Tech hiring on the rise in NYC
Tech hiring is on the rise in NYC, and web developers are some of the most in-demand professionals at the moment. While technical skills are important, companies are especially interested in developers with people skills, as a big part of the job involves communicating with non-techies. According to Fox 5 NY, some senior NYC web developers fetch as much as $175,000 to $200,000 a year. [FOX 5 NY]
MailChimp to open office at coworking space in Brooklyn
Email marketing company MailChimp is opening its New York office in Downtown Brooklyn. The Atlanta-based company will have some of its software engineering team working from desks at the CoLab-Factory. The company also plans to open an office in Oakland, California. [Technical.ly Brooklyn]
Tremor Video Sells to Taptica for $50 million
Adtech company Tremor Video is selling part of its business to Taptica, a mobile advertising company, for $50 million. This move will help Taptica, an Israeli-based company, expand geographically and offer more in media buying. For Tremor Video, this means the company can focus more on the rest of its business. [The Wall Street Journal]
BARK joins the trend of web-based companies going brick-and-mortar
BARK, the $150 million company behind BarkBox, announced that it will make its exclusive retail debut at Target stores nationwide this Sunday as it continues to expand beyond its subscription box roots. BARK is the latest web brand to go brick-and-mortar, following companies like Harry’s Grooming and Casper. Since 2012, the company has shipped 10 million BarkBoxes and 50 million toys and snacks. [Press release]
Co-living startup Common expands to Queens
The co-living trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Common, which provides shared living spaces all over the city, is opening a new house in Queens. The house offer suite-style living, each with three bedrooms and a number of common spaces for residents to socialize. [Curbed NY]
Top fundings of the week
Appboy, $50 million.
Marketing tech company Appboy raised a $50 million Series D round led by Iconiq Capital.The money, which brings Appboy’s total funding to $93.6 million, will be put toward expanding its engineering, sales and marketing departments and boosting its presence worldwide. [Fortune]
Signals Analytics, $25 million.
Investors: Qumra Capital, Pitango Venture Capital, Sequoia Capital
Signals Analytics, a decision-science-as-a-service company, raised $25 million in a Series C funding round led by Pitango Growth. The funding will be used to continue the company’s growth and global expansion, as well as advance its cloud-based augmented intelligence platform, Signals Playbook. [Built In NYC]
Socure, $13.9 million.
Investors: Flint, Work-Bench, and Two Sigma Ventures. Commerce Ventures
Socure, the leading software behind digital identity verification technology, announced yesterday that it has raised $13.9 million in a Series B funding. Led by Commerce Ventures, this round brings Socure's total capital raised to $26.9 million. The funding will help build out its platform and customer support infrastructure, accelerate market penetration and expand into new markets. [Built In NYC]
Jetty, $11.5 million.
Investors: SV Angel, Red Swan Ventures, BoxGroup, Ribbit Capital, Valar Ventures
Fintech and insurance provider Jetty raised $11.5 million in a Series A funding round. Led by Valar Ventures, the funding will help the company in its goal to make all of its products available nationwide this year. [FinSMEs]
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