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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  • And They Hacked, And They Hacked, And They Hacked Into The Night

    And They Hacked, And They Hacked, And They Hacked Into The Night

    Jerry Lee Lewis would have been proud. Even as the clock ticked past midnight at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, there was a whole lotta hackin’ goin’ on. Beginning around noon on Saturday, hackers filed into the spacious room at the site of Disrupt NYC to begin networking and scheming in earnest. As the day wore on, groups solidified, team names were chosen, and at the height… Read More

  • Want To Get Rewards For Going Out? Good, Because LoSo Wants To Find You Free Drinks

    Want To Get Rewards For Going Out? Good, Because LoSo Wants To Find You Free Drinks

    I’ll bet that got your attention. Finally, an app that wants to buy you a drink. Well, not exactly, but it’s the next best thing. LoSo is a location-based social media app for the iPhone that re-launches today to bring the best parts of Foursquare, Yelp, and OpenTable together in one app for your mobile phone. An ambitious goal, yes, but to counterbalance that, LoSo is targeting a… Read More

  • Frequent Fliers: Superfly Emerges From Beta To Help You Organize Your Travel Rewards

    Frequent Fliers: Superfly Emerges From Beta To Help You Organize Your Travel Rewards

    If you’ve seen George Clooney and Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air, you know that George Clooney’s character in the film is the epitome of a savvy, frequent flier. His life’s ambition is to accumulate miles, and he knows exactly what his rewards packages entail. Most of us, though we may similarly heavy travel schedules, are by no means masters of miles or travel rewards. Read More

  • SSE Labs Announces Impressive List Of Advisors, Offers Sneak Peek At Latest Startups

    SSE Labs Announces Impressive List Of Advisors, Offers Sneak Peek At Latest Startups

    About a year ago, Stanford University students Dan Ha and Cameron Teitelman co-founded SSE Labs, a startup accelerator designed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs at the university develop their businesses and provide them with the space and educational resources they need to grow a successful business. At the time, the Stanford student government (which operates independently of the university)… Read More

  • Infographic: A Look At The Size And Shape Of The Geosocial Universe In 2011

    Infographic: A Look At The Size And Shape Of The Geosocial Universe In 2011

    Thanks to Jesse Thomas of interactive design agency JESS3, we now have an updated look at the structure of the geosocial universe as it exists in anno domini 2011. It wasn’t so long ago that the International Astronomical Union booted Pluto out of the solar system or that MySpace was overtaking Yahoo! and Google as the most-visited site in the U.S. Well, a few rotations around the sun… Read More

  • Smart Lending: On Deck Gives Your Startup A Credit Score So You Can Secure A Loan

    Smart Lending: On Deck Gives Your Startup A Credit Score So You Can Secure A Loan

    We talk a lot about the startups and companies that receive venture capital and angel funding, but what about the other subset of small businesses that are fundamental to the success of the economy, but may not be on the radar of VCs and angels? These companies, from restaurants and small retailers to salons and florists, may not be high-potential startups like a Google or a Facebook, but… Read More

  • Security Breach: Here's How Expired Domains Expose You To Embarrassment (And Theft)

    Security Breach: Here's How Expired Domains Expose You To Embarrassment (And Theft)

    As if you’re not scared enough of the Internet (and its potential to ravage your personal information), something comes along to make you even more paranoid. Just ask PlayStation users, or those that were on the receiving end of Firesheep’s eavesdropping. Today’s vulnerability du jour? Expired domains. The technical veterans among us are likely already familiar with this, but… Read More

  • Cloud Database Provider MongoLab Raises $3 Million From Foundry, Baseline, And Others

    Cloud Database Provider MongoLab Raises $3 Million From Foundry, Baseline, And Others

    MongoLab, a cloud-based database provider created by San Francisco-based ObjectLabs, announced today that it has closed a $3 million series A funding round led by Foundry Group, Baseline Ventures, GRP Partners, Freestyle Capital, David Cohen, and more. The list of investors is notable, considering that it includes several names involved in the backing of other well-known cloud… Read More

  • Producteev Launches Google Tasks Sync And Outlook Plugin To Take Your Inbox To Zero

    Producteev Launches Google Tasks Sync And Outlook Plugin To Take Your Inbox To Zero

    ou may be tired of hearing about task managers, but Producteev is a task management service worth writing home about. Few people enjoy using complicated product, task or CRM managers, so Producteev has built a solution with a user-friendly interface that is channel agnostic, and even adds a bit of gaming mechanics. Producteev is a workable alternative to solutions like Basecamp, though the… Read More

  • Book A Cruise On Your Phone: Viator Wants To Be Your Realtime Travel Booking Solution

    Book A Cruise On Your Phone: Viator Wants To Be Your Realtime Travel Booking Solution

    When you plan a vacation, you likely have a destination in mind. Location plays a considerable role in our travel plans, but really what makes or breaks a good vacation is what you do when you get there. Your trip to Hawaii last summer was enjoyable simply because you were in Hawaii and not at the office, but really what you remember is the scuba diving — and backpacking through volcanoes. Read More

