Grokker has raised $5.5 million in Series A funding from Khosla Ventures, Josh Koppelman (First Round Capital), and angel investor Ron Conway. Grokker is a service that offers a network of online videos from experts. Some of the content on Grokker includes cooking, yoga, and fitness. Former eBay and Yahoo! executive Lorna Borenstein founded Grokker after she had a hard time searching for good yoga videos while on vacation even if she was willing to pay for them.
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Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs both worked together on Google Search and the Google’s data center technology. Taylor was the co-creator of Google Maps and the Google Maps API. He also founded a company called FriendFeed, which was sold to Facebook for around $50 million. Taylor became the CTO of Facebook following the acquisition until the summer of 2012 so that he could focus on a new startup. Gibbs is known for also known for creating Google Suggest. Gibbs and Taylor’s new startup is called Quip. Quip is a cloud-based word processor for the iPad, which is available for download now.
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Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, has started a new political group called FWD.us. The purpose of FWD.us is to focus on immigration reform and Zuckerberg wrote an editorial about it on The Washington Post. In Zuckerberg’s article, he called the U.S. immigration policy strange and said is unfit for today’s world. Zuckerberg was joined by many notable technology company executives for this initiative.
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About.me is a website that allows users to put up a digital business card with links to the social media profile. The About.me website features a large picture as the wallpaper to give your digital business card a bit more personality. About.me was sold to AOL two years ago and now the founders have bought it back.
AppNexus is a company that has a real-time bidding platform that has raised $75 million in funding. The Series D round of funding was led by Technology Crossover Ventures. Investors that participated in this round include Venrock and Tribeca Venture Partners. AppNexus has raised a total of $140.5 million.
Cook Taste Eat is website and free daily email of digital recipes and videos developed by acclaimed chef Michael Mina and other acclaimed chefs, delivering entertaining and informative content to home cooks and food lovers every day. The website was co-founded by entrepreneur Tanya Melillo. Cook Taste Eat features culinary videos and menus by some of the best chefs in the world. Cook Taste Eat is also co-hosted by Grammy award winning popular singer Michelle Branch (known for songs like “All You Wanted” and “Everywhere”).
Rewarder is a San Francisco based startup that has built an online marketplace where people can hire others for their knowledge. Rewarded has raised $7 million in funding.
Kabbage is an online company that provides working capital for small businesses. Kabbage has raised $30 million in Series C funding. Kabbage plans on using the funding to further advance their data platform and expand on their partnerships.