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  • Social Ad Startup Adaptly Raises $10.5M From Valhalla And Time Warner

    Social Ad Startup Adaptly Raises $10.5M From Valhalla And Time Warner

    Adaptly, a startup that manages ad campaigns across multiple social networks, just announced that it has raised $10.5 million in a Series B round of funding. At the same time, it’s launching a new product called Evergreen to help advertisers promote their social network content. The round was led by Valhalla Partners, with participation from Time Warner Investments and Vivi Nevo —… Read More

  • Garrett Camp Steps Down As StumbleUpon CEO, Will Serve As Chairman

    Garrett Camp Steps Down As StumbleUpon CEO, Will Serve As Chairman

    StumbleUpon co-founder Garrett Camp just announced that he’s stepping down as CEO and becoming chairman of the company’s board. The change is effective immediately, Camp says. He’ll be leading a search for the company’s new CEO, someone who has more experience with international growth and running a large organization, while the current executive team handles… Read More

  • Virurl Raises $1.2M To Reward Users For Spreading Viral Content

    Virurl Raises $1.2M To Reward Users For Spreading Viral Content

    Virurl, a startup that helps advertisers promote their content virally, is launching its public beta test today. It’s also announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in seed funding. Here’s how the Virurl model works: Advertisers upload the content that they want to promote, then set a campaign budget and a cost-per-click rate that they’re willing to pay. Then users can… Read More

  • NYC Real Estate Startup RealDirect Adds Map Search And Compatibility Rankings

    NYC Real Estate Startup RealDirect Adds Map Search And Compatibility Rankings

    RealDirect.com was built around a compelling proposition for home sellers — instead of paying the 6 percent broker fee, let RealDirect handle the listings and offer advice from agents, while only paying a 1 or 2 percent commission. Now, however, the site is also trying to be useful for home buyers. Specifically, instead of expecting buyers to find the listings through various real… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Swiftype Builds Site Search That Doesn’t Suck

    Y Combinator-Backed Swiftype Builds Site Search That Doesn’t Suck

    In my four-plus years covering tech, I don’t think I’ve ever met another blogger who was happy with the search feature on their website. The options range from terrible to, uh, functional, but it’s never good, and I’ve always found that it’s easier to just search via Google. Apparently Matt Riley and Quin Hoxie saw the same problem when they were working at Scribd. Read More

  • Gamification Startup SessionM Raises $20M Led By Charles River Ventures

    Gamification Startup SessionM Raises $20M Led By Charles River Ventures

    SessionM, a startup led by Quattro Wireless co-founder Lars Albright, just announced that it has raised $20 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by Charles River Ventures, with participation from past investors Highland Capital Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. CRV partner Jon Auerbach is joining the SessionM board. The company declined to comment on… Read More

  • Greatist Wants To Build A Brand Around Non-Sucky Health Content

    Greatist Wants To Build A Brand Around Non-Sucky Health Content

    When it comes to health and fitness, content farms rule the Internet. Try to search for something like “how to lose weight” and you’ll get a long list of anonymously-written, poorly-sourced articles. So Derek Flanzraich is trying to build something better with Greatist, where he’s founder and CEO. If you go the site, the differences may be too subtle to notice at first. Read More

  • The Avengers Sets New Mobile Sales Record For Fandango

    The Avengers Sets New Mobile Sales Record For Fandango

    The Avengers can add another record to its tally — it represents the most opening weekend tickets sold in Fandango history, and a new record for mobile ticket sales. Fandango didn’t share the exact number of sales, but it did say that The Avengers beat the previous record holder, The Hunger Games, and that it also set a new record for hourly sales, with 68,000 tickets sold between… Read More

  • Eventbrite And SponsorHub Team Up For Easy Event Sponsorship Integration

    Eventbrite And SponsorHub Team Up For Easy Event Sponsorship Integration

    If you’re an event organizer selling tickets through Eventbrite, it’s about to get easier to find sponsors, thanks to integration with a startup called SponsorHub. SponsorHub founder and CEO Robert Johnston compares the event sponsorship industry to online advertising 12 or 15 years ago — largely unchanged and ripe for disruption by digital technology. That’s where… Read More

  • Alau.me Wants To Fix iOS Marketing With Bit.ly-Like Links And More

    Alau.me Wants To Fix iOS Marketing With Bit.ly-Like Links And More

    People are always complaining about the difficulty of getting found in the Apple App Store. A new startup called Alau.me (pronounced “allow me”) is trying to tackle the problem through a app referral tracking. Co-founder Brian Sabino says the team has built iOS apps itself, and it found that the current app advertising and promotional system is broken for most developers, with the… Read More

