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This 18-Slide Pitch Landed Payment Startup Dwolla $16.5 Million

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Dwolla, a startup that makes it easy and cheap for businesses to collect payments, just raised a $16.5 million Series C round. The company charges $0.25 per transaction, not a percentage like credit card companies, and it has processed more than $1 billion to date.  Top VC firm Andreessen Horowitz...
This 18-Slide Pitch Landed Payment Startup Dwolla $16.5 Million

Ribbon Raises $1.6M From Tim Draper & Others, Launches New Way To Take Payments Directly In The Facebook News Feed

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The recently launched AngelPad-backed payments startup called Ribbon is today introducing functionality that allows users to buy from merchants and other sellers directly in the Facebook News Feed. In addition, the company is confirming the close of its $1.6 million seed round, led by Tim Draper’s Draper Associates. Participating in the round were Siemer Ventures,...
Ribbon Raises $1.6M From Tim Draper & Others, Launches New Way To Take Payments Directly In The Facebook News Feed

Windows 8 Deal Could Aid Dolby’s Web Fortunes

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Dolby Laboratories has a history of pushing its audio technology into new markets and devices. The Web has been something of an exception, but the San Francisco company hopes a new deal with Microsoft involving Windows 8 could help rectify that situation. Investors also seemed enthused, pushing Dolby’s share up...
Windows 8 Deal Could Aid Dolby’s Web Fortunes

In Europe Etsy Sees Opportunity, Says Caroline Drucker [TCTV]

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Last year Etsy, the marketplace for hand crafted goods, was powering ahead with 20 million members in nearly 200 countries and had passed the $700 million mark for sales in 2012 (compared to $525 million for all of 2011). By the end of the year, over 100 million items...
In Europe Etsy Sees Opportunity, Says Caroline Drucker [TCTV]
The real opportunity for payment startups: simplicity

Text-to-speech startup iSpeech launches publisher platform; Evernote, Pearson first clients

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iSpeech, a Newark, N.J.-based startup that specializes in lifelike text-to-speech apps and previously rolled out voice technology for the connected home, is launching a platform for publishers, the company plans to announce Tuesday. The tools are designed to help publishers quickly and inexpensively convert books and articles into audio. iSpeech’s...
Text-to-speech startup iSpeech launches publisher platform; Evernote, Pearson first clients

Dizzion Closes Seed Round for Virtual Desktops

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It seems like a simple enough problem: How can an increasingly mobile workforce sync their devices? The solution is never as easy. There are security concerns. Syncing issues. IT integration. The founders of Dizzion started working on the issue 14 months ago. This week they’ve closed a seed round of funding...
Dizzion Closes Seed Round for Virtual Desktops

Moms to the rescue! BackOps raises $1 million from Mark Pincus and others

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It’s hard to believe PandoDaily is a mere eight months old. It’s growing fast, but I am reminded we’re still a start-up as I watch Sarah and our General Manager Oni Rovatti trying to not only create a great product on a daily basis, but also handle all the accounting,...
Moms to the rescue! BackOps raises $1 million from Mark Pincus and others

This Wild Visionary Wants To Turn His Linux Company Into The Next Apple

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Sure Red Hat just crested the $1 billion-revenue mark with almost $150 million in profit while Canonical, maker of Ubuntu Linux, still isn't profitable after seven years in business. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says ... so what? He's got big plans for Canonical and he's trying to solve a...
This Wild Visionary Wants To Turn His Linux Company Into The Next Apple

Amazon and Apple's Giant Markups on Flash Storage

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Apart from the look and feel of their products, there's a key difference between Amazon's new tablets and Apple's iPads: the amount of money each company charges for storage. Apple customers typically pay more to get extra gigs, but overall, both companies do a major markup on memory....
Amazon and Apple's Giant Markups on Flash Storage

GoCardless adds new tools to help small businesses request and accept direct debit payments online

