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Spain's ArtTroop raises $415k to build out its P2P art marketplace

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Spain-based art marketplace startup ArtTroop has announced €320,000 ($415,000) in fresh funding to improve its platform and scale internationally. The Spanish language service, which ArtTroop says is used as widely as the US, Poland and Latin America, allows artists to list their works – from sculptures to digital art – at...
Spain's ArtTroop raises $415k to build out its P2P art marketplace
Directr Raises $1.1 Million To Help People Make Beautiful Mobile Videos

Watch my dog help me make the picks for the WTIA awards

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We’ve already made it through Oscar season, and now we’re gearing up for March Madness. But before we get there, I’ve got one piece of business to take care of. The Washington Technology Industry Association is celebrating its 17th annual Industry Achievement Awards on Thursday night at the Showbox Sodo....
Watch my dog help me make the picks for the WTIA awards

Open Angel Forum: Showing the Middle Finger to Pay-to-Pitch

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In these difficult times, it can be even more challenging — than it already is — for entrepreneurs to raise seed capital. There are investors out there ready to give you their time though, but what if you were asked to pay a fee for it? Jason Calacanis will have...
Open Angel Forum: Showing the Middle Finger to Pay-to-Pitch

Google awards $200,000 in seed capital to Egyptian traffic app, amid harsh criticism

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Announced last September, the ‘Start with Google’ competition has finally come to a close with Egyptian traffic app Bey2ollak walking away with the grand prize of $200,000 in seed capital. The ‘Start with Google’ (or Ebda2 in Arabic) team and judges have been hard at work over the past nine...
Google awards $200,000 in seed capital to Egyptian traffic app, amid harsh criticism

REVEALED: How The Samwer Brothers Made Billions Cloning Facebook, Groupon, And Other US Internet Startups

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The Billion-Dollar Idea came to Arne Bleckwenn suddenly and all at once: What if travelers could use the Internet to book rooms in apartments just as easily as they could book rooms in hotels? What if there were a website that let people anywhere in the world rent out an...
REVEALED: How The Samwer Brothers Made Billions Cloning Facebook, Groupon, And Other US Internet Startups

Colombia gets a new startup accelerator, Socialatom Ventures, backed by NXTP Labs

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Colombia is getting a new incubator called Socialatom Ventures, startup mentor and entrepreneur Alan Colmenares announced on his blog, Tropical Gringo. It will be one of the three ‘consolidation’ incubators to be supported by the Colombian government, he adds. As detailed in a press release, this support is actually part of Colombia’s Vive Digital...
Colombia gets a new startup accelerator, Socialatom Ventures, backed by NXTP Labs

Brazil's ContaAzul raises Series A from Monashees, Ribbit Capital, 500Startups and Napkn Ventures

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Brazilian startup ContaAzul today announced that it has raised a series A round of financing from Monashees Capital, Ribbit Capital, 500Startups and Napkn Ventures. ContaAzul is a web-based accounting SaaS platform that was nominated in the best web app category at TNW Brazil Startup Awards a few months ago. It...
Brazil's ContaAzul raises Series A from Monashees, Ribbit Capital, 500Startups and Napkn Ventures

Trustpilot takes €10 million to help consumers rate etailers

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Two of the web’s biggest etailers — Amazon and eBay — have in-built merchant review systems. Even high-street businesses have equivalents, like Yelp and Google, and products themselves are well reviewed online. But, as more and more consumer commerce is carried out online through etailers that operate independently, how can...
Trustpilot takes €10 million to help consumers rate etailers

FamilyLeaf’s 19-year-old founders branch out with a social network for the family

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Ajay Mehta The last time I caught up with Wesley Zhao and Ajay Mehta, the 19-year-old entrepreneurs were working from the home of Mehta’s parents in Bellevue on an online gift card startup called AvantCard. Well, fast forward seven months and things have changed quite a bit for the good...
FamilyLeaf’s 19-year-old founders branch out with a social network for the family
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Psykosoft Secures $500k Seed Capital To Build Out Psykopaint’s Zynga-Lke Art Sites

BoomStartup Brings TechStars-like Seed-Capital and Mentoring Program to Utah

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I’ve talked often about Utah’s tech scene.  While it doesn’t always get the publicity it deserves, there is an incredible booming tech scene happening here in the Salt Lake City area right now.  Just last Wednesday I attended a Launchup event, where about 100+ entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers all conjoined...
BoomStartup Brings TechStars-like Seed-Capital and Mentoring Program to Utah

An Insider's History Of How A Podcasting Startup Pivoted To Become Twitter

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Long before it was credited with changing world politics, Twitter was the side project at a podcasting company that was about to lose its customers to Apple. Making sense of Twitter's history is a bit like trying to follow a discussion on Twitter: It depends on who you listen to. ...
An Insider's History Of How A Podcasting Startup Pivoted To Become Twitter

TransportarOnline raises angel investment from former DHL executive to grow in Brazil

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Latin American logistics and shipping marketplace TransportarOnline has received an undisclosed amount of angel investment from former DHL’s CEO for Global Customer Solutions, Hans Hickler, the company announced today. Previously known as MercadoTransporte, the online freight broker was one of the finalists at TNW Latin America Conference’s Startup Battle (see a...
TransportarOnline raises angel investment from former DHL executive to grow in Brazil

