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In Second Opinion, PE-backed companies are borrowing money to pay dividends like it’s 2007, Y Combinator boosts its payout to startups, WhatsApp hits 500 million users and Happy Earth day!

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RealCrowd snares $1.6 mln

Real estate platform RealCrowd has closed $1.6 million in funding. Investors included Y Combinator, DCVC, Initialized Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst.

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Clever raises $10.3M in Sequoia led Series A

Clever said it raised a $10.3 million Series A round led by Sequoia Capital. The round was joined by Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, Y Combinator President Sam Altman and Deborah Quazzo of GSV Advisors. Sequoia Partner Bryan Schreier will join the board.

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Paul Graham’s new role at Y Combinator

Y Combinator’s Paul Graham announced on Friday he would no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of the accelerator he co-founded. At the Launch conference on Monday he talked a bit more about the transition at the pioneering accelerator.

Apportable secures $5 mln for mobile development

Apportable announced it has raised $5 million in funding from Google Ventures and a group of individual investors, including Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, among others. Apportable has now raised $7.4 million in total funding.

Mobile ad startup Voxel raises $1.6 mln in seed funding

Voxel, which launched Monday at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from First Round Capital, Pinnacle Ventures, Sherpalo Ventures and individual investors Sanjay Jha (former Motorola CEO), David Limp (vice president of Kindle at Amazon) and Joyo Wijaya (co-founder of Tandem Ventures). The company was co-founded by Y Combinator alumni David Zhao and Russ d’Sa.

GetGoing Partners Launches Integrated Hotel Booking Service

GetGoing, a personalized travel search and booking site, has launched a service for travelers to book hotels on GetGoing.com through a partnership with Expedia Affiliate Network. GetGoing is a Y Combinator company based in San Francisco backed by a number of venture capital and private equity funds.

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Venture Investing Climbs in the Second Quarter

Venture capitalists distributed $8.1 billion to startups in the second quarter, an increase over the previous three quarters, but down from a year ago, according to PitchBook. The deal count also declined from the second quarter of last year.

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This Tuesday morning we find out a bit more about Chinese private equity, that there are more exits coming from Asia e-commerce firms and that FundersClub has raised a vehicle for recent Y Combinator graduates.

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