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  • OneGo Will Offer Unlimited West Coast Flights For $1,500 A Month

    OneGo Will Offer Unlimited West Coast Flights For $1,500 A Month

    Here’s an unusual pricing plan for air travel — instead of paying for each trip, hand over a $1,500 monthly fee and fly as much as you want. That’s what startup OneGo is promising. Founder Paulius Grigas told me the idea came from his own needs as a business traveler. The service is aimed at small and medium businesses, particularly the ones where team members have to do a… Read More

  • Twitter Gets More Shoppable With Product Pages And Collections

    Twitter Gets More Shoppable With Product Pages And Collections

    Twitter just announced new capabilities that it says “make it easier to discover products and places.” The company has been moving into e-commerce and rolled out a Buy button last fall. However, a single tweet may not be the best way to sell a product, especially if you don’t know much about it, so Twitter says it’s starting to create pages around some products to… Read More

  • Spot Taps Experts And Friends To Recommend The Best Restaurants, Shops And More

    Spot Taps Experts And Friends To Recommend The Best Restaurants, Shops And More

    Startup studio Expa is unveiling its newest company today — Spot, which promises to help users to find “the best places in the world.” In other words, Spot will deliver personalized recommendations for things like restaurants, bars, stores, hotels and more. You can use it as a guide when you’re traveling, or to explore your home city. Read More

  • Wall Street Is Getting Fit(Bit)

    Fitbit’s First Day On Wall Street

    Signs outside the New York Stock Exchange declared that “Wall Street Is Getting Fit.” Activity tracking company Fitbit began public trading today, initially surging to more than 50 percent above its IPO price and holding steady for most of the day. We were at the floor of stock exchange to capture the start of trading (sadly, we couldn’t stick around for the celebrity workout… Read More

  • Routific’s Route Optimization Tools Help Local Businesses Offer On-Demand Delivery

    Routific’s Route Optimization Tools Help Local Businesses Offer On-Demand Delivery

    Routific is the latest startup hoping to take advantage of growing interest in on-demand services. It’s not trying to build the next Uber or Instacart, but instead giving small businesses the technology to run a delivery business of their own. After all, managing a fleet of multiple drivers who need to make multiple stops can get pretty complicated, and if you manage it badly, it can add… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Showcases Its Serious Side With A News App And Customizable Alerts

    BuzzFeed Showcases Its Serious Side With A News App And Customizable Alerts

    Are you the kind of person who says, “I read BuzzFeed for the news”? Do you secretly wish you didn’t have to wade through all those listsicles and quizzes to get to the serious reporting? Well, BuzzFeed’s releasing an app just for you. The company is launching a mobile app called BuzzFeed News, and at first glance, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Unlike… Read More

  • So, About That Uber Ruling

    So, About That Uber Ruling

    Some bad news broke for Uber today — the California Labor Commission ruled that one of the company’s drivers was an employee. Uber has long insisted that those drivers are independent contractors, not employees, and that’s a key part of the business model. However, Uber’s situation isn’t nearly as dire as it first seemed. Read More

  • Optimizely Moves Beyond Web And Mobile Testing With New Personalization Tools

    Optimizely Moves Beyond Web And Mobile Testing With New Personalization Tools

    Optimizely has become synonymous with A/B testing, but founder and CEO Dan Siroker told me years ago that his vision went beyond testing out different variations of websites (and now mobile apps) — ultimately, Optimizely should allow any online publisher to deliver a personalized experience to their users. Well, Optimizely is actually announcing that big push into personalization today… Read More

  • LiveIntent Raises $32.5M For Its Email Ad Platform

    LiveIntent Raises $32.5M For Its Email Ad Platform

    Email advertising company LiveIntent has raised $32.5 million in new funding. This effectively doubles the amount that LiveIntent has raised. The round was led by private-equity firm FTV Capital, with participation from past investors including Battery Ventures, First Round Capital and Shasta Ventures. Read More

  • Relaunched Self-Publishing Platform Pronoun Raises $3.5M

    Relaunched Self-Publishing Platform Pronoun Raises $3.5M

    Pronoun, a self-publishing platform that says it places authors’ needs first, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in new funding. The company is actually a new incarnation of book creation and distribution company Vook, combining Vook’s capabilities with data company Booklr and digital publisher Byliner (both acquired by Vook last year). Read More

  • Salesforce Revamps Its Marketing Cloud With New Connections To Sales, Service And Display Ads

    Salesforce Revamps Its Marketing Cloud With New Connections To Sales, Service And Display Ads

