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Roundme Raises $3M To Turn Panoramic Photos Into Virtual Tours

Round.me, which allows users to explore global locations through panoramic photos, has raised a $3 million round led by April Capital.<p>The app is available on both the web and iOS. It allows you to browse different Spaces, which are basically panoramic images of locations like a Taoist temple in the …

Main Street Hub Lands $20M To Bring Social Media Marketing To Small Business

Main Street Hub, a company that helps mom and pop businesses run social media marketing, customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation recently announced it has received $20M in debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank.<p>The company has raised a total of $40M. The most recent funding …

Opendoor Gets Another $20 Million To Simplify The Process Of Selling Your Home

It’s only been about three months since home-sales marketplace Opendoor has been open for business, but it is already making its market on residential real estate in Phoenix, Ariz. As it looks to expand into two new cities, the company has raised $20 million in additional funding led by GGV Capital.<p>…

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The 12 Best Pools In The World

Dive in for a swim you won't forget in one of the world's best pools.<p>Dive in for a swim you won't forget in one of the world's best pools. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i><p>Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali<p>Amangani, Wyoming<p>Amangiri, Utah<p>Bill & Coo, Mykonos<p>Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona<p>Hanging Gardens Ubud, …

The 10 Best Travel Apps To Plan Your Winter Vacation

From booking a flight to packing for your getaway, these are the apps to use as your own personal travel agent.<p><b>1) Skyscanner</b> <br>Skyscanner searches virtually every airline and destination to find you the least expensive and most convenient flight for your trip. To sync up with your air travel plans, …

With New Updates, Evernote Aims to Rethink Work Itself

A year after branching into physical goods -- and selling $12 million worth of them -- Evernote refocuses on getting things done.<p>Phil Libin thinks personal computing suffers from a metaphor problem.<p>When you think about it, the ways we deal with the information we create in the digital realm have …

The Snapchat Effect: How Los Angeles Startups Are Snatching Silicon Valley’s Tech Talent

Following the VC money… down Interstate 5.<p>When Adam Lilling, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur and investor, was getting his startup BiggerBoat going in 2006, he tried to recruit talent from Silicon Valley but found it impossible.<p>“I interviewed amazing engineers from the Bay Area, but no matter how …

Entrepreneurs, here’s how to think about your valuation

A couple of discussions related to our portfolio companies last week led to me write this blog post. The timing could not have been better, since there have recently been some great posts related to this topic from Jamie McGurk and Stephen McDermid at Andreessen Horowitz, and from Fred Wilson at …

Robinhood Raises $13M To Democratize Stock Market With Zero-Commission Trading App

Half a million people have already signed up for Robinhood‘s unlaunched zero-fee stock trading service. Now the startup has raised $13 million to hire talent to make its app totally secure so it can start adding people from its private beta waitlist.<p>Unlike competitors E*Trade and Scottrade that …

Airbnb for rich people Inspirato nabs a new $20M

Inspirato, a luxury destination club that gives members access to its hundreds of elite accommodations, has just landed $20 million to grow its already large portfolio of locations.<p>With the rise of Airbnb, travelers increasingly want to stay in homes rather than hotels. But wealthy travelers may …

Findery: the crowdsourced travel guide

"Find yourself on this map," Caterina Fake said enthusiastically. Fake, widely known as the co-founder of Flickr, had just greeted me into the Findery office, an airy loft tucked inside a nondescript building in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco. Before I could take in the high ceilings …

Catawiki grabs $12.8M for its online auction house

Dutch company Catawiki, which puts auctions on the Internet, is announcing today that it has raised $12.8 million in new funding led by Accel Partners. Project A Ventures, Arthur Kosten, and Willem Sijthoff also participated.<p>Along with helping buyers discover new items, it also smartly leverages …

Wedding Spot raises $3M to disrupt weddings — and, soon, all events

In case you’ve never done it, getting married is really expensive. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, so the parties involved often shell out megabucks to make it just right. The top expense on the list is usually the cost of the venue. And rounding up quotes and comparing venues can be a real …

Don't panic: Those iPhone 6 carrier trade-in deals are still available

iPhone fans, you can still take advantage of carriers' hot deals, but see the new devices in person to ensure you're getting the right one, says CNET's Marguerite Reardon in this edition of Ask Maggie.<p>All four of the big wireless operators want to keep their iPhone-loving existing subscribers, as …

Amazon Scoops Up the '.Buy' Domain for $4.6 Million

Journalist<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Looking to branch out beyond ".com," Amazon is the new proud owner of the ".buy" generic top-level domain (gTLD) after paying nearly $4.6 million at auction.<p>The online retail giant reportedly beat out Google and two other …

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Sharing Bikes Can Lead to a Sustainable World

<i>We've asked speakers at our upcoming Techonomy Detroit conference to share perspectives on topics they will discuss at the event relating to U.S. economic growth, jobs, and urban renewal. (To register for the conference, click here.)</i><p>By Jeff Olson<p>"Transportation, Recreation, and Innovation" is the …

Startup Mentors — How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?

In light of the recent brouhaha over the actions of a particular European investor who had a habit of attaching himself to accelerators as a ‘mentor’, it seems an appropriate time to do a quick rundown on the kinds of things entrepreneurs need to look for in genuine potential mentor to them and …

3 Steps to Forming Partnerships with Influencers on Tumblr

Creating partnerships with influencers on social media can be a truly beneficial route to reach your audience wherever they are most active in an organic way.<p>Tumblr is a thriving social network that’s often underutilized by businesses, which represents an opportunity to get ahead of the competition …

Tech maintenance tasks everyone forgets about, but really shouldn't

Update your Wi-Fi router<p>If you're experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds, spotty connections, or trouble with technologies like AirPlay, updating the …

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Shout Is A Real-Time Classifieds App That Lets You Exchange Anything

Craigslist has come to be known as a modern take on the classifieds section of a newspaper, but Zachariah Reitano and Henri Stern want to go further and provide a real-time exchange service. That’s where Shout comes in.<p>Shout is a real-time classifieds app that lets individuals exchange anything …

Online Bridal Boutique Weddington Way Raises $9M Series A

Online boutique for brides and their wedding parties, Weddington Way, announced today it has closed on $9 million in Series A funding in a round led by Javelin Venture Partners. Existing investors Battery Ventures, Felicis Ventures and Trinity Ventures also participated, bringing the company’s …

Apple Launches Ebay Factory Outlet Store Selling Refurbished iPhone 5

If you want to get your hands on a refurbished Apple iPhone 5, and not just any other refurbished product but the one certified by Apple itself, …

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7 Steps to Build a Small Business Website | Fox Business

Today, every entrepreneur, small business owner, home-based business owner, and anyone selling products or services <i>must</i> have a presence on the Internet. If you don’t already, make launching a business website your key goal for the coming year.<p>Regardless of your other marketing methods, enabling …

Is YouTube's Fan Funding a Threat to Crowdfunding Services?

<b>By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)</b><p>YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told the crowd at the annual VidCon gathering of online video fans and creators something they wanted to hear yesterday: that the 800-pound gorilla of video was getting into the crowdfunding business.<p>Wojcicki announced Fan Funding, a pilot …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

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