By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor

Today’s early-stage startup funding and acquisitions news:

New York City-based Dering Hall, an online platform that connects consumers with interior designers and design concepts, has closed a $1.4 million Seed funding round. Investors include Lerer Ventures, Softbank Capital and Hearst Corporation. The startup was founded in 2011 by Peter Sallick, who also heads up designer fixtures firm Waterworks (his family’s business), and prominent interior designer Steven Gambrel. The site connects consumers directly with designers, allows them to view designer portfolios and allows designers to sell home furnishings and other high-end home products directly to consumers. (Sources: Dering Hall, TechCrunch, CrunchBase, SRGambrel.com)

Vital Stats:

Website: www.deringhall.com

HQ: New York City

Founders: Peter Sallick, CEO; Steven Gambrel

Founded: 2011

Investors: Lerer Ventures, Softbank Capital, Hearst Corporation

Total Funding: $1.4 million

More funding news…

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Qriously Raises $3.5 Million from Spark Capital and Accel Partners to Build upon First-of-its-kind “Question Network” Model (via company press release)

Betapond Secures €2M in Funding Round led by the Ulster Bank Diageo Venture Fund (via company press release)

500 Startups Raises $10M ’500 Durians’ Micro Fund, Hires Khailee Ng As Venture Partner To Invest In SE Asia (via TechCrunch)

Etece, A Spanish TaskRabbit, Raises €450K Series A To Expand To Four More Local Cities (via TechCrunch)

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