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Gigster: Diese beiden Amerikaner arbeiten am Ende der Software-Entwicklung, wie wir sie kennen

Das US-Startup Gigster will die Art, wie Software entwickelt wird, radikal verändern. Das ambitionierte Vorhaben birgt aber auch Risiken.<p>US-Startup …

LiquidTalent Launches On-Demand Marketplace For Designers And Developers

LiquidTalent has today launched out of beta, offering companies a marketplace to find high-quality developer and designer talent on-demand both on the web and mobile.<p>The company was founded by Alex Abelin, Google’s former public affairs manager, and Scott Annan under the premise that developers and …

Estée Lalonde: The good, the bad and the ugly side of life as a YouTuber

As a YouTuber, hitting one million subscribers is a massive milestone and so is getting picked up by one of the most recognized modelling agencies in the world and having your own branded merchandise.<p>Estée Lalonde has achieved all of the above but recently she did something quite radical – she …

Everyone's a Star at StreamCon, the Convention for YouTube Sensations

Catching up with young vloggers who are famous for reasons I still don't understand.<p>It's surprisingly hard to get face time with Connor Franta. His publicist seemed keen, but when it got down to scheduling an interview, she started playing hardball.<p>"If we can guarantee a standalone piece on just …

YouTube Enables Virtual Reality On All Videos Via Its Android App

YouTube has today announced new additions to its Android application that makes virtual reality even easier to experience on all the videos currently …

Virtual Reality

Is Apple positioning Apple Music’s Connect as Vevo/YouTube alternative with new video embed option?

It’s no secret that Apple has had a hand in producing video and other content for artists since launching its new Apple Music streaming service. While we’ve known it has been hosting videos for artists using its own video player inside Apple Music, Apple quietly started adding an embed button to …

After Pulling In 5.6M Viewers, Twitch Is Keeping Bob Ross On The Air

Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming site, stumbled into an incredible source of new traffic when it kicked off the launch of its “Twitch Creative,” section at the end of last month with the debut of an all-episodes marathon of Bob Ross‘ “The Joy of Painting.” Yes, the “happy little trees” …

WeWork Used These Documents To Convince Investors It's Worth Billions

What the $10 billion co-working company’s internal financial documents tell us about how a decacorn is built.

Narvar, A Service That Improves Online Post-Purchase Experiences, Raises $10M

Narvar, a startup that enables companies to better engage with customers after online purchases, said it has raised $10 million.<p>Narvar provides companies with software that improves the post-purchase experience. That can include a better interface when it comes to shipping, more detailed text …

StyleLounge, The European Metasearch Engine For Clothing And Lifestyle Products, Raises €2.3M

Germany’s StyleLounge, which operates a metasearch engine for clothing and lifestyle products, has raised a Series A round of funding.<p>Backing comes from TA Ventures, Axivate Capital, ASTUTIA Ventures, a number of family offices and Felix Jahn, founder of Home24 and former managing director of …

Branch8 Lets Merchants Sell Via Multiple E-Commerce Sites With Fewer Headaches

If there’s one thing as diverse and multi-faceted as Asian culture it would probably be the region’s e-commerce landscape.<p>There’s no single dominant player — like Amazon or eBay in the West — and things are very different from country to country. Alibaba and JD dominate China, Rakuten owns Japan, …

You’re Still Modeling Growth Incorrectly

Noah Kagan Contributor<p>Noah Kagan is the Chief Sumo at SumoMe.com.<p>When I first got the job running marketing at Mint, founder and CEO Aaron Patzer told me that we had to get Mint to 100,000 users within six months of launching.<p>The number itself didn’t intimidate me: Before Mint, I had been Facebook …

Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Raises $40M

Massdrop is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding.<p>The company focuses on what it calls “community-driven commerce.” It allows people who are interested in things like high-quality audio, men’s fashion and quilting (yes, those are all actual Massdrop communities) to connect …

Corporate Venture Capital Is King In Japan

When it comes to raising money in the U.S., corporate venture capital is seemingly synonymous with “Plan C.” If you can’t raise money from top-tier firms, you move on to Plan B, second-tier firms. Failing that, Plan C is corporate.<p>There are exceptions, but corporate does tend to be the last resort: …

Snobswap Raises A Million To Bring Brick-And-Mortar Consignment Shops Online

A startup working to bring offline brick-and-mortar consignment shops into the e-commerce age, Snobswap, has raised over a million dollars in seed funding to expand what it describes as its “luxury online mall.” While today, these mom-and-pop shops would have to set up their own online stores using …

eCommerce

This nearly waterless washing machine could save billions of gallons of H2O every year

