A couple months ago, On Deck, the company that uses big data to evaluate whether or not a small business is worth lending money to, landed a healthy $42 million Series D investment of its own. Today, that same round got bigger.
On Deck announced this morning that Google Ventures has led an additional $17 million investment with participation from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Industry Ventures. Other investors in the round include Institutional Venture Partners, RRE Ventures and First Round Capital.
That round comes on top of a $100 million round of debt financing raised last year from Goldman Sachs and Fortress Credit Corp., and a $15 million Series C led by SAP Ventures in 2011.
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The FDA approved device can be held in your hands to produce EKG or ECG readings.
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AliveCor has announced at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in San Francisco that its iPhone based ECG heart monitor is now available by prescription. Essentially the same device has been given approval for veterinary use on dogs, cats, and horses, and finally now humans can place their front paws on the electrodes for immediate ECG readouts. These can be sent to a physician, printed out and stored for further reference.
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This year’s Super Bowl commercials featured rambunctious geriatrics, cross-dressing husbands and Jamaicans from Minnesota. But mascots, once a staple of the advertising world, were almost completely absent from the night’s proceedings.
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Eric Yaverbaum, Huffington Post
WBEZ Radio in Chicago has been promoting a Facebook app which encourages listeners to “make babies” so they can create a ‘next generation’ audience for the show in the future. Part of the approach includes going where millennials are going anyway. For dating. For friendship. For communication. And I guess for making babies?
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When you represent real news, the hard part is keeping up. Everyone is writing about The AliveCor Mobile Heart Monitor, because the recently FDA-approved mobile health marvel represents a revolution in healthcare. DIGO is the brand and business building partner for AliveCor, doing everything from branding and design, to marketing strategy, advertising to professionals and the public, public relations and social, while Proove does the media and optimizations. … Read more
Most iPhone cases just protect your phone from drops. If you’re getting fancy, it may have a fisheye camera lens or a screen-printed back. But what about diagnosing coronary heart disease, arrhythmia, or congenital heart defects? The AliveCor Heart Monitor is an FDA-approved iPhone case that can be held in your hands (or dramatically pressed against your chest) to produce an EKG/ECG–the infamous green blips pulsing patient-side in hospitals everywhere.
“We think that EKG screening can be as approachable as taking blood pressure,” AliveCor President and CEO Judy Wade tells Co.Design.
Loyal readers will know that while I cover sprits regularly, I rarely drink or endorse vodka, which I consider the lowest common denominator in the spirits world. Since the basic idea behind making vodka is to erase all flavor – the opposite of just about everything else we eat or drink – it seems kind of pointless. … Read more
Mark DiMassimo responded as an expert to CNBC’s questions about Disney’s new ad and product policies aimed at curbing childhood obesity. Watch the discussion here.
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New York Times columnist Stuart Elliot writes,
CONTESTANTS on reality competition shows perform tasks like seeking spouses, racing around the world, eating bugs, losing weight, living in houses rigged with cameras and working for Donald J. Trump. A new series is arriving with a contest all its own: wooing advertisers to say yes to campaigns. … Read more
A new business growth spurt at DIGO Brands has led the New York shop to create a new management role. Read the full AdWeek article here.
(NEW YORK – May 8, 2012) – Award-winning broker-dealer and futures commission merchant TradeStation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Monex Group, Inc. (TSE: 8698), today launched a new integrated marketing campaign, highlighting its award-winning platform. New York-based brand-building agency DiMassimo Goldstein (DIGO) created “The Proof is in the Platform” initiative, which will feature print, TV and digital advertising along with a strong social media component. … Read more
Long-time relationships are business as usual to us, but apparently qualify as news to the rest of the industry. ADWEEK writes about our most recent reunion with a long-time friend and client in the article: “DIGO Leverages Dot-Com Connection in Latest Win. 1st work for new client BLUEFLY expected in 2012.”
Mark DiMassimo was featured among other successful alumni entrepreneurs in a recent edition of the Purchase Magazine.