    Salesforce.com is announcing a new version of its Marketing Cloud. The company is unveiling the new features today in New York City at its Connections event for digital marketers. It’s adding new features to its Journey Builder, a drag-and-drop tool for managing customer interactions, and to Active Audiences, which connects customer data to online ad campaigns. Read More

  • “Optimize Everything” Startup SigOpt Raises $2M From A16Z And Data Collective

    “Optimize Everything” Startup SigOpt Raises $2M From A16Z And Data Collective

    Y Combinator-incubated SigOpt is announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed funding. The company’s aim is to help customers optimize anything, whether it’s an ad campaign or a formula for shaving cream. In fact, co-founder and CEO Scott Clark (pictured above) told me that his newer customers include Pembient, a bioengineering company that creates synthetic… Read More

  • Referral Marketing Startup Ambassador Raises $2.35M

    Referral Marketing Startup Ambassador Raises $2.35M

    Ambassador, a startup that helps companies like Spotify and T-Mobile manage their referral marketing programs, is announcing that it has raised $2.35 million in Series A funding. For those of you not up on your marketing lingo, referral marketing basically involves encouraging customers to promote your product to their friends and family, then rewarding them when their referrals pay off. Read More

  • Virgin America Is Bringing Dysonic’s “3D Sound” Into The Air

    Virgin America Is Bringing Dysonic’s “3D Sound” Into The Air

    Here’s a random pet peeve: When I’m traveling, I always kick myself for watching movies on mediocre in-flight entertainment systems — we all do it, but there’s something wrong about squeezing spectacular special effects into a tiny screen and allowing half the dialogue drowned out by the engines. Well, Virgin America’s Red system is already a step above that, and… Read More

  • Foundry Group Backs Fashion Inspiration Startup Looklist

    Foundry Group Backs Fashion Inspiration Startup Looklist

    Looklist has raised a small seed round to build out its “inspiration engine” for fashion and hair. I know, I know, this sounds a bit like a bunch of other fashion startups, not to mention one of the main reasons people use Pinterest. But founder and CEO Shaz Sedighzadeh said there’s really no good place to find curated images and search through through them based on factors… Read More

  • Vettery Raises $1.7M And Officially Launches Its Job Marketplace

    Vettery Raises $1.7M And Officially Launches Its Job Marketplace

    As companies vie for top-tier talent, New York City startup Vettery is offering an alternative to the traditional recruiting process. Although Vettery is officially launching its marketplace today, a beta version has already been up and running for a couple of months, and the company has already worked with companies that are well-known in the local scene, including Jet, Casper, Etsy, Blue… Read More

  • Local ID Raises $1.9M To Help Big Chains Get Smarter About Their Local Marketing

    Local ID Raises $1.9M To Help Big Chains Get Smarter About Their Local Marketing

    Marketing startup Local ID is announcing a $1.9 million seed round. The company was founded last year and, according to CEO Alex Nocifera, aims to help large businesses manage their marketing across many individual locations. He said that even for a large chain, it’s often the local data that matters: “Major chains love local.” Read More

  • Facebook Says Its Creative Accelerator Program Is Seeing Success In Emerging Markets

    Facebook Says Its Creative Accelerator Program Is Seeing Success In Emerging Markets

    Facebook announced a new Creative Accelerator program earlier this year, with the aim of delivering more effective advertising in emerging markets like India and Kenya. The early results, it says, are promising. With its massive user base, the social network’s future growth will have to come from emerging markets, so it needs to figure out how to make more ad revenue from those users. Read More

  • Quantcast Appoints Stephen Collins As Its New CFO

    Quantcast Appoints Stephen Collins As Its New CFO

    Online measurement and advertising company Quantcast has hired a new chief financial officer — Stephen Collins, former CEO at Bazaarvoice. Collins has also served as CFO at Bazaarvoice and DoubleClick, and he’s had an advisory role at Quantcast since 2012. He’s replacing Peter Kuipers, who became CFO at the end of last year. Quantcast says Kuipers “has left the company… Read More

  • AppNexus Moves Back Into Video Ads With A New Product And A New Exec

    AppNexus Moves Back Into Video Ads With A New Product And A New Exec

    AppNexus has become one of the big names in ad tech, but CEO Brian O’Kelley (pictured above) recalled that back in 2012, the company had to pull back in a major category — namely, video. While AppNexus built its business around display ads, O’Kelley said the company also offered “basic video capabilities” at the time. Unfortunately, due to its growth, in his… Read More

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