Abhishek Shah

497 Flips | 12 Magazines | 1 Like | 9 Following | 14 Followers | @abhinshah | Keep up with Abhishek Shah on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Abhishek Shah”

YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

“Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of Bluesmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere.<p>Saez-Gil’s Y Combinator-backed startup makes these hardshell suitcases. It can locate, …

Cuff Raises $5 Million Series A And Partners With Richline To Bring Smart Jewelry To The Mainstream

Fashion-savvy wearable jewelry startup Cuff announced a new partnership with one of the largest jewelry manufacturers in the U.S. today. Cuff is teaming up with Richline to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other fine jewelry items for everyone from Tiffany’s and QVC to Macy’s.<p>“Think of it …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Self-improvement

This doorbell rings your smartphone when you're not home

LAS VEGAS— You can always know who's at your door— even if you're not home.<p>That's the promise of the Ring, a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell that allows you …

Smart Homes

iDrive Debuts 1 TB And 2 TB Wireless Drives Offering Encrypted Local Backups And Cloud Storage

Cloud storage and backup company iDrive today launched its first hardware product sold directly to consumers and businesses, with the debut of the new iDrive Wi-Fi. The encrypted external drive offers either 1 TB or 2 TB in storage space and, as the name implies, includes wireless connectivity. …

Lima Showcases Its Mobile App For Its Dropbox Alternative

French startup Lima is presenting another piece of its offering at CES, the mobile app. And it is a very promising app for those who backed Lima to seamlessly access their photos, music library and movies from their phones and tablets. While the team still needs to polish the app interface, it goes …

After Raising $150 Million In Stealth Mode, What The Heck Is Gogoro?

In 2011, Gogoro raised $50 million. Three years later, another $100 million. And yet, no one seems to have any idea what the heck Gogoro does.<p>Until now.<p>Having somehow managed to keep their plans almost entirely under wraps for the last three years, the company is unveiling their first product as …

Venture Investors Splurge On Real Estate Tech

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Christine Magee is an analyst for CrunchBase.</i><p>Investments in real estate tech are on the upswing in the wake of some billion dollar exits this year.<p>Following Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia for $3.5 billion in July and News Corp’s $950 million purchase of Realtor.com-parent Move Inc. in …

8 Apps to Help You Get More Done in Less Time

We've all heard of the illusory work/life balance that books, blogs and the busiest of professionals tell us is attainable — but actually achieving …

Luxe Aims To Solve San Franciscans’ Parking Woes

The situation was already bad when I first moved to San Francisco with my Jeep Cherokee three years ago. The hills were enough with the clutch, but one too many times spent looking for parking for more than an hour in my own neighborhood and my once useful Utah snow vehicle was sold to a nice old …

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

I was reading Danielle Morrill’s blog post today on whether one’s “Startup Burn Rate is Normal.” I highly recommend reading it. I love how …

[500DISTRO] The Scientific Method: How to Design & Track Viral Growth Experiments

Scientific Method

9 Strategies For Launching a Consumer Startup

From beginning to finish, launching a startup is a complex and laborious endeavor. Everyday is an adventure, and problems will arise quickly. Whether …

Dash Launches Chassis, An API To Build The “Internet Of Cars”

Dash was one of the earliest and most design-focused apps to offer direct connectivity to your car via their OBD-II port, which is designed to provide mechanics with detailed stats and information. Now, the app is expanding beyond its own software with the Chassis API, a connected car platform that …

Estify Raises $1.5 Million To Roll Out Insurance Software For Auto Repair

After spending two years developing a product to automate the integration of car insurance damage estimate data for repairs between insurance companies and body shops, Estify has raised $1.5 million to bring its technology to market.<p>There’s a rift between insurance companies and repair shops, …

Sourcery Raises $2.5M To Connect Kitchens And Local Food Suppliers

Sourcery, an online wholesale food supplier director and payments processor, is today announcing that it is exiting stealth and has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to expand its platform into new markets from its early operations in San Francisco.<p>While many kitchen managers are stuck with …

I Just Used Nimbl To Get 40 Bucks Delivered To The AOL Office

And now there’s an Uber for cash.<p>I first became aware Nimbl earlier this afternoon, when I saw some skeptical commentary about it on Twitter. The idea, basically, is that you can use the app to call a Nimbl “runner”, who will bring cash to your location.<p>The idea might seem a little silly at first, …

Want weekends off? Work your ass off first!

