Pando

October 2012

  1. Gravity Gets a $10.6M Vote of Confidence in its Web Personalization Technology

    Interest graph company Gravity is old by Los Angeles startup standards, having raised an eight figure financing round in 2009 at a time when purse strings were pulled especially tight. The company’s founders Amit Kapur, Jim Benedetto, and Steve Pearman left MySpace at its peak and set out on their admittedly ambitious mission to personalize the Web.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Narendra Rocherolle Buys Back Webshots AGAIN, Launching Surprisingly Modern Photo App This Fall

    We've written before about people who can't quite let go of companies they've sold. But Narendra Rocherolle may be the most extreme case of this I've ever seen.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Locu's Menu Dashboard Is a Rare Win for Developers and Merchants

    Unlike consumers, small businesses such as restaurants and nail salons want to share as much of their information online as possible. More than just their address and phone numbers, the businesses need to publish and widely distribute their menus, lists of services, and pricing, all of which can change regularly. Thus far, however, the typically non-technical businesses have experienced a serious pain point around trying to keep information online synced with offline.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. In Attempt To Get Bums Back on Seats, MoviePass Launches an "Offline Netflix"

    It might be impossible for Hollywood to reverse the grim cinema attendance numbers, which are at a 25-year low thanks to killer home entertainment systems and on-demand movie services such as Netflix. But New York startup MoviePass thinks it has a chance of at least stemming the flow. Today it’s launching an "all you can watch" subscription service that melds smartphone check-ins with an old-fashioned debit card. Think of it as an offline Netflix.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Validation Board: Embrace the Lean

    I'll admit, when I heard about the Validation Board I thought that it would be some kind of self-help tool for startup employees. When developers finish the week's fourth "hack day" and realize that they hadn't seen the sun in a month, the Validation Board will be right there reassuring them that everything is alright. "It's okay, man," it might say. "Think of the equity! You're going to be so rich when this photo-sharing app goes big, promise."

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Xen Gives Consumers Control of Online Personalization with its Launch of the First Ever Interest Exchange

    Online personalization is all the rage from the publisher and entrepreneur point of view, but for many consumers, it seems like just another pretty wrapper around invasion of privacy. Xen, a Los Angeles-based startup launching into public beta today, aims to change that with what it describes as “the world’s first interest exchange.”

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Panjiva Launches Global Search so Customers Can Stop Dancing the Google Shuffle

    Surprising as it may seem, Google isn't always the right search engine for the job. Because Google's goal is to index the entire Web, a simple query like "yarn" can (and does) return over 100 million results. Without further specification, Google's results are more about quantity than they are quality.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Givit Aims to Be a Rare "Blue Lobster" Among Otherwise Commonplace Social Video Apps

    An estimated one in 2 million lobsters off the shores of America are blue. The odds of finding one are about as good as picking the “social video app” that’s going to be the next big thing among a sea of immitators. Stereotypes aren’t right 100 percent of the time, but they exist for a reason, and in photo and video sharing, the tendency for an early stage investor to quickly lose interest when pitched on companies in the space has been well earned. Most of what has being created is iterative at best, and certainly not transformative. Against this backdrop of preconceived negativity, any new market entrant has its work cut out for it.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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