Ron Conway Posts

Local Travel Service Trazzler Raises $1.1 Million

Trazzler is a travel website that focuses on unique local places.  Trazzler employs several people in California, Florida, and Spain.  The company was co-founded by Adam Rugel and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
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Y Combinator Raises $8.25 Million

Y Combinator, the successful incubator firm started by Paul Graham has raised $8.25 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Aydin Senkut, XG Ventures, and Geoff Ralston. Last year Y Combinator raised $2 million. Y Combinator plans to increase the number of companies that they provide start-up funding to. Since starting in summer 2005, Y Combinator has invested in about 207 startups. [TechCrunch]

TweetDeck Raises $3 Million Series B, Now Has Foursquare and Google Buzz Support

Twitter stream platform company TweetDeck has raised $3 million in Series B from incubator company Betaworks. Other investors include Ron Conway, Danny Rimer, Accelerator Group, Roger Ehrenberg, and Howard Lindzon. TweetDeck now has a total of $5.3 million in funding.
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BuzzFeed Raises $8 Million From RRE Ventures, Ron Conway, Chris Dixon, Others

BuzzFeed is a New York-based website that has raised $8 million from RRE Ventures, Ron Conway, and Chris Dixon. BuzzFeed raised a $3.5 million Series A in 2008 from Hearst, Softbank, and Ken Lerer — who all participated in this round also. BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti was also one of the founding partners in The Huffington Post.
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Swipely Raises $7.5 Million In First Round

Swipely is a company that raised $7.5 million in a first round of funding. Swipely is essentially a social tool that can be used to share what you are buying. The model is very similar to Blippy.
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Stack Overflow Raises $6 Million From Union Square and Several Angels

Stack Overflow is a website where users can ask technical and programming languages. The website has just raised $6 million in their first round of funding led by Union Square Ventures. Other investors include Ron Conway, Caterina Fake, Chris Dixon, Bob Pasker, Micah Siegel, Naval Ravikant, Nirav Tolia, and Joshua Schachter.
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Bill Gross Launching “AdSense For Twitter” Startup Tweetup

Incubator company idealab is launching a new startup company called Tweetup. The man behind Tweetup is Bill Gross. Gross is the original founder of was renamed to Overture, a company that Yahoo! purchased. Yahoo! was able to leverage Overture patents by suing Google and settling for a settlement of 2.7 million shares.

Tweetup is a Twitter search engine that has an advertising platform. When you search for tweets using Tweetup, the search engine will use an algorithm to place important tweets at the top and contextual ads on the side.

If you integrate Tweetup into your own website, you can share 50-50 revenue with idealab. Tweetup already has an established partnership with

Investors have put in about $3.5 million into this idea. The investors include Index Ventures, SV Angel, First Round Capital, Betaworks, Jason Calacanis, Steve Case, and Jeff Jarvis. Danny Rimer of Index Ventures has a board seat at Tweetup. [TechCrunch]

Buddy Media Raises $2 Million

Buddy Media is a social media company that runs campaigns for major brands. They can handle brand management, advertising, and relationships with PR agencies with social marketing tools. Some of their clients include Microsoft, Anheuser Busch, FedEx, and Time Inc.

Buddy Media has just raised $2 million in funding from SoftBank Capital, Greycroft Partners, Ron Conway, and Bay Partners. Some of Buddy Media’s newest tools include the abilities to create and track Facebook Fan pages to drive a campaign. There is also a Twitter Management System. [TechCrunch]