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EatStreet, An Online Food Ordering Platform For Smaller Cities And College Towns, Picks Up $15M

While Amazon expands Prime Now restaurant ordering and delivery to more places, a startup has picked up funding to go head to head with it and the many others in the crowded food-on-demand category. EatStreet, a platform for restaurants mainly located in smaller cities to take orders online or by …

Startups

Amazon Restaurant Delivery Launches in Baltimore, Its First East Coast Stop

The news follows recent launches in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.<p>Amazon said last month that it planned to quickly expand its fledgling restaurant delivery service to cities around the country. It’s following through.<p>The company announced Thursday morning that this new delivery service is now …

Amazon Brings Its One-Hour Delivery Service, Prime Now, To The San Francisco Bay Area

Amazon this morning announced it’s expanding its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, to two more markets: the San Francisco Bay Area and San Antonio, Texas. The company had clearly been ramping up operations in California, in preparation to serve the Bay Area and beyond, as it currently has five …

San Francisco

The Math Behind SaaS Startup Customer Lifetime Value

Tomasz Tunguz Contributor<p>Tomasz Tunguz is a partner at Redpoint Ventures.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Data breadlines and data brawls<br>• Predictors Of The Fundraising Market<p>One of the most critical metrics for software companies — but also one of the most difficult to measure — is the lifetime value …

8 Ways to Delight and Reward Your Email Subscribers

In this example, Williams-Sonoma knows that its subscribers signed up to receive weekly discounts and new product announcements. These emails are a great resource for the right subscriber, but they tend to be light promotions only applicable to online purchases delivered on a regular basis.<p>Now that …

How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Joe Floyd is a venture investor at Emergence Capital. Emergence focuses on enterprise cloud applications and has invested in market leaders including Yammer, Box, Veeva Systems and Salesforce.</i><p>Questions about cash burn have blazed through Twitter like wildfire. Entrepreneurs are asking …

8 Steps to Launching Your Product

<i>Jason SurfrApp is the founder of IWearYourShirt and author of Creativity For Sale.</i><p>After Skyping with some college students, I wanted to share my process for launching a product or creative campaign. Whether it was launching IWearYourShirt, starting a non-profit, selling my last name, or various …

Helping Local Businesses Get the Five Star Review, FiveStars Raises $26 Million

In the $60 billion market for customer loyalty among small and medium-sized services businesses companies are always looking for an edge. With coffee shops and artisanal stores springing up on every corner from Portland to Pittsburgh, differentiated solely by the wit on their chalkboard sidewalk …

Bringing Tablets To Restaurant Tables Nationwide Nets E la Carte $35 Million

On the heels of a nationwide rollout with Applebee’s, E la Carte has raised $35 million to bring its tablet technology to more restaurant tables around the country and around the world.<p>Previous investors Intel Capital and Romulus Capital returned to lead the round, which also included commitments …

5 Unexpected Companies Dominating the App Economy

<i>By Matt Hussey</i><p>What do chasing hurricanes, pizza, and Sega Genesis all have in common - apart from being the triumvirate of awesomeness for any male born before 1985? These are all part of the turnaround stories for companies that have harnessed the power of the mobile app economy to grow and even …

Apps

What to Do When You Have Too Many Ideas, Not Enough Time

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>What do you do when you have too many ideas and not enough time? Or …

Meet The PayPal Mafia, The Richest Group Of Men In Silicon Valley

The company founded by Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and Max Levchin has spawned three billionaires, many, many millionaires, and generation-defining companies. Here, we break down the key players from the most notorious group in Silicon Valley.<p>The picture above features some of the most poorly dressed …

Silicon Valley

Restaurant payments startup Swipely whips up a fresh $20M

Restaurants and bars are getting smarter about the way they deal with customers these days.<p>Providence, Rhode Island-based Swipely makes a cloud-based payments system that lets restaurants and bars crunch data to find their best customers, detect most popular menu items, launch rewards programs, and …

Beepi Raises $5 Million From Redpoint To Simplify Buying Or Selling A Used Car

A new marketplace called Beepi recently launched to replace an increasingly outdated process for buying or selling a used car. That company, which recently launched in the Bay Area in public beta, is looking to grow quickly thanks to $5 million in new funding from Redpoint Ventures and other …

PencilCase reimagines HyperCard to let non-developers create native iOS apps

Robots & Pencils, a company that has up until now been making mobile apps for others, is launching a new platform for Mac that it says reimagines Apple’s HyperCard and allows non-developers to create & publish native iOS apps. Dubbed ‘PencilCase,’ users can create native apps with a drag and drop …

Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business. More specifically, …

America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Do Americans—and many Europeans working in American-dominated fields such as investment bank, consulting and ventures—work too hard?<p>Economic data show that in 1950, Americans worked around 1,900 hours per year. That’s now down to 1,700. But the French, who used to work …

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