Products

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    StubHub hires its first Editor-in-Chief, looks to become a destination for sports and music fans

    StubHub has an image problem. Consumers think of the ecommerce platform as a place to find tickets to events that they know about. But rarely do they visit the site to discover and browse the thousands of local events that they’ve never heard about – everything from beer tastings to outdoor movies, and, yes, concerts and sporting events. Moreover, most consumers, if asked, would explain that the majority of tickets on StubHub are marked-up from their face value. And…
  • Curbside

    Curbside raises $9.5M, launches its mobile shopping platform to give local retailers “Amazon superpowers”

    The race is on to get consumers whatever their heart desires as quickly and easily as possible. Often called the on-demand economy, this not only means rethinking transportation and meal delivery, but where and how consumers shop for everyday goods like groceries, consumer electronics, and apparel. For the better part of a decade, the fastest way to get most things, while avoiding a painful trip to the store – and the parking, frustrating customer service, and checkout lines that traditionally…
  • TiVo Remote

    Echo360 rolls out “TiVo for the classroom,” aims to improve learning outcomes and reduce dropout rates

    Depending on when you graduated college, technology may have played little to no role in your studies. Whether you took notes in a composition notebook, or at best typed them using a laptop word processor, and whether you did research at the library, or using Google, trust me when I tell you that today’s students live in an entirely different world. One company helping to broaden this divide is Echo360. For the better part of eight years, the Dulles,…
  • Now Hiring

    Hired expands to LA to help take the pain out of recruiting technical talent

    The war for technical talent is as fierce as ever, with everyone from small startups to multinational corporations fighting to recruit and retain engineers, developers, designers, product managers and the like. The situation has been a boon for headhunters, but there’s only so much any small team of recruiters can do to identify and engage with prospective hires. Which leaves everyone on this merry-go-round looking for leverage. Hired has proven a popular alternative to traditional recruiters, combining the best…
  • The Office

    15Five snags a $2.2M seed extension to make manager-employee communication healthier and more efficient

    Creating a world class business at the end of the day is really about building and managing great teams. But recruiting the right people is only a fraction of the battle. Maintaining ongoing communication, transparency, and accountability between management and employees are just as important, if not more so to productivity and morale. One tool geared toward facilitating this healthy dialogue, 15Five, has caught on in a major way with many of the most successful CEOs, both in technology…
  • Will and estate

    Estate Assist brings safety deposit boxes to the cloud, aims to prevent your loved ones from searching when you go

    Gone are the days when our most important information is stored in file cabinets and on bookshelves. Today, bank statement, legal documents, journals, photos, social media accounts, and all manner of other data is digital, and typically password protected. And because most things are digital, anything that has not made it’s way online is effectively invisible and largely forgotten. This makes for a particularly challenging situation when a loved one passes away and their family needs get their affairs in…
  • M&M end cap

    Quri launches Impact to help advertisers measure if the billions spent on in-store ads are working

    It’s shocking, in this day and age, how little visibility many advertisers have into their campaigns. Be it TV, print, or outdoor advertising, if it’s not digital, advertisers are really guessing at the impressions, and the resulting lift they’re getting from their advertising spend. But one of the biggest categories in all of offline advertising is about to get a major injection of intelligence. Quri, a two-year-old retail intelligence startup, is launching its IMPACT product today with the…
  • MCarney Power Ranger

    JibJab enters the messaging game, wants to be the “funny button” for all your communications needs

    Fifteen years after launching as a fledgling digital content shop in New York and after surviving two economic downturns, JibJab Bros Studios today is profitable and employs more than 75 people. Having relocated its operations to Santa Monica a decade ago, the company bootstrapped itself for more than half its life before bringing on venture backing only after things were running smoothly. Throughout, there has been one guiding principle that has governed all of the company decision making, according to co-founder and…
  • You've Got Mail

    Front raises $3.1M to take the misery out of enterprise email through intelligent collaboration

