Startups

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  • Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M

    Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M

    Popular Pays, a Y Combinator-backed startup connecting Instagram users with marketers, has raised $2 million in funding. Under the Popular Pays model, businesses describe the kind of campaign they’re looking to create, then Instagrammers can apply and list how much money they’d want to participate. The marketer chooses the users they want to work with, those users start posting… Read More

  • Zenefits Grabs Twitter’s Rita Garg To Run Business Development

    Zenefits, the $4.5 billion human resources software startup, said today it hired Twitter’s (now former) director of global business development Rita Garg. It’s another executive departure for Twitter, with head of communications Gabriel Stricker and former CEO Dick Costolo recently stepping back. Twitter is not unfamiliar with executive shuffles, with the top of the company… Read More

  • Slack Integrates With Google Calendar To Add Events To Channels

    Slack Integrates With Google Calendar To Add Events To Channels

    Slack, the popular office communication tool, will now integrate with Google Calendar, letting events automatically post reminders inside slack channels. After linking a Google account to Slack, you can choose any calendar and instruct it to post to certain Slack channels. For example, you could have events from your company’s development deadline calendar post reminders to the… Read More

  • Centro Acquires Facebook Ad Startup GraphScience

    Centro Acquires Facebook Ad Startup GraphScience

    Ad tech company Centro is announcing that it has acquired social ad startup GraphScience. Founded in 2001, Centro has built a platform for digital marketers to manage their campaigns — in fact, it says it will manage $400 million in ad spend this year. GraphScience, meanwhile, allows advertisers to create and optimize personalized Facebook ads. With the acquisition, Centro can… Read More

  • Hometeam Emerges From Stealth To Bring Better In-Home Care To Seniors

    Hometeam Emerges From Stealth To Bring Better In-Home Care To Seniors

    Hometeam, a New York-based startup providing in-home care to seniors, is publicly launching today after operating in a stealthy beta for two years. Powered by $11 million in funding from Lux Capital, IA Ventures and Recruit Strategic Partners, Hometeam was founded by Josh Bruno, a former investor at Bain Ventures, in 2013. Read More

  • With $20M In The Bank, JetSmarter Is Building The Uber Of The Skies

    With $20M In The Bank, JetSmarter Is Building The Uber Of The Skies

    JetSmarter, a private air transportation startup, wants to make commuting by private jet a reality for all travelers. With $20 million in Series B funding from the Saudi Royal Family, music and entertainment moguls including Jay-Z, and executives at companies such as Goldman Sachs and Twitter, the company will take a big step closer to that goal. Read More

  • Ebay-Backed, Asian E-Commerce Company Giosis Lands $82.1M Series A

    Ebay-Backed, Asian E-Commerce Company Giosis Lands $82.1M Series A

    Giosis, the eBay-backed company behind e-commerce platform Qoo10, will boost its operations in Asia after landing an $82.1 million Series A led by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Ebay (which owns a stake in Giosis as a joint venture with Korean shopping site Gmarket), Saban Capital Group, UVM 2 Venture Investments, Brookside Capital, and Oak Investment Partners also participated in the round. Read More

  • The Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen In America Crunch Network

    The Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen In America

    The ‘Industrial Internet’ is poised to overhaul the way companies manufacture goods, in turn changing our everyday interactions with products. Imagine yourself five years from now, sitting around a picnic table with a group of friends. One of them just landed a coveted manufacturing gig right after getting her master’s degree, and is now pulling in $200,000 a year. Another… Read More

  • Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious, a startup building mobile apps where YouTube stars can interact with their “superfans,” says the strategy seems to be paying off. Specifically, since the first apps launched in April, they’ve seen a total of 250 million views and 300 million engagements, with fans creating 1 million pieces of user-generated content. Read More

  • YC-Backed Fonticons Is A Subscription Icon Service From The Creator Of Font Awesome

    YC-Backed Fonticons Is A Subscription Icon Service From The Creator Of Font Awesome

    If you’ve ever developed a website, you’re probably familiar with Font Awesome. The free service lets developers adorn their site with over 500 icons using only a line of CSS, and is used on about 40 million websites including the official website of the White House. Now, Dave Gandy, the creator of Font Awesome, is launching Fonticons, a subscription service that will take… Read More

  • Strike Social Says It Can Predict The Results Of YouTube Ad Campaigns

    Strike Social Says It Can Predict The Results Of YouTube Ad Campaigns

    YouTube advertising and analytics startup Strike Social is launching a new feature today called Strike Predict. The company already helps advertisers track the performance of their videos on YouTube and on social networks. CEO Patrick McKenna said that with Strike Predict, marketers can take a video to their boss, propose an ad campaign to promote the video, and answer the key questions… Read More

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