The only eastern European startup out of the 15 teams in the accelerator’s summer 2011 edition, Pipedrive is developed by sales people for sales people. What other cloud-based CRM systems are missing, Pipedrive attempts to deliver. The main… → Read More
“If they’re [the solar panels] not producing energy, you’re not paying for it.” That was Vivint CEO, Todd Peterson on Vivint Solar, the company’s latest attempt at bringing renewable energy to consumers in a disruptive fashion. Through Vivint Solar, customers do not have to pay anything up front for solar power. They simply sign a contract, allow Vivint to strategically place solar panels on their… → Read More
Today DropBox decided to officially announce its $250 million series B round (which actually closed in Sepetember and we called last summer, and filled in with follow up reports). I took a break from the Web 2.0 Summit to drop by the DropBox offices down the street in San Francisco to talk to CEO and founder Drew Houston about what may be the largest series B funding round ever.
In the… → Read More
There’s still half an hour to go until the Galaxy Nexus officially takes the stage in Hong Kong, but the official spec sheet has already begun to make the rounds.
The Galaxy Nexus is, of course, the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the spec sheet has confirmed a few nifty features we were hoping would make the final cut. → Read More
A new venture backed by European Seed accelerator HackFWD has launched today. Fantasy Shopper is a new social shopping game where players discover and share the latest fashion from real-world online retailers.
On Fantasy Shopper, users spend Fantasy Money to buy virtual clothing, create outfits and stock out their virtual wardrobe. Launching first in the UK with over 100,000 virtual items from 40… → Read More
Mary Meeker gave her annual slide presentation at the Web 2.0 Summit today. The standout slides for me are the ones which track the breakout growth of the mobile web, a trend she was focused on last year and has continued to track closely. Mobile just keeps on ramping up growth. I’ve pulled out five of her slides which illustrate this trend.
For certain large Internet services, mobile already… → Read More
If you still weren’t convinced that Google and Samsung will be revealing the Verizon-bound Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong tonight, check out what an eagle-eyed reader managed to dig up on Samsung’s own website.
Yep, that’s the Galaxy Nexus alright. Interestingly, this is the first peek we’ve gotten at the device’s rear end, though it doesn’t actually reveal much. The Galaxy Nexus, like its… → Read More
Good news for European venture house DN Capital. Oracle is to acquire Endeca Technologies, the Cambridge, MA-based enterprise search and e-commerce tech company. No word on terms, but DN capital was the only VC invested in the company. Endeca is a long time Bost-based company. Aside form DN Capital, investors have included Bessemer Venture Partners, Venrock Associates, Ampersand Ventures, Intel… → Read More
When I go on a trip or just out a-shooting with my camera, I often have a moment of slight panic, in which I try to decide whether I should take my nice big expensive lens with me and risk getting it damaged during the adventure, or take the cheap one for less impressive pictures but also a load off my mind. It’s really a problem when lenses cost more than cameras.
So if you’re shooting an … → Read More
Kleiner Perkins partner and former Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker has taken the stage here at Web 2.0 Summit to present on Internet trends, as does every year.
I’ll be writing this up live, so keep refreshing. For now, you can flip through the slides above and take a gander at her 11 trend topics below. → Read More
BREAKING: Waze, social satnav which turns driving into a game, has raised $30 million in further funding. Investing is Hong Kong billionaire Mr. Li Ka Shing of Horizons Ventures Hong Kong and the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Digital Growth Fund and iFund. The company now has 7 million drivers and plans to launch its platform in China.
Here’s the release just out: → Read More