Jeremy Stoppelman Posts

Airbnb closes $500 million in funding with $10 billion valuation

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According to TechCrunch, Airbnb, has closed on a $500 million round of funding led by private equity firm TPG with a $10 billion valuation. Airbnb is a fast growing website that lets users rent out their properties to make some extra cash and allow travelers to save some money. Airbnb has raised a total of $826 million. It is believed that Allen & Co. helped put together this round for Airbnb.

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Confide has raised $1.9 million in seed funding

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Confide is an off-the-record messaging app that was created for professionals. Confide has raised $1.9 million in seed funding led by WGI Group with participation from Google Ventures, First Round Capital, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, CrunchFund, Lakestar, Marker, BoxGroup, Jeremy Stoppelman, Doug Ellin, and Billy Bush. WGI partner Michael Walrath is joining the Confide board of directors.
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Minted Raises $41 Million In Series C

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Minted is an online marketplace for independent design and art that has raised $41 million in Series C funding led by Technology Crossover Ventures. Allen & Company and existing investor Benchmark Capital also participated in this round. Eventbrite co-founders Kevin and Julia Hartz also participated in this round.  Marissa Mayer and Jeremy Stoppelman are amongst other Minted angel investors.  Woody Marshall of Technology Crossover is joining the board of directors.

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Cloud-Based Payroll Company ZenPayroll Raises $6.1 Million In Seed Funding

ZenPayroll is a cloud-based payroll service for businesses that want to pay employees through a mobile device.  ZenPayroll has raised $6.1 million in seed funding from investors like Aaron Levin (Box founder), David Sacks (Yammer founder), Drew Houston (Dropbox founder), Jawed Karim (YouTube co-founder), Jeremy Stoppelman (Yelp founder), Kris Duggan (Badgeville co-founder), and Larry Augustin (SugarCRM CEO).  Other investors that participated in this round include Google Ventures, Salesforce.com, Y Combinator, Sherpalo Ventures, and several others.

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Yelp Penalizes Businesses Caught Adding Fake Reviews

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman talked at Business Insider’s IGNITION about how they handle fake reviews.  The company has a review filter that tracks signals that are coming in.  Yelp decides from there which reviews that they want to show.  Some businesses even put ads on Craigslist to purchase positive reviews on Yelp.

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Yelp Hits $36.4 Million In Q3 Revenues

Yelp has announced their Q3 2012 earnings and revenue has increase 63% since one year ago.  Earnings per share for the quarter was $0.24.  The company posted a $2 million loss and reported the $50 million acquisition for Qype.

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Steve Jobs Called Yelp and Told Them Not To Sell To Google In 2010

A couple of years ago, late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs called Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman and told him not to sell his company to Google. At the time Google was considering buying Yelp, they were valued at over half a billion dollars.

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Yelp Goes Live In Australia


Yelp is a website that allows you to review almost every local service. This includes restaurants, bars, doctors, dentists, spas, hotels, pet stores, real estate agents, etc. Today Yelp has launched in Australia. Yelp will focus initially on Melbourne and Sydney and will expand to other cities from there. You can visit the Australian version of Yelp at Yelp.com.au.
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