Every day I troll SEC Form D Filings to discover new startups, fundings and investments. I put everything I find into CrunchBase.
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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:
Wisair, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Israel with offices in the USA and Japan, creates single-chip based Ultra Wideband (UWB) and wireless USB products. UWB technology affords offices and home networks wireless connectivity at data transfer rates up to 480Mbps across multiple devices which include digital cameras, projectors, video recorders, and of course computers. In early 2008, Wisair took in $24M, bringing their total to just under $30M. No word on what the funding is for, but with CES and Wisair’s launch of a new wireless USB A/V adapter set, it seems likely that this money will go towards pushing the products further into the market.
Forgive Sunlight Photonics for their awful website, as their idea is one which could help to reshape the solar energy landscape. Headquartered in New Jersey, Sunlight Photonics is backed by Earth-friendly venture capital group VenEarth. By leveraging and combining current thin-film and crystalline photovoltaic technologies, Sunlight hopes to increase efficiency of current thin-film cells by 50% and eventually bring manufacturing costs of these technologies to below $1 per Watt; thus making them economically competitive with standard power generation methods and four times as effective as traditional solar cell panels. I’ll have more faith in the company and their research when they change their website.
File and data backup provider, Carbonite, brought in another $20M today, bringing their total to $66M since their first round in March of 2006. Investors have not yet been disclosed, but 3i Group has been apart of every previous round and most likely contributed to this one. The company’s product automatically updates and encrypts your data when your computer is idle, and turns off when you’re using it so as not to slow down your computer and internet. You’re also able to access and retrieve all of your backed up files remotely from any computer, so long as you have an internet connection.
Little is known about packlate.com. What we do know however, is that it’s an online marketplace for last minute vacation rentals. Our guess is that it will cater to those who have vacation property and wish to off-load their time at the last-minute, as this is an under-served and possibly lucrative market if controlled. Gil Beyda, a managing partner at Genacast Ventures, is listed as a director in the SEC filing, which points to his firm as having involvement in the funding.