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  • YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

    YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

    Gradberry is launching today out of Y Combinator to connect companies with vetted technical talent. Candidates quickly build a talent profile, connecting their GitHub, online portfolios and projects, and LinkedIn account. The talent profile is then vetted by the Gradberry team and approved candidates are passed along to specific employers. Read More

  • CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Project Covering Everything From Climate Change To #ThatDress

    CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Project Covering Everything From Climate Change To #ThatDress

    Crowdsourcing company CrowdFlower allows businesses to tap into a distributed workforce of 5 million contributors for basic tasks like sentiment analysis. Today it’s releasing some of that data to the public through its new Data for Everyone initiative. Founder and CEO Lukas Biewald (a friend of mine from college) told me that last year, the company quietly began asking some of its… Read More

  • Wealthfront Now Manages More Than $2 Billion In Client Assets

    Wealthfront Now Manages More Than $2 Billion In Client Assets

    Wealthfront, the automated investment services company that competes with traditional financial advisory behemoths like Fidelity, has today crossed the $2 billion mark in terms of assets managed. The achievement for a company, which one year ago was managing approximately $500 million in client assets, is impressive, and it makes Wealthfront the first in its space to rake in that much… Read More

  • Orange Is The New Black Returns To Netflix On June 12

    Orange Is The New Black Returns To Netflix On June 12

    Orange Is The New Black (or OITNB for those of us in the know) is returning to a screen near you on June 12, according to Netflix. The Netflix original program, which is going into its third season, has been a smash hit with consumers and critics alike with more than one Golden Globes nomination this year (but sadly, no wins). Turning up the heat! New originals coming this summer from… Read More

  • Cylindo Raises $1M To Create 3D Furniture Models And Expand In The US

    Cylindo Raises $1M To Create 3D Furniture Models And Expand In The US

    Product visualization startup Cylindo has raised $1 million in new funding. CEO Janus Jagd told me the company emerged from his own struggles moving into a new apartment, where he and his girlfriend wanted to visualize how their living room would look with a bunch of new furniture. To do that, Jagd said he built a 3D room model on his own and gave it to furniture merchants. Read More

  • Luxe Confirms $20M In New Funding, As It Hires A Business Chief And Expands To New Markets

    Luxe Confirms $20M In New Funding, As It Hires A Business Chief And Expands To New Markets

    Last week we reported that on-demand valet startup Luxe had raised $20 million in Series A funding from Venrock Partners and Redpoint Ventures to expand its service into new markets. Today the company is confirming that funding, while also providing a bit more detail about where and how it hopes to grow. Read More

  • Paperspace Lets Anyone Access A Better Personal Computer That Lives In The Cloud

    Paperspace Lets Anyone Access A Better Personal Computer That Lives In The Cloud

    Imagine never having to buy new and expensive hardware to upgrade your personal computer with more speed and storage space. That’s the vision behind Y Combinator-backed Paperspace, a new company launching today, which is building a full, personal computer that lives in the cloud, which you access from any web browser. Similar, to some extent, to enterprise-grade solutions like… Read More

  • ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    Email-focused startup ToutApp has raised a $15 million Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz. The company started out as an email-tracking tool, but founder and CEO Tawheed Kader told me that his team discovered that salespeople “used the product the most, complained the least, and stuck around the longest.” So ToutApp decided to do a “zoom-in pivot” and focus on that… Read More

  • My Friend Will Hate SeeYoo, An App To Say OMW

    My Friend Will Hate SeeYoo, An App To Say OMW

    No matter how far or close by, a good friend of mine always texts to say he’s “20 minutes away” when he’s running late. SeeYoo, which calls itself a ‘pre-meeting app’, is almost certainly not for him. Read More

  • New Tinder Charges Whatever It Wants

    New Tinder Charges Whatever It Wants

    Tinder’s “Rewind” functionality just went live, finally giving users the ability to go back in time and swipe right instead of left. The “Rewind” feature is included in the premium tier of the service, Tinder Plus, which was unveiled today and costs anywhere between $9.99 and $19.99 in the United States, depending on the age of the user. That’s right. Read More

  • YC-Backed Valor Water Helps Utilities Keep The Water Running

    YC-Backed Valor Water Helps Utilities Keep The Water Running

    Disrupt Battlefield finalist Valor Water is graduating out of Y Combinator just in time to help solve the world’s water crisis. Valor provides a suite of business-intelligence tools for water utilities. In a drought, consumers are encouraged to conserve water and they often do. In California this past December, conservation was up from 10 percent in November to 22 percent in December… Read More

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