What China does to curb its emissions is good both for the environment and for tech companies looking for a large market. So it’s worth paying attention to a report released Monday that argues that the world’s largest polluter could double its renewable energy use between 2010 and 2030 by investing $145 billion annually.
Like peers such as Axel Springer, the German magazine-publishing giant Bauer Media has been branching out into the digital world as an…
New iPhone app Superb helps users craft a list of places they want to go to, using a Tinder-like swiping interface.
Twitter has unveiled its new profile layout, which focuses on photos and video while pushing lower-value text to the background.
Secret has finally spoken up about that rumored funding round it had last week, clarifying the number and offering some pertinent user…
The world of alternative UIs is expanding, so getting developers to build compelling apps to advance your technology is tough. Leap Motion hopes an accelerator program can help it compete.
The stealth company that nabbed $12 million has finally shown off its mysterious product.
Now on his fourth startup, Illumio Chief Commercial Officer Alan S. Cohen offers tips to create a successful company.
The lean startup model works for some, but not all companies. Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta offers five reasons why companies with awesome products, large markets and access to capital might want to consider bulking up.
The Globe and Mail reports that Blackberry’s deal to be acquired by Fairfax has died, and CEO Thorston Heins will leave the company as it attempts to raise new funds.
Home Depot? Check. Registry of Motor Vehicles? Check. Restaurants? Check. Startup incubator? Coming soon to the Arsenal Mall.
Angie’s List announced on Monday that it acquired BrightNest, the company we wrote about in March that was one of several startups…
Atlanta is more famous as the home of The Coca-Cola Company than as a hub for technology, but the city is trying to put itself forward as a hotbed for mobile and security startups.
By tackling deals in a different way, Hukkster hopes to bring the power back to the shopper.
Looking for interesting companies coming out of Founder’s Den, the co-working space and entrepreneur network in San Francisco? Here are our top three picks from Tuesday’s demo day.
Google has acquired stealthy startup Talaria, in what looks like a deal that will help the search giant compete for cloud business with Amazon.
Speed is important when you’re building a new company. But don’t think it’s the only thing that matters, says Philipp Moehring, one of the faces behind leading European accelerator Seedcamp.
SecondMarket, the New York-based online platform for trading shares in privately-held companies, on Wednesday announced that it is partnering with AngelList to enable qualified investors on its site to invest amounts starting at $5,000 or less in early stage tech startups.
As companies eye longer paths to the public markets, SecondMarket said more startups are incentivizing employees through liquidity programs that let them cash out pre-IPO. In a quarterly report released Friday, it also listed some of the startups attracting the most attention on its platform.
The 125 MassChallenge finalists gathered in South Boston Tuesday night to show off their ideas to media and techies. The array of products and creativity on display was exciting and ran the gamut from smartphone apps to a glycerine polymerization process.
If you work at a startup, you will eventually end up organizing an event. Yesterday, LIFFFT co-founder Donald DeSantis shared his advice on how to get your party on the cool kids’ calendars. Today, he explains how to get your network to work for you.
Modern web-scale applications like Google, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn, and others are implemented as distributed systems as opposed to single monolithic codebases. Surprisingly, modern startups are generally built the same way. So what can startups learn from web apps?
Technology has helped bring about a retail shift that now means I can buy consumer goods without ever leaving my house, shaving gear without ever thinking about it and now, thanks to True&Co, bras without ever having a tape measure wrapped around my chest.
The Windy City is famous for one big giant startup Groupon, but the folks at Chicago’s newest incubator Catapult believe there will be many more, and — for a short while at least — it hopes to play host to the next big Web sensations from the Midwest.
An exec at jobs marketplace Zaarly pens an uncompromising post admitting he’s been converted to remote work skepticism and arguing that for demanding, idea-hungry startups at least co-located teams are definitely the way to go. Is he on to something?
One German trade association has started its own Kickstarter rival to give a boost to local web retail startups — but it’s still got to work within local laws, which restrict the amount that can be raised to $130,000.
I’ve never been to the World Economic Forum in Davos, but Nick Paumgarten from the New Yorker has, and in the most recent issue he laid out his view of the world’s most famous executive conference. And you know what? It sounds a lot like SXSWi.
