• Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

    Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

    Acceleprise Ventures, a San Francisco-based incubator anchored by investor Sean Glass, announced a new $3.5 million fund with a pronounced enterprise app bent. It also announced 10 newly funded companies. The company works with 8-12 pre-seed B2B companies per round to help them grow from acquiring their first customers “to building scalable and repeatable processes that can fuel… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

    Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

    Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of pen technology used in the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, from supplier and longtime partner N-trig. The Israeli company is a key patent-holder for digital stylus and writing recognition tech, as well as the supplier behind the pen input technologies used by both Microsoft and many of its OEM partners. So this brings in-house one of the technologies… Read More

  • Start-Up Chile SCALE Fund Makes Its First 9 Investments

    Start-Up Chile SCALE Fund Makes Its First 9 Investments

    Start-Up Chile SCALE, the follow-on fund backed by the Chilean government to boost local startup growth, is making its first nine investments. The nine companies, all graduates of Start-Up Chile’s past three classes, will receive $100K each in equity-free funding. In exchange, the founders agree to keep their companies in Chile for at least a year and serve as mentors to three… Read More

  • Join New York Mayor Bill de Blasio At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Join New York Mayor Bill de Blasio At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    The best thing about Disrupt is that it brings together so many amazing people. To wit: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will join us on stage at Disrupt New York for an amazing interview with our own Kim-Mai Cutler. Mayor de Blasio succeeds a Disrupt favorite, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, on our stage and will talk about the future of and in New York. A former New York City Public Advocate… Read More

  • Tinder Sees Huge Jump In App Revenue Rankings, Courtesy Of Tinder Plus

    Tinder Sees Huge Jump In App Revenue Rankings, Courtesy Of Tinder Plus

    Dating app Tinder’s move into the subscription business seems to be paying off. According to remarks made by parent company IAC during its quarterly earnings reported this week, the company is pleased with Tinder’s penetration rates – it reached its current level of penetration quicker than IAC’s OkCupid did, in fact – and renewal rates are higher than any… Read More

  • 11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    From Tesla’s Powerwall to Microsoft Build, here are the top stories from the past week. Read More

  • Rocana Lands $15M To Bring Big Data Analysis To IT Ops

    Rocana Lands $15M To Bring Big Data Analysis To IT Ops

    Rocana (formerly ScalingData) announced $15 million in Series B funding led by Google Ventures with General Catalyst Partners, Toba Capital and Paul Sagan (former chairman at Akamai and current executive in residence at General Catalyst) also contributing. This round brings the total raised to $19.4 million. Rocana aims to simplify and speed up how companies running large data center… Read More

  • Over-The-Air HDTV Makes Xbox One A Near-Perfect Cord-Cutting Console

    Over-The-Air HDTV Makes Xbox One A Near-Perfect Cord-Cutting Console

    Microsoft announced support for over-the-air TV broadcasts, including HD content, early in April. I’ve been using the setup since, after enrolling in the Xbox One Preview program and receiving a Mohu Leaf indoor HDTV antenna and a Hauppauge 955Q USB TV tuner to take it for a test ride. The end result is that, for me at least, Xbox One is closer than ever to achieving its vision of being… Read More

  • Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

    Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

    Live video streaming app Meerkat beat Twitter’s own Periscope to market on iOS, and now it’s available on Android for all, with no Periscope app for Google’s mobile OS to be seen. The Meerkat app for Android carries a “Beta” label, as did a previous version that was locked down only to a select group of invitees, but it doesn’t appear to have that many… Read More

  • After Exiting Markco Media, Mark Pearson Launches New London-Based VC Fund And Startup Studio

    After Exiting Markco Media, Mark Pearson Launches New London-Based VC Fund And Startup Studio

    Aside from a bout of self-diagnosed “man flu” and being mildly irritated that the exit of one of his portfolio companies wouldn’t now close before the end of the tax year, Mark Pearson was in high spirits during our call a few weeks ago. And perhaps he has every reason to be. After selling Markco Media, the parent company of MyVoucherCodes, last year, the U.K entrepreneur… Read More

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