• Apple’s Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission

    Apple’s Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission

    Apple has the green light to proceed with its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music from the European Commission. Both companies do indeed sell headphones in the EU, which is part of the motivation behind the scrutiny, but Apple and Beats don’t hold a sizeable combined market share of the headphone category in Europe, the Commission determined, and the types of hardware they… Read More

  • Sunstone Capital Backs Beacon Platform Kontakt.io To The Tune Of $2 Million

    Sunstone Capital Backs Beacon Platform Kontakt.io To The Tune Of $2 Million

    “Bluetooth Low Energy and iBeacon are the building blocks of the next wave of computing,” says Max Niederhofer, in reference to the micro-location technology that enables apps running on your smartphone to trigger events based on your proximity to a Beacon transmitter. “It’s a cliché, but the possibilities are endless.” Read More

  • Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods

    Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods

    Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. The store covers a range of types of products, including jewelry, electronics, toys and games, home decor and kitchen supplies, and items are supplied by a number of partners including Mixee, Scupteo and 3DLT. Amazon is… Read More

  • Marinanow Raises Seed Funding To Let Yacht Owners Find A Berth

    Marinanow Raises Seed Funding To Let Yacht Owners Find A Berth

    We’ve seen the rise of Airbnb models applied to boats in the form of Incrediblue. So why not berths for the boats themselves? Marinanow, is a new site for people who want to book berths for their boats and also charter. It’s now raised €370,000 of early stage investment from led by European VC United Ventures. The market for this is not your average – it has a yearly value… Read More

  • A/B Testing Service Leanplum Raises $4.8M Series A Round, Adds Marketing Automation Tools

    A/B Testing Service Leanplum Raises $4.8M Series A Round, Adds Marketing Automation Tools

    Leanplum, an A/B testing service for iOS and Android apps, today announced that it has raised a $4.8 million Series A round from Shasta Ventures. Previously, the company had raised an $825,000 angel round from TechStars, Kima Ventures, VoiVoda Ventures and a number of undisclosed angel investors. While Leanplum started out as a standard A/B testing solution, the company is now expanding… Read More

  • London Transport Network Finally Opening Up To Contactless Mobile Payments

    London Transport Network Finally Opening Up To Contactless Mobile Payments

    London has had a dedicated contactless payment travelcard, called Oyster, for over a decade — offering a smarter alternative to paper ticketing that can hold a balance and cap daily and weekly travel costs. But change is coming. From September, London’s public transport network will be accepting contactless bank cards for payment, after conducting a trial with some 3,000… Read More

  • Now Sidestage Joins Gigit In The Race To Empower Bands To Get Gigs

    Now Sidestage Joins Gigit In The Race To Empower Bands To Get Gigs

    Gigit, a platform allowing venue owners or hosts to book both well-known and up-and-coming bands for private shows, was unofficially at SXSW earlier this year after organising private shows for Path, Ashton Kutcher and Spotify. On Gigit, you pick an artist, a date, answer questions about the venue, the vibe they want etc. It then charges the host and takes a small fee from the artist. But… Read More

  • The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

    The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

    In the second of a three-part series exploring the constants of game design, we delve into talking about elegance, naturalism and the role of time. Read More

  • Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

    Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

    After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better). Their mission: to explore new ways of organizing data, to seek out new models for efficiency and security for… Read More

  • The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

    The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

    For many users, the desktop productivity app probably never fully went away. Anyone who uses Microsoft Exchange for email or calendaring, or Microsoft Word as their word processor, can tell you that those applications remain omnipresent in a number of organizations. What has changed, however, is how users first find and connect with those applications. Read More

  • #Love: In The Time Of Spotify
  • Fates Forever Is League Of Legends Lite For Your iPad

    Fates Forever Is League Of Legends Lite For Your iPad

    Released earlier this month, TechCrunch Disrupt alum Hammer & Chisel’s Fates Forever is a well-executed attempt to bring the MOBA to tablets. It doesn’t bring every feature in League of Legends to your iPad, but as you play you realize that most of what’s missing is fat trimmed to make for a better handheld experience. Read More

  • These Guys Turned A Rock Climbing Wall Into A Big Video Game

    These Guys Turned A Rock Climbing Wall Into A Big Video Game

    Indoor rock climbing is a pretty excellent sport. It’s great exercise, it works your brain, and you can feel yourself getting better each time you reach the top. But once you’ve mastered the fastest/hardest/most creative routes up a given wall, that wall becomes… pretty boring. Perhaps a massive, virtual chain saw heading in your direction will liven things up a bit? Read More

  • The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

    The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

    In the 2013 film, World War Z, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is riding through the streets of Jerusalem as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken) explains how the city was able to avoid the zombie apocalypse: The tenth man. If nine of us look at the same information and arrive at the exact same conclusion, it’s the duty of the tenth man to disagree. No matter how improbable it may seem, the tenth man… Read More

  • On The Importance Of Forgetting

    On The Importance Of Forgetting

    The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget. Read More

  • How Can We Make Recruiting Better?

    How Can We Make Recruiting Better?

    Recruiting is broken. In fact, it is so broken that almost no one I have ever talked to about the subject has offered up a point of disagreement. Not one person has said, “I love recruiting” or “We find that recruiting works just great for us.” Among the Valley’s cognoscenti, today’s startup truism is that recruiting is the most important function of a… Read More

  • The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let

    The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let

    When I met Pascal Lorne earlier this week, I expected to get an extended pitch for his social networking startup Let. And sure, he ran me through Let’s features and pointed to its early signs of success, but he also detailed the bumpy road that he took to get to this point. Lorne sold his last company, Miyowa, for $59 million two years ago. Afterwards, he said he made a mistake… Read More

  • The Most Important M’s In M-Commerce

    The Most Important M’s In M-Commerce

    A few customer groups are driving a disproportionate share of growth in smartphone use and mobile transactions. For entrepreneurs looking to build the next billion dollar m-commerce company, it pays to understand who these groups are, what their mobile activity looks like, and how to best serve them. When it comes to finding customers in mobile commerce, remember the Three Ms: moms… Read More

  • Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

    Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

    Yo! Is tech turning too stupid for its own good? Attempts at building better healthcare systems do not get the kind of investor interest that a new app called Yo! seems to be getting. While the whole world was deriding (and downloading) Yo!, the company quietly (well, not quite) raised further funding at a $10 million valuation. Read More

  • BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

    BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

    Elon Musk has defined the standard for a future mass-produced electric car – it must cost around $40,000, have a range of 200 miles, and be comparable to a BMW 3 series. BMW is now delivering its new i3 to the US market in accessible volumes. There are lots of great lessons for entrepreneurs to learn from watching the BMW versus Tesla battle. Read More