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November 2012

  1. Reed Hastings, meet Carl Icahn. And good luck.

    Carl Icahn says he's been trying to reach Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on the phone, but it doesn't sound like Hastings has been taking the call. “Of course, I don't know if anyone will listen to me,” Icahn said in an interview with Bloomberg Wednesday. “Maybe eventually.”

    By Kevin Kelleher , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Monogram launches shoppable magazine – and it has a China connection

    This morning a new “shoppable fashion magazine” called Monogram arrived in the iPad App Store. It’s free, highly visual, and it is an attempt to occupy the potentially lucrative territory between Pinterest, Gilt, and Vogue. No doubt you’ll be hearing a lot about it today – but what you won’t hear is how much it’s influenced by China.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  3. First Round gets a new partner, jumps into enterprise and hardware

    Bill Trenchard is joining First Round Capital-- the firm's first new partner it's hired in over six years, says Josh Kopelman of First Round. Kopelman says the firm wasn't ostensibly planning on hiring a new partner, but Trenchard had been on a stealthy list of people First Round wanted should they ever decide to make a move to the dark side.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Prettiest girl at the crowdfunding dance, Invested.in raises an $830k seed round

    Combine two of the most sought after business model trends of the moment and wait for investors to beat a path to your door. This strategy seems to be working well for Los Angeles crowdfunding platform-as-a-service (PaaS) startup Invested.in, which today announced $830,000 in seed financing.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Swagbucks, the housewife currency, crosses 6.5M members and $30M in rewards earned

    There’s something entirely addictive and exhilarating about saving money that some consumers can’t get enough of. Online rewards startup Swagbucks feeds this need and has attracted more than 6.5 million rabid users to its platform, who have earned more than 5 million total rewards worth more than $30 million since 2008.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  6. CloudFlare signs a deal with GlobalSign to (quietly) hasten secure Web pages

    To further its plan of making the Web ever faster, CloudFlare has signed a deal with GlobalSign to shave a couple hundred milliseconds off the loading time of every page that pings the company to authenticate its SSL certificate. In plain English: a chunk of the Web just got a lot faster.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. $9.8M richer, Dollar Shave Club may have survived the subscription commerce reckoning

    Like any business model trend, subscription commerce companies appeared to grow on trees for the better part of the last 18 months. Many have rightly called the model a fad (we preferred “smokescreen”). As consumer and investor appetite waned, a few winners have risen to the top, while the majority have faded away. Those succeeding have generally been the companies whose offering was genuinely enhanced through the convenience of subscriptions, pre-dominantly replenishable utility products like household items, cosmetics, and clothing basics.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  8. TripleThread brings online customer acquisition and personalized styling tools to offline retailers

    Since the beginnings of ecommerce, virtual retailers have been looking to disrupt and unseat their bricks-and-mortar predecessors. TripleThread, an ecommerce platform startup launching today out of Santa Monica technology studio Science Inc., is taking an entirely different approach. While it began as a online personalized styling service for men, the startup quickly realized that the technology platform it had built fills an enormous need for offline boutiques. Rather than attempting to disrupt retailers, it now hopes to bring them new business.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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