• Ray Ozzie’s New Venture Talko Launches An App For Collaborative Voice Communications

    Ray Ozzie’s New Venture Talko Launches An App For Collaborative Voice Communications

    After two and a half years, former Microsoft chief architect Ray Ozzie and his team are finally ready to reveal what they’ve been working on. Called Talko, their new mobile app is designed to change the way consumers and enterprises collaborate with each other through a mix of live and asynchronous voice communications. Read More

  • ZEFR Has Acquired Social Advertising Startup Engodo

    ZEFR Has Acquired Social Advertising Startup Engodo

    Video monetization platform ZEFR could be looking to extend its advertising reach beyond YouTube with its acquisition of social advertising startup Engodo. Last week ZEFR entered into a purchase agreement with the Salt Lake City, Utah-based startup in what appears to be a cash-and-stock deal, according to an SEC filing. Read More

  • Lyft Acquires Shared Ride Startup Hitch To Bolster Its Lyft Line Service

    Lyft Acquires Shared Ride Startup Hitch To Bolster Its Lyft Line Service

    Before Lyft Line, before UberPool and before SideCar Shared Rides, there was Hitch. The Hitch founders today announced they will be joining one-time competitor Lyft in order to bolster that company’s own shared ride offering. Read More

  • The Reinvention Of Medicine: Dr. Algorithm V0-7 And Beyond

    The Reinvention Of Medicine: Dr. Algorithm V0-7 And Beyond

    Editor’s note: Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, which is focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. The “practice of medicine” developed through tradition, and the experiential evolution of best practices with small-scale medical research studies can be substantially improved through… Read More

  • Draper Nexus Holds $30 Million First Close For Its Latest U.S.-Japan Fund

    Draper Nexus Holds $30 Million First Close For Its Latest U.S.-Japan Fund

    The cross-border Japanese-U.S. venture capital fund Draper Nexus has raised $30 million for its $100 million second fund in the latest sign that the former affiliate funds in the DFJ Global Network are growing up. A little over a year ago, DFJ restructured its network of affiliate funds, changing the payment scheme and flattening the management structure so that the main DFJ fund did not… Read More

  • Mobile Rewards Startup Lootsie Hires Steve Cho As Its First COO

    Mobile Rewards Startup Lootsie Hires Steve Cho As Its First COO

    Lootsie, a startup that allows advertisers to present mobile app users with special rewards, announced today that it has hired its first chief operating officer, Steve Cho. Cho previously worked in sales at IBM, and he was most recently vice president of business development at Kiip — which is pretty much in the same business as Lootsie. He said it was “a difficult decision”… Read More

  • Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

    Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

    According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites. The forum posting notes that some KDP authors (essentially indie authors using the platform) have… Read More

  • Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Platform Aviary

    Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Platform Aviary

    Aviary just announced that it has been acquired by Adobe. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Aviary offers a software development kit to developers who want to add photo-editing capabilities to their apps. (Aviary has also created apps of its own, which it says have been downloaded 100 million times, as well as options for advertisers to turn filters and stickers into ads.) At… Read More

  • This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine actually tastes any better than the cheap stuff. The research, first published in ACS Nano, claims that an optical nanosensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can discern how you experience the sensation of dryness in wine. And they… Read More