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The Best UI/UX Design Books & Resources for Designers (Updated)

This is a list of the best UI/UX books and resources recommended by the major professional websites and blogs covering UI design, UX design, and web d …

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SQFT is a Real Estate App to Help Homeowners Slash Broker Commissions

If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know how expensive a six percent real estate commission can be. SQFT is an app that helps reduce these fees by allowing you to buy and sell a home without the need of a real estate agent.<p>After downloading the app and deciding you want to list your home, …

Real Estate

GoFundMe’s Valuation Rises To Around $600M-$650M In Latest Funding Round

Our sources have given us some additional information since crowdfunding site GoFundMe confirmed its funding round last week, saying that the company is now valued at around a range of $600 million to $650 million.<p>We’ve also heard that Iconiq Capital, the firm that manages the personal wealth of …

Venture Capital

Dollar Shave Club Raises $75M To Fend Off Gillette And Harry’s

Dollar Shave Club, the subscription service for razors (and more!) has closed a $75 million Series D round at a pre-money valuation north of $500 million.<p>This funding comes less then a year after a $50 million Series C, and brings total fundraising to $148 million. Participants included existing …

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Homebase Wants To Solve The Scheduling And Payroll Headache For Local Businesses

Homebase, a San Francisco-based startup, is launching out of beta to take the pain out of scheduling and payroll management for small business restaurants and retailers.<p>90 percent of retail and restaurant scheduling is currently done on paper or Excel, which makes managing payroll an owner’s …

Small Business

Tamr Snaps Up $25.2M To Unify Enterprise Data Sources

Tamr, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that helps companies understand and unify all of the disparate databases across a company, announced a $25.2 million Series B round today.<p>The investment isn’t from the usual Silicon Valley suspects. It’s a round from a group of strategic investors who …

San Francisco

Hair Extensions Startup Mayvenn Raises $10 Million Series A From A16Z

A new hair extensions startup in San Francisco’s East Bay called Mayvenn is changing the old brick-and-mortar distribution model for buying longer locks — by giving stylists their own online hair stores.<p>Most hair extensions are imported to the U.S. from Asia and the Indian subcontinent and then …

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GoFundMe Confirms Its Funding Round, Which Valued It At $500M

GoFundMe confirmed that it has raised venture capital financing in a blog post today, infusing the previously bootstrapped company with cash that will give it room to grow.<p>TechCrunch previously reported that the round valued GoFundMe at around $500 million, though one of our sources said the …

Venture Capital

Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm Relinquishes Control Of What We “See First”

Facebook is boring when your best friends get lost in a sea of acquaintances. To make sure that doesn’t happen, Facebook is testing a new feature called “See First”, which I spotted this morning. When turned on from a friend’s profile or Page, you’ll see their recent posts at the top of your News …

Social Media

Bridging The Gap Between Education And The Future Workforce

Sergio Monsalve Contributor<p>Sergio Monsalve is a partner at Norwest Venture Partners.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>How workforces can prepare for software stealing our jobs<br>• CFO Role Shifts From Number Cruncher To Business Leader<p>The school year has come to an end. For newly minted college graduates …

Education

Russell Simmons On His New App, Transcendental Meditation And The Art Of Sitting The F*** Down

<i>*note: This interview is edited for length and contains some profanity.</i><p>Russell Simmons cuts a striking figure in the world of music. Intellectual, yet down to earth. A mogul, yet not pompous. Innovative from his early days, his connection with his past is evident when he speaks. I find his …

Meditation

The 14 most beautifully designed apps of 2014

It’s that time of year again, folks, when list posts reign supreme and reflective 2014 musings clog your feeds. Although this post meets that description, rest assured it will provide at least one thing to brighten your day: eye candy.<p>Here’s our list of the 14 most impressively designed apps — for …

RANKED: The hottest pre-IPO ad tech startups of 2015

This ranking looks at the hotter companies subject to IPO (or at least big exit deal) rumors right now. Our data comes from CrunchBase, LinkedIn, our own reporting, and that of other business publications. We've tried to rank them by revenues, but have also taken into account headcounts, venture …

6Tribes Takes A Run At Interest-Based Social Networking

BBC iPlayer creator Anthony Rose, who also co-founded social TV app Beamly, has launched a new startup today called 6Tribes as an iOS app. The focus? Interest-based social networking. The app is initially available in the U.K., with plans to expand to more markets in the coming months.<p>Speaking to …

Social Media

As Agriculture Tech Heats Up, Farm Management Startup VitalFields Scores Further $1.2M Funding

Perhaps spurred on by Monsanto’s acquisition of Climate Corporation in 2013, the agriculture tech (or agtech) space looks set to continue heating up, particularly in the eyes of investors.<p>Today, Estonia-based farm management startup VitalFields has raised an, albeit modest, Series A round of $1.2 …

Agriculture

Business Currency Exchange Startup Kantox Raises $11M Series B

Another London-headquartered fintech startup, albeit one with a development and marketing team in Spain, has raised more capital of its own. This time it’s the turn of Kantox. The currency exchange marketplace for SMEs right up to ‘mid cap’ companies has raised $11 million in Series B …

Startups

Switch, With $2 Million In Seed Funding, Is Tinder For Jobs

Switch, the Tinder for job apps, has just announced a new investor in the form of Marker VC, closing out their seed round at $2 million. Other investors include Metamorphic, Rhodium, Marker, BAM, SG VC, and Marcel Legrand.<p>Switch lets users search anonymously for jobs through an algorithmic matching …

Silicon Valley startups are obsessed with developing tech to replace their moms

As Aziz Shamim overheard and posted on Twitter, "SF tech culture is focused on solving one problem: what is my mother no longer doing for me?"<p>In honor of mother's day, we took a look at how some San Francisco-based startups are trying to fill the void of everything their moms used to do for …