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  • ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    Email-focused startup ToutApp has raised a $15 million Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz. The company started out as an email-tracking tool, but founder and CEO Tawheed Kader told me that his team discovered that salespeople “used the product the most, complained the least, and stuck around the longest.” So ToutApp decided to do a “zoom-in pivot” and focus on that… Read More

  • Livestream Revamps Its Hardware Lineup With Smaller, Cheaper Broadcaster Mini

    Livestream Revamps Its Hardware Lineup With Smaller, Cheaper Broadcaster Mini

    Livestream is planning to make it even easier and more affordable to (you guessed it) livestream video with the launch of a new product called the Broadcaster Mini. The Mini is part of a two-pronged refresh of the Broadcaster, which launched about three years ago and allows customers to livestream from any camera. Co-founder and CEO Max Haot told me the Broadcaster is a good entry point… Read More

  • Overdressed

    Overdressed

    If you were offline between, say, 7pm and 10pm Eastern last night, boy, things must have seemed real weird when you logged back onto Twitter. Despite what you might have heard, BuzzFeed did not invent the optical illusion. “The Dress,” as it immediately became known, is but one in a long line of images that trick the eye and the brain. Read More

  • Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems and will use its technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows the company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using Kochava currently¬†has to… Read More

  • Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global

    Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global

    Mapping startup Citymaps today announced a new $6 million funding round. The company’s app, which was previously available on iOS, also launched on Android, and it expanded its previously US-centric coverage to 80 million points of interest across the world. So why would you need another mapping app? Co-founder and President Aaron Rudenstine came by the TechCrunch office to demo Citymaps… Read More

  • YC-Backed Booktrope Rethinks Book Publishing

    YC-Backed Booktrope Rethinks Book Publishing

    If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard horror stories about the publishing industry — books that are rejected by publisher after publisher, books that sit in submission piles for years, books that are published but basically disappear without publisher support. At the same time, self-publishing has its risks for authors, too. You might spend a lot of your own money for… Read More

  • PR Analytics Startup TrendKite Raises Another $5M

    PR Analytics Startup TrendKite Raises Another $5M

    Erik Huddleston joined PR analytics startup TrendKite as its new CEO back in the middle of 2014, and he told me the company’s been growing quickly since. There’s been triple-digit revenue growth “not just quarter-over-quarter, but almost month-over-month,” and headcount has gone from six employees to 35. Read More

  • If You Think Tinder Needs More Cute Pets, BuzzFeed Has The App For You

    If You Think Tinder Needs More Cute Pets, BuzzFeed Has The App For You

    Oh, BuzzFeed. Don’t ever change. The company just released what it says is its second ever mobile app, called Cute Or Not. As you might expect from the name, you’re asked to rate pets as (duh) cute or not, through a Tinder-style swiping interface. You can also upload photos of your own pets to see how they’re rated by other app users. Read More

  • AirPR Sells Its PR Marketplace To The CHR Group

    AirPR Sells Its PR Marketplace To The CHR Group

    AirPR, a startup promising a fresh approach to public relations, has sold its PR marketplace to marketing agency The CHR Group. The marketplace first launched in 2012 and offered to connect startups with the right PR representation. (It opened more broadly the following year.) However, it’s not AirPR’s only product — the company also launched an analytics platform to track a… Read More

  • Reverb Promises Publishers Better Data About What People Read And Why

    Reverb Promises Publishers Better Data About What People Read And Why

    If you’re an online publisher, you’ve got plenty of analytics tools to choose from, but they’re mostly focused on telling you which pages and articles are popular. That’s why Reverb is launching a new product designed to give publishers a deeper understanding of their content and why people are reading it. Read More

  • Google Acquires Facebook Marketing Startup Toro

    Google Acquires Facebook Marketing Startup Toro

    Toro, a startup that helps developers promote their apps on Facebook, just announced that it’s been acquired by Google. The company was originally known as Red Hot Labs, and it’s led by Amitt Mahajan and Joel Poloney. They previously co-founded MyMiniLife, which played a key role in the creation of FarmVille (and was acquired by Zynga). Read More

