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  • Amino Raises $1.65M To Replace Old-School Forums With Mobile Communities

    Amino Raises $1.65M To Replace Old-School Forums With Mobile Communities

    Amino, a TechStars-incubated startup that’s building mobile communities around topics like anime and Doctor Who, is announcing that it has raised $1.65 million in seed funding led by Union Square Ventures. Co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson told me that his engagement with “passionate niche interests” goes back to when he was a teenager and excited about robots, but not sure how… Read More

  • With LocalMaven, Businesses Can Pay “Mavens” To Promote Their Deals

    With LocalMaven, Businesses Can Pay “Mavens” To Promote Their Deals

    Startup LocalMaven says it’s making things easier for businesses that want to use plain old cash to encourage word-of-mouth referrals. Founder and CEO Arnon Rosan comes from the events business, where he said he was frustrated that there was no good way to track or reward friendly referrals. For example, he said he might recommend a tent company to a friend, but he’d have no… Read More

  • Pinterest Steps Outside Its Walled Garden With New Animated Follow Button For Brands

    Pinterest Steps Outside Its Walled Garden With New Animated Follow Button For Brands

    Pinterest, the image-based social network now riding on a $5 billion valuation and 60 million monthly active users (per comScore), has been making a lot of moves to improve how people discover and navigate content on its own site. Today it unveiled an updated, animated Follow pin that it hopes will be used to snag more users when they are somewhere else on the net. Read More

  • The FAA Is Deciding If Planesharing Apps Are Legal

    The FAA Is Deciding If Planesharing Apps Are Legal

    The Federal Aviation Administration is formally deliberating on whether amateur pilots can use apps and websites to trade extra seats on flights they’ve planned in exchange for gas money. Amateur pilots aren’t allowed to profit from flying passengers, but several startups like Flytenow have set up private plane ridesharing sites, akin to Zimride for the sky. Now, one startup… Read More

  • Tinder-Meets-Secret-Meets-Flirting Game GetYou Pulls In $1.1M Seed

    Tinder-Meets-Secret-Meets-Flirting Game GetYou Pulls In $1.1M Seed

    Everyone knows the endorsements on LinkedIn are gamed and can often be an inaccurate reflection of someone’s business reputation. I get endorsed for the dumbest things unrelated to journalism for instance. That’s at one end of the ‘endorsement graph’ if you will. At the other end might be the quick ‘judgment’ based on first impressions you might find on Tinder. Read More

  • Yo | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Yo

    You might have heard of Yo. It’s a new app that has one singular function: it sends the word “Yo” to your friends. The app saw 50k downloads before ever officially launching and has received $1 million in funding. The idea here is that the sender, and the time of day, and the circumstances surrounding the Yo provide enough context to not need anything else. The company… Read More

  • Dasher Takes Messaging Apps Up A Notch With Support For Rich Content, Location Sharing, GIFs And More

    Dasher Takes Messaging Apps Up A Notch With Support For Rich Content, Location Sharing, GIFs And More

    Do you need another messaging app? One that does GIFs? Sure, why not?! You have room on page 10 of your “chat apps” folder of your iPhone, right? Great! Introducing the latest contender vying for the messaging app throne: Dasher, a new social app backed by $1.25 million in seed funding from Lerer Ventures, Venrock and other angel investors. Read More

  • To Lure New Takers For Deals, LivingSocial Adds Personalized Emails, “Daily Gem” Specials

    To Lure New Takers For Deals, LivingSocial Adds Personalized Emails, “Daily Gem” Specials

    LivingSocial is today announcing some services that it hopes will help bring old users back into the fold, and to maybe bring in some new interest in the process. The daily deals site has raised nearly $1 billion but has been hit with claims of waning interest in its business model based around offering consumers discounts on local goods and services. Read More

  • Facebook Tries Being A TV Channel With New Mobile Video Player

    Facebook Tries Being A TV Channel With New Mobile Video Player

    If you watch one of a friend’s videos, Facebook will now try to get you to watch more with a new carousel of suggested videos that appears after you view one in the mobile News Feed. Reminiscent of YouTube’s Related Videos, Facebook confirms the existence of this fresh laidback experience in Facebook for iOS that I spotted over the weekend. It lets you quickly watch a series of… Read More

  • Stop The JerkTech

    Stop The JerkTech

    “Go disr*pt yourself” is what I have to say to founders of startups like ReservationHop and Parking Monkey. They’re emblematic of a compassionless new wave of self-serving startups that exploit small businesses and public infrastructure to make a buck and aid the wealthy. Let’s call these parasites #JerkTech. It’s one thing to outcompete a big, stagnant company… Read More