Tech roundup: Homebot raises $4.5M, Apto brings on new CEO and more

April Bohnert

Homebot raises $4.5M, plans to double team and expand nationally by year's end

This week, Denver-based Homebot announced the close of not one but two rounds of funding to grow its platform, which helps homeowners manage their most valuable assets: their homes. The company closed back-to-back pre-seed and seed rounds for a combined total of $4.5 million. The pre-seed round included investments from Picus Capital and European media giant Axel Springer. Most notable, though, is the $4 million strategic investment from Black Knight Financial Services, with which Homebot has struck a partnership to distribute its product nationally. [Built In Colorado]


Apto brings on Angela Tucci as new CEO amid record growth

Apto, a provider of cloud CRM software for real estate brokers, announced today that Angela Tucci would take over as its new chief executive officer. Tucci most recently served as general manager of the Agile Management Business Unit at CA Technologies, and has been a driving force in the CRM industry for decades. She joins the team at time of record growth, with Apto reporting a 1,094 percent three-year growth rate. Founder and former CEO Tanner McGraw will continue in a new role as chief strategy officer and chairman of the board. [Press release]


Incident Response Technologies lands $1.2M seed round from Innosphere Fund

Innosphere, a Fort Collins-based science and technology accelerator, announced its VC fund’s first investment this week, closing a $1.2 million seed round with Denver-based Incident Response Technologies. IRT’s flagship product, Rhodium Incident Management, provides public safety organizations and emergency responders with cloud-based tools to coordinate resources in emergency situations. The company plans to use the funds to scale the business, improve its product and add additional sales and marketing staff. [InnovatioNews]


Colorado Technology Association adds 4 new board members

Colorado Technology Association added four new key members to its board of directors this week, bringing the total number of members to 45. The new additions include Scott Heimes, CMO of Sendgrid; Vernon Irvin, SVP of sales and marketing at CenturyLink; Patrick Jehu, principal at Deloitte Digital; and Joe Thurman, founder and CEO of Jobber Group. The new members’ collective experience in marketing and human resources will bolster CTA’s efforts to attract more tech talent to Colorado. [Built In Colorado]


Welltok acquires Georgia healthtech company in $83M deal

Health optimization startup Welltok announced plans to acquire the Atlanta-based healthtech company Tea Leaves Health, which provides a platform for hospitals to engage with patients in order to improve preventative care. Welltok paid more than $83 million to acquire the company, and the deal marks its first major move into the hospital industry. [Denver Business Journal]


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