Matchstick Ventures raises $30M to back startups in the northern U.S. and the Rockies

Matchstick Ventures, a seed-stage firm that says it invests in “rapidly growing, yet underserved startup ecosystems,” announced this week that it has raised $30 million for its second fund. That’s a lot more money than the firm’s $5 million seed round. This time, Matchsetick says it will write initial checks of around $500,000, and in […]

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Daily Crunch: Automattic raises $300M

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Automattic raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation from Salesforce Ventures Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce and soon Tumblr, has […]

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Facebook expands its playable and AR ad formats

Ahead of Advertising Week, Facebook is the announcing the expansion of three interactive ad formats. First, it says that poll ads (which you may already have seen in Instagram Stories) are moving to the main feed of the Facebook mobile app. Second, the augmented reality ads that Facebook has already been testing are moving into […]

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GoDaddy upgrades its website builder with customized marketing action plans

GoDaddy’s website-building product GoCentral is getting an upgrade today — and along with new features, there’s a new name, Websites+Marketing. As you can probably guess, Websites+Marketing isn’t just a website builder. After all, as Senior Director of Product Management Heidi Gibson put it, a small business website is now part of a “a whole ecosystem […]

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