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  • Education App Development Platform Clever Hires A VP Of Engineering From Square

    Education App Development Platform Clever Hires A VP Of Engineering From Square

    Clever today said it has hired Ben Adida, previously a director of engineering at Square, to be the company’s VP of engineering. The company, which creates a third-party development platform that centers around applications for teachers and students, has around 50 employees, but plans to expand to 150 in the coming year. More than half of that will be engineering, which is why Adida… Read More

  • Square Acquires Fastbite To Add Cheap, Fast Meals To Caviar

    Square Acquires Fastbite To Add Cheap, Fast Meals To Caviar

    Thanks to its recent acquisition of San Francisco-based food delivery startup Fastbite, Square is adding a whole new option to Caviar that will reduce the cost of meals and time customers spend waiting for them to be delivered. By doing so, it will compete more directly with local food delivery services like Sprig and Spoonrocket. Read More

  • Square Brings Accountability To Email Marketing

    Square Brings Accountability To Email Marketing

    Square is in the process of building up a series of products and services that use its payments platform as a foundation. The latest, launching today, is an email marketing tool gives physical businesses the same advantages of online stores. Square Marketing is a set of tools that lets brick and mortar businesses act more like online retailers when it comes to setting up — and tracking… Read More

  • Flappy Bird, The Problem With Everyone, And My Baptism By Chauffeured Bus

    Flappy Bird, The Problem With Everyone, And My Baptism By Chauffeured Bus

    This column is my 100th for TechCrunch. Although I write weekly, I like to think that each post ages me roughly one year, or at least doubles Uber’s valuation (you’re welcome – you may send my equity check in the mail). No one ever told me that I would get grey hair from this job not from deadlines, but from writing about an industry that is at best, completely insane. Of… Read More

  • It’s $​Businesstime For Square Cash

    It’s $​Businesstime For Square Cash

    Square is expanding its Cash product to allow businesses to accept payments. In addition, Square is announcing a new identity system called Cashtags (technically $Cashtags) that allows people to claim a unique address that can be used by anyone to send cash directly. I’ve been waiting for Cash to expand to paying businesses. Cash itself is one of the cleanest, lowest friction… Read More

  • Square Buys Kili Technology For Payment Hardware; HQ To Become Toronto Office

    Square Buys Kili Technology For Payment Hardware; HQ To Become Toronto Office

    Mobile payments and retail tech company Square has acquired Kili Technology, a Toronto-based startup specializing in silicon, electronic and software design for improvement payment processing. The newly-acquired company will remain in Toronto, which will now act as a second Canadian office for Square, which had previously opened its country HQ in Waterloo, home of one of the most-respected… Read More

  • Square Launches Free Chargeback Protection For U.S. And Canadian Sellers

    Square Launches Free Chargeback Protection For U.S. And Canadian Sellers

    Square, the mobile payments startup that’s been shifting its focus to small business solutions in recent months, announced this morning that it will now cover all Square sellers in the United States and Canada with chargeback protection. That is, when buyers choose to dispute their charges with the business in question, Square will cover those chargebacks for free – up to $250… Read More

  • Six Months After Acquisition, Caviar Has Tripled Order Volume And More Than Doubled Headcount

    Six Months After Acquisition, Caviar Has Tripled Order Volume And More Than Doubled Headcount

    Last August, payments startup Square acquired San Francisco-based food delivery startup Caviar for a reported $90 million. Since then, the company has been growing fast, both in terms of order volume and the size of the internal team. For Square, the acquisition follows a trend of diversifying the company’s portfolio of products and services. As it moves beyond just providing a card… Read More

  • Postmates Picks Up $35M In Series C From Spark Capital

    Postmates Picks Up $35M In Series C From Spark Capital

    Postmates, the on-demand delivery service that operates in nearly 60 markets, has raised $35 million in Series C exclusively from existing investor Spark Capital, according to sources familiar with the matter. Postmates is a service that lets users order anything from local stores and have it delivered directly to their home for a small delivery fee. Read More

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