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Dering Hall raises $2.5 million

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Dering Hall is an online portal for home furnishings. The company has announced that it has raised $2.5 million in Series A funding. Investors that participated in this round include Hearst Magazines, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and SoftBank Capital. More details below:

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NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Dering Hall, the online portal for high-end home furnishings, today announced that it has raised $2.5 million in Series A funding. Investors participating in the round include Hearst Magazines, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and SoftBank Capital. The new equity will support the continued expansion of the team and additional investment in technology. In addition, Dering Hall has acquired the assets of Detroit-based start-up Doodle Home, a B2B software platform specialized in the home and interior design industry.

Dering Hall’s first-of-its-kind platform for the luxury design industry presents established brands, emerging artisans, design galleries, designers, and architects all in one easy-to-navigate place. The site provides access to thousands of curated furnishings and design products with its marketplace model, empowering its community to reach new customers and clientele, grow their online presence, and gain entry to an e-commerce point of sale.

“Dering Hall fills the void that previously existed in the luxury design category online by providing a platform where the exceptional quality and talent in the industry meet in one place to market their work,” said Peter Sallick, CEO of Dering Hall. “This investment will enable us to further scale the business and expand our product and service offerings to reinforce the site as the premier online destination for high-end home design.”

The company plans to use the funding for new functionality to further optimize the curated online shopping experience for professionals and consumers, which will be supplemented by the acquisition of Doodle Home’s digital assets. Additionally, Dering Hall will leverage the investment to expand its organization and grow the presence of non-US brands on its site.

Jennifer Gilbert, Founder of Doodle Home, will join Dering Hall’s Board of Directors. “I am honored by the invitation to join Dering Hall’s Board of Directors, a seasoned group that continues to raise the bar in the luxury design industry,” said Gilbert. “I look forward to working with Peter Sallick and his management team to deliver on their vision. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to Dering Hall’s strategic growth”

“We’ve been proud to partner with Dering Hall from the start. The transformation of all industries, and especially the design world, is sure to accelerate, and we expect Dering Hall to play a key role in broadening the demand for high end home furnishings,” said David Carey, President of Hearst Magazines.

NatureBox raises $18 million in funding

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Sidecar receives $10 million in funding

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Isabel Lerer launches The Dodo with almost $2 million in seed funding

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SoftBank Buys Stake In Brightstar For $1.26 Billion

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SoftBank has announced on Friday that they are investing $1.26 billion in Brightstar, a major wireless distributor.  The investment is part of a plan to centralize purchasing for SoftBank’s wireless units including Sprint.  This deal values Brightstar at $2.2 billion and is expected to close later this year.

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Supercell Raises $1.5 Billion From SoftBank and GungHo

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Swirl Raises $8 Million

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Swirl Networks is a Boston-based technology company that helps retailers customize their mobile applications.  Shoppers can be pinged with marketing messages and discounts while they are inside the stores.  Swirl Networks has raised $8 million in funding led by Hearst Ventures.  This round of funding also includes participation from existing investors like SoftBank Capital and Longworth Venture Partners.
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Fitbit Raises $43 Million From Qualcomm, SAP, SoftBank, True, and Foundry

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Fitbit is a company that has created several digital fitness trackers.  Fitbit has raised $43 million in funding, according to an SEC filing found by TechCrunchQualcomm Ventures, SAP Ventures, Foundry Group, True Ventures, and SoftBank Capital participated in this round.  Fitbit’s most popular devices are the Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip, and Fitbit Flex.
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