Mattermark, the business intelligence site that pivoted out of YC-backed curation site Referly, is today announcing that it has raised a round of $6.5 million, funding that the startup will use the funding to build out its ambition to be a “B2B Google.” By that, it means creating structured data for people on the hunt or company information across the messy and disorganised Internet. Or, as new investor Brad Feld of the Foundry Group puts it, uncovering a “valuable secret hidden in plain sight.”
Boxbee Latest to Stack Up Cash for Physical Storage
Boxbee has raised a $5 million Series A round, the latest startup to attract venture capital for new ways to store or move physical goods. The company offers an on-demand, valet storage business that it says is cheaper and more convenient than storing goods in a storage locker. The service, designed for city dwellers, is available in New York and San Francisco. Other recently funded startups using technology to tweak the standard ways consumers store or move goods are MakeSpace Labs, CityStash Holdings and Cargomatic.
Dating App Hinge Raises $12 Million to Be the Anti-Tinder
The way Justin McLeod sees it, Tinder is the MySpace of the mobile dating world and Hinge, the app he started, is the Facebook. At least, that’s the dream. And now, McLeod has a fresh round of funding to make that dream come true. On Thursday, Hinge announced it has raised an additional $12 million, which will fund Hinge’s already rapid expansion into new cities, including the launch of its first international outpost in London this February. This year alone, Hinge has expanded to 24 new cities, and it has experienced 500 percent growth in its user base since January.
Tinder Competitor Hinge scores $12M To Bring Its Friends-Of-Friends Dating App Abroad
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Top 10 Apps of 2014
6. Hinge - While the dating app was released last year, Hinge sparked a flame in 2014 as it spread to more and more cities around the U.S. The app provides “like” or “dislike” functions similar to its main competitor, Tinder, but it doesn’t just let anyone within a specified radius appear on your screen. Hinge’s matchmaking connects to your
12 best iPhone apps of 2014
1) Acorns - We all know investing properly is crucial for long term financial success but getting started can the most overwhelming and difficult part. Acorns takes the friction out of the process by investing the change left over from your everyday purchases into a portfolio managed by a financial professional. You can choose how much to invest, how aggressive you want to be and the app takes care of the rest. Acorns is free but costs $1/month once you start investing.
How This Low-Tech Founder Got A High-Tech Startup To House $150M In Transactions
In a market like this where it’s relatively easy to raise capital at higher valuations, it can be tempting to spend big on customer acquisition. This environment has led to recent conversations around high burn rates and the relationship between “Capital and Success.” But some startups are realizing that overspending on customer acquisition may not lead to the return they are looking for and are instead finding different, more cost-effective growth strategies.
Pluto TV Takes $13M for its Free Linear TV Streaming Service
A lot of tech reporting tends to paint traditional (and expensive) cable TV service’s linear video watching experience as awful, but anyone who’s lived alone knows sometimes it’s just nice to have a TV channel on in the background. If that channel is airing content that’s somewhat interesting/entertaining, even better. That’s why streaming video platform Pluto TV is kind of brilliant. It offers free access to over a hundred different video streams (aka channels), which are preprogrammed the way TV channels are. And those channels are filled with things you’d actually want to watch, such as anime, gadget reviews, and original web series. There’s even an entire channel devoted to marijuana. But it also has quite a few “background” channels, such as an endless video feed of adorable puppies, ice cream melting (literally), and trains traveling through the European countryside. (That last one — Slow TV — is my personal favorite to fall asleep to.)
Bellhops Hauls In A $6 million Series A To Expand Moving Help Platform
Roughly 50 million Americans are estimated to move at some point this year, and 75 percent of them are do-it-yourselfers, by U-Haul measures. Aside from pestering all your friends and family to come help you load all your stuff or spending thousands on a moving company the next time you need help in the heavy lifting, there haven’t been a lot of options. College students tend to be the most transient population. They’re also young, healthy and at their strongest physically. This gave Bellhops founder Cameron Doody an idea. Put them to work.
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Shift Technologies Raises $23.8 Million to Build Used Car Marketplace
Investors have put more than $23 million into Shift Technologies Inc., a used car marketplace that is racing Beepi Inc. and others to disrupt the multibillion-dollar sector. Founded less than a year ago, Shift co-founders see the same market opportunity that prompted Sherpa Ventures and other Beepi investors to plow $60 million into that startup last month. The premise is that used car shopping–be it via dealerships or direct to sellers–is unpleasant, inefficient and woefully in need of a technological overhaul. “It’s a huge market that we see the ability to rethink and rebuild,” said Draper Fisher Jurvetson Partner Emily Melton, who co-led the company’s Series A round. Ms. Melton said she was most excited about the large opportunity Shift is attacking, which she compared to previous DFJ investments like Redfin for home buying and SpaceX for space travel.