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Porch is Taking the Personal Review to New Depths

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It’s only been a few weeks since Porch announced the close of their $65 million Series B funding round, but they’ve found their way back into the news regardless. Porch recently partnered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to announce that homeowners can now find BBB information like ratings and accreditation statuses, for millions of… Read more »


Cheezburger is Starting a Weed Web Show

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Ben Huh announced today that his company Cheezburger has raised $2.74 million in venture funding, bringing their collective funding to just under $40 million. The team will be hard at working rolling out major updates for the iOS and Android apps this week as well. The current app suite from Cheezburger let users tap into… Read more »


Spreesy Turns Any Instagram Account Into a Business

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Spencer Costanzo and Braydon Batungbacal might be two young college dropouts, but they’re two young college dropouts with a plan. Specifically, their plan is to make Instagram shopper-friendly via their platform, Spreesy. You see, there are quite literally tens of thousands of people selling products on Instagram. Costanzo and Batungbacal simply want to capitalize on that market… Read more »


Porch Raises $65M, Brings Total Funding to $100M

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Designed as a home network for homeowners and home professionals, Porch recently announced that they have successfully raised a Series B funding round totaling $65 million. The main investments were from Valor Equity Partners, Lowe’s Companies, Founders Fund, Battery Ventures, Panorama Point Partners, Capricorn Investment Group, and home improvement expert Ty Pennington. Porch has only… Read more »


Machine-Learning Startup GraphLab Raises $18.5M Series B, Rebrands as Dato

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This morning, the Seattle, WA-based machine-learning startup GraphLab announced that it has closed $18.5 million in Series B funding in a round led by Vulcan Capital. Along with this additional financing, the company has announced a rebrand, formally changing its name to “Dato“. Other participants in this round include Opus Capital, as well as current… Read more »


This Machine Turns Poop Into Drinking Water and Passes Bill Gates’ Taste Test [Video]

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If you’re someone who needs to see to believe, then this video is for you. Bill Gates recently visited a project funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called the Omniprocessor, where they take waste and turn it into drinking water and electricity. Waste contaminates drinking water for millions of people, which causes diseases and kills… Read more »


TINYpulse announces $3.5M Series A Funding

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TINYpulse, a Seattle-based provider of employee engagement software, announced that it has closed $3.5 million in Series A funding to accelerate the company’s growth and customer momentum. The funding round was lead by Baseline Ventures led the investment, Harrison Metal and other undisclosed strategic investors. TINYpulse was founded in 2012 by David Niu, who also co-founded… Read more »



How Cheezburger Almost Wasted All Their Funding

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Instead of issuing some fluffy press release about how wonderful the new Cheezburger app is, CEO Ben Huh got personal about his journey in a Medium post called “Rewriting Cheezburger Saved My Life” – including guilt over an employee’s death, self-doubts, and almost quitting. “To me, this release is my redemption,” he writes. “Every new… Read more »


Greenvelope: Handle Your Events With Some Social Good

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Founded in the dorm room of Sam Franklin, Greenvelope was introduced to the world as a clean, focused, and streamlined solution for businesses and nonprofits to connect with their supporters, donors, and customers. Their suite offers tools to help maximize patronage, event attendance, and donations while also managing all RSVPs, tickets, item sales, and registrations… Read more »



Crowsnest Joins Techstars Seattle Class of 2014

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Crowsnest recently moved from Syracuse, New York, to Seattle as one of the ten teams to join the Techstars Seattle class of 2014. According to a press release, more than 600 teams applied for the program, and 31% of the applications came from outside the United States. “It was a very competitive selection process with many… Read more »


Fired from His Startup, Marc Barros Turned to Blogging

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Hunter Walk’s blog, reposted with permission.  I first “met” entrepreneur Marc Barros via his blog One Entrepreneur’s Perspective, which contained a solid string of posts analyzing why GoPro succeeded while his action camera startup Contour struggled. As we got to know each other IRL, I was excited to hear about his… Read more »