Applauze Raises $7.2M for Mobile Ticketing App, Just Six Months After Launch

In some cases, Applauze offers VIP perks associated with tickets, but in general, the attraction is ease of use and upfront pricing, rather than discounts.
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Caterina Fake’s Findery Launches Mobile App for Stories About Places

If it works well, the Findery app will interrupt users with notifications for delightful tidbits of information about the backstory, history, trivia and personal stories associated with nearby places.
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GroupMe Co-Founder Steve Martocci Launches Music Collaboration Startup Splice

Steve Martocci, who co-founded messaging service GroupMe in 2010 and sold it to Skype in 2011, has a new project: Splice. The service, co-founded by Matt Aimonetti, is supposed to let musicians collaborate on projects and share the results with fans. Union Square Ventures’ Andy Weissman led a $2.75 million seed round, along with other investors including True Ventures, Lerer Ventures and SV Angel.

Narrative — Formerly Known as Memoto — Launches Life-Logging Camera, Raises $3M

“It’s fun to explore your life in hindsight,” says the maker of a tiny camera that takes a picture every 30 seconds.
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OpenROV Raises Funding to Open Up the World of Underwater Exploration

“Everyone still thinks exploration is what research institutions or National Geographic gets to do, and that’s just not the world we live in anymore.”
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Former Facebook Exec Ali Rosenthal Joins MessageMe as COO

Can the mobile app that lets you communicate better on a smartphone break out with new exec?
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Led by Greylock, Social App MessageMe Raises $10 Million

MessageMe, the mobile application that offers free text, photo and video messaging between smartphones, announced Tuesday that it had raised a $10 million round led by John Lilly of Greylock Partners — who will join the board of MessageMe makers LittleInc Labs — with participation from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, True Ventures, Social+Capital and others. The company said it currently has more than five million users on its service.

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Orchestrate.io Closes $3 Million Seed Round

API service startup Orchestrate.io announced on Tuesday that it had closed a $3 million seed investment round. The round was led by True Ventures, with participation from FrontLine Ventures and Resonant Venture Partners. The funds will be used for hiring, as well as for expanding infrastructure to work with multiple partners across the world in the coming year.

Madison Color Raises $4M for Home Hair Care

As the tech industry scratches its metaphorical head and wonders what needs transforming today, perhaps the answer is at its metaphorical fingertips: Home hair care.
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Actually, Amazon Paid About $150 Million for Goodreads

Um, not one billlllllllion dollars.
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Streetline Gets $25M to Solve Parking