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Wells Fargo Launches FinTech Innovation Lab

Wells Fargo has launched a financial technology accelerator program that combines a cash investment for a minority stake with six months of coaching and collaboration. The bank has selected three companies to pilot the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator:<p><b>Zumigo</b>, San Jose, California: A developer of …

Tocomail Makes Email Child's Play

Available for iPhone, iPad and the Web, Tocomail officially unveils its child-focused email client today. And we think you’ll like it – well, your kids might.<p>While email may not traditionally be associated with something that younger kids do, Tocomail reimagines the medium very much with children …

Hello Ruby

<i>Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.</i>Created by Linda LiukasHello Ruby …

Flipboard launches widgets and profile badges to let users embed any magazine onto their site

Flipboard released a new feature today that enables users to add widgets and profile badges to their website or blog. These new tools will automatically update when the featured magazine is updated. Naturally, when you click on the widget, it will open up the magazine in your Web browser.<p>Profile …

Intuit Agrees To Acquire Small Business Document Startup Docstoc

Intuit, maker of financial products like Quickbooks and TurboTax, has a stated purpose of trying to be “the operating system for small business.” Today, it took another step to solidify that position with its planned acquisition of Docstoc, which over the years has created one of the largest …

Swayy for Business: More Dashboards & Weekly Reports

Content curation and discovery platform Swayy has introduced a new premium service aimed squarely at businesses and online marketers.<p>As we noted in our original closed beta coverage earlier this year, Swayy is a little like Percolate and LinkedIn’s recommended articles, infiltrated by trending …

Forget Business Plans; Here’s How to Really Size Up a Startup

If you want to really understand a firm’s strategy—whether it’s a start up or Fortune 500 firm–you need only two documents: the compensation plan and the pricing plan.<p>Forget about business plans, PowerPoint presentations, executive speeches, media interviews, strategy memos, or org charts. Forget …

The 6 Most Brutal CrossFit WODs

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Skimbox Goes Beyond Email Triage With A “Priority Inbox” App For Consumers & Enterprise

A new application called Skimbox is attempting to take on the heady challenge of fighting email overload in a way that makes sense for both consumers and the enterprise. The app, launching first on iOS, uses the concepts popularized by Mailbox – with its various swipes and gestures – as a way to …

Level Helps You Mind Your Money With Apps, Nabs $5M Series A To Make It Happen

There’s no doubt about it: managing your personal finances is boring. Even though handwritten budgets and meticulously crafted spreadsheets are being joined by services like Mint and Simple that let more you easily dig into your spending, some folks just can’t be bothered to spend their free time …

Simple’s MoneyDrop Will Soon Let Users Transfer Funds Using Bluetooth

Things seem to have been moving rather smoothly for the folks at online banking startup Simple. They’ve spent the last year fleshing out their mobile apps with some much-needed features and added some 25,000 customers to their ranks since July. Now the team is looking to add yet another feature to …

New tool lets you visualize just about anything in 5 minutes (maybe less)

There’s a new web tool called Raw that makes it really easy to do some advanced visualizations on data in just a few minutes. (Hat tip to Nathan Yau …

Docstoc Redesigns Its Site To Become The Go-To Place For Small Business Documents

Over the past several years, Docstoc has positioned itself as the go-to place for small and medium-sized businesses to find the documents they need to grow. Today, it’s taking a big step toward making it easier to do that, with the launch of a major redesign to improve the way its customers find …

Excel's Power Maps take bar graphs to some new and mildly interesting places

There are only so many ways one can juice up boring Excel data, but Microsoft's new Power Map Preview for Office 365 looks like it's up to the challenge. The 3D map visualizer has just graduated from "project" status with a handful of features sure to please number crunchers and map lovers alike. …

15Five, The Employee-Manager Feedback Network, Launches 2.0 With Like Buttons, Private Messaging And More

