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  • Thrive Market, A Health-Conscious Costco On The Web, Raises $30M

    Thrive Market, A Health-Conscious Costco On The Web, Raises $30M

    The demographic of health-conscious consumers is growing rapidly, and yet there is no dominant online player that provides high-quality, organic, natural products to those consumers. Thrive Market, an L.A.-based startup that just closed a $30 million Series A round, is looking to do just that. The company aims to be a hybrid of Whole Foods and Costco, where users pay $60/year for a membership… Read More

  • PicMonkey Grabs $41 Million Investment

    PicMonkey Grabs $41 Million Investment

    PicMonkey, a Seattle-based photo editing web app just secured a $41 million growth equity investment from Spectrum Equity. This is the three-year-old company’s first ever round of outside funding, the site has bootstrapped its way into profitability. Read More

  • GoButler Takes Its SMS Personal Assistant Out Of Beta, Raises $8M

    GoButler Takes Its SMS Personal Assistant Out Of Beta, Raises $8M

    GoButler has a straightforward premise — you should be able to send a text message and one of its “Heroes” will help you get whatever you need, whether you want to order dinner or make a flight reservation. Today, the startup is announcing that it has moved out of beta testing and is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Read More

  • FreedomPop Raises $10M More, Inks Strategic Deal With New Investor, Asian Carrier Axiata

    FreedomPop Raises $10M More, Inks Strategic Deal With New Investor, Asian Carrier Axiata

    FreedomPop, the U.S. wireless carrier startup that has been building a business based on completely free voice and data services, has raised another $10 million in funding from two strategic investors, the pan-Asian mobile carrier Axiata and an unnamed tech investor based in the U.S., the company is announcing today. The deal with Axiata will mean that FreedomPop will be expanding its free… Read More

  • Vaniday, Rocket Internet’s Beauty And Wellness Marketplace, Scores €15M Backing

    Vaniday, Rocket Internet’s Beauty And Wellness Marketplace, Scores €15M Backing

    Vaniday, the online marketplace for beauty and wellness professionals co-founded by e-commerce behemoth and ‘startup builder’ Rocket Internet, has bagged its first major round of funding. The burgeoning company has raised €15 million of investment from Rocket Internet and others — money co-founder and CEO Maxime Legardez tells me will be used to bed down in existing markets… Read More

  • Chaldal Wants To Become The Amazon Fresh Of Bangladesh’s Capital

    Chaldal Wants To Become The Amazon Fresh Of Bangladesh’s Capital

    Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is one of the densest cities in the world. Since real estate is at a premium, stores are often tiny and carry very limited inventory. Chaldal’s goal is to give customers the experience of shopping in a big-box store with a huge selection. Backed by Y Combinator and 500 Startups, Chaldal currently stocks over 4,000 products in its two warehouses, which… Read More

  • Video Ad Company Jun Group Raises $28M In Its First Venture Round

    Video Ad Company Jun Group Raises $28M In Its First Venture Round

    Jun Group was founded back in 2005, but according to founder and CEO Mitchell Reichgut, the video ad company has never accepted any venture funding — until now. “We really have been independent since day one,” Reichgut said. (Jun Group has taken money from Western Technology Investment, but it was debt, not equity financing.) Read More

  • Fly Or Die: MC Squares

    You might assume that, when it comes to a standard whiteboard, there isn’t much room for disruption. But you’d be mistaken. The folks behind MC Squares have developed a new kind of whiteboard that lets you snap small portions of it on and off of the wall-mounted rack so that kids in a classroom or older kids adults in a business meeting can collaborate without ever leaving the… Read More

  • Snapchat’s Newest Business Model: Beach Towels?

    Snapchat’s Newest Business Model: Beach Towels?

    The frattiest startup in recent memory just released its latest revenue-building attempt to woo investors, the “Official Snapchat Beach Towel.” The Venice-based ephemeral messaging app has obviously left its Amazon Prime account in the hands of the startup’s weed dealer, given the copious Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Read More

  • Michael Lopp And The Future Of Engineering At Pinterest

    Michael Lopp And The Future Of Engineering At Pinterest

    Michael Lopp’s job at Pinterest is to basically make sure he doesn’t have anything to do all day. As head of the company’s engineering efforts, Lopp, a compulsive counter who has been at Pinterest for a year and 30 days, has to ensure like the rest of the leadership that all of the teams building Pinterest are meshing and that he can effectively delegate certain tasks. Read More

  • Tictail Doubles Down With Thrive Capital, Creandum, Raises $22M To Carve Out Online Marketplace

    Tictail Doubles Down With Thrive Capital, Creandum, Raises $22M To Carve Out Online Marketplace

    With both the Shopify and Etsy IPOs, the last year has been a big one for tech companies catering to independent online retailers. Now Tictail, a Swedish company that has migrated to the United States, is hoping to make its mark with a product that’s somewhere between those two platforms. They’ve just raised $22 million in funding from their existing investors, including… Read More

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