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Birdi raises $700K to begin manufacturing a 'smart' smoke alarm

CNRY, Inc. announced today that it has raised $700,000 in new seed funding. The company, better known as Birdi, is dedicated to building a “better” smoke alarm. This alarm will be connected to mobile devices via Wi-Fi to give users updates on air quality.

FameBit raises $1.4 million to help YouTubers make money

Today, FameBit has announced that it has completed a $1.4 million seed round of funding, which will help it scale its team and give more YouTubers the opportunity to make money off their creativity.

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Verizon speeds up file uploading for its FiOS customers

Beginning today, customers of Verizon’s fiber home Internet service, Verizon FiOS, will be able to upload files as quickly as they download them. The company announced an upgrade that it hopes will appeal to customers who frequently share content online.

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Adtile raises $4.5 million in Series A round of funding

Adtile Technologies, a mobile ad tech company, announced that it has raised $4.5 million in its Series A round of funding from undisclosed investors. It also said it will launch a Member Center this fall — an “app store” for ad developers and designers.

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L2 rakes in $16.5M to run market research companies out of business

Venture capitalist Paul Sagan sounds quite enthusiastic as he opens our phone call about his firm’s latest investment. Sagan’s firm, General Catalyst Partners, just announced its lead in a new investment of $16.5 million in business intelligence firm L2, and he will now be advising a friend of over 20 years.

Don't just throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks

The secret to making acquisitions stick

My company has made nine acquisitions in the past seven years. How did we keep a high percentage of the founders that joined us in the process happy and fired up?

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Put a fork in ‘big data’ — it’s done

The truth of the matter is that only the Facebooks and Googles of the world have or need big data. For the rest of us, ‘big data’ is just marketing hype, sales talk, and jargon.

3 ways to make your internship program successful

Many companies approach hiring interns all wrong. Hiring interns for your company means more than just finding someone to get coffee or run errands for full-time employees. Interns can be the future of your company.

LoyalBlocks makes rewarding customers easier with a $9M first round

LoyalBlocks, a loyalty marketing solutions provider for small and medium sized businesses with physical locations announced today that it had raised $9 million in its first round of funding. The company plans on using the capital injection to expand US operations and continue developing its platform.

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Strategic investor: Friend or foe?

What are the plusses and minuses of taking in money from a corporation versus a financial investor?