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Brick-and-Mortar Rental Startup Storefront Raises $1.6 Million

Storefront, the short-term rental startup for small businesses looking for short-term retail spaces for rent, announced on Wednesday that it raised $1.6 million in seed funding. Participants in the round include Mohr Davidow Ventures, Great Oaks VC, 500 Startups, Box Group and Sand Hill Angels, among others. The startup is currently only helping businesses find retail space in San Francisco and New York City.

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Customer Support Startup Intercom Raises $6 Million

Intercom, a startup that focuses on customer support and communications tools for businesses, announced that it had raised a $6 million Series A round of financing on Wednesday. The round was led by The Social+Capital Partnership, with participation from Freestyle Capital, as well as Yammer CEO and founder David Sacks. The company already had $1.75 million in seed funding from 500 Startups, Freestyle Capital and other angel investors.

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Clip Gets $1.5 Million to Bring Square-Like Payments to Mexico

The mobile payments movement is getting another player — this time in Mexico. Clip, founded by two former PayPal employees, says it has received $1.5 million to bring its mobile credit card reader and software to merchants in Mexico. The company said it plans to eventually expand beyond Mexico to other countries with large Spanish-speaking populations, including the U.S. Investors include 500 Startups, Accion, Alta Ventures and PlaySpan founder Karl Mehta.

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Pict Launches Pretty Tools for Brands to Create “Shoppable Photos”

Pict today launches a set of free (for the moment) Web and mobile tools for brands to publish photos that include product information and sharing links to Pinterest and elsewhere. So, instead of a flat photo, this is a sort of embeddable rich media object (on Facebook, it looks like a video, where users click to play). Pict is backed by Lowercase Capital, Forerunner Ventures, Opus Capital, Angelpad, 500 Startups and others.

Fetch! BarkBox Raises $5 Million for Doggy Treat Deliveries.

It’s like Birchbox, minus the makeup, plus the chew-toys.
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How Solo Founders Beat the Odds and Get Into Top Accelerators

Prestigious startup accelerators in the U.S. — like 500 Startups, TechStars and Y Combinator — generally “select against” solo applicants. But why reject entrepreneurs trying to follow in the footsteps of lone founders like Sara Blakely (Spanx), Jack Ma (Alibaba) or Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)?

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Facebook Commerce Startup Soldsie Raises $1 Million

Soldsie, a Facebook-based e-commerce startup that allows users to make purchases from within Facebook comments, has raised $1 million in seed funds, the company announced Wednesday. Participating in the round were 500 Startups, e.ventures and FundersClub, along with former Facebook employees Yun-Fang Juan and Jonathan Ehrlich and others.

MyTime Wants to Create a One-Stop Shopping Destination for Local Services

The company wants to be the world’s first online open appointment superstore.
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OpenTable Devours FoodSpotting for $10 Million in Cash

OpenTable gets more serious about mobile.
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The Muse Career Site Raises $1.2M

The Muse, a site that tries to help people figure out what they want to do with their lives, has raised seed funding.
Daily Muse co-founders Alex Cavoulacos, Kathryn Minshew and Melissa McCreery

LinkedIn VP Adam Nash to Depart