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EventBoard, A Smart Conference Room Booking Startup, Raises $6.5M

EventBoard, a company that provides software to make conference rooms more efficient, may be based in Salt Lake City, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t found its way into the guts of Silicon Valley.<p>“We’re right downtown, we have a lot of presence in Silicon Valley and San Francisco specifically, but …

Startups

Urban Massage, The On-Demand Massage Service, Picks Up Further Backing At $12M Valuation

Urban Massage, the U.K. startup that offers an Uber-style massage booking service similar to U.S.-based Zeel, has picked up a new round of funding. The backing — amount undisclosed — is being led by Firestartr.<p>Existing investor Passion Capital also participated alongside new investors Samos, LCIF, …

Startups

LawnStarter Raises $6M To Become Your “Lawn Care Concierge”

Lawn care startup LawnStarter is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding.<p>The company describes itself as “your personal lawn care concierge” — the idea, said co-founder Steven Corcoran, is to express LawnStarter’s “focus on customer experience.”<p>Similar to the way that startups …

Startups

Porch.com Raises $65M Series B Round As It Prepares To Take Its Service Nationwide

Porch.com, the Seattle-based startup that uses a data-driven approach to help homeowners find local professionals for all of their home improvement and repair needs, today announced that it has raised a $65 million Series B round. The round was led by Valor Equity Partners, a firm that has also …

Venture Capital

Boxed, a bulk shopping app, raises $25 million

Boxed, a mobile application for wholesale shopping, has raised $25 million in a Series B round of funding. GGV Capital and Digital Sky Technologies …

eCommerce

Glassdoor Closes $70M Funding Round Led By Google Capital And Tiger Global

Glassdoor, the site that lets employees rate their companies’ work environment and anonymously disclose their salary information, today announced that it has raised a $70 million funding round led by Google Capital, the search engine’s late-stage growth equity fund, and Tiger Global. Other …

Venture Capital

Kitchit Gets $7.5 Million To Bring The Restaurant Experience To Your Home

San Francisco-based Kitchit wants to enable anyone to have restaurant-quality food without going out, by creating a marketplace of chefs who cook in customers’ homes. The company has just raised $7.5 million in funding led by Javelin Venture Partners to make its chefs available to more users in …

Instacart Is Raising North Of $100 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation

Instacart, the home grocery delivery service that launched back in 2012, is close to raising a massive Series C round of funding north of $100 million, according to sources. The raise will value the startup at $2 billion, or more than quadruple the $400 million valuation of its Series B financing …

A New App Called Milk Helps You Save On Groceries, Without Clipping Paper Coupons

The creators of coupon-code finder Honey, which helps online shoppers save at checkout, have now launched a new app called Milk (mmm…milk and honey…) that lets you save at the grocery store. The app is now one of many aimed at helping consumers save on consumer packaged good purchases, even if they …

Roomer Lands $5M In Series A To Be The Airbnb For Unwanted Hotel Rooms

Roomer is doing for hotel rooms what Airbnb did for your very own home. According to the startup, which has just raised $5 million in Series A led by Disruptive, there are 81 million hotel room cancellations in the United States every year. Roomer tries to solve that problem by letting users sell …

Canopy Brings A Curated Amazon Shopping Experience To The iPhone

A company called Canopy launched last year to bring a more curated and community-driven experience to shopping Amazon products, with an organized catalog of recommended items, and a number of tools for finding and saving favorites. Today, Canopy is bringing that same experience to mobile with the …

Fluc Raises $2.3 Million To Improve The Logistics Of Food Delivery In More Markets

When it comes to food delivery, people want things fast and fresh and most of all, and increasingly they want to know when that food will get to them. Thanks to the Uber-ification of everything, being able to place an order and see when it will arrive (and even see a delivery in process) is …

Glossier Raises $8.4M Led By Thrive To Take On Beauty And Cosmetics With Verticalized Approach

Glossier, a New York-based startup that sells a simple, highly curated line of beauty products, is taking $8.4 million in venture funding to pursue a tried-and-true strategy that many other e-commerce brands like Warby Parker have followed.<p>What is it?<p>Basically you take a staid product line, …

A New App That Helps You Park Your Car ‘Could Radically Alter How Large Cities Work’

New York Times Technology Columnist Farhad Manjoo says the app will "completely upend" urban life as we know it.<p>The app functions similar to other mobile on-demand services. Before leaving for your destination, you enter the address where you'd like a Luxe valet to meet you. When you pull up to the …

San Francisco

Online Home Exercise Platform Yoogaia Pulls In $630k To Stretch Beyond Finland

Getting started with yoga is best done by attending a regular class where you can watch an instructor and your fellow class mates to learn the various poses. In person classes also mean incorrect posture can be aligned by the instructor directly — hands on. But once you’ve been properly bitten by …

