Rip Empson

Rip Empson

Rip Empson is a writer, explorer, eager learner and part-time rabble-rouser — whatever that means. He's worked as a senior associate at Morgenthaler Ventures and Canvas Venture Fund, and before venture capitalizing, Rip spent nearly four years at TechCrunch, the leading technology publication and media dynamo, where he covered startups.

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.

But between you and me, I hear he's especially passionate about any and all forms of disrupting — particularly those that are disrupting the disruptable disruptions — and anyone or anything that can quench his insatiable thirst for disrupt-a-lutions.

Rip has been quoted by various people at various times – some of them publications and probably 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.

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  • No Coupons Here, Just Cash: Groupon Files For Another $6 Million

    Groupon has a fever, and the only prescription is more funding. According to this SEC form, the daily deal giant has received yet another infusion of capital, this time at just over $6 million. This comes on the heels of Groupon’s recent $16.2 million round as well as its unprecedented $950 million round back in January. Groupon has been a very busy company of late. Several days ago… Read More

  • Human-Curated Search Engine Blekko Adds Facebook Comments To Its Search Results

    Ever since its launch in November 2010, Blekko has been on a mission to eliminate spam and content farms from search results. The human-curated search engine, which is also known both for using actual mammals to edit search results and for its employ of slashtags for easy categorization, announced in March that it had banned over 1 million spammy domain names from its results. Using a new… Read More

  • LDC Snatches Up Web Hosting Provider UK2Group For $77 Million Big Ones

    Lloyd’s Development Capital (LDC), the private equity arm of Lloyd’s Trustee Savings Bank, the third largest bank in the U.K. (and state-backed) announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in leading web hosting provider UK2Group. The equity group paid a total of $77 million for its majority stake in partnership with the current management team. Read More

  • From Check-Ins To Recommendations: A Glimpse Into The Future of Foursquare

    Today, at the Where 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, man-about-town Robert Scoble spoke with Foursquare Co-founder Dennis Crowley about future plans for the hot location-based service. According to Crowley, the future of Foursquare is going to focus squarely on what its users are going to do, not what they are doing. See what I did there? It’s all well and good to track the realtime… Read More

  • Skydeck Quietly Becomes Mr. Number, Hits 2 Million Users, Brings Status Alerts And More To Mobile

    Sometimes, when you’re building a business, you just have to go with what works — even if that means a substantial pivot from your initial vision. Case in point: Beginning in early 2008, TechCrunch wrote a number of posts on a startup called Skydeck. Skydeck was a phone-productivity service that tackled mobile phone bills, enabling you to tag, sort, and search call records as you… Read More

  • Social Jukebox exfm Raises $750,000 For Its Music Discovery And Sharing Extension

    exfm, a Chrome extension that allows you to discover new music while browsing, today announced that it has raised $750K in seed funding. The round was led by Spark Capital, Betaworks, Founder Collective, and Dave Morgan. exfm adds to the $500K it raised back in May of last year, bringing total investment to $1.25 million. The startup will be using its proceeds to grow its team, launch mobile… Read More

  • Consumer Electronics Shopping Service Decide Raises $6 Million Pre-Launch

    Stealth startup Decide announced this morning that it has closed a $6 million series B round of funding. The series B round was led by Maveron, Madrona Venture Group, Google founding board member Ram Shriram, and former Expedia CEO Erik Blachford. Maveron’s Dan Levitan and former Farecast CEO Hugh Crean will be joining Decide’s board of directors. Decide adds to the $2.5 million… Read More

  • Vokle Raises $767K For Its Live Video Conferencing Platform

    Vokle, a web-based video communication platform, announced today that it has closed a $767K round of seed funding. The round was led by Tech Coast Angels, Sierra Angels, Grammy-nominated singer Imogen Heap, Rafe Furst, and various private investors. The round was the second part of a $200K angel investment the startup closed at the end of last year (led by the same investors), and adds to… Read More

  • Yotpo Raises $800K For Its Opinion Aggregation Engine

    Tel Aviv-based Yotpo announced today that it has raised $800K in seed funding. The funding was led by 2B Angels and PLUS Ventures, two early stage Israeli investment firms focused on communications and new media. According to Yotpo Co-founder Tomer Tagrin, the startup will use the funding to expand its user base, ramp up hiring, and position itself for launch later this year. So what is Yotpo? Read More

