Tech roundup: Green Chef's acquisition, $15.8M in tech fundings, and more

by April Bohnert
March 22, 2018
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Boulder-based meal kit delivery startup Green Chef acquired by HelloFresh

This week, Green Chef announced it had been acquired by its Berlin-based competitor HelloFresh. Green Chef is unique in the market for its offering of USDA-certified organic foods, including meals that cater to diets like vegan, gluten-free, Paleo and Keto. Green Chef will soon add its organic menus to HelloFresh’s product line. Given the ever-growing competition in the meal kit delivery space, the acquisition positions the company to become an even stronger contender, leveraging Green Chef’s unique offerings and HelloFresh’s size and resources to drive more growth with a broader group of households. [Press release]

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Rachio launches third-generation smart sprinkler system after raising $10M Series B

It’s a big week for Denver-based Rachio. After announcing the close of a $10 million Series B round — which saw participation from the Amazon Alexa Fund — the company launched the third generation of its IoT smart sprinkler system. The new products combined with fresh funding will enable the company to expand its reach in the market and continue its focus on partnerships and integrations within the smart home space. [Built In Colorado]


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Coalfire appoints Tom McAndrew to CEO

Cybersecurity advisory firm Coalfire appointed Tom McAndrew to the role of CEO, following the departure of former CEO Larry Jones, who made the decision to step down from his full-time role earlier this year. McAndrew has held key leadership roles at Coalfire since joining the team in 2006. Most recently, he served as the company’s chief operating officer. Jones will continue to act as advisor to McAndrew and serve on the company’s board of directors. [Press release]

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CaliberMind lands $3.2M seed round to accelerate growth of B2B marketing platform

Boulder-based startup CaliberMind announced this week that it raised a $3.2 million round of seed funding to grow its AI-driven marketing platform. The announcement was made at San Francisco’s TOPO Summit — which brings together sales and marketing professionals from around the world — and also accompanied the launch of the company’s new website and the addition of two new critical executive hires. This seed investment will allow the young company to grow its marketing, sales and engineering departments. [Built In Colorado]


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Cannabis jobs platform Vangst closes $2.5M seed round

Vangst, a talent agency specifically focused on cannabis industry jobs, announced this week the close of a $2.5 million seed round. The new investment will help the company to continue growing and expanding into newly legalized markets. The round was led by New York-based VC Lerer Hippeau with support from Casa Verde Capital, a venture capital firm focused on the ancillary cannabis industry. [Press release]

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