Entries by rmackey@ocaventures.com

Custom Ink Welcomes New Investors Led by Great Hill Partners

FAIRFAX, Va. & BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 4, 2019–Custom Ink, the leader in custom apparel for groups, companies, and communities, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with an investor group led by Great Hill Partners, a leading growth-oriented private equity firm, to recapitalize the company for its next chapter of growth and innovation. Custom […]

Startup Matching Foreign Med Students With U.S. Rotations Raises $2.2M

A Chicago startup with ties to the University of Chicago that provides international medical students and graduates with clinical training at U.S. healthcare systems just raised a new round of funding. AMOpportunities announced Monday that it has raised $2.2 million from investors, such as OCA Ventures, HealthX Ventures, Wildcat and M25 Group. The University of Chicago […]

Chicago VC Firm OCA Ventures Opens Silicon Valley Office

By Jim Dallke -February 27, 2019 OCA Ventures, a 20-year-old Chicago-based venture capital firm, is heading west with the opening of an office in Silicon Valley. OCA announced that it has hired Kevin McQuillan, a longtime venture investor and co-founder of Focus Ventures, to lead the firm’s West Coast operations. McQuillan, a five-time member of Forbes’ “Midas List,” a […]

WhiteFox Defense lands $12 million as the demand for drone defense technologies intensifies

Jonathan Shieber@jshieber Four months ago, when two commercial DJI-made drones loaded with 1 kilogram each of plastic explosive detonated during a speech from Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro at a military event in Caracas, the world at large was introduced to the newest threat from our automated, dystopian present — cheap weaponized drone technology. For Luke Fox, the founder […]

WhiteFox Impresses U.S. DoD At World’s Largest Counter-drone Testing Event

WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc., a drone airspace defense and security company, had their flagship product, DroneFox, participate as selected equipment by the U.S. Government for the prestigious Black Dart counter-UAS and Red Teaming exercise last month. It was the first time WhiteFox had performed testing at Black Dart, the largest counter-drone testing exercise in the world. After […]

Zendesk expands into CRM with Base acquisition

Zendesk has mostly confined itself to customer service scenarios, but it seems that’s not enough anymore. If you want to truly know the customer behind the interaction, you need a customer system of record to go with the customer service component. To fill that need, Zendesk  announced it was acquiring Base, a startup that has raised over $50 million. […]

OverWatchID Closes $2.5M Financing Round Led By WestWave Capital and Silicon Valley Data Capital

Cybersecurity Firm Extends Seed Round Following Strong VC Interest Denver, Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OverWatchID, a Denver-based market leader in cloud-based converged identity security solutions, today announced it has closed its seed funding round at $2.5 million, raising $4.5 million to date. The funding round was led by WestWave Capital and Silicon Valley Data […]

Solovis Recognized As 2018 Top Startup

September 6, 2018 DALLAS, TEXAS – September 6, 2018 – Solovis, a multi-asset class portfolio management, analytics and reporting platform for limited partners, asset owners and allocators, today announced it has been named a Top Startup by LinkedIn. LinkedIn Top Startups ranks the most sought-after startups where professionals want to work and stay. The Top Startups […]