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Gravity’s Amit Kapur Talks About the State of the “Interest Graph”

A few weeks ago, I had a nice chitchat with Amit Kapur, the co-founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Gravity, the startup that is aimed at creating a …

Big Data Startup NGDATA Raises $3.3M For Lily, Its Real-Time Customer Offer Generator

Belgium-based big data startup NGDATA, which also has offices in New York and San Francisco, has closed a $3.3 million funding round, led by Capricorn Venture Partners. Existing investors also participated, including Sniper Investments and unnamed angel investors. The new funding brings NGDATA’s …

Best Buy-Backed Zubie Raises $8M to Bring Cars and Drivers Online

Want to turn your dumb car into a smart car? A startup called Zubie is now selling a wireless dongle that connects to almost any car’s onboard …

How Fast Should You Be Growing?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jules Maltz</i> <i>is a General Partner and</i> <i>Parsa Saljoughian</i> <i>is an Associate at Institutional Venture Partners</i><i>, a late-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park.</i><p>Paul Graham wrote a great post in which he defines a startup as a “company designed to grow fast” and encouraged founders to …

Braintree Takes On Stripe, PayPal With Debut Of “Marketplace”

Payments gateway Braintree is launching a new service today called Marketplace, an API designed for mobile – you guessed it – marketplace operators. The new platform is already being used by TaskRabbit, a service for outsourcing errands and temporary work projects, which recently began shifting its …

Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Never Do

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>I’m breaking all the rules.<p>I’m at a silent retreat for the week. No …

With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Mountain View-based Tynker, a startup focused on teaching children of all ages the basics of learning how to code, is now expanding its service beyond schools with today’s debut of Tynker for Home. This new system is similar to the platform targeting teacher and classrooms which launched earlier …

Will marketers pay $24k a year for customizable neighborhood maps? InstaGIS hopes so

If you want to find out who your neighbors are, you can look at Census data, which will tell you things like the number of private businesses or by …

Airbnb is engineering itself into a data-driven company

“We want to apply data to every decision. We want to be a very data-driven company.” It’s a sentiment you hear echoed wherever you turn in Silicon …

Kim Dotcom is starting a VC fund for privacy-focused startups

Some entrepreneurs are betting that the PRISM scandal will stoke user interest in privacy-focused services. The Pirate Bay’s founder Peter Sunde …

ArduSat will let anyone conduct experiments in space for $125

If you were handed the controls to a satellite, what would you do? Track meteors? Photograph hurricanes? For as low as $125, not-for-profit startup …

Should Your Website Be Using Adaptive Design?

In today’s multiscreen world, 27% of all web traffic comes from smartphones, tablets, and various other devices. And if your business depends on the web for revenue, then you likely know about responsive web design — which automatically adjusts layouts to fit different screen sizes. Responsive …

Zoomdata Raises $4.1M For Connecting, Streaming And Visually Showing A Company’s Data

Zoomdata has raised $4.1 million for its data visualization platform that connects and analyzes historical and real-time data. The Series A round was led by Columbus Nova Technology Partners (CNTP) with Razor’s Edge Ventures, CIT Gap Funds, and B7 participating.<p>The company does what its name …

The Solution That Will Lead The Mobile Payments Revolution

The mass adoption of smartphones and tablets has set the stage for a move away from fixed-point, card-based transactions and toward those completed on mobile. The old dream of the "digital wallet" is coming true in a very particular mobile-led fashion. With more than $3.95 trillion of non-cash …

As Google AdSense Turns 10, An Upstart Wants To Own The Next Generation Of Web Ads

The year-old online advertising startup AdStage, though young, is taking online ads by storm. But founder Sahil Jain thinks he’s pinpointed Google’s weak spot.<p>This week, Google celebrated the milestone 10th birthday of AdSense, the self-serve version of its AdWords search-based Web advertising …

What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like

An entrepreneur and long-time neuroscience hobbyist attempts to merge his two loves.<p>Alexis Madrigal<p>It is the rare entrepreneur who hits it truly big twice. Those who do -- such as Ev Williams, Ted Turner, and Elon Musk -- tend to stay within the original industry that made them. In recent memory, …

Shopgate Raises $7M To Help Retailers Maximize Mobile Storefronts And Sales

Mobile e-commerce startup Shopgate announced its Series B funding round today, which it revealed to TechCrunch totals $7 million in an interview. The Germany and Palo Alto-based company offers retailers custom native app and mobile web development for their online stores, which Shopgate co-founder …

With rising revenues, Lending Club CEO plans expansion (Q&A)

For Renaud Laplanche, founder and chief executive of Lending Club, things are looking up -- or more accurately, up and to the right.<p>That's the desirable direction that the startup's finances are heading at present. Lending Club connects investors who have money to lend with borrowers who need it, …

Finance

Mobile Ads That Use Location Data Are Much More Effective

<i>Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today.</i><p><b>Location-Aware Mobile Campaigns See Eye-Catching Metrics (Internet2Go)</b><br>Greg Sterling breaks down a new report …

Yet another study shows that young people don't care about privacy. http://bit.ly/XZIYBT