• Plex Gets A Discovery-Focused Overhaul On Roku Devices

    Plex Gets A Discovery-Focused Overhaul On Roku Devices

    Media management software Plex is making big strides after eking out a niche for itself as an app beloved by a dedicated but specialized audience for years. The app now has presence on two of the three major modern home consoles, and its debut on those platforms included a re-thinking of its approach to content discovery. A new version of the app coming today for Roku continues the work… Read More

  • New RelateIQ Reporting Shoots For Deeper Insight

    New RelateIQ Reporting Shoots For Deeper Insight

    RelateIQ, a tool that helps growing businesses manage their sales, announced a major update today that brings advanced reporting to the tool. This is a feature that has been long overdue. The company, which was sold to Salesforce.com last July for $390M provides CRM services for small companies. Its differentiator to this point has been to help small businesses manage their CRM automatically… Read More

  • New Firm Combines Wearables And Data To Improve Decision Making

    New Firm Combines Wearables And Data To Improve Decision Making

    Humanyze, a unique new firm spawned in the MIT Media Lab, has developed a system that uses a smart employee badge to collect employee behavioral data, which it links to specific metrics with the goal of improving business performance. It announced $1M in seed funding today. The funding was led by Romulus Capital with contributions from Boston Seed and dunnhumby Ventures. Humanyze… Read More

  • GuideSpark Raises $22.2M To Create Customized Videos That Make HR Less Tedious And Confusing

    GuideSpark Raises $22.2M To Create Customized Videos That Make HR Less Tedious And Confusing

    GuideSpark, a startup that helps human resources teams communicate with the rest of the company, announced today that it has raised $22.2 million in Series C funding. CEO Keith Kitani told me that GuideSpark works with HR to create videos and interactive content covering things like employee benefits and compensations. While parts of those videos can be reused from company to company… Read More

  • Pebble Hits Its $500K Kickstarter Target For Pebble Time In Just 17 Minutes

    Pebble Hits Its $500K Kickstarter Target For Pebble Time In Just 17 Minutes

    Pebble knew that a return to Kickstarter was the right path for its new hardware, and the speed with which it reached its goal has proven that to be true: Already, the campaign has passed $500,000 on the crowdfunding platform. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told me in an interview that part of the reason they went back to KS was as a “stunt,” and this proves that kind of marketing… Read More

  • Disgraced Payday Lender Wonga Sells SMB Business To Orange Money, Cuts 325 Jobs

    Disgraced Payday Lender Wonga Sells SMB Business To Orange Money, Cuts 325 Jobs

    More unravelling for Wonga, the UK-based online lender that last year had to write down £220 million ($340 million) in unpaid loans. The company announced today that it would lay off 325 staff, and it has also sold Everline, its small-business lending arm, to Orange Money (trading as Ezbob). On top of that, former Wonga chairman Robin Klein of Index Ventures has stepped down from the board… Read More

  • Facebook, Now With Over 2 Million Active Advertisers, Launches Ads Manager App For iOS

    Facebook, Now With Over 2 Million Active Advertisers, Launches Ads Manager App For iOS

    Facebook today rolled out a new mobile application designed to help the company’s now over 2 million active advertisers manage their ads from their smartphone. The app, called Facebook Ads Manager, is initially available on iOS, and allows its users to create and edit ads, track spending, view ad results, receive ad-related notifications, and more. These notifications can alert… Read More

  • The First Books From Amazon’s Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Arrive March 3

    The First Books From Amazon’s Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Arrive March 3

    Amazon has been using reader feedback to find and publish new titles via Kindle Press, using the Kindle Scout program it introduced back in October of last year. The Scout platform uses votes from readers to select what books get published, and those which receive the most favorable response are provided 5-year renewable contracts for digital publication rights, $1,500 advance and 50… Read More

  • Moov Fitness Tracker Adds 7 Minute+ Workout Coach For Folks Who Hate The Gym

    Moov Fitness Tracker Adds 7 Minute+ Workout Coach For Folks Who Hate The Gym

    Three years ago, wearables were the new, new thing. There were only a few wearable fitness trackers available on the market, and each was exciting and fresh compared with familiar technology like smartphones and tablets. Today, you can’t bat an eyelash without spotting a Jawbone Up or a FitBit or a Garmin. Which is why each of these products needs something special. With Moov, the… Read More

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