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You Tell Me If This Word Processing App Is Worth $15 Million

The Valley is trapped in a bubble. And just because it hasn’t popped doesn’t make it any more removed from reality.<p>It has a clever four-letter name–Quip. It was co-founded by Bret Taylor, the ex-CTO of Facebook (who is also the co-creator of Google Maps and the architect of FriendFeed). And it has …

Apps

Chirpify Closes $6M Round To Bring Social Commerce To Live Events, TV

Social commerce platform Chirpify has closed its $6 million series A round of funding with investments from Voyager Capital, Saturn Partners, Provenance Ventures, Idan Ravin, former Interscope Geffen A&M Vice Chairman David Cohen, and others. The new capital will be used to expand the company’s …

Seven dirty, gritty, real startup lessons that cost me $2 million

As CEO and founder of a company that makes an app that helps people apply to jobs from their mobile phones, I am happy to report that we’ve sucked a …

Derek Dodge’s New App 1Mind Uses Gamification And Facebook To Surface Potential Friendships

There is a raging debate between whether or not opposites attract, or if similar interests and traits define compatibility. 1Mind, a new venture from Derek Dodge, co-founder of About Last Night, aims to solve this quandary through gamification.<p>“When I was at school, I realized the majority of my …

Why I Wrote Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

It was an odd and jolting experience to hold the first copies of this book today, and to reflect on it finally coming out in two weeks. I pray I have …

Innovation

Building Startup Ecosystems Outside of Silicon Valley

I’ve been involved in building startup communities for awhile. In Montreal I started an entrepreneurship breakfast event, launched NextMontreal, …

Codementor Is An Open Marketplace That Provides Developers With One-On-One Programming Help

It’s a scenario all programmers are familiar with: you are coding alone, only to have something go awry and no one to ask for help. Codementor wants to prevent developers from going insane by providing an open marketplace where they can ask experts for one-on-one programming and design help.<p>Founder …

Why Apple acquiring Color makes sense in Silicon Valley: the strange logic of the acqui-hire

It's the circle of life in the startup capital of the world<p>Color, a photo sharing app that launched in August of 2010, has the unpleasant distinction of having raised $41 million before it even launched, by far one of the largest sums bestowed on any software company prior to them acquiring a …

Social website platform RebelMouse gets $10.25 million in Series A funding

RebelMouse, the company that describes itself as “your social front page”, has landed more than $10 million in fresh funding in a series A round led by Oak Investment Partners, SoftBank, Sterling Investment Partners and Michael Lazerow.<p>Paul Berry, founder and CEO of RebelMouse announced the deal on …

Ready For A “Web” Of Apps? Quixey Launches AppURL, A New Way To Enable Deep Linking Across Mobile Applications

Mobile app search engine Quixey is today introducing a new initiative called AppURL which proposes a way to make mobile apps work more like the web. Instead of apps existing as standalone silos, AppURL would allow users to navigate from one app directly to a specific piece of content found in …

Hashtag creator leaves Google to join a 6-person startup

Google developer advocate Chris Messina is leaving the search giant to join a tiny startup.<p>During his 1300 days at Google, Messina spearheaded a number of community-focused initiatives, including the Google Developers site. He also developed the “hashtag,” which flourished on Twitter and Facebook. …