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  • Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now something different. The data points: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and more… Read More

  • SoundCloud Lands On Sonos

    SoundCloud Lands On Sonos

    Sonos has today announced yet another way for you to listen to the music you love, wirelessly of course, in your home. SoundCloud, the social sharing platform for audio, has joined Sonos as a music partner and goes live today as a beta for Sonos users. For those of you who are not familiar with Sonos, the company sells a wireless hifi speaker system taht includes multiple speakers and a… Read More

  • Should Twitter Crack Open Its Nest Egg To Acquire SoundCloud?

    Should Twitter Crack Open Its Nest Egg To Acquire SoundCloud?

    SoundCloud might be the YouTube of music, but that doesn’t mean Twitter should play Google and acquire it. There are better ways to spend the $2 billion from its IPO than on a music startup which won’t necessarily improve its core service. [Update: And now SPIEGEL ONLINE, a German news outlet from SoundCloud’s home country, says Twitter is not buying SoundCloud. SPIEGEL… Read More

  • SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

    SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

    SoundCloud recently closed a Series D round of funding led by Institutional Venture Partners with the Chernin Group. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. It has since been confirmed by IVP and SoundCloud. Previous investors also participated in the round, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GGV Capital, Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures. SoundCloud’s… Read More

  • SoundCloud Turns Instagrams Into Next-Gen Album Art For Its Quarter Billion Visitors

    SoundCloud Turns Instagrams Into Next-Gen Album Art For Its Quarter Billion Visitors

    Two titans of user generated content team up today as SoundCloud begins letting you select from your Instagrams when choosing cover art for sounds and playlists you create. The integration with Instagram’s API could beautify SoundCloud for its 250 million monthly visitors — a new milestone announced today. Read More

  • SoundCloud Now Reaches 250 Million Visitors In Its Quest To Become The Audio Platform Of The Web

    SoundCloud Now Reaches 250 Million Visitors In Its Quest To Become The Audio Platform Of The Web

    Today at Disrupt Europe, SoundCloud co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung took the stage to share two new updates and share his thoughts on the music industry, music startups and more. Back in July, SoundCloud announced that it has reached 200 million active listeners (monthly active users). But since then, the startup has grown substantially as it now reports 250 million listeners. In addition… Read More

  • Google+ Adds SoundCloud Embeds As It Slowly Opens Up To More Third-Party Integrations

    Google+ Adds SoundCloud Embeds As It Slowly Opens Up To More Third-Party Integrations

    SoundCloud, the increasingly popular service for sharing all things audio, today announced that it is now deeply integrated into Google+. While its users could already easily share links to Google+ from SoundCloud, Google+ now features a built-in audio player that lets you play audio files directly on an artist’s Google+ page. This marks the first time Google has enabled a… Read More

  • In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Use The Toilet Thanks To SoundCloud, And Astronaut Chris Hadfield Is Glad

    In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Use The Toilet Thanks To SoundCloud, And Astronaut Chris Hadfield Is Glad

    Chris Hadfield, former Commander of the International Space Station, is among the most impressive living examples of my fellow Canadians, and also a huge fan of using social media and digital tools to document and share his experience in space with the help of his son Evan Hadfield. The astronaut used SoundCloud a lot while in space, partially to document his extra-atmospheric folk music… Read More

  • Berlin’s Network Effect Will Make It A Global Startup Center Crunch Network

    Berlin’s Network Effect Will Make It A Global Startup Center

    Editor’s note: Matt Cohler is a General Partner at Benchmark and was the lead investor in Asana, Instagram and Quora among others. Throw a dart at a map. There’s a pretty good chance it’ll hit near someplace hoping to become the “next Silicon Valley.” I’d bet on Berlin. I believe Berlin has the best shot in the Western world outside of Silicon Valley… Read More

  • SoundCloud’s New “Moving Sounds” Feature Holds Promise For Ads, Viral Content Like Tumblr’s Gifs

    SoundCloud’s New “Moving Sounds” Feature Holds Promise For Ads, Viral Content Like Tumblr’s Gifs

    Audio platform SoundCloud announced changes to its subscription plans today, as well as a new plan aimed at content and brand partners. The company had previously offered five different tiers to its service, making things somewhat confusing for more casual and pro users alike. It’s now dropping its available plans to just three for individual users: free, Pro and Pro Unlimited. Read More

