News For Week of June 24: James Tamplin of Firebase raises $5.6M Series A from Union Square Ventures and Flybridge2 min read

Check out Founders Network members making headlines in this week’s member news roundup. Founders Network offers peer mentorship for over 300 tech startup founders. To learn more about FN, please visit

James Tamplin, Founder FirebaseJames Tamplin of Firebase raised $5.6M Series A from Union Square Ventures and Flybridge. Firebase is a Y Combinator-backed startup that offers infrastructure for real-time apps.

Vishaal MelwaniVishaal Melwani announced Combat Gentlemen raised $1.84M from Tony Hsieh’s VegasTechFund and others. Combatant Gentlemen skips the wholesale middleman to relay our goods directly to the consumer. We save you a large percentage off the merchandise, while still upholding the same quality you would find in the best mens wear retailers.

Mark McGuireMark McGuire of Nextt raised $700K in seed funding led Venture Investors and Great Oaks Venture Capital. Nextt is a private social network for friends to connect online so they can do more together offline.

Amir TarighatAmir Tarighat announced the launch of EquaMetrics Inc. EquaMetrics Inc. is a financial software and systems developer that specializes in algorithmic trading applications.

Preston SilvermanCongratulations to Preston Silverman for Raise Labs winning the 2013 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. Raise Labs brings together experienced educators and technology professionals to fix the way students access financial support for higher education.

Nathan Beckord, Co-Founder and CEO of FounderSuiteNathan Beckord announced the launch of V 1.0 of Foundersuite. Foundersuite is a collection of tools and templates that help startup founders execute better.

Gabriel Bestard-RibasGabriel Bestard-Ribas announced Goji Smart Lock reached their funding goal of $120k on indiegogo. Goji Smart Lock takes pictures of who is at your door and automatically sends you picture alerts to your mobile phone, providing you with real-time information about who is accessing your home.

Michael MeinhardtCongratulations to Michael Meinhardt for Cloudwords being named to JMP Securities Hot 100 List of Best Privately Held Software Companies. Cloudwords is the first cloud-based translation management application.

Zeb Dropkin, Founder and CEO at RentHackrCongratulations to Zeb Dropkin for RentHackr making Northside’s NExT Expo’s Best Tech Startups. RentHackr is a community of apartment dwellers dedicated to transparency in real estate.

Linden TibbetsLinden Tibbets announced IFTTT has added new Triggers to the IFTTT Channel and is now optimized for all screens and devices. IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: if this then that.


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