Alejandro Jimenez

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Levebee Can Be Your Child’s Personal Reading Coach

Levebee’s tagline says it all: “Reading Matters.” Levebee is launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe to improve reading comprehension through games and exercises to help with reading disorders including dyslexia in children.<p>The founders have extensive experience in this area and built Levebee …

Czech Republic

Unbabel Raises $1.5M To Expand Translation Service, Grow Customer Base

In the interconnected world, machines are too rigid in understanding the nuances in translating languages and humans are too slow for on-the-fly translation. That’s why Unbabel brings robots and humans together to deliver a faster and affordable translation service.<p>Launched in March and backed by Y …

Kickstarter Success Could Lie in Your Words

Everyone who creates a Kickstarter page wants to do everything possible to succeed. But your choice of words could play a bigger role in a project's …

Kickstarter

Lessons We Learned From Being Featured in the Google Play Store

<i>Binil Antony is the co-founder and CMO of Dexetra, the startup behind the Friday app – a contextual personal search application for Android.</i><p>Friday is a featured app in the Play Store. And not just on any list, it is on the Play Picks list!<p>It has been 1.5 years since Friday came out of alpha. Friday …

IronSource Announces KudosKits, Allowing App Users To Show Their Appreciation With Money

Israeli company IronSource has come up with a new way for developers to ask their users for money or other forms of support.<p>Chief Design Officer Dan Greenberg told me that the product, called the KudosKit, evolved from an experiment conducted with the iOS app good weather, which was initially …

Apps

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

Mogl Founder's Ambitious Plan to End Hunger with an App

Mogl today launched version 2.0 of its restaurant rewards app with a renewed focus on ending hunger in the US.<p>The app works by allowing customers to register their credit cards in order to earn 10 percent cash back when eating out. Users then select how much of their rewards they’d like to donate …

What Games Are: Squeaky Bum Time

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer and creator of leading game design blog What Games Are. He has recently moved into managing developer relations at OUYA. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>You can get a little bit sick of interesting times. Just when you think the rules have …

Alex Ferguson

Prefundia, A Platform For Crowdfunding Projects To Gain Backers Ahead Of Launch, Exits Beta

Prefundia wants to help crowdfunding projects get backers <i>before</i> they launch their campaigns. The startup, for startup it is — launching out of U.S. accelerator Boomstartup this summer — has been operating in beta for the past three months, and has just released some early performance data as it …

Fashism, an Ashton Kutcher-backed social fashion startup, shuts down

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Fashism, a New York-based mobile and web community for fashionistas, is closing its digital doors.<p>On Friday, the startup, …

Language Startup Busuu Breaks Livemocha’s Records, Hits 35M Users, 20M Downloads

Busuu managed to build out and bootstrap its way to a healthy audience by being a language-learning site offering direct interaction with native speakers. Last year it raised a Series A investment round of €3.5 million from PROfounders Capital and private investors. It’s now touching 35 million …

The Flipped Classroom Boosts Grades 5%. Why That’s As Big As We Can Expect.

Classrooms across the nation are adopting a new technology trend known as the “flipped” classroom, where students watch lecture videos as homework and teachers use class-time for discussion. First popularized by YouTtube sensation, Sal Khan, 3 years ago, the flipped model gained traction far faster …

Groupon Acquires HotelTonight Competitor Blink To Get In On The Last Minute Hotel Booking App Action

More acquisition news in the online travel space. This time it’s the turn of Groupon, which this morning announced that it’s acquired Madrid, Spain-based Blink, a last minute hotel booking app that competes with the likes of the heavily backed HotelTonight, and Hot Hotels, also headquartered in …

Dots Implements Its First-Ever, In-Game, $ponsor$hip

betaworks-backed Dots has today announced its very first sponsorship/native advertising deal with GE. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>As part of the sponsorship, Dots is releasing a special update with a new version of gameplay called Gravity Mode.<p>As it turns out, GE has created an entire …

Matched

Keaton Row, An E-Commerce Site That Pairs Busy Ladies With Personal Shoppers, Raises $1.6 Million In Seed Funding

The personal shopping site Keaton Row has raised $1.6 million in a second round of seed funding led by Menlo Ventures, an early investor in Fab and Warby Parker, with participation from Rho Ventures and Grape Arbor Ventures. The site, which launched in 2012, previously raised a seed round of $1 …

The Limits of Crowdfunding: Big Ambitions Can’t Overcome a Lack of Big Names, Kickstarter Expert Says

As noted many times before in this space, Kickstarter has proven over the past year and a half to be a potent fundraising source for games — <i>some</i> …

Mobile

From zero to half-a-billion: CEO Jeff Lawson writes the perfect story for Twilio

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>It was almost five years ago when I sat down with Jeff Lawson to talk about his vision for Twilio, and how he wanted to offer …

Om Malik

Two Socratics Labs startups that want to make the classroom more like the real world

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>At the inaugural demo day for the New York-based ed tech accelerator Socratic Labs on Thursday, I heard plenty of compelling …

Teaching

Forget Ads! Here are the Money Making techniques every startup should know. (+PDF)

How do you monetize a digital service? Why would clients put their money on the table? In fact it doesn’t matter if you pick a freemium, …

Founder Stories: Mailbox’s Gentry Underwood on Steering the Ship

Last week at Disrupt NY, I took the stage with Gentry Underwood, Founder and CEO of Mailbox, to talk about the challenges of being a first time founder. I first met Gentry a month after he started Orchestra which became Mailbox, recently acquired by Dropbox. Mailbox is a mobile inbox where you can …

Apps

Grow First, Ads Later: Facebook’s Strategy For Desktop, Mobile, And Now Instagram

When you’re spreading like wildfire, why douse the flames to make a few bucks? Facebook’s willingness to wait on advertising helped its site and mobile apps grow massive, and now it’s applying the same strategy to Instagram. Wall Street is clamoring for Facebook to earn back the $700+ million it …

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …

Comparing the Successes of Instagram and Camera+

Apps will make you fantastically wealthy. Everyone knows that. Build an app, launch it, and watch the millions of dollars in sales, the press coverage, the buyout deals and the rest of it all roll into your life like a cresting wave.<p>Or not.<p>The simple fact that is that the huge majority of …

Y Combinator of Education, Imagine K12, Raises A “Start Fund” Of Its Own, Brings Funding For Each Startup To $100K

According to Y Combinator’s estimates, today, there are more than 100 startup accelerators in the U.S., which is almost awe-inspiring considering that there were only four as recently as 2007. While the number of accelerators and incubators continues to rise, popping up in nearly every vertical, …

Venture Capital

Imagine K12 Gives Startups A $100K Boost

Edtech Business<p>Imagine K12 Gives Startups A $100K Boost<p>By Betsy Corcoran     Apr 23, 2013<p>Imagine K12<p>Imagine K12, the first incubator for education …

Knotch Lets You Express Your Opinion in Full Color

Chances are you've given something you've enjoyed online a thumbs-up before, or rated your latest purchase or Netflix movie a 3 out of 5 stars, but …