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  • AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Giant WPP

    AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Giant WPP

    Ad tech company AppNexus announced early today that it has raised an additional $25 million in funding from ad holding company WPP. As part of the deal, AppNexus is also acquiring Open AdStream, the ad-serving technology from WPP’s Xaxis. “Open AdStream has been one of the most effective and trusted ad serving platforms in the world for years,” said AppNexus CEO Brian… 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

  • 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

  • Realty Mogul Gets A $73M Capital Commitment From Direct Lending Investments

    Realty Mogul Gets A $73M Capital Commitment From Direct Lending Investments

    Realty Mogul, a startup that allows accredited investors to back real estate projects, is announcing a new agreement with Direct Lending Investments — the investment firm has committed to invest $73 million in Realty Mogul projects. This is the startup’s first partnership of this kind with an institutional investor, but founder and CEO Jilliene Helman said she’s interested… Read More

  • Alibaba Is the Biggest American IPO Ever

    NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba’s IPO

    We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba’s debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a US-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at $92.70. (After approaching $100, the stock closed at $93.89.) Read More

  • Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

    Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

    Alibaba just opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at $92.70 per share, up 36 percent from the $68 share price of its initial public offering. The Chinese e-commerce giant raised $21.8 billion in its IPO, making it the biggest US public offering ever. Read More

  • SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    Enterprise software company SAP just announced that has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL). The deal is for $129 per share, which is 20 percent higher than Concur’s closing price on Sept. 17 (yesterday). That gives Concur an enterprise value of $8.3 billion. Read More

  • Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Advertising company Sharethrough announced today that it’s moving into Europe with the acquisition of a London-based company called VAN. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Sharethrough’s head of communications Thomas Channick told me via email that the VAN team will form “the core” of European operations, although the company plans to double… Read More

  • BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

    BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

    LaunchBit, an ad startup focused on helping software-as-a-service businesses find new customers, is announcing that it has been acquired by ad platform BuySellAds.com. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. LaunchBit co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Yin told me via email that the LaunchBit ad network will continue to operate, “business as usual,” while it’s… Read More

  • JW Player Raises $20M To Help Video Publishers Look Beyond YouTube

    JW Player Raises $20M To Help Video Publishers Look Beyond YouTube

    JW Player, the company behind the video player of the same name, is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding. Even if you haven’t heard of the company, you’ve probably watched videos delivered through its player, as its customers include TripAdvisor, IMDB, The Guardian, and EA, among many others. JW Player says it’s used on 2 million sites, and its videos… Read More

  • Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

    Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

    Auth0, a startup offering what it calls “identity-as-a-service”, is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. CEO Jon Gelsey told me that Auth0 (for those of you who have the same question I did: It’s pronounced “auth-zero”) is trying to solve a problem that team members faced themselves when they worked as developers, namely that it’s… Read More

  • YouNoodle Holds Its First Virtual Demo Day, YouNoodle Live

    YouNoodle Holds Its First Virtual Demo Day, YouNoodle Live

    When YouNoodle raised additional funding earlier this year, the company’s CEO Torsten Kolind told me the company was trying to build a data business on top of its startup competition platform. That approach, it seems, has led in a roundabout way to YouNoodle hosting a virtual demo day of its own, dubbed YouNoodle Live. Here’s how you get from startup competitions to data and… Read More

  • Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital

    Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital

    RJMetrics, a company saying it provides sophisticated data tools to businesses of all sizes, is announcing that it has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by August Capital (which, in addition to being a big-deal venture capital firm, also hosts TechCrunch’s annual summer party), with August partner Eric Carlborg joining the RJMetrics board of directors. Read More

  • Sailo Is A Marketplace Connecting Boats, Captains And Renters

    Sailo Is A Marketplace Connecting Boats, Captains And Renters

    If you think boating sounds vaguely appealing but you’ve never actually made it out on the water, a New York City startup called Sailo aims to help. It’s not the first company to allow you to rent boats from their owners. Early last year, for example, we wrote about Boatbound, a self-described Airbnb for boats. However, Boatbound and similar services are really focused on getting… Read More

  • With ArtCling, You Can Commission Art That Sticks To Your Walls

    With ArtCling, You Can Commission Art That Sticks To Your Walls

    Earlier this year, I wrote about ArtCorgi, a startup that makes it easy to commission custom artwork. Now the company is launching a new site called ArtCling, which takes a different approach to actually getting that art up on your walls. ArtCorgi co-founders Malcolm (CEO) and Simone (COO) Collins (yes, they’re a couple — Malcolm actually proposed to Simone using commissioned… Read More

  • Voice Marketing Company Ifbyphone Raises $30M More, Acquires Competitor Mongoose Metrics

    Voice Marketing Company Ifbyphone Raises $30M More, Acquires Competitor Mongoose Metrics

    Ifbyphone, a maker of voice marketing software, is announcing that it has raised $30 million in additional funding. It’s also revealing one of the main uses for that money — the acquisition of competitor Mongoose Metrics. This doubles Ifbyphone’s funding from $30 million to $60 million. The round comes from new investor NewSpring Capital, as well as previous backers Apex… Read More

  • RezGuru By TableGrabber Helps Restaurants Take A Smarter Approach To Pricing And Reservations

    RezGuru By TableGrabber Helps Restaurants Take A Smarter Approach To Pricing And Reservations

    TableGrabber aims to help restaurants fill their empty seats, and to that end, it’s launching a new platform today called RezGuru at the Disrupt SF startup battlefield. The goal, as laid out by co-founders (and siblings) Sonia and Pawan Marwaha, is to adjust things like pricing and reservation availability in a way that maximizes revenue. For example, a restaurant might be so crowded… Read More

  • Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile

    Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile

    After months of reports and rumors, Twitter is announcing its first commerce product. The company first signaled its interest in this area last year, when it hired former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to lead its commerce team. Then it started recruiting other commerce specialists, and Recode got its hands on mock-ups of a Buy Now button. Over the summer, people started spotting those buttons… Read More

  • Reddit Takes Down Groups Hosting Celebrity Nudes, Walks A Blurred Line On Free Speech

    Reddit Takes Down Groups Hosting Celebrity Nudes, Walks A Blurred Line On Free Speech

    Reddit did two things last night that, on the surface, seemed pretty contradictory. It published a post by CEO Yishan Wong offering an explanation for why the site does not generally take down “morally objectionable or otherwise inappropriate” subreddits. At around the same time, Reddit took down /r/TheFappening and related subreddits, where many of the images from the celebrity… Read More

  • Hackathon Kicks Off | TC Disrupt SF 2014

    The Disrupt SF Hackathon Has Begun

    The hackathon at Disrupt SF just kicked off, and the tables at Pier 48 (Disrupt’s new, bigger home) are already full of busy coders. Teams have a little less than 24 hours to build some cool products and prototypes, which they’ll present tomorrow morning, competing for a variety of prizes for judges who will be rating all of the presentations. Read More

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