AdGrok (S10) Raises $470K To Be The TurboTax For Search Engine Marketing

Y Combinator-backed AdGrok has raised $470,000 in angel funding from Chris Sacca, Russ Siegelman, Ben Narasin, TriplePoint Capital and Y Combinator.

Today, the startup, which launched in August 2010, is also announcing the general availability of AdGrok to users. AdGrok’s web-based platform allows small businesses purchase contextual keywords on Google AdWords, without the cost of a SEM agency’s work. The SaaS suggests keyword buys, carries them out, and then collects and displays stats about their performance. AdGrok essentially becomes a business’ interface to AdWords, replacing Google’s platform with a more user-friendly software.

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1000Memories (S10) Raises $2.5 Million to Help Digitally Memorialize Loved Ones


1000Memories, a web service that helps digitally honor the memory of a loved one, has announced that it has closed a $2.5 million series A round of funding from Greylock Partners.

1000Memories gives friends and family an online destination to memorialize the recently departed. Its founders started the company after experiencing the impact of a death on Facebook and realizing that it wasn’t a sufficient or effective way to remember loved ones.

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Crocodoc (W10) Launches HTML5-Based Document Viewer With Annotations, Embeds, And Its Own API

Last spring document sharing portal Scribd launched an impressive new HTML5 engine that can render the site’s millions of documents in the browser, without Flash. Now fellow Y Combinator alum Crocodoc is launching its own HTML5-based document viewer that’s very similar to Scribd’s, but with a few key improvements, including the ability to actually annotate these documents in the browser. In other words, you now have one less reason to fire up your bloated copy of Adobe Acrobat. You can check out a document that’s been rendered using this HTML5 technology right here.

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