  • How Jaiku Made Prezi Focus On The US Market

    How Jaiku Made Prezi Focus On The US Market

    Editor’s note: Peter Arvai, founder and CEO of Prezi, is working to help people share ideas. Just months before Twitter launched in 2006, a company launched in Helsinki, Finland — the land of Nokia, ruler of mobile phones. The company’s idea was simple: Make it easy to publish short messages via mobile phones. Ring a bell? For the Internet-savvy community in Northern Europe… Read More

  • SoundCloud Partners With Getty Images Music — Users Can ‘Sync’ License Tracks For Commercial Use

    SoundCloud Partners With Getty Images Music — Users Can ‘Sync’ License Tracks For Commercial Use

    In a tie-up with the stock photography and digital media giant Getty Images, users of SoundCloud can now offer their tracks for commercial licensing, providing another avenue for monetization for musicians and sound artists who use the platform to host their creations. Likewise, it gives “media, advertisers, designers and creatives” a new way to license fresh material —… Read More

  • Monetization Baby: SoundCloud Planning To Let Users Sell Tracks? Adyen Chosen To Power Payments (Updated)

    Monetization Baby: SoundCloud Planning To Let Users Sell Tracks? Adyen Chosen To Power Payments (Updated)

    Adyen, the Dutch Internet and mobile payment startup, is trumpeting a big client win today: Its single-click payment solution has been selected by social sound platform SoundCloud. But that in itself isn’t really all that newsworthy. The real story, as we understand it, is that SoundCloud users will soon be able to start selling tracks through the platform. (Update: In a case of one… Read More

  • Now With Sound — Social Collections Platform Booklets Integrates With SoundCloud

    Now With Sound — Social Collections Platform Booklets Integrates With SoundCloud

    Booklets, the ‘social collections’ platform that enables users to create and share HTML5-powered collections of text, images and — now — sound, has added integration with neighbouring SoundCloud (both startups are headquartered in Berlin). In addition, a new private sharing feature has been unveiled, making it possible to share collections with select… Read More

  • SoundCloud Gets A Major Makeover, But Only Private Beta Users Can See It (For Now)

    SoundCloud Gets A Major Makeover, But Only Private Beta Users Can See It (For Now)

    Most people probably don’t stick around social music service SoundCloud’s site to ogle its design, but apparently the team felt there was plenty of room for improvement. To that end SoundCloud, who not long ago raised a $50 million funding round led by Kleiner Perkins, officially pulled back the curtains on their handsome new interface in San Francisco earlier today. Read More

  • Official.fm Launches Its New Music Promotion Platform

    Official.fm Launches Its New Music Promotion Platform

    These days, it seems SoundCloud is the player to beat in the music platform space. It’s been called (among other things) the “Flickr for audio” or the “YouTube for audio.” Evidence of this lies in the fact that the company raised $50 million in January at a $200 million pre-money valuation — they must be doing something right. Instead of competing with… Read More

  • Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    The nominations have been tabulated and the votes are in. Over 300,000 nominations were calculated across 20 categories. Along with our partners GigaOm and VentureBeat, we are very proud to announce the finalists for 2011’s best in technology. Voting begins now. For 2011, we’ve added some new categories. Best Location App, Best Cloud Services and Biggest Social Impact join the… Read More

  • SoundCloud Raises $50 Million Round Led By Kleiner Perkins

    SoundCloud Raises $50 Million Round Led By Kleiner Perkins

    SoundCloud has raised a new fundraising round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The amount was not released but TechCrunch understands it to be $50 million. This would give the company a $200 million pre-money valuation. GGV Capital also participated in this round. The social sound platform which has seen high growth in the past year will use the funding to expand more rapidly… Read More

  • Five European Startups To Watch

    Five European Startups To Watch

    Silicon Valley is famously, and rightly, proud of its place as the spiritual home for startups. And it has an inspiring and awesome track record that’s tough to beat. However, as the recent Le Web conference proved, European tech hubs like London, Berlin and more recently Paris, can now also lay claim to breeding world-class entrepreneurs. There’s a sense that Europe is finally… Read More

  • Saul Klein on Europe's Billion-Dollar Startups

    Saul Klein’s List Of Europe’s Next Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

    Where will the next billion-dollar startups come from? The tech world and most VCs tend to be parochial, looking at Silicon Valley, maybe New York, and a few other hot markets like China and Brazil. But what about the Old Country? Yesterday, I was having coffee with Saul Klein, a partner at Index Ventures and co-founder of Seedcamp. He believes that in every major city across Europe… Read More