• Tackling The Crowdfunding Credibility Gap: A Q&A With Dropkicker

    Tackling The Crowdfunding Credibility Gap: A Q&A With Dropkicker

    As crowdfunding has scaled up so too have some of the problems inherent with firing unconditional cash at people whose main selling point might just be their madcap idea. The big names of the category, the Kickstarters and Indiegogos, would argue that’s the beauty of crowdfunding. People donating unconditional cash to someone else’s dream, however incredible (or otherwise) it may be. Read More

  • Q3 Tablet Shipments Up 11% to 54M, Samsung Closing In On Apple’s iPads

    Q3 Tablet Shipments Up 11% to 54M, Samsung Closing In On Apple’s iPads

    Tablets — once thought of as the great disruptor to PC sales with their lighter form factor and cheaper price — continue to grow in sales, but at a far slower pace than in quarters past. IDC today published its Q3 numbers for tablet sales, and its analysts estimate that globally there were just under 54 million tablets shipped — 53.8 million to be exact — working out… Read More

  • Eco-Conscious Water Filter Company Soma Goes Back To The Well For $2.2 Million

    Eco-Conscious Water Filter Company Soma Goes Back To The Well For $2.2 Million

    Since the close of its $3.7 million seed round last July, business has been flowing smoothly for the Warby Parker of water filtration, Soma. The company will be selling its sleek, environmentally friendly water carafes and filters in Williams Sonoma, and has raised another $2.2 million in financing as it rolls out across the U.S. The round was led by Crosscut Ventures and included all of… Read More

  • Kamcord Users Have Shared 25 Million Mobile Game Clips

    Kamcord Users Have Shared 25 Million Mobile Game Clips

    Kamcord, a startup that offers game developers an SDK that lets users record and share clips of their gameplay, has achieved a few milestones in the last few months that illustrate the Y Combinator alum is gaining traction as the non-streaming equivalent of Twitch on mobile platforms. Read More

  • Crowdsourced Design Marketplace Minted Raises $38M More, Adds Fabrics And Home Decor

    Crowdsourced Design Marketplace Minted Raises $38M More, Adds Fabrics And Home Decor

    Minted has big ambitions for its crowdsourced marketplace of designs, with plans to launch in a whole new product category as well as giving its artists a platform for creating new storefronts. To realize that goal, the company has raised an additional $38 million in Series D funding led by Norwest Venture Partners. Read More

  • New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing

    New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing

    The promise of the cloud, whether private or public, has always been the potential to bill users or lines of business for specific usage, but it’s proven difficult to do in practice. Today, Cloudyn introduced a new tool called Cost Allocation 360° that attempts bring some clarity to cloud billing, whether it’s in the data center or the public cloud. Cloudyn CEO Sharon… Read More

  • Nintendo Building Bedside Fatigue- And Sleep-Tracking Device

    Nintendo Building Bedside Fatigue- And Sleep-Tracking Device

    Nintendo might be on the verge of reinventing itself once again: The Japanese company is currently best known as a gaming giant, but in its storied history (which dates back to 1889), it has run taxis, sold instant rice and more. Now, Nintendo is aiming to build out its health division, adding more details to a plan announced back in January for a so-called “Quality of Life”… Read More

  • LED Startup Digital Lumens Gets $23M In Funding Led By Nokia Growth Partners

    LED Startup Digital Lumens Gets $23M In Funding Led By Nokia Growth Partners

    Nokia made its name in mobile phones, breaking new ground and holding the title of world’s biggest handset maker for a number of years before the onslaught of competition from OEMs like Samsung and Apple reversed its fortunes. Now that Nokia has sold that business on to Microsoft, the pared-down, enterprise-heavy remaining Nokia is looking for the next big thing in communications. Read More

  • Ampy Is A Wearable Spare Battery That Charges As You Move

    Ampy Is A Wearable Spare Battery That Charges As You Move

    It was surely only a matter of time before someone thought to capitalize on the current trend for wearables with a battery designed to charge via kinetic energy. And so meet Ampy: a spare battery pack, currently bidding for crowdfunds on Kickstarter, that straps to your person and, its makers claim, charges up from human movement, such as walking, running and cycling. Read More

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