Rip Empson

Rip Empson
Rip Empson is a writer, explorer, eager learner and part-time rabble-rouser -- whatever that means. Today, you can find him working as a senior associate at Morgenthaler Ventures and Canvas Venture Fund. He works in a marketing, PR and advisory capacity both for the Morgenthaler, Canvas and their portfolio companies (like Lending Club, Doximity, Evernote, Check and MuleSoft to name a few), and also spends time on the investment side, helping the Canvas team find face-meltingly amazing startups. Before venture capitalizing, Rip spent nearly four years at TechCrunch, the leading technology publication and media dynamo, where he covered startups. Why? Because some of those startups could become the next Googles, Facebooks and Twitters of the world, but they just can’t afford the office space yet. Plus, entrepreneurs tend to be more insane (and interesting) than the average human. Within the Whacky World Of Startups, Rip focused most of his attention on chronicling the rise of technology and ambush of innovation on health and education. That is to say: While he's interested in startups and entrepreneurs of all stripes (both then and now), he's particularly passionate about those that are disrupting the disruptable disruptions, and ideas that are actually going to change the world (and/or make it a better place -- for humans and our future Robot Overlords alike). That’s why he's followed book larnin’ tech and next-gen stethoscope apps with such admirable gusto. (Also because he is a hypochondriac and never graduated from 5th grade. HUZZAH!) Rip has been quoted by various people at various times – some of them publications and super wicked famous people referencing his work – some of them people mistakenly re-tweeting him thinking he’s Rip Torn. Is he a budding national treasure? You said it, not him. As to what he’s doing right now? He’s either transferring his life savings from Scramble With Friends tokens to Bitcoin or vice versa. Hard to say, really. CrunchBase profile →

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    FunChat Combines Text, Chat, Pranks, Virtual Goods, And Social Gaming All In One Free App

    FunMobility, the makers of FunMail, a picture-messaging app that organically pairs your texts with appropriate (and fun) images, FunTones, a large collection of funny ringtones, and FunMe, a suite of tools for consumers to create, share, and post their own user-generated content, is clearly striving for a particular brand message. I think it has something to do with… Read More

  • Attn Sports Fans, Journalists, And Parents Of Young Athletes: GameChanger Is On Line Two

    Attn Sports Fans, Journalists, And Parents Of Young Athletes: GameChanger Is On Line Two

    GameChanger Media, a startup founded in January 2009, is helping usher amateur sports into the digital age by offering a scorekeeping and stat-tracking app for mobile phones and tablets. Coaches or parents can keep score of baseball and softball games (GameChanger will soon be adding basketball and more) and track up to 150 different stats. But, here’s what’s really interesting… Read More

  • Investors Flock To Boston To See TechStars’ 12 Cool New Startups (Here’s A Peek)

    Investors Flock To Boston To See TechStars’ 12 Cool New Startups (Here’s A Peek)

    Today, seed fund and accelerator, TechStars, put on its “Demo Day” in Boston to debut 12 new companies to the world. Investors came in from far and wide to vet these young startups and to potentially take out their checkbooks. TechStars estimates that more than 350 VC and angel investors were on hand for what General Partner at Spark Capital Bijan Sabet called the best class of… Read More

  • Find A Hobby (And Some Friends) On UrbanOrca

    Find A Hobby (And Some Friends) On UrbanOrca

    When you move to or visit a new place, you bring your hobbies, tastes, and preferences with you, but discovering and finding people in your new surrounding who enjoy the same niche activities and cat videos you do isn’t easy. Even in our social media-saturated, Facebook-sponsored world. So, today Toronto-based UrbanOrca is jumping into the hot online-to-offline market by launching a… Read More

  • TigerText Disposes Of 'Sender's Remorse' With New Privacy And Control Features For SMS

    TigerText Disposes Of 'Sender's Remorse' With New Privacy And Control Features For SMS

    TigerText, a company that adds a bevy of privacy settings and controls to SMS, is today launching a new app for iOS that aims to preserve the social nature of group messaging while giving the sender complete control over their messages both in group and one-to-one conversations. A prized feature of TigerText’s service has been the fact that it allows a sender to recall a message… Read More

  • Discovr Launches Awesome Tool To Find New Apps For iOS (Think Interactive Graphs)

    Discovr Launches Awesome Tool To Find New Apps For iOS (Think Interactive Graphs)

    At WWDC 2011, Apple announced that there are now more than 400K apps in its app store (and that more than 500K have been approved). The Android Marketplace has around 300K apps and is growing fast. The point is: There are a lot apps out there already, and more hit app stores every day. They’re going like hotcakes. But finding and discovering new apps that you actually care about? Eh, not… Read More

  • RescueTime Launches Introductions, A Carfax Report For Top Job Candidates

    RescueTime Launches Introductions, A Carfax Report For Top Job Candidates

    Y Combinator-backed RescueTime is a web-based time management tool that lets users monitor the time they spend on the Web, like what applications and websites they’re visiting most frequently, all in an effort to help heavy web users cut down on inefficient uses of their time. (Maybe those three hours in Chrome Angry Birds weren’t adding to your overall productivity, friend.)… Read More

  • Former Googlers Raise $13 Million From Bain And Greylock For Personalized Ad Solution

    Former Googlers Raise $13 Million From Bain And Greylock For Personalized Ad Solution

    TellApart, a startup that enables eCommerce companies to use customer data to offer more personalized display advertising to both their loyal and potential customers alike, today announced that it has closed a $13 million series B round of funding. The round was led by Bain Capital Ventures, with contributions from Greylock and others. Read More