15Five, a startup backed by the likes of 500 Startups and Yammer’s David Sacks that provides a platform to help the working world communicate better with its managers, has had a dose of its own medicine. Taking feedback collected from its users since its exit from beta in August 2012, the company …

Porch Makes Home-Improvement Data Available For 75% Of U.S. Homes, Launches Its Home Improvement Network

Where Houzz lets you find inspiration and contractors based on beautiful images, Porch is a Seattle-based startup that aims to do something very similar, but with the help of a massive amount of data and a somewhat broader approach to home-improvement projects. The company, which raised a $6.25 …

You can now see some of the dirt a major data marketer has on you

Acxiom knows a lot about you, and it's finally letting you see how much<p>Marketers need to know a lot about you in order to tailor online ads toward your interests. If you've ever wondered just how much they have on you, you may be in luck: Acxiom, one of the largest data harvesters around, is …

The Final 6 Disrupt SF Startups: Cota, Dryft, Fates Forever, Layer, Regalii And Soil IQ

This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco has hit attendance records and been one of the most exciting we’ve ever had. Over the past few days, 3200 people have walked through the concourse to watch Valley titans and newcomers hash it out with the TechCrunch team — including Marc Benioff’s moving …

Zazma raises $10M to float small businesses with short term loans

Zazma has raised $10 million for its portal that helps fund small businesses.<p>The startup has built a platform that provides small business owners with more immediate, flexible financing options than traditional financial institutions and suppliers.<p>They go to Zazma and request a specific amount of …

Remote Work Collaboration Startup Sqwiggle Closes On $1.1M In AngelList’s First Syndicate Round

Working from the couch in sweatpants is awesome (in fact, I’m doing it right now), but there are certainly benefits to working with other people in the flesh. For example, if you can see that your coworker is at her desk, you don’t have to preface a quick question with, “You there?” Little things …

LinkedIn University Pages are a case study in building big data apps the right way

Professional network LinkedIn (s lnkd) rolled out its new University Pages feature last week to much fanfare, but the pages are as much as a matter …

With New Funding In Tow, Lendio And Creditera Are Helping Small Businesses Secure Loans And Avoid Bad Credit

Brock Blake and Levi King have founded more than six companies between them. Over the course of their various entrepreneurial endeavors, like many other small business owners entrepreneurs, Blake and King applied for dozens of business loans — and received dozens of rejections. When they did …

Backed By $3 Million In Funding, Canva Launches A Graphic Design Platform Anyone Can Use

A company called Canva is today launching what it hopes will become the default tool people use to create and collaborate on design online. The service, which offers an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and access to over a million photographs, graphics and fonts, is aimed at the mainstream user …

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Starting And Running Your Business

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>This is going be a bullet FAQ on starting a business. No joke. If …

Streak’s New iPhone App Is A CRM Service With Gmail Baked In

Streak has embedded Gmail into its new iOS app in a novel way to create a service that is turning the 600-million-user platform into a powerful CRM environment.<p>Gmail is a native app on iOS and has its own “sandbox,” the term to describe how apps are managed individually, essentially in secure, …

YC-Backed One Month Rails Teaches You How To Build Your Startup While You Learn To Code

If you build it, they will come. But what if you don’t know how to build it?<p>That was the problem facing Mattan Griffel, founder of a new YC-backed startup called One Month Rails that is launching today.<p>“I didn’t study computer science or anything, but I had this great idea for a startup,” he said. …

Quip Is A Beautiful New Mobile-First Word Processor From Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor

30 years later and our word processing software hasn’t evolved, not even to adapt to mobile. That changes tonight with the launch of Quip, a freemium new word processing app from former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor’s new startup. Quip works on desktop but is designed for mobile. It automatically …

This Intelligent Housesitter May Render Old Security Systems Homeless

The spy cam-like Canary keeps a watchful eye–texting, live-streaming–on your place while you’re out.<p>Canary may be the self-described “first smart home security device,” but the gadget-and-app duo actually behaves more like an efficient and reassuring house sitter. Unusual movement in your living …