Venture capital firms are always looking for the new “it” technology to invest in, be it an app that finds its users the nearest parking spot or a new software enabling musicians to easily collaborate on fresh tracks (see Splice in today’s newsletter). It's usually venture funding that brings these companies into the spotlight, and because keeping up with the hip tech can be a task, we've compiled a list of some of the interesting technologies that have received funding in the last couple weeks:
EatWith – It's like Airbnb for dinner parties. The company provides a global community that lets people enjoy an authentic and intimate dining experience in people's homes around the world.
DipJar – Instead of using cash, the company enables people to leave tips or make charitable donations by simply "dipping" their credit/debit card in an electronic reader to pay a preset amount.
AltspaceVR – The company brings two-dimensional Web content into shared virtual spaces, extending the Web to create fully holographic experiences. It allows people to watch streaming video, play games and get work done together while entirely inside of virtual reality.
aWhere – The company's globally accessible platform transforms complex data from multiple sources into local, actionable insight through data management and location intelligence. It provides farmers with the localized information and alerts needed to increase their crop yield and plan their harvest around the weather.
MileIQ – The mobile app takes the hassle out of mileage tracking by tracking drives automatically, syncing them to the cloud and simplifying the process of generating accurate mileage records. It enables realtors, salespeople, business owners and others who drive for work to classify, log, and report their drives, ensuring they capture the full value of their deductible and reimbursable miles.
Click here to check out a comprehensive list of companies that have raised VC funding in the last couple weeks.