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Kima Ventures Will Allow Startups To Raise $150K Within 15 Days Via AngelList

As Paul Graham wrote a few months ago, fundraising can be incredibly distracting to a founder. It often takes months of pitching, re-pitching and paperwork to finally get your money in the bank. Kima Ventures is hoping to change this at the seed level with a new program. The seed stage investment …

Niche Raises $550K To Help Marketers Work With Social Media Celebrities

Niche, a startup that connects brands with popular users on social media, has opened its website to the public, and it’s also announcing that it has raised $550,000 in funding.<p>Niche isn’t the first startup attempting to make money from celebrity-driven marketing campaigns on social networks — after …

With $1.5M In Funding, Knotch Lets Opinionated People Show Their True Colors

Created by a pair of self-avowed data nerds, Knotch is a discovery platform for opinions and ideas. The iOS app, which recently raised $1.5 million in seed funding, lets you ask for thoughts on any topic from people outside your social graph. The most notable (and addictive) feature is an 11-color …

Zoomingo Raises $1.25 Million For Its Mobile Deal-Finding App, Made For Mall Shoppers

Zoomingo, a two-year old shopping and deal-finding app designed for use out in the real world, has raised an additional $1.25 million from its existing investors Benaroya Capital and Naya Ventures, along with other angels, including Rudy Gadre, former General Counsel at Facebook. The new funding …

Why Most Startups Don't 'Get' Press

"I can't tell you how many times we've met with early-stage companies, and they start by telling us their big vision. They say, 'This is what we're …

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Big dollars for dust: Home services startup Handybook raises $10M

Handybook is a dream come true for those of us too busy or too lazy to clean our own homes.<p>The “Uber for home services” startup has swept up $10 million and released a new mobile app today, which lets people easily book on-demand services for cleaning, handyman work, furniture building, movers, and …

Mygola could (at last) be the startup to make your travel planning dreams come true

We wait all year to take a vacation and jet off someplace exotic for a week or two of glorious relaxation and adventure.<p>Unfortunately, the process of planning a trip sucks.<p>Travel startup Mygola has raised $1.5 million for its platform that CEO Anshuman Bapna said is the “world’s best travel …

500 Startups Confirms $44 Million Second Fund, Plans To Invest In 200 Startups Over The Next Year

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been just three years since 500 Startups started making investments in early-stage companies. But in that time, the firm has put money in at least 500 companies, and it will keep investing in more, thanks to the closing of its second fund and the continued growth of …

Reesio Raises $1 Million+ For Its Real Estate Software Platform

San Francisco-based real estate startup Reesio is announcing today that it has closed on $1.096 million in new funding for its transaction management software for real estate agents. Investors included Digital Garage, MicroVentures, Hiten Shah, and other angels. The company had previously raised a …

What You Need to Know About the New Equity-Crowdfunding Model

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In her book</i> Cash From the Crowd<i>, Sally Outlaw, founder and CEO of crowdfunding website peerbackers, reveals the secrets of funding your business with help from colleagues, peers, family, friends and even perfect strangers through a</i> …

Whisper raises $21M to share your secrets

Whisper has closed $21 million to share your secrets. Rather, to let you share your secrets via its mobile apps.<p>Whisperers add text to images and post it anonymously to the site. You can either upload your own photo or find one within the app. Social features let users see popular, latest, and …

Your Heartbeat Is Your New Password

As the password makes its slow fade towards extinction, many technologies are jockeying for position as the next method for securing online accounts. …

8 Aviation Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends. We’re now highlighting the …

Social Media Buzz on Flipboard

By Van Ligutom | This is all about social media from news to rumors to new platforms and everything social media.<p>Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads …

Show Me the Money: What Questions to ask a VC/PE | Inc.com

I was fortunate enough to have a fairy tale startup--we bootstrapped, raised $5M, grew to be a market leader, and had a great exit. Since then I’ve played all the other roles around the table in other companies’ stories--some fairy tales, some tragedies--as an angel, VC, seller, acquirer, advisor, …

