February 2013

  1. Ecomom cuts the majority of its staff, as Vegas tech community continues to reel from Jody Sherman's death

    In all the press about the death of entrepreneur Jody Sherman, few people have focused on what happens to his company, Ecomom.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Parcelio wants to turn your Facebook friends into your personal mail carriers

    This is a balikbayan box or “repatriate box,” a container of goodies that a Filipino living oversees sends to relatives living in the Philippines. When I was younger, my parents shipped them to family in the Philippines, and they were essentially America in a box – toys, designer clothing, anything that would be tough to find in that country. The box conforms to airline baggage restrictions, and over the years I watched them gift Tickle Me Elmo, Beanie Babies, Gap sweaters, Rice-A-Roni, and lots of other pieces of their adopted country. Getting a balikbayan box was like the Christmas morning version of a remittance.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Gravity launches API, ushers in a personalized Web for all

    When new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer spoke at Davos of her plans to develop an “interest graph” at Yahoo, she described the content personalization technology as being “a few years away.” The group of LA entrepreneurs behind Gravity would take umbrage with that claim, as they’re already three years into building what many consider best-in-class interest graph technology and they've have been telling anyone who will listen.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. A couple of Americans in China take on Alibaba with social... and, er, customs data

    Two things seem crazy about Tradesparq. The first thing is that it’s an Internet startup in China founded by two Americans. The second is that it thinks it can take on Chinese giant Alibaba and its business-to-business marketplace.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  5. 20x200 suspends operations, Indaba Music restructures

    Let's hope this isn't a bad omen for Foursquare -- as the check-in service tries to raise a big Series D round of venture funding, two smaller startups working out of the second floor of its office at 568 Broadway have hit stumbling blocks.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Ellie gets $2M in backing to take the ecommerce fight to Lululemon

    Marcus Greinke hopes women never buy from Lululemon again, and he’s nearly shouting it from rooftops. The Los Angeles entrepreneur and his co-founder Lindsay Daniels are launching Ellie, a lifestyle and activewear brand and ecommerce platform today that gives women an alternative to looking and feeling great, without abusing their bank accounts to do so.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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