Entries by OCAVentures

Woodside O’Brien and OCA Ventures back PATHAR

Colorado Springs / Overland Park — PATHAR, Inc., an innovative new technology company focused on reinventing the way companies use social media data, announced today a Series A investment of just over $6.5 million led by Woodside O’Brien and joined by Chicago-based OCA Ventures and strategic angel investors. The financing will be used to expand […]

Ascend raises $1.5M to launch loans where you can bet on yourself

A San Francisco startup is the latest to join the trend of companies offering you an opportunity to bet on your own risk-worthiness. Today, Ascend Consumer Financial announced a $1.5 million seed round and the launch of its inaugural product, RateRewards, which introduces dynamic pricing into consumer loans. The company is reinventing “the whole concept of […]

Options Away Raises $3.5M led by OCA Ventures

Options Away, the first company that empowers consumers to lock-in flight prices, announced a $3.5 million round of Series A funding led by Chicago-based OCA Ventures and joined by Thayer Ventures and Chicago’s Pritzker Group Venture Capital. The financing will be used to further scale Options Away’s solution via even more aggressive sales, marketing and […]

Iris Mobile adds $2.5 million to double staff

Iris Mobile just raised $2.5 million from Chicago venture funds Origin Ventures, OCA Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Hyde Park Angels and Illinois Ventures and Champaign-based Serra Ventures. The Chicago-based software company plans to double its staff to 60 this year, said new CEO Marc Grabowski. Iris Mobile, founded by former Motorola technologists, got its […]

Vista Acquires Automated Insights, The Startup Behind The AP’s “Robot” News Writing

Automated Insights — the Durham, North Carolina-based startup backed by the Associated Press, Samsung and Steve Case that has built technology to automatically take raw data and translate it into narratives that look like they’ve been written by a human — has been acquired by the $14 billion private equity firm Vista Equity Partners and […]