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A Secular Shift To Online Food Ordering

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Eric Kim is co-founder and CEO of RushOrder, an L.A.-based mobile food ordering startup.</i><p>To say that recent capital inflows in the food-ordering space have been growing rapidly wouldn’t be doing the current funding environment justice. In fact, it might even be considered a gross …

Gastbeitrag von Timo Ehmann & Diethelm Baumann Über die Erforderlichkeit einer Bafin-Lizenz für Marktplätze

Die Lieferheld-Entscheidung hat Start-ups wachgerüttelt und offengelegt, dass das Thema Regulierung nicht nur ein Thema für Fintecs und …

Google Cardboard gets a new standard to unify devices and viewers

Google’s lo-fi virtual reality solution is already popular enough that it needs a standard.<p>Google Cardboard has seen an explosion of new third-party viewers spring up since its launch about a year ago, and this has the company responding with a new certification standard today called “Works With …

Augmented And Virtual Reality To Hit $150 Billion, Disrupting Mobile By 2020

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tim Merel is the managing director of</i> <i>Digi-Capital.</i><p>Virtual reality and augmented reality are exciting – Google Glass coming and going, Facebook’s $2 billion for Oculus, Google’s $542 million into Magic Leap, not to mention Microsoft’s HoloLens. There are amazing early-stage platforms …

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Online Marketplaces - They may look different, but the same core principles apply

We’re continuing to see tremendous innovation in marketplaces. The first generation of net companies saw a few big horizontal marketplace winners …

Uber’s Kalanick Pitches Jobs And The Environment To Europe — If It Loosens Up

Speaking at the DLD conference in Munich today, Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick sang a rather different tune than he has of late. In recent times, the service has been fighting fires on a number of fronts, from controversies about its relationship with the media, to the safety of its …

A Community of Startup Founders Grows on Slack

Although it’s primarily a workplace collaboration tool, Slack is becoming a popular platform for wider communities, too.<p>For example, #Nomads has received attention for connecting digitally minded people visiting unfamiliar cities. #Startup, meanwhile, is a growing platform for startup founders who …

Nearby Live Lets You Anonymously Meet New People Via Your Smartphone

A mobile application called Nearby Live, which began its life as a social app for Windows Mobile users, has slowly expanded its reach over the years and has now hit a few notable milestones. As the app, now with over 2.1 million users, heads out of the Stanford-affiliated StartX accelerator, it has …

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them

Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-the-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead?<p>These questions come to mind today as one of the leading companies in the “anonymous social” category, …

Influencer Marketing Is Killing Santa

It’s the final week of the Christmas season, and the holiday shopping advertisements are flowing through my inbox faster than startup pitches. While endorsements from celebrities occasionally show up, there is one uber-influencer that seems to appear more than any other. Jolly St. Nick, the rotund …

Interactive Content Can Save Content Marketing From The Dark Side

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Scott Brinker is the CTO of ion Interactive.</i><p>Not long ago, in a marketing department not far, far away, we saw the rise of content marketing. It began as a young, idealistic movement to help educate, enlighten, and entertain self-empowered buyers in the digital world. An elegant …

Profitable SaaS Startup Buffer Breaks Down How It Spends Its Revenue

Buffer, a startup that provides social media management tools, today posted a breakdown of how its spends its revenue on salaries, servers and other expenses. The post is sufficiently detailed and worth examining, as it includes a number of data points that we, the public, tend to lack about …

What to do when a VC says no

You have the concept. You have the passion. You have the team. You even have a meeting lined up with your dream VC. So what do you do when a VC rejects you — multiple times?<p>I learned this lesson from personal experience. Here’s my story.<p>Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of Floodgate. Mike is …

Mobility-as-a-service: Turning transportation into a software industry

It’s the future. You have just bought your first fully autonomous car and let it drive you to work this morning. It was a little scary at first, but you forgot about the lack of a driver quickly, and now you are at your office.<p>What is the car doing right now? Right, it is sitting in the parking …

Thanx Gets $4.7 Million From Sequoia, Partners With Visa And MasterCard

Customer loyalty program startup Thanx launched today with both a Visa and MasterCard partnership and $4.7 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital. An earlier seed round from SoftTech VC of $1.3 million brings the total funding raised to $6 million.<p>Thanx might have its work cut out for it, …

