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Algolia Grabs $18.3 Million From Accel For Its Search API On Steroids

Real-time search-as-a-service provider Algolia just raised $18.3 million with Accel Partners leading the round — Philippe Botteri will join the board. This represents some serious funding following Algolia’s $1.2 million second seed round. As a reminder, Algolia makes your website’s search box suck …

Big data search startup Maana launches with $14.2M

Meet Maana: an enterprise search startup with impressive technical chops that has already gotten business from some big companies. If its founders are right, Maana could wind up becoming a sort of Palantir — selling software that’s easy to set up, for a wide variety of customers.<p>Today Maana is …

WayBlazer, the travel cognitive computing startup, lands $5M

IBM is a lead investor in a $5 million Series A funding round for WayBlazer, a travel search and discovery company that licenses Watson cognitive …

This startup raised $8M to replace your publication’s video team with robots

Text-to-video production startup Wibbitz announced an $8 million series B raise today. NantMobile led the round, putting in $6 million to expand Wibbitz’s video platform.<p>Wibbitz takes text-based articles from publishers and generates video content using the publisher’s pictures, video clips, or …

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 …

Google should be wary of Outbrain, but might Facebook swallow them both?

TL;DR — <i>Outbrain has built a native advertising powerhouse that risks upsetting Google, especially given that native ads are ideally suited to</i> …

Location-Based Marketing Startup Ubimo Gets $7.5M To Create Ad Campaigns Using Real-Time Data

Many brands now rely on location-based marketing, which sends consumers ads based on which stores or venues are nearby. Founded by former Googlers, Ubimo incorporates additional data points, including weather and local events, to make ads more relevant and result in higher conversion rates.<p>Based in …

Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel invests in UK start-up Lystable

Mr Thiel - one of the so-called PayPal Mafia - has made his second investment into a London firm through his Valar Ventures<p>Valar Ventures, the US-based venture capital fund backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, has just closed its second investment in a London-based company.<p>This is the fund's …

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Trustpilot Raises $73.5 Million for Credible Reviews of Businesses Online

Trustpilot Inc. has raised $73.5 million in Series D funding to become the world’s dominant source of user-generated reviews of businesses online.

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Introduction to a Venture Capitalist? There's an App for That | Inc.com

The venture capital industry exists because of entrepreneurs but it you're an entrepreneur you'd hardly think you existed in the eyes of VCs. And you'd be partially correct is your assessment. The greatest startup challenge after product/market fit or traction may simply be getting a coveted warm …

Off3r Is Tinder For Finding Your Next Equity Crowdfunding Investment

Q: What do you get when you combine the swipe-to-like mechanism, popularized by dating app Tinder, with a wealth of potential equity crowdfunding investment opportunities?<p>A: an aggregator-sorter app called Off3r, that’s launched in the U.K. today (on iOS and Android) — promising to apply Tinderish …

Roomi Lands $2 Million To Pair You With The Perfect Roommate

Roomi, an app that wants to help New Yorkers find the perfect roommate, is today launching with $2 million in seed funding led by DCM Ventures. Great Oak Ventures, Sand Hill East, Jeff Dishner, Greg Kidd, Arihant Patni, Jeff Penney, and AngelList Consumer Fund all participated in the round, as well.<p>…

Brit+Co Confirms $20M Raise Led By Intel, Acquires How-To App Snapguide

Big news today for Brit + Co., the lifestyle media and e-commerce business aimed at people interested in crafty projects. The startup has confirmed that it’s raised $20 million in funding, and it has acquired user-generated DIY app Snapguide to add more media to its platform — or, as CEO and …

Fashion Discovery And Shopping App Voonik Gets $5M From Sequoia And Seedfund

India is Asia’s fastest-growing e-commerce market and shoppers there face an increasingly unwieldy array of options from different sites.<p>Voonik wants to make shopping for clothes and accessories easier by combining multiple stores on its platform and letting shoppers check out all items in a single …

Local ID Raises $1.9M To Help Big Chains Get Smarter About Their Local Marketing

Marketing startup Local ID is announcing a $1.9 million seed round.<p>The company was founded last year and, according to CEO Alex Nocifera, aims to help large businesses manage their marketing across many individual locations. He said that even for a large chain, it’s often the local data that …

