Mark Walker

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.Guru, .Bike, .Singles And 4 Other Domains Will Open For Business Tomorrow

If you are looking for a good domain name, your choices are about to get more interesting. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to register a .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles and .ventures domain name through numerous registrars worldwide.<p>Last year, the Internet Corporation for …

Australian Startups Zookal And Flirtey To Begin Delivering Textbook Orders By Drone

As countries around the world gradually lift regulations on the use of commercial drones, a new startup called Flirtey hopes to turn Australia into a worldwide industry leader for the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in e-commerce deliveries. Flirtey plans to launch commercial drone delivery …

YouTube Launches Free Audio Library With 150 Royalty-Free Tracks

YouTube currently offers more than 150,000 audio tracks on its site that video producers can use as background music for their videos. Those tracks, however, can’t be downloaded or remixed, which makes it hard to use them in creative ways. For users who want to do a bit more with their background …

EBay Debuts Its Answer To Amazon Lockers: Click & Collect At Retail Stores, While eBay Now Goes Abroad

E-commerce giant eBay today made its latest moves to blur the lines between online and offline commerce, and it’s chosen the UK to do it: it launched a new “Click & Collect” service, where shoppers can buy goods from eBay online and then select a physical retail location where they can be …

Wearable Baby Monitor Developer Sproutling Raises $2.6M From First Round And Others To Raise Parenting IQ

Wearables aren’t just for adults anymore. There’s a new crop of startups hoping to give parents peace of mind and deliver more insights about young children and their sleeping patterns through wearable devices for babies. Sproutling, a new startup coming out of stealth today, is hoping to raise …

FishBrain Secures Seed Funding To Socialise Sport Fishing

Back in November last year, Swedish startup FishBrain won the startup competition at Slush in Helsinki.<p>The startup is a social network that lets sport fishing enthusiasts share their fishing experiences with friends using web and mobile apps. Users end up sharing best ways to catch a fish in a …

Amazon Launches Art Store, Putting Multi-Million Dollar Paintings In Your Virtual Shopping Cart

Amazon has launched a new online fine art store, as an extension of its marketplace partner offerings. The store offers access to more than 40,000 works, according to Amazon, from over 4,500 artists supplied by more than 150 galleries and dealers, including both generally affordable art and …

Nielsen: Microsoft Pays The Most Right Now To Promote Its Products; Tech Ads Jump 30% To $723M In Q1, MSFT Jumps 200%

Microsoft has not been shy in the past to spend its money on advertising its products against competition — in 2011 apparently sinking up to $100 million on making sure that people knew about its search engine Bing. Some numbers out today from Nielsen, however, point to Microsoft’s efforts reaching …

Today’s Acqui-Hires Will Become Tomorrow’s Innovators

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Relan is a former programmer and Internet executive, as well as a successful serial entrepreneur, Silicon Valley executive, angel investor, and technology veteran for over 25 years. He founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007, spinning out a string of successful mobile and gaming</i> …

Old Ideas Are Better Than The Idea You Just Thought Of

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jake Knapp is a design partner at Google Ventures where he helps startups with product strategy and design.</i> <i>Follow him on Twitter @jakek.</i><p>It drives me crazy every time I hear about Mailbox, the fancy-pants email app that Dropbox bought for a gazillion dollars. I mean, come on, it’s such …

Goji Is A Smart Lock For Your Home That Has Nothing To Do With Berries

Welcome to the era of the round, shiny in-home automation system. While Nest led the charge early on, a new device, called Goji, is taking up the mantle. The Goji is an automatic deadbolt that looks like HAL 2000’s eye and can take pictures of folks who come to your door and allows you to lock – …

New Yorkers Get Free Power In The Parks

Months after Hurricane Sandy left New York scrambling for power, the city is unveiling 25 solar powered charging stations in parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs, starting today.<p>The pilot project between AT&T and the city of New York is officially called AT&T Street Charge. (DUMBO …

YC-Backed Videopixie Launches To Create A Marketplace For Video Editors

There are tons of raw video footage out there: Videos taken on vacation or school trips, videos of friends and family, videos taken to show off new restaurants and boutiques. And every day there’s more. But the problem of editing that footage is a problem. For as many of us as there are who like to …

The Zen of Entrepreneurship

<i>Rizwan Virk is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and film-maker. He was co founder of Gameview Studios, maker of the popular Tap Fish mobile game, which was downloaded over 30 million times, and was an angel investor in Tapjoy, Pocket Gems, Funzio, Telltale and Iddiction. The second edition of his</i> …

Is Your Enterprise Software Company Ready To Sell?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ted Summe is the founder of Discoverly, an enterprise tool that puts social data to work. Earlier in his career, he worked with enterprise software companies at Morgan Stanley and bought them at Salesforce.com. You can follow him on Twitter @tsumme.</i><p>Having slung enterprise software …

How Google Sets Goals

Goal setting within a startup or company is essential to success. But there are a number of different approaches to attaining these goals both within teams and individually. And what better framework to follow than Google’s strategy around establishing goals.<p>This gem is part of the Google Ventures …

FreedomPop Will Take On Carriers This Summer By Offering Smartphones And A New Freemium Phone Plan

Freemium wireless data startup FreedomPop has been out to undercut traditional wireless carriers on data plan costs for over a year now, but now the company wants to up ante once more. In exchange for a recurring monthly fee of <b>$0</b>, users of the company’s forthcoming phone service will be able to get …

Thalmic Labs Raises $14.5M To Make The MYO Armband The Next Big Thing In Gesture Control

Thalmic Labs, the Waterloo-based startup working on an all new form of user input for computing devices with the MYO amrband, today announced the close of its $14.5 million Series A funding round, led by Spark Capital and Intel Capital. The round boasts a lot of others besides, including Formation …

Pirate3D Buccaneer Printer Will Cost Just $247 For First 350 Backers

Get ready, get set, Kickstart. The Pirate3D Buccaneer printer is up on Kickstarter, and the first 350 backers will be able to get it for just $247—$100 off its regular price of $347.<p>The 3D printer is targeted at home users and beginners, say its founders. One of our editors, John Biggs, had his …

The Top 10 Future Tech Trends From 5 Top Venture Capitalists

The only thing people in Silicon Valley like to do more than talk about the future of tech is to invent it. Tonight they settled for the second-best thing, in the form of the popular Top 10 Tech Trends dinner.<p>Hosted by the Churchill Club, which holds speaking events featuring top tech folks every …

David Karp’s Dilemma

As the Tumblr/Yahoo deal continues to be negotiated by press, and the world gears up for whatever is being announced Monday morning, Tumblr founder David Karp is probably having a very interesting weekend. It’s likely, in between multiple discussions with his board members and Marissa Mayer, that …

Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation

Serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? Then you’re going to like this one: a new mobile app called Elevatr will help you keep track of your inspirations, as well as develop a business model, in order to turn your passing thoughts into plans actually worth pursuing …

As Tech Giants Scramble For Talent, It’s Buy Or Die

The writing’s on the wall. Mobile is the future, and it requires different skills than the web. Entrepreneurship is more fetishized than ever, making standard hiring tough. The result is days like today where Yahoo, Twitter, Salesforce, and Box all bought startups, and Facebook and Microsoft were …