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TodayTix Brings Its Last-Minute Ticketing Service To London’s West End

We’ve written about how TodayTix has been working to help the theater industry adapt to the world of on-demand, mobile-centric commerce — today it’s crossing the Atlantic, to London’s West End.<p>The New York City-based startup launched its mobile app at the end of 2013 and says it’s now selling an …

San Francisco

Last-Minute Ticket Sales App Gametime Closes $13 Million In Series A Funding

Over the last 18 months or so, a mobile app called Gametime has helped sports fans book last-minute tickets to sporting events in cities across the U.S. Now, after growing nearly 600 percent year-over-year, the company has closed out on $13 million in funding led by Accel Partners.<p>Gametime provides …

Dingo Aims To Be A Fairer, Safer Aftermarket Ticketing App

“The secondary ticket market is a murky place – think touts, fake tickets and online fraud,” says Dingo co-founder Paul Roiter. His startup, which offers a so-called fan-to-fan ticketing app for iOS that lets you sell unwanted tickets, is hoping to change that.<p>In doing so, the company is also …

Apps

Google Accidentally Reveals Its Own Mobile Events App

Google has published a new mobile events application on Google Play called “Interactive Events,” but the app doesn’t appear to be ready for prime time. Instead, it looks like the app has been published early by accident, as it advises users who download it to their phones that it’s a “confidential” …

Apps

Splash Soaks Up $6M To Make Promo Events Seem Cool

Eventbrite looks like it was designed in a basement circa 2005. It works great, but gives a boring first impression. Splash, meanwhile, wants you to feel like you’re at the party from the moment you’re invited. That’s made it the new darling of event marketing teams at Nike, Anheuser-Busch, the …

Social Media

Spanish Ticketing Startup Ticketea Acquires Germany’s TodayTickets

Spanish ticketing startup Ticketea continues its mini shopping spree. The company, which claims to be the leading platform for event promotion and ticket selling in Spain, has acquired TodayTickets, the German last-minute ticket booking app, as a means to further expansion in Germany. The price of …

startups

Shapr Raises $3 Million For Its Business Networking Mobile App

A New York and Paris-based startup called Shapr has raised $3 million to build a better way to professionally network with others in your industry. However, unlike business networking giant LinkedIn, Shapr’s software is mobile-first, with apps for both iOS and Android devices that allow users to …

Apps

Blinq Tells You If Your Dating Matches Are In The Bar

Shove over Tinder. Swiss startup Blinq has come up with a new twist on the dating app. The startup is incorporating beacon proximity technology into the mix so singles can do more meeting IRL and less swiping — thanks to select venues being kitted out with Blinq’s Estimote iBeacons. These work with …

Quikkly Wants To Be A Better QR Code

You’ve all used a QR code, right? Those weird-looking barcodes you’re supposed to scan using a mobile to open a related web link. Nope? I thought not. For one reason or another, the technology, which was originally developed for the automotive industry to track parts in vehicle manufacturing, has …

Debunking The 7 Myths of Marketing In The Enterprise

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Mamoon Hamid is a general partner at The Social+Capital Partnership.</i><p>Over the last few months enterprise giants Oracle and Salesforce have put on shows featuring the likes of Hillary Clinton and Bruno Mars reminding all of us in the enterprise world that marketing matters. While most …

Seen.co Secures $1.25M From Horizons Ventures And KEC To Capture Live Social Events

As a graduate of The New York Times Company’s “timeSpace” accelerator, New York startup Seen has been plying its wares since 2012, when capturing real-time events via social media was still relatively new and chaotic. They pitched it as a space in between Twitter and Google News. A number of …

Loopd Launches Location-Tracking Tools For Conferences, With Backing From Tim Draper And Marc Benioff

If you’ve ever finished a busy day at a conference — either manning one of the booths or just as a regular attendee — and then found yourself struggling to remember who the heck you actually talked to, a startup called Loopd may be able to help.<p>The company is officially launching its …

Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Book

When you think about things that need to be disrupted, the entryway sign-in book is probably the last thing on your mind. And yet.<p>Having spent four years at Google and three years at Twitter as a backend engineer, Larry Gadea started building Envoy, an iPad-based, visitor-registration system, this …

How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Daniel Marovitz is CEO of Faculty of 1000. Prior to that, he was the CEO and co-founder of buzzumi, a cloud, enterprise software company.</i><p>Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned …

Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall

WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell. Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket seller in America, which has relationships with thousands of venues. Ticketfly will keep WillCall running …

Dojo App Offers A Highly Curated Guide To Days And Nights Out In London

When Robin Shimmin (CEO), Nicholas Dart (CTO) and Devran Karaca (COO) quit their well-paid day jobs — at Lotus F1, Deutsche Bank and Ernst & Young, respectively — to found Dojo, they had one thing on their mind: to solve the problem of finding something to do in London, a city all three had moved …

StubHub Music Takes On Music Concert Discovery Apps WillCall And Live Nation

StubHub Music is now live in the App Store and available to all major U.S. cities. The app, created by ticket reseller platform StubHub, was first tested on a much smaller set of music fans in San Francisco earlier this summer. It’s now available throughout the U.S., the UK and Canada.<p>StubHub, …

Facebook Becomes A Local Party Discovery Tool With “Events For You” Redesign

Just because you weren’t invited, doesn’t mean Facebook can’t help you crash the party. Facebook Events on the web got a slick visual overhaul today that includes a new “Events For You” tab that recommends gatherings it thinks you’ll enjoy, even if no one invited you, friends aren’t going, and …

Following A Drop In Completed Jobs, Errands Marketplace TaskRabbit Shakes Up Its Business Model

Errands marketplace TaskRabbit is shaking things up today with a change to its business model. The company says it’s shifting away from the auction model where contractors bid for tasks posted by end users, and will now match clients to potential “Taskers” (aka contractors, which the company …