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Brit + Co. Raises $6.3M Series A Led By Oak Investment Partners

Brit + Co., a lifestyle brand focused on helping the world be more creative, today announced it has raised a $6.3 million Series A round of funding. The new investment was led by Oak Investment Partners and will be used to help the company focus on its growth, its community, and eventually the …

Nextt seeks to redefine social media to focus on the future (exclusive)

Nextt is trying to stave off the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO). The social startup is building a private social network that simplifies the process of planning activities with friends.<p>Nextt is still in private beta but peeked out to announce $700,000 in seed funding and reveal some details about the …

Here's Why The Founders Of 'Bang With Friends' Stayed Anonymous ... Until Now

In just four short months, Bang With Friends (BWF) has become one of the hottest dating apps in the world. The app has a 1.1 million user base so far.<p>For the longest time, no one had any idea who created this controversial service, which lets you make secret meetings to hook up with your Facebook …

Ever Misplace Your Keys Or Wallet? Yeah, Tile Is For You

There is a new Selfstarter campaign that could benefit anyone that has ever lost a set of keys, or misplaced a wallet. Tile is a new matchbook-sized …

Photoful Improves On iOS 7’s Photo Gallery With A More Open, Gesture-Based App

Photoful, a new mobile application which is the rebranding and relaunch of the earlier app known as PhotoSocial, is hoping to attract iPhone users who want the Photos experience the new iOS 7 mobile operating system will offer…and then some. As with iOS 7’s re-imagined Photos app, Photoful will …

We are LIVE http://www.creativelive.com/live1 for the final day of Secrets From Silicon Valley with a full line-up of speakers. Chase Jarvis kicks it off, and first to the stage is Reid Hoffman, Co-founder & Chairman of LinkedIn. #creativeLIVE Day 2 Schedule of Speakers (*Pacific Time) 9:10 - 9:15 - Chase Jarvis Intro 9:15-10:30 - Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha, Linkedin 10:30 - 11:45 - Spencer Rascoff, Zillow 12:00 - 1:15 - Guy Kawasaki 1:15 - 2:30 - Gary Swart, oDesk 2:45 - 4:00 - Toni Schneider, WordPress 4:00 - 5:15 - Megan Smith VP of Google [x].

Ask A VC: Mayfield Fund’s Navin Chaddha On The Consumerization Of Digital Health Care

In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, Mayfield Fund Managing Director Navin Chaddha sat down in the hot seat to answer reader questions.<p>In particular, Chaddha addresses a trend he calls the “consumerization of health care,” in which technology is empowering patients to become consumers of their …

The Genius of Uber

<i>June 14, 2013</i><p>The Genius of Uber<p>Photo from Rob Nguyen on Flickr<p>The on-demand car-service company Uber has inspired much deserved admiration. Many new …

Video startup Magnify closes $1M from TED’s Chris Anderson, former Facebooker Chris Kelly, & others (exclusive)

Video discovery and curation startup Magnify closed a fresh $1 million round of funding today, VentureBeat has learned.<p>While there’s no shortage of video discovery services available today, relatively few can reasonably be called leaders (and consumer-facing video services like YouTube rarely do a …

The Mad Billionaire Behind GoPro: The World's Hottest Camera Company

Nick Woodman is 37 years old. His constantly tousled sepia hair and permanent, mischievous half-grin make him look 27. And he acts 17, as I learn 30,000 feet above the Rocky Mountains, after Woodman packed me, his wife, Jill, and a dozen of his favorite colleagues and buds into a chartered …

Snapchat Snaps Up A $80M Series B Led By IVP At An $800M Valuation

It’s the second day of summer, and Snapchat has raised an $80 million<b>*</b> Series B round at an $800 million pre-money valuation. The phat Series B round was led by Institutional Venture Partners, according to multiple sources, after being sought after by many other top-tier Valley VCs.<p>After putting in …

With $12M Burning A Hole In Its Pocket, London’s YPlan Wants New York To Be More Socially Spontaneous

