Pando

February 2013

  1. Launchpad LA adds former MySpace exec Jamie Kantrowitz as partner

    The leadership bench at Santa Monica’s Launchpad LA accelerator got significantly deeper today with the addition of Jamie Kantrowitz as a partner. As the first Head of Marketing and Content at MySpace, and most recently the co-founder of cloud storage for creative professionals startup Gobbler, Kantrowitz is one of the more experienced and well respected operators in Los Angeles.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  2. From buzzword to bloodsport: native advertising gets competitive with new leaderboard

    Regardless of your definition of the category or whether you believe it has staying power, native advertising is as hot a topic as they come in the adtech world. It's comparable to flash sales in 2009, daily deals in 2010, influencer marketing in 2011, or ambient social networking in 2012. As I wrote last year, the ad world is hoping native ads will save us all. Maybe. Solidifying the trend, the topic has been upgraded from a single panel at adtech conferences to a full day of expert pontificating, courtesy of the Native Ads conference thrown by Sharethrough. (I'll be moderating a startup-focused panel at it this afternoon).

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Lover.ly adds shopping to its wedding visual search engine

    Since launching its visual search engine for weddings in on Valentines day 2012, Lover.ly has been inundated with user requests to add commerce to its platform. It seems that women are only partially satisfied by the ability to search for and discover inspirational imagery ahead of their big day. Many want to then be able to purchase these items with as little friction as possible.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Proof of concept, check. Big Series B round, check. StellaService's next move? Become the Nielsen of customer service

    The New York tech scene is young enough that, when a company finally makes the jump to what brogrammers might call "the next level," be it via funding, a major expansion, or a general explosive growth, it gets everyone buzzing.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Congressmen to startups: You can't rely on us, but let's talk anyway

    Congressmen laid on the charm for Startup Day on the Hill in Washington DC yesterday as they urged visiting startups to increase their interaction with Congress and make their voices heard on issues important to entrepreneurship.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Leap Motion to ship in mid-May as it strives to become the Beats Audio of motion control

    Leap Motion is today announcing the release date of its eponymous gesture-tracking tool, which will be sold from both its online store and Best Buy. The device, which will retail for $79, will ship to customers who pre-ordered a unit on May 13. It will then be available to everyone else on May 19. A year after its demo video made Leap Motion the darling of the tech press, the device will finally make its way into customers' hands.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. New report: Startup visa could create 1.6M jobs over 10 years

    A new report set to be released by the Kauffman Foundation today says the introduction of a “startup visa” for foreigners who want to start companies in the US could result in the creation of nearly 1.6 million jobs in the space of 10 years.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  8. CEO Supper Club: Does ecommerce 2.0 need its own brick and mortar to survive?

    Something interesting is going on with ecommerce 2.0. On one hand, it's aimed at replicating more of the in store experience online -- whether that's customer service, personal shoppers or just brand affinity.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

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