This “search-as-a-service” startup has closed $7.5 million, just six weeks after announcing a $1.7 million seed round.
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Beddit is an ultra-thin sensor that goes under your bedsheets and collects data about your sleep quality, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movement, sleep stages, snoring, and the quality of your sleeping environment.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency this Sunday. Canada is launching Cassiope in an effort to unravel “the mysteries of space weather.”
At last! The FTC is taking action against patent trolls. Or at least it voted to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information about patent trolls. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
George Deeb said the era of startup incubators is over. His “excubator” program offers the services of 5 digital agencies as a bundle to support startups for the long-term, assuming they can afford it.
14 funding announcements came out today in the startup world.
Declara founder Ramona Pierson was the victim of a car accident and spent 18 months in a coma. 100 surgeries and incredible resilience later, she earned a masters in education, a PhD in neuroscience, and is now developing technology that can change how people collaborate online.
GoodEggs powers an online marketplace where people can buy high-quality, sustainable food from local food growers and producers, and have it delivered to their door.
Over 4,000 groups use MemberPlanet’s platform to handle communication, finance, and various other administrative tasks from a centralized dashboard.
The company claims to have created the first-ever social event app. Event organizers use its white-labeled technology to keep participants engaged in event, and measure that engagement after its over.
Shopular has raised $6.4 million from Sequoia for its mobile app that notifies shoppers of personalized sales and coupons when they are near a store.
There is big money in fast fashion, and JustFab’s founders want to build the next generation of these brands. If the founders of H&M and Zara are billionaires, why not them?
This “modern love company” seeks to connect people offline over shared interests and activities. An SEC filing reveals it has raised part of a $5 million round.
Gyft is a mobile gift card platform that lets people buy, save, and redeem gift cards from their phones.
College Abacus, the “Kayak of college financial aid,” lets students compare the total net price of attending college and generate up to 100 personalized estimates, before they fill out an application.
The startup has launched a white-label crowdfunding solution that real estate entrepreneurs use to raise money for their projects.
The same-day hotel booking app has expanded into Central Europe, released its new app for iOS7, and added an option to book discounted luxury suites.
HotelQuickly is a same-day hotel booking app active in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to capture the Asian market before bigger and better-funded competitor HotelTonight gets there (or buys it).
Editor’s Pick Oracle announced at OpenWorld today that is has added 10 cloud services, directly taking on competitors. Ellison, meanwhile, was watching the America’s Cup.
Uniiverse launched a mobile version of its marketplace today that connects people with nearby activities and local services.
Prosper powers a peer-to-peer marketplace that connects people who need to borrow money with people who can lend it to them. This brings its total capital raised to nearly $120 million.
By 2020, 40% of labor in the U.S. will be comprised of contingent/independent workers. Elance is making “the most significant shift to our business” to help companies hire, manage, and pay their freelancers on demand.
Moxtra announced that it has closed $10 million in the first round of funding for its mobile content collaboration platform. The product is built around the concept of “shared binders.”
Causes unveiled a new version of its online campaigning platform today and introduced the Supporter Network, where people can showcase what they believe in and rally with like-minded people.
UniversityNow has closed $20.4 million to grow its network of accredited, online universities where students earn undergraduate and graduate degrees at a fraction of the traditional cost, and in a more flexible environment.
Courseworld’s goal is to give the arts and humanities a greater presence in the world of online education, and keep liberal arts alive in an economy that pays more for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.
“Mexico is like Silicon Valley was twenty years ago, but things are happening faster,” said Andy Kieffer, founder of Agave Lab. Agave Lab is an incubator program based in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The StartX company aims to make e-commerce, transportation, and shipping easier in emerging markets.
Editor’s Pick The ban on general solicitation has been lifted. Startups can now publicly announce that they are fundraising, but how many of them want to?
Eat24 found that advertising on porn sites yields 3X the impressions of Google, Facebook, and Twitter combined, with 10% of the cost.
BugSnag has developed an automated crash detection platform for mobile and web applications that makes it easier to identify and fix bugs.
The daily round-up of today’s funding news.
Editor’s Pick Gliph bills itself as the only native application in the App Store that supports sending and receiving Bitcoin. Legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper led this seed round.
California regulators have officially approved a set of guidelines that allow ridesharing services like Lyft, SideCar, and Uber to remain in business. This could create a powerful precedent for cities around the country.
Plaid has raised $2.8 million to continue building its modern API for banking data.
NewVoiceMedia powers an online network that delivers calls through your existing telephone infrastructure.
Editor’s Pick Nine months ago, Ashana Davenport dropped out of high school and didn’t have a home. If you told her that she would have a career in tech, she wouldn’t have believed you.
Through a partnership with Tapjoy, childrens e-book publisher Zuuka has figured out an innovative monetization model that keeps ads and in-app purchases away from kids.
Seniors fear nursing homes more than death. Lively’s “activity-sharing platform” keeps people tuned in to the activities of their parents/grandparents, so they can keep living independently.
Remind101 uses an old parenting trick to get kids to study — take something they love (like texting), and turn it to your advantage.