Let’s play a game. Call three of your best friends and ask them, " <b>Hey buddy, where do you see yourself in the next five years?</b> "<p>They will tell you …

StoreDot Charges Up With $42M For Its Fast-Charging Bio-Organic Batteries

Israeli startup StoreDot, which is developing quantum dot-utilizing fast-charging smartphone battery technology, among other things, has closed a $42 million Series B funding round. It pitches its bio-organic nano-crystal technology as an enabler for faster charging batteries and also a cheaper and …

MasteryConnect Collects $15.2 Million So Teachers Can Teach To Students And Not To Tests

MasteryConnect has raised $15.2 million to further market its software that it hopes will help enable educators to teach to their students, and not teach their students how to take tests.<p>“We’ve created a platform that lets teachers identify a student’s level of understanding against any set of …

The Open VC

<i>Editor’s note: Bo Peabody is an entrepreneur and investor, and is currently a Venture Partner at Greycroft Partners. He has founded several companies including Tripod Inc., one of the original social networks. Bo is also the author Lucky or Smart.</i><p>After spending 20 years building companies, first as …

Its Audacity Undiminished, Udacity Raises $35 Million To Train A New Generation of Developers

As its push to transform education through technology begins to show results, massively open online course provider Udacity is announcing a fresh $35 million financing from a global group of investors to take its vision worldwide.<p>Earlier this year the company launched its nanodegree program through …

The $5 Lineable Bracelet Tracks Your Kids When They Wander Away

The Lineable, the unfortunately named tracking bracelet for kids, aims to make it easier for parents to keep tabs on their little ones thanks to the magic of beacons. Essentially a wearable iOS-compatible beacon, the device notifies you when your child is too far away and it allows other iPhones to …

Helping Local Businesses Get the Five Star Review, FiveStars Raises $26 Million

In the $60 billion market for customer loyalty among small and medium-sized services businesses companies are always looking for an edge. With coffee shops and artisanal stores springing up on every corner from Portland to Pittsburgh, differentiated solely by the wit on their chalkboard sidewalk …

Massdrop Raises $6.5M To Turn Group Buying Into A Broader Community Platform

Massdrop, a startup offering what it calls “community-driven commerce,” is announcing that it has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding.<p>The round was led by Mayfield Fund, with additional investment from previous backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital, and Cowboy Ventures. …

Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matthew Pittinsky is the CEO of Parchment.</i><p>In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher’s College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and universities. “It is only a matter of time before …

Why Bitcoin Is Poised To Win Big In Las Vegas

A poker champion (turned bitcoin miner) is going all-in on the cryptocurrency’s future there.<p>Las Vegas. Tremendous wagers are commonplace in this town, and have been for decades. Big bets on cryptocurrency–those are a bit more unusual.<p>This explains why a local poker player’s recent investment into …

These Nanotech Lilypads Clean Water Just By Floating In It

They look like giant cosmetic wipes. But really they are powerful devices that can slowly clean whole ponds and reduce river pollution.<p>To look at Mark Owen’s LilyPad water purifiers, you wouldn’t think they could do very much. They look like giant cosmetic wipes–the sort of thing you clean make-up …

After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features

Osmo, the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools. The company is also announcing this morning a new platform that will allow anyone to design games for Osmo. At …

Handybook Rebrands As Handy In An Effort To Become Amazon For Home Services

What’s in a name? As it turns out, a lot.<p>That’s the thinking behind Handybook’s decision to rebrand itself simply as “Handy.” The two-year old company, which provides on-demand home services via a web and mobile app, wants to become the definitive brand in the category… and it believes that when it …