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Ark

Ark.com is a search engine for people. With Ark, you can search for new people, old classmates, new business contacts, and even your friends. With over a billion social network profiles indexed, and using a modern architecture, Ark provided the most comprehensive people search engine in the world.

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BabbaCo

BabbaCo, Inc. is a premier baby products company that creates innovative parenting solutions that are “simple, functional, and super cute.” Founded by a mother of two and serial entrepreneur, Jessica Kim, BabbaCo represents the latest know-how, trends, and innovation. The company has received national and regional notoriety on The TODAY show, ABC, Fox Business News, The Rachael Ray Show, Babble’s Top 50 Mompreneur, and People’s baby blog. BabbaCo’s latest product, the BabbaBox, was created to address the overwhelming demand for new products by existing customers. BabbaBox is a monthly subscription box that combines all the physical materials with the know-how content to really engage kids. It helps parents create, explore, story-tell and teach in an interactive and enriching way.

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Acquired by Barefoot Books

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BeachMint

BeachMint is a social commerce company for designer-curated direct to consumer sites. BeachMint launched their first brand, JewelMint, with Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist, Cher Coulter, in October 2010, StyleMint with Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen in July 2011, BeautyMint with Jessica Simpson and celebrity skincare expert, Nerida Joy, in October 2011, and ShoeMint with Rachel Bilson and celebrity stylist, Nicole Chavez, in collaboration with Steve Madden. Each site offers a subscription shopping model with personalized product recommendations for its members from their respective celebrity and expert.

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Beautylish

Beautylish, a social commerce website for the cosmetics industry, was founded in February 2010 with the goal of improving the way that everyone discovers and learns about the beauty products that they use everyday. Users can watch YouTube makeup tutorial videos, discover cosmetic and skin care product reviews, and learn celebrity makeup tips and secrets.

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Belly

Belly is a universal loyalty program that offers unique and exceptional rewards to local businesses through a single customer loyalty card. Belly replaces traditional "Buy 10, Get 1 Free" punch cards with a rewards platform that is tailored to each business' personality, connecting customers on a much more personalized level to the places they already love.

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BenchPrep

BenchPrep was launched in January of 2009 to offer study preparations tools for the GMAT and has since expanded to nine titles. BenchPrep apps are now available for subject areas ranging from K-12 to test prep to professional certifications and focus on social learning, data analytics, and cross-device synchronization to make the overall learning experience convenient, engaging and fun. The Company works with best-in-class education publishers including McGraw Hill Professional, Law School Admission Council and American Council on Education. The Company is in the process of building the world's first cross-platform educational apps publishing platform that focuses on the social and analytical aspects of learning. Watermelon’s content-agnostic solution delivers interactive apps on smart phones (iPhone, Android), tablets (iPad, Kindle), desktop (Windows, Mac) and the Web.

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Benzinga

Benzinga is a news and analysis service that focuses on global markets. Benzinga provides original, accurate and timely global financial content every day. The service features content from industry experts and experienced analysts while also covering the news of the day.

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Betterfly

Launched in May 2010, Betterfly is a website that matches people who want to learn, look and feel better with the people, not companies, who offer these services. To make it easier to find those tutors, coaches, stylists, trainers, etc., called Betterists, Betterfly is the website of its kind to exclude companies, and focus on people instead. In addition to its search features, the Company provides a robust platform for Betterists to create a highly-customizable profile page, which promotes their qualifications, services, special offers and payment policies, provides real-time availability, offers online appointment booking, and allows them to upload multimedia files, such as instructional videos and lesson plans.

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Acquired by TakeLessons

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Bonfaire

Members-only online luxury showroom featuring world-class designer shoes, handbags, and accessories available only for pre-order.

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Acquired by Moda Operandi

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Charlie

Charlie is a tool that compiles one-pagers on the people you’re about to meet with, before you see them. An hour before every meeting in your calendar, Charlie makes sure you walk in with the intel you need to make a killer impression: breaking news on their company, the passions and hobbies you both had no clue you shared, their professional history, and much more.

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Cleversense

The Clever Sense Platform makes sense of the real world by harvesting and sifting through the vast amount of information available on the Web. The platform is designed to connect the online world with the offline world: delivering the right information to the users in the right context (right time, right place, right intent).