While it’s easy to be skeptical of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s grand vision to make Las Vegas a startup hotbed, the companies that have moved to the desert are confident they made the right decision, in part because Las Vegas isn’t Silicon Valley.
Awe.sm has secured $4 million in Series A funding. Awe.sm is probably best known to most people for its URL shortening service, but the San Francisco-based startup says it’s actually rooted in a deeper software platform attached to those shortened links that provides analytics tools.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt says his company is not quashing competition in the web industry — and has pointed to the fact that search startups like Hipmunk are still receiving millions in venture capital funding as proof. But does this really mean there’s a level playing field?
Iddiction, a new startup led by Outfit7’s founding CEO Andrej Nabergoj, has secured $3.5 million in a seed round of funding. Details on what exactly Iddiction will do are scarce, since Nabergoj says the company is currently in stealth mode, but it already has big-name backers.
Tech blog Betabeat has launched its first original web series, The Pitch, which documents the process of pitching a startup concept to venture capitalists. It’s a story with its own natural drama — funding and a cash prize are on the line.
Sincerely, the San Francisco startup aimed at making it easier to get physical copies of the photos taken on mobile phones, is announcing Wednesday it has secured $3 million in Series A funding. The company is also set to launch a holiday card app, “Sincerely Ink.”
Liftopia, a website that sells discounted ski lift tickets and alpine resort packages, has closed on $1.3 million in new funding. The five-year-old company, which was founded by former Hotwire executives, says it plans to add deals on summertime “mountain-related activities” to make more year-round revenue.
Although Silicon Valley has generally fared better than many other parts of the world, the venture capital industry is not immune to the macro-economic slowdown. In the third quarter of 2011, VC funding fell 12 percent in dollars and 14 percent in deals compared to Q2.
London-based network operator Vodafone announced Monday the three winners of its Mobile Clicks 2011 contest. The top three mobile startup app makers shared both a total of &Euro;225,000, but the apps couldn’t be more different, highlighting the breadth of opportunity in today’s growing app economy.
Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger says that while Amazon has revolutionized the traditional book industry with the Kindle, digital storytelling still isn’t really social — which is why his firm has led a $3.5M Series A financing round for Toronto-based social-reading startup Wattpad.
What are the odds that two companies with sound-alike names would launch on the same day? Maybe not so bad in today’s startup world when everyone is chasing the same trends. Be it a mistake or the zeitgeist, Locu and Loku have a problem.
Much is being made lately of a potential new bubble forming in the tech industry. But some say things aren’t quite as frothy as they’re being made out to be. Many of today’s most well-funded startups may soon find themselves without necessary second round investors.
More than 80 percent of venture capitalists surveyed for the 2011 Global Venture Capital Survey said current IPO activity levels in their home countries are still too low to support the health of the market.
UberMedia, the independent maker of apps for Twitter, continues to go Hollywood. On Tuesday, the company launched Uber50 for iPhone, a customized UberSocial iPhone app designed by rapper 50 Cent. Celebrity endorsements are an age-old marketing strategy, but not typically for tech companies.
The biggest difference between the simply good VCs and the absolutely fabulous ones lies in how each group assesses startups. According to the research in the Startup Genome Project, those tried-and-true metrics may be sending VCs down a less-profitable path.
Why do bad startups happen to good people? Released today by seed accelerator Blackbox, the Startup Genome Report is a comprehensive map of the factor’s beyond luck, talent and money that make Silicon Valley startups successful.
Attention startups: Now’s a good time to be on your best behavior. The entrepreneurship-focused Kauffman Foundation nonprofit is officially on the hunt for the 50 most promising startups from around the world for its second annual “Startup Open” competition, to be held in November 2011.
Once upon a time, in the year 2007, Dropbox consisted of two engineers coding in their boxers out of a shared apartment in North Beach. To co-founder and CEO Drew Houston, launching a successful company, “looked like a never-ending trail up Mount Doom.”
