Crowdtilt Collects a Quick $23M to Bring Crowdfunding All Over the World

“Only so many people have a $40,000 documentary they want to get funded,” says Crowdtilt CEO James Beshara. For everyone else — perhaps — there’s Crowdtilt.
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A New Era for Tech Financing

Rewarding employees and investors without an IPO.
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It’s really hard not to be distracted by the things you think you should be doing, or that you see other businesses doing, and focus in on what actually matters to your chosen business day in and day out.

— WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, during his Reddit AMA session, offering advice on running a startup

Tumblr Porn, Tim Cook and the Problem With Big Data — 10 Things You Need to See on AllThingsD This Week

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
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Big Blog Bet, Round 2! Tiger Global Puts $50 Million Into WordPress.

It’s a big week for blogs: Tiger Global Management has invested $50 million in Automattic, the parent company of blogging platform WordPress.com. Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg said Tiger is buying the shares from early investors and employees, but said the sellers will hold on to “the vast majority” of their Automattic holdings. The announcement comes days after Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr (CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Tiger Global was associated with Tiger Management founder Julian Robertson).

Think Ad Tech Is Hard to Understand? Try “Marketing Tech.” Terry Kawaja Wants to Help.

You’re gonna need a map. As luck would have it …
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It’s Probably a Good Time to Change Your Terrible WordPress Password

Another hacking scare brings a good reminder: The biggest part of the problem is the awful password you chose in the first place.
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WordPress’s Matt Mullenweg Talks About Future of Blogging in a SXSW Pedicab

Rolling through the analog streets of Austin on a digital day.
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Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg on the Importance of Working Remotely

Strong words from the man behind WordPress on Marissa Mayer’s recent work-from-home mandate.
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