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Acquired by Google

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Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is the most fun, simple and private way to meet quality singles. Leveraging Facebook social graph, CMB introduces members to singles close to their network, one person a day at noon.

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Contently

Contently is an open marketplace for writers and publishers. Contently provides a platform where real journalists can manage their freelance careers and where brands-turned-publishers can create and manage editorial operations. We like to think of ourselves as the "anti-content-farm."

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Crowdrise

Crowdrise is a crowd-sourcing community of volunteers and fundraisers that are answering the call to service and online fundraising for charity. Charities can use Crowdrise to raise money in new ways by turning their grassroots supporters into grassroots fundraisers.

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DoubleDutch

DoubleDutch is leading the way in the deconstruction of enterprise software. The company has introduced the world’s first mobile CRM application suite for events, sales teams, and other enterprise workgroups. Currently in use by leading companies like Cisco, Lowe’s, Wells Fargo, and others, DoubleDutch's mobile, social software applications help companies manage leads, deals, and ongoing customer relationships. DoubleDutch's continuously expanding portfolio of software solutions includes a white-label app for events and a mobile CRM opportunity management app.

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Dough is a revolutionary investing experience from the creators of tastytrade. With hours of informative and entertaining programming, the ability to follow dough traders in real time, and an innovative visual trading interface, dough is the perfect platform whether you're ready to start trading or still learning the basics. 

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DraftDay

DraftDay offers short term fantasy sports games for real money. Game buy-ins range from free to $500, and all major US professional sports are offered.

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Acquired by MGT

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ElaCarte

E la Carte deploys Prestos, custom touchscreen tablets, on restaurant tables so guests can order food, play games, and pay. Now you can scroll through mouth-watering pictures of every dish, customize your meal, order another round of drinks, and split the bill easily among friends - all at the touch of a button and without having to wait. With offices in Chicago, Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley, E la Carte is revolutionizing the restaurant experience across the nation. Coming soon to a restaurant table near you!

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Eventup

Eventup helps people find and book venues for their events. It is the only comprehensive guide to over 5,000 commercial and residential venues ranging from swanky Malibu beach homes and celebrity mansions, to wineries and art galleries and small clubs and large banquet halls. Eventup will save you hours of research looking for the perfect venue. Plus, you're connected directly to the venues to request quotes, schedule site visits and manage all your event details. It's free and easy.

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Flywheel

Flywheel is a managed WordPress hosting platform built specifically for designers and creative agencies. Flywheel makes it simple to build, launch, and manage client sites with its easy-to-use dashboard built from the ground up for the modern web designer. With nightly backups, blazing-fast load times, WordPress-specific security, and an awesome support team full of WordPress developers, Flywheel helps thousands of designers across the world launch projects every day.

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Fooda

Chicago-based Fooda is America's premier provider of services to captive audiences. Fooda has a large network of top local businesses and provides its services to groups such as schools, corporations, organizations, and residential communities. Fooda provides its services via on-site locations as well as mobile and web-based technology.

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Frank & Oak

Frank & Oak is a vertically integrated online menswear brand with premium threads and a simple, integrated, and personalized shopping experience.

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Free Agent

FreeAgent is an online accounting application used by thousands of freelancers and small businesses worldwide. It was voted Best Small Business Accounting Application in the 2010 Software Satisfaction Awards. It lets you send invoices, track time and expenses, analyze bank statements and build real-time accounts, all done simply with no confusing accounting jargon. Customers say it puts them back in control of their business finances, and even makes doing the books fun. No, really!

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GetGoing

GetGoing is revolutionizing the way people search and book travel, while helping travel providers decrease their unsold inventory. GetGoing offers consumers a new way to shop for their next getaway by combining patented technology and deep discounts from the world's top airlines.

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High Ground

HighGround: High Ground offers an innovative enterprise SaaS solution for the problem plaguing modern businesses of every size. Leave the costs of low engagement behind and step into the future of the workplace: socially-driven performance and loyalty-based engagement. They address the emerging trends in the workplace head-on with an integrated social platform and real-time results. The software touches each and every employee from Sales to Management through multifaceted platform that proves easy to implement and even easier to use.

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Hipster

Hipster is a location-based question and answer service. It uncovers information about real world locations that is not yet available online by asking “experts” who are knowledgeable about that particular location, based on social media check-ins.

