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Vacation rental management service Guesty raises $19.75M
April 24, 2018
As the vacation rental sector heats up — with Airbnb making even more moves to expand its portfolio of services to include multiple tiers of rentals — there’s going to be more and more of a need for people who manage a large number of properties. Guesty is one service that aims to do that, […]
New numbers illustrate how fast fundraising has changed for young startups
April 24, 2018
Fundraising is never easy, but it’s even harder when the goal posts are being moved around. Such is the challenge facing today’s youngest startups, which are looking at very different fundraising metrics than new startups did just six or seven years ago. We explored the issue yesterday with Peter Wagner, who spent more than 14 […]
Four MIT students have launched DeepBench to democratize access to expert networks
April 24, 2018
New European financial regulations requiring fund managers at investment firms to pay banks for research and trading services separately could open the door for new entrants in the professional advisory services marketplace. The rules, which were approved in 2014, but only took effect in January, are proving to be a boon for four MIT students who launched a company last year to try and grab some of the market.

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STARTUP • Business
NIO House Opens at Auto China 2018: NIO Unveils Six-Seater ES8
April 25, 2018
PRESS RELEASE: Today, the NIO House opened at Auto China 2018, giving attendees a first-hand look at how NIO is revolutionizing the user experience. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:
Venture Deals
BuildingConnected Scores $15M
April 24, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, BuildingConnected announced today $15 million in new funding from Brookfield Ventures.
SidelineSwap Inks $5M Series A
April 24, 2018
BOSTON, MA, SidelineSwap, the online marketplace where athletes buy and sell sports gear and equipment, today announces a $5 million Series A financing round.
Templum Secures $10M
April 24, 2018
NEW YORK, NY, Templum today announced SBI Holdings, Japan's financial services company, has made a strategic investment in the company.
Leanplum Raises $52M Series D Funding
April 24, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Leanplum has increased its Series D funding to $52 million with an add-on investment from Waterwood Group.
Formlabs Raises $30M Series C Funding
April 23, 2018
SOMERVILLE, MA, Designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, today announced that it has raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Tyche Partners.
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STARTUP • Trends
Anker announced an affordable AirPods rival and a bunch of new speakers
April 24, 2018

Anker’s audio brand, Soundcore, is releasing more than a dozen new speakers and headphones to welcome actual good spring and summer weather. Soundcore, like its parent brand, makes solid products at affordable price points. Most of these speakers and headphones stand out for their battery life, which is Anker’s main advantage as a company known for its portable batteries and chargers.

First up, there’s the Space NC, noise cancelling headphones with over-ear cushions. They have 40mm dynamic drivers and supposedly up to 20 hours of wireless battery life with noise cancellation on. When I tried them on and played a video of a roaring jet in the background, there was a small but noticeable difference between having the noise cancellation on...

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This Hacker News thread is a masterclass in how to put down your damn smartphone
April 24, 2018

While it’s not worth rehashing the details, I believe most of us would agree that smartphones are both good and bad. On the one hand, we have a device that holds the vast majority of human knowledge. It’s an invention responsible for a shift in power that democratizes information and empowers those most capable of dispensing it — in theory, at least. On the other, we have a doomsday device responsible for wrecking societal norms (for better or worse) and leading to a population that’s sleep deprived, anxious, and generally unhappy — among other things. Ignorance, as they say, is…

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STARTUP • Insights
Twitter's former 'Mr. Fixit' takes over analytics start-up Mixpanel as 29-year-old CEO steps down
April 24, 2018
Mixpanel co-founder and CEO Suhail Doshi is being replaced at the helm by ex-Twitter executive Amir Movafaghi
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How to Succeed as a Business-to-Government (B2G) Startup
April 25, 2018
Takeaways from the experts.
Treat Your Social Media Like the Storefront You Want Customers to See
April 24, 2018
Your virtual storefront needs to be as inviting as a real one.

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STARTUP • Stories
Thinking big for social enterprise can mean staying small
April 23, 2018
Too many philanthropists and impact investors chase scale but networks deliver more
Entrepreneur Stories
Small Businesses in America: Costly Credit and Growth Challenges
March 5, 2018

For small businesses in Philadelphia and across the country, getting capital to operate or expand can be costly as traditional banks are often reluctant to extend small loans or work with risky new ventures. Enter online lenders, which typically approve loans quickly but also carry high annual percentage rates with tough payback terms.

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