Italian Berth Booking Startup Marinanow Raises €370,000 In Seed Funding

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 28th 2014 - No Comments
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Marinanow, an online platform for people who want to book berths for their boats, has announced a €370,000 seed round led by European VC firm United Ventures. Poised to become the Airbnb for yacht owners, the Italian startup is working to take advantage of all nautical leisure-related services around the world—a €200bn market. Behind Marinanow are co-founders Alessandro Sestini, […]

MyBlogGuest Founder Launches Sugarcoated Clone Following Google Penalty

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 23rd 2014 - 4 Comments

In March, we reported that Google had penalized guest blogging network MyBlogGuest for their failure to comply with the search giant’s guidelines. Namely, they prohibited the addition of “rel=’nofollow’” attributes to links provided by guest bloggers, despite Google’s vocal recommendation to the contrary (and despite my warning two months earlier). To this day, MyBlogGuest does not show up […]

Garagesocial Is A Social Network And E-Commerce Platform For The Automotive Industry

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 23rd 2014 - No Comments

Boston startup Garagesocial has developed an online social network and e-commerce platform for the automotive industry. It aims to bring “the entire automotive community together on one platform” to “allow for an unprecedented level of networking and commerce opportunities for consumers and businesses alike,” I’m told. We interviewed Garagesocial founder Maxime Rassi, who received a […]

VentureBreak Weekly #51: Ride Sharing Social Robots

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 21st 2014 - No Comments

Will Reynolds Young joins Brad Merrill to talk about Facebook’s Oculus acquisition (which is now official), JIBO (“the world’s first family robot”), Jobr, the correlation between Uber usage and DUI busts, Priceline’s terrible customer service, and Cyber Dust. Thanks to Carey for the email! Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young Get in touch! Want to […]

BadSeed Lands €250,000 In Early Stage Funding From United Ventures

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 17th 2014 - No Comments

BadSeed, a mobile gaming startup, has announced €250,000 of early stage investment from United Ventures, the European tech-focused venture capital firm. The funding will be used for the global launch of BadSeed’s second game “Sleep Attack” as well as the development of a third title. Founded in Italy in early 2012, BadSeed is run by a group […]

Former YouTube Execs Launch BuzzMyVideos, ‘Home To The Next Rising Stars Of Online Video’

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 17th 2014 - No Comments

London-based startup BuzzMyVideos, founded by former YouTube execs Paola Marinone and Bengu Atamer, is a technology-based YouTube multi-channel network that aims to be “home to the next rising stars of online video entertainment.” It provides the next generation of talented YouTube creators with the support they need to grow audiences and monetize their videos. The network […]

Five Big Corporate Website Blunders to Avoid

by Isabel Charlton - on Jul 16th 2014 - No Comments
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These days, the Internet plays a more important role in conducting business than ever before. A company’s website will likely be the first way that many potential clients come to learn about its products and services. Furthermore, it will be probably be the quickest and most convenient place for existing clients to find support and […]

VentureBreak Weekly #50: The Big 5-0

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 14th 2014 - No Comments

Ryan Matthew Pierson joins Ted Lyons and Will Reynolds Young to celebrate 50 episodes of VentureBreak Weekly! The crew then discusses Priceline, MailLift, keyloggers on public computers, VPN services, white noise generators, and more. Panel: Brad Merrill, Ryan Matthew Pierson, Ted Lyons, Will Reynolds Young Show Notes Why Net Neutrality Matters – College Humor, Video […]

MailLift Will Send Handwritten Direct Mail On Behalf Of Your Business

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 10th 2014 - No Comments

It’s not common these days to receive a handwritten letter from a business (or anyone, actually), so when you do, it really makes an impact. Austin startup MailLift is helping businesses take advantage of that fact by sending personalized, handwritten letters on their behalf. Ideally, this improves customer acquisition and retention while keeping your staff “more focused […]

The Widening Gap Between Angels And ‘A’

by Thomas S. Dann - on Jul 9th 2014 - 1 Comment
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The yawning gap between angel investors and Series A venture capital has the potential to strangle many promising entrepreneurial ideas and startups for want of critical, early-stage funding. A recent Pitchbook report on the U.S. venture industry showed that the valuations of companies seeking Series A funding lately have grown at nearly double the pace […]