Yplan, the London-based startup that’s building a platform for selling last-minute event-booking on mobile, has closed a $12 million (£7.9 million) Series A, led by General Catalyst Partners. Existing investors Wellington Partners and Octopus Investments also participated in the round, along with a …

What's New in iOS 7, the Radical Redesign of Apple's Mobile Experience

Happy Nerd Christmas! Apple CEO Tim Cook got you a new operating system for the iPhone and iPad. It looks different. It works differently. It has a …

N3twork emerges with a new type of content app, $12M from Google Ventures, Kleiner

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>The founders of startup N3twork, which officially launched on Wednesday night, say they’re trying to do no less than reinvent …

London Startup YPlan Gets $12 Million To Start Telling New Yorkers Where To Party

Soon, YPlan will be available in the States. General Catalyst, Wellington Partners, Octopus Investments, Path's Dave Morin, Shakil Khan, and early Facebook employee Kevin Colleran have given YPlan $12 million to expand internationally. YPlan will launch in New York later this year.<p>YPlan debuted in …

Taiwan Startups Shine at Echelon Competition, Waygo Wins

Taiwanese startups had a strong showing at a competition held at tech conference Echelon 2013 in Singapore today, with an innovative Chinese-English translation app Waygo winning the “Most Promising Startup” award.<p>Out of the 10 startups that presented, three originated from Taiwan — Waygo is one of …

Eye-Fi Mobi, A Wi-Fi Enabled SD Card That Automatically Sends Photos to Your Smartphone or Tablet

Eye-Fi has released the Mobi, an SD card that automatically sends photos and videos to your smartphone or tablet. The Class 10 SD card pairs with a …

To Reach A Different Kind Of Shopper, Men’s Styling Service Trunk Club Arrives On iPhone

Personal styling and retail platform Trunk Club is going mobile. After finding that around 40 percent of its website traffic is now coming from mobile devices, and around 75 to 80 percent of that comes from iOS devices in particular, the company is today introducing its first consumer-facing native …

Scripted.com, a talent agency for marketing writers, raises $4.5M from Redpoint, Crosslink

Scripted.com, a marketplace joining freelance writers with businesses that need marketing copy, has raised a $4.5 million first round of investment.<p>The company has a pool of over 80,000 vetted writers around the world, it claims, who can write expertly on topics “ranging from cloud computing to …

A Year Later, What Google Drive Means for Startups

Startup image copyright white_board<p>A year ago, we were a launch partner when Google unveiled Drive. Much has been made of what this means for Google …

Use of video apps on mobiles more popular in smaller towns: survey

Raghav Mahto repairs cars for a living. For entertainment, he depends on his Nokia phone that allows him to watch popular music videos and films on …

Designing for real world mobile use

In a study looking at over a thousand people using mobile devices in the street, Steven Hoober found that about 75% of people's interactions with a …

The Smart TV Is Dead. Long Live The Second Screen

People want their television to work like a TV. Sending tweets on Twitter, posting photos on Facebook and browsing the Web are best left to smartphones and tablets. Indeed, more than 40% of U.S. households with Internet-enabled TVs haven’t even bothered to hook them up to the Web, according to …

Pinterest's Ben Silbermann on turning his collection hobby into a product and not making money

Today at the D11 conference, Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann spoke to All Things D’s Kara Swisher about the genesis of the company, how much money it makes and how it handles multi-platform presence.<p>“How do we help people discover things that they really love and help them to do those things in …

Snapchat Accounts For More Photo Shares Than Instagram As Pic Sharing Set To Double In 2013

Photo uploading and sharing is growing at an incredible pace, according to data shared by KPCB’s Mary Meeker in the Internet Trends report she presented on stage at D11 today. Well over 500 million photos are shared per day on average so far in 2013, the report estimates, which is on pace to become …

JamStar Is A Cool Free App That Teaches You To Play The Guitar

I’ve seen plenty of guitar apps in my lifetime – enough for two lifetimes, in fact – but JamStar, an app by an Israeli programming house, has almost won my heart.<p>The premise is simple – you tune your guitar and then play notes or chords. The app (which runs on a phone or your browser) senses your …