At a panel on angel funding, several prominent VCs seemed to agree that early-stage investing is more art than science. But they had very different approaches to what they looked for in startups: anything from a lean executive team to just the tiniest bit of cash.
Floodgate Capital managing partner Mike Maples Jr. really doesn’t want to fund your Groupon clone, your Facebook game or your check-in app. He doesn’t want a piece of your photo sharing company either. The early stage investor shared his philosophy during Tiecon 2011.
Brainient released a neat little application called Create Station that allows you to take any YouTube video and customize it with filters and text. The app is a proof of concept for Brainient’s BrainStudio platform, which makes it easy to add interactivity to any web video.
San Francisco has become the destination of choice for consumer Internet and mobile startups. And thanks to liberal venture funding, the rents in SF are headed higher, which in turn is boosting their cost of doing business. Ironically — it is only just a start.
With the launch of its first iPhone app today, 8tracks users can now listen to the company’s personally curated mixtape-style playlists on the go, but the company is also growing up. It’s raising capital, moving headquarters and hiring a full time staff.
Entrepreneurs at their very core are like artists, says Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur, author and start-up guru. In this video conversation, he talks about the current bubble, how startups can take advantage of it and how long will the technology up cycle last. Roll tape!
SXSW has become cluttered with startups, and is a celebration of startups in general. But celebration has turned into a fetish — placing the act of creating a startup on a pedestal without casting any sort of critical eye on the likelihood of that startup succeeding.
For those planning to hit South by Southwest this year, I figured I’d share a few local area startups you should make it a point to meet while you’re down in lovely Austin, Texas. I polled locals and consulted my own notes to create this list.
Need a little lunchtime levity? Then kick it over to the Ykombinator Random Startup Generator, a hilarious send up of the buzzword-heavy, meme-laden startups culture created by … what else, an “experimental blogging social network” called Fireplace. Don’t forget to tweet.
VCs are good for more than just their money. If you play your cards right, you can take advantage of their vast business knowledge and impressive contact list on their BlackBerry phones. These steps will help you go from outsider to VIP.
After closely controlling burn rate through the first two phases of a startup’s life cycle, the third phase is the time CEOs are waiting for — though they may not yet be ready for it. VC David Skok explains how CEOs can spend to grab market share.
Movirtu, a company pioneering the concept of a shared phone service for poor areas where the cost of an individual handset and plan is too high, has raised $5.5 million in first round financing. The funding allows Movirtu to expand its services and into new markets.
Mig33, a social network with more than 40 million users that started out on mobiles and is now moving to the web, has raised $8.9 million in third-round funding. This brings the social network’s funding to more than $34 million since its founding in 2005.
Twitter makes for a great bar-style atmosphere with lots of noise and conversation, but what if you want to talk about a specific topic like the stock market? That’s when you need to find a niche social network like StockTwits, says co-founder and CEO Howard Lindzon.
When it comes to live-blogging news events, plenty of bloggers and journalism outlets use their own in-house tools — but more and more news organizations are turning to all-in-one, cloud-based solutions such as ScribbleLive, which wants to become a fully fledged content-management system for journalists.
As legendary investor Ron Conway has pointed out in a strongly-worded email to some of the super-angels who were at a recent secret meeting, the most important part of the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem is the entrepreneur — something certain angels seem to be forgetting.
AngelList, a matchmaking newsletter for early startups and seed investors, has aided funding rounds for some 40 startups since launching earlier this year. Now the service is recruiting a volunteer workforce so it can scale to meet growing demand.
If your Facebook profile picture could talk, what would it say? Anything you want it to is the answer from the makers of Vanityvid, a new site that aims to replace static profile pictures on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter with short video clips.
A rift has developed between the web and enterprise IT. Changes in the source of IT innovation and enterprise purchasing habits mean a business plan focused on selling to Google and Facebook is just as likely to fail as one aimed at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.
The Apple Store went down this morning. When it came back up, what should we find but a new 27-inch Cinema Display? The last time Apple refreshed the Cinema Display was 2008 when it unveiled the 24-inch LED model, so it’s been a long time coming.
