ScoreBeyond, A Standardized Test Prep App, Raises $2.8M

scorebeyond ScoreBeyond, a service that helps students prepare for standardized tests like the SAT, said it has raised $2.8 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures. The ScoreBeyond app gives students a daily progress report of their skills as they prepare for the test, as well as daily exercises to improve their skills in certain subjects. Dogan has a background in product management for… Read More

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Pinterest Has Started Rolling Out Buyable Pins On The iPhone And iPad

blog-buyit-hero_5 pinterest buyable pins Pinterest is starting to roll out a buy button on its pins today in the iPhone and iPad apps, the company said. Buyable Pins let some retailers who are partners with Pinterest and retailers using Shopify and Demandware. The company unveiled Buyable Pins earlier this month, and said at the time that they would be rolling out later in June. The tool lets retailers add a buy button to pins that… Read More

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Smartspot, Which Brings Computer Vision To Gyms And Trainers, Raises $1.85M From Khosla, Signalfire

smartspot-moawia Moawia Eldeeb has one of the more unfathomable and inspiring stories I’ve ever come across while working in Silicon Valley. He was born to a farming family in Egypt and then made his way to Queens as a child where he earned $20 a day working in a pizza shop. He was in and out of school for years, then caught up on Khan Academy and later made it into Columbia University’s… Read More

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Tune In To The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM Tonight!

techcrunch-radio1 TechCrunch Radio is going down tonight (just like it does every Tuesday) and… well, we need you. If you’re a startup looking to get publicity or build awareness, the TC Radio Pitch-Off is just the ticket. We offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to apply to be in the pitch-off and those selected are given 60 seconds exactly to pitch their product to the world (and a panel of… Read More

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Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital

unicorn-money This is the best time to raise money for your startup. At least since 1999. But raising money can be a double-edged sword for entrepreneurs — and receiving a high valuation can cut two ways. First, some context. According to the April 2015 MoneyTree report from PwC, investments in later-stage companies rose by 50 percent, to $4.2 billion, in the first quarter of 2015, the largest… Read More

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Drippler Scores $4.5M Series A To Deliver Smartphone News And App Recommendations

Scenery-iPhone-6-131-6-3-15-15-152 Drippler, the iOS and Android app that delivers news about your smartphone and recommends new apps, has raised a $4.5 million Series A round. Read More

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Onefinestay, A High-End Airbnb Rival, Confirms $40M Raise From Intel Capital, Hyatt And More

onefinestay As Airbnb closes in on a major round of financing that will reportedly value it at $24 billion, smaller startups riffing on the same model of renting out private homes are also heating up. Onefinestay, a five year-old business out of London that focuses on renting out private luxury homes, has raised $40 million — a Series D round of funding that the company plans to use to keep… Read More

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YC-Backed Cymmetria Uses Virtual Machines To Decoy And Detect Hackers

Cymmetria YC-backed Cymmetria, which is uncloaking from stealth now after around a year working its cyber security startup business, wants to tilt the traditional security odds so it’s hackers who are left feeling vulnerable and on their guard — by giving the businesses whose systems are under attack a ‘home advantage’. Read More

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