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Erin Griffith

  1. Neverware raises $3 million to save school computers

    New York edtech company Neverware has raised $4.156 million $3 million in new equity funding, which a prior $1.7 million in funding into its Series A round, according to an SEC filing. [Note: CEO Jonathan Hefter has clarified that this round was for $3 million, not the $41.56 million I previously wrote, as the filing includes past funds raised. Neverware's total funding across rounds is $4.7 million.]

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  2. Dead Century fights monsters, heteronormativity with beautiful RPG game

    We know gaming culture is male-dominated and rampant with sexism. We also know there is a scientific connection between video games and rape culture, and that the oversexualized, unrealistic portrayal of female bodies can cause women to internalize "blame the victim" myths.

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  3. Meet the secret accelerator that many of New York's best startups have gone through

    New York's best accelerator isn't much of an accelerator at all. First Growth Venture Network has operated for three years under the radar. It's not covered by the tech blogs but well-known among founders and VCs. The program has hardly advertised itself, but once I found out about it, every person I asked in New York's tech scene seemed to know it. "FirstGrowth? Oh yeah, that's a great program."

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  4. RetailMeNot wins the holidays by not overthinking it

    Each year a new wave of ecommerce companies whips up an innovative business model. There was group buying, then flash sales, then subscription commerce, sampling commerce, and "stuff in a box." There is always a new kind of marketplace, a new brand of "social commerce," or a new twist on personal shopping, stylist curation and showroom shopping.

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  5. Native advertising is a $2.4 billion "thing," and it's not going away

    We're about two years into the native advertising era. This mutant form of in-stream advertising is no longer a hot new category. The BuzzFeed-fueled buzz of native's hyped-up arrival has very much worn off.

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  6. TechStars grad Sync OnSet raises $2.5 million to ensure Ron Burgundy's mustache is impeccable

    Sync OnSet is a substitute for what film crews call the "production binder." This is an actual physical binder used by a film's costume department, which takes meticulous notes about exactly how each characters' costume looks, down to the number of buttons buttoned on a shirt. Most productions use a physical binder with handwritten notes and printed out photos.

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  7. Kind of a big deal: Dealertrack buys Dealer.com for $1 billion

    Call this the week of vertical niche mergers. First Elance and oDesk, the big big two freelance outsourcing companies, join forces. And now, Dealertrack, a publicly traded company which makes helps auto dealers manage their web presences, has purchased 14-year-old competitor Dealer.com.

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  8. This bootstrapped startup is helping style bloggers drive $150 million in sales

    RewardStyle is a company that couldn't have been built in Silicon Valley. Or rather, it wouldn't have been. Unlike Valley startups, which are turbo-charged with venture capital in hopes of barreling to a billion-dollar valuation, Dallas-based RewardStyle started out very small and grew organically. The company has yet to take on outside investment, bootstrapping itself to profitability with 50 employees. This year, the company expects to facilitate $150 million in sales of apparel, home goods and beauty products.

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