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Can startups afford to be socially responsible?

it’s challenging enough for startups to manage the traditional bottom line of profits, let alone the “triple bottom line” of social and environmental impacts. But, increasingly, they’re supporting business models that benefit not just their shareholders, but customers, workforce, environment and greater community.

Can Etsy make the most of its ‘eBay moment’?

Thousands of Etsy members plan to protest the site over concerns that its definition of handmade is getting too diluted. Even though the protest is relatively small, it still highlights the tension between Etsy’s need to scale and its commitment to encouraging a human-centered community.

Simulmedia raises another $6M for TV ad targeting

Simulmedia announced that it has raised a $6 million Series C round from its existing group of investors, which include Avalon Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Time Warner Investments. That money will be put toward sales and support as it grabs more TV ad dollars.

Dwolla’s payment ambitions grow with $5M round

Dwolla has been grabbing attention for its next-generation payment system that bypasses credit card networks and connects directly into bank accounts. It’s been on a roll and now investors have lined up behind the start-up, to the tune of $5 million in a Series B round.

Got needs? Delicious founder launches Jig to meet them

On Friday, Delicious founder Joshua Schachter’s Tasty Labs announced its first product to the public: Jig.com. Essentially, Jig allows people to post questions about anything they need — there are no categories yet, just one big stream — and allow anyone out there to answer them.

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.

Union Square Creates New Fund as Social Media Goes Mainstream

Union Square Ventures is forming a new $165 million fund to help it participate in later rounds of funding for social media and network start-ups like portfolio companies Twitter, Foursquare and Tumbler as they grow beyond the early stages that the firm has traditionally focused on.

Etsy Founder Rob Kalin Takes Back CEO Role

Etsy co-founder Rob Kalin will become CEO of the online craft-selling site, replacing Maria Thomas, who’d joined the company from NPR last year. In a corporate blog post, Kalin credited Thomas with helping the company reach profitability, but did not offer a reason for her departure.

FourSquare Gets $1.35M in Venture Funding

FourSquare, the startup behind the popular LBS mobile application of the same name, has received $1.35 million in first round funding led…

Twitter Taps Dick Costolo as COO

Former Google (s goog) executive and Feedburner CEO and co-founder Dick Costolo will be joining the ex-Googler gang at Twitter as the…

Media Browser Boxee Gets $4 Million Funding

Digital media browser software firm Boxee has received $4 million in its first round of funding. The round was led by Union Square Ventures…