In the tech world, the billion-dollar startups never grow up



Niklas Östberg’s startup has raised so many rounds of funding that he has almost lost track.

“I think officially we’re probably on Series, oh, did we do H maybe?” says Östberg, cofounder and CEO of Delivery Hero, an online food-ordering service. Series H turns out to be the right answer. Delivery Hero periodically receives what Östberg calls “small” investments of $5 million to $20 million from individual investors. It gets hard to remember which round an investor joined.

Delivery Hero, four years old, has already raised more than $1 billion in financing. “I don’t think that the rush for an IPO is there any more,” Ostberg says. “I think we could probably raise another billion without a problem.” Read more…

More about Funding, Startups, Uber, Pinterest, and Business

Pinterest raises $367 million in funding at $11 billion valuation



Pinterest is the latest tech company to secure an 11-figure valuation.

The social bookmarking service has raised $367 million in funding with plans to raise as much as another $211 million more for a grand total of up to $578 million, according to a regulatory filing on Monday

The Series G round of funding — yes, it’s up to G now — is said to value the company at $11 billion, according to a rep from the company. At that level, Pinterest’s valuation is slightly ahead of Dropbox and Airbnb and just behind that of Snapchat

“Pinterest will use the additional capital for corporate purposes, including to fuel international expansion,” a rep for Pinterest said in a statement provided to Mashable. “In 2014, international users grew more than 135%. Today, they are more than 40% of all users, up from just 28% in 2013.” Read more…

More about Funding, Startups, Pinterest, and Business

Pinterest’s Head of Partnerships To Speak At Disrupt NY

pinterest Bookmarking site Pinterest has established itself as one of the top social networking sites on the web with some 70 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore. But the company, whose last funding round valued the business at $5 billion, is still in the early days of experimenting with its revenue model, and building out relationships with advertisers and partners. Playing a key… Read More

Pinterest to hit 50 million active users in US next year, new data says



Pinterest may need to pin some more users.

The visual bookmarking service is projected to have just more than 47 million monthly active users in the U.S. this year, and top 50 million next year, according to a new estimate from researcher eMarketer.

That puts Pinterest far behind Facebook, which reported having 128 million daily active users in the U.S. back in 2013. It’s also well behind Twitter, which claimed 63 million monthly active users in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“[Pinterest’s] growth may be more limited than other services, simply because what you do on Pinterest — find and pin things that you like — isn’t necessarily something that large numbers of people may want to do,” Debra Aho Williamson, an eMarketer analyst and author of the report, wrote in a statement. Read more…

More about Marketers, Pinterest, Business, and Marketing

How to jazz up your Pinterest page with music



We’ve been checking out your Pinterest page, and it’s seriously lacking some tunes.

But don’t worry — you can easily add audio from a variety of sites to give your boards some musical pizzazz

Below, we walk you through a few creative ways to make the most of music on Pinterest. Turn it up to 11 and read on.

Sharing music videos


Image: Vimeo

YouTube, Vimeo and VEVO all offer built-in sharing options for Pinterest, making it a cinch to share music videos to your boards

When you’ve found a video you want to pin, just click the “ShareThis” icon on each respective site, click on the Pinterest icon or option, choose a board, edit the description and pin it Read more…

More about Music, How To, Social Media, Features, and Pinterest

Pinterest reportedly eyes $11 billion valuation



Pinterest is in talks to raise $500 million worth of funding, expected to increase the value of the photo bookmarking site to $11 billion, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the new funding round, citing sources close to the matter as saying the company, founded in 2010 by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra, is looking at a new round of funding

With more than 75 million users globally and a new monetization push — with the offering of promoted pins to all advertisers — the company is showing no signs of slowing down. The social advertising strategy, where advertisers pay for photo content appealing to the user that appears in their regular content stream, is already being pushed out by Facebook and Instagram. Read more…

More about Pinterest, Business, and Apps Software

How to get the most out of Pinterest’s Guided Search



Pinterest‘s relatively new search feature, Guided Search, is supposed to help you explore the site, “whether you know exactly what you want, or you’re just starting to look around.”

In other words, Guided Search is a clever yet easy way to sift through Pinterest’s 750 million boards and 30 billion pins to find what you’re looking for.

We’ve taken a detailed look at Pinterest’s Guided Search to find how to get the most out of this feature. Even if you aren’t a dedicated pinner, we recommend checking this out — join us on a tour below. Read more…

More about Search, How To, Social Media, Features, and Pinterest

Forgot about your Valentine? Pinterest has you covered



Did you completely forget about Valentine’s Day? Did your significant other just give you an amazing gift? Are you desperately scrambling around trying to find something to give back?

Don’t worry, Pinterest has you covered.

They’ve put together a board of Valentine’s Day cards handmade from Pinterest users across the globe. For those of us who are having trouble finding the right words or those that just flat out forgot, this is Cupid’s gift to you

Check out some of their amazing cards below or visit their site to find the full list: Read more…

More about Valentine S Day, Pinterest, Watercooler, and Pics

Pinterest now lets you pin and download Apple apps



Apple is pinning some of its hopes to Pinterest to improve app discovery.

Pinterest, the popular social bookmarking service, introduced a new feature that lets users share and discover apps for iPhone and iPad on Thursday

With the option, called App Pins, users can tap an “install” button, which lets them download the application to an iOS device without being taken to a page outside of Pinterest

Apple, for its part, has thrown its support behind the effort by creating an official App Store page on Pinterest that curates applications into categories ranging from fashion to health Read more…

More about Apps, Apple, Pinterest, Business, and Apps Software

iPhone And iPad Users Can Now Download iOS Apps From Pinterest

pinboard Pinterest is making its visual social network a destination for app downloads, after it announced a partnership with Apple that lets its users download iOS apps directly from its mobile app. Read More