Spacer acquires Roost to grow its peer-to-peer parking empire

Australian peer-to-peer car parking marketplace Spacer has acquired U.S.-based Roost, which provides the same services stateside from its San Francisco-based headquarters. Its a move that lets Spacer make its entry into the U.S. market without having to establish its own office and start from scratch.

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A new, affordable naming startup for startups

A few years ago, I launched a daily email newsletter, and I was ecstaticto be striking out on my own for the first time. Alas, just a few weeks after filing to secure a trademark, an officious-soundingnote appeared in my inbox, and soon after, I found myself shelling out$10,000 in lawyers fees over a short-lived trademark dispute.

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Udacity adds robotics and digital marketing Nanodegree programs, 21 new hiring partners

Today at the inauguralUdacity Intersect conference, the online education startup announced new robotics and digital marketing variants of its popular Nanodegrees an effort to expand its corpus of 21st century skills-based courses. In addition to the new degrees, Udacity is adding 21 new hiring partners spanning the automotive, defense, tech, hardware and telecommunicationsindustries.

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Astro raises an $8 million Series A for its AI-powered email solution for teams

On the surface, Astro, launching its public beta today, is a nifty but not completely necessary email client that combines machine intelligence and a bot interface to improve workflows and increase the signal to noise ratio of mail for power users. But the real story is thatthe startup, backed with a new $8 million Series A led by Redpoint, is gearing up to pitchenterprises on itscollaboration platformthat combines AI, social graphs and integrations withcommon CRM, ticketing and group messaging tools.

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NFL’s Drew Brees backs Waitr to make takeout easy in anytown USA

Food delivery startups abound in the U.S., but few of them deliver to customers in second cities and smaller towns. From early pioneers like Grubhub to newer services like DoorDash, food delivery businesses have tended to focus onurban areas with a high concentration of restaurants and people who frequentlyorder takeout.

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Kidizen raises $3.2M for a kids’ clothes resale app with a social twist

Kidizen, a marketplace for secondhand childrens apparel, has raised $3.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced today. The funding was led by Chicago-basedOrigin Ventures, which backed the startup following its more than 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2016 which has allowedthe business to reach more than a quarter million registered users across the U.S. Also participating in the round were Royal Street Ventures, Corigin Ventures and MergeLane.

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