Startups

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  • The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP Crunch Network

    The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP

    What’s a tech startup’s most valuable asset? It’s not the seed money. It’s not the workspace. And it’s definitely not the espresso machine or Ping Pong table. The priceless heart of a promising startup is its intellectual property (IP) — the disruptive idea, the brilliant invention, the genius breakthrough. This hot commodity needs to be protected by… Read More

  • Wiselike, The Q&A Platform For Professionals, Picks Up $1.25M In Seed Funding

    Wiselike, The Q&A Platform For Professionals, Picks Up $1.25M In Seed Funding

    There is no shortage of Q&A platforms on the web. But today, a new startup with fresh funding is looking to repurpose the Q&A format into something more valuable for the asker, the answerer, and the general viewer. Meet Wiselike, which has just picked up $1.25 million in seed funding led by GGV Capital, with participation from 500 Startups, GREE and more. Here’s how it… Read More

  • AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL is announcing another acquisition — Kanvas Labs, maker of mobile social apps. An AOL spokesperson told me that the company will continue to offer the existing Kanvas Labs products. Those include photo editing app Kanvas; Kanvas Keyboard, which allows users to include GIFs and stickers in their mobile conversations; and Kanvas for Messenger, which integrates the startup’s… Read More

  • Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You Crunch Network

    Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You

    Early in a startup’s life, the main focus is building the right product for the right market. For most B2B startups, this is the period when you start winning your first 10 customers. These 10 customers are unlike any others you’ll have over the course of your company. Read More

  • Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us Crunch Network

    Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us

    “Brace yourself, Marco…we’ve just been removed from the App Store.” With those words, I visualized everything we’d slaved over for months crumple itself into a ball of trash and — ironically — flinging itself into the bin beside me. But it hardly came as a surprise. Despite stellar traction at over 4 million users and 15 million flings opened per day… Read More

  • Our Lingering Questions For Hampton Creek

    Our Lingering Questions For Hampton Creek

    Josh Tetrick, the charismatic founder of Hampton Creek, a food startup in Silicon Valley, bills it as one that uses science and technology to change the way the world eats. However, Tetrick has repeatedly found himself in trouble over company claims. The most recent accusation comes in the form of an official letter from the FDA that alleges Hampton Creek’s “Just Mayo”… Read More

  • Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What? Crunch Network

    Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What?

    While hip hop may have ‘too many mc’s and not enough mics’, in tech, there are too many startups and not enough seasoned technologists. Over the last seven years, hopeful entrepreneurs have flooded the market, looking to cut their teeth in the hopes of building the next billion-dollar business. Read More

  • Email Is The Last, And Ultimate, Social Graph Crunch Network

    Email Is The Last, And Ultimate, Social Graph

    One of the magical innovations of the Web 2.0 era was when the bigger social platforms opened their doors to third-party app developers. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter widely touted ,and profited from, the concept of allowing consumers to plug their social graph into other applications. We saw the meteoric rise of games, apps and business tools that leverage the ability to quickly insert… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Tech Stocks Fumble, Facebook Announces ‘M,’ And YouTube Takes On Twitch

    Welcome back to another episode of CrunchWeek. We’re very glad that you are here. This time ’round, our fearless Matthew Lynley headed the ship, while our own Josh Constine and your humble servant were on hand to help out along the way. We dug into the very turbulent global markets, and what that means for technology shares, along with a dive into the latest from Facebook, and… Read More

  • SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    Andre and Sandro De Moraes must really like to see people compete. The brothers previously created GoldMic, a now-defunct social network for hip hop battles. Now they’ve launched a new iOS app called SocialBattles, where users compete to post the most popular photos. Read More

  • Uber Hires Security Researchers Behind That Crazy Jeep Hack

    Uber Hires Security Researchers Behind That Crazy Jeep Hack

    Uber has hired the duo behind a spectacular hack earlier this year that involved taking remote control of a Jeep Cherokee. Wired writer Andy Greenberg experienced this firsthand. He wrote that he was driving on a St. Louis highway when Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek used a laptop 10 miles away to make the radio, air conditioning and windshield wipers go haywire. Then they cut the… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

    Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

    We’ve heard from sources that Mobcrush, a live-streaming service centered around mobile games much in the same way Twitch is known for streaming popular eSports desktop games, has raised around $10 million in new financing, though the number could have gone beyond that. Mobcrush’s bet is that mobile game streaming will be as big — if not bigger — than some of the… Read More

  • Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble Crunch Network

    Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble

    Service marketplaces have recently become Silicon Valley darlings. The marketplace model has been a popular way for VCs to efficiently tap into the local economies at scale, specifically the $800 billion home services space. It’s a model that dates back to the initial concept of Yellow Pages in 1883. And it makes sense — giving homeowners a convenient way to find local… Read More

  • NYC Taxis Are Testing An Uber-Like App Called Arro

    NYC Taxis Are Testing An Uber-Like App Called Arro

    The battle between yellow cabs and Uber cars is about heat up. According to Crains New York, a new app called Arro is being beta tested among 7,000 yellow and green taxis in the NYC area, allowing potential passengers to e-hail a regular cab instead of an Uber. The app should roll out fully in a couple of weeks and spread to all 20,000 green and yellow taxis in the city. The Arro app is… Read More

  • Namely, The All-In-One HR Platform, Hires Radhika Samant And Teresa Dietrich

    Namely, The All-In-One HR Platform, Hires Radhika Samant And Teresa Dietrich

    Namely, a startup that does all the heavy HR lifting for you, is today announcing two new strategic hires in the form of Radhika Samant and Teresa Dietrich. Samant was previously CFO at EnterpriseDB, where she led human resources and operations and was integral in raising $60 million in funding, as well as growing out the team. Dietrich, on the other hand, was SVP of technology operations… Read More

  • Thread, The U.K. Online Personal Styling Service For Men, Scores $8M Series A

    Thread, The U.K. Online Personal Styling Service For Men, Scores $8M Series A

    Using a mixture of algorithms and human stylists, London-based Thread works on the premise that a lot of men hate clothes shopping, however much they like stylish attire. The online styling service claims 200,000 customers since it was founded in 2012 and has this week hit a significant funding milestone with the closure of an $8 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital. Read More

  • Aging2.0 #30in30in30 World Tour Wants To Find The Best Startups For Seniors

    Aging2.0 #30in30in30 World Tour Wants To Find The Best Startups For Seniors

    Consumers in their twenties to early fifties are usually considered the most attractive age demographic because of their spending power. Unfortunately, this means that older people are often underserved by companies even though they make up more than 16 percent of the world’s population. Aging2.0 wants to change that. Read More

  • Vine ❤️ Music

    Vine ❤️ Music

    Vine, the six-second looping video app from Twitter, has today announced a significant feature update that brings more attention to the audio in users’ videos. Starting tomorrow (Friday), Vine users will have more control over their vines with the ability to add music to their content. While it was previously possible to add music to vines by using a separate device to play the music… Read More

  • Brands Without Wax Crunch Network

    Brands Without Wax

    The ancient Romans had a word to describe the most precious artistic works of the time: sincere. A technique made popular at the time involved inserting wax into a sculpture’s cracks as it aged to preserve its life. From a distance, a work treated in this regard was remarkably indistinguishable from its original. Read More

  • Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

    Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

    PicsArt is announcing that it has hired Eric Edge as its vice president of marketing. Edge spent the last four-plus years at Facebook (where he led the company’s marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), then at Facebook-owned Instagram (where he worked on brand strategy). He told me he hadn’t been planning to leave, but when he learned about PicsArt, he thought it… Read More

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