(TechBUZZ ’11 Spring) Raises Another $10 Million In Funding

According to a press release just out, “, Inc., a 2013 WSJ “Startup of the Year” finalist and leader in the digital identity space, completed a Series A fundraising round of $10 million led by USAA, Silicon Valley Bank, and notable angel investors including David Tisch’s Box Group, Kelly Perdew, K Street Capital, and Blu Venture Investors.

The D.C.-based technology startup will use the capital – consisting of $7.5 million in equity and $2.5 million in venture debt – for marketing and product development efforts to meet the high demand for its solutions from top brands like Sears Holdings Corp. and, Inc.

The financing will add to the more than $6 million that has raised since its founding in 2010.

Additionally, received more than $2 million in federal grant funding from the President’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, a program administered by the Department of Commerce that funds the top identity companies in America to increase trust in digital identities. As part of the investment, USAA’s Head of Corporate Development, Victor Pascucci, will join’s board.

Former Army Rangers Blake Hall and Matt Thompson founded to help brands market to specific communities via digital channels. They developed a real-time, digital verification service to ensure customers claiming exclusive offers online – like military and student discounts – were eligible. Within 18 months of launching military rewards programs powered by, top retailers like Under Armour Inc. and reported significant increases in incremental e-commerce revenue and new customers. Today, has a growing portfolio of more than 60 national brand partners.