  • Cardnap: The Hipmunk of Gift Cards Wants To Make Card Search A Breeze

    Launching today is Perth-based Cardnap, a site that lets you search for the best deals on gift cards. Cardnap wants to be what Hipmunk is for airline search, in that the startup is employing a user-friendly UI to make browsing and filtering your gift card results a non-teeth-grinding experience. Cardnap not only lets you search for discounted gift cards, it allows you to resell your own, too. Read More

  • Trion Brings Twitter and YouTube Into The Online Gaming Experience

    When I was growing up, games were played offline — whether it was Number Munchers on an Apple2GS, or Super Mario Bros. on Nintendo’s NES console. But, needless to say, that 8-bit world is miles behind us. Like it has done to every other industry, the Web completely altered the course of gaming. It brought connectivity and scale to video games, allowing huge groups of people to… Read More

  • Local Is Focal: Street Fight Gives The Local Industry A Source For News And Analysis

    I’m beginning to think that the old phrase “think globally, act locally” has become an appropriate slogan for Web 2.0. (Or perhaps an alternative might be “think global, try to monetize the sh*t out of local”.) With the rise of location-based services like Gowalla, Foursquare, and Facebook Places, local-friendly deal sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Yipit… Read More

  • News Reader FLUD Raises $1 Million From Cavs Owner, Others

    FLUD, a news reader app for the iPad and iPhone, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from a flock of notable angel investors. The round was led by Quicken Founder and Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert and ePrize Founder Josh Linkner, through their new venture fund Detroit Venture Partners. Other investors included Ludlow Ventures and Behance Founder Scott… Read More

  • For The Electric Vehicles Market, Small Batteries Mean Big Sales

    For the electric vehicle market, it looks like small is the new big, especially when it comes to batteries. According to a new study by Lux Research, the market forecast for energy storage devices for electronic vehicles is bright. Lux sees the sector’s overall growth rising from $13 billion in 2011 to $30 billion by 2016 — a compound annual growth rate of 18 percent. And what… Read More

  • TekTrak: Mobile Location App Helps Reunite A Family After The Japanese Earthquake

    When disasters of scale happen, like the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan and sent tsunamis rippling across the globe last month, one of our first reactions is to immediately try to establish contact with those we care about who might have been affected. By phone or by email, by whatever means possible, we scramble to get in touch. Of course, natural disasters often wreak… Read More

  • China's Online Game Market Surges; Set To Top $8 Billion By 2014

    China’s got game. A lot of game. In fact, the Eastern power is rapidly becoming the world’s leader in the online games market. According to a study released by business and consulting firm Pearl Research, the online games market in China will exceed $8 billion by 2014. Though the Chinese gaming market experienced somewhat sluggish growth in the first part of 2010, by year’s… Read More

  • Indian Stealth Startup Mojostreet Secures $350K From Former Microsoft VP, Others

    Hyderabad-based Mojostreet, a location-based mobile gaming startup, announced today that it has received $350K in seed funding, led by Srini Koppolu, former Managing Director of Microsoft India and J.A. Chowdary former Managing Director of Nvidia India. Mojostreet will use its infusion of capital to ramp up hiring efforts and to assist in the startup’s beta launch in early May. Like a mix… Read More

  • Location Discovery Service Scoville Lets You Find Hot New Local Spots

    If you are a lover of spicy foods or hot sauces, you may be familiar with the “Scoville Scale”, which measures the degree of spiciness of chili peppers and their many conveyances. Launching today in public beta is Scoville, a startup aimed at taking the temperature of local destinations. Taking a page from the Scoville Scale, the startup wants to help you record, discover, and… Read More

  • ZuluTime Issued Patent For Location Aware Wireless Networks

    Geoff Rhoads, co-founder of ZuluTime, a company developing location-based services for wireless networks, is a prolific inventor. The amateur astronomer and astrophysicist has over 300 patents to his name, ranging from digital watermarking (his patents are currently used in currencies around the world to prevent counterfeiting) to 30-meter-tall deep space telescopes. Back in 1995, Rhoads… Read More

  • Silicon South Africa: Google Launches Incubator For African Startups

    Google has announced that it will be launching a startup incubator in Cape Town, South Africa, called Umbono. The incubator aims to support the local tech ecosystem in South Africa by offering local startups access to seed capital, Google mentorship, and angel investors. Umbono will focus on web and mobile-based startups building solutions to local problems, which also have regional appeal, in… Read More