• How The Internet Killed Profit

    How The Internet Killed Profit

    New eras in technology have always brought a fear of job losses and the devastation of legacy industries, but the Internet has taken us beyond “creative destruction.” It’s destroying the very foundations of business. Software is indeed eating the world, in Marc Andreessen’s words, and we’re presented with an abundance of value being generated for consumers, but… Read More

  • Sears Becomes First Major Retailer To Allow Returns & Exchanges From Customers Who Wait In Their Cars

    Sears Becomes First Major Retailer To Allow Returns & Exchanges From Customers Who Wait In Their Cars

    Online shopping’s impact is taking its toll on brick-and-mortar retailers, who are now struggling to compete by offering their own spin on instant gratification and convenience. One such retailer is Sears, which last year introduced a “Shop’In” feature within its own mobile application in order to connect in-store and online shopping. Today, mobile users are offered… Read More

  • TouchPal Raises Significant New Round As It Launches Its Third-Party Keyboard For iOS

    TouchPal Raises Significant New Round As It Launches Its Third-Party Keyboard For iOS

    TouchPal, the Shanghai-based keyboard app, has raised a significant new round of funding as it looks to expand its presence in the U.S. and launches its third party keyboard application for iOS. The company’s app is one of several third-party keyboards coming to the iOS as Apple opens up the keyboard for the first time. TouchPal already has 200 million users worldwide on the Android… Read More

  • Amazon’s New Kindle Could Be Called “Voyage,” Offer High-Res Screen And Bezel Page-Turning

    Amazon’s New Kindle Could Be Called “Voyage,” Offer High-Res Screen And Bezel Page-Turning

    Amazon is almost certainly getting ready to push the launch button on its next-generation Kindle dedicated e-reader hardware, and new leaks from the site’s German and Japanese stores (via The Verge) reveal it will likely be called the Kindle Voyage, and sport a new high-res display and bezels that can be pressed to turn pages. The Voyage is slated for a November 4 release date, according… Read More

  • JW Player Raises $20M To Help Video Publishers Look Beyond YouTube

    JW Player Raises $20M To Help Video Publishers Look Beyond YouTube

    JW Player, the company behind the video player of the same name, is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding. Even if you haven’t heard of the company, you’ve probably watched videos delivered through its player, as its customers include TripAdvisor, IMDB, The Guardian, and EA, among many others. JW Player says it’s used on 2 million sites, and its videos… Read More

  • Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startups

    Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startups

    Cisco announced this morning it intends to buy Metacloud, a startup with OpenStack chops. This news comes hot on the heels of HP buying Eucalyptus last week and Rackspace announcing they are taking themselves off the market this morning. As Stephen Stills once sang, “There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.” Metacloud offers OpenStack as… Read More

  • ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

    ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

    ClassPass, the subscription service that offers unlimited monthly access to various fitness classes around town, has just closed a $12 million Series A funding round, the majority of which is coming from existing ClassPass investors. Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil are leading the round, with participation from existing investors such as David Tisch, Kal Vepuri, and Shana Fisher, among others. Read More

  • PeerSpace Raises $1.5 Million To Create An Airbnb For Creative Work And Meeting Spaces

    PeerSpace Raises $1.5 Million To Create An Airbnb For Creative Work And Meeting Spaces

    Airbnb has built a huge platform that allows users to rent out their rooms and homes to people looking for a place to stay. But what about when businesses want to find interesting spots to hold meetings, brainstorming sessions, or team offsites? For that, they have a new startup called PeerSpace. Read More

  • Zendesk Gets Serious About The Enterprise

    Zendesk Gets Serious About The Enterprise

    Up until now, Zendesk’s customers have tended to come from the small to medium business space, but the company hopes to get a piece of the larger, more lucrative enterprise market by creating a program aimed specifically at larger companies, opportunities they used to cede to larger competitors. Marcus Bragg, who is Zendesk’s senior vice president for worldwide sales and… Read More

  • Fleksy’s iOS 8 Keyboard Offers Plenty Of Customization And Solid Predictions

    Fleksy’s iOS 8 Keyboard Offers Plenty Of Customization And Solid Predictions

    Apple’s iOS 8 operating system unlocks a key system component, providing access to the software keyboard slot to third-party developers. That’s going to mean a lot of new keyboard apps popping up in the coming days, weeks and months, but some of the top players in the space are already on board. Fleksy, for instance, launched today along with iOS 8, and I got the chance to test it… Read More