Etsy to become an indie biz one-stop shop

While many artisans have made good money by selling through Etsy, CEO Chad Dickerson said the next step is to help them grow and expand in whatever way they want to. And that means rethinking what Etsy is and its value proposition for its merchants.

Zaarly goes big: $14.1M funding, Meg Whitman joins board

Peer-to-peer marketplace Zaarly has secured some major support — from some of the tech industry’s biggest names. Zaarly has closed on $14.1 million in a series A funding round. In addition, Hewlett-Packard CEO and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has joined Zaarly’s board of directors.

Yardsellr rebrands as YellowDog, launches fashion site

Yardsellr, the online marketplace that plugs into Facebook, has launched a new clothing and accessories site called, aimed at a younger, fashion-focused demographic. The company is rebranding as YellowDog Media, which will act as an umbrella company to, Yardsellr, and other forthcoming specialized marketplaces.

Skillshare raises $3.1M to make every person a teacher

Skillshare, the peer-to-peer learning start-up I profiled recently, has raised $3.1 million from Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. I reported in my profile that the two VC firms were close to funding Skillshare’s Series A round and now it looks like it’s official.

AirBnB gets $112M in new investment

AirBnB, a San Francisco–based person-to-person room-, apartment- and house-rental startup, has raised $112 million in Series B funding from a group of investors including Russian Internet investor DST Global, General Catalyst and Andreessen Horowitz. AirBnB has raised about $120 million. More details after the fold.