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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.

OpenFeint Founder Jason Citron Returns To A Familiar Place With Discord App For Gamers

Some founders keep returning to the same ideas over and over in new form. Jason Citron, a lifelong gamer, was the creator of OpenFeint, an early mobile social gaming network that he sold to Japan’s GREE for $104 million.

After leaving GREE, he went back to game development and tried to create a next …

League of Legends

Techy Is An On-Demand Repair Service For Laptops

While companies like iCracked have extensive repair networks allowing you to get a phone or tablet repaired in just hours, getting a laptop repaired normally requires making an appointment, dropping your device off, and eventually picking it up days later.

Techy (a recent winner of our TC Radio …

Tablets

Pushbullet’s free file-sending app Portal arrives for iPhone

Pushbullet’s Portal app that lets you send large (or small) files from your computer to your phone is now available for iOS devices.

First launched for Android in June, the app lets you bundle up multiple individual files and beam them to your iPhone for free, made all the more useful by the lack of …

iOS Apps

Intercom Raises $35M To Make Businesses Smarter About Their Customer Communication

Intercom, a startup promising businesses a “fundamentally new” approach to communicating with their customers, has raised $35 million in Series C funding.

Co-founder and CEO Eoghan McCabe (pictured above) said the way that most online companies currently talk to their customers is “totally fucking …

Intercom

This startup has an unusual idea to fight the rise of ad blocking that could just work

London startup Yavli first started its life back in 2013, when a group of friends founded a software company that served sponsored content to millennial audiences, competing with the likes of Taboola and Outbrain.

But 18 months ago Yavli pivoted the business entirely in response to the huge rise in …

Startups

Nok Nok Labs Raises $16.25M in Series C Financing Round

Authentication solutions developer Nok Nok Labs has closed the second and final stage of its Series C financing round, having raked in about $8 …

NTT DoCoMo

Tech Support Startup HelloTech Is Closing $10M In Funding

Los Angeles startup HelloTech is in the final stages of raising $10 million in Series A funding, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. Madrona Venture Group is leading the round.

Following a period of private beta testing, HelloTech went live about three months ago. You either call for an …

Startups

Spare5 Raises $10M Series A Round For Its Mobile Mechanical Turk Service

Spare5 lets businesses outsource menial tasks like tagging and describing images, cleaning up data and classifying content to smartphone users who want to earn a few cents while standing at the bus station. It’s basically a mobile-centric version of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and it now has another …

Series A Rounds

Ghost Drone Maker EHANG Lands $42M Series B, Fills Key Executive Roles

Drone startup EHANG has scored a $42 million Series B to develop its technology and launch new products. Led by GP Capital, the round also included participation from returning investors GGV Capital, ZhenFund, and PreAngel, as well as Lebox Capital and OFC.

EHANG, the maker of app-controlled drone …

Drones

CastAR Raises $15 Million for Augmented Gaming

CastAR is an augmented/virtual reality system created by Technical Illusions. Recently the company gained $15 million in funding from Global Playground, the Venture Capital (VC) firm of former Android CEO Andy Rubin. I spoke with castAR Co-Founder and Chief Hardware Engineer Jeri Ellsworth to find …

Venture Capital

Bash For iOS Makes It Easy To Organize Hangouts With Friends

A group of high school friends, now UC Berkeley engineers, have created an app called Bash to make it easier for friends to organize hangouts, meetups and other events. Launching today on the App Store following a small beta test on the UC Berkeley campus, the idea with Bash is to offer a less …

UC Berkeley

One of Tech’s Best Investors Keeps Passing on Deals Because Valuations Are Too Damn High

Jeremy Levine knows a good deal when he sees one. As a top venture capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners, he invested in Pinterest, LinkedIn, Yelp and Shopify well before they reached peak popularity and watched as the last three went public.

But over the last 20 months, Levine has led just one …

Venture Capital

Japan’s cloud accounting startup Freee raises $30M at $250M valuation ahead of IPO

Freee, a Tokyo-based cloud accounting and payroll service that launched in March 2013, today announced a $30 million Series C round that takes its total raised funding to date to $43 million. Existing investors in the round include DCM and Recruit Holdings, with Japan Co-Invest Limited Partnership …

Accounting

Flipboard launches short silent Cinema Loop video ads

Flipboard is expanding its promoted stories program to now include videos. Starting today, brands can submit their television-quality commercials and bring them to the digital magazine app. These video ads will feature Cinema Loops, which are three-to-eight second segments of the file and are meant …

Advertising

Cannabis startup Tradiv is raising $1M to connect growers and sellers

Boulder, Colorado-based Tradiv is raising a $1 million round as it gears up to launch its B2B marketplace for cannabis cultivators, marijuana infused product companies, and dispensaries.

