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Goodwall gets $10.8M to expand its ‘LinkedIn for students’

Goodwall , a US-focused student and graduate professional network which aims to connect young people with college and employment opportunities, has closed a $10.8 million Series A funding raise. The round was led by Randstad Innovation Fund , a strategic corporate VC fund that focuses on recruitment, and Swiss private equity firm Manixer. Additional investors include Francis Clivaz, Zurich Cantonal Bank and Verve Capital Partners. The 2014 founded startup says it will be using the new funding to grow the professional network, which has a core demographic of 14-24 year-olds, and more than one million members at this stage. “Our main initiative with this round of funding is hiring new talent in New York to support our expansion,” says  Taha Bawa, co-founder and CEO . “The funding will be used to grow our product team to provide better features for our two demographics: Highschool and college students. We are growing our sales team as well, to handle the demand that enterprises have shown in our talent.” “The United States is our current focus and will continue to be the focus throughout 2018. We will be growing with our students and serving them in college,” he adds. “ We intend to widen the appeal to the college/post-grad segment by focusing on driving value in terms of being found easily (via a mobile-first experience) by the companies that are interesting to them, whether they be startups or larger companies, for internships or first jobs. Beyond this, as with high school students, we will provide current college students the ability to connect and support each other.” Goodwall’s business model is based on generating  revenue from colleges and enterprises looking to recruit students on the platform.  For its target young people, the pull is an online platform where they can connect with fellow students and try to get ahead by showcasing their skills and experience, networking, and learning about education and employment opportunities. Goodwall says it matches its college student and graduate users to employers for job and internship opportunities, while its high school students get connected to colleges and scholarships. The startup is competing with traditional college and larger job boards but Bawa argues that its matching process offers an advantage to employers because it’s screening candidates so they get more relevant applications, rather than scores of irrelevant ones which they then have to sift themselves. The platform generally offers employers a way to source, connect and engage with a pool of motivated students and graduates — with employers able to pay Goodwall to get their brand in front of the types of students or recruits they’re looking for. “The typical Goodwall user is an English speaking, aspirational go-getter that is either college-bound or in college,” says Bawa. “Goodwall does not aim to only serve the 1% in terms of grades and achievements, though we have many students in this category, from Robotics Fairs winners to Olympic Champions

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HBUS, a partner of the Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, has formally opened for business in the US with support for nine…

Josiah Wilmoth / CCN : HBUS, a partner of the Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, has formally opened for business in the US with support for nine cryptocurrencies   —  Huobi-linked cryptocurrency exchange HBUS has formally opened for business in the U.S., providing one of the world's largest crypto companies …

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Jennifer Daniel, director of emoji for Android, describes the design process of Google’s emoji and how every company’s emoji is an extension of its…

Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC : Jennifer Daniel, director of emoji for Android, describes the design process of Google's emoji and how every company's emoji is an extension of its brand   —  - The Unicode Consortium picks the actual content, but she gets to decide what makes an emoji “Googley” and design them accordingly.

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As inflation soars and unemployment grows, Argentines turn to Facebook Groups to arrange trades before exchanging goods in person in barter clubs…

Nicolás Misculin / Reuters : As inflation soars and unemployment grows, Argentines turn to Facebook Groups to arrange trades before exchanging goods in person in barter clubs   —  SAN MIGUEL, Argentina (Reuters) - At an abandoned train station in Buenos Aires' working-class suburb of San Miguel, hundreds of Argentines gather …

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Report details virtualized storage startup Tintri’s fall from a $800M valuation to the brink of collapse due to management missteps and infighting…

Jennifer Elias / Silicon Valley Business Journal : Report details virtualized storage startup Tintri's fall from a $800M valuation to the brink of collapse due to management missteps and infighting   —  Tintri Inc. employees are speaking out about the dysfunction that led to the flash storage provider's precipitous decline.

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Sources: Groupon has contacted several public companies in the past few months to gauge interest in acquiring it; Groupon’s revenues fell 5.6% in 2017…

Jason Del Rey / Recode : Sources: Groupon has contacted several public companies in the past few months to gauge interest in acquiring it; Groupon's revenues fell 5.6% in 2017 to $2.84B   —  The daily-deal pioneer's run as an independent company could be nearing an end.  —  Groupon's 10-year run as an independent company could be coming to an end.

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China Merchants Group, a state-owned conglomerate based in Hong Kong, backs $15B China-focused technology fund that aims to compete with SoftBank’s…

Financial Times : China Merchants Group, a state-owned conglomerate based in Hong Kong, backs $15B China-focused technology fund that aims to compete with SoftBank's Vision Fund   —  China Merchants Group has teamed up with a London-based firm to launch a new Rmb100bn ($15bn) technology investment fund with aim …

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Q&A with Chris Cox, Facebook’s product chief across all its platforms, on free speech, working with fact checkers, Instagram’s toxic comments filter,…

Nicholas Thompson / Wired : Q&A with Chris Cox, Facebook's product chief across all its platforms, on free speech, working with fact checkers, Instagram's toxic comments filter, regulation   —  CHRIS COX HAS long been the chief product officer for Facebook.  He has also recently been promoted to run product at WhatsApp …

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