume to make it worth the consumer electronic industry’s time.

On Monday, it launched its Apollo microcontroller, which can lower the power consumption of the tiny chips used inside wearable devices by as much as 10 times in wake mode and 38 times in sleep mode depending on the type of ARM core used inside the chip. For the consumer, this means a battery life for a smart watch or activity tracker that could last for weeks or months longer than the current standard. Read more on