That’s right: The B2B pot ecosystem is unfolding right before our eyes.

Backed by Cannabis accelerator …

Cannabis

Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd Seeks A Broader Audience, Including Traditional VCs

Many crowdfunding startups now make it easier for founders to reach a bigger audience of investors. The question is whether investors are as keen to continue funding crowdfunding sites.

OurCrowd may find out soon. The two-and-a-half-year-old, Jerusalem-based hybrid platform enables accredited …

Venture Capital

The Second Coming Of Deep Linking

For developers and users, mobile deep linking has been a fantastically anticlimactic technology. Deep linking has existed since iOS 2.0, a time when fewer than 1 in 10 of us had a smartphone and Facebook had around 80 million users.

Over the last seven years, many companies have riffed on the theme …

Flipboard adds more Zite technology to its platform to help you fine-tune the content you see

Flipboard is rolling out an update to its iOS and Android apps today, giving users more control over the types of content they see. With this feature, the company is further integrating technology from Zite, the competitor it acquired in 2014.

There are more than 72 million monthly active users on …

Zite

Donde Fashion lets you tap your way to your next fabulous outfit

Shopping for clothes is a damn near impossible task. There’s a reason why many women make it a whole-day affair. Getting caught up in the idea of a specific thing that you want, down to the cut and style, gives you a narrow lens to view from but also limited options.

Shopping online doesn’t prove to …

Handbags

Grand Rounds Raises $55M to Connect Patients With Specialists

Grand Rounds, a service companies use to give employees access to healthcare advice and treatment around the U.S. irrespective of where they live, has raised $55 million in a new financing round.

The company helps individuals find care for conditions they might not otherwise be able to access care …

Health Care

Donde Fashion Is Bringing Smarter Search To The World Of Online Apparel

Shopping online for clothes can be a real pain, especially when you’re searching for something very specific. Sure, most retailers have filters for tops, pants, dresses, etc., but most don’t get any more granular than that.

Donde Fashion, a platform that currently offers items from more than 6,000 …

J. Crew

Israeli App Security Startup Snags $2.3M Seed Round

AppInside, a tool designed to help app developers check for security vulnerabilities, announced a $2.3 million seed round from Boston’s Accomplice today.

When a company commissions an app, they are putting their brand’s reputation on the line when people download it to their tablet or smartphone, …

Security

Marketing automation startup Kahuna raises $45 million from Tenaya Capital, Sequoia Capital and SoftTech VC - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Gina Hall Contributor

Mobile marketing startup Kahuna, co-founded by Adam Marchick (left) and Jacob Taylor,… more

Mobile marketing automation startup …

Startups

Meet Ring, the connected door bell company that just scored Richard Branson as an investor

Richard Branson, American Family Insurance, and the venture arm of a private homebuilder round out the new investors.

Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Ring, a maker of a video doorbell, is proof that a missed connection isn’t the worst thing that can happen to an entrepreneur.

Fourteen years ago he met Richard …

Richard Branson

FanDuel Acquires Sports Analytics Company NumberFire

Fantasy sports company FanDuel is acquiring numberFire in a deal that co-founder and CEO Nigel Eccles told me will help FanDuel pursue a vision that goes beyond fantasy sports.

“Our ambitions have really broadened,” Eccles said. “We’ve started to think of ourselves less as a fantasy sports business …

Sports Analytics

This startup is developing an electric car battery that can charge in minutes

An Israeli startup is planning on bringing its fast charging batteries to electric cars.

Tesla’s fast chargers can add about 170 miles worth of electricity to its cars’ batteries in about 30 minutes. If an Israeli startup achieves its goal, electric cars could travel hundreds of miles after only …

Electric Vehicles

Peach raises $8M to deliver lunch, will expand service to Boston and Washington D.C.

Peach has nailed down a successful formula for delivering lunch to office workers in places like Seattle and San Diego. Now, the young company has …

Venture Capital

Platform9 Raises $10M In Series B Funding For Its OpenStack Deployment And Management Service

Platform9, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to launch an OpenStack private cloud on their existing servers, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series B funding round led by Menlo Ventures and with participation from previous investor Redpoint Ventures. This round …

OpenStack

Fashion Discovery Site Roposo Nabs $15M From Tiger Global

Roposo, a discovery platform for fashion products, has scooped up $15 million in fresh funding from returning investor Tiger Global. Based in Gurgaon, Roposo lets users save items from different websites and also allows brands to create official accounts. The startup disclosed its $5 million Series …

Style (India)