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  • Troops, a Slackbot for sales, raises $7 million

    Troops, a Slackbot for sales, raises $7 million

    It’s a sales world these days. CRM rules everything around me (and my colleagues) seemingly every day; with a new financing, launch, or app that’s designed to make the life of the busy sales executive a little bit more convenient. And the latest tool to step into the breach sits at the intersection of the massive CRM trend and another two or three “super hot” business… Read More

  • Employees Deplane From Flightcar As It Undergoes Major “Restructuring”

    Employees Deplane From Flightcar As It Undergoes Major “Restructuring”

    Imagine a young startup where two of three founders are pushed out the door. Imagine that this same startup parts ways with its COO, its SVP of Finance, its VP of Guest Experience, its VP of Engineering, its VP of Marketing and roughly half its other full-time employees, all within a period of months. Not last, imagine that the remaining cofounder, who is 20, has never before held a… Read More

  • The Black Tux Grabs $25M To Dress Men To The Nines

    The Black Tux Grabs $25M To Dress Men To The Nines

    The Black Tux, a suit and tuxedo rental startup based in Santa Monica, has scooped up another $25 million in funding to make sure groomsmen no longer look like they’re wearing their dads’ old suits. Led by Stripes Group (also investors in eco-friendly fashion brand Reformation) with participation from prior investors First Round and Menlo Ventures, the Series B comes less than… Read More

  • First Round Capital Rounds Up E-Commerce Deals From Its Portfolio Companies On New Website

    First Round Capital Rounds Up E-Commerce Deals From Its Portfolio Companies On New Website

    First Round Capital, a VC firm which has numerous investments in the e-commerce space, is today supporting its portfolio companies with the launch of a collective site where visitors can browse its startups’ holiday shopping discounts and deals. At the site,, visitors can grab discount codes and other deals for popular brands like, One Kings Lane… Read More

  • Makeup Discovery Service BirchBox Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round

    Have you ever walked into your neighborhood Sephora only to feel utterly inundated by a sea of colorful beauty products? There are literally thousands of slots filled with bronzers, eye palettes, brushes, moisturizers, foundations, creams, creating a dizzying kaleidoscope of shades and scents. As someone who doesn’t pour over fashion magazines for the latest product and make-up tips… Read More

  • Unvarnished Becomes, Raises $1.2 Million And Opens The Floodgates

    Unvarnished is all grown up. The self-described reputation management site, which allows professionals to anonymously submit reviews on their peers, has just renamed its site to “” and raised $1.2 million from several high-profile firms including First Round Capital, Ron Conway’s SV Angel, Charles River Ventures. Significantly, for the nature of the Honestly… Read More

  • AppNexus Raises A Meaty $50 Million Series C For Realtime Ad Bidding Platform

    Realtime ad bidding network AppNexus today announced that it raised $50 million in a Series C financing. Investors include Microsoft, Venrock, Kodiak Venture Partners and First Round Capital. The round brings the total capital raised by AppNexus since its founding to $65.5 million. The company first raised an angel round in 2007 from Ron Conway, Marc Andreesen, Ben Horowitz, Khosla… Read More

  • Behavioral Data Bank Demdex Raises $6 Million Series A

    Data is the lifeblood of the Web, but when it comes to advertising some of the most valuable data ends up all over the place. New York City startup Demdex captures behavioral data on behalf of Websites and advertisers and stores it in a “behavioral data bank.” The 14-employee company just raised $6 million in a series A financing, led by Shasta Ventures. Seed round investors… Read More

  • Scores Seed Funding For Last-Minute Vacation Rental Service, a new startup that aims to make it easier for people to book affordable vacation rentals online at the last minute, recently raised $685,000 in seed funding from Philadelphia-based Genacast Ventures, First Round Capital, ETF Venture Funds and angel investors. What the fledgling company is trying to accomplish is to fill a gap in the vacation rental market by building a website… Read More