Everyone knows that opting for hostels instead of hotels can save you tons of money on travel costs, but for the more anxiety-prone among us, sometimes the fear of having to sleep three feet away from a stranger can outweigh a hostel’s benefits. InBed.me, a New York-based social booking site for hostels, beds and couches, wants to take the terrifying mystery out of hostel stay by allowing users to meet and interact with others who will be traveling and staying in the same hostels.
SocialGuide, a startup that determines what TV shows and movies are popular by combing Twitter and Facebook, is in the process of raising a $500,000 debt round, according to the company’s latest SEC filing via FormDs.com. The first sale of securities, which includes both “debt” and “option, warrant or other right to acquire another security,” was on January 17th. SocialGuide has already raised $400,000 from 10 investors towards the round, with $100,000 to go.
“We are in a position as a company where we’re looking to achieve profitability over the next two quarters,” CEO and founder Sean Casey told Betabeat by phone. “We decided to put together a note that will help us get there. It was just the right financing.”
The Brooklyn-based service, located at 68 Jay Street in Dumbo, bills itself as “the first real-time Social Programming Guide.” By ranking what’s popular on social networks, according to keywords counts, and then surfacing “the shows that your friends are talking about,” the company is able to recommend what’s worth watching. No more hearing about the “Downtown Abbey” Christmas special a week after everyone else tumbled their favorite Dowager Countess-isms. In September, SocialGuide, which previously went by the name Talkwit, introduced a similar service for movies, which is currently in beta.
But its real value may be in data it collects about the budding field of social TV.
For any startup looking to raise venture funding–or even VCs trying to figure out what entrepreneurs want (where is Mel Gibson on that, anyways?)–Jason “Prince of Pivoting” Goldberg offers a transparent look at how he went about raising $40 million for Fab.com led by the likes of Andreessen Horowitz.
In Mr. Goldberg’s case, he faced the added pressure of not having time to go through the usual dog-and-pony show during the run-up to Fab.com’s first ever holiday season. (Yes, that’s right, that $40 million came just six months after the company swerved from a gay social network to a flash sales site for design.)
So the serial entrepreneur decided to do things a little differently.
Always Be Hustlin'
If Betabeat just closed a $350,000 round of funding from folks like Dave McClure, Eric Ries and Esther Dyson, we’re pretty sure we’d spend the next day hungover trying to form our piles of cash into a Scrooge McDuck-like money pool.
Not so Tout founder Tawheed “TK” Kader, whose app attempts to solve the problem of repetitive email. “Its that magical moment right? Its what you’d been waiting for right? The press starts writing about you, the congratulations come flying in. You’ve made it. Right? Wrong.”
Deal With It
Daily deal aggregator Yipit just raised a $6 million B round led by Highland Capital partners with participation from previous backers RRE, DFJ Gotham and IA Ventures.
“We are hoping to expand in three ways,” says co-founder Vinicius Vicanti. “One is on the data side, where we will be analyzing and packing all the Read More
Shelby.tv founder Reece Pacheco was reportedly fielding offers for $200,000 in funding minutes after getting offstage at the TechStars NY demo day.
The company was initially aiming for a $500,000 seed round, but has since graduated to a what Onswipe’s Jason Baptiste calls a “series Awesome”.
Betabeat learned today that Shelby.tv plans to double Read More
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Foursquare is looking to raise an additional $20-40 million this summer at a $500 million valuation.
Betabeat chatted with several sources this week who suggested that the company would definitely be returning to previous backers Union Square Ventures and Adreessen Horowitz for some of this new capital.
Dennis Crowley just got back from a West Coast tour where he visited Apple and was spotted dining with Google. Today Foursquare’s head of recruiting checked in along Sand Hill Road at Andreessen Horowitz.
Got any more insight?
Red-hot NYC startup GroupMe has raised $10.6 million in its second round of funding. The investment was led by Khosla Ventures whose partner David Wieden joined GroupMe’s board.
New York VCs also got in on the deal: Lerer Ventures, Betaworks and First Round Capital all participated.
The service, which lets users create text messaging groups Read More
Tumblr has just raised a monster funding round, reported to be in the area of $25 to 30 million at a valuation of $135 million.
Dan Primack over at Fortune put a figure on this new round, which had been reported, sans financial details, by Business Insider last week.
BI hinted that Sequoia Capital Read More