Everyday I troll SEC Form D Filings to discover new startups, fundings and investments. I put everything I find into CrunchBase.
In case you do not check CrunchBase.com religiously you can also get the funding information at our funding twitter account.
For everyone else I give you the daily digest, a quick hit of the latest and greatest SEC Form D filings in the TechCrunch sphere:
Portable Zoo is a game development studio focusing on the iPhone, casual games and social network gaming. The company was founded in January, 2009 and is based in Santa Clara, CA. It is headed up by Don Traeger a co-founder of EA Sports who decided to take a go at the startup game. Portable Zoo has four games already on the App Store: Tripletters, Karuki, Letter Bug and Quick Turn. The SEC filing details that the company has raised $150K of a possible $500K round from three investor. There is one outside director, Gurpreet Chandhoke, but it is unclear the nature of his involvement.
Very little is known about Dreamscape Blue, but the company is very intriguing. It was founded in 2009 and is located in Los Gatos, CA. What makes the company so intriguing is that Calin Pacurariu is listed in a place traditionally reserved for CEOs. No guarantees (that’s a very common name) but it could be former director of developer solutions and Treo product manager from Handspring, and prominent person at Apple, Calin Pacurariu. It’s unclear what Pacurariu did at Apple but his name appears alongside Steve Jobs’ on a few patents, not bad. It appears he has a special affinity for media assets as he’s obtained two patents in related areas. Piecing together the patents and his background, it would appear Pacurariu is interested in creating a cloud based media system accessed from a handheld device. Something like iTunes in the cloud perhaps? The company has taken $350K towards a possible $1.5M round with no outside directors listed. Definitely a company to watch.
ShopVisible is an eCommerce platform that handles pretty much everything necessary to set up online retail. ShopVisible was founded in 2005 in Atlanta, GA and has had a busy 2009 despite the down economy. The company took $823K of an $823K round opened at the beginning of December. Allen Graber, a partner at Atlanta-based incubator Shotput Ventures, has taken a board seat at the company, either as an angel or as part of a Shotput investment.
Readeo is another unlaunched company that filed today. The company was founded in 2009 by Coby Neuenschwander and is based in Chicago, Illinois. According to the filing, Readeo raised $150,001 in equity all from one investor. The total offering amount is listed as $350k. Some of money will go towards repaying Coby for past money and work done. He’s also negotiated a nice salary for himself. As for what the company does, that is unclear. Its tagline reads, “Bringing storytime online.” I’m conflicted about that, but I will wait and see what comes. The company is launching in early 2010.
I try to give a quick digest of some of the fundings here, but there were others on the day. TechCrunch covered SEC filings by PumpkinHead and one by Cc:Betty. Other interesting
filings include: Harvest Trends and OurHistree.