  • Unified Hires Googler Brian Murphy To Run Sales

    Unified Hires Googler Brian Murphy To Run Sales

    Unified, a company offering tools to help agencies and brands manage their social advertising campaigns, has lured someone from Google to run it sales team. Specifically, it’s announcing the hiring of Brian Murphy as its new vice president of sales. His past experience includes leading Google’s advertising sales to the financial industry, overseeing AdMob’s East Coast… Read More

  • DJ Platform Dubset Becomes Thefuture.fm, Doubles User Base To 100K

    DJ Platform Dubset Becomes Thefuture.fm, Doubles User Base To 100K

    Naming your company Thefuture.fm is kind of a bold move. Sure, it’s fun at first, but if things go badly, you’re setting yourself up for lots of bad puns (“No future for Thefuture.fm,” etc.). Luckily, the site seems to be off to a good start. Founder and CEO David Stein says the service first launched about eight months ago as Dubset, which he now describes as a beta test. Read More

  • Want A Free Desk In SF? i/o Ventures Is Offering Space For Three Startups

    Want A Free Desk In SF? i/o Ventures Is Offering Space For Three Startups

    I don’t want to become the publicity arm for every tech organization throwing a contest or giveaway, but once in a while, something comes along that seems like a perfect fit for a big chunk of TechCrunch readers. For example: i/o Ventures, the co-working space and startup incubator based in the Mission District (that’s San Francisco’s best neighborhood, for those of you not… Read More

  • ChoicePass Launches Android App: Think Yelp App For Corporate Perks

    ChoicePass Launches Android App: Think Yelp App For Corporate Perks

    ChoicePass is bringing its corporate perk management platform to smartphones starting today, with the launch of its Android app. Co-founder Kyle Hui says his goal is to “make HR sexy again.” Specifically that means helping small companies participate in perks programs that they couldn’t afford on their own, while moving larger companies’ perks into the cloud, freeing… Read More

  • MTV Will Try To Break Guinness Record For Most Live Concerts With O Music Awards

    MTV Will Try To Break Guinness Record For Most Live Concerts With O Music Awards

    You’ve probably heard the complaint that MTV has forgotten its music video roots and spends too much time on reality television. Heck, you may have said something similar yourself. Well, for its third O Music Awards (an “event that celebrates and honors the artists, fans and innovators impacting digital music culture”), MTV combining elements of both — it’s an… Read More

  • Here’s The Latest Incubator Class At Utah-Based BoomStartup

    Here’s The Latest Incubator Class At Utah-Based BoomStartup

    BoomStartup, an incubator based in Salt Lake City, Utah, just announced the startups participating in its third annual session. The program runs from May to August. Participating companies get $20,000 in seed capital and $80,000 worth of infrastructure, office space, and services from companies like Microsoft, PayPal, and Rackspace.  Co-managing partner Robb Kunz places a big emphasis… Read More

  • LinkedIn’s Mobile Future: 22 Percent Of Visitors Are Mobile, In-Stream Ads Coming?

    LinkedIn’s Mobile Future: 22 Percent Of Visitors Are Mobile, In-Stream Ads Coming?

    During the conference call this afternoon for their first quarter earnings, LinkedIn executives boasted about the impressive mobile growth they’re seeing. In the last week of March, the company says mobile accounted for 22 percent of unique visitors, up 8 percent from the same period last year. And although he wouldn’t share any numbers, CEO Jeff Weiner said adoption of the… Read More

  • Balderton Capital Invests In Web Backup Startup Archify

    Balderton Capital Invests In Web Backup Startup Archify

    One of the most frustrating online experiences for me is trying to track down a web page or tweet that I saw a few days ago. If I’m lucky, I bookmarked the page or favorited the tweet, but most of the time I haven’t, and so I can only sit there and fume. So basically, a startup called Archify is the answer to my prayers. It’s a browser plugin that tracks every website you… Read More

  • Yep, Revision3 Has Been Acquired By The Discovery Channel

    Yep, Revision3 Has Been Acquired By The Discovery Channel

    The Discovery Channel is announcing that it has acquired online video company Revision3, as reported in AllThingsD. My boss Eric Eldon wrote on Monday night that a deal was in the works, with a price between $30 million and $40 million. Looks like he was right: Discovery isn’t releasing the terms, but AllThingsD is also hearing that the price was $30 million. Revision3 had raised $10… Read More

  • Waze Makes Its First Step Beyond The Phone, Integrates With Pioneer AppRadio

    Waze Makes Its First Step Beyond The Phone, Integrates With Pioneer AppRadio

    The makers of traffic app Waze are the latest company wanting to go beyond the phone and integrate more deeply with car hardware. It’s a natural move — if you use Waze, you use it when you’re driving. However, the whole dealmaking and integration process with automakers is long and complicated, so as a first step, Waze is looking at the “aftermarket” of devices… Read More