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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.

A Chicken In Every Bot — 500ish Words

M.G. SieglerBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing<p>Bot hype battles bot reality<p>After a (purposefully) vague tweet last week, Re/code reached out to get my take …

Google Ventures

AOL co-founder Steve Case lays out playbook for new wave of startups

Plenty of industries are ripe for disruption, but new startups need to work with partners and be in it for the long haul, said Internet business pioneer Steve Case.<p>But if they do, opportunities abound in what he calls the third wave of the Internet.<p>The first wave was the foundation laid by AOL and …

Startups

The Inherent Problem with Anonymous Apps

Vanity Fair and TechCrunch recently reported that Yik Yak is in trouble, a company that raised over $70 million dollars and valued at around $400 …

Snapchat

The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro — Backchannel

He blasted the homeless, then tried to make amends, startup-style. But as Greg Gopman learned, there’s no business plan to finding your way back home.<p>…

Northern California

Banishing The Bosses Brings Out Zappos' Hidden Entrepreneurs

Encouraging employees to come up with new ideas and ways of thinking can broaden business scope and boost performance. Taking it a stage further and allowing staff to manage themselves can uncover a wealth of latent entrepreneurial talent. Doing away with managers altogether, and letting people run …

Tony Hsieh

The robotic personal assistant that just got $23M

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Investors just poured $23 million into perfecting Amy.<p>That may sound a little less weird once you know that Amy is an artificially intelligent personal assistant and the brainchild of a startup called X.ai.<p>Clients can "cc" Amy -- or her counterpart Andrew -- on emails requesting a …

Robots

Luxe, a startup that valet parks your car when you can’t find a spot, just raised $50 million from Hertz

It's already a pain to find parking in crowded cities. It's even worse if it's a city you've never been to.<p>That's why rental-car company Hertz just made a $50 million strategic investment in Luxe, a San Francisco-based startup that makes it its job to handle the parking for you.<p>Luxe works as a …

Startups

The Rise of Entrepreneurship in China

Over the past two decades, entrepreneurship in China has grown at an exponential rate. It is bringing forth disruptive changes not only to China but increasingly also to the rest of the world.<p>In 2000, total revenues earned by Chinese state-owned industrial enterprises and those in the …

Jack Ma

Finding Product Market Fit by Peter Reinhardt

There’s a fine line between the “reality distortion field” founders create and just being a bit delusional. During our first year and half as a …

YCombinator

What It's Like To Raise $127 Million As Silicon Valley's Bubble Bursts

When Tony Xu calls 2015 a “blitzkrieg” year, it’s hard to disagree.<p>The 31-year-old cofounder and CEO of DoorDash took his food delivery startup national, expanding from three markets to 22 in just 11 months. He quadrupled his employee base and moved into a shiny new San Francisco headquarters. …

Silicon Valley

Steve Wozniak Has Advice for Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs

Money isn’t everything, folks.<p>Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has some advice for entrepreneurs hoping to make it big in Silicon Valley: Don’t just think about getting rich.<p>“I think the money that’s been made has attracted a different kind of people looking at technology today and saying ‘Oh my …

Silicon Valley

From the Community: Flip2Mail by Flip2Mail Inc.

A few inventive Flipboard fans recently showed us Flip2Mail, a way to bring Flipboard Magazine updates to your inbox. Though unofficial, this tool provides a good service to readers who want to keep up on their favorite Flipboard Magazines.<p>Hillel Fuld, a fantastic Flipboard curator and member of …

Personalized News

Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

Intel announced overnight in a company blog post that it has purchased Israeli company Replay Technologies. The company provides an unusual 3D video rendering capability it calls “free dimensional” or freeD™ video, according to Intel.<p>While the technology could potentially have a broader usage than …

3D

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Oracle buys cloud software startup Ravello Systems for $500 million, source says

Oracle today disclosed that it has acquired Ravello Systems, a company with tools for running enterprise workloads in public cloud environments. Oracle didn’t disclose terms of the deal, but a source familiar with the matter said Oracle is paying $500 million to do the deal.<p>Oracle is rapidly trying …

Wearable startup Orion Labs raises $9M from Motorola Solutions and Avalon Ventures

