Robert Heesen

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What are the best productivity tools for entrepreneurs?

Carlos Tobin<b><br>I now accept Suggested Edits, as they come in.</b> <i>Include the price of the product/service.</i> <b></b> <b><br>Pre Launch:</b> <br>Javelin. Start and grow your product …

Rezepte: Dampfgaren mit Fleisch

Genießen Sie diese zarten Fleisch-Kreationen aus dem Dampf: Asiatisches Hähnchen mit Reis, in Heu gedämpftes Rinderfilet, Hähnchenbrust auf …

Education Technology Startups Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars In Q1

Education technology-focused startups raised over $500 million already in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years.<p>What began as a trickle in 2009, with 20 companies raising over $64 million at the beginning of the …

King Falls 15% On Its IPO Day, Erasing $1.1B In Market Cap

Today King went public, and immediately was given a raspberry by investors who sent its stock price down throughout the day, hammering the company to the tune of more than 15 percent and $1.1 billion in value.<p>A good flotation this was not. In fact, it was the worst so far this year.<p>King is famous …

Mobile Users, Women Shoppers Fuel India’s E-Commerce Boom

Among everything else that’s driving e-commerce growth in India, the ease of buying things sitting inside homes, avoiding the hazards of traffic snarls, worsening air pollution and finding a parking slot, will easily rank at the top, no matter how simplistic it sounds.<p>India’s e-commerce industry …

How To Run Live User Testing, Part 3: The Debrief

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: <i>Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, and previously created Onesheet, MorningPics, ArtistData, and others. This is the final part of a three-part series on how live user testing is run at Cluster in preparation for the next release of their iOS and Android …

Journalism Is Not Content Production

Journalism is dead. Or so said everyone who told me never to pursue a career in news gathering. Given the news industry’s bleak statistics over the past few decades, such fears have certainly been well-founded. Yet, these formerly dire predictions have simmered down, replaced with a hopeful …

Indian Online Classifieds Site Quikr Confirms $90M Fund Raise Led By Kinnevik

India’s largest online classifieds site, Quikr, has raised $90 million in fresh funding from a group of investors led by Sweden’s Kinnevik.<p>The latest round, which would take the total capital raised by Quikr to around $136 million, values the startup at over $250 million, a report added.<p>Quikr had …

Google Capital Pours $50M Into Real Estate Marketplace Auction.com At A $1.2B Valuation

Fresh off its public debut last week, Google Capital is putting more money to work this week with the announcement of a $50 million investment in real estate marketplace Auction.com. The valuation of the company post-money is $1.2 billion, and a representative from Google Capital will join the …

A Year From Launch, Skillshare Lands $6M From USV, Spark To Double Down On Its Project-Based, Online Classes

Skillshare launched in 2011 to give those interested in continuing to learn outside the classroom a place to get real-world skills from both online and offline classes. Over the past year, the New York-based startup has moved towards the massive, open online course approach, connecting subject …

Candy Crush Maker King Files For U.S. IPO

The studio behind addictive matching puzzle game Candy Crush has begun the process of filing for its U.S. IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Re/Code reports. The UK company will look to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ‘KING’ ticker symbol should everything go …

TicTail eCommerce Platform Lands $8 Million Led By Thrive Capital

TicTail, a DIY ecommerce platform out of Sweden, has today raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Thrive Capital.<p>The company, which is a lot like Etsy in its mission to make online storefronts easily accessible and creatable by DIYers, will use the money to open up an NYC office.<p>TicTail has …

Social Analytics Company Socialbakers Raises $26M More

Socialbakers, a social media analytics company founded in 2009 and headquartered in Prague, is announcing that it has raised $26 million in Series C funding.<p>The round was led by Index Ventures, with participation from previous investor Earlybird Venture Capital. Socialbakers has now raised a total …

Duolingo Raises $20M Series C Led By Kleiner Perkins To Dominate Online Language Learning

The popular language learning platform Duolingo today announced that it has closed a $20 million Series C round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. As Duolingo’s founder Luis von Ahn told me, the company plans to use this new funding to continue on its path to dominate the language-learning …

Handcuffs For Hacker Schools? Why A “Code Of Conduct” For Coding Bootcamps Could Actually Be Good For The Ecosystem

The explosion in both online and offline programming platforms over the last year has made one thing clear: Learning to code is hot. (With two “t’s.”) Well, that and the fact that our traditional education system doesn’t seem to be pulling its weight as far as computer science education is …

Apartment List Raises Another $6 Million To Improve Your Apartment Hunt

Apartment List wants to build a better end-to-end experience for people looking to find apartments. That will come as a welcome departure from the current apartment hunt process, which involves Craigslist and filling out applications in front of a dozen other people also filling out applications …