Traditional washing machines can guzzle upwards of 40 gallons of water in a single cycle.<p>Thing is, most of that water doesn't make the clothes any cleaner.<p>Xeros, a design company started at University of Leeds in the UK, has been developing the solution to this waste problem since 2006. Now it's on …

Washing Machines

YC-Backed Locent Lets Businesses Sell Products Via Text Message

Launching out of the Summer 2015 Y Combinator batch, Locent is an e-commerce platform powered entirely by text messages.<p>One of the biggest challenges for online retailers is shepherding customers through a lengthy checkout process. By providing businesses with a custom, text-enabled phone number, …

eCommerce

SoftBank Leads $100M Investment In India-Based Budget Hotel Network OYO Rooms

SoftBank is back investing in India after it lead a $100 million round for OYO Rooms, a two-year-old startup that runs an online marketplace for affordable hotels in the country.<p>OYO Rooms was founded by 21-year-old Thiel Fellow Ritesh Agarwal, and it raised $25 million as recently as April. In …

Mobile Marketing And Analytics Startup WizRocket Lands $8M From Sequoia And Accel

WizRocket, which helps companies increase user engagement by fine-tuning mobile, web, and e-mail notifications, has raised $8 million in new funding from Sequoia Capital India and returning investor Accel Partners.<p>The Palo Alto-based startup will use its fresh capital to launch an API for …

Little, A Hyperlocal Deals Service For India, Launches With $50M In Funding

Some of India’s top entrepreneurs are pooling their resources to launch a marketplace that connects consumers with physical retailers via their smartphones.<p>Called Little, the project is founded by Manish Chopra and Satish Mani — the same duo behind male-focused fashion startup Zovi. It’s kicking …

Snowball Debuts A “Priority Inbox” For Your Phone’s Notifications

With a growing number of mobile applications available to download, and only a handful that see regular usage, push notifications have become one of the only ways for developers to grab users’ attention in order to get them to reopen their app and re-engage with their content. Unfortunately for app …

Shapeways Snags Another $30M In Funding To Expand Its 3D Printing Ecosystem

Shapeways, a 3D printing service and marketplace, announced a $30 million Series D round led by INKEF Capital.<p>The round was supported by new investors like Hewlett Packard Ventures and Presidio Ventures, as well as existing investors like Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. Robert Jan …

Twitter Gets More Shoppable With Product Pages And Collections

Twitter just announced new capabilities that it says “make it easier to discover products and places.”<p>The company has been moving into e-commerce and rolled out a Buy button last fall. However, a single tweet may not be the best way to sell a product, especially if you don’t know much about it, so …

New London VC Firm Felix Capital Launches With $120M Fund And Team Of Elite Advisors

Make way in the VC world for a new player that’s opening for business today in London. Frederic Court — a former parter at Advent who is considered one of the more successful investors in Europe with investments in successful startups like Zong (sold to eBay), Vitru (sold to Oracle) and Ubiquisys …

Aliada, A Housekeeping Service With A Social Justice Slant, Raises $800,000

Aliada, a housekeeping booking service based in Mexico City, is offering a new, socially responsible model for one of the most maligned segments of the on-demand economy.<p>The company’s vision has managed to attract attention from some of Mexico’s biggest investment firms. Capital Invent, Variv …

ClosetSpace Brings Fashion Inspiration And Recommendations To Your Smartphone

A new application called ClosetSpace from fashion analytics company Stylitics wants to put a digital closet in your pocket, while also feeding you daily inspirations, outfit suggestions, and more, as well as offering access to a personal stylist for just $25.00. The app, targeting mainly at women, …

After Trying $2 Billion Grocery Startup Instacart, I'd Rather Just Go To The Store

Instacart hires shoppers to buy groceries at local stores and then deliver them to customers within a few hours. Unlike competitors, like Fresh Direct, who keep their own inventory, Instacart relies on grocery stores to fulfill orders.<p>I decided to try out Instacart to see if it lived up to the hype.

Investors Pour $44 Million Into Instacart as Google Is Forced to Take Notice

Instacart will deliver groceries in 17 cities by year's end, and as many as 50 by the close of 2015.<p>A little more than a decade after the first generation of grocery-delivery companies collapsed, the industry seems poised to finally take off. And two-year-old Instacart is accumulating a war chest …

“Native Commerce” Platform Okanjo Raises $1.7 Million

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based startup called Okanjo, which offers publishers an alternative to native advertising with what it calls “native commerce,” has raised $1.7 million in new funding in a follow-on round from local angel investors, bringing the company’s total raise to date to $3.2 million. …

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