Smore Raises $1.7M Seed Round For Its Single-Page Website Builder

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Smore , a platform for easily creating single-page promotional websites and TechStars Seattle alum, today announced that it has raised a $1.7 million seed round (including converting notes) led by Founder’s Co-op, with participation by Greylock Partners Israel and various angels.

The service, which mostly targets non-technical users, says it currently has over 500,000 registered users, who have published over 1 million flyers. Usage and revenue currently growing at about 15 percent to 20 percent per month.

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Besides the basic online flyers for mobile and desktop (which can also be printed), the company also offers its users tools for managing Facebook pages, promoting their content online and more features for managing mailing lists on the service. To allows users to design their flyers, Smore gives users access to templates and WYSIWYG online editing tools. In addition, the service offers its users a comprehensive set of easy-to-read analytics about how their pages are doing, including…

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An Awkward First Date Shot Through Google Glass

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We as humans are terrible at expressing our desires. You never quite know what’s going on in someone’s head. We’re not so different from Google Glass in that way. It’s tough to tell what’s someone’s doing in that little prism screen. This short film combines the awkwardness of dating with the overly-intimate nature of Google’s face computer.

But it also proves that despite the frequent jeers of Glass for being creepy, its ability to put you inside a film’s protagonist could open new realms for art. Check out the video’s premier, embedded below on TechCrunch:

Warning: Spoilers Below

Seriously, Don’t Ruin It For Yourself

So the guy wasn’t actually wearing Glass on this first “date”. Co-director and star Boonsri Dickenson tells me “I was going to go home but he still wanted to hang…

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Help Us Translate WordPress.com

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When you’re with friends and family, you probably speak in your native language.

Here at WordPress.com, we think of all of you as our family, but we have yet to master all 105 languages into which WordPress.com is translated.

To address this, we’re happy to announce a major effort to improve the quality of our translations. 

We’ve deployed a brand new tool, In-Page Translation, to allow you to participate more easily in the translation process — you’re part of the family, after all.

In-Page Translation Tool

Here’s how it works:

  1. On any WordPress.com dashboard screen or blog with its language set to something other than English, hover over your name and avatar on the Admin Bar.
  2. Click “Translate WordPress.com” link.
  3. A new sidebar with translation tools will appear on the left.
  4. Choose one of the rows, enter your translation, and hit “Submit.”
  5. Your suggestion is now sent to GlotPress.

Submitted translations will…

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Jack Ryan picked me up

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“To blab is to help the enemy!” 1954 Soviet poster

Flying 4 hours from London to Moscow and from Moscow to London the next day could be a bit tiring were it not for the new Jack Ryan movie on board the plane.

It is always a delight for a Russian to see Russia portrayed in a Hollywood blockbuster as a country of hapless oligarchs who can’t contract a decent ex-KGB killer and have to hire obese students from Uganda to do the job. Why Uganda?! A black-skinned killer in Moscow must be a wizard to beat the challenge of remaining inconspicuous.

You also know it is a Hollywood kind of Moscow when all roads in it take you to the Kremlin, either instantly or eventually. No. It is possible to live in Moscow and not see the Red Square for years. The FSB would be happy if foreign spies gravitated towards the…

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Alibaba’s IPO Means Consumer Tech Innovations From Asia Can’t Be Ignored Anymore

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Asia’s tech companies still have a reputation in the West for being copycats. But Alibaba’s massive IPO is proof that consumer tech innovations from Asia can no longer be ignored.

Alibaba finally filed for its highly anticipated initial public offering this afternoon. The IPO is widely expected to surpass the $16.4 billion raised in 2012 by Facebook. The public offering means several big Silicon Valley players will be rolling in dough, most notably Yahoo, which owns a 24% stake in Alibaba.

Media coverage of the IPO, however, has been relatively quiet. That may be because Alibaba is still best known abroad for its unglamorous flagship product, Alibaba.com, a business-to-business wholesale site.

Over the last 18 months, however, perceptions of Asian consumer tech companies have begun to shift.

Alibaba’s tech peers in Asia, including Tencent, Xiaomi, and Baidu still face challenges as they build an international user base, but…

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The 6 Disrupt NY Finalists: Boomerang Commerce, ISI Technology, Mimi, Mink, Showkit and Vurb

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Oh New York in the springtime! In the past two days, 1600 people have passed through the Manhattan Center for TechCrunch Disrupt NY, in hopes of seeing or being the new new thing. We’ve seen Fred Wilson, Brenden Iribe, Mike Judge and many more grace our stage. Tomorrow we’ll get to see interviews of Marissa Mayer, Sophia Amoruso, Whisper’s Michael Heyward and get a surprise visit from WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.

In addition to the above tech superstars and more, twenty-five startups have presented on our stage in Startup Battlefield. And now our judges (and the TechCrunch team) have judged and we’ve got our five finalists picked out. These finalists will move on to the lightning round tomorrow, competing for a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize and a really big cup.

Finals judges include the esteemed John Borthwick (Betaworks), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz), Marissa Mayer…

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