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Now With 10M Users, Wanelo Adds Search And ‘Stories’ To Its Hot Social Shopping App

Today Wanelo, the online platform that lets people discover and share things they “want, need, and love,” issued an update to its iOS app that brings two handy new features, search and “stories,” to its mobile shopping experience.<p>In general, Wanelo has emerged as a powerful player in the social …

App Aims to Seriously Spice Up Your Sex Life

A new online dating app is looking to cut the talk and get you between the sheets. But it may be too forward for most tastes.<p>Pure is a …

Parse.ly nabs $5 million to keep you clicking on Grumpy Cat (updated)

<i>Updated 9:10 p.m. with comment from Blumberg Capital.</i><p>In the race for pageviews, knowledge can be a dangerous thing. On the one hand, editors like me love having data that tells us what kind of stories people are clicking on.<p>On the other hand, giving people what they want often turns into writing …

Have Your Ashes Shot Into Low Earth Orbit For $2,000

When you die, what do you want done with your body? I want mine thrown into the lion pit at the zoo without warning on school field trip day. Those …

No more red ink! This startup just got $2M to help students perfect their grammar

The latest online education startup to receive funding? NoRedInk, a web-based application that helps students improve their spelling and grammar.<p>NoRedInk’s founder and chief executive Jeff Scheur is a former high school English teacher, who disliked grading assignments with a red pen. His students …

Eco-Friendly Wedding Gown Dissolves in Water After Being Worn

Here comes the bride…<i>aaand</i> there goes her dress. British researchers have developed a wedding gown that can be dissolved in water—just in time for …

This recycling bin is following you

<b>Update (Aug. 12):</b> City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by<p>Recycling bins in the City of London are monitoring the phones of passers-by, so advertisers can target messages at people whom the bins recognize.<p>Renew, the startup behind the scheme, installed 100 recycling bins …

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Funding Daily: Ten million bucks — who wore it better?

Two companies in the rather large roundup today raised $9 million (Apsalar and CareCloud) and two grabbed $10 million (Tastemade and Clustrix).<p>So we’re asking, who wore it better?<p>Tim Gunn, who writes a monthly who-wore-it-better column for some fashion rag or other (and hosts the popular <i>Project</i> …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

More cash for clones: 'OpenTable of Latin America' raises $13.3M

Restorando, the “OpenTable of Latin America,” has raised $13.3 million to expand across South America and deepen its presence in established cities.<p>Restorando is currently active in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bogotá, Columbia; Chile, and six cities in Brazil. You choose filters for type of food you …

Boosted by Messi’s endorsement, WeChat scores 100 million users outside of China

Just six weeks ago we noted that the China-made messaging app WeChat had 70 million users outside of China. But today that number has rocketed to 100 …

Luxury travel deals site The Luxe Nomad gets funding worth $700K

Singapore-based luxury travel startup The Luxe Nomad has secured yet another funding round to boost its growth. Today’s sum is an exact S$888,232 …

Maxwell Health gets $2M to help employers manage their health plans

New York-based startup Maxwell Health just raised $2 million to help employers set up affordable health and wellness plans.<p>It’s a particularly useful tool for entrepreneurs and small business owners, as Maxwell Health offers guidance on the various health insurance plans, financial benefits, …

11 Books Startup Founders Should Read Before Pitching VCs For Money

And what better way to prepare than by hitting the books?<p>We've asked around the Business Insider newsroom and scoured the Web, collecting 11 books that will help startup founders hone their pitch, build their confidence, and better their salesmanship — all while giving them the tools to take a …

Social website platform RebelMouse gets $10.25 million in Series A funding

RebelMouse, the company that describes itself as “your social front page”, has landed more than $10 million in fresh funding in a series A round led by Oak Investment Partners, SoftBank, Sterling Investment Partners and Michael Lazerow.<p>Paul Berry, founder and CEO of RebelMouse announced the deal on …