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By Robert Scoble | News about and for startups and their founders kept by Robert Scoble, futurist at Rackspace, Mike McCue, Flipboard's cofounder, and Hillel Fuld, journalist in Israel's tech scene. Updated in 2015.

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A new initiative is launching today to help draw attention to the growing number of startups that make all their company financial data available to anyone.

Courtesy of Alabama-based Baremetrics, a company that provides analytics for Stripe-based payments, Open Startups features seven startups right …

Startups

Why We Invested in @FerrisApp - A New Kind of Video Sharing App

We recently released the video sharing app Ferris and announced that Upfront Ventures led the funding in the company in our seed round of $2 million …

Video Sharing

Unacast scores $1.6M to become the main tracker of every store you visit

EXCLUSIVE:

The Internet made distance irrelevant.

Now, sensors in physical stores are helping to make proximity relevant, and startup Unacast is announcing a seed round of $1.6 million so it can become the backend.

The Oslo, Norway-based company, which has opened an office in London and is planning …

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Why we rejected that news you sent us

It’s no secret that we get a lot of pitches sent in by email here at The Next Web. We obviously don’t write about everything that’s sent to us, but quite often we don’t explain why we’re passing on coverage of a particular announcement.

This silence on why we said ‘sorry, no’ or simply never replied …

Accounting

Jay Z defends Tidal in a Sunday afternoon tweetstorm

Jay Z officially relaunched his streaming service Tidal last month with a bunch of other famous musicians, making it an instant target for both praise and criticism. At first, it seemed capable of giving independent artists more control over their music, while luring in listeners with big-name …

Jay-Z

VSCO Raises Another $30 Million, Now Has 20 Million App Users

Visual Supply Co., better known as VSCO, is becoming a juggernaut in the photo world. After raising an impressive $40 million from investors last May …

Venture Capital

Here’s How Uber’s Co-Founder Is Going to Take on Amazon and eBay

Garrett Camp made a fortune helping people navigate the digital world, then a far larger fortune helping them ­navigate the physical one. The …

Fortune 500

30 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …

Startups

Freelancer.com Acquires Payment Service Provider Escrow.com For $7.5M

Job marketplace Freelancer.com announced today that it has agreed to purchased Escrow.com for $7.5 million in cash. The acquisition was funded by through an placement of $10 million AUD (about $7.8 million) in ordinary shares of Freelancer.com to institutional investors.

As its name suggests, …

Service Provider

uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound.

What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too. While early uBeam …

Wireless

Verizon Offering $6 Million To Eligible Startups in IoT

Verizon is giving away 6 Million dollars + acceleration by Bootup Academy for 2015-2016. Expanding its ongoing commitment to innovation and social

Verizon

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The cofounder of Uber has a new app with a wait list that's 80,000 people long

Garrett Camp, the cofounder of Uber, has a new on-demand app that lets you summon a whole network of people to help you shop with the press of a …

Startups

After Raising $25M, U.K. Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Adds France And Germany To Its Menu

The premium take-out space in Europe continues to heat up as a number of startups target parts of the market that Just Eat, Foodpanda and Delivery Hero aren’t yet catering. Namely, food delivery from premium restaurants that don’t traditionally offer a take-out and delivery service.

The best funded …

Restaurant

Indian Journalist & Food Writer Vir Sanghvi Is Set To Take On FoodTech Industry With His Startup EazyDiner

With the growing number of people venturing into to the foodtech space, what to and where to eat is no more a question. With the amalgamation of …

Startups

Fancy Photo App Startup VSCO Raises $30 Million More

The most popular brand-related hashtags on Instagram don't belong just to Nike, Disney, Starbucks, and other big-name consumer companies. Try Visual …

Startups

Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

Headout, a mobile travel application that functions as sort of a mobile concierge, helping you find tours, activities and tickets to local events in select U.S. cities, has closed on $1.8 million in seed funding in order to expand its business to new markets. Currently only live in New York and Los …

Funding Galore: Startup Fundings Of The Week [20 April - 25 April]

This week, Infosys announced that it has kept aside half of $500 Mn Innovation fund to focus exclusively on new Indian startup through newly formed …

Startups

Hong Kong Startups Soon To Get $6M More Thanks To Science Park Fund

Hong Kong is getting a fuller tech ecosystem with the launch of a government-backed investment fund from the HK Science & Technology Parks, a new Mainland Chinese incubator space and a fintech accelerator. These developments represent good progress for the city’s investment-hungry startups that …

Hong Kong

Splittable App Makes A Play For Renters Who Have To Split Apartment Costs

We’ve seen how Venmo has taken off in the US for when people want to split things like shared restaurant bills. Now a UK startup has come up with an app which it claims will make it easier to share expenses when sharing an apartment.

According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, the country …

United Kingdom

Baidu invests $11M in restaurant management platform to bring more local businesses under its wing

Restaurant management software-as-a-service startup Keru Cloud today announced it has secured RMB 66 million (US$10.7 million) in series B funding …

Restaurant

Pioneering social music app maker Smule raises $38 million

Smule, the maker of pioneering social music apps like Ocarina, Magic Piano, and Sing! Karaoke, has raised $38 million in new funding.

The new round — a combination of equity and debt funding — was led by Adam Street Partners, while existing investors Bessemer Ventures and Shasta Ventures also …

Pioneering

Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M

TechCrunch is hearing from a few sources that GoFundMe, a crowdfunding and fundraising startup, is seeking venture financing after bootstrapping the company since 2008.

According to those sources, Accel Partners is in the mix, and one says they may be leading the round. Sources said the valuation is …

Accel Partners

Super-cute robot bug gets $1.4M to teach kids to code

Dash Robotics makes small bio-inspired robots that teach kids how to program while they play.

The bots are $50 apiece and come as a sheet of parts that you have to pop out and build yourself, like a model plane. The result is a six-legged plastic and fabric bug that you can program to run towards …

Robots

With $2M In Funding From Upfront, Ferris Helps Users Edit And Share Videos Trapped On Their Phones

Nowadays pretty much everyone has a video recording device in his or her pocket, and that’s led to an explosion in the amount of mobile video that is recorded. However, very few of those videos are ever edited or shared with friends, family, or random strangers following you on social networks.

A …

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Brazil’s Samba Ads Raises R$3 million To Take Premium Video Advertising Off YouTube

Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com.

Sao Paulo-based startup Samba Ads is announcing a R$3 million ($1 million) investment from a coalition of international investors that are betting on the online video opportunity in Brazil.

Brazil’s …

YouTube

iFlix, A Netflix Clone For Southeast Asia, Scoops Up $30M In Pre-Launch Funding

Video on-demand is looking like a hot market in Asia in 2015, after iFlix, one of a number of Netflix-like services to have sprouted up in Southeast Asia, landed a $30 million investment ahead of its imminent launch.

iFlix was first announced in March by Catcha Group — a Malaysia-based organization …

Asia

Movidius Raises $40M for Augmented Reality Venture

Vision processing startup Movidius, which contributed computer vision technology to Google’s Project Tango development kit, announced a $40 million funding round this week, with Summit Bridge Capital leading the surge.

“We are entering the Golden Age of accelerated computer vision,” said CEO Remi …

Augmented Reality

Backed By $3.5 Million, SnowShoe Debuts Clever, Plastic “Stamps” That Unlock Content On Mobile Phones

Imagine being able to touch a toy figurine to your phone’s screen in order to see the character transported into your video game, or touching another small piece of plastic to the phone in order to unlock exclusive content, like a new video or iTunes download. A startup called SnowShoe has …

Phones