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BarkCare Brings On-Demand, In-Home Veterinary Care To NYC, And Soon, San Francisco

Bark & Co., the doggie-themed technology company that currently offers a subscription service for dog treats and toys called BarkBox, is expanding its BarkCare service in New York. Last month, the company quietly launched on-demand vet appointments where customers can order a vet to come to their …

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook

You grow old, you slow down, and you die. That is, unless you can inject some fresh blood. After watching the last generation of tech giants wither or stagnate, today’s juggernauts are relying on acquisitions to keep them young and relevant. Check out the interactive infographic below to compare …

Meet Oren Zeev, Silicon Valley’s Builder-Investor

You probably have not heard of Oren Zeev, and he would prefer it that way.<p>There’s a small breed of early investors in Silicon Valley who primarily invest their own money, but who want to have an active role in building a company. This model isn’t for everyone. It’s a hybrid of a traditional VC with …

How Facebook Can Supercharge WhatsApp

Just because WhatsApp will “operate independently” doesn’t mean Facebook won’t put its 6,000-employee muscle behind its new acquisition. We’ve heard a lot about how WhatsApp will save Facebook from losing the international messaging war, but sources close to the parent company tell me it actually …

Congratulations, Crunchies Winners! Kickstarter Wins Best Overall Startup

It was a night for the ages. At the 7th Annual Crunchies Award show, Kickstarter beat out CloudFlare, Snapchat, Twitter and Uber, and walked away with the Crunchie for Best Overall Startup. Chris Sacca won the Crunchie For Angel Of The Year, Dropbox’s Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi won Founder of …

If You Watch One Video Of A Robot Playing Air Hockey Today, Make It This One

As a fan of robots, videos, and pucks, I was mesmerized by this project. It’s a a cool 3D printer hack that allows you to play a robot in a rousing game of air hockey. The system uses a computer vision component to see where the pucks is, send it back to the opponent, and even set up shots when it …

Ray Ko Is Social+Capital Partnership’s First Growth Partner

We’ve seen the list of value added services offered by VC grow from recruiting to PR to marketing and more. Growth hacking isn’t necessarily something that every VC is clamoring to offer, and there’s a lot of controversy around what growth hacking really is, who is good at it and how beneficial it …

The Secrets To Snapchat’s Success: Connectivity, Easy Media Creation, And Ephemerality

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has been known to be pretty surreptitious when it comes to sharing secrets about how the company works, but today he provided a little more transparency around its mission and how it thinks about the communications that users send through the app.<p>At the AXS Partner Summit, …

No Industry Is Safe From VC Disruption

Procter & Gamble, allow me to introduce hair-dye company Madison Reed and baby care and home-cleaning-products retailer The Honest Company. Gillette, perhaps you’ve heard of the shaving companies Harry’s or Dollar Shave Club? And Uniqlo, meet VANCL, the big, online, Chinese-branded clothing …

Zenefits Adds $15M From Andreessen Horowitz To Become The All-In-One Solution For Startup HR

The thought of managing HR, benefits and payroll is enough to make most entrepreneurs grimace. However, time consuming and frustrating as it may be, it’s a part of the job description and something every startup and small business has to address sooner or later.<p>Having dealt with the paperwork and …

VCs Investing To Heal U.S. Healthcare

The U.S. healthcare system is sick, but increasingly early stage investors are spending money on new technology companies they believe can help provide a cure.<p>Earlier this week, Greylock Partners, one of the investors behind Facebook and LinkedIn, and the Russian billionaire technology investor …

Inside A Google Ventures Design Sprint

Design isn’t something you would normally associate with a VC firm. But as more firms are adding value-added services, Google Ventures has created an all-star team of designers from Google, Mozilla and more to help portfolio startups create beautiful and easy-to-use products. In particular, Google …

Kleiner Perkins Names Bing Gordon As Chief Product Officer; Debuts Founder Education Program ProductWorks

It’s no secret that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has been restructuring its partnership, with some partners leaving and others transitioning to new roles within the firm. Today, the firm announced that General Partner Bing Gordon, who was the former Chief Creative Officer at EA, will become the …

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky And Sequoia’s Alfred Lin On The Importance Of Culture And Core Values To A Business

Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky and Sequoia Capital partner, Airbnb board member, and former Zappos COO Alfred Lin joined us in the TechCrunch TV studio for a special three-part series on how Chesky and Lin work together on retaining culture, expanding internationally, and maintaining customer …

From Sprint And TechStars To The FDA, A Look At The Changing Landscape Facing Health Startups

The health-care industry in the U.S. is broken, and considering the industry itself represents some 18 percent of the U.S. economy, it’s a sizable problem. While other sectors have begun to adapt, health care has managed to resist change — particularly the technology-based variety. Meanwhile, 30 …

GoSquared Super-Charges Its API To Take the Real-Time Analytics Fight To Google

Last month Google finally rolled out an invite-only Beta of its real-time API for Analytics that will allow developers to programmatically take action based on the real-time data they get from Google’s service. However, competitor GoSquared, backed by London’s Passion Capital and Fred Destin’s …

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10 Online Sources for Montessori Materials

Montessori material and education is a loved subject in my home. The overall positive approach, the use of didactic material, the education that can …

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Street Vs. Medical Marijuana? Top Reasons Why Medical is Better!

Last weekend I was racing on a sailboat and one of my fellow crew members, Ken, shared that his dad had recently been undergoing chemotherapy after …

Scientists Use Videogames to Improve Older Brains

In the future, your doctor may prescribe you a videogame.<p>In a groundbreaking new study at the University of California, San Francisco, scientists found that older adults improved cognitive controls such as multitasking and the ability to sustain attention by playing a specially designed videogame — …

Sphero 2.0 Is Twice As Fast, Agile, And Awesome

Get ready for the next generation of playing with your balls.<p>Sphero, the robotic ball out of Orbotix that can be controlled with just a smartphone, has now grown up a bit, with the company launching Sphero 2.0 today.<p>Sphero 2.0 is twice as fast, rolling at a clip of about seven feet per second, and …

Fitbit Raises $43 Million From Qualcomm Ventures, SAP Ventures, And SoftBank Capital

Fitbit, a startup which makes a wide range of digital fitness trackers and health devices, has closed a $43 million funding round, according to an SEC filing. The funding comes as the market for health trackers is heating up, with more money being invested in the space.<p>Earlier this spring, …

Close A Round With New “Inbound” Tools And Techniques On AngelList

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Antony Brydon, an entrepreneur who has raised ten seed, debt, and venture rounds for four startups in the last decade and is currently a co-founder at Directly. Follow him on Twitter</i> <i>@abrydon.</i><p>Last week, my company Directly closed a $1.75 million seed round using an “inbound” approach …

Webflow Lets You Design Responsive Websites Visually, Publish Instantly When You’re Done

Webflow, a Y Combinator-backed startup offering creative professionals an easier, more visual way to design and host responsive websites, is launching out of its closed beta, with already some 10,000 users signed up. It’s an idea whose time has come, as more of the world now interacts with the web …

With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Mountain View-based Tynker, a startup focused on teaching children of all ages the basics of learning how to code, is now expanding its service beyond schools with today’s debut of Tynker for Home. This new system is similar to the platform targeting teacher and classrooms which launched earlier …

Are young Americans turning against marijuana?

More Americans support legalizing pot than ever before, but some of them may be getting a little burned out on actually using the drug, according to …