Tech roundup: NBCUniversal buys major stake in Craftsy, Liqid raises $10M Series A and more

by April Bohnert
May 11, 2017


NBCUniversal agrees to buy majority stake in Craftsy

On Wednesday, Comcast NBCUniversal announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase a majority ownership stake in Craftsy. Founded in 2010, Craftsy is a video-based edutainment startup that guides consumers as they take on new craft-related challenges. The company will remain headquartered in Denver and NBCUniversal intends to continue investing in the startup’s growth, according to an internal memo issued by founder and CEO John Levisay. Levisay and co-founders Josh Scott and Todd Tobin have agreed to stay on with the company for at least four years. [Press release]



J.S. Held makes majority investment in Denver-based Spex

On Monday, J.S. Held, a New York-based consulting firm, announced that they have become a majority investor in the insurance claim technology platform Spex. J.S. Held came to Spex after being a long-time, satisfied customer and hopes that their investment will support the continued development of Spex technology platform. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. [Press release]



Boulder-based Liqid raises $10M Series A

Liqid, which makes software for data center administrators has raised $10 million. In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, the Boulder County-based company said it will use the funding to recruit additional engineers and accelerate both its product development roadmap and its sales and marketing efforts. The round brings Liqid’s total funding to $20 million. [Press release]


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Havenly expands into registry industry with announcement of new service

On Wednesday, the interior design tech company Havenly announced the launch of their latest product: Registry by Havenly. The product marks the company’s entry into the multi-billion dollar registry industry. Now users will be able to work with professional designers to create custom registries, tailored to their tastes and style, for their weddings, baby showers, housewarmings and other events. [Press release]


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SurveyGizmo named one of America’s best small companies by Forbes

In its second annual “Small Giants” list, Forbes named Boulder-based SurveyGizmo as one of America’s Best Small Companies. The list includes 25 privately held companies from around the country that “value greatness over growth” and have demonstrated outstanding success in their industries. [Forbes]


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