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Acquired by AOL

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Hireology

Hireology is a full-suite technology based hiring platform that includes everything recruiters need to manage their hiring process. With integrated job postings, predictive tests and analysis, interview guides, background checks, skills verification and more, Hireology’s web-based platform helps businesses make consistent and repeatable hiring decisions.

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Lifecrowd

Lifecrowd is a destination connecting those eager to discover, join, and share interesting new activities with others, with a Host who can guide them.

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Lightswitch

Lightswitch is a web video production company that specializes in the creation of affordable content for small and medium-sized businesses. Lightswitch is the easiest way for a business to improve its online marketing through video; its objective is to increase customer engagement, web traffic and conversion rates without breaking the budget. The production professionals at Lightswitch will shoot, edit and deliver a low-cost, state-of-the-art, High Definition video that innovatively showcases your business and captivates your online audience.

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Locality

Locality: Locality allows you to compare services in your area by price, rating, hours, and more. Locality uses paid crowdsourcing to gather rich data from every local business, including the 75% of them that don't post their information anywhere else online.

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Locu

Locu's mission is to structure the world's information to power the next generation of web and mobile applications and help local merchants connect with consumers.

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Acquired by GoDaddy

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Markkit

Fast-fashion ecommerce platform driven by social influencers and fashion mavens. Gives fashion influencers their own ecommerce site, product placement, social sharing tools and access to their own label.

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Needle

Needle, Inc. is a sales chat platform for web, social, and mobile commerce powered by crowd-sourced product experts and brand advocates. Needle manages a cloud-based sales force of part-time individuals who are passionate about the products they support. Through live chat with brand experts, Needle gives companies an opportunity to give their online customers an an in-store shopping experience.

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Obaz

Obaz is an Ecommerce marketplace connecting indie fashion and home brands with consumers through various social channels including Pinterest, Facebook, and a network of over 25,000 bloggers.

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Acquired by Groupon

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OnSwipe

OnSwipe is a platform that makes it insanely easy for publishers of all sizes to make their content and advertising a beautiful experience on touch-enabled devices via Web browser.

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Ovuline

Ovuline is a Health IT company that uses clinically proven guidelines and machine learning to help couples have children. Ovuline uses a woman’s unique data to help her conceive faster and have a healthy pregnancy.

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Pawngo

Pawngo offers loans online to customers secured against valuables. It is the first established, dedicated, on-line pawn lender in the United States.

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PerBlue

PerBlue is a mobile gaming company based in Madison, WI. PerBlue is fueled with the passion to build great products and entertain millions of people, they endeavor to change the world with fun and innovative mobile game play.

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Qwiki

Qwiki co-founded by entrepreneur Doug Imbruce and Internet industry pioneer Dr. Louis Monier (founder of AltaVista). The company’s technology transforms data into interactive, rich media narratives, delivering an "information experience.” Qwiki debuted in September 2010 at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, where it won the TechCrunch Disrupt Cup.

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Acquired by Yahoo

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SkyVu

With over 19 Million app downloads and a portfolio of award-winning mobile games, SkyVu is one of the leading mobile game developers today. SkyVu's hit games include the extensive Battle Bear's franchise.

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SnapSheet

Snapsheet is the first self-service mobile application for settling auto insurance claims by photo. Using Snapsheet, insurance carriers can reduce cycle time per claim and lower the cost to receive  an estimate. Snapsheet offers a full suite of products to help insurance carriers, adjusters and customers  analyze and receive claims efficiently.

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SocialKaty Inc.

SocialKaty Inc. (SK) is a full service social media marketing agency. SK specializes in development of strategy as well as daily execution of social media marketing for brands. SK combines social branding with content, advertising, Facebook applications, and organic SEO to enhance findability. We are able to turn online communities into lasting customer relationships through creation and distribution of social media content.

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Acquired by Manifest Digital

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SoCore Energy

SoCore Energy is the market leader in solar portfolio development and commercial rooftop installations. Focused exclusively on the solar energy needs of multisite retailers, REITs and industrial clients, SoCore combines engineering excellence and financial innovation to reduce the operational and bottom-line expense of solar energy implementation, cut energy costs and hedge against utility-rate increases.

