Room 77 Gets $10.5 Million to Help You Find a Better Hotel Room

Room 77, the search engine that lets you search hotels rooms by details like the type of bed and the view from the window (not, alas, by minibar contents), just closed an oversubscribed $10.5 million Series B round of financing led by General Catalyst Partners. The financing will go toward expanding the company’s core search technology and its global index of hotel rooms. Room 77 launched in beta in February.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

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