EXCLUSIVE:<p>Orion Labs, the startup behind the Onyx push-to-talk wearable device, is announcing today that it has raised $9 million in new funding from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and Avalon Ventures. The startup is also unveiling the second version of its Onyx wearable for push-to-talk …

Naritiv, The Ad Network For Snapchat, Raises $3 Million Series A

Naritiv, the platform that connects brands and advertisers with influencers on Snapchat, has today announced the close of a $3 million Series A led by Third Wave Digital.<p>Investors in the round include Disney, Luminari Capital, Deluxe Entertainment, Wavemaker Partners, and Matthew Anderson (CMO of …

Advertising

Woo Wants To Take The Hassle And Fear Out Of Job Hunting

LinkedIn is the place where business professionals are seemingly obligated to have an account. While it is undoubtedly useful for growing your “professional network” and heavily used by recruiters across multiple industries worldwide, it isn’t necessary the first place that springs to mind for …

Employment

Slack Wins A Crunchie For Fastest Rising Startup

Slack is growing up and to the right and as such a rapid climber won a Crunchie last night for Fastest Rising Startup at TechCrunch’s 9th annual awards show. Slack also claims to have a more diverse workforce than any other startup and smartly chose to send four of its engineers – all of them black …

Startups

Woo lets you find a new job on your terms -- anonymously

Finding a new job is exciting, but there are a lot of variables at stake. A new platform named Woo wants to help you answer questions hanging over your head, before you even accept your offer.<p>The aim of Woo is to allow tech workers to gauge their value, especially in a new job market. Its research …

Human Resources

This New App Lets Blind People Livestream

The new ZCast podcasting app by Zula offers a simple to use interface that is providing the visually impaired with access to livestreaming.<p>Visually impaired people face serious challenges when it comes to social applications; a large portion of today's content is image or video-centric, and …

Driving Analytics Startup Zendrive Circles $13.5 Million Series A

Zendrive, a startup that uses smartphone sensors to measure drivers’ behavior, has raised $13.5 million in Series A funding led by Sherpa Capital, with participation from Nyca Partners, Thomvest Ventures, and earlier backers First Round Capital, BMW i Ventures, Fontinalis Partners. Tad Montross, …

Analytics

Thumzap Scores $3M To Let You Pick Up Your Kid’s Online Shopping Bill

Thumzap — presuming it can get decent traction with online sellers and app developers — is a pretty neat idea. The U.S.-registered startup, with R&D out of Tel Aviv, has developed a payments platform that reduces the friction for teens, who might not otherwise have a means of paying, to shop online.<p>…

Online Life

Microsoft Is Acquiring London’s AI-Driven SwiftKey For $250M

Microsoft is understood to be acquiring London-based SwiftKey, the startup which employed artificial intelligence to create a ground-breaking predictive smartphone keyboard, according to sources. The Financial Times is reporting that the deal is “around $250m”. TechCrunch understands the figure is …

Microsoft

This startup wants to bring super-fast wireless internet to your home, and it sounds incredible

A new startup is launching a product that promises to bring superfast, wireless internet to your home.<p>Starry, a company founded by the former CEO of …

ParkWhiz Acquires BestParking, Announces $24M Raise

On-demand parking apps may not be the most glamorous of startups; they’re mainly all about access. In addition to announcing its largest raise to date, ParkWhiz announced an acquisition today that will bring its customers, particularly those in the New York market, even greater access.<p>The …

Parking

New app turns your iPhone into mobile podcasting studio

You don’t need a high-frequency antenna or FCC license to be a broadcaster in the 21st century. Anyone can have a podcast – well, that is, anyone with the technical know-how and money for equipment, such as a good microphone, to produce their work.<p>A company called Zula wants to eliminate what might …

FreedomPop Raises Another $50M, Launches “Free” Global Data Hotspot And SIM

FreedomPop, the startup disrupting the businesses of traditional mobile carriers by giving people ways to use mobile devices free of any charges, is today adding another sizeable round to its coffers. The company has raised $50 million to continue its global rollout beyond its home market of the …

Startups (UK)

Glassbreakers Raises ~$2 Million For Its Diversity And Inclusion Software

Glassbreakers, the mentorship platform for women and enterprise software solution for scaling inclusion efforts, has raised $1.98 million from Social Leverage, bringing its total funding to ~$3 million. The new funding will enable Glassbreakers to further invest in the development of its …

Diversity