APIs & Data Dominate TechStars Cloud Demo Day

GigaOM writer Stacey Higginbotham covers the 11 startups graduating from TechStars Cloud and presenting at demo day. The 13 week incubation program in San Antonio, Texas was the fifth iteration of TechStars and the first to be focused on a vertical, cloud computing and infrastructure, as opposed to a location. The companies included Appsembler, Epic Playground, Cloudability, Cloudsnap, Conductrics, Distil, Emergent One, Flomio, Keen IO, TempoDB and Vidmaker.

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IDEA Fund Partners Announces Investment in Distil

IDEA Fund Partners Invests in Leading Content Protection Network

DURHAM, NC − February 22, 2012 − IDEA Fund Partners, a venture capital firm providing seed and early stage financing to technology companies, is pleased to announce its recent investment in Distil, Inc., an innovative cloud-based Content Protection Network (CPN). Investing alongside C.I.T. GAP Funds and TechStars, the $400,000 investment will enable the company to accelerate product development and expand sales and marketing efforts.

Based in Falls Church, Virginia, Distil is a software-as-a-service CPN with deep ties to North Carolina State University, where three of the company’s four founders graduated. Distil helps companies protect their web content by making real-time decisions and seamlessly distinguishing human visitors from malicious bots. Distil’s algorithms mitigate against scraped content, improving SEO ranking and helping websites retain more visitors.

Distil makes adoption easy. With a single configuration change, Distil’s clients are up and running in minutes. Additionally, each client has the ability to adjust every aspect of the service to meet their specific traffic needs, ensuring there are no false positives. Finally, Distil’s reporting will show what was caught, who it was, and what they were after; allowing clients to find new ways to monetize their content.

We are very excited to welcome Distil to the IDEA Fund Partners family and are eager to work closely with their team to help build a great company,” said Lister Delgado, General Partner at IDEA Fund Partners. “Distil’s approach to content security for the cloud is very impressive and unique. They are entering a very hot market at a great point in time

In conjunction with the investment in Distil, IDEA Fund Partners General Partner Lister Delgado will join the board.

About IDEA Fund Partners
With offices in Durham, NC and Orlando, FL, IDEA Fund Partners provides seed and early stage equity funding along with company building expertise to IT, materials technologies and medical device companies. Currently investing out of its first fund, IDEA Fund Partners has invested in eleven companies since 2006. Learn more at www.ideafundpartners.com.

About Distil
Founded in 2011, Distil offers the first turnkey cloud security solution that safeguards an organization’s revenue and reputation by protecting their web content from bots, data mining and other malicious traffic. The CPN mitigates against duplicate content, improves SEO power and accelerates the end-user experience. The company is based in Falls Church, VA. For more information, visit www.distil.it.