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Outbox, The Startup That Digitizes Your Postal Mail, Raises $5 Million Series A

Outbox, the startup that digitizes your postal mail then puts it online for access via web, iPhone, Android or iPad, has raised $5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by previous investor Floodgate and included investment from Founders Fund, Correlation Ventures, TDF Ventures, WTI, …

Bloomberg enters world of venture capital with $75M fund

Bloomberg is launching a new $75 million venture capital fund to support early-stage companies.<p>The fund will be called Bloomberg Beta and will invest in startups that are “producing insights from data” and “making the experience of work better.” This could involve anything from content discovery to …

BarkBox Generates $1 Million Per Month, Wants To Become A $5 Billion Company In 5 Years

But the company is still growing and it retains 90-95% of its subscribers month over month. Last week, BarkBox surpassed 50,000 paying customers and at $19 per box, the company is generating $1 million per month. Its goal is to hit 100,000 subscribers, or a $23 million annual run rate, by …

Linea Raises $4M Seed To Push Past Slideshow Photo-Browsing With Scrolling Image Mosaics

Photo-sharing may seem a very saturated space — factoring in the likes of Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Path, Twitter and even, on a smaller scale, the mobile messaging apps — but there’s still room for disruption reckons Seattle-based startup Linea, which is aiming to reinvent how people share …

Appurify Raises $4.5M Series A To Automate Mobile App Testing On A Wide Range Of Devices

San Francisco-based startup Appurify is announcing its $4.5 million Series A round today, funding which will help the company continue to build out its exhaustive and extensive app testing platform, and to expand its sales and marketing teams to help spread the word among mobile developers. …

Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation

Serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? Then you’re going to like this one: a new mobile app called Elevatr will help you keep track of your inspirations, as well as develop a business model, in order to turn your passing thoughts into plans actually worth pursuing …

Mobile Gift Card App Gyft Partners With BitPay To Start Accepting Bitcoin Payments In Its Android App

If you’re sitting on a bunch of bitcoins that are burning a hole in your digital wallet, you now have another way to spend them. Today, mobile gift card company Gyft has partnered with BitPay to start accepting bitcoins within its app.<p>This is a big partnership for both, as BitPay’s CEO, Tony …

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Webydo Makes It Easier For Designers To Build Websites By Creating The Code For Them

Webydo is a cloud-based SaaS for designers who want to be able to sell their website design services without having to get their own hands dirty doing any coding or hire a developer to do it for them. The system offers a custom CMS where designers can build the website. Once they’re happy with the …

Shapeways Raises $30 Million To Bring High-Quality 3D Printing To Everyone

2013 is the year that digital technology got physical. Part of this is the explosion of the application of physics to the internet and part of it is the the application of bits to atoms to make them smarter. Today, another piece of the puzzle drops into place with announcement that Andreessen …

Shapeways, the Etsy of 3D printing, raises $30M

Andreessen Horowitz is leading the round as Shapeways builds out its marketplace for people to build and sell 3D-printed products.<p>The 3D printing movement is well under way -- albeit with some hype built in -- and Shapeways, a marketplace where people can design, create, and sell their own …

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Sush.io raises $325K to plug web services into financial visualizations

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Paris-based Sush.io, which will soon reveal its financial analytics app for small businesses, has picked up $325,000 in seed …

True Ventures Confirms Investment In Second Life Founder Philip Rosedale’s New Startup High Fidelity

Earlier this month, we wrote that High Fidelity, the virtual world startup led by Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, had raised $2.4 million of a $3.4 million round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, we didn’t know who had actually made the investment — …

Fits.me Closes $7.2M Series A To “Aggressively Expand” Its Virtual Fitting Room Tech In Europe, Start Prepping For U.S. Push

Try-for-size-before-you buy virtual fitting room startup Fits.me has closed a €5.5 million ($7.2 million) Series A round. It’s not all new money — we covered the first €1.5 million tranche, back in January 2012 — but the startup has now added €4 million to complete the round. Backers include …

Pocket Launches ‘Send To Friend’ Feature For One-To-One Sharing As It Hits 35M Saves Per Month

Save for later service Pocket debuted a new feature today, which allows users to quickly send content saved to their Pocket accounts to contacts from within the app. The feature uses that most old-school of social sharing means, email, but updates it with more modern social features, adds in-app …

Osom mashes up Craigslist and Instagram, lets you sell your beautiful things

Perhaps after wading through one too many bleach bypass photos of someone's scooter, a trio of Swedish developers thought an Instagram-like app would be an ideal way to sell such things. To wit, they developed Osom, an iPhone app that pays homage to the social shooter in concept as well as design …

VideoNotes Makes Taking and Sharing Notes from Videos Super Easy

If you watch a lot of online videos for education or research, you’ll find VideoNotes a really useful tool.<p>It’s as simple as this: sign in with a Google account (VideoNotes uses Google Drive for storage) and then paste in the URL for a YouTube or Coursera video. Then as it plays you can start …

Sorted Pivots From A TaskRabbit Clone To Become A Profile-Driven Marketplace For Local Labour

Sorted, the UK startup that originally soft-launched as a reverse marketplace for local jobs akin to TaskRabbit in the U.S. (or a number of local “clones”, such as Sooqini, and TaskPandas), has relaunched today after rejigging its model.<p>Instead of users having to post what is essentially a …

LearnZillion gets $7M to help teachers align with common standards

Edtech startup LearnZillion just received $7 million to help teachers implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which define what students need to know at each grade level.<p>Adopted by 46 states, the Common Core State Standards communicate what students should know in subjects like …

Peer-To-Peer Airport Car Rental Startup FlightCar Raises $5.5M From General Catalyst, Softbank, And Others

Seeking to disrupt the $10 billion airport car rental business, FlightCar, a sort of Airbnb for airport rentals, allows travelers leaving town to make their cars available for those who are visiting. The startup, which launched its service at San Francisco International Airport just a few months …

Kytephone, The YC Startup Making Smartphones Kid-Safe, Now Helps Parents Monitor Teens’ Smartphone Usage With Kytetime

Kytephone, the Y Combinator-backed startup making smartphones kid-friendly and safe, is now expanding its focus beyond the “little kids” crowd with the introduction of a new platform for teenagers and parents. Called “Kytetime,” the system is designed more for keeping track of a child’s location …