!nstant, a social curation tool, is one of the projects that will go from idea to prototype with funding from the Knight Foundation’s prototype fund.
Today, the infographic marketplace Visually announced it has raised $8.1 million in a Series A financing round, led by Crosslink Ventures.
“While some social media users saw the news as a tentative but promising entry for Indonesian business into an industry whose roots remain firmly planted in Silicon Valley, others greeted the announcement with suspicion.”
After raising $2 million in April, Chirpify has secured an additional $4 million in Series A funding to bring the social commerce platform to the sports, music, and media companies that are looking to monetize live events and TV shows.
After raising $60 million in Series B funding, Snapchat will focus on scaling its ephemeral messaging service and hiring more engineers, according to a report by AllThingsD.
In early 2011, we looked at Assistly, Dropbox and Qriously as tools that could help small businesses and startups. We had to take a look — where is everyone now? So far the tools, apps, companies we’ve been watching are steadily growing up into first movers and disrupters. Of our three follows above we have one acquisition, one member of the billion-dollar valuation club and one positioned to be there soon. We might even see an IPO from this group. One thing is for sure: social media isn’t going away and those who are mastering it are riding the wave to the top.
Since 2009, Foursquare has redesigned everything about its local search service except its revenue strategy while competitors like Groupon and LivingSocial have raced ahead. But there is a method to this company’s madness. Bloomberg reports that Foursquare has raised $41 million in debt financing rather than shares to give Foursquare time to expand before investors start demanding a profit.
Public stock offerings of companies originally funded by venture capital investments dipped by more than half in the first quarter of 2013, and many expect the companies to wait until the end of the year to go public, according to a study from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters.
Online fashion retailers are a fast-growing segment of the Internet. WebMediaBrands CEO Alan Meckler recently spoke to Ella Gorgla, the CEO of I-Ella, a buy-sell-or-trade fashion marketplace.
Soldsie, a service for making purchases within Facebook comments, has raised $1 million from FundersClub 500 Startups, and e.ventures, the company announced today. The purchasing method mimics the natural interactions that people have with their friends on Facebook. “It’s fun, it’s conversational, and it’s visible,” said Soldsie CEO Chris Bennett in a phone interview.