  • Unseat.me Adds A Social Layer To StubHub; Takes The Anonymity Out Of Selling Tix Online

    Unseat.me Adds A Social Layer To StubHub; Takes The Anonymity Out Of Selling Tix Online

    As much as a season ticket holder would like to make it to every single game of their team’s season, most of the time that’s just not in the cards — at least not while keeping a job and a family. So, when one has to pass on a game and wants to make a little of the money back, one might go set up a seller account at StubHub, RazorGator, Tickets.com, or just list them on… Read More

  • A Look At The Three Startups That Wowed The Judges At Plug And Play’s Summer EXPO

    A Look At The Three Startups That Wowed The Judges At Plug And Play’s Summer EXPO

    Like Y Combinator, Plug and Play Tech Center is a startup accelerator located in the heart of Silicon Valley, although you may not have heard quite as much about Plug and Play as you have its counterpart. Nothwithstanding, the five-year-old business accelerator has built a community of over 280 tech startups, across a number of verticals, including Web 2.0, cloud services, systems… Read More

  • Joomla Quietly Crosses 23 Million Downloads, Now Powering Over 2,600 Government Sites

    Joomla Quietly Crosses 23 Million Downloads, Now Powering Over 2,600 Government Sites

    According to BuiltWith, of the top million websites using content management systems (or CMSes), three systems own more than 75 percent of the total market share: WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. (All of which are open source, by the way.) Many are likely most familiar with WordPress, which TechCrunch has covered quite a bit (and uses to power most its sites, for full disclosure). WordPress is… Read More

  • Tribesports Raises $400K To Create An All-In-One Digital Resource For Sports Nuts

    Tribesports Raises $400K To Create An All-In-One Digital Resource For Sports Nuts

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  • Google Instant Mix Just Got Better, But Is It A Genius?

    Google Instant Mix Just Got Better, But Is It A Genius?

    Google announced its new beta music service, “Google Music”, at I/O 2011 last month. The service, as it stands right now, is basically just cloud storage for all your music files that users can access through the web app. Users can stream their cloud-based music libraries to any device via a web browser. It even technically works on iOS, though the experience (especially on Safari)… Read More

  • Pusher Raises $1M From Heroku Founders And More To Bring Realtime Tech To Your Apps

    Pusher Raises $1M From Heroku Founders And More To Bring Realtime Tech To Your Apps

    On today’s ever-evolving Web, it seems there’s a growing demand for web apps that incorporate realtime functionality. Of course, it’s by no means easy to build seamless realtime functionality, as it often requires site developers to learn a whole new framework, or worry over the configuration of existing infrastructure. To address this problem, Pusher has built a hosted… Read More

  • Coupons.com Raises $200 Million At A Whopping $1 Billion Valuation

    Coupons.com Raises $200 Million At A Whopping $1 Billion Valuation

    It looks like Coupons.com may have just become the Airbnb of mega-million dollar raises at billion dollar valuations. Today, Coupons.com, the largest provider of digital coupons, announced that it has received a $200 million investment from a group of institutional investors, including several mutual funds. (The company has thus far declined to disclose the names of the investors.) The… Read More

  • doxo Emerges From Private Beta, Brings Its Paperless Billing Service To The iPhone

    doxo Emerges From Private Beta, Brings Its Paperless Billing Service To The iPhone

    One of the easiest ways to “go green” is to start paying your bills online — to cut out that papery middle man. Of course, the paperless revolution seems to be taking longer than expected to sweep the world by storm. Partly, this seems to be due to habit and partly due to concerns over security, privacy, and ease of access. Thankfully, doxo provides users with a… Read More

  • Multiplayer Facebook Game Trash Tycoon Trains You To Be Green (But In A Fun Way)

    Multiplayer Facebook Game Trash Tycoon Trains You To Be Green (But In A Fun Way)

    Guerillapps, a social game maker, debuted a cool new Facebook game at Disrupt NYC that is adding a new spin to green games. What’s more, from what I can tell, Trash Tycoon is the first “upcycling” game to hit the Facebook platform. But what is this “upcycling”, you ask? Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials into new products of better quality… Read More

  • Matcha: A Social TV Guide And Movie Recommendation Engine That Doesn't Suck

    Matcha: A Social TV Guide And Movie Recommendation Engine That Doesn't Suck

    Netflix is great. I feel like I have to say that, now that it’s the single largest source of Internet traffic in North America. But, really, Netflix annoys me. I’m cheap, so I’ve opted for the streaming-only service, but the selection stinks, and I spend most of my time debating whether I should upgrade to the DVD service. And now that I’ve been rating movies for years… Read More

  • appMobi Acquires Hosting Platform; Launches Tech To Speed Up HTML5 In Mobile Gaming

    appMobi Acquires Hosting Platform; Launches Tech To Speed Up HTML5 In Mobile Gaming

    ppMobi likes HTML5-based mobile games, and it wants you to like them, too, which is why appMobi is focused on giving developers the tools required to make HTML5 and JavaScript mobile applications that run smoothly across platforms and browsers. Of course, many loudly pronounced HTML5 the new heir to the throne, as it would finally bring the native app experience to every mobile device, and… Read More

  • A Look At Who's Winning The Talent Wars In Tech (Hint: It Rhymes With Twitter)

    A Look At Who's Winning The Talent Wars In Tech (Hint: It Rhymes With Twitter)

    There’s been a lot of talk about the fierce competition for talent among the top players in the tech industry. As the story goes, Facebook has been the primary source of anguish for its competitors, seemingly bearing the gravitational pull of a giant sun. Even the ubiquitous Google was forced to take some extraordinary measures to stem the flow of top talent to Facebook last year by… Read More