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Technology is finally changing the apartment rental experience

The real estate rental market is a highly localized, relationship-based industry driven largely by individuals living and working in their own cities, causing many to acknowledge the longstanding difficulty of streamlining disruption to this market.<p>In recent years, however, that hasn’t stopped a …

Real Estate

10 Housemate Rules That Should Never Be Broken

There comes a time when every man must leave the nest in search of greener pastures. The only problem with this is that it will likely bring together …

Swimming Pools

10 Bathroom Essentials For The Modern Man’s Sanctuary

Allow us to guide you in transforming your bathroom so it can support you, your gym socks and even that sexy little thing you intend to bring home.

Bathrooms

The Tab Raises $3M For Its Hyperlocal News Site Written By Unpaid Student Journalists

The online disruption of journalism continues apace. Today The Tab, a hyperlocal news site aimed at young people and written mainly by “grassroots” (read: unpaid) student journalists, has raised $3 million from Balderton Capital to build out its business. This is The Tab’s first fundraise and the …

Journalism

Everwise, A Mentoring Matchmaker, Raises $8 Million

Everwise, a New York-based company whose online service connects executives willing to volunteer their time with people looking for mentorship — from new entrepreneurs, to budding sports coaches, to people looking to rise through the ranks of Fortune 500 companies — is taking the wraps off the …

Startups

Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M

Popular Pays, a Y Combinator-backed startup connecting Instagram users with marketers, has raised $2 million in funding.<p>Under the Popular Pays model, businesses describe the kind of campaign they’re looking to create, then Instagrammers can apply and list how much money they’d want to participate. …

Startups

Tour Booking Startup ZOZI Raises $30 Million From Richard Branson, Others To Expand Its Reservation Platform

ZOZI, a startup that hooks merchants up with those seeking travel experiences using proprietary software, has closed on $30 million in Series C funding.<p>Pritzker Vlock Ventures led the round, with participation from Sir Richard Branson, Par Capital Ventures, 500 Startups, Dolby Family Ventures and …

Startups

10 Man-Friendly Interior Products For A Dramatic Effect

These are the ten sensational finds that will play with both strength and elegance to impact your home's interior style.

Interior Design

Why a Retro Tennis Look Is a Grand Slam on and off the Court

Ready for the French Open of 2015? Whether or not you follow the sport, the sartorial graces of the racket-in-tow athletes are noteworthy—from **Serena Williams’**s penchant for bright geometric headbands to **Thanasi Kokkinakis’**s full-throttle neon get-ups—and right in step with fashion’s …

New York City’s Shadowbox Studio: Fashion’s Favorite Sport Has a New Home Base

If boxing maintains its position as fashion’s sport of choice—most recently making an appearance in **Taylor Swift’**s star-studded music video for “Bad Blood”—late arrivals to the fitness phenomenon can rest assured it’s not going anywhere soon. "Boxing is not a fad," says <b>Daniel Glazer,</b> founder of …

Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

There are a number of services today that allow you to create and send digital invitations to birthdays, parties and other events, where the invites themselves are sent out via email, social networks, or even by postal mail if you choose. But a new application called Hobnob, launching now, is …

Apps

With Another $200M In The Bank, Josh James Finally Takes The Wraps Off Business Analytics Startup Domo

It’s rare that a company can hire 600 employees, raise $450 million in funding, reach $100 million in annual sales, and still say it’s in stealth mode. But Domo, the brainchild of Omniture co-founder Josh James, is no ordinary startup.<p>The company, which was founded nearly five years ago, has …

Startups

There’s A $10 Billion Opportunity As Marketing Hits The Big Time

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ajay Agarwal</i> <i>is a managing director at Bain Capital Ventures in Palo Alto where he focuses on early-stage SaaS and mobile investing.</i> <b></b><p>Marketing is no longer the forgotten stepchild of enterprise software. Traditionally underserved and under-penetrated, marketing is finally receiving its …

Marketing

Splash Soaks Up $6M To Make Promo Events Seem Cool

Eventbrite looks like it was designed in a basement circa 2005. It works great, but gives a boring first impression. Splash, meanwhile, wants you to feel like you’re at the party from the moment you’re invited. That’s made it the new darling of event marketing teams at Nike, Anheuser-Busch, the …

Color Management

Facebook Finally Lets Its Firehose Be Tapped For Marketing Insights Thanks To DataSift

Twitter’s firehose of tweets has long been offered as a goldmine for businesses trying to understand how to improve or market their products, and now Facebook will allow privacy-safe peeks at its treasure trove, too. Today Facebook launched a new insights product called “Topic Data” in the U.S. and …

Marketing

Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

Springleap says it can help marketers improve their ad campaigns by tapping into a global community of 180,000 creative professionals.<p>To pursue that vision, the company is announcing that it has raised an additional $650,000 in seed funding, bringing its total backing to around $1.1 million. I got …

Marketing
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YC-Backed Kuhcoon Promises To Automate Facebook Ad Campaigns For Small Businesses

A lot of ad tech companies like to talk about automation, but Andrew Torba, co-founder and CEO of Kuhcoon, seems particularly enthusiastic: “Our grand plan is to automate all of paid media spending on the Internet.”<p>The startup isn’t <i>quite</i> there yet, but it says it’s already working with more than …

Small Business

Interactive Content Can Save Content Marketing From The Dark Side

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Scott Brinker is the CTO of ion Interactive.</i><p>Not long ago, in a marketing department not far, far away, we saw the rise of content marketing. It began as a young, idealistic movement to help educate, enlighten, and entertain self-empowered buyers in the digital world. An elegant …

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Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tim Chang leads the consumer investing team at Mayfield. Massdrop, Poshmark and Kiwi Crate are Mayfield investments.</i><p>In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, …

Boostable Gets $3.2M, Its Ads Get More Sales For Your Event, Crowdfund, Or Online Store

Boostable doesn’t have to sell its ads. Marketplaces sell them for it. Ticket, crowdfunding, and ecommerce marketplaces make money when their users sell things, so they’re incentivized to route traffic to the listings they host, which is exactly what Boostable’s easy-peasy ad-buying tool does for …

Punchbowl Takes On Evite With A Redesigned Site, New Kids’ Brand Partnerships

Party planning resource and digital invitations provider Punchbowl is coming out swinging against rival Evite today with a full-page ad in the L.A. Times designed to kick off a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging users to ditch the older service. The move comes at a time when Punchbowl has just …

Pixate Launches Its App Prototyping Service For Designers

Pixate, an Accel-funded Y Combinator alum, is opening the doors to its visual prototyping service today after a long private and public beta phase. When the company graduated from Y Combinator last January, it still focused mostly on allowing mobile developers to style their native applications …

How To Wear Floral Print: An Essential Men's Guide

The Lowdown: How To Wear Floral Print<p>There are no words to describe how totally excited we are for the arrival of spring. (Actually, “totally …

Berlin-Based Social Media Marketing Startup Brandnew Gets $1.9M In Seed Funding

Brandnew, a Berlin-based startup that helps brands create native ad campaigns for Instagram and Pinterest, announced that it has raised a total of $1.9 million in seed funding. This includes a $1.1 million grant from the city of Berlin, as well as $845,000 from investors including PubliGroupe, …

Y Combinator-Backed Traction Is A Marketplace Connecting Brands With Freelance Marketers

A new startup called Traction says it’s giving brands an alternative to the traditional marketing model — instead of working with agencies, Traction has created a marketplace for finding the best marketing specialist for a given campaign.<p>Traction is part of the current batch of startups incubated …