Firebase gets $5.6M to launch its paid product and fire up its base

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Firebase, the San Francisco startup with a real-time development platform, will use $5.6 million in fresh funding to launch the commercial (paid) version of its tool, to hire staff and to build the community around its service. The Series A funding comes from Flybridge and Union Square Ventures. The company’s claim...
Firebase gets $5.6M to launch its paid product and fire up its base

Reachli (formerly Pinerly) raises seed money for in-image ads

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Marketers have been anticipating the release of Pinterest’s API for almost a year. In the interim, a myriad of SaaS tools have sprung up, some in the form of new startups like Pinerly, and others under the umbrella of the now-acquired social SaaS tools from Wildfire, Buddy Media and Vitrue....
Reachli (formerly Pinerly) raises seed money for in-image ads

Qik Founder's Story: Taking Mobile Video Out Of The Garage And Putting It Into The Hands Of Skype

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Editor’s note: Bernard Moon is co-founder and CEO of Vidquik, a new web conferencing and sales solutions platform, and co-founder of SparkLabs, a recently launched startup accelerator in Seoul, Korea. Follow him on Twitter.  I met Qik co-founder Ramu Sunkara through the University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni network while seeking advice for Vidquik. Listening to...
Qik Founder's Story: Taking Mobile Video Out Of The Garage And Putting It Into The Hands Of Skype

DEAD OR ALIVE: 6 Months After TechStars NYC, Where Are The 12 Startups Now?

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Want to hear from top startups like Fab.com and Lot18? And NY's top investors? Join 800 innovation junkies at the Startup conference on May 3, 2012! Register now!Last November, 12 startups presented to hundreds of investors and journalists at TechStars NYC Demo Day. Six months later, some are alive and...
DEAD OR ALIVE: 6 Months After TechStars NYC, Where Are The 12 Startups Now?

Another European Carrier Goes VC: Orange Partners With Publicis, Iris In $400M Fund

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Today sees the launch of one more venture capital fund backed by a large European telecoms carrier: Orange, the retail face of France Telecom, is teaming up with the advertising giant Publicis and Iris Capital Management to start OP Ventures Growth, a new $400-million-plus fund to back French and other...
Another European Carrier Goes VC: Orange Partners With Publicis, Iris In $400M Fund
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Accelerator SparkLabKC joins Google Fiber to put Kansas City on the map for startups

The DIY Renaissance: U.K. Accelerator Springboard Launches Dedicated Bootcamp For Hardware Startups

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Move over software, the London and Cambridge, U.K.-based accelerator, Springboard, is launching a dedicated program for hardware startups, focusing on the Internet of Things. The new three-month accelerator bootcamp — called Springboard Internet of Things — is backed by program partners ARM, Unilever, Neul and Raspberry Pi, who will play an active role...
The DIY Renaissance: U.K. Accelerator Springboard Launches Dedicated Bootcamp For Hardware Startups

Coinsetter Lands $500K From SecondMarket Founder & Others To Help Bring Leverage, Shorting To Bitcoin Trade

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Today, Coinsetter, a New York City-based startup looking to launch a new Forex trading platform for Bitcoin, announced today that it has raised $500,000 in seed capital. The round was led by Tribeca Venture Partners, with participation from angel investors like SecondMarket co-founder and CEO Barry Silbert, Jimmy Furland, a...
Coinsetter Lands $500K From SecondMarket Founder & Others To Help Bring Leverage, Shorting To Bitcoin Trade

Is That 2010 Calling? Daily Deals Aggregator Bownty Raises $1.1 Million

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If you can’t beat ‘em, aggregate ‘em. That was my take in late 2010 when a host of daily deal aggregators sprang up at the height of the whole Groupon-clone thing. So you’ll be forgiven if this post reeks of déjà vu for you, too. Bownty, the Denmark-based daily deal...
Is That 2010 Calling? Daily Deals Aggregator Bownty Raises $1.1 Million

Rock Health's Fourth Class Kicks Off With $100K Seed Funds From Kleiner & More, Plus Support From Kaiser

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Rock Health, the seed accelerator for startups focused on the health space, landed a big, new partner back in August: The well-known Silicon Valley venture firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The result of the new partnership? The promise of a considerably larger seed investment for its next batch of...
Rock Health's Fourth Class Kicks Off With $100K Seed Funds From Kleiner & More, Plus Support From Kaiser

Series Seed Documents: Legal Templates for Early Investments

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Because today's startup generally requires significantly less seed capital to function, the legal contracts once required for large-scale deals are no longer appropriate. Rather than forcing startups to draft lengthy legal documents, one attorney is offering an invaluable resource to entrepreneurs. Best known as the Fenwick and West attorney responsible...
Series Seed Documents: Legal Templates for Early Investments

BoomStartup Gives Utah Its Own Startup Incubator

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While California and New York tend to get the most attention as technology hubs, other states are quietly hosting their own vibrant communities around technology and innovation. Utah is one of these states. Utah is home to tech giants Omniture (which was acquired by Adobe for $1.8 billion), Novell, Symantec....
BoomStartup Gives Utah Its Own Startup Incubator

And Now There’s A Kickstarter For Porn

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Well, Kickstarter, it looks like you’ve finally arrived. And I don’t just mean that you launched 27K projects, saw $99 million pledged, or attracted 30 million+ visitors last year — all of which equalled a sizable increase in activity on your compared to the year prior. No, I mean that...
And Now There’s A Kickstarter For Porn
Seed investors are getting creative to survive the Series A crunch
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