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Is venture capital killing startups?

Image by: Heisenberg MediaJust the other day, I had the somewhat unpleasant job of presiding over the shutdown of one of our investee companies. Not …

Venture Capital

LivingSocial Offers a Cautionary Tale to Today’s Unicorns

WASHINGTON — The first thing you see when walking into the headquarters of LivingSocial is row upon row of mostly empty desks, broken up by small street signs that employees once needed to find one another when the office teemed with people.

One row, “BYFAD Lane,” was named after a start-up, …


Airbnb Raises $100 Million Only Months After Last Funding Round

The company expects to reach profitability in 2016.

Home-sharing startup Airbnb has raised a fresh $100 million in funding at a $25.5 billion valuation, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

This latest round of funding comes only months after a $1.5 billion mega-round the company raised …


Startup Valuations Surge in 3Q, But Data Hints at Pullback

Startup valuations continued to rise at a torrid pace in the third quarter, though there were potential signs the venture-capital tide may have started to turn, according to new data.

Fenwick & West today published its latest quarterly report digging inside the terms of venture funding deals for …


This Is Gonna Be Harder Than I Thought

In the first installment of this new series, food writer Mark Bittman opens up about his decision to join a startup.

At first, it seemed pretty straightforward. I met this guy, Andy Levitt, who had started a vegan meal kit company called Purple Carrot. He wanted me to join as a partner because, as …

Mark Bittman

Here Are 12 Things Entrepreneurs Say Are Invaluable

What’s your thing?You know—that thing that helps you be at your best. It helps you be more productive. It makes completing your workload feel easier. …


Senate bill to protect customers' online reviews heads to markup

The Senate Commerce Committee is moving swiftly to consider two tech-related bills sponsored by Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.).

The panel will mark up …


AOL says two-thirds of its audience now comes from mobile

Media and advertising giant AOL is now seeing most of its audience — about two-thirds — coming from mobile devices, the company has shared with …

Mobile Advertising

What Does Yahoo's New Google Partnership Mean For SEO's Future?

Columnist Jayson DeMers explains the potential impact the Google-Yahoo search deal will have on SEO, SEM, and the future of search in general.


Delivery Start-Up DoorDash Infuriates Some Restaurateurs by Working Around Them

One restaurant rejected a sales pitch from the company but then found it had listed it anyway.

California-based delivery start-up DoorDash, known for …


Orlando Startup 1 of 11 Selected for Prestigious Accelerator Program

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Joicaster, an Orlando-based content streaming platform, was one of eleven companies selected for the prestigious Techstars …


What In-Store Technologies Do Shoppers Find Useful?

Shoppers want to check out more easily

October 20, 2015 | Retail & Ecommerce | Technology

Retailers and shoppers are not exactly on the same page with …

What’s actually working in digital advertising? 8 publishers on how they’re bringing in money » Nieman Journalism Lab

Many publishers’ digital revenues have been on an upward swing in recent years — but it’s not enough to fill the gaps left by print. According to eMarketer, global digital ad spending in 2015 is expected to reach $170.17 billion. Global mobile ad spending globally should hit $69 billion this …


Google overhauls Waze with first major update since the app was acquired

Waze has released a new iOS app update that features a more modern look for its traffic and navigation service. The update is geared toward helping users better navigate, report accidents and road issues, and share tips. In short, there’s more of a focus on the driver and on what Waze calls the …


Amazon Targets Web Freelancers Peddling Fake Customer Reviews Inc. filed a lawsuit against more than 1,000 unidentified people selling fake reviews on its Web store, attempting to stamp out efforts by …

The Anti-Drone “Death Ray”

It’s been called an anti-drone “death ray,” a “drone zapper” and a drone “freezing ray,” and it looks and sounds like something out of an early Flash …

Google X Registers Delivery Drones with FAA

Google X has registered designs for two new delivery drones with the FAA. The drone codenamed M2 was registered on October 2, and a separate drone …

Sources: Jack Dorsey Expected to Be Named Permanent Twitter CEO

Jack is apparently back — for good this time.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past three months, is expected to be named the company’s new permanent CEO as early as tomorrow, although that timeframe may change, according to sources. Dorsey will apparently …

Jack Dorsey

Google will let companies target ads using your email address

Google will soon let advertisers tap into one of the most lucrative types of ad targeting: email addresses. The search giant is rolling out a new tool called Customer Match, which lets advertisers use a list of email addresses to target specific users across Google services. To be targeted through …


Street Culture: HR Strategies for Startups | Street Fight

She says it all the time: Hiring isn’t rocket science.

Actually, it’s pretty simple to create basic procedures that turn hiring into a standard …

Retail Email Marketing Is Changing, but Gradually

People of all ages still use—and act on—email

September 28, 2015 | Advertising & Marketing | Retail & Ecommerce | Demographics | Email

Year in and year …

25 quotes from Bill Gates that take you inside the mind of the world's richest man

Bill Gates' personal net worth — an estimated $76 billion — makes him the richest person in the world.

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which he and his wife set up in 1997, gives away nearly $4 billion a year.

The Financial Times wrote that "through the stroke of pen on cheque book, Gates …

Bill Gates

The Case For A Large Founding Team

It is common wisdom nowadays that a founding team consisting of 2–3 founders is ideal. Doing it solo is simply too hard. Founder burnout is an imminent possibility, and statistics are simply not on your side. Many early stage investors will tell you outright that they will not fund a single-founder …


Disney Leads $66 Million Investment In Virtual-Reality Startup JauntVR

Hollywood is ramping up on VR in the months before Oculus and other hardware hits the market.

The Walt Disney Company is among the lead investors in virtual-reality startup JauntVR’s $66 million Series C round of funding. It's the latest evidence that Hollywood wants in on VR before the technology …

Competitive video gaming is set to return to TV in 2016

Ten years ago, in the early days of competitive video gaming, MTV, USA Network, DirecTV and others started televising top-tier matches.

The idea flopped — the contests were trendy, but not yet a megatrend.

Today, spectators are buying tickets to gaming tournaments held in arenas, and the TV cameras …


Volkswagen CEO Likely to Get $32 Million Pension After Leaving

Martin Winterkorn, engulfed by a diesel-emissions scandal at Volkswagen AG, amassed a $32 million pension before stepping down Wednesday, and may …

Facebook’s Instagram hits 400M users, beats Twitter

Facebook-owned Instagram has hit 400 million monthly active users, making it far larger than rival Twitter.

Social Media

The Creator of the iPhone's Top-Selling Ad Blocker Just Pulled His App off the Market

Just 36 hours into its phenomenal achievement of becoming the iOS App Store's top-selling paid app, ad blocker Peace has been pulled by its …

Did Apple Just Solve Deep Linking? | Street Fight

One of the coolest things to come out Apple’s September product event was 3D Touch. It lets users indicate levels of intent based on how hard they …