‘The future of play’ Dynepic looks to mix tech with toys (copy)

Dynepic's chief executive is Krissa Watry. File/Staff

The Charleston startup Dynepic, which is developing a parental control platform for Internet-connected devices, has landed $675,000 in new investments to expand its reach.

The company is built around the idea that connected devices are in fraught legal territory when children use them. Developers can't collect information about kids under the age of 13 without parents' permission under federal law.

That's a problem for companies that want to build connected toys and smartphone apps for kids, and it could be an issue for all manner of other digital products, even if they're not geared toward children.

Dynepic's idea is to build a clearinghouse for parental permission, a way to bring developers in line with the law. Its platform, called playPORTAL, gives parents a view into what their kids are doing, and it's meant to let them control permissions for a wide range of devices and apps in one place.

The company, which is headquartered at the Charleston Digital Corridor, says its $675,000 financing round brings its all-time fundraising to $1.5 million in four years. The new investments are intended to pay for marketing and software engineering work to bring more developers onto its platform. The platform is expected to go public this summer.

The funding came at the end of its participation in the Colorado startup accelerator Techstars Boulder. Investors included the Colorado-based venture capital firm Black Lab Sports, Charleston Angel Partners, the Charleston VC fund Good Growth Capital, and Techstars.


TEDxCharleston says it's taking this year off, but the speaker series says it's already taking applications for talks in 2019.

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The event, which is typically held each year, is affiliated with the international TED Conference. When it returns next year, it'll focus on the theme of "currents." Or as the organizers describe them, "powerful, persistent and often unperceived forces that enhance our world and inspire transformation."

Or, in question form: "What trends are rising to the surface? How are science, art, culture and conversation making waves and evolving to meet the needs of future communities? What changes are happening that parallel and challenge our history?"

The event will be held April 10 next year. Prospective speakers can apply for a spot on stage until Aug. 27 at http://tedxcharleston.org.

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