Hustle + Grow: Luxe Raises $50 Million, PXAfrica Grows 150%

PanXchange, Julie Lerner and Josh Yanus

Hustle + Grow is a monthly showcase of member news, media features, and success stories across the Galvanize community. Pictured above: Julie Lerner and Josh Yanus of PanXchange.

LUXE raises $50 million in funding. Luxe, the service that wants you to “Fall in Love With Parking”, has secured $50 million in Series B funding from lead investor Hertz Global Holdings and existing investors Redpoint Ventures and Venrock.

PXAfrica grows 150% after world wheat market launch. PXAfrica Ltd, a subsidiary of PanXchange, Inc. launched the first market order that ties the regional East African market to the world market. User growth rate has increased to more than 150% since launch and includes members in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

RippleBuds Inc hits Kickstarter goal in 27 hours. RippleBuds launched on Kickstarter with noise blocking earbuds and hit their goal within 27 hours of launching and in a week raised over seven times their targeted amount.

ForgetMeNots Design focuses on Alzheimer’s patients. ForgetMeNots released their first line of easy to see and read decals that focus on helping Alzheimer’s patients stay independent at home.

Eight raised $6 million to change the future of sleep. New York City based startup Eight Sleep Inc. raised $6 million in seed funding to make smart sleep trackers in the form of mattress covers.

COO and Co-founder of QwipIt tackles gender diversity. Amanda Proctor has spent most of her career in accounting and discusses the importance of expressing what you want, the power of having mentors, and the rise of equality for women in the profession.

How Maple serves food three times faster than Chipotle. New York based Maple sets themselves apart from other food delivery services by owning the entire restaurant and delivery system, which means it can also use mobile tech and data science to optimize its entire workflow.

Visibl rebrands SaaS platform, raises $1.5 million. Visibl announced $1.5 million in funding to redefine and innovate the video advertising space for small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, they rebranded their popular SaaS platform to Brandzooka.

Compass High School named semi-finalist for $50 million project. Compass High School qualified as a semi-finalist for XQ Super School Project, the national grant competition to design an innovative school model.

Lawbooth offers free scheduling technology to lawyers. Lawbooth is offering an exclusive beta program of their scheduling technology to the first 100 attorneys that request participation on Lawbooth.com/widgets.

MergeLane hosts 2nd Annual Demo Day. Be inspired and listen to 10 startups, all with at least one woman in leadership, pitch at Demo Day, and meet MergeLane’s unique and talented group of founders.

Avail Partners expands to Denver with a new addition. Avail Partners, a technology consulting agency transforming the way business leaders take advantage of cloud economics, has expanded into the Denver market with the addition of Bryce Lopez as Partner.

Immediately featured on 20 Minute VC. Following their launch, Immediately’s Founder and CEO, Branko Cerny, discusses the rise of bottom up sales and the importance of branding on the 20 Minute VC podcast.

AccorHotels acquired 30% of Oasis Collections. The world’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels, has acquired a 30% stake in Oasis Collections, an innovative, curated marketplace for private rentals best known for pioneering the “Home Meets Hotel” concept. 

Cloud Elements launches first eBook. Cloud Elements eBook, The Definitive Guide to API Integrations, covers what needs to be done before you integrate, how to dive in and integrate your API, and how to test the quality of your API integration is essential for the success of your app.