Shippo Raises $2 Million To Provide A Shipping API For E-Commerce Businesses

There’s an increasing number of e-commerce retailers, each of which seeks to provide fast, reliable and most importantly, affordable shipping to customers. But most of those businesses can’t compete with the likes of Amazon, which has created enormous economies of scale around its warehouses and …

Handy Acquires London-Based Home Services Startup Mopp To Quickly Grow Its UK Business

A few months ago, on-demand home services startup Handy opened up its first international office and launched services in London. In an effort to quickly grow its business there, today the company is announcing it’s acquired local competitor Mopp, which also provides home cleaning services in …

‘Airbnb For Home-Cooked Meals’ Startup EatWith Raises $8 Million From Greylock

Since 2007, Airbnb has opened up new opportunities for its hosts to meet new people and make money by renting out parts of their homes they weren’t using. In that same vein, a startup called EatWith wants to offer up a similar opportunity for its users to use their cooking skills as a way to make …

Allre Lets You Buy And Sell Your House Online Without A Real Estate Agent

The Internet has disintermediated almost every business that used to rely on brokers — except for the real estate industry. There, we still pay huge fees to agents who often do very little for their money and aren’t necessarily on our side. Allre, which is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 …

StudyRoom Lets College Students Join Online Study Groups, Book Tutors

Launching publicly on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage this afternoon is a company called StudyRoom, which aims to take student study groups and tutoring online, and make them more social. The company has already been running trials of its program in six universities, starting this spring, and now …

TheTake Just Raised $2M So You Can Buy That Thing You Saw In That Movie

Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself either “I really want that” or “I really want to go there“? Well now you can really buy that (or something a lot like it) or find a way to go there, thanks to TheTake.<p>The New York-based startup has raised $2 million in its first round of venture …

HotelQuickly Raises $4.5 Million To Double-Down On Last Minute Hotel Booking In Asia-Pacific

Last-minute hotel booking app HotelQuickly — whose founding team includes two ex-Rocket Internet executives — has raised a further $4.5 million in funding as it doubles-down on the Asia-Pacific market — and, perhaps in the longer-term, keep San Francisco-based and heavily funded HotelTonight at bay …

Social Parking Startup ParkTag Pulls In $680K To Drive Its Tech Into Urban Planning

We first came across Berlin-based startup ParkTag pitching their parking-space-swapping community at Disrupt NY’s Startup Alley back in 2013.<p>Today they’re announcing a seed investment of €500,000 ($680,000) from German’s High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTG), a semi-governmental VC fund whose investors …

BetterDoctor raises $10M more for health-provider referral platform

Physician referral has become a big business as people begin to think less like passive patients and more like health care consumers.<p>Case in point is San Francisco-based BetterDoctor, which operates an online referral service for dentists and doctors (including specialists). Dentists and doctors …

BlaBlaCar Raises A Massive $100 Million Round To Create A Global Long Distance Ride-Sharing Network

In what is the largest VC round in a French startup of all time, BlaBlaCar just raised a $100 million round led by Index Ventures, with existing investors Accel Partners, ISAI and Lead Edge Capital also participating in the round. Previously, Deezer raised a $130 million round from Warner Music …

On-Demand Laundry Startup Washio Raises $10.5 Million Led By Canaan Partners

On-demand laundry service Washio wants to be available in all the major cities throughout the U.S. With that in mind, the company has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding, led by Canaan Partners.<p>Founded a little more than a year ago, Washio has developed a service that enables users to schedule …

DoorDash Raises $17.3 Million From Sequoia To Expand Its On-Demand Delivery Service

DoorDash is one of many on-demand food-delivery startups to crop up over the past few years, but the company has big ambitions to move beyond food. Thanks to new investor Sequoia Capital, it has a sizable war chest to go after the competition.<p>The company just raised a $17.3 million Series A round …

Personal Data Organizer Mustbin Raises $1.5 Million More, Adds Secure Messaging

Mustbin, a personal data organizer that lets you snap photos of important documents – like financial statements, home and vehicle information, medical documents, and more – and store those securely in the cloud, has become one of the go-to apps on my iPhone’s homescreen since it launched out of …

Restaurant payments startup Swipely whips up a fresh $20M

Restaurants and bars are getting smarter about the way they deal with customers these days.<p>Providence, Rhode Island-based Swipely makes a cloud-based payments system that lets restaurants and bars crunch data to find their best customers, detect most popular menu items, launch rewards programs, and …

Crowdsourced app-tester uTest buys Berlin’s Testhub, rebrands as Applause

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Corbis / Jack Hollingsworth<p>The crowdsourced app-testing outfit uTest, which raised a cool $43 million in Series E …