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How Super Angel Chris Sacca Made Billions, Burned Bridges And Crafted The Best Seed Portfolio Ever

Between the parade of wet suits and abundant seafood and yoga joints, Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, tries to cling fast to its surf town roots. It’s a tough battle. Strolling the boardwalk, I pass beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings practicing spikes close by glitzy …

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Here Are The Companies That Presented At Y Combinator Demo Day 1

It’s that time again! Today was Demo Day 1 (of 2) for Y Combinator’s Winter 2015 class — when investors and reporters get their first in-person look at many of the startups that YC has been incubating for the past few months.<p>Want to see what debuted? We’ll have a list of our favorites soon — but if …

Google Starts Testing Mobile App Ads In The Google Play Store

Google announced this morning the launch of a pilot program which will allow mobile application developers the ability to advertise their apps directly within the Google Play store. These ads, which will initially be made available to advertisers already running search ads on Google.com, will also …

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The Uberpreneur: How An Uber Driver Makes $252,000 A Year

“It’s a genius way to start a business nowadays, especially because nobody’s doing it.”<p>The man sitting beside me is sharing the most insightful business advice I’ve heard lately. His ideas are as unconventional as the location of our conversation. We’re not in a coffee shop or a corner office. …

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Presenting To Venture Capitalists: 15 Rules For The Perfect Pitch

Funds raised from investors for venture capital investments hit $32.97 billion in 2014, a 62 percent increase over 2013 and the highest total since 2007. According to the <i>Wall Street Journal,</i> fundraising was up across the board, with venture firms focused on early-stage investing showing an increase …

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Luna's Smart Mattress Cover Can Control Your Whole House

If you’re not satisfied with a standard sleep tracking app, Luna’s smart mattress cover could be just what you’ve been waiting for. The smart cover monitors your sleep, controls your bed’s temperature and can hook into a range of connected devices including Nest.<p>Luna is machine washable and …

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Netmums founder launches YouTube network for British 'mummy vloggers'

Siobhan Freegard sees an opportunity for more parenting videos: ‘YouTube is growing up, and the millennials are growing up too...’<p>The co-founder of parenting website Netmums is launching a new YouTube network called Channel Mum, aiming to find an audience of British mothers and turn some of them …

Google Ventures Partner Kevin Rose Raises $5 Million for App Incubator, Steps Back From Investing

Rose raised money in the hope of finding his big idea.<p>After a few months of dipping his toes back into the startup life, investor Kevin Rose is ready to dive in full-time — with $5 million in hand.<p>The Google Ventures partner and Digg founder is stepping back from investing to work full-time on his …

How to Understand the Google-Apple Smartphone War

The global smartphone war is a much more complex competition than simple market-share numbers suggest, and both top smartphone platforms face challenges.<p>When thinking about smartphones — the most important digital devices today — it’s customary to think of the business as a simple market-share …

Withings Activité Fitness Tracking Watch Review

Wearable tech has seemed on a fairly straightforward path throughout the course of its initial development – from the step counter, to the fitness band, to the smartwatch. But the wrist has long been a home for a more refined and storied piece of tech: The wristwatch. And while smartwatches attempt …

Facebook’s Money-Making Solution To App Discovery? A Whole Feed Of Install Ads

Finding a good app can be like looking for a needle in a truck stop bathroom. Apple and Google aren’t doing much to help you sift through their messy app stores. Facebook has tried to step up, but sometimes you don’t care about your friends and just want a new mobile toy to play with. So Facebook …

Smart Calendar Tempo Adds iOS 8 Widget And End Of Day Notifications, Plans Android App In 2015

Tempo, the smart calendar for iOS borne from the same organization as Siri, has become the latest app to take advantage of features in iOS 8 as it aims to become your phone-based personal assistant.<p>The free app now includes a smart widget that brings an overview of key notifications and information …

Facebook Launches Separate “Stickered” For Messenger App That Lets You Paste Images On Your Photos

Today Facebook is releasing a new app called “Stickered” For Messenger that lets you pick a photo, resize and paste a Facebook Sticker on top, and send it to friends. “Stickers and photos are two of the most popular ways that people express themselves on Messenger. This is a fun experiment to see …

