Palaround lets anyone build their own Tinder-like app

Palaround began its life as one of what’s now many companies attempting to be the “Tinder for finding friends” – a list that now includes Tinder’s dating app rival, Bumble, in fact. But recently, the startup began rolling out a new product focused instead on bringing the Tinder swipe model to private organizations. A pivot from the earlier general purpose friend finder, the idea with this new platform is to offer a swiping app for closed networks – meaning alumni organizations, conferences, private clubs, festivals, universities, and even businesses. Effectively a white-labeling of the…

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The 5 top startups from Y Combinator Fellowship’s Virtual Demo Day

Pre-natal genetic testing, VR drones, and fracking nanoparticles were a few of the products featured in Y Combinator’s first Virtual Demo Day. They come from the YC Fellowship, a program designed to let the startup school help idea- or prototype-stage companies, beyond the full-fledged businesses in its main accelerator. The 8-week full-time fellowship mostly offers remote guidance, plus $20,000 in funding in exchange for 1.5% equity. It allows Y Combinator to cast a larger net around young startups than it has time to give dedicated, hands-on attention. It could serve…

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Managed By Q, the digital office administrator, raises $25 million

Less than a year after raising a hefty Series A, Managed By Q is today announcing the raise of a $25 million Series B round from GV and Kapor Ventures. Former TechCrunch writer MG Siegler is joining the board as part of the deal. Managed By Q is a service that handle all the extra responsibilities that come along with running an office. From re-stocking toilet paper and soap to office cleanings to a fresh paint job on the wall, Managed By Q tackles these chores with their own office…

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Slack is work chat’s runaway train, raises $200M at $3.8B

The Slack rocketship won’t slow down. The business messaging startup has raised $200 million at a $3.8 billion post-money valuation, the company confirms to TechCrunch. The round was led by Thrive Capital, with participation by GGV, Comcast Ventures and Slack’s existing investors, including Accel, Index Ventures and Social Capital. This brings the total funding for the three-year-old company to a whopping $540 million. Slack last raised at a $2.8 billion valuation in April of last year. “As has always been the case, we are taking this opportunity to further secure our leadership position as…

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