Rapportive

  • Yes, Rapportive Is All #$%@ed Up Right Now

    Yes, Rapportive Is All #$%@ed Up Right Now

    It was bad enough that LinkedIn bought the incredibly useful Gmail widget maker Rapportive, which offers a lightweight CRM tool that shows your contacts’ social accounts and recent updates, then proceeded to rip out the functionality that made the thing popular in the first place. But now, they’ve somehow managed to make the widget even worse. As in, it doesn’t even work… Read More

  • LinkedIn-Owned Email Widget Rapportive Is About To Get Less Useful

    LinkedIn-Owned Email Widget Rapportive Is About To Get Less Useful

    All good things must come to an end. Rapportive, the fantastically helpful email widget which jazzed up your Gmail sidebar with rich contact information pulled from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and more, is getting its first big revamp following its acquisition by LinkedIn in 2012. And frankly, it’s not all good news. Read More

  • Announcing the Ark API

    Ark Launches Rapportive-Meets-Mailbox Email App In Pivot To Marketing Intelligence

    Need to do some homework on who you’re emailing? You could search their name on Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn, but on mobile that’s a lot of taps, and it’s hard to know if you’ve got the right John Smith. So Ark has just launched a mobile email client that pulls in all the social profiles of the people you’re emailing with so you can quickly do research on… Read More

  • LinkedIn Picks Up Rapportive For Around $15 Million

    LinkedIn Picks Up Rapportive For Around $15 Million

    So yes, LinkedIn has bought contact management startup Rapportive, according to multiple sources we’ve contacted, as was first reported by Liz Gannes at AllThingsD. The startup — which aggregates and displays the social networking accounts of the people you contact though Gmail — was backed for $1 million by seed investors Charles River Ventures, Paul Buchheit, Scott… Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home

    Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home

    NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw visited Silicon Valley last month to meet immigrant entrepreneurs. At Microsoft’s Mountain View campus, he met with a dozen of them. More than half said that they might be forced to return to their home countries. That’s because they have the same visa issues that Kunal Bahl had. Unable to get a visa that would allow him to start a company after… Read More

  • The Unwelcome Return of Platform Dependencies

    The Unwelcome Return of Platform Dependencies


    Editor’s Note: The following guest post is written by a Silicon Valley CEO. Frank Dupree is a pen name In the late 1990s, the rise of the browser was supposed to usher in an era of unprecedented opportunity for startups. A great part of that increased opportunity came as a result of the significant reduction in platform dependencies. No longer did the users’ operating system… Read More

  • How Email Apps Will Help You Learn To Love Your Inbox Again

    How Email Apps Will Help You Learn To Love Your Inbox Again

    Email has taken over our lives, and most of us hate it. But a new generation of email apps are changing how we interact with the inbox, and on Monday Facebook might even join the party. The inbox of the future is going to look a lot more like Facebook than the one you’re using today—but it’s also going to do a lot more. Thanks to these apps, you’ll learn to love your… Read More

  • Gmail Plugin Rapportive Raises Over $1 Million From Gmail Creator, Many Others

    Gmail Plugin Rapportive Raises Over $1 Million From Gmail Creator, Many Others

    Rapportive, a startup that looks to make Gmail better by providing contextually relevant information about your contacts, has raised an impressive seed round of over $1 million with participation from some well known angels. The full list: Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, Scott Banister, Jason Calacanis, Gary Vaynerchuk, David Cancel, Dharmesh Shah, Shervin Pishevar, and Roy Rodenstein. Read More

  • Bantam CEO Tries To Position Salesforce Chatter As Lipstick On A Pig (Video)

    Bantam CEO Tries To Position Salesforce Chatter As Lipstick On A Pig (Video)

    Salesforce Chatter just went live to all customers earlier today, but already it is being attacked from below by smaller social CRM players. Taking a page from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s own playbook of getting attention by going after larger incumbents, Bantam Live CEO John Rourke likens Chatter to lipstick on a pig. The pig in question is the underlying Salesforce app which he… Read More

  • Rapportive Makes Gmail Better, Integrates CrunchBase And Other "Raplets"

    Rapportive Makes Gmail Better, Integrates CrunchBase And Other "Raplets"

    One of the startups that pitched the crowd last week at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam, and whose co-founder Rahul Vohra myself and the other jury members crowned the best presenter of the bunch, was Rapportive, which loftily promises to “make email a better place”. I promised myself to check out their product extensively over the weekend, and now that I did I’m… Read More