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GoCardless is launching a new tool today to help small and medium-sized businesses accept direct debit payments online. Large companies have had access to this for years, but many smaller firms are still stuck sending out invoices, waiting for cheques or long-winded bank transfers from numerous clients. It’s tiresome and...
GoCardless adds new tools to help small businesses request and accept direct debit payments online

YC winter 2013 demo day: Five startups to watch (afternoon edition)

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As we wrote this morning, Y Combinator introduced its winter startup batch on Tuesday in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum, launching 47 companies to the investors and press who were interested to see what Silicon Valley’s most notable incubator has been cooking up. We picked five startups to watch...
YC winter 2013 demo day: Five startups to watch (afternoon edition)
Online education for the pros: Udemy launches corporate training tools

Forget data transparency: options grow for letting you hide your data

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There’s no doubt it’s a data driven world. But increasing concerns about companies’ collection and uses of personal internet user data have given rise to a few solutions. One is a personal data locker where users would be able to store their own information and grant companies limited access, rather...
Forget data transparency: options grow for letting you hide your data
As ZocDoc Readies To Cross The Pond, Toothpick Quietly Exits Beta And Expands Beyond The UK

Paymill payday: Rocket Internet's Stripe clone lands $13m to support expansion

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Paymill, the Stripe clone started by the Samwer brother’s infamous business incubator Rocket Internet, has raised 10 million euros ($13 million) in funding from Holtzbrinck Ventures and Sunstone Capital. Paymill basically gives online stores and Internet service providers the ability to integrate common payment methods into their current platforms, particularly...
Paymill payday: Rocket Internet's Stripe clone lands $13m to support expansion

Meet SmartRecruiters, a company that is trying to end unemployment

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Ask anyone who has run a company, or even a team, what the hardest part of their job was, and a good percent will tell you that it was hiring. There are open jobs, and viable candidates, but connecting the two is often extremely hard; how to do you slot...
Meet SmartRecruiters, a company that is trying to end unemployment
The average American spends $857 on monthly subscriptions (infographic)

Interactive reading: Costco magazine to use Digimarc watermarks

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The Costco Connection embeds scannable watermarks within their editorial and advertising content to allow readers access to more info. Photo via Costco. Costco’s monthly magazine is getting geeky. The Costco Connection, the largest monthly magazine in the U.S., is now embedding scannable watermarks within their editorial and advertising content to...
Interactive reading: Costco magazine to use Digimarc watermarks

Glooko Raises $3.5M To Connect Glucose Meters To iPhones For Tracking Diabetes

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Glooko, the developer of a unique hardware device and mobile app solution for people with diabetes, has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding led by The Social+Capital Partnership, with participation from existing investors, including Bill Campbell, Vint Cerf, Judy Estrin and Andy Hertzfeld, Venky Harinarayan, Russell Hirsch and Xtreme...
Glooko Raises $3.5M To Connect Glucose Meters To iPhones For Tracking Diabetes

The internet of things is going to need its own Android-like project

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Remember how I said the internet of things would be big at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas? It didn’t take a genius to figure that out, but I laid out four questions to ask about all the hyped objects at the show to help people understand the challenges...
The internet of things is going to need its own Android-like project

Singapore Restaurant Booking Site Chope Raises $2.5M Series B

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Chope has raised $2.5 million (S$3.2 million) in Series B funding. The round was led by local publishing house, Singapore Press Holdings, which now owns about 25% of the startup, valued at $1.4 million (S$1.81 million). Chope operates a similar service to OpenTable, and allows restaurant bookings through its website...
Singapore Restaurant Booking Site Chope Raises $2.5M Series B

Symantec Gives Cloud Backup A Boost, Goes In On Backupify's $9 Million Series C

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Backupify, the startup providing backup, search and restore solutions for online services like Google Apps, Salesforce, Facebook and Twitter, is announcing today that it’s secured $9 million in Series C funding from existing investors Avalon Ventures, General Catalyst, and Lowercase Capital, as well as from new strategic investor Symantec Corp.,...
Symantec Gives Cloud Backup A Boost, Goes In On Backupify's $9 Million Series C
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