• Kuaidi Girds For Global Battle As The Ride Sharing Wars Heat Up In China

    Kuaidi Girds For Global Battle As The Ride Sharing Wars Heat Up In China

    Kuaidi Dache, the Chinese taxi hailing and ride-sharing service is going global even as competition heats up in its home market. China’s congested streets, millions of willing users, arcane policies for buying and driving cars, all make it a perfect market for the taxi hailing and ride sharing apps that have become the darling of venture investors. Earlier this year, the multi-billion… Read More

  • Mesosphere Snags OrlyAtomics In Talent Acquisition Deal

    Mesosphere Snags OrlyAtomics In Talent Acquisition Deal

    Mesosphere bought OrlyAtomics, a database technology company today in what appears to be a straight talent acquisition deal. The four OrlyAtomics engineers will become part of the Mesosphere team immediately.  No terms were available. Mesosphere, which is based on the open source Mesos project, wants to build what they call a datacenter operating system that allows companies to operate at… Read More

  • Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

    Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

    Auth0, a startup offering what it calls “identity-as-a-service”, is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. CEO Jon Gelsey told me that Auth0 (for those of you who have the same question I did: It’s pronounced “auth-zero”) is trying to solve a problem that team members faced themselves when they worked as developers, namely that it’s… Read More

  • Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Raises $35 Million From iNovia

    Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Raises $35 Million From iNovia

    LightSpeed wants to provide the software and services that help brick-and-mortar retailers increase sales and improve the general customer experience. To do that, the company has raised $35 million in Series B funding from iNovia Capital, with participation from previous investor Accel Partners. Read More

  • Indiegogo Tries Out “Forever Funding” Campaigns Without End Dates

    Indiegogo Tries Out “Forever Funding” Campaigns Without End Dates

    Indiegogo is expanding beyond temporary crowdfunding projects and into hosting permanent crowfunded businesses. In the next few days it plans to launch “Forever Funding”, a source close to Indiegogo confirmed to me. This will let creators raise money indefinitely rather than having to set a date for their campaign to stop. [Update 7:35am PST: Indiegogo has just announced the… Read More

  • The iPhone 6 (And 6 Plus) Go To Disneyland

    The iPhone 6 (And 6 Plus) Go To Disneyland

    Last week I decided to test the most secretive, hotly anticipated smartphones on earth in a place where there was no danger of them being recognized or damaged or both: Disneyland. Both my wife and I are Disneyphiles of sorts, and visit a dozen times a year or more. I have an appreciation for it because my daughter loves to go, but also because of how carefully the place is planned… Read More

  • Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Amazon, the e-commerce giant that recently added smartphones to its growing mobile empire, is now turning on another element to bring more users and usage into its mobile business. It will now enable carrier billing, so that when people buy paid apps and make in-app purchases through Amazon’s appstore, they can charge that directly to their phone bills. Working with UK… Read More

  • Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

    Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

    Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend. Leaving the board are Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon. Marquardt is best known for his work in venture capital, and Dublon for her work at JPMorgan Chase. Taking their places are the appointed Teri List-Stoll from Kraft and Charles Scharf of Visa. Read More