Gemvara continues rapid growth with online custom jewelry

Gemvara, the online tool for customizing and buying jewelry, today shared several impressive growth numbers with VentureBeat. According to founder and chief executive Matt Lauzon (pictured), the company, in less than a year, has gone from $0 to selling millions of dollars of jewelry.

Ritter buys a big chunk of personalized chocolate startup Chocri

German startup Chocri has enlisted the backing of major chocolate manufacturer Ritter for its plans to deliver personalized chocolate bars. Carmen Magar, the company’s US chief executive, told me Ritter has invested in the low seven figures (i.e., single-digit millions of dollars) in exchange for a third of the company.