• Tinder Rolls Out Verified Profiles For Celebrities, Athletes Or Otherwise Famous Folks

    Tinder Rolls Out Verified Profiles For Celebrities, Athletes Or Otherwise Famous Folks

    Tinder, the dating app owned by IAC, has just rolled out verified profiles for celebrities and other notable figures. Just as you see on Twitter, verified users will be marked with a little blue check mark by their name. From the Tinder blog: Starting today, you may see a verified symbol on some profiles. Now when notable public figures, celebrities and athletes appear in your… Read More

  • Name Your Price On Shopping App Compelation

    Name Your Price On Shopping App Compelation

    Browse products. Name your price. If the merchant accepts your bid, you automatically buy it. This is how Compelation is flipping the concept of ecommerce and giving consumers the power. Normally, a merchant sets a sale price, and a buyer simply accepts or rejects it. That’s fast, but leads to tons of missed opportunities and a fundamental lack of transparency. Compelation wants to make… Read More

  • The Micro:bit Is Shaping Up To Be The Perfect Programming Device For Kids

    The Micro:bit Is Shaping Up To Be The Perfect Programming Device For Kids

    The BBC is set to continue its history in educational computing with the Micro:bit. First displayed in March, the broadcaster just revealed the final design and programming environment of the tiny programmable board, which includes new sensors and abilities not previously displayed. The tiny device lacks the processing power of the Raspberry Pi and Arduino’s extensive ecosystem, but… Read More

  • Benchmark’s Newest Partner, Eric Vishria, On His First Year at the Powerhouse Firm

    Benchmark’s Newest Partner, Eric Vishria, On His First Year at the Powerhouse Firm

    In July of last year, Eric Vishria, a longtime Opsware executive who became co-founder and CEO of the social browsing startup Rockmelt, joined the Sand Hill Road firm Benchmark as its fifth general partner. It’s an enviable position, given the reputation of the 20-year-old firm, which has backed Uber, Snapchat, and the publicly traded companies Twitter, Hortonworks and Zendesk, among… Read More

  • Verisart Plans To Use The Blockchain To Verify The Authenticity Of Artworks

    Verisart Plans To Use The Blockchain To Verify The Authenticity Of Artworks

    Verifying the authenticity of a fine art work has become almost the raison d’être of the art world itself. Without either, an art work can be entirely worthless. For instance, in this year’s respected Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, “Certificates of Authenticity and Condition Reports” are the top two services people want when buying art and collectibles online. But… Read More

  • Collaboration Service Convo Revamps Web Interface For More Speed, More Integrations

    Collaboration Service Convo Revamps Web Interface For More Speed, More Integrations

    Real-time collaboration service Convo is unveiling what CEO Faizan Buzdar called “the biggest, most massive update” since it launched. While Slack has been hogging the collaboration spotlight (and raising a big funding round), it seemed like Convo was standing still, without much in the way of updates or improvements. Buzdar said that’s because his team has been working… Read More

  • Whipclip Raises Over $40 Million For Its TV Show And Music Video Clipping App

    Whipclip Raises Over $40 Million For Its TV Show And Music Video Clipping App

    Whipclip, the makers of a mobile application that lets you quickly – and legally – share clips from favorite TV shows and music videos, has closed on $40 million-plus in Series C financing, the company is announcing today. The oversubscribed round was led by asset management firm, Eminence Capital, and included participation from existing investors, Institutional Venture Partners… Read More

  • Pre-Crime Startup BioCatch Authenticates Users Via Touch And Your Phone’s Accelerometer

    Pre-Crime Startup BioCatch Authenticates Users Via Touch And Your Phone’s Accelerometer

    It’s not often that I write about a startup being granted a patent. However, the latest successful filing from Israeli startup BioCatch caught my attention. Essentially it offers a way for app developers to authenticate users based on how they interact with their phone’s touch screen and accelerometer. Read More

  • Indian Music Streaming Firm Saavn Raises $100M, Plans Expansion Into Video

    Indian Music Streaming Firm Saavn Raises $100M, Plans Expansion Into Video

    Music streaming is the topic of the moment after Apple finally unleashed Apple Music. Good timing, then, for Saavn — one of a handful of popular streaming services in India — to announced a $100 million Series C round led by Tiger Global. The company plans to invest the money scaling its service and moving into video. Read More

  • Harry’s Raises $75.6 Million In Series C, Valued At $750 Million Post Money

    Harry’s Raises $75.6 Million In Series C, Valued At $750 Million Post Money

    Harry’s, the direct-to-consumer mens’ razor company, has just announced the close of a $75.6 million Series C funding round led by Wellington Management. A source confirmed with TechCrunch that the company is valued at $750 million after money. The Harry’s business might seem simple on the surface. The company sells razors over the internet, both on a one-off basis and as… Read More

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