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. 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. CrunchBase profile →

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    There are a number of websites out there that allow you to search for and discover internships. Internships.com, which Charlie Sheen recently used to hire a social media intern, is probably the biggest and most well known of the bunch. But, as anyone who’s used these sites knows, the experience is far from perfect. And the same can be said of job search sites like Indeed. InternMatch… Read More

  • 500 Startups Demo Day: Like Pulse For Facebook, Ninua Launches Its News Sharing App For Android

    It was another fast-paced day at 500 Startups’ open house in Mountain View today, as Dave McClure and company officially introduced the world to its first batch of killer startups. One of the many stellar demos came from Ninua, a startup that is building social apps around news, blogs, and social media. Its recently launched Ninua News Reader is a news-sharing application for Android… Read More

  • 500 Startups Demo Day: Motion Math Looks To Make Learning Fun Again

    Dave McClure’s seed fund, accelerator, and incubator, 500 Startups, held an open house in Mountain View today to officially introduce the world to its first batch of companies. The group of mostly consumer-focused startups (not much advertising to be found) at Demo Day put forth quite a few interesting ideas and business models. We’ll be posting a roundup of the best startups… Read More

  • Crowd-Sourced Design Startup Chirply Raises $1.1 Million, Launches Redesign

    Chirply, the crowd-sourced and crowd-curated design community for paper goods, today announced that it has closed a $1.1 million series A round of investment. The round was led by a host of top angels and investment firms, including Netflix founder Marc Randolph, Sling Media’s Blake Krikorian, Keith Rabois of Square, Ash Patel of Yahoo, Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Y Combinator, and… Read More

  • Who Needs Flash? New WebGL And HTML5 Browser Game Sets Tron's Light Cycles In 3D

    Cycleblob, an addictive browser game created by Israeli developer Shy Shalom, went live today. The game ports light cycles, the futuristic vehicles from the legendary 1982 film Tron, to the browser. Nerd power! Of course, seeing as Tron was recently upgraded with a new sequel, it’s only fitting that light cycles should be given a more contemporary setting in which to compete —… Read More

  • Bizness Apps Expands To Android To Bring Your Business Into The Mobile Apps Game

    Bizness Apps, a startup that gives small businesses the tools to quickly and easily build mobile apps, has a bit of a Zuckerberg-ian early history. Well, admittedly the Facebook comparison is a bit tenuous, because Bizness Apps’ story is likely akin to what a much larger percentage of entrepreneurs actually experience. Really, few are lucky enough to turn down multi-million dollar funding… Read More

  • Spanning Cloud Apps Raises $2 Million For Cloud Backup Services

    The Austin-based startup Spanning Cloud Apps, a cloud-based app developer, today announced that it has closed a $2 million series A round, led by the Foundry Group, a VC firm based in Boulder. Seth Levine, Foundry Group’s managing director, will be joining Spanning’s board of directors. Founded in 2010 by Charlie Wood, Spanning Cloud Apps is the maker of Spanning Backup, a… Read More

  • Fitango Teaches You How To Get Stuff Done; Adds Sharable Self-Improvement Features

    In February, fellow Four Loko enthusiast John Biggs wrote a post on Fitango, a social marketplace that allows users to learn about and buy action plans for everything from finance to fitness and romance. As Biggs pointed out at the time, many of us have problems self-motivating when it comes to getting in shape or, say, learning to speak Mandarin — and oftentimes, we’re not sure how… Read More

  • Free Electronic Medical Records Service Practice Fusion Raises $23 Million

    Practice Fusion, a web-based electronic medical records and healthcare community, announced this morning that it has closed an impressive $23 million series B round of funding. The round was led by Founders Fund, with participation from Artis Capital Management and Glynn Capital Management, as well as returning investors Morgenthaler Ventures and Felicis Ventures. The healthcare community adds… Read More

  • StockTwits Gets Even More Social, Rolls Out Discovery Tools

    It’s been a good start to the year for StockTwits. For starters, as we reported last week, the realtime info-sharing hub for investors and traders, has doubled its monthly visitors since December. It also recently stole Yahoo Finance products exec David Putnam and added Chris Bullock, who was formerly the senior managing director for global investor relations services at NASDAQ, as its… Read More

