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  • Tinder Hack Matches Unaware Straight Men, Odd Conversations Ensue

    Tinder Hack Matches Unaware Straight Men, Odd Conversations Ensue

    Flirting can be hard, especially through a screen. But these guys never had a chance, considering they were chatting with other heterosexual male users as part of a clever technological ruse. A hack on Tinder isn’t anything new. More tech-savvy folks have actually dug into the app to automatically swipe right on every potential match, and then there are all the marketers that are… Read More

  • Giphy + Messenger, Giphy’s First Mobile App, Brings GIF Search To Facebook Messenger

    Giphy + Messenger, Giphy’s First Mobile App, Brings GIF Search To Facebook Messenger

    Giphy has launched its own app called Giphy + Messenger that integrates directly with Facebook Messenger. With the expansion of Facebook Messenger into its own developer platform, as announced today at F8, Giphy joins a few exclusive apps that will debut on the new platform. In other words, Facebook Messenger just got very Giphy. Giphy is a betaworks-backed GIF search engine that has raised… Read More

  • Kickstarter Spotlight Gives Project Creators Better Post-Funding Storytelling Tools

    Kickstarter Spotlight Gives Project Creators Better Post-Funding Storytelling Tools

    Kickstarter has a new project page layout called Spotlight that acts as a showcase that outlasts each project’s actual crowdfunding campaign. The new Spotlight landing pages put much more focus on the results of the projects themselves, with pages that can be changed by the companies and individuals who ceated the campaign to reflect updates to the story. The new landing pages can also… Read More

  • Rocket Internet’s Helpling Mops Up Another $45M For Its On-Demand Home Cleaning Service

    Rocket Internet’s Helpling Mops Up Another $45M For Its On-Demand Home Cleaning Service

    Just four months after raising a $17 million Series A, Helpling has mopped up further investment. The Rocket Internet on-demand home cleaning startup has closed a $45 million Series B round led by Lakestar, Kite Ventures, Lukasz Gadowski and Rocket Internet; money it plans to use to continue scaling up operations. In fact, achieving scale, in typical Rocket Internet fashion, appears to be the… Read More

  • Sign Up To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt NY 2015

    Sign Up To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt NY 2015

    Disrupt NY 2015 is the place to be if you want your startup to get noticed. According to CrunchBase, of the 126 companies on display in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2014, 24 have since been funded, raising $90.9 million in Seed and Series A funding as of January 2015. And 11 of the 24 raised over $78 million within three months of Startup Alley. Read More

  • Indiegogo Darling Canary Hits Best Buy For $249

    Indiegogo Darling Canary Hits Best Buy For $249

    Canary, the all-in-one smart home monitoring system that launched on Indiegogo in summer of 2013, is today available in retail locations for the first time. This is a relatively big deal considering just how few crowd-funded hardware products ever make it out of the lab and into a retail location. It took Canary, complete with Indiegogo and venture funding, more than 18 months to get in front… Read More

  • Now Dollar Shave Club Sells Hair Gel, Too

    Now Dollar Shave Club Sells Hair Gel, Too

    Dollar Shave Club started out as a subscription razor service (in fact, it’s how I get my razors), but over the past couple of years the startup’s been expanding its lineup with products like butt wipes and “post shave balm.” Today it’s moving into hairstyling with a range of products — gel, cream, paste, fiber, and even clay. (Seriously, I didn’t… Read More

  • Nanigans Raises $24M To Fuel Asian Growth And Expand Its Ad Tools Beyond Facebook

    Nanigans Raises $24M To Fuel Asian Growth And Expand Its Ad Tools Beyond Facebook

    Leading Facebook ad company Nanigans is announcing that it has raised $24 million in Series B funding. In this case, it’s is taking money from a big Asian investor — Chinese Internet company Cheetah Mobile. (Cheetah led the round, while Avalon Ventures and Wellington Management Company also participated.) Naturally, one of the goals is to accelerate Nanigans’ growth in… Read More

  • 47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two. During today’s second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups. Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies. With bigger and bigger batches, the on-stage pitches are getting more bombastic as YC’s startups compete for attention. Yet… Read More