    Email has long been the scourge of many office places, with inboxes often resembling warzones of unread messages, stars and tags, missing attachments, and all around chaos around next steps for each item. These problems are only exacerbated when multiple people are included on an email chain. Front is a shared inbox and collaboration platform for enterprise email that looks to solve many of these problems. Today, the Summer 2014 Y Combinator grad announced $3.1 million in Seed funding…
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    Circle goes surprisingly global with the public launch of its user-friendly bitcoin wallet

    When Circle previewed its bitcoin wallet and exchange platform in May, then in public beta, I called it the “CryptoBank of America.” It was a nod to the company’s focus on consumers, rather than merchants, its commitment to leading with free, easy to use, and aesthetically pleasing products, its desire to serve the underbanked, and its aim of challenging the legacy banking system. In other words, this wasn’t a futuristic financial platform for the pocket-protector class, but one…
  • Wedding beach sunset

    Loverly sees traffic surge 450% in 90 days following a content-focused redesign

    Content is still king. Wedding commerce startup Loverly has learned as much over the last 90 days, as its traffic has spiked more than 450 percent thanks to a redesign of its Web product that puts photos and editorial at the center of the user experience. It’s not even “engagement season,” notes Loverly founder and CEO Kellee Khalil, who says the period from New Years to Memorial Day is traditionally Loverly’s (and the wedding planning industry’s) busiest time of…
  • Lightbulb

    Qualtrics is profitable and doesn’t need more cash. But its $150M Series B is all about going big

    How’s this for a fundraising sales pitch? “We’ve grown 90 percent per year for the last five years, we’re massively profitable, and we’re dominating our category.” Pretty good, huh? And it would have been compelling had the company it describes been looking for capital. But as was the case with its $70 million Series A, the company wasn’t in the market for a Series B either. (It’s a rare luxury available to founders who are in hyper-growth mode and…
  • Wesc headphones

    From quilters to gearheads: Massdrop raises $6.5M to turn online enthusiasts into big spenders

    Any time you can tap into the crowd, it’s a powerful thing. When you can narrow and target that crowd to a community of like-minded individuals with a shared passion or interest, it’s even more valuable. That’s why so-called “enthusiasts,” whether they be car fanatics, audiophiles, fashionistas, horologists, scrapbookers, quilters, or any number of other similar group of super-fans make some of the best customers around. Massdrop is a community-driven commerce company that is tapping into the…
  • Meh crop

    PayPal’s “ringtones for bitcoin” announcement is one giant “meh”

    Progress, however small, is generally a positive thing and certainly is better than the opposite: stagnation. So it’s hard to be too disappointed with today’s announcement that PayPal will work with the three largest bitcoin payment processors, BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin, to allow sellers of digital goods like ringtones and games to begin accepting bitcoin payments via its platform – and only those in North America. At the same time, this so-called “test” is a fairly underwhelming first…
  • Goal

    Enterprise goal management tool BetterWorks raises Kleiner’s largest Series A since Google

    “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” ~Unknown A favorite tool among managers is the OKR (objectives and key results) model for goal setting and planning. MBA textbooks are filled with variations on the approach and Silicon Valley titans like Intel and Google have long been devotees. Incidentally, the common thread among among both these businesses is John Doerr, who implemented OKR at Intel and brought the technique to Google as one of its earliest investors. The challenge with OKR…
  • Change Lane

    Crazy, or crazy brilliant? Change Lane looks to Uber-ify oil changes

    There’s ambitious startup ideas and then there’s those ideas that defy logic. But it’s these crazy businesses, when they pan out, that turn out to be the unicorns that disrupt industries and define venture capital portfolios. Uber convincing open-road loving Americans to give up their cars in favor of ride-sharing is one example of an idea crazy enough it might work. As is AirBnB’s wacky belief that people would welcome strangers into their home or that travelers would choose to…

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