  • A Cooperative For Developers Looks To Put App Makers Back In The Driver's Seat

    There are a number of systemic obstacles facing app developers today, with limitations in distribution and monetization channels being chief among them. Oh, and then there’s fragmentation, as developers have to create different versions of the same app for different phones, different browsers, different OSes, and so on. While Apple’s app store provides developers with some great… Read More

  • Google Increases Lead In Smartphone Market, But Verizon iPhone Wins February

    comScore’s February mobile report was released today, and it looks like good news for Google. Android increased its lead as the top mobile platform, growing 7 percentage points since November, and strengthening its top position with 33 percent market share. Following behind Android is RIM, ranked second with 28.9 percent market share, and Apple with 25.2 percent. Microsoft and Palm… Read More

  • April Fools 2011: The Big List

    April Fools 2011: The Big List

    Yes, folks, that’s right. That special, special time of year is upon us. It’s April Fools 2011! We take April Fools pretty seriously around here, so we’ll be constantly updating this post with the best April Fools jokes and pranks the World Wide Interwebernets has to offer. All night and all day. As long as it takes. If you find a gem, please share it with us in the comments. Read More

  • Mark Cuban Teams With Qualcomm To Bring Augmented Reality To Mavericks Tickets

    Thanks to the influence of owner and tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks season ticket holders will be able to enjoy a touch of the technological when claiming their 2011 playoff tickets. The Mavericks have teamed with Qualcomm to add augmented reality to this year’s playoff tickets. Augmented Reality — or “AR” for those “in the know” —… Read More

  • Video Curation Is Growing Up, ShortForm Hits One Million Visitors

    With 35 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, the Google-owned video behemoth would be the second largest search engine were it standalone site. Web video has become a powerful medium. But, I think it’s also fair to say that this powerful medium is in serious need of curation. What if you’re just looking for a quick laugh, a short video, and don’t want to wade… Read More

  • Tech CEO Approval Ratings: Schmidt Goes Out On A High, Donahoe Climbs, Bartz Falls

    A survey taken over the last year by Glassdoor, a jobs and career community that allows users to anonymously share an inside look at jobs and companies, confirms that Eric Schmidt looks better when he’s on his way out. As the Google big whig prepares to step down from a decade of service as chief exec, his employee approval rating is at an all time high. On the flip side of the… Read More

  • Want To Bet On The Cricket Match, But Avoid Losing Money? Check Out KheloCricket

    This one’s for you, cricket fans. For those not familiar with “the gentleman’s game”, we are currently in the grips of the ICC World Cup — or The World Cup of Cricket, if you prefer. “Who cares?” or “what’s a cricket?” you may be asking. Well, considering there are only five proclaimed cricket pitches in the U.S., you may have a… Read More

  • Sundrop Mobile Raises $900K, Offers Mobile Loyalty Solution To Daily Deal Merchants

    In a recent post about Groupon’s multi-billion dollar valuation and revenue estimates, colleague Erick Schonfeld talked about how creating repeat, loyal customers (and not just deal-happy coupon clippers) is essential to the daily deal site’s long-term valuation — and success. When Groupon offers 50 to 70 percent off a meal at a local pizza place, for example, the restaurant… Read More

  • Message Bus: The Start Project's First Graduate Launches, Pulls In A Cool $3 Million

    In late 2009, a group of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors came together to form The Start Project, a Silicon Valley-based incubator focused on idea generation, software development, product vision, and bringing great ideas to market. The project is the brainchild of Narendra Rocherolle of 83 Degrees and Webshots, among others, and Josh Felser of Spinner, Crackle, and Freestyle Capital… Read More

  • Mark Cuban And Kevin O'Leary Invest In Online Toy Rental Service Toygaroo

    Just in case you missed it: Mark Cuban’s most recent investment took place in what is a fairly unusual setting for early-stage startup seed funding — a shark tank. That’s right, the controversial billionaire and media mogul was a recent guest shark on ABC reality show “Shark Tank”, in which 5 business moguls listen to entrepreneurs pitch their companies and… Read More