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CarDomain Draws $3 Million In Funding

Have you ever seen a guy reach into his pocket, draw out a twenty-dollar bill, and celebrate “finding” this money?  Well, CarDomain.com pulled a similar move today, but on a rather grander scale – $3 million came out of founder Alex Algard’s pockets.

Lijit Receives $3.3 Million In Funding

Blog search is getting better – or at least richer – as Lijit Networks just secured $3.3 million in funding.

SupplyFrame Gets $7 Million In Funding

SupplyFrame doesn’t try to fight with Google, Yahoo, and the rest; instead, it provides “search and interactive quoting tools for electronic components.”  Yet there’s apparently big money in that aspect of the search business – SupplyFrame just received a fresh $7 million in funding.

Quintura Kept Aloft By Fresh Funding

The last time I wrote about Quintura, its “About Us” section made a fairly blatant plea for funding.  I noted this request, and called it desperate.  Now Quintura is millions of dollars richer, and I’m, well, not.

File-Sharing Could Get University Funding Cut?
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So as state-funded university tuition rises faster than the inflation rate, grants are becoming nonexistent, and students are actually looking abroad to complete their education cheaper and in half the time, Congressmen cozy with the RIAA are threatening to cut their funding more if they don’t play ball with the recording labels.

Trulia Takes In $10 Million In Funding

Some weeks are “product” weeks – the companies all have something they want to release.  This has been a “money” week – crazy amounts have been thrown around.  And – although the amount of craziness and throwing involved here is debatable – real estate search engine Trulia has just joined the crowd by raising $10 million in funding.

Buzznet Flies Away with $6 Million In Funding

Buzznet isn’t the biggest social network around, but it is one of the fastest-growing.  In a recent round of financing, the company won the ability to expand even more – Buzznet took in $6 million.

Joost Receives $45 Million In Funding

Internet television service Joost has raised $45 million in venture funding from five companies.

Networks Put Money on Joost

It may not be a $1.6-billion takeover, but Joost seems to be doing pretty well nevertheless, attracting $45-million in funding from a group of backers — including CBS and Viacom, two of the TV networks it has signed content deals with.

Topix Goes Beyond Aggregation

Topix went beyond aggregation today by launching the ability for local news readers to post or comment upon stories.  CEO Rich Skrenta describes the business model transformation where they took more risk to turn SEO attention into participation — sharing control to create value.

Funding and Starting a Web 2.0 Company

There are three basic brands of funding for your new shiny web 2.0 company. Bootstrap, Angel and Venture Capitol. Which one you use really relies on your personality (how well you tolerate risk) and how deep your pockets are.

Bootstrapping

Raising Startup Funding Without A Plan Or A PowerPoint

Before we get too deep into this, let me clarify two things.  When I say without a “plan”, I mean without a formally written business plan – not that you should be clueless about what you want to do.  And, when I say startup funding, I’m talking more about early stage seed funding via angels (though most of these tips should apply to VCs as well).

Eons Earns $22 Million In Funding

It’s not every day that a press release begins with the words “BOOM BOOM BOOM,” and yet that’s exactly how Eons, a media company that caters to the 50-plus crowd, chose to announce its receipt of a fresh $22 million in funding. It looks like there’s plenty o’ life in Eons yet (and hopefully in its users, as well).

Wikio Receives $5.3 Million In Funding

Wikio, which is basically a European version of Digg (more on that later), just received a considerable amount of funding to continue its growth. Reports indicate that Lightspeed Venture Partners and Gemini Israel Funds have endowed the company with $5.3 million.

More Open Source Funding – What Does it Mean?

Matthew Aslett, Matt Asay & Alex Fletcher are all writing about the increased funding that open source companies have received in 2006. Good news indeed. (Picture from robinicus919)

Another $40m For Spot Runner

ClickZ has details of some new funding for low-cost television commercial provider, Spot Runner. Spot Runner is an interesting concept, allowing companies to create and place TV ads for as little as $500, using an online interface.

Microsoft Funding Academic Search Projects

A dozen winners of Microsoft’s Live Labs Search request for proposals will share $500,000 in funding for their work in Accelerating Search in Academic Research.

Google Funding Firefox Sabotage
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Ed Bott writes that, thanks to Google AdSense’s Firefox Referral program, publishers are defacing their own websites and annoying users, all in the name of a $1 bounty.

Facebook Gets $25MM In Funding

The hits just keep on coming. Facebook has landed an additional $25MM in funding, and Bambi Francisco is reporting that the pre-money valuation of Facebook was $525MM.

Congrats To Coghead On Their First Round Funding

FINALLY can talk about this.

The Web 2.0 World is Also Flat

While a lot of the action in social media is here in the US, don’t count out other nations.