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  • Luxury Consignment Site The RealReal Adds $40 Million In New Funding

    Luxury Consignment Site The RealReal Adds $40 Million In New Funding

    Online luxury consignment site The RealReal announced this morning its largest round of financing to date with news that it has closed on $40 million in Series D funding, as the company is poised to double its $100 million in annual revenue in 2015. The round was led by Industry Ventures and included participation from new investors Greycroft Growth, e.ventures Growth, and DBL… Read More

  • WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

    WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

    WeFinance, launching today, is the latest startup to use a combination of technology and crowdfunding in order to offer borrowers lower interest rates on loans, while reducing lenders’ risk. The new peer-to-peer lending platform operates something like a Kickstarter for personal loans – largely those in the range of $10,000 to $20,000, and many of which are being used to help… Read More

  • Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure Crunch Network

    Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure

    During April, the nation will observe Financial Literacy Month – meaning it’s time to revisit the diverging roads to funding early-stage startups. The rise of non-traditional routes for raising capital, such as Kickstarter, has catalyzed a much-needed renaissance in funding options for entrepreneurs. With the passing of the JOBS Act, entrepreneurs have a bevy of new opportunities… Read More

  • Ventoura App Combines P2P Guiding And Traveler Matching

    Ventoura App Combines P2P Guiding And Traveler Matching

    Meet Ventoura: the latest startup seeking its fortune by building a peer-to-peer platform. This one is playing in the travel space, and has just launched an app where travelers can connect with others headed to the same destination so they have some drinking buddies when they land — a la Tinder Passport. Read More

  • Balanced To Close Its Payment Platform, Strikes Transition Deal With Rival Stripe

    Balanced To Close Its Payment Platform, Strikes Transition Deal With Rival Stripe

    The march of consolidation in the world of e-commerce has claimed its latest victim. Balanced, a payments platform for peer-to-peer marketplace businesses, is closing its doors after failing to grow fast enough, or as co-founder Matin Tamizi describes it, “reach the escape velocity necessary to be a large, innovative, independent player in the payments space.” The company… Read More

  • Cirqle Debuts A Photo-Sharing App For Groups That Works Offline

    Cirqle Debuts A Photo-Sharing App For Groups That Works Offline

    A mobile application called Cirqle – no, not that Circle or that one either – launched last year as a way for users to share and collaborate on photo and video collections in groups, both public and private. Now Cirqle is rolling out version 2.0 on Thursday, which introduces an interesting new feature: offline mode. That means users can now share and collaborate on photo sets… Read More

  • Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out Crunch Network

    Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

    Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay Our Comrade The Electron, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, or you struggle to read English, please at least read its angry rant… Read More

  • Amazon Wants To Include Peer-to-Peer Payments In Its “Real World” PayPal Competitor

    Amazon Wants To Include Peer-to-Peer Payments In Its “Real World” PayPal Competitor

    Earlier today, the WSJ published a report on how Amazon is building a Kindle-based point-of-sale payments service for local merchants using technology it picked up via its Gopago acquisition –something we actually reported on back in December. In fact, this looks like just part of what Amazon has in mind. The e-commerce giant is also developing a solution for person-to-person… Read More

  • Ribbon Takes On Square Cash, PayPal & Others With A Peer-To-Peer Payments Service That Lets You Send Money For Free

    Ribbon Takes On Square Cash, PayPal & Others With A Peer-To-Peer Payments Service That Lets You Send Money For Free

    Payment company Ribbon, which to date has offered a merchant-facing tool that allows its users to set up a quick-and-easy checkout page on their own sites or share checkout links via social media, is today getting into the business of peer-to-peer payments, too. We first spotted this service while in development last November, when the company had put up a website teasing its forthcoming… Read More

  • Crowdtilt Goes Mobile With First App, Will Soon Let Anyone Launch A Crowdfunding Campaign On The Go

    Crowdtilt Goes Mobile With First App, Will Soon Let Anyone Launch A Crowdfunding Campaign On The Go

    As we’ve discussed before, thanks to a handful of names, including Kickstarter and Indiegogo and the gaggle of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding is on the “Big screen.” Yet, the team behind Crowdtilt — also known as the Y Combinator-backed startup building a “group fundraising” platform for projects that don’t work on… Read More

  • Zaarly Shutters Its Reverse Craigslist Marketplace, Goes All In On Virtual Storefronts As Co-Founder Exits

    Zaarly Shutters Its Reverse Craigslist Marketplace, Goes All In On Virtual Storefronts As Co-Founder Exits

    After winning LA Startup Weekend, Zaarly almost immediately raised $1 million from a long list of notable investors (even “Steve jOBS”), and then raised $14 million more before the end of the year in a round led by Kleiner, while adding Meg Whitman to its board. Fast forward to today and you’ll no longer find Zaarly’s marketplace on the Web. And, with the next update to… Read More

  • Skype Reaches A 45M Concurrent User Peak, And What Looks Like A New Stage Of Momentum

    Skype Reaches A 45M Concurrent User Peak, And What Looks Like A New Stage Of Momentum

    In case you thought Skype may be slowing down while settling into being a part of Microsoft and recently celebrating its ninth birthday, here are some numbers that seem to indicate otherwise: Last week, Skype reached a new peak of 45,469,977 concurrent users online, part of a strong run for the peer-to-peer voice/video/chat service this year. Overall it has seen an increase of 70% so far… Read More

  • RakOut Rates Drop

    Voice over IP (VoIP) has already been a reliable way to call friends in far off lands on the cheap, but Raketu, a global Internet communications and information company, is set to drop dial out calling rates for their RakOut VoIP service by up to 66 percent! This is part of a promotion that will run through June 30. Ratetu runs over any Internet connection on a Windows PC, and uses… Read More