David Cameron, don't block porn, disrupt it

<i>This is a guest post by Cindy Gallop, founder and CEO Make Love Not Porn, a site dedicated to promoting more realistic portrayals of sex in adult</i> …

Founder stories: 'People don't want drills'

<i>This post originally appeared on ChargeCon, an event series produced by Mountain and Jumpstart Foundry.</i><p>Your whole life in business is full of wins and losses. This is a story of one loss that really impacted my business.<p>I own, CentreSource, an interactive agency. We build really custom web …

U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market

The telco industry has resisted change for years. That anti-innovation attitude, coupled with the rise of smartphones and fast data networks, provided ample opportunities for over-the-top startups to circumvent moribund and expensive telco offerings with VoIP and messaging apps that were both less …

Mobile A/B Testing Service Taplytics Adds Analytics And Android Support

Taplytics, a Y Combinator-backed A/B testing service for mobile apps, is announcing two big additions today — support for Android apps and an analytics product called Taplytics Insights.<p>Service like Taplytics allow developers to test variations of their app interface and code, and to make those …

Facebook’s Anonymous App Could Kill Trolls With Secret Identity

Wack-a-mole. That’s what it’s usually like fighting trolls, bullies, and spammers in anonymous communities. Ban them and they just start new accounts. That’s why the fact that Facebook knows who you really are could be the key to its upcoming anonymous app.<p>You could stay anonymous to other users, …

Getty Images releases free iOS app for browsing and sharing millions of images

Putting a new business model into action<p>Six months after shifting its business model to embeddable photos, Getty Images has released an iOS app designed to help you browse and share its massive collection. The app, called Stream, lets you search Getty's archives to find images that you can legally …

5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Adam Arbolino is co-founder and CTO of DesignCrowd.com, a logo, web and graphic design marketplace.</i><p>They say in business you should think big. But when it comes to your career, have you considered thinking “small”? In my experience, a startup is a roller-coaster ride that can offer you …

iPhone 6's NFC chip may do far more than just mobile payments

All the conversation about the NFC (near field communication) chip in the iPhone 6 has so far centered around enabling mobile payments. But that’s not all we should be talking about.<p>NFC is a technology standard that specifies a set of radio frequencies used by two devices in close physical …

Yep, BuzzFeed Is Building A Games Team

If you like BuzzFeed’s quizzes and interactive projects like its Game Of Thrones name generator, congratulations, you’re probably going to be seeing more of them. If you think they’re all annoying gimmicks, well, uh, you’re going to be seeing more of them anyway.<p>That’s because the site is building …

Lessons From The Sharing Economy

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Raj Kapoor is the co-founder and CEO of fitmob, previous managing director at Mayfield Fund and former co-founder and CEO of Snapfish.</i><p>Companies everywhere are jumping on the sharing economy trend. From sharing skills to houses to cars, the sharing economy is transforming many …

Secret Is Becoming The Next Tinder

Secret, the hot anonymous app that reached a $100 million valuation in nine months, isn’t really growing.<p>At least, nothing indicates that it is. Its app store rankings fluctuate wildly and often don’t register in the top 1,500 overall — compared to its bigger, brasher rival Whisper, which is …

Secret grabs $25M, lets you add Facebook friends to your gossip circle

Apparently, creating apps for anonymous gossip is a lucrative affair: Secret has just raised a new round of funding from a crop of esteemed investors and is releasing two new features for an enhanced gossiping experience.<p>After raising its first round of institutional funding back in March, Secret …

Here’s why the labels really want a stake in SoundCloud

Berlin-based streaming music startup SoundCloud is close to signing equity deals with the three major record labels, according to a Bloomberg report, …

FameBit Puts YouTubers to Work for Advertisers, One Plug at a Time

The startup raises $1.5 million from Science and other backers to help video-makers produce low-cost plugs.<p>Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg is YouTube’s most popular star. He grosses $4 million a year.<p>But most people who make YouTube videos aren’t PewDiePie. It’s hard to make money on YouTube.<p>So here’s …