• 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

  • BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

    BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

    Moj Mahdara has seen the future of branding and entertainment, and it’s on YouTube. The chief executive of the burgeoning media business BeautyCon has raised under $5 million in seed financing from entertainment and publishing big shots like Michael Eisner, the former chief executive of Disney Co., the publisher Hearst Corp., Kelly Osbourne, and talent lawyers Ken Hertz and Eric… Read More

  • Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Photo-sharing application Memoir, launched last fall to make it easier to rediscover your photo memories through a combination of advanced search features and a time-capsule-like function, similar to competitor TimeHop. But one of the app’s more interesting features was a way to request photos from other users. Today, thanks to iOS 8, that option has now been improved. The company calls… Read More

  • Airbnb Will Begin Collecting Transient Occupancy Taxes For San Francisco Bookings Next Month

    Airbnb Will Begin Collecting Transient Occupancy Taxes For San Francisco Bookings Next Month

    Airbnb announced today that it will soon begin collecting and remitting a 14 percent hotel occupancy fee for guest stays occurring in San Francisco. In a blog post, Airbnb’s regional head of public policy David Owen wrote that the policy will go into effect for all bookings that take place on or after October 1 in its home city. Read More

  • Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built

    Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built

    Google bought Skybox Imaging for $500 million, and the micro-satellite company’s most recent mission was…to take photos of Burning Man. Skybox repeatedly flew its satellites over Burning Man to create GIFs of how the 70,000 person make-shift hippie city was assembled and then deconstructed over three weeks. For example, above you’ll see the whole city rise and fall, and… Read More

  • Storehouse Arrives On The iPhone

    Storehouse Arrives On The iPhone

    Storehouse, the 2014 Apple Design Award winning long-form photo-sharing service from former Apple designer Mark Kawano, has launched its app for the iPhone. This comes almost four months after the startup raised $7 million in A-series funding from SherpaVentures and seed investors True Ventures, Lerer Ventures and Designer Fund in order to expand their reach beyond the iPad. Read More

  • Instapaper Goes Freemium With Big iOS Redesign

    Instapaper Goes Freemium With Big iOS Redesign

    Instapaper, bringing bookmarks into the future, has just launched a big redesign of the iOS version of the app with loads of new features and a brand new business model. betaworks’-owned Instapaper has always been a paid product, going for between $3 and $4 dollars on mobile and costing approximately $1/month as a subscription. Today, the company is pivoting to entirely free apps and… Read More

  • TC Cribs: Evernote’s Expertly Caffeinated California HQ

    TC Cribs: Evernote’s Expertly Caffeinated California HQ

    In today’s episode of TechCrunch Cribs, we headed over to Evernote, the company behind the beloved notetaking software. Evernote has often said that it intends to be around for at least a century, which may well be why they’ve situated themselves in a very large building that gives them tons of room to grow in the years ahead. In the video embedded above you can see the… Read More

  • It’s Not About Creating Another Silicon Valley But Preventing Another Motor City

    It’s Not About Creating Another Silicon Valley But Preventing Another Motor City

    Many iconic founders grew up in Michigan. When you have a state with the highest concentration of engineering degrees in the country, there is a high probability that you’ll have a lot of babies who will want to build products. But why are these job creators moving away to set up their companies somewhere else? Is it the snow? The Detroit Lions, maybe? I believe you can look at the… Read More