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Real Estate Crowdfunding Startup Realty Mogul Raises $9M

Realty Mogul, a site that allows accredited investors to collectively back real estate projects, is announcing that it has raised a $9 million Series A led by Canaan Partners.<p>The startup launched a year ago, and in its first year it says 6,000 members invested $14.6 million in real estate projects …

Three charts that show we’re not in a tech bubble (yet)

Sure, there’s a lot of action in the tech space right now. There was Facebook’s $19-billion purchase of the messaging company WhatsApp. Just yesterday Zuckerberg & Co. acquired the virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion. And, yes, there’s been a slew of recent public offerings, including …

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Stash Hotel Rewards Sees Opportunity for Independents in Loyalty Program Devaluations

This has not been an banner year for hotel and airline loyalty programs with chains such as Marriott and Starwood devaluing points, and carriers such …

Vend brings in $20M to simplify in-store sales

Cloud-based point-of-sale startup Vend has a lot of new cash in its war chest.<p>The fast-growing New Zealand startup has raised $20 million (NZ $25 million) in new investment, the company announced today. Vend intends to use the funding to expand internationally, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, …

6 Hospitality Trends We Tracked at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

How Much Is an Airbnb Listing Really Worth?

Yesterday news reports revealed that Airbnb was raising $400-$500 million dollars from TPG Capital Management LP at a $10 billion valuation.<p>Unlike …

Feeling Special at Houston's Hotel Derek

In every city, there are hotels designed to be one-of-a-kind--boutique and classy. When I'm looking for a spiritual retreat, I pride myself on seeking these havens out and enjoying every bit of the uniqueness on offer. But what about a regular weekend, when I'm in town for a concert but I still …

Paul Maritz says the internet of things has convinced even giants like GE they need to radically shift direction

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz says the potential opportunities — and competitive pressures — that are being created by industry shifts like the internet of …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Turn any object into an instrument with 'Sound Pegs'

As a child, you may have been pretty proud of yourself for making your own chimes out of drinking glasses filled with varying levels of water. But that pales in comparison to "Sound Pegs," the new percussion instrument devised by London designer Nick Brennan: simple wooden clips that attach to and …