Technology companies have a wad of cash burning a hole in their pockets and in the last few weeks haven’t been shy about spending it acquiring venture-backed startups. In last week 15 startups were acquired, according to data cited by the Wall Street Journal.
Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just launched Ultimatefighter.com, a site that features every single episode of the last 10…
As Twitter prepares to launch its own advertising platform for the social network, other companies are also rushing to take advantage of that opportunity. 140proof just launched a targeted advertising service that is built around the iPhone and Android apps of Twitter management tool HootSuite.
Managing your social media presence at times seems like a full-time job, but for some people it actually is one. Spredfast, launching tomorrow and already used by IBM, HP, and others, is a web-based social dashboard with more features than you can shake a stick at.
We work with entrepreneurs everyday and as such, see the much less newsworthy but far more common success stories that dot the startup landscape. To that end, we wanted to share five myths that we’ve discovered lurking around the startup world and demystify them.
Here’s a short (and by no means a complete) list of 10 articles by startup luminaries, such as Paul Graham, that encapsulate the art of the startup. Most of these were published during 2009 and are educational and full of practical tips.
Common scalability-related failures include thinking scalability is just about technology, inappropriate use of databases, and more. Here are the 10 most common scalability killers that we see, particularly in early stage startups — and the ones we believe are the most important to avoid.
The rate of innovation in clean tech, next-generation transportation, green products and sustainable business initiatives has never been higher. This year, nearly…
Two gloomy reports were released yesterday that may have some startups questioning their fundraising chances over the near term. The National Venture…
Startup advice abounds these days. But while much of it is extremely valuable, some of it is inappropriate, agenda-driven or simply untrue. Following is a list of 10 ways startup advice is flawed — and how to identify when it’s not.
Online learning site eduFire announced today that it has raised $1.3 million in Series A funding from Battery Ventures, Western Technology Investments…
It would be appropriate to quote a song like Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were” or even “Memory” from Cats given Pixorial‘s…
[qi:109] With the U.S. unemployment rate near a 26-year high, a record number of unemployed Americans are turning away from applying for…
Newly launched Nextstop is aiming to be a sort of Yelp for travelers, drawing on a community of users who recommend things…
Microsoft (s MSFT) said Friday that more than 12,000 startups have joined its BizSpark initiative, a six-month-old effort aimed at fostering new…
[qi:112] Qualcomm Ventures, the strategic capital arm of the wireless chip powerhouse, has unveiled its QPrize competition, which will award up to…
We’ve read a few articles lately claiming that survival is not a strategy. The arguments in Anand Rajaraman’s article on GigaOM last…
In these perilous economic times, the layoff memos often follow a familiar refrain: “We have cut costs by 20 percent. That gives us an additional year’s runway. Or two.” But while yes, companies can cut costs and prolong their survival, when it comes to startups, just because they can doesn’t mean they should.
Woody Benson is a VC with Prism VentureWorks in Boston, which has funded new media startups like Comedy.com and Worldwide Biggies (whose…
Eyespot, a San Diego-based online video startup, has shut down operations and is trying to sell its assets. News of the dissolution…
Depending on how much you pay attention to the tech press, you may be aware that the DEMOfall08 and TechCrunch50 conferences were…
O’Reilly Media is looking for founders from early-stage startups to attend its OATV Startup Camp, a two-day event that will cover topics…
Second in our series of interviews with YouTube Sketchies2 finalists is the Brooklyn-based sketch group POYKPAC. Already well-known online for their previous…
Two sectors that could provide some concrete and immediate reductions in energy use — more efficient lighting and a smarter power grid…
When word came out of the CTIA this week that BPLAY has released a version of Guitar Hero 3 Mobile for the…
We’re fans of services that leverage data that you’ve already collected; re-entering things is not only inelegant, it’s time-wasting. If you’re a…
Om just got back into the office after a mid-season product push by Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs in Cupertino this morning.…
I’m sure most Palm users are already familiar with or use VersaMail, but it’s always good to know what other options are…
Only last week we were predicting that VoIP ATAs would do a Houdini and vanish right in front of our eyes. Well…
Update: Looks like shipping new and cool phones like the V600 is finally paying of for Motorola. The company reported a fantastic…