Friday December 21, 2012

  1. SayHi Translate launches translation app for long conversations, nears 1M downloads

    The three guys from Connecticut who built a paid voice-translation app that is about to hit 1 million downloads have created a new "tabletop" product for the iPad. And their message to investors: We still don't want your money.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Freshdesk takes the fight to larger competitors after a year of massive growth

    When you’re an up-and-comer in a competitive industry, there’s a time to keep your head down and focus on execution and a time for brass-knuckle tactics. For Accel-backed virtual customer support startup Freshdesk, the time has arrived for hyper-aggressive moves following a year of impressive growth in a hotly contested market.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  3. As Western Europe grays, the money in emerging markets' digital populations are leapfrogging it

    When I do keynotes about my 2008 books on emerging markets, I start out explaining why I left Silicon Valley for two years-- despite everyone's advice-- to find and write about entrepreneurs no one had ever heard of.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Snow Fall: Finally an articulation for the digerati of what a big, expensive newsroom can do

    The Web is buzzing about the New York Times' epic article, post, piece... let's just say multimedia extravaganza, "Snow Fall," today. Those of us who like to get paid well to do good work-- wherever we are and whatever kind of journalism we're doing-- should be fist pumping. Finally, a journalistic triumph that lean just couldn't pull off. If Marco Arment's The Magazine is a zippy new electricity powered motorbike that bloggers can't stop raving about, the New York Times just pulled up in Tesla and crushed it.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  5. How one "Series A crunched" startup traded user acquisition for dollar acquisition

    Wendr's story has a beginning that's familiar to many a startup. Sam Zises saw a hole in the market for social networking apps. They were great for sharing one's current activity. But they were awful for making plans for the future. So he built an app that helps friends share their plans with each other. Wendr was a "Foursquare for the future" and it gained modest steam, accumulating users in the tens of thousands.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Office Crashers: Chegg’s opening up its education platform which reaches 30% of college students

    Chegg arguably has 30 percent of US college students using its online education portal, which sells textbooks, helps students manage their classes, and even find scholarships. It has 15 percent of high school students using its resources. That’s why CEO Dan Rosensweig says he gets lots of calls and emails from other companies wanting access to his customers and data. But he’s been resistant to the idea until now.

    By Kym McNicholas , written on

    From the News desk

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