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Circle opens its global bitcoin service to the public in 7 languages

Circle is one of the big dogs of bitcoin, with almost $30 million in funding and a well-connected CEO, but until now the company has waited to show …

Robinhood Raises $13M To Democratize Stock Market With Zero-Commission Trading App

Half a million people have already signed up for Robinhood‘s unlaunched zero-fee stock trading service. Now the startup has raised $13 million to hire talent to make its app totally secure so it can start adding people from its private beta waitlist.<p>Unlike competitors E*Trade and Scottrade that …

3 Ways to Boost your Startup

Let’s start with a simple truth: three out of four startups are destined to fail. The scariest thing is, the line between success and failure is a fine one. Even if you’ve got a killer product and your startup is ‘off the ground,’ if you’re not getting your fair share of capital, coverage and …

Mobile Verification Service Zumigo Closes $6 Million Series B Round Led By Intel Capital

Mobile device and location verification service Zumigo closed a Series B funding round led by Intel Capital on Friday, reporting it raised $6 million.<p>Zumigo wants to take the password out of the authentication process. Using the location of your phone, Zumigo can identify whether you’ve made a …

Bizible Raises $8M To Connect Marketing Tools With Sales Data

Bizible, a startup promising to help coordinate a company’s marketing and sales efforts, is announcing that it has raised $8 million in Series B funding.<p>The idea, basically, is to track whether online ads lead to sales. Bizible started out by pulling the data from AdWords search advertising …

Acorns Micro-Invests Your Spare Change

There’s a growing arsenal of apps that integrate with your daily spending habits to deliver smart tips on how to make the most of your money. BillGuard, for example, helps you combat credit card fraud and hidden merchant fees. But a new entrant to the personal finance space is looking to go the …

Get your car to tell you what's wrong with a $50 dongle

We imagine that the blind terror that we experience when visiting an auto shop is the same when a car mechanic visits Best Buy. After all, to us, that check engine light represents a multitude of problems that send most of us into a panic. That's the issue that Fixd is hoping to eliminate, thanks …

YC’s BillForward Wants To Change The Way You’re Charged For Subscriptions

Amazon Prime, Netflix, utilities, the New York Times, HBO Go, the gym…<p>When you stop and think about all the subscriptions you have, the list probably is a bit longer than you thought.<p>But even as more subscription services become available, from ride shares to make up kits, it seems companies still …

Why 50 Cent Is a Genius When It Comes to Competition

Want to use your competition to your advantage? These are the 3 lessons we can learn from 50 Cent.<p>The 50 Cent-Floyd Mayweather feud not only is entertaining but also teaches us a lesson on competition.<p>It's fair to say that rapper (and successful entrepreneur) 50 Cent has dealt with many …

The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

Use one of these approaches to make sure your next presentation achieves the result you desire.<p>There are many tips for delivering a great presentation, and while it is important to grab your audience at the beginning, what you do at the end can make all the difference in your presentation's overall …

7 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make on LinkedIn

It's not just for finding a job.<p>LinkedIn calls itself the "World's Largest Professional Network" and it's established itself as one of the three biggest must-play properties on social media.<p>For anyone looking to expand their influence and network--especially important goals for entrepreneurs and …