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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Mobile App Platform BiNu Raises $4.3 Million

BiNu, the mobile app platform that brings Web-based apps and social functions to low-cost feature phones, announced Wednesday that the company raised $4.3 million in venture capital. Joining the series A round were investments from 500 Startups and PanAfrican Investment Co., among others, following previous participation from Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures and the Savannah Fund. The company is currently focused on developing its business in emerging markets such as East Africa, South America, parts of Asia and other areas in which citizens access the Internet primarily through a low-end mobile device.

Here’s How Bravo’s “Silicon Valley” Stars Pitch Start-Up Investors (Slides)

Want to see how Silicon Valley reality TV stars show off their start-up idea? Here’s the skinny — straight from the investor pitch deck.

First-Episode Clips From “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley” — Dave McClure Is “Disrespectful” (For Doing His Job)

Hey kids, Dave is always disrespectful to me, too! (But I like it.)


The Next Emerging Tech Powerhouse: Latin America

Hackathons and pitch contests indistinguishable from those in Silicon Valley, but in Spanish.

Is It Time to Rethink the Stigma for Tech Companies Led by Couples?

A handful of recent acquisitions shakes the common venture-capital assumption that it’s risky to put money on romantically paired entrepreneurs.

Eye to Eye

JOBS Act Could Kickstart Both Entrepreneurs and Equity Ownership

Considering that the new JOBS Act makes crowdfunding so much easier, what sorts of things do you see coming out of the grass roots?

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NetPlenish Stocks Shelves With $1.9 Million in Funding for Shopping App

NetPlenish, a mobile-shopping app that finds the best price on everyday items like toothpaste and toilet paper, has raised $1.9 million in seed funding. Investors include Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, Gold Hill Capital, BHV Capital, TEEC Angel Fund, Ludlow Ventures and other angels. The Ventura, Calif.-based company’s app is available starting today on iPhone and Android.

Video Ads + App Ads = Vungle, a Freshly Minted Start-Up With a Big Pile of Cash

A start-up that didn’t exist last fall now has a $2 million seed round.

Zozi Gets Cozy With Celebrities to Separate Itself From the Groupon Clones

After slogging it out for two years in the daily deals business and facing competition from Groupon and hundreds of clones, Zozi believes it has started to find its niche.

Meet 500 Startups: The New Class

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