  • GuideSpark Raises $22.2M To Create Customized Videos That Make HR Less Tedious And Confusing

    GuideSpark Raises $22.2M To Create Customized Videos That Make HR Less Tedious And Confusing

    GuideSpark, a startup that helps human resources teams communicate with the rest of the company, announced today that it has raised $22.2 million in Series C funding. CEO Keith Kitani told me that GuideSpark works with HR to create videos and interactive content covering things like employee benefits and compensations. While parts of those videos can be reused from company to company… Read More

  • Funnely Builds Smarter Facebook Ad Campaigns For Online Stores

    Funnely Builds Smarter Facebook Ad Campaigns For Online Stores

    If you run an e-commerce business, Facebook can be a big opportunity for making sales and finding new customers — in fact, the company just announced new ad units for this very purpose. But if you need a little more hand-holding, there’s a startup called Funnely that might help. Funnely was created by a team based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that’s where the… Read More

  • Roundme Raises $3M To Turn Panoramic Photos Into Virtual Tours

    Roundme Raises $3M To Turn Panoramic Photos Into Virtual Tours

    Round.me, which allows users to explore global locations through panoramic photos, has raised a $3 million round led by April Capital. The app is available on both the web and iOS. It allows you to browse different Spaces, which are basically panoramic images of locations like a Taoist temple in the Philippines and an ice cave in Vermont (to pick two examples from Roundme’s front page). Read More

  • Box Acquires Cloud Management Startup Airpost

    Box Acquires Cloud Management Startup Airpost

    Airpost, a startup that helps IT managers monitor their employees’ cloud applications, announced this morning that it has been acquired by Box. Airpost founder and CEO Navid Nathoo’s blog post makes this sound like a talent acquisition. The Airpost team will be joining Box (which went public just under a month ago), while the Airpost service will be shut down on March 1. Read More

  • Amazon's Summer Products Preview

    Celebrate This Terrible Winter With The Highlights Of Amazon’s Summer Preview

    Amazon.com hosted a summer preview event in New York City today, and I’ll be real honest: I thought there was going to be more tech stuff. Nonetheless, we soldiered on with a whirlwind tour of the cruelly summer-themed exhibits, highlighting new and popular products on sale on Amazon. Unfortunately, we couldn’t demo the chainsaw or the “Roomba for your lawn,” but I was… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Expands Mobile Team By Acquiring “Visual Conversation” Startup GoPop

    BuzzFeed Expands Mobile Team By Acquiring “Visual Conversation” Startup GoPop

    BuzzFeed just announced that it’s acquiring San Francisco startup GoPop. The startup was originally known as Zeega, and it was part of the first class at Matter, the Knight Foundation- and KQED-backed incubator for media startups. GoPop’s current offering is an iOS app for “visual conversation,” combining photos into simple animations (that’s a sample animation of… Read More

  • Content Curation Startup Livefyre Raises $47M More, Brings On Adobe And Salesforce As New Investors

    Content Curation Startup Livefyre Raises $47M More, Brings On Adobe And Salesforce As New Investors

    Livefyre is announcing that it has raised $47 million in new funding. That number includes a $15 million addition to the company’s Series C — founder and CEO Jordan Kretchmer told me that the company didn’t bother to announce that “opportunistic” funding separately, because it was quickly followed by a $32 million Series D. Read More

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

    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.” The startup isn’t quite there yet, but it says it’s already working with more than 6,000 advertisers in 90+ countries. (Those advertisers include a number… Read More

  • LinkedIn Expands Marketing Platform With Off-Site Ads And New Lead Targeting Tools

    LinkedIn Expands Marketing Platform With Off-Site Ads And New Lead Targeting Tools

    LinkedIn is launching an expanded version of its Marketing Solutions platform today. There are new products, an expansion beyond Linkedin Itself, and a broader vision for helping advertisers reach potential customers throughout the sales cycle. The platform now has five main pieces — LinkedIn Lead Accelerator, Sponsored Updates, LinkedIn Onsite Display, LinkedIn Network Display, and… Read More

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