• Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram has added three new filters to its app, including Lark, Reyes and Juno. These filters are designed to brighten images and seem generally appropriate for spring time photos. Alongside the new filters, Instagram is also adding support for emoji in hashtags, letting you tag your photos with those tiny pictographs that have come to dominate text conversations, and click on them to find… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Pitches Advertisers On “Pound” Tech That Tracks A Story’s Viral Spread

    BuzzFeed Pitches Advertisers On “Pound” Tech That Tracks A Story’s Viral Spread

    BuzzFeed is known as the king of viral content, and today it’s sharing more details about a new technology showing how that content actually spreads. By using what it calls Pound (short for Process for Optimizing and Understanding Network Diffusion), BuzzFeed promises to go beyond just counting social media shares and clicks. In a blog post, BuzzFeed Publisher Dao Nguyen writes: Read More

  • Watch This X-Wing Make It To Space In Star Wars Premiere Ticket Bid

    Watch This X-Wing Make It To Space In Star Wars Premiere Ticket Bid

    An X-Wing has made it to space in real life, thanks to a project by a two-person space photography outfit from Essex, UK launched as an attempt to get tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens VIP premiere. Project Helium Tears, which uses weather balloons to take pictures of Earth from the very edge of space, fixed an X-Wing model to one of their balloons and sent it up, capturing the flight… Read More

  • Android Surpasses iOS In Revenue, If China’s Android App Stores Are Combined

    Android Surpasses iOS In Revenue, If China’s Android App Stores Are Combined

    A new study out this morning upsets the traditional thinking that iOS applications make more money for mobile developers when compared with those that run on Android devices. Instead, after taking into account the large number of non-Google Play Chinese Android app stores in existence, advisory firm Digi-Capital found that not only did Android dominate download volumes in 2014, it also made… Read More

  • Google Launches A Marketplace To Buy Patents From Interested Sellers

    Google Launches A Marketplace To Buy Patents From Interested Sellers

    Google announced this morning the launch of an experimental program that will allow it to purchase patents from businesses and other patent holders who wish to sell. The company says its new “Patent Purchase Promotion,” opening next month, is an effort to “remove friction” from a patent market that currently fraught with patent trolls, lawsuits and other wasted… Read More

  • Pinterest Adds Tools For Marketers To Post Better Pins

    Pinterest Adds Tools For Marketers To Post Better Pins

    Pinterest today said that it would launch what it’s calling its Marketer Developer Program, in which a set of partners will get access to new tools that allow them to better deliver more engaging content on Pinterest. The tools consist of things like pin scheduling and optimization in the form of APIs for companies that post branded content across a variety of channels, and work with… Read More

  • Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Over the years I’ve been part of several of startups, and I love the energy, excitement and sense of risk that comes with launching into uncharted waters. My last startup was acquired in 2007, and I’ve been working at the acquirer ever since. A bit over two years ago, I got the itch to do something entrepreneurial again. When I talked with my boss about quitting to build a new… Read More

  • Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

    Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

    Credit card provider Discover will join Apple Pay’s ranks beginning this fall, the company announced today. Apple Pay already supports cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express, and with Discover, it will reach the overwhelming majority of cardholders in the U.S. Discover was the last noteworthy holdout from the service. Apple Pay with Discover will work the same way it does… Read More

  • Universal Avenue Gives Businesses On-Demand Access To A Direct Sales Team

    Universal Avenue Gives Businesses On-Demand Access To A Direct Sales Team

    B2B startups often rely on word-of-mouth and online advertising to get the word out about their products. Over time, they often add a marketing and sales department, but they typically don’t have the resources to build a full-blown salesforce for their products that can pitch business owners directly, especially when they are looking to expand internationally. Universal Avenue, a… Read More

  • Glia Raises Cash To Match Consumers And Companies Around Values

    Glia Raises Cash To Match Consumers And Companies Around Values

    It’s with an eye toward that hypersensitive political climate that Barry Klein, a longtime political consultant has raised the first capital to grow Glia. Along with co-founders Chris Rappley, a longtime startup consultant, and Tahlia Sutton, a product development executive, Klein has developed Glia to be an app that blends Yelp and eHarmony, for what Klein calls “values-based… Read More

  • Engineering Director Lars Rasmussen Leaving Facebook To Co-Found A Music Startup

    Engineering Director Lars Rasmussen Leaving Facebook To Co-Found A Music Startup

    Facebook at Work, Facebook’s first move to turn its social network into an enterprise tool, has remained in closed beta since its launch in January this year. But as the product continues to inch its way to general availability, it will be doing so without one of its key architects. Lars Rasmussen — Facebook’s engineering director, who helped create and run Facebook… Read More

  • Freelancer.com Acquires Payment Service Provider Escrow.com For $7.5M

    Freelancer.com Acquires Payment Service Provider Escrow.com For $7.5M

    Job marketplace Freelancer.com announced today that it has agreed to purchased Escrow.com for $7.5 million in cash. The acquisition was funded by through an placement of $10 million AUD (about $7.8 million) in ordinary shares of Freelancer.com to institutional investors. As its name suggests, Escrow.com provides online escrow services for e-commerce sites by holding payments for goods or… Read More

  • Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption

    Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption

    The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015. Mostly the data is net positive, showing an increase in total wallets, and investment. However, there are a number of included data points that demonstrate slowing growth in key bitcoin, and bitcoin-related areas. The collected… Read More

  • uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

    uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

    What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound. What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too. While early uBeam prototype were massive, non-portable boxes that merely shot power around, it now has a working… Read More

  • Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

    Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

    On April 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is in hot water with government regulators in six European countries over its practice of tracking users’ movements across the web to sell targeted advertising. The kerfuffle illustrates the bind that the world finds itself in over tracking – the collection and sharing of data on users’ browsing habits to help sites… Read More

  • The Micro VC Shakeout

    The Micro VC Shakeout

    When we started Bullpen Capital in 2011, there were about 30 or so “microVC” or “micro-seed” funds — and we knew them all. Today, four years later, there are likely over 220 micro VC funds and growing. In fact, I joke with my partners that “we will likely get to 400 before we go back to 40.” That line always elicits a nervous laughter, as it captures… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley’s influence is undeniable but its global impact has always been a passive byproduct of success at home. To make a lasting, material difference, there needs to be a concerted effort to expand its reach in a substantial and sustainable way. For the better part of the last century, the Valley has been a bedrock for technological progress and era-defining industry. From… Read More

  • Back To The Future In Enterprise SaaS Selling

    Back To The Future In Enterprise SaaS Selling

    Given the success of Box, it’s hard to imagine that founder Aaron Levie believes he should have done something differently in the company’s early years. However, while speaking to Storm Ventures’ Jason Lemkin at this year’s SaaStr conference, Levie revealed exactly what he would have changed. Although it is somewhat hidden in the rest of the interview, Levie points out… Read More

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