Packback Books Team

FarShore Partner Packback Books raises $1 Million!

  Fresh off of their success on ABC’s Shark Tank in March, FarShore partner Packback Books has just closed  a $1 million round of funding. In addition to Shark Tank mentor Mark Cuban, this raise includes 1871 Chicago CEO Howard Tullman, former Netflix exec Mark Achler, ContextMedia’s Rishi Shah, and Mark Tebbe from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.   Connected through partner company Dashfire and supported at launch by FarShore, PackBack puts an end to high textbook…
Roomva wins Chicago New Venture Challenge

Partner company Roomva wins Chicago New Venture Challenge

  We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of 2013 Dashfire Launch, Roomva, won the Chicago New Venture Challenge yesterday! Roomva is an online telos (hotel) booking system for Latin American couples. With more than 600 telos profiles, it has gained significant traction in Peru, ranking as the No. 1 Travel/Leisure app in the Peruvian Android market. FarShore was a lead sponsor of Dashfire Launch and continues to support RoomVa's web and mobile development.   Hosted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, NVC is…
Vote for Packback and Bucketfeet in the Moxie Awards

Vote for Packback and Bucketfeet in the Moxie Awards

FarShore is excited to announce two of our partner companies, BucketFeet and Packback, are finalists in BuiltIn Chicago’s 2014 Moxie Awards.   Digital textbook rental company Packback, as seen on SharkTank, was nominated for three awards: Best Consumer Web Startup, Startup of the Year and Best Startup Founder or Co-Founders (Mike Shannon, Kasey Gandham and Jessica Tenuta). Artist-designed footwear retailer Bucketfeet is also in the running for Best Consumer Web Startup.   Cast your vote here. The ballot closes June…
Right Partnerships Can Help Tech Startups

Turning Olive Branches into Arrows – How the Right Partnerships Can Help Tech Startups Slay Dragons in the New Year

It’s no secret that the path of the tech startup is uniquely challenging, and at times can be a lonely journey for entrepreneurs. Lack of revenue generating opportunities, poor cash flow, hindered product development progress from bootstrapping or even your concept not gaining initial traction are just a few examples of the rocky waters that startup founders have to navigate on a constant basis. But fear not, because as many entrepreneurs have learned before, there is a way to bolster…