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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.

Selfie app Frontback comes back to life thanks to mysterious new 'partner'

Frontback has made a miraculous recovery. After announcing last week that the company was shutting down, the selfie app is taking a 180 — literally. It turns out the service isn't going anywhere: late on Friday, the company announced that it had "signed an agreement with a partner," keeping the app …


Fashion Startup Everlane Arrives On Mobile With An App Catering To Its Biggest Fans

Everlane, the fashion shopping site focused on selling high-quality apparel at lower prices than traditional designer retail, has today made the move to mobile. The company has now launched its first native smartphone application with the launch of Everlane on iOS, which allows shoppers to browse …


Light Raises $25 Million To Put DSLR-Quality Camera In Your Next Smartphone

Our phones have turned everyone into a photographer and laid waste to a huge portion of the camera market. But even though we use our phones these days to take all of our pictures, the cameras in our phones still can’t compare to something like a $2,000 DSLR camera.

A Palo Alto-based startup called …


Caller ID App Truecaller Is Raising $100M At A $1B Valuation

Communications apps that strike a chord with users across different markets are hot property these days, and it looks like another one of them may soon enter the so-called unicorn club. TechCrunch has learned that Truecaller — a caller ID app that now has 150 million users — is looking to raise …

Caller ID

5 ways the stereotypical startup culture can set businesses up to fail

Startups come in all shapes and all sizes, with personalities that are as diverse as the people who run them.

However, there’s a certain type of office culture that has pervaded the public perception of startups, and it’s starting to have a major impact on how a new entrepreneur handles his or her …


Amazon partners with Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator on a new marketplace for startups

Amazon is launching a new marketplace specifically geared at startups, called Launchpad.

The Everything Store is partnering with Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and Indiegogo to source and vet startups for its new site. Each startup will get a product page where it can upload a product video and …


Messaging App Viber Buys Nextpeer To Add Social Features To Its Gaming Portal

Viber, the messaging app with 600 million+ users acquired last year by Japan’s Rakuten for $900 million, is today making its first acquisition, specifically aimed at building out its new games business. It is paying $9 million for Nextpeer, a social gaming startup based in Israel that offers games …


Trello Launches Enterprise Service With Single Sign-On Support, Brings Two-Factor Authentication To All Users

Trello, the kanban-style project management service that was spun out of Fog Creek Software last year, launched its enterprise service today. While the company quietly introduced this new service tier a few months ago and started testing it with a number of customers, it’s only now making it …


Stripe Lands New Funding At $5B Valuation And Partnership With Visa

Payment processing company Stripe is now valued at $5 billion following its latest round of financing. Beyond adding more money to its coffers, the five-year-old company inked a deal with Visa which will see the duo work together on a range of projects, including digital transactions and …


This FinTech startup says it will take $13 trillion away from Wall Street

Using Fundrise, you can invest in 3 World Trade Center right from your phone.

If you've been paying attention to trends in finance, you know there's a lot of buzz around startups in financial technology, more commonly known as FinTech.

FinTech companies are using the power of the internet to disrupt …

Wall Street

Google reportedly tried to buy a veggie cheeseburger startup for over $200 million

Impossible Foods cheeseburger

Google has made a play to buy a hot startup in the fake meat industry called Impossible Foods, reports The Information.

The deal reportedly fell through when the two couldn't agree on price. Google was said to have offered between $200 million and $300 million.

Impossible …


A new app lets anyone with a startup idea instantly chat with investors at VC firm Kleiner Perkins

Kleiner Perkins Edge Fund partner Anjney Midha

Growing up in India and Singapore, Anjney Midha had big dreams of one day moving to Silicon Valley and joining the region's thriving startup scene.

In fact, he was so enamored by the startup culture there that he started sending cold emails to venture …


Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Raises $70M Series C

Deliveroo, the on-demand startup that offers food delivery from premium restaurants that don’t traditionally offer a take-out service, appears to be on somewhat of a roll. It was just two months ago that the company announced it had expanded to Paris, Berlin and Dublin, in addition to the 18 or so …


How Israel's Hot Startup Scene Is Fostering Several Unicorns

These are some of the hottest startups in Israel that are creating some of the fastest-growing companies on the planet.

I recently had the privilege to fly from Silicon Valley to what many call Silicon Wadi (also known as Tel Aviv, Israel). Israel has more than 6,000 startups and attracts more …


You can now go from Couch to 5K on Android

Clear Sky Apps has undergone a makeover recently and rebranded itself to Fitness22.

