This Week in Collaborative Fund

Our weekly update highlighting new products and jobs in our portfolio.

Growth 

Grand St. launches a self-serve marketplace for hardware makers to list their goods: http://j.mp/1e7ONRv 

UpCounsel launches an outside general counsel program for companies needing long-term legal help:  tcrn.ch/1b2H3Fr

Over 700 educators have applied to teach at AltSchool. Here’s how new teachers are selected:  hub.am/1fIdiJ8

In just a few short months, Sherpaa Health will be open for business in San Francisco!  http://bitly.com/1bGYlIN

Hampton Creek Foods raises $23M, strikes deals with major stores:  http://on.recode.net/1iZpHtp + coverage in  The Wall Street Journal and  New York Magazine!

Congratulations!

Yahoo acquires Wander, makers of Days – a social photo diary on the iPhone:  http://tcrn.ch/1bGRi2S

MyFitnessPal acquires coaching app Sessions to bring accountability to your workouts:  http://bitly.com/1gHhJ87

Kickstarter wins the 2013 Crunchie for “Best Overall Startup” by leveling the maker playing field:  http://tcrn.ch/1dEWBi1

Business Insider names Codecademy 1 of 11 app developers to watch in 2014 for their Hour of Code iOS app:  http://read.bi/1dEYUSc

Upstart celebrates over $3,000,000 in offers from backers to upstarts!  http://bitly.com/1cSuiZl

Collaborations 

Lyft launches a coalition to bridge ride-sharing insurance gaps:  http://bitly.com/1cSFXHQ

Maker Studios joins a collective of YouTube channels to help drive video advertising:  http://bitly.com/1cSzKve

How Maker’s Row is facilitating connections between designers and small-batch American manufacturers:  http://j.mp/1d8QU7

Kaplan Test Prep partners with Upstart to fund future software developers:  http://j.mp/1exfuj1 

Awesome

White House to announce its first-ever Maker Faire this year:  http://j.mp/1amigf9 

Why Silicon Valley wants to hack the food industry, featuring Hampton Creek Foods: ”This isn’t just going to happen in San Francisco, in a world of vegans. This is going to happen in Birmingham, Alabama. This is going to happen in Missouri, in Philadelphia.”  http://j.mp/N3ZRJn

The Guardian: “Reddit is home to everything the web likes best, from kitten gifs to breaking news. What draws its 7m daily users? And what does it take to make it to the site’s highly prized front page?”  http://bitly.com/1dF2hZs

Press & Interviews 

Bevel by Walker & Co in The New York Times: “Search for a market niche, and you might find a crowd.”  http://nyti.ms/1cSymce + coverage in  Fast CompanyMSNBC and  TechCrunch!

Fast Company on subscription retailers and how Quarterly frees customers from the tyranny of choice:  http://bitly.com/1dF040b

Forbes on how Quarterly is deepening relationships between influencers and fans:  http://onforb.es/1dF1TKp

Bloomberg on how filmmakers are using Kickstarter to fund and distribute films:  http://bloom.bg/1cSGY2r

How MakeSpace is a “closet in the cloud.” – New storage service lets you use an app to retrieve items:  http://bitly.com/1cSOSsB

Fast Company names Hampton Creek Foods as one of the top 10 innovative companies dedicated to social good:  http://bitly.com/1dEYuvh

Upstart on CNN: “Rachel Kim raised $100,000 on Upstart — and will pay investors 6% of her earnings for 10 years.”  http://cnnmon.ie/1bGRXRZ

Q&A with Lyft co-founder John Zimmer: “I want to make sure we save Lyft in Seattle.”  http://bitly.com/1dEZfob

Progress Report & Reddit

Craig Shapiro on how investing in your employees can help your bottom line:  http://bit.ly/1flFIsa 

Kanyi Maqubela identifies the different technologies that enable the Internet of Things:  http://j.mp/MyAMpM

Ryan Jacoby encourages designers to disconnect and observe:  http://j.mp/N9NdZZ

Alberto Escarlate asks how workers can stay relevant when their jobs become obsolete:  http://j.mp/1ftbJyw 

Craig Shapiro profiles Collaborative Fund LP Chuck Templeton:  http://bit.ly/1ghqLI0 

We hosted a Reddit AMA last week with Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup:  http://j.mp/MW5f1f 

Job Opportunities

Hopscotch is looking for someone smart and idealistic to join their team on the operational side of things, based in New York:  gethopscotch.com/jobs/ops

Codecademy is hiring a Product Marketing & Community Lead in New York:  codecademy.com/jobs

Kickstarter is hiring a Product Designer in New York:  kickstarter.com/jobs

Skillshare is hiring a General Manager in New York:  jobs.lever.co/skillshare

Simple is hiring a Data Visualization Engineer in Portland:  simple.com/careers

Good Eggs is hiring a Head of Business Operations & Finance in San Francisco:  goodeggs.com/about/jobs

Gumroad is hiring a Payments Engineer in San Francisco:  gumroad.com/jobs

TaskRabbit is hiring a Product Manager, Mobile in San Francisco:  jobscore.com/jobs/taskrabbit

Lyft is hiring a Director of CRM and Engagement, a Creative Copywriter, and a Senior Data Scientist in San Francisco:  lyft.com/jobs

MindSnacks is hiring a Game Designer in San Francisco:  mindsnacks.com/career

UpCounsel is hiring a Community Manager and a Product Manager in San Francisco:  upcounsel.com/home/careers


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