• AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL is announcing another acquisition — Kanvas Labs, maker of mobile social apps. An AOL spokesperson told me that the company will continue to offer the existing Kanvas Labs products. Those include photo editing app Kanvas; Kanvas Keyboard, which allows users to include GIFs and stickers in their mobile conversations; and Kanvas for Messenger, which integrates the startup’s… Read More

  • LG Is Selling A Gold-Plated Version Of Its Watch Urbane Smartwatch For $1,200

    LG Is Selling A Gold-Plated Version Of Its Watch Urbane Smartwatch For $1,200

    Android fans wanting a touch of gold with their smartwatch — a la the Apple Watch — may be interested to learn of a fancy version of LG’s Watch Urbane. Read More

  • Netflix Is Letting A Number Of Hollywood Movies Go In Order To Focus On Exclusives

    Netflix Is Letting A Number Of Hollywood Movies Go In Order To Focus On Exclusives

    Neflix is bidding adieu to a slew of top Hollywood films from Epix as it continues to focus on hosting exclusive content on its service. As joint venture between MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment and Viacom’s Paramount, Epix is a big name in the industry. Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education

    Despite Silicon Valley billionaires’ remarkable track record of innovation, it appears they have decided to throw in the towel on higher education. Each year, many donate millions to old-line American colleges and universities that, together, graduate the same number of engineers as we did 25 years ago. STEM jobs will grow by more than 17 percent in the next decade, but an aging STEM… Read More

  • Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

    Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

    In the ever-escalating social media arms race, GIFs are the best way to get attention. Static photos are so 2013. But a new app called Giffiti (like graffiti with GIFs) lets you enhance your pics by overlaying animations.  Announced by Nalin Mittal this month with a simple post on Reddit, Giffiti rocketed to the front page and hit #14 amongst U.S. Entertainment apps on… Read More

  • Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You Crunch Network

    Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You

    Early in a startup’s life, the main focus is building the right product for the right market. For most B2B startups, this is the period when you start winning your first 10 customers. These 10 customers are unlike any others you’ll have over the course of your company. Read More

  • Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us Crunch Network

    Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us

    “Brace yourself, Marco…we’ve just been removed from the App Store.” With those words, I visualized everything we’d slaved over for months crumple itself into a ball of trash and — ironically — flinging itself into the bin beside me. But it hardly came as a surprise. Despite stellar traction at over 4 million users and 15 million flings opened per day… Read More

  • An Insider on Switching Between Top Venture Firms — and Their Biggest Differences

    An Insider on Switching Between Top Venture Firms — and Their Biggest Differences

    Earlier this week, we sat down with venture capitalist Brian O’Malley of Accel Partners to talk about where he’s shopping now. We also asked O’Malley — who was recruited into Accel from Battery Partners in 2013 — what it was like to transition between the heavyweight firms, and what he views as the biggest differences between them. More from that candid… Read More

  • How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar Crunch Network

    How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar

    Solar energy in the United States has seen immense momentum throughout the years. When the Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual report in 2008, it concluded that U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached a total of 1.183 gigawatts — a stellar achievement at the time. Contrast that figure with today, and the number is dwarfed by the United States’… Read More

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