• Shopping Quizzes is a quiz-based recommendation engine for e-commerce sites

    Shopping Quizzes is a quiz-based recommendation engine for e-commerce sites

    A key tenet of e-commerce is the recommendation engine. If implemented correctly, it can be a major sales driver for online retailers. However, most sites normally just implement a basic engine that guesses what shoppers want, without any input from the shoppers themselves. Shopping Quizzes has created a recommendation engine that actually asks shoppers what they’re looking… Read More

  • SoundCloud turns on ads and Go premium subs in the UK and Ireland

    SoundCloud turns on ads and Go premium subs in the UK and Ireland

    Now that SoundCloud has inked licensing deals with all the big music rights holders, the startup is wasting no time rolling out subscription services and advertising to a wider number of markets to better monetize its 175 million users and compete better against the likes of Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and the rest. The music-streaming company — sometimes referred to as the YouTube… Read More

  • Tesla’s bioweapon mode is a stroke of genius for developing markets

    Tesla’s bioweapon mode is a stroke of genius for developing markets

    Tesla today shared details of how effective its particulate filters are. Spoiler alert: They are so good, not only do they clean up the air inside the car, they make the world outside the car cleaner, too. It may not be obvious why this matters: The company is aiming squarely at a very specific type of customer, which may be the company’s way into markets like China and… Read More

  • Tastemates helps you find people who like what you like

    Tastemates helps you find people who like what you like

    If you’ve ever forged a connection with someone because you had the same favorite movie or TV show or book, a new startup called Tastemates has built a social network around that experience. Or as CEO Jon Vlassopulos put it, “We’re trying to codify serendipity” — those surprising moments of, “Oh my God, I can’t believe anyone else likes that as much as… Read More

  • Michael Dell reveals new branding scheme for the Dell-EMC conglomeration

    Michael Dell reveals new branding scheme for the Dell-EMC conglomeration

    Michael Dell today revealed the new names, and yes we are talking multiple names, for the artist formerly known as the Dell-EMC deal. EMC will be deprecated for the main branding Dell Technologies, but will live on for the enterprise brand Dell EMC while the client services business will be called Dell, Inc. according to multiple reports. Confused? I’m sure you’re not… Read More

  • Shyp rolls out its new packaging pricing model to all customers

    Shyp rolls out its new packaging pricing model to all customers

    Shyp has finished rolling out a new packaging pricing model to all its customers that includes variable shipment pricing based on the packaging that the company provides. Shyp is still playing around with its business model and, to be sure, over time these tweaks will add up. The unit economics of on-demand services aren’t quite as simple as a $5 fee (plus postage) and require a… Read More

  • Chegg acquires Imagine Easy Solutions, the company behind EasyBib, BibMe and Citation Machine

    Chegg acquires Imagine Easy Solutions, the company behind EasyBib, BibMe and Citation Machine

    The online textbook service Chegg today announced that it has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions for $42 million. Imagine Easy is the company behind online bibliography and research tools like EasyBib (which was also its first product) and similar tools like Citation Machine, BibMe and Cite This For Me, most of which it acquired in the last couple of years. Imagine Easy also offers teaching… Read More

  • Insurance brokerage is broken Crunch Network

    Insurance brokerage is broken

    While many factors are driving the tipping point in the online distribution of insurance, the thread that ties it all together is simple: changing demographics. Insurance companies cannot expect to sell the same way to a cohort with fundamentally different purchasing habits and expectations. Players that can find new ways to sell insurance products — to new audiences that are used to… Read More

  • Bessemer Venture Partners Byron Deeter on success in SaaS Crunch Network

    Bessemer Venture Partners Byron Deeter on success in SaaS

    Efficient growth has always been rewarded by the market, but as cash becomes more constricted, particularly at the late stage, this efficiency will become more and more important. Read More

  • Videorama makes editing mobile video actually fun

    Videorama makes editing mobile video actually fun

    Smartphone users shoot a lot of video, but turning those videos into something special still takes a lot of work. A newly launched app called Videorama aims to solve that problem by offering a powerful video editor that’s also super simple to use. In other words, you don’t need to be a video pro in order to do things like trim videos, add text overlays, music, or special… Read More

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