The developer is best know for its lifestyle and fitness apps like Couch to 5K Runner and Sleep Pillow Sounds, and now it’s releasing them on Android as well.

Android users can download Couch to 5K Runner and Push Ups …


Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M

Popular Pays, a Y Combinator-backed startup connecting Instagram users with marketers, has raised $2 million in funding.

Under the Popular Pays model, businesses describe the kind of campaign they’re looking to create, then Instagrammers can apply and list how much money they’d want to participate. …


Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

Victorious, a startup building mobile apps where YouTube stars can interact with their “superfans,” says the strategy seems to be paying off.

Specifically, since the first apps launched in April, they’ve seen a total of 250 million views and 300 million engagements, with fans creating 1 million …


Procurify Raises $4M To Make Purchasing Easier For Businesses

Procurify, a Vancouver, Canada-based startup that aims to make purchasing — and the expense reports that go with it — easier for small- and medium-sized businesses, today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed round.

Investors in this round include Point Nine Capital, Nexus Venture Partners …


Subscription Flight Service Beacon Lands $7.5M In Series A Funding

Beacon, a subscription flight service founded by former Surf Air CEO Wade Eyerly (and two other Surf Air Co-founders), announced that the company has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding.

The round was led by Romulus Capital with participation from MiVentures, Western Technologies Investment, and …

North America Travel

DataFox Hunts Down $5 Million in Fresh Funding

DataFox, a 2.5-year-old subscription-based deal intelligence platform, has just raised $5 million in funding co-led by Goldman Sachs and earlier investor Green Visor Capital, with participation from another previous backer, Stanford’s StartX fund.

The funding follows an earlier, $2 million seed …

Data Science

Flipboard Has Filed To Raise Another $50M

Flipboard’s 75 percent jump in the last six months has it clocking in at over 70 million monthly active users. And it looks like that is not the only recent bump for the startup: It appears to have quietly raised another $50 million in funding.

[Update: Flipboard has confirmed our story.]

We were …

Personalized News

Besomebody Raises Another $1M To Expand Its Experience Marketplace

Besomebody announced yesterday that it has raised another $1 million, doubling its total funding.

As founder and CEO Kash Shaikh explained a year ago, he’s trying to build a company around his previous “#besomebody” social media efforts. The idea is to help people tap into their passions, creating …

Angel Investors

TVibes for iOS lets you share videos with groups of friends

TVibes, a new iOS app released today, lets you upload and organize your personal videos into broadcast channels. The goal is to enhance the way you share, manage and discover cloud-based videos on your mobile device.

While there are plenty of opportunities to shoot and share video via popular apps …


Customer Experience Management Platform Medallia Raises $150M From Sequoia

Medallia, which makes SaaS customer experience management software, has raised $150 million in new funding from returning investor Sequoia Capital. This brings the startup’s total raised so far to $255 million.

While customer relationship management (CRM) platforms track and manage sales …

Customer Experience

500px Raises Another $13M To Take On Getty And Flickr

As Facebook continues to add more advertising features to Instagram, another photo-sharing platform is expanding its commercial and global ambitions with a new round of funding. 500px — a Toronto-based startup where users post and share, as well as buy and sell photos — has raised $13 million. The …


Booktrack Pulls In Another $5 Million To Put Audio To E-Books

Booktrack, a startup out of New Zealand that creates soundtracks to accompany e-books, has raised another $5 million in funding to make sure that reading is no longer a quiet activity.

Led by COENT Venture Partners and Sparkbox Ventures, the Series B round brings Booktrack’s funding total to $10 …

Peter Thiel

SuperAwesome, The ‘Kid-Safe’ Marketing Platform, Raises $7M Series A

SuperAwesome, the U.K.-headquartered ‘kid safe’ digital marketing platform that enables brands to put their wares in front of children, has raised a $7 million Series A. The company will use the money to “grow faster and reach more territories,” says founder Dylan Collins.

This will include growing …


Revolut Raises $2.3 Million For Its Mobile Foreign Exchange Service

British startup Revolut just raised $2.3 million (£1.5 million) from Balderton Capital to make you pay less exchange fees when you travel around the world. Also backed by Seedcamp, Revolut provides an app to seamlessly exchange or send money, and an optional debit card to pay around the world or …

Financial Technology

Microsoft reportedly acquires cloud security firm Adallom for $320 million

Microsoft has reportedly acquired an Israeli data security firm named Adallom for $320 million.

The news comes from both Calcalist and Globes, two Israeli business publications. According to the reports, Microsoft is also going to open a cybersecurity operation in Israel.

Adallom concentrates on …