  • Advertising Giant Publicis Groupe Acquires Rosetta For $575 Million+

    Advertising Giant Publicis Groupe Acquires Rosetta For $575 Million+

    Publicis Groupe, the French advertising colossus, announced today that it will acquire Princeton-based interactive marketing agency Rosetta for $525 million in cash, plus later milestone payments. As one of the “big four” advertising holding companies, Publicis competes with Interpublic, Omnicom, and WPP, which each generated at least $6 billion in revenue in 2010 and employ at… Read More

  • Native Apps Or Web Apps? Particle Code Wants You To Do Both

    Native Apps Or Web Apps? Particle Code Wants You To Do Both

    When it comes to app development for mobile devices, cross-platform implementation is the new hot thing. Developers have long struggled with fragmentation across operating systems, when they want to just be able to create one app and blast it out on every platform imaginable. Businesses like Heroku and Appcelerator, and gaming versions like Game Closure (and many others) collectively make… Read More

  • Nearing 100 Million Views, Decorah Eagles Become The Most-Watched Live Stream Ever

    Nearing 100 Million Views, Decorah Eagles Become The Most-Watched Live Stream Ever

    It seems that the “Decorah Eagles” have officially become America’s biggest reality-TV stars. For those who haven’t yet heard, the Decorah Eagles are a family of Bald Eagles nesting in Decorah, Iowa. The Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization that specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls, established a Ustream channel… Read More

  • Claritics Raises $1.5 Million For Cloud-Based Analytics Apps

    Claritics Raises $1.5 Million For Cloud-Based Analytics Apps

    Businesses today have the benefit of access to tons of data on their customers, what they’re buying, what their social behavior looks like, and more. The problem, though, is how best to funnel the fire hose of social data. Companies can now collect so much social data on their customers, it can be difficult to narrow it down to the most applicable, and useful, information that will… Read More

  • The Mobile Privacy Hearings: Senators Prod, Apple And Google Defend

    The Mobile Privacy Hearings: Senators Prod, Apple And Google Defend

    When researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden announced at the Where 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara a few weeks ago that iPhones and 3G iPads are storing records of where their users are and where they’ve been, the news created quite a stir. Google also stores a similar list on Android devices, so naturally questions have swirled in the last few weeks around how both Apple and Google… Read More

  • Pageonce Raises $15 Million, Aims To Make Your Smartphone The 'Wallet Of The Future'

    Pageonce Raises $15 Million, Aims To Make Your Smartphone The 'Wallet Of The Future'

    Do you like your wallet? Too bad. Pageonce, the one-stop shop for managing your financial accounts, wants to turn your smartphone into the wallet of the future. Though, the last time I checked, Apple wasn’t planning to offer the iPhone in leather. Or snakeskin. We’re still getting excited over the fact that it comes in white. But that’s not slowing down Pageonce, which allows… Read More

  • Stealth Startup Inporia Raises $1.25 Million From Ron Conway, 500 Startups And More

    Stealth Startup Inporia Raises $1.25 Million From Ron Conway, 500 Startups And More

    Add another stealth eCommerce startup attracting pre-launch funding from eager investors to your list. That is, of course, if you have one. Last month, we covered Decide, a Seattle-based company looking to bring transparency to the online consumer shopping experience that has raised $8.5 million pre-launch. And now Inporia, a new startup that’s also currently in stealth mode, is looking… Read More

  • Bababoo Raises $1.5M To Let You Make Calls Over Mobile, WiFi, 3G, AND Keep Your Number

    Bababoo Raises $1.5M To Let You Make Calls Over Mobile, WiFi, 3G, AND Keep Your Number

    Cell phone bills are expensive, and carrier contracts are binding. We need our cellphones, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not always looking for cheaper ways to make calls. Voice-over-IP services have come a long way in the last few years; Skype has perfected desktop-to-desktop calling, and Google has given us free VoIP domestic calling on Gmail — talk over WiFi on email… Read More

  • Webpop Sets Its Sights On WordPress, Launches Cloud CMS Optimized For Designers

    Webpop Sets Its Sights On WordPress, Launches Cloud CMS Optimized For Designers

    There are tons of sites out there that help you build a website, but most of them are built for novices or, on the other end, developers. Many of them rely on template-systems: The user is given a couple stock molds to choose from — you can change a few colors, add a logo, and that’s about it. For example, those with Macs might be familiar with iWeb, which allows you to use a… Read More

  • Email Delivery System SendGrid Announces New Pricing Model, Now You Can Pay-As-You-Go

    Email Delivery System SendGrid Announces New Pricing Model, Now You Can Pay-As-You-Go

    Unlike most, SendGrid, the TechStars-incubated email management and delivery system, loves dealing with overloaded inboxes. In fact, it loves email so much that it has delivered over 9 billion emails for more than 23K companies. This is probably why, since graduating from TechStars, the email enthusiast has raised over $5 million in funding, and brought on former Oracle executive Jim Franklin… Read More