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ParkWhiz Raises $10M Series B for Prepaid Parking Service

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ParkWhiz announced this morning that it has closed a $10 million Series B round of funding for its prepaid parking service. The round was led by Jump Capital. Other participants include current investors Hyde Park Venture Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Amreesh Modi, Henry Feinberg, and Hyde Park Angels. Founded in 2006, ParkWhiz offers consumers a way… Read more »


20 Apps for Writing a College Paper

best writing apps

You will hardly find a student who enjoys writing a college paper. Among all the other tasks they get assigned in college, paper writing is one of the most difficult assignments. Students run into several problems: lack of ideas problems understanding the paper’s topic problems with research problems with structure lack of knowledge about citation styles problems… Read more »


DC-Based Employee Perks Startup, Aspire, Raises $400K Seed Round

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Aspire, a DC-based startup that gives employees the ability to choose their own company perks and benefits, has raised $400,000 in seed funding. According to the report by The Washington Post, participants in the round included K Street Capital, Acceleprise, and other New York-based as well as international investors. Aspire offers an online marketplace for… Read more »


Top 10 Websites for Students of All Ages

top websites for students

If we started discussing whether technology has improved the educational system or has made students lazy and inactive, the dispute would be neverending. However, things always seem to wrap up to one logical conclusion – the online environment can be either distracting or extremely beneficial. Everything depends on the way students approach the Internet and… Read more »






Steve Case-backed Automated Insights Raises $5.5M Series B, Lands Deal with Associated Press

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Automated Insights, a platform that translates Big Data content into plain English, announced yesterday that it had raised a $5.5 million Series B round of financing, as well as landed a deal with The Associated Press. This round of funding was led by Osage Venture Partners. Other participants in this round include Samsung Venture Investment Corporation,… Read more »


Are Sketchy Weirdos Trying to Friend You on Facebook? Tell Them to FakeOFF!

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Has this happened to you? You accidentally confirm a stranger’s request to become friends on Facebook, only to realize that “friend” is a total fake. According to recent studies, between 10-20 percent of Facebook’s more than 1.35 billion users are inauthentic. That’s right – these phony Facebook users are either wholly constructed or stolen. Recently… Read more »


Pittsburgh’s Rhiza Raises $3M Series A for Big Data Marketing Analytics

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Last week, the Pittsburgh-based Rhiza announced a Series A round of financing valued at $3 million. The round was led by Draper Triangle Ventures. “Rhiza is disrupting the marketing analytics industry with intuitive tools for marketers and salespeople across the entire enterprise at a fraction of the cost,” said Mike Stubler, Managing Director at Draper Triangle… Read more »


BuzzFeed Supposedly Raising $200M Round

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VentureBeat reported that BuzzFeed may be raising a $200 million round of funding. It’s speculated that existing investors NEA, Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, Hearst Ventures, and SV Angel may participate in the round. According to VentureBeat‘s source, $200 million isn’t an exact amount, but rather a median figure. To date, the rapidly expanding producer of long-form journalism,… Read more »


Boston Cybersecurity Company BioCatch Raises $10M Series A

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It was announced this morning that the Boston-based cybersecurity company BioCatch has raised $10 million in a Series A round of financing. The round was led by Blumberg Capital and OurCrowd, with existing investors participating in the raise. BioCatch provides behavioral authentication and threat detection solutions throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America. The company’s solutions… Read more »


DC-Based Personal Launches Fill It for Quick and Safe Auto-Filling on Online Forms

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Last week, Personal - a DC-based startup which provides a secured digital data vault for consumers’ information, passwords, and files – launched the world’s largest form library at Fill It, giving people a tool to securely and automatically fill almost any form in the world. Literally millions of forms are filled every day by people from all over… Read more »


BrightTag Rebrands as Signal, Launches New Open Data Platform

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It was announced on Tuesday that Chicago-based BrightTag has changed its name to Signal. This news arrives just a few weeks after the company’s acquisition of the digital marketing software company bearing the same name. BrightTag is a cross-channel marketing technologies company, and has launched a new Open Data Platform as part of the rebranding… Read more »


Handybook Raises $30M in Series B Led by Revolution Growth

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It was announced this morning that NYC-based Handybook has raised $30 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by Revolution Growth, a $450 fund co-founded by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Donn Davis. Other participants in this recent round of fundraising include current investors Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst… Read more »