Why Uber Needs Baidu

On Wednesday, Uber announced a “strategic partnership” and investment with Baidu, China’s search giant. The potential is huge.<p>Beijing cabbies have a penchant for screechy Peking Opera and a habit of hacking up phlegm. When they’re not puffing away on cigarettes, they roll the windows down, filling …

EyeEm Launches Open Edit, Letting You See How Pros Edit Their Photos

Photosharing startup EyeEm has launched version 5.0 of its mobile app on iOS and Android, bringing a slew of changes to its editing system that make it easier to get your photos looking like the shots curated from professionals.<p>The centerpiece of the new system is a new feature called Open Edit. …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Sent This Inspiring Memo To Employees For The Holidays

The letter, which was first published by blog iClarified (via 9to5Mac), highlights some of Apple's biggest accomplishments this year, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, the Mac's 30th anniversary, and the Apple Watch unveiling.<p>Apple also notes it donated $20 million this quarter to Product …

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Introducing Transparent Pricing: What Your Money is Used for When you Purchase a Buffer Subscription

One of the things we’re incredibly excited about at Buffer is transparency. A big part of that is because being transparent simply feels like the …

These Are The 14 Startups You Should Watch In 2015

But what's going to be huge next year?<p>We're identified 14 startups we think are going to make it big in 2015. Some are trying to transform messaging, some are attempting to conquer the sharing economy, and some are media companies trying to make it big.

Inbox Messenger Raises $3.9 Million For Its Design-Focused Private Messaging App

A mobile messaging application called Inbox Messenger, which combines user privacy features with a minimalist design, has raised $3.9 million in seed funding, the company announced today. The investment, though higher than the average seed round, comes from a group of unnamed angel investors and is …

Facebook now automatically makes your photos better

Robots are better at basically everything, right? Facebook seems to think so and has a new feature released today that automatically enhances the photos you upload to the social network.<p>Most people need help with their photos, so Facebook’s new tool automatically improves a photo’s brightness and …

Chinese Search Engine Baidu Confirms Strategic Investment In Uber, Will Add Ride Requests

It’s official: Chinese Internet giant Baidu has confirmed that it is Uber’s latest investor, as TechCrunch reported last week. Baidu’s mobile search and maps apps will also integrate Uber “request a ride” buttons.<p>The companies did not disclose the amount of the investment. Bloomberg previously …

Twitter And Foursquare Are Partnering To Improve Location In Tweets

Twitter and Foursquare are planning to partner together in 2015 to power location in tweets, a source familiar with the deal tells Business Insider.<p>The geo-based features could roll out as soon as the first quarter.<p>Twitter is independently staffing up in the location department, too. It recently …

WeWork raises $355M at nearly $5B valuation, plans IPO

<i>Update Dec. 18: We’ve corrected the paragraph about WeWork’s prior funding. A previous version of the story stated that the company had only raised a single angel round in 2012 prior to this funding.</i><p>WeWork, an office-rental company with roots in the tech industry, has reportedly raised an …

Plague is a New App For "Infecting" Users With Information

It’s not like there aren’t a million different ways to share what’s on your mind already, but Plague is a new take on sharing.<p>Bizarre names aside, the premise of Plague is that you share a status like you would on Twitter or Facebook but it instead of showing in a feed it “infects” those nearby who …

Google Wallet for iOS can now split your tab between friends

Apple <i>still</i> hasn't opened up NFC support for Google Wallet, but it doesn't mean Mountain View can't add some other sweet new features to the app's iOS version. This latest update brings in a handful of new functions, including Touch ID support that lets you unlock the app with your fingerprint and …

All-New Foursquare Officially Arrives for the iPad

Today, Foursquare launched its revamped iPad app after officially separating Foursquare and Swarm earlier this year.<p>The app also comes with a Top Picks section to recommend up-and-coming events, newly popular joints and local favorites. You can also use this section to find recommendations for …

RelativeWave Gets Acquired By Google And Starts Giving Its $80 App Design Tool Away For Free

RelativeWave, creators of an $80 “interaction design and prototyping” Mac app called Form, has been acquired by Google. As a result, Form is now free.<p>In case you’ve never used it, Form is a visual editor meant to help designers/developers make visually-functional prototypes of apps without writing …