Customer Loyalty And Rewards Platform For Local Businesses Belly Raises $10M From Andreessen Horowitz Chicago-based Belly, a startup that is a fast-growing contender in the local business customer loyalty and rewards space, has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Andreessen Horowitz. The company also announced that Andreessen Horowitz partner Jeff Jordan, former chairman and CEO of OpenTable and former president of PayPal, will join the Board. This latest round of funding adds to a seven-figure round raised by the startup from Lightbank, the venture firm founded by Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell. Belly wants to reinvent customer loyalty rewards through gamification, digital check-ins and a iPad setup for businesses.
101 Apps for Your Web App Startup Toolbox With the multitude of web applications available today, it can be difficult choosing, let alone finding, an application that fits your needs and wants. There are so many fantastic apps available, many of which are bound to be beneficial for you and/or your business. From mind mapping, design and development to collaboration, project tracking and accounting; this roundup of 101 fantastic web apps for startups and businesses are sure to reduce operating costs and increase both productivity and efficiency. Mind Mapping mindmeister Oodle Widens Its Social Reach On Facebook Marketplace When Oodle started out six years ago as a classifieds search engine, it’s focus was all around search and bringing together the best classified ads from all over the web. Today, it still does that, but increasingly it is moving more and more towards social classifieds. “We are 100 percent committed to social,” CEO Craig Donato tells me.
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25 Free Portable Programs For Designers and Web Developers Being a designer or may be even being a web designer it can be very expensive in order to purchase the best design application . This article is a short but sweet compilation of 25 Free Portable Programs For Designers and Developers working on a shoe string budget as well as working on the fly. 1. X-Inkscape Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more.
Google Ventures Backed-Copious Launches A Social Marketplace For The Facebook Era Social commerce has taken on many forms; from purchasing items on Facebook to product recommendations from your social graph to daily deal sites. There are plenty of startups that offer the functionality listed above, but there’s one area of social commerce which no startup has yet to conquer and successfully take on Amazon and eBay—the marketplace. Today, Copious is launching an eBay-like marketplace that leverages your social graph on Facebook. Copious, which has raised $2 million in funding from Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, BlackBerry Partners Fund, and a number of Facebook angels; is trying to disrupt the marketplace industry in a number ways. First, the site allows buyers and sellers to see if friends in common, which friends have bought or sold from a seller, bought from you, etc. As Copious co-founder Jonathan Ehrlich tells me, the site is centralized around using social data as a signal to help users understand and trust other parties.
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CircleMe Lets You Plant – And Find – Virtual Items On Locations There are one or two apps which allow you to ‘plant’ virtual objects in a location allowing others to pick them up later on (Pinterest for location anyone?). Everplaces literally just launched, Stikinotes and Pinwheel have yet to launch. But CircleMe comes out of a six months closed beta today to try and prove it’s different than the others. Launching with a website, an iPhone app and $2.5 million in funding from VC firm Innogest Capital, this social network lets users geo-tag a city to trigger alerts when you are near something you’ve said you already like on another social network. Users “plant” a song, a book, a movie, a venue, a famous person, you name it, along with an associated message for others to enjoy.
20 Apps to Organize Your Thoughts I always did like those posts that list a bunch of apps and tools I’d never heard of. I’ve found some really great apps that way. But no one’s ever bothered to offer us one of those “check these out!” posts – until today. Please welcome today’s guest poster, James Adams, and his collection of apps to organize thoughts.
Meltwater Debuts Social Media Monitoring Platform Buzz Engage Social media monitoring company The Meltwater Group is debuting new product, called Buzz Engage today, which promises to be one of the more comprehensive social marketing tools for businesses. Leveraging the software of social CRM platform JitterJam and social media monitoring client BuzzGain (Meltwater acquired both companies in the past year), Buzz Engage goes beyond just social media monitoring, tracking and analytics for businesses. The product also provides brands with deep intelligence on anyone communicating on a given brand or topic over Twitter or Facebook by aggregating all of that person’s social history and scoring them for sentiment, brand affinity clout etc.
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Is Measuring Your Facebook Edgerank Useful? Over on my Facebook Page and during recent Leveraging Social Media Peer Group discussions, there have been questions about Edgerank and colleague Devon Smith has been experimenting. What is it and what it means to use it as a measurement for improving Facebook engagement on your Facebook Page? This post summarizes some of the key points and resources shared. Edgerank Is To Facebook As Pagerank is to Google Edgerank is algorithm that determines if content on Facebook shows up on your fans or friends newsfeeds. This is how people may see content that you’ve shared on your wall and actually click over to comment.