• Education App Development Platform Clever Hires A VP Of Engineering From Square

    Education App Development Platform Clever Hires A VP Of Engineering From Square

    Clever today said it has hired Ben Adida, previously a director of engineering at Square, to be the company’s VP of engineering. The company, which creates a third-party development platform that centers around applications for teachers and students, has around 50 employees, but plans to expand to 150 in the coming year. More than half of that will be engineering, which is why Adida… Read More

  • Peer-To-Peer Pet Boarding Marketplace DogVacay Launches Daycare

    Peer-To-Peer Pet Boarding Marketplace DogVacay Launches Daycare

    Have you ever seen a home security video of what dogs do when their owners go to work? I like to imagine that they chill out and celebrate like teenagers whose parents are away, but that’s not usually the case. They typically either mope in the same spot for hours, or anxiously stare at the door waiting for their owner to come home (on special days, this all might be punctuated by… Read More

  • ChatGrape, The Enterprise Messaging App Backed By Betaworks And Mark Pincus, Launches Publicly

    ChatGrape, The Enterprise Messaging App Backed By Betaworks And Mark Pincus, Launches Publicly

    After securing backing from Betaworks, and more quietly Zynga founder Mark Pincus, ChatGrape, the enterprise and team messaging app that pitches itself as a more ‘intelligent’ Slack or HipChat, is launching publicly today. Read More

  • Casper CEO Phillip Krim Is Dreaming Of Disrupt NY

    Casper CEO Phillip Krim Is Dreaming Of Disrupt NY

    Though Casper prides itself on making sure you catch some Zzz’s, Casper CEO Phillip Krim won’t be inducing any snoring come Disrupt NY in May. His company is company is targeting an industry that most consumers consider a night terror. Maybe we’ll even get him to do the interview lying in a Casper mattress. Anything could happen. It’s Disrupt! Casper is flipping over… Read More

  • Mobile-First Word Processing App Quip Adds Chat Rooms, Making It More Like Slack

    Mobile-First Word Processing App Quip Adds Chat Rooms, Making It More Like Slack

    Products like Slack, Hipchat, Yammer and Asana have been slowly picking apart the world of enterprise communication, giving workers new, easier to use, and frankly more fun platforms to speak to each other and work on documents together. Now another startup wants to get in on the action. Quip — the mobile-first “word processor” app co-founded by ex-Facebook CTO Bret… Read More

  • Mixmax Raises $1.5M From Harrison Metal, Floodgate To Bring Interactive Apps To E-mail

    Mixmax Raises $1.5M From Harrison Metal, Floodgate To Bring Interactive Apps To E-mail

    Mixmax, which is making e-mail interactive with apps that set-up calendar meetings and polls, raised $1.5 million from Harrison Metal, Floodgate’s Mike Maples and Ann Miura-Ko, Ram Shriram of Sherpalo Ventures and angels Eric Ries, Soundcloud CEO Alex Ljung, Nuzzel CEO Jonathan Abrams, Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis and Soundcloud’s Eric Wahlforss. “It’s crazy that we… Read More

  • Fashion Marketplace Poshmark Raises $25 Million More, Heads To Apple Watch

    Fashion Marketplace Poshmark Raises $25 Million More, Heads To Apple Watch

    Three years ago, fashion marketplace Poshmark launched on iOS with an app that allowed women to buy and sell secondhand items, including clothing, shoes and other accessories, right from their mobile device. The company, which has since expanded to Android and the web as of last year, has now grown its online community to include millions of registered users, and is on track to double its… Read More

  • Google’s “Mobile-Friendly” Update Could Impact Over 40% Of Fortune 500 Websites

    Google’s “Mobile-Friendly” Update Could Impact Over 40% Of Fortune 500 Websites

    Google announced earlier this year that it was making a change to its search algorithms which would begin to factor in a website’s “mobile-friendliness” as a ranking signal – meaning that those sites which weren’t optimized for smartphones’ smaller screens would see their ranks downgraded as a result. Today, Google is flipping the proverbial switch and… Read More

  • Atlassian Acquires Open Source Video Conferencing Company BlueJimp To Power HipChat’s Video Chat

    Atlassian Acquires Open Source Video Conferencing Company BlueJimp To Power HipChat’s Video Chat

    Atlassian, the company behind developer and collaboration tools like JIRA, Confluence and HipChat, today announced that it has acquired the video conferencing service BlueJimp. BlueJimp, which is headquartered in Strasbourg, France, is the company behind Jitsi, a popular open-source chat and video conferencing tool. BlueJimp’s technology will replace the current video chat technology… Read More

  • Controversial After School App Relaunches With New Safety Features And Zero Tolerance For Hate

    Controversial After School App Relaunches With New Safety Features And Zero Tolerance For Hate

    After School is back and ready to try again. The mission is the same: Give teens a safe but anonymous place to talk to high school classmates. After several months of retooling the app just relaunched on the App Store and, even with the aggressive safety features in place, growth hasn’t slowed down. When After School hit the App Store in October 2014, it immediately sparked outrage as… Read More

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