So Refined

Refinery29 Raises $20 Million to Keep Making Aspirational Rain Boot Slideshows

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To survive in this materialistic, stuff-oriented world, one must have an arsenal of beauty and fashion websites at the ready. One such site, Refinery29, has just raised another $20M, in a Series C round of funding. The company will use the cash to expand its mobile offerings, which means it’ll soon be easier than ever to take in endless hair how-tos and moody street-style pics from the comfort of your iPhone. Read More

furry friends

FYI, The Dodo Has $1.2M in Seed Funding to Play Around With

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The Dodo! It’s happening. Former Salon honcho Kerry Lauerman stands at the helm of the soon-to-debut animal-themed site, Popular Science writer Dan Nosowitz has hopped aboard as founding editor, and of course let’s not forget backer Ken Lerer and his daughter, Isabel.

The latest update: The startup has filed a Form D announcing it’s raised $1.2 million in capital. Presumably that money comes from Mr. Lerer, who announced back in the summer he’d be backing the site and offering office space. (We’ve reached out to confirm and will update if we hear anything back.) Read More

Venture Capitalism

Bon Voyage! Steve Schlafman Is Leaving Lerer Ventures for RRE

Mr. Schlafman (twitter)

There’s a little shuffling in the city’s VC scene this morning. VC Steve Schlafman has announced (via his Tumblr) that he’ll be leaving Lerer Ventures to join RRE. He’ll be a principal focused on Series A investments (as opposed to his seed stage work at Lerer).

We like to imagine that when you leave Lerer you get Smirnoff iced as a send-off, but maybe that’s just us. Read More

Fresh Capital

Think of All the Glue Guns and Beads from Michael’s Brit Morin Can Buy With Her $6.3 M. Series A

Brit Morin

Mini Martha and ex-Googler Brit Morin is expanding her arts and crafts empire with a fresh $6.3 million Series A, according to Business Insider. Ms. Morin, who’s married to Path cofounder Dave Morin and is known for creating colorful drawings on restaurant table cloths, raised the round from a number of bold-faced names, including Lerer Ventures and Marissa Mayer. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: IamA Hollywood Actor Using Reddit for Self-Promotion AMA

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Looks like the tech industry is still poaching from Wall Street, and the WSJ is ON IT! [Wall Street Journal]

Facebook’s first quarter results are in, and it looks like the company’s mobile ad revenue is finally increasing. [New York Times]

The father-son duo of NYC-based VC firm Lerer Ventures is launching a website in conjunction with Mayors Against Illegal Guns called StoptheNRA.com. [TechCrunch]

Now that the neckbeard lobby is growing in influence, can Hollywood A-listers master the Reddit AMA without having another Rampart situation on their hands? [LA Times]

Now New York Senator Chuck Schumer is going after patent trolls. Perhaps he’s jealous of all Mayor Bloomberg’s startup cred? [TechCrunch]

“Hey guys, we can make TV too!” – AOL [Adweek]

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You Have Until Midnight Tonight to Vote for Your Favorite Startup for The Pitch

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Twenty New York startups are competing to be featured in the second season of our web series The Pitch. But only 10 will move on for a chance to pitch investors–Steve Schlafman of Lerer Ventures and Nikhil Kalghatgi of SoftBank Capital–and win funding for their idea. And you get to decide!

Check out the slideshow and vote for your favorite startups to make it to the next round. Read More

Closing Time

Soho TechLabs Shuts Down Social Travel Site CasaHop

(Photo: Mr. Berry)

Back in April 2012, the HuffPo cabal-backed Soho TechLabs launched a social travel site called CasaHop that allowed users to “connect with people worldwide to trade homes for vacations and more.” Now, Soho TechLab’s CEO Paul Berry told Betabeat that the incubator is shutting down CasaHop in order to focus more on RebelMouse, a tool for building social webpages that has seen explosive growth in recent months.

“CasaHop never gained the traction it needed,” Mr. Berry told Betabeat by phone. “The timing was off. Airbnb is really in a winner takes all situation in this area. I hope one day someone is going to break out and make this an enormous idea because I love home exchanges, but too few people feel comfortable with other people staying in their place while they’re away.” Read More