• Say Hello To The Apple Watch

    The Apple Watch has landed, so to speak, with deliveries officially arriving to the first pre-order customers around the world. Apple’s first wearable device has enjoyed one of the longest pre-launch promotional cycles of any of its products, and with good reason – it’s a very different gadget from anything Apple has created before. We’ve had a few days to try out… Read More

  • Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Comcast spent $4.62 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 50 percent from its spending in the same quarter last year. But now the cable giant is reportedly walking away with little to show. Much of Comcast’s spending was aimed at ushering through the company’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and preventing the adoption of strict net neutrality rules. Read More

  • Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M

    Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M

    TechCrunch is hearing from a few sources that GoFundMe, a crowdfunding and fundraising startup, is seeking venture financing after bootstrapping the company since 2008. According to those sources, Accel Partners is in the mix, and one says they may be leading the round. Sources said the valuation is around $500 million, though one source said the valuation could that go… Read More

  • ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob

    ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob

    If you were curious about potential consolidation in the fitness space (which I’m sure you were), look no further than this very article. ClassPass, the subscription service for unlimited monthly fitness classes, has acquired direct competitor FitMob for an undisclosed amount. ClassPass, a company that has raised more than $54 million in the past three years, is a subscription service… Read More

  • IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund was a smaller $1 billion capital pool. I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was raised in a two month period. That matches other notes I’ve received from… Read More

  • The UDOO Neo Adds More Power To The Ultimate DIY Board

    The UDOO Neo Adds More Power To The Ultimate DIY Board

    The original UDOO board was pretty amazing. A merging of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the system let you run a tiny computer on a single board as well as control electronic projects. It was a very geeky little tool and proved to be quite popular. Well, the UDOO is back and it’s a lot better. The new UDOO Neo includes a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino board, a 9-axis sensor, magnetometer… Read More

  • Lyft CEO Logan Green To Join Us At Disrupt NY

    Lyft CEO Logan Green To Join Us At Disrupt NY

    The last time Lyft CEO Logan Green graced the Disrupt stage, in September 2013, the mobile ride-hailing service was a little more than a year old. Back then Lyft was available in just 10 markets, but was growing quickly thanks to an aggressive expansion roadmap that would take it into 25 U.S. cities by the end of that year. A lot has changed in the last 18 months, as Lyft has evolved from… Read More

  • Amazon’s Q1 Beats As Revenue Rises 15% To $22.72 Billion, EPS Loss Of $0.12

    Amazon’s Q1 Beats As Revenue Rises 15% To $22.72 Billion, EPS Loss Of $0.12

    Today following the bell, Amazon reported its first quarter 2015 financial performance, including revenue of $22.72 billion and negative earnings per share of $0.12. The street expected Amazon to lose $0.13 per share, on revenue of $22.39 billion. Amazon also announced that its cloud computing business, AWS, had revenue of $1.5 billion in the quarter, with a run rate of $5 billion a year… Read More

  • Airbnb Hires Former Dropbox Exec Sara Adler As Its Head Of Corporate Development

    Airbnb Hires Former Dropbox Exec Sara Adler As Its Head Of Corporate Development

    There’s a battle going on for tech talent in the Bay Area, and private companies increasingly are turning to M&A as a way to bring new members onto their teams. Following along on that trend, Airbnb has hired Sara Adler, who had previously worked at Dropbox and Facebook, as its head of corporate development. Adler will step into the newly created role to create some structure in… Read More

  • The Future Of Marketing Automation

    The Future Of Marketing Automation

    According to industry expert David Raab, almost 70 percent of marketers are either unhappy or only marginally happy with their marketing automation software, and according to Bluewolf’s new “State of Salesforce” study, only 7 percent are seeing good, measurable ROI from those investments. There’s a lot of fragmentation and dissatisfaction in this category despite the… Read More

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