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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 »


Medyear’s Documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa Highlights Software’s Ability to Affect Social Change

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On Monday, NYC-based startup Medyear released a short documentary on the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and how mere access to privacy tools can significantly improve the treatment of those dealing with the virus. Aside from highlighting the social impact that startups can continue to make on a global scale, the documentary is also revealing… Read more »


Chicago’s Brad Flora Sells Perfect Audience for $23 Million

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On Monday, an acquisition was closed for the San Francisco-based Perfect Audience, which specializes in display and social ad retargeting across social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Under the terms of the agreement, Marin Software paid $22.8 million for the company, with about $5.4 million in cash and the rest in common stock. With this acquisition, Marin can… Read more »





Why Ruby on Rails is My Go-To App Development Platform

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When it comes to developing business web applications, companies are faced with a tough decision. There are a variety of development platforms or programs to choose from including Java, Python, and Ruby among others. But in my experience, Ruby on Rails is the go-to app for developing web apps for your business. What is Ruby on… Read more »


SoundBetter’s 4 Pieces of Advice When Considering That 500 Startups Application

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With an acceptance rate roughly between 3 and 5 percent, getting into 500 Startups‘s accelerator program is – to say the least – difficult. (To put those percentages into perspective, consider Stanford’s fall 2012 acceptance rate, a much more hopeful 6.6 percent). Yet, despite these staggeringly slim odds, hundreds of startups continue to apply for… Read more »


Online Marketing Technology Leader BrightTag Acquires Signal

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Crain’s Chicago Business has reported that the online marketing technology company, BrightTag, has acquired Signal, a digital marketing software company. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, but the Crain’s report stated that “Signal, a four-person [sic] company, will be absorbed into BrightTag, which has about 100 employees.” Since its founding in 2009, the… Read more »