• Peergrade lets students grade each other’s assignments

    Peergrade lets students grade each other’s assignments

    For as long as I can remember, technology has been seen as a panacea that will finally make education scalable beyond the one to few model employed in the classroom. As a result there seems to be an endless conveyer belt of edtech startups finding new (and sometimes very old) ways to utilise the internet’s networking capability to improve learning. Read More

  • Designer bag reseller marketplace Rebagg pulls in $8 million from General Catalyst

    Designer bag reseller marketplace Rebagg pulls in $8 million from General Catalyst

    Rebagg, an online resell market for designer handbags, has raised $8 million in Series A funding to continue the pace of rapid growth. There are a lot of designer clothing and handbag resellers out there, including Tradesy, TheRealReal, and even secondary markets out of RenttheRunway or eBay. So Rebagg is not without competition. But General Catalyst, which led the latest round, believes… Read More

  • eShares puts the screws to 409A auditors

    eShares puts the screws to 409A auditors

    Every startup that gives employees option grants has to comply with 409A, a section of the U.S. tax code that was established in late 2004 and basically states that a company has to pay tax on some of the compensation it defers, including those options. The 409A valuations are a way to get to their value. Unfortunately, for much of the last 12 years, such 409A audits have proved… Read More

  • Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017

    Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017

    This morning at the Hulu Upfronts in New York, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed the recent report from The Wall St. Journal which indicated that the company was developing a live television streaming service to complement its current on-demand offering. While Hopkins was light on details like pricing, content, channel selection, and product, he did say that the new service would arrive… Read More

  • Hulu grows to 12 million subscribers, prepares new interactive ads for living room TVs

    Hulu grows to 12 million subscribers, prepares new interactive ads for living room TVs

    This morning at Hulu’s Upfront presentations in New York, the streaming service announced it has grown its subscriber base 30 percent year-over-year, and will reach 12 million subscribers in the U.S. this month. For comparison’s sake, last year it had grown to 9 million subscribers after seeing a 50 percent increase over the year prior. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins also said that hours… Read More

  • The rise of a new era in the monetization of digital content Crunch Network

    The rise of a new era in the monetization of digital content

    Digital content is one of the most consumed “goods” in the online marketplace. However, buyers and sellers still can’t seem to agree on a fair price for these goods. Read More

  • France’s SigFox will expand its dedicated IoT network to 100 U.S. cities

    France’s SigFox will expand its dedicated IoT network to 100 U.S. cities

    SigFox, the French startup that is building dedicated cellular networks for Internet of Things objects from connected smoke alarms and refrigerators to interactive billboards, traffic systems and factory robots, has announced a big move into the U.S. market. The company said that it would be taking its services into 100 cities, in partnership with unnamed “strategic site… Read More

  • Connected-battery maker Roost announces two new low-cost smart smoke alarms

    Connected-battery maker Roost announces two new low-cost smart smoke alarms

    Beginning life as a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, the team at Roost found a compelling, low-cost backdoor into the world of smart smoke alarms dominated by the team at Nest. Roel Peeters and James Blackwell, both formerly of Wi-Fi chip maker Ozmo, applied their Wi-Fi know-how to a smart battery, a component that transforms an existing smoke alarm into a connected device that can be… Read More

  • Club W rebrands as Winc, raises $17.5 million for personalized wine

    Club W rebrands as Winc, raises $17.5 million for personalized wine

    Club W, a wine club startup based in Los Angeles, is rebranding as Winc. The team has also raised an additional $17.5 million in funding co-led by the Beijing-based Shining Capital and existing investor Bessemer Venture Partners. Originally just an online marketplace, the company has expanded to a full-fledged alcohol business, sourcing and producing all of the wines it sells. Customers fill out… Read More

  • VTS raises $55M for its commercial real estate management platform

    VTS raises $55M for its commercial real estate management platform

    VTS, a commercial leasing and asset management platform for landlords and brokerages, today announced that it has raised a $55 million Series C funding round led by Insight Venture Partners. Previous investors OpenView and Trinity Ventures also participated. This round brings VTS’ total funding to date to $84 million and makes it one of the most well-funded technology companies in… Read More

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