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Acquired by Edison International

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Soundsupply

Soundsupply is revolutionlizing music distribution by curating a collection of the best albums, and digitally bundling them as “Drops” for one easy download. The Drops are on sale at a discounted price, for a limited time only.

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SpiritShop

SpiritShop is a leading online retailer and eCommerce platform for officially licensed, Kindergarten through High School apparel and merchandise. Spirit Shop sells through its own 100,000 online stores offering hundreds of products with stock and customizable designs. It also powers eCommerce sites for schools, teams, local and national sports media companies, big box retailers and national and state athletic associations.

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SpotHero

SpotHero is a platform that allows parking lots and garages to drive extra customers to their existing locations. SpotHero offers a service that connects these lots and garages with consumers through both online and mobile applications. The SpotHero platform makes it easy to purchase parking ahead of time and reserve a parking spot for a day event, or even find monthly parking.

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Sprout Social

Sprout Social allows businesses to efficiently and effectively manage & grow their social presence across multiple channels and turn social connections into loyal customers. The web application integrates with Twitter, Facebook Fan Pages, LinkedIn, and other networks where consumers are engaging with businesses and brands. In addition to communication tools, Sprout Social offers contact management, competitive insight, lead generation, reporting, analytics and more – all in a package that's intuitive and easy to use.

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Tagkast

Tagkast amplifies social events through its patented tablet technology. As photographs are taken at live events, they are then streamed onto hand-held tablets. Patrons are allowed to login to their Facebook accounts and tag themselves. This creates a social branding opportunity along with sophisticated analytics of consumer information.

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TakeLessons

TakeLessons is the largest online marketplace for private lessons. TakeLessons began as a marketplace for music lessons, and is expanding into lifelong learning categories, such as crafts, hobbies, sports, fitness, etc. TakeLessons began as a marketplace for music lessons, and has since expanded into other lifelong learning categories.

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TalentBin

Talentbin: TalentBin is a talent search engine and recruiting CRM that helps technical recruiters discover, communicate with, and track recruiting interaction with previously unfindable talent from across the web. Like a "Google for people", TalentBin consumes "implicit professional activity" individual engage in online -- their tweets about "Ruby on Rails", the online email lists they talk about Hadoop on, or that they're listed as an inventor on a Lockheed Martin patent for "fire control radar" -- makes sense of it, and then composites it together into individual profiles in the TalentBin search index.

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Acquired by Monster

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Tasty Trade

Tastytrade currently produces eight hours of original, live programming every weekday, with 5 main shows and over 30 segments. The programming is designed to appeal to various investment levels, from beginner to professional, all with a mission to increase financial literacy around investing. 

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udemy

Udemy is a website that empowers anyone to teach and learn online. On Udemy, there are thousands of online courses from the best instructors in the world. Furthermore, if you're an expert you can share your knowledge by creating an online course on Udemy. Udemy's platform makes it easy for experts to build an online course. Instructors can use video, PowerPoint, PDFs, audio, zip files and live classes to quickly build a course and share their expertise with anyone in the world.

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WhosHere

WhosHere is the world’s only mobile meet-up application with “total freedom,” a cost-free, worry-free, label-free approach to location-based dating and networking. It’s fast to join, easy to use, and free to send texts, pictures, or VOIP calls without disclosing your phone number or email address. Founded in 2008, WhosHere has over 4 million users.

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Zaarly

Zaarly is a proximity based, real-time buyer powered market. Buyers make an offer for an immediate need and sellers cash in on an infinite marketplace for items and services they never knew were for sale.

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Zeel

Zeel is a revolutionary way to book same-day, in-home massages with licensed and vetted therapists.Zeel delivers Massage On Demand® from licensed, vetted therapists to customers in their homes, hotels and offices same-day, in as little as an hour. Booking takes seconds on the Zeel iOS or Android app. Zeel Massage On Demand® is available in the greater New York City area, the San Francisco Bay Area, greater Los Angeles and South Florida.

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Zest Health

ZestHealth reinvents the way consumers experience health and employers pay for it. Zest is a proprietary platform based on an easy to use mobile application that offers employees and their dependents access to information and help when they need it, yielding higher quality care more cost-effectively. Zest also leverages aggregated buying power to reduce employer spending when care is necessary.

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