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Rovio Owner Backs Teller, A Startup Aiming To Make Email Work Better When You Check It Less Often

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 14:10
 If you’re in the U.S., you’re probably taking a well-deserved break from work and all the accompanying email today for the July 4th holiday. But when you return, your inbox is going to be a nightmare. An unsorted, unfiltered, unorganized mess. A new startup called Teller wants to help with that. The company also has a small round of funding as one of the first investments from… Read More

On The Hunt For Better Margins, Fab Debuts Hem, A New Furnishings And Design Brand

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 11:39
 Just two weeks after announced the acquisition of One Nordic – a Helsinki, Finland-based maker of furniture, lights and other home deco products — the online design store is moving swiftly to the next stage of its new strategy to focus more on original goods: it’s launching Hem, a new line of customizable, “affordable” furniture and products,… Read More

A Drone Over PragueCrunch

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 08:17
 When I held the first PragueCrunch in 2008 I didn’t expect much. I loved the city but I wasn’t sure what sort of start-up ecosystem it had. But, in those strange days when live streaming was still a clever trick (don’t try finding those streams. Technology changed so fast that they essentially evaporated) and money was contracting, I found everything about the Czech… Read More

The Government Once Built Silicon Valley

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 08:00
 Last month, I received an invitation to participate in the “Startup Global Design Workshop” hosted by the White House Business Council and Business Forward. The organizations are working on bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and Washington. Currently, small-to-medium-sized enterprises are responsible for 98 percent of U.S. exports. As part of the President’s Nation… Read More

Stop The JerkTech

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 01:06
 “Go disr*pt yourself” is what I have to say to founders of startups like ReservationHop and Parking Monkey. They’re emblematic of a compassionless new wave of self-serving startups that exploit small businesses and public infrastructure to make a buck and aid the wealthy. Let’s call these parasites #JerkTech. It’s one thing to outcompete a big, stagnant company… Read More

HomeAway Mulls Venture Fund As It Hits A Milestone

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 00:59
 The vacation rental marketplace HomeAway is pondering a move into backing startup companies. As it passes a recent milestone of breaking more than 1 million listings on its service, one of the first online marketplaces to challenge the hotel industry may begin making minority investments in companies that would add value to its service. Read More

Everyone Seems Mad At Reservation Hop, Founder Admits He Was “Taken Aback” By The Criticism

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 00:26
 So … have you heard about Reservation Hop? I mean, it’s not quite the hottest topic on Twitter, but among the folks who have heard about it, the idea seems to have unleashed an impressive torrent of malevolent creativity. The idea, basically, is that Reservation Hop will help users get a table at in-demand restaurants. How? The company will make reservations in advance, and then… Read More

Gillmor Gang Live 07.03.14

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 00:05
 Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 5pm Pacific time. Find our Facebook page here click. And find our live show chat on Friendfeed here. Read More

Samsung Gear Live Review: Samsung’s Smartwatch First Mover Advantage Helps Its Android Wear Effort

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 00:05
 Samsung is one of the first to market with an Android Wear smartwatch, and the company arguably has a head start since it’s been making its own smartwatches since last year. The Gear Live owes much to its predecessors, which have run both a modified version of Android and Samsung’s own Tizen, but it manages to feel like much more than an older sibling’s hand-me-downs.… Read More

LG G Watch Review: This Early Android Wear Watch Could Use A Bit More Time To Bake

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 23:10
 LG is one of the first to market with an Android Wear smartwatch. Their hardware runs on Google’s smartwatch platform, which is pretty locked down in terms of what kind of customizations Google allows OEM to make. But there’s still plenty of room to shine – and fall short – when it comes to hardware design. LG’s watch seems to have missed the mark in some key… Read More

Facebook Becomes A Local Party Discovery Tool With “Events For You” Redesign

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 22:48
 Just because you weren’t invited, doesn’t mean Facebook can’t help you crash the party. Facebook Events on the web got a slick visual overhaul today that includes a new “Events For You” tab that recommends gatherings it thinks you’ll enjoy, even if no one invited you, friends aren’t going, and you’ve never been to the venue. Rather than just being… Read More

Foundation: The Squarespace Ideation Narrative

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 22:33
 In our newest Foundation interview, I spend some time with Squarespace founder and CEO Anthony Casalena. Anthony provides a fascinating look at the Squarespace ideation narrative, and the company’s short-term and long-term goals. Anthony on managing a team at a startup: “You can’t wish trust into existence. Trust is built and shared experiences. I think of how aligned we are… Read More

California Democrats .Whine Over Proposed .Wine Domains

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 20:18
 Let’s see if we can do this without making any puns. In May, California Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers (ICANN), asking that .wine and .vin domain not be assigned to “any applicant,” provided that worries concerning protections against cybersquatting can’t be resolved. Congressman… Read More

Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 19:55
 Nielsen’s music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 million and album sales fell 11.6% to 53.8 million. The report makes Apple’s acquisition of… Read More

South Park, Now In Virtual Reality

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 19:50
 Ready to head on down to (virtual) South Park, and have yourself a (virtual) time? Looking to brush up their virtual reality skills, a team of designers has recreated everyone’s favorite quiet little mountain town for exploration with the Oculus Rift. Read More

Mobile Accelerator Tandem Announces Four New Startups As It Prepares To Double In Size

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 19:09
 Tandem, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator for mobile startups, is unveiling its latest group of companies. The firm says this is its “largest startup class ever” — though that’s not quite as dramatic a change as you might think. In the past, Tandem has accepted three startups in each class. This time, there are a grand total of four. Read More

Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 18:56
 The latest data from Comscore regarding the United States smartphone market isn’t great for Microsoft. The company’s Windows Phone platform managed no growth, ending the May period with a 3 month market share average of 3.4%, the same level that Comscore reported for the platform in February. Android was flat, Apple picked up 0.6%, and Blackberry lost 0.6%. Android and Apple,… Read More

Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 18:49
 We’re thrilled to announce that legendary founder and investor Peter Thiel will be joining us on stage at Disrupt SF 2014. From PayPal to Founders Fund, Thiel has set the bar for success in Silicon Valley, and this will be the second time he’s spoken at our conference. We’re glad he’s back. Thiel made the first outside investment in Facebook in 2004, and was an early… Read More

Bonobos Raises Another $55 Million To Expand Its Online-Offline Shopping Experience

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 18:32
 Online clothing retailer Bonobos has raised a $55 million Series D round of funding led by Coppel Capital. With the funding, the company plans to expand its offline presence as a way to introduce new customers to the style and fit of its clothes, while also showing off new offerings to existing customers. Read More

eBay-Owned E-Commerce Platform Magento Shuts Down Services Aimed At Smaller Retailers

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 17:14
 E-commerce platform Magento, owned by eBay’s Enterprise division, is closing down two of its products designed to reach small to medium-sized online retailers: Magento Go and ProStores. The company has posted notices and informational guides on both product websites, directing current customers to “Migration Center” dashboards and various FAQ’s that will help them… Read More