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  • India’s Gigstart Looks To Be The Platform To Hire Live Acts, Musicians

    India’s Gigstart Looks To Be The Platform To Hire Live Acts, Musicians

    India continues to cultivate a small, but fast-growing startup ecosystem. New Delhi’s Gigstart is building a platform where people can book live artists and performers for parties and weddings. As you might know, Indian weddings are pretty elaborate and take place over many days. The country hosts 10 million weddings per year, points out Gigstart co-founder Atit Jain. “Our… Read More

  • #Love: In The Time Of Spotify

    #Love: In The Time Of Spotify

    If you look closely at what I’ve built—at my playlists, all of them public—you can see me. You only have to search my name and you’ll see it all right there: what’s in my head. I’m 23, and my idea of love isn’t far from the chorus of “In Your Eyes”. I’m living in the memory of John Cusack standing outside a window. I’m in the… Read More

  • On The Importance Of Forgetting

    On The Importance Of Forgetting

    The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget. Read More

  • The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let

    The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let

    When I met Pascal Lorne earlier this week, I expected to get an extended pitch for his social networking startup Let. And sure, he ran me through Let’s features and pointed to its early signs of success, but he also detailed the bumpy road that he took to get to this point. Lorne sold his last company, Miyowa, for $59 million two years ago. Afterwards, he said he made a mistake… Read More

  • Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

    Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

    New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies. At a recent forum we hosted for founders and leading industry execs playing… Read More

  • Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America

    Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America

    Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet’s taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of $40 million, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group. This brings Easy Taxi’s total raised so far to $77 million as Rocket Internet seeks to establish Easy Taxi’s presence in emerging… Read More

  • Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

    Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

    TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. A second source says Apple bought BookLamp’s employees and technology for a price that was “higher than… Read More

  • Greats Brand Sneakers Are Off To The Races Following $1.5M Funding Round

    Greats Brand, aspiring to be the Warby Parker of mens’ footwear, has revealed that the company broke $100,000 in sales in June, with a projected $1.6 million run rate for the year. Following a $1.5 million financing round, the shoe brand will, for the first time, have three different models of their shoes available at once. Historically, the brand has sold only one or two versions of a… Read More

  • JustReachOut Helps Startups Write Better Email Pitches

    JustReachOut Helps Startups Write Better Email Pitches

    JustReachOut, a new startup out of growth hacking consultancy firm Criminally Prolific, recently launched a service that makes PR easier and more affordable for startups by combining its web services with some basic consultancy services. Read More

  • Overswipe’s Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

    Overswipe’s Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

    There are a number of third-party applications that offer up a “secret folder” on your iPhone for hiding certain, ahem, private photos from prying eyes. But most of these require a bit of photo management to take place first – you have to import your photos into the app, then delete the original from the Photo Stream. A new app called Overswipe takes a different approach. Read More