Netflix Will Raise $400 Million To Fund European Expansion, Original Programming

Netflix formally announced today that it will raise $400 million in new debt to fuel international expansions, specifically in Europe, as well for other expenditures, including investments, acquisitions, and reportedly, more original content, too. The company will raise the money by offering …

YC-Backed TerrAvion Launches Aerial Imagery As A Service For Farmers

Farmers can benefit greatly from having up-to-date aerial imagery of their crops, but it’s virtually impossible for a smaller agricultural business to get this data. The YC-backed TerrAvion, which is officially launching today, wants to make it easy even for small farms, vineyards and orchards to …

To Succeed, Growth Hacking Has To Focus More On Product Development Than Marketing

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Justin Caldbeck is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and invests primarily in the Internet and mobile sectors with a focus on social media, e-commerce and enterprise software. Follow him on Twitter @caldbeckj.</i><p>I can’t think of a buzzier phrase in the tech industry these days …

Zillow Brings Its Postlets Service For Landlords To Mobile

For most people, Zillow is synonymous with online real estate listings, but the company has recently focused quite a bit on rentals as well. Today, it is launching a new mobile app for rental professionals that will allow them to create, manage and distribute their listings through the company’s …

Estately Brings Its Real Estate Search To iPhone After Doubling Its Revenue And Traffic In 2013

When you think of online and mobile real estate sites, Zillow and Redfin are probably the first names that come to mind. Seattle-based Estately, however, has been quietly growing in the shadow of these larger companies, and the 17-person company doubled both its revenue and site traffic in 2013. …

Study: Copycatting, Diverse Teams, And Transparency Are Keys To Innovation

A fascinating new study explores, in exquisite detail, the hidden secrets of innovation. Rampant copycats, the authors find, are a surprising key to discovering creative solutions. Imitators must, however, be supported with diverse teams and transparency of success.<p>“You benefit when other people …

FarmLogs Raises $4M Series A To Further Advance Farming Into The Age of Apps

Just a year after securing $1 million in seed funding, Michigan-based FarmLogs is announcing a $4 million Series A led by Drive Capital. The company says it is looking forward to a big 2014 and the co-founder and CEO tells me the company will use the influx of cash to execute on an aggressive …

Apple Sold More iPhones In China Than Ever Before Last Quarter, Tim Cook Q&A Reveals

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Beijing today speaking to Chinese press about the launch of the iPhone with carrier partner China Mobile. The WSJ was also in attendance, and reported on a Q&A session in which Cook explained Apple’s view of the Chinese smartphone market, China Mobile itself, and the long …

Houzz Goes International, Opens Offices In London, Berlin And Sydney

Houzz, the fast-growing website and mobile app for all things home remodeling and design, today announced that it has opened offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. This marks the company’s first official international expansion, but as its co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko told me earlier this week, 35 …

Mobile Browser Dolphin Hits 100M Installs, Launches Innovation Lab Focused On Smart Devices

Dolphin, the third-party browser made by Sequoia Capital-backed startup MoboTap, announced today that it has reached 100 million downloads globally, fueled in large part by tackling emerging markets such as Russia, India and Brazil. Dolphin also officially launched the second part of its growth …

Youmiam Is A Soundcloud For Recipes Coming Out Of France

French startup Youmiam released a new version of its recipe sharing website and just announced that it has raised $410,000 (€300,000) from angel investors Patrick Robin (24h00), Thierry Petit (Showroomprivé) and Denis Chavanis (former managing director of Nestlé Waters). Youmiam makes it easy to …

YC Startups Now Have A Combined Valuation Of $14.4B, With 14 Valued At Or Sold For $100M Or More

It’s time to play the Y Combinator valuation game again. YC founder Paul Graham tweeted out the latest stats on the early-stage startup accelerator, saying that companies who have passed through the program now have a combined valuation of $14.4 billion, with the total amount raised topping $2 …

Putting Square’s $5B Valuation Into Context

Square’s growth has been a story of sustained momentum. Rising from a payment-processing run rate of $1 billion in the middle of 2011, Square is now expected to process some $30 billion this calendar year.<p>As Square’s payment processing run rate has grown — bolstering its revenue in near lockstep — …

Real Estate App Open Home Pro Acquired By HomeFinder.com, Becoming Company’s First Mobile App For Realtors

Open Home Pro, a business that allows realtors to run their open houses via the iPad and collect leads, has been sold to larger real estate search site HomeFinder.com. The app becomes HomeFinder’s first mobile application targeting realtors, as opposed to consumers like its previously launched iOS …