These are the ten start-ups that Microsoft is betting on for home automation

Author: Dilraj Singh
Publication: WinBeta
Date: August 14, 2014


Microsoft’s plans of futuristic homes come closer as the tech giant names the 10 start-ups participating in its home-automation accelerator that it announced this past June. These start-ups are:Chai Energy, Heatworks Model 1, Neura, Novi Security, Reemo, Plum, Red Balloon Security, Scanalytics,Sentri, and Wallflowr.

This venture accelerator is part of a larger picture in Microsoft’s vision. The tech giant has recently bought id8 Group R2 Studios, whose technologies are speculated to be integrated into Xbox, and the living room vision that Microsoft has shown glimpses of. Additionally, there are in-house research projects such as the HomeOS aimed at home automation.

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Your Brand Hear: How Music Agencies of Record are Shaping the Sonic Identities of the World’s Top Trademarks

Author: Eric Sheinkop
Date: June 30, 2014


Music Dealers is the first company to be appointed Music Agency of Record for some of the world’s most respected and creative brands. Earlier this year, The Coca-Cola Company introduced Music Dealers to 142 of their above-the-line creative agencies around the world. This move came after Music Dealers worked with Coke’s global brand teams to identify the right music to properly reflect the personalities of the brands. Fanta looks and tastes the same everywhere in the world, but the sound of the brand has come down to the personal taste of the local team. We needed a way to create more consistency and use every opportunity we have to create strong connections with consumers.

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Gener8tor Grad Review Trackers Gets $2M From Wisconsin Investors

Author: Jeff Engel
Publication: Xconomy Wisconsin
Date: Jun 17, 2014


Review Trackers, which built software to help businesses monitor and analyze what customers say about them online, previously raised $160,000 in seed money from angel investors, friends, and company founders, said CEO and founder Chris Campbell.

Milwaukee-based CSA Partners led the Series A round, with participation by American Family Ventures, the VC arm of Madison-based American Family Insurance; Milwaukee-area angel investor Jeff Rusinow; Madison-based SymphonyAlpha Ventures; and additional investors from Chicago and other areas, Campbell said. The company closed the round two months after completing Gener8tor’s three-month accelerator program in Madison, WI.

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Review Trackers Raises $2M Series A Round To Help Businesses Better Manage Their Online Reputation

Author: Frederic Lardinois
Publication: TechCrunch
Date: Jun 19, 2014


Review Trackers, a Chicago-based service that helps businesses aggregate and manage online reviews about them, today announced that it has raised a $2 million funding round for a wide range of Midwest-based investors. The round was led by Milwaukee’s CSA Partners with participation from American Family Ventures, SymphonyAlpha Ventures and angel investor Jeff Rusinow.

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$2M-funded Review Trackers helps you learn from online feedback — and manage bad reviews

Author: Murry Shohat
Date: Jun 17, 2014


Chicago-based startup Review Trackers provides review harvesting and management software in a cloud-based tracking platform. The software helps companies of any size deal with rapid growth in customer review frequency and content, both good and bad. Today, the 14-person start-up received an infusion of $2 million to advance the mission.

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Review Trackers pulls in $2 million from Wisconsin investors

Author: John Pletz
Publication: Crain’s Chicago Business
Date: Jun 17, 2014


Chicago-based Review Trackers, a startup whose software helps mid-sized companies track online customer reviews, has raised $2 million from Wisconsin investors.

The lead backer is Milwaukee-based venture fund CSA Partners. Other investors include the venture arm of Madison-based American Family Insurance, SymphonyAlpha Ventures and Milwaukee-area angel investor Jeff Rusinow, a former Kohl’s executive.

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Chicago Startup Review Trackers Announces $2 Million Investment Round

Author: Caryn Tomer
Publication: Techli
Date: Jun 17, 2014


By now, you know how important it is to monitor social media for your business.  You’re likely using tools to help you manage it, like Hootsuite or TweetDeck.  (And if you’re not, you really should.)  But, what about review sites?  With so many gaining in popularity, how do you monitor Yelp, OpenTable, TripAdvisor, Urbanspoon,, Google + Local/Google Maps, and many more?  Chicago startup Review Trackers can help you, and they just closed a $2 million investment round to make their service even better.

The round was led by Milwaukee’s CSA Partners with top investors including American Family Ventures, Jeff Rusinow and SymphonyAlpha Ventures.   According to the startup’s founder, Chris Campbell, this investment round will drive continued growth and dedication to its customers.

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Another Gener8tor grad, ReviewTrackers, closes multimillion dollar deal

Author: Alison Bauter
Publication: Milwaukee Business Journal
Date: Jun 17, 2014


Yet another graduate from the latest Gener8tor program, Review Trackers, has announced a multimillion-dollar investment round, this time led by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s investment group, CSA Partners LLC.

Chicago-based Review Trackers said Tuesday it’s landed a $2 million investment round, bolstering its business offering a cloud-based platform to help small businesses manage online ratings and reviews (think Yelp, FourSquare, TripAdvisor and the like).

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Here Are Chicago’s 11 Best Music Tech Startups and Innovations

Author: Will Flanagan
Publication: Chicago Inno
Date: June 14, 2014


Music Dealers is an innovative licensing solution that connects musicians to advertising agencies, creating new opportunities for emerging artists while enhancing a brand’s work through curated, genuine content. CEO and Co-Founder Eric Sheinkop was also just named to the Techweek 100, Techweek’s annual list of notable names in tech, for the second year in a row.

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