Personali, A Service That Works To Optimize Discounts Online, Raises $12M

Personali, an online service that retailers can use to adjust prices and discounts in real time, said it has raised $12 million in a round led by Norwest Venture Partners.<p>Retailers can integrate Personali code into their online commerce presence. When a customer visits a page, the retailer will …

Yeplive Brings Landscape Video And Web Comments To The Live Streaming Fight

The live streaming app battle may not have much room for many offerings besides early mover Meerkat and Twitter-owned Periscope, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t going to try. There’s still some hype left in the bottom of that particular barrel, and Yeplive is hoping to scoop it up by offering …

Inspirock Gets $3M Seed Funding To Make Vacation Itinerary Planning Easier

Inspirock wants to take the hassle out of travel planning with a site that automatically creates customized itineraries. The startup announced today that it has raised $3 million in seed funding from returning investor MakeMyTrip, one of India’s largest travel booking sites, angel investors, and …

Drizly Lands $13 Million In Series A Funding

Drizly, the mobile shopping app that connects users with delivery-friendly liquor stores, is today announcing the close of a $13 million Series A funding round, led by Polaris Partners. Existing investors Suffolk Equity Partners also participated alongside First Beverage Group and others.<p>Drizly …

Bd4travel Raises $4.2M To Let Online Travel Industry Use Big Data To Personally Target Visitors

Bd4travel, a German startup that offers a “predictive analytics platform” for the online travel industry to help target site visitors in a more personal way, has raised a $4.2 million Series A round led by London-based Hoxton Ventures. Talis Capital, and Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group also …

Zmags launches its Creator tool for marketers who like it fast

Boston-based Zmags is today launching its Creator platform to help satisfy marketers’ taste for speed.<p>The platform, emerging from a beta for existing customers, enables the drag-and-drop creation and straightforward deployment of interactive content to a web page on computers or mobile …

After Passing 10 Million Monthly Active Users, Whisper Hires Its First President

Whisper announced today that it hired Mark Troughton to be its president. Troughton was the president of Green Dot, which specializes in prepaid debit cards and went public in July 2010. He was most recently the president of Americas for Wonga, which provides short-term cash loans. (You will recall …

Banjo Raises $100 Million to Detect World Events in Real Time

Banjo started four years ago as a simple app for viewing social media posts tagged to a location or a popular event, like a Beyoncé concert. With a large new round of funding, the company aims to build something much bigger.

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incrediblue Joins Seedcamp, Raising $1.8m to Bring Yacht Holidays to Everyone

We’re exited to announce that incrediblue – the online marketplace for yachting holidays – has joined the Seedcamp family.<p>Seedcamp participated in …

This company thinks it can beat Google in a critical area — and it just made a $122 million buy to help

Toronto-based Chango specializes in "intent marketing," mixing information from search queries with behavioral, contextual (the kind of content a web user is consuming), and advertiser data to allow brands to better target their ads.<p>As AdExchanger points out, Chango gives Rubicon Project (which …

Pinterest Acquires Team From Hike Labs, Including Google Reader, Blogger Veteran Jason Shellen

Pinterest today scored two notable new hires with the acquisition of a small, two-person startup known as Hike Labs, which had been developing a mobile publishing application called Drafty. But Pinterest says this was not a technology deal – rather, the company was interested in gaining the …

AfterCollege Acquires CollegeFeed To Support Recent Grads Hunting For Jobs

AfterCollege, a platform supporting entry-level jobs and internships for recent college grads, just acquired CollegeFeed, a social network for job-seeking college students started by a former Googler.<p>CollegeFeed, started by Sanjeev Agrawal and Aman Khanna, helps students from universities like …

Mumbai-based Classifieds Site Quikr Grabs $150M In New Funding

Quikr, which claims to be India’s largest classified ads site, has scooped up $150 million from returning investors Tiger Global and Investment AB Kinnevik, as well as Steadview Capital.<p>The latest round, which is the biggest single one Quikr has raised so far and brings its total funding to $350 …

After Investing In A Local Services Startup, Google Turns Around And Builds A Competitor

When Google Capital met local services company Thumbtack last year, its partner David Lawee assured the San Francisco startup’s cofounders that the search giant was not personally interested in expanding into the space. In fact, it was his word that helped Google Capital seal a deal to lead a $100 …