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Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 11:39
 Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. The store covers a range of types of products, including jewelry, electronics, toys and games, home decor and kitchen supplies, and items are supplied by a number of partners including Mixee, Scupteo and 3DLT. Amazon is… Read More

Marinanow Raises Seed Funding To Let Yacht Owners Find A Berth

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 11:38
 We’ve seen the rise of Airbnb models applied to boats in the form of Incrediblue. So why not berths for the boats themselves? Marinanow, is a new site for people who want to book berths for their boats and also charter. It’s now raised €370,000 of early stage investment from led by European VC United Ventures. The market for this is not your average – it has a yearly value… Read More

A/B Testing Service Leanplum Raises $4.8M Series A Round, Adds Marketing Automation Tools

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 11:30
 Leanplum, an A/B testing service for iOS and Android apps, today announced that it has raised a $4.8 million Series A round from Shasta Ventures. Previously, the company had raised an $825,000 angel round from TechStars, Kima Ventures, VoiVoda Ventures and a number of undisclosed angel investors. While Leanplum started out as a standard A/B testing solution, the company is now expanding… Read More

London Transport Network Finally Opening Up To Contactless Mobile Payments

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 11:18
 London has had a dedicated contactless payment travelcard, called Oyster, for over a decade — offering a smarter alternative to paper ticketing that can hold a balance and cap daily and weekly travel costs. But change is coming. From September, London’s public transport network will be accepting contactless bank cards for payment, after conducting a trial with some 3,000… Read More

Now Sidestage Joins Gigit In The Race To Empower Bands To Get Gigs

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 10:37
 Gigit, a platform allowing venue owners or hosts to book both well-known and up-and-coming bands for private shows, was unofficially at SXSW earlier this year after organising private shows for Path, Ashton Kutcher and Spotify. On Gigit, you pick an artist, a date, answer questions about the venue, the vibe they want etc. It then charges the host and takes a small fee from the artist. But… Read More

The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 03:00
 In the second of a three-part series exploring the constants of game design, we delve into talking about elegance, naturalism and the role of time. Read More

Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 00:00
 After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better). Their mission: to explore new ways of organizing data, to seek out new models for efficiency and security for… Read More

The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 23:00
 For many users, the desktop productivity app probably never fully went away. Anyone who uses Microsoft Exchange for email or calendaring, or Microsoft Word as their word processor, can tell you that those applications remain omnipresent in a number of organizations. What has changed, however, is how users first find and connect with those applications. Read More

#Love: In The Time Of Spotify

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 22:00
 If you look closely at what I’ve built—at my playlists, all of them public—you can see me. You only have to search my name and you’ll see it all right there: what’s in my head. I’m 23, and my idea of love isn’t far from the chorus of “In Your Eyes”. I’m living in the memory of John Cusack standing outside a window. I’m in the… Read More

Fates Forever Is League Of Legends Lite For Your iPad

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 21:20
 Released earlier this month, TechCrunch Disrupt alum Hammer & Chisel’s Fates Forever is a well-executed attempt to bring the MOBA to tablets. It doesn’t bring every feature in League of Legends to your iPad, but as you play you realize that most of what’s missing is fat trimmed to make for a better handheld experience. Read More

These Guys Turned A Rock Climbing Wall Into A Big Video Game

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 20:50
 Indoor rock climbing is a pretty excellent sport. It’s great exercise, it works your brain, and you can feel yourself getting better each time you reach the top. But once you’ve mastered the fastest/hardest/most creative routes up a given wall, that wall becomes… pretty boring. Perhaps a massive, virtual chain saw heading in your direction will liven things up a bit? Read More

The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 20:46
 In the 2013 film, World War Z, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is riding through the streets of Jerusalem as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken) explains how the city was able to avoid the zombie apocalypse: The tenth man. If nine of us look at the same information and arrive at the exact same conclusion, it’s the duty of the tenth man to disagree. No matter how improbable it may seem, the tenth man… Read More

On The Importance Of Forgetting

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 18:00
 The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget. Read More

How Can We Make Recruiting Better?

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 17:23
 Recruiting is broken. In fact, it is so broken that almost no one I have ever talked to about the subject has offered up a point of disagreement. Not one person has said, “I love recruiting” or “We find that recruiting works just great for us.” Among the Valley’s cognoscenti, today’s startup truism is that recruiting is the most important function of a… Read More

The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 16:30
 When I met Pascal Lorne earlier this week, I expected to get an extended pitch for his social networking startup Let. And sure, he ran me through Let’s features and pointed to its early signs of success, but he also detailed the bumpy road that he took to get to this point. Lorne sold his last company, Miyowa, for $59 million two years ago. Afterwards, he said he made a mistake… Read More

The Most Important M’s In M-Commerce

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 06:00
 Editor’s note: Phil Carter is an associate at Trinity Ventures, where he focuses on early-stage consumer technology investments particularly in mobile-enabled marketplaces and services.  A few customer groups are driving a disproportionate share of growth in smartphone use and mobile transactions. For entrepreneurs looking to build the next billion dollar m-commerce company, it pays… Read More

Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 02:00
 Yo! Is tech turning too stupid for its own good? Attempts at building better healthcare systems do not get the kind of investor interest that a new app called Yo! seems to be getting. While the whole world was deriding (and downloading) Yo!, the company quietly (well, not quite) raised further funding at a $10 million valuation. Read More

BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

Sat, 26/07/2014 - 22:00
 Elon Musk has defined the standard for a future mass-produced electric car – it must cost around $40,000, have a range of 200 miles, and be comparable to a BMW 3 series. BMW is now delivering its new i3 to the US market in accessible volumes. There are lots of great lessons for entrepreneurs to learn from watching the BMW versus Tesla battle. Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

Sat, 26/07/2014 - 19:30
 It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7/19 to 7/25 on TechCrunch. No one thought Facebook’s earnings would be this good. They set revenue per user records around the world, and… Read More

Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

Sat, 26/07/2014 - 19:00
 New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies. At a recent forum we hosted for founders and leading industry execs playing… Read More

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