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What The Facebook Phone Actually Means

Ambient intimacy, accelerated social life, thawed relations between Google and Facebook, and an iPhone that looks impersonal by comparison. These are just a few of the short-term ripple effects of the Facebook “Phone” project to be unveiled April 4th. In this video, I recap leaked intel from my …

Fancy Some Three-Dimensional Wellness? Recipe Kit Service HelloFresh Partners With Weight Loss App Noom

Arguably, eating healthily takes both motivation <i>and</i> time. And in what’s being billed as “a world first, three-dimensional wellness experience” (presumably with a straight face), the recipe kit subscription service HelloFresh is partnering with weight loss coaching app Noom to tackle the problem …

TechCrunch Is Breaking Into Real-Money Gaming

This embed is invalid<p>Even though the Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey state legislatures just passed laws that pave the way for online gambling in the U.S., Zynga is not going to be the first to get in on it.<p>Given how terrible the economics of running a blog are, TechCrunch has been exploring new …

Facebook In Talks To Buy Bang With Friends

Facebook is in the process of acquiring startup Bang With Friends, according to multiple sources, in order to make a foray into the online dating space. According to these same sources, the acquisition will be a $30 million deal in both cash and stock, as that seems to be the standard M&A terms for …

(Founder Stories) Send The Trend’s Gugnani On Seizing An Idea, Surviving A Crash & Being Acquired By QVC

Divya Gugnani is the co-founder of Send the Trend, a New York based startup that was recently acquired by QVC, just a year-and-a half after launching in 2010.<p>Gugnani, whose founding team includes Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, describes Send the Trend as “an online destination that offers …

(Founder Stories) Aereo’s Chet Kanojia Urges Entrepreneurs To “Go For The Difficult Problems” [TCTV]

In the latest installment of Chris Dixon’s <i>Founder Stories</i>, the Hunch co-founder sits down with Chet Kanojia, the founder and CEO of the controversial startup, Aereo. In attempting to bring together over-the-air television with the Internet, the company has drawn the ire of the big broadcast …

Founder Stories: Bradford Cross Of Prismatic On Running His Startup

<i>Our TCTV show, Founder Stories, returns with a new West Coast host, Michael Abbott @mabb0tt. We are really excited Mike will be joining East Coast host Chris Dixon on this show. Mike is a general partner at KPCB and was previously Twitter’s VP of Engineering and a founder himself. His conversations</i> …

Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonathan Barouch is the founder and CEO of location-based startup Roamz, developer of social media business product Local Measure. Follow him on Twitter @jbarouch.</i><p>Foursquare has become entrenched in the fabric of the local web, providing an API that delivers common good for …

The Dash Car Dongle Wants To Make You A Better Driver By Syncing With Your iPhone

This embed is invalid<p>I love my tiny little Mazda, but I’ll be honest — I still don’t completely understand how it <i>works</i>. That’s never really bothered me before (I’d much rather geek out over a phone or something) but a Kickstarter project from a small team in Boston has me itching to pay more …

After Bootstrapping, Data-Mining Specialist Ondore Closes Million-Dollar Round For Mexican, US Operations

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Maria Rocio Paniagua currently works as a project manager at Innku, one of the top mobile and web workshops in Mexico. Follow her on Twitter.</i><p>Ondore, the leading Latin American big data analysis company that develops online reputation management systems, has closed its first investment …

Big Data Could Cripple Facebook

So there’s this startup called SmogFarm, which does big-data sentiment analysis, “pulse of the planet” stuff. I spotted them last year, and now they’ve got an actual product with an actual business model up and running in private beta: KredStreet, “The Social Stock Trader Rankings,” which performs …

Bing Gordon’s Founder Checklist: Animal Energy, Blind Confidence, And A Toupee.

<b> <br>Editor’s note:</b> Derek Andersen <i>is the founder of</i> Startup Grind<i>, a 40-city community bringing the global startup world together while educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs</i><i>.</i><p>As an Electronic Arts’ intern eight years ago, I asked Bing Gordon then the chief creative officer and the only …

Deliv Raises $1 Million To Crowd Source Same-Day Local Delivery For Big Brick And Mortar Retailers

More and more shopping is happening online, thanks to the low cost and convenience of having products delivered directly to users. But that is happening at the expense of big national retail chains, which are having a difficult time keeping up with online competition. A new startup called Deliv …