Startups

  • 7 Celebrity-Backed Startups That Totally Nailed It

    Earlier this week, TechCrunch highlighted a number of startups and products that were founded or heavily backed by the glitterati, and failed. The list was surprisingly long. This time around, we’re flipping the script, and showing off some companies that have taken celebrity buzz and cash, and used them to their massive advantage. Is it a good, or a bad idea to take famous dollars? Read More

  • Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene

    Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene

    While Silicon Valley firms hold back on their IPOs and there’s hand-wringing over burn rates, two Boston-based startups had highly successful IPOs less than a week apart. Just over a week ago, furniture shopping service Wayfair went public and raised over $300M in its IPO, then HubSpot had a successful IPO of its own a week later. I think it’s safe to say the Boston startup scene… Read More

  • Ron Conway’s Advice For Young Founders At YC’s Startup School

    Ron Conway’s Advice For Young Founders At YC’s Startup School

    The first panel of today’s Startup School: Silicon Valley at the Flint Center for the Performance Arts consisted on Paul Graham interviewing SV Angel’s Ron Conway. Given the audience — which based on some chatting before the event, consisted of many Stanford students and high schoolers in the South Bay Area — Graham’s line of question primarily had to do with… Read More

  • Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

    Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

    Google has rolled out a new iPhone app called Primer, aimed at teaching startups the fundamentals of marketing – with a Google spin, of course. The new app, available only on iOS for now, but coming soon to Android, complements the Google Primer website which further explains how the mini-marketing lessons Google provides overlaps with the company’s larger agenda. “We… Read More

  • StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker

    StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker

    StackEngine, a startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way to manage Docker containers, providing the operations side of the house some control over Docker instances. Docker’s rapidly growing popularity didn’t escape the attention of company founders Bob Quillin and Eric Anderson, both of… Read More

  • When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    Hold tight. Wait till the party’s over
    Hold tight. We’re in for nasty weather
    ~Talking Heads, Burning Down The House One law of economic physics always holds true: what goes up must come down. Last week, my pal Alex Wilhelm pointed out that winter’s coming to Silicon Valley, not in the form of snow of course, but metaphorically. He was reacting to Bill Gurley’s… Read More

  • Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    That’s the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money. Making money is better than losing money, but losing money — burn — can be the prudent and responsible thing to do. Under certain circumstances, it’s great to burn: If you are quickly… Read More

  • Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    When you think of Kansas City a few things come to mind: barbecue, blues, and Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, the first Frenchman to settle the area and his excellent treatise “Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a… Read More

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    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More

  • YC-Backed Neptune.io Wants To Help Network Admins Sleep By Fixing Common Issues Automatically

    YC-Backed Neptune.io Wants To Help Network Admins Sleep By Fixing Common Issues Automatically

    Nearly every network administrator has been on night duty when their pager buzzes or they get a smartphone alert of a network issue, one they’ve fixed a hundred times before, yet still forcing them to get out of bed to deal with it. YC backed startup, Neptune.io wants to change that by providing automated fixes for common networking problems, allowing those on-call admins to sleep just… Read More

  • 500 Startups Accelerator Announces Its Tenth Batch Of Companies

    500 Startups Accelerator Announces Its Tenth Batch Of Companies

    Hot on the heels of its demo day last week, 500 Startups is already announcing its tenth batch of startups. In order to get more companies through its program, 500 Startups has been alternating between hosting batches in San Francisco and Mountain View, California. The accelerator’s tenth batch will be the second based in San Francisco. Read More

  • Introducing The Startups From Accelerator DreamIt New York’s Fourth Class

    Introducing The Startups From Accelerator DreamIt New York’s Fourth Class

    Twelve new companies just hit the NY tech scene during today’s DreamIt Demo Day in midtown Manhattan. Ranging from a location-based messaging app, a cloud-based hotel management system and a service that makes pins on Pinterest shoppable, these companies took part in startup accelerator DreamIt’s three-month program, which provides resources such as access to investor networks… Read More

  • Europe’s Bauer Media Sets Up Fund To Invest $134M In Startups Over 10 Years

    Europe’s Bauer Media Sets Up Fund To Invest $134M In Startups Over 10 Years

    It’s only a few weeks since Google Ventures announced it’s setting up shop in London, as a hub for investing $100 million all over Europe. Now another big fund has been unboxed by local German media firm, Bauer Media. Read More

  • MxHero Grabs $500K To Close Seed Round

    MxHero Grabs $500K To Close Seed Round

    Email has always been a poor file manager and startup MxHero wants to change the way we manage email attachments. To that end, it announced it closed its seed round today with a $500K contribution. Funders include lead investor White Star Capital along with contributors GW Holdings, Esther Dyson, Ari Kushner, Actinic Ventures and a strategic Miami-based investor group they chose not to… Read More

  • Voyat Launches With $1.8M In Seed Funding For Social CRM Tool Aimed At Hotels

    Voyat Launches With $1.8M In Seed Funding For Social CRM Tool Aimed At Hotels

    Voyat, a social CRM tool aimed at the hotel industry, came out of stealth today and announced $1.8M in seed funding from Metamorphic Ventures, Eniac Ventures, BoxGroup and several angel investors, including Brett Crosby, who was co-founder of Google Analytics. Metamorpic Ventures is led by David Hirsch, who worked out of Google’s New York office for 8 years. These Google connections… Read More

  • The Most Important Factor Of Startup Success

    The Most Important Factor Of Startup Success

    Whenever you think of startups, you very likely think of young people brimming with ideas sitting in garages and dorm rooms and solving problems with technology. We are conditioned in a way to consider the idea even over the person who came up with it, but after listening to entrepreneurs, I’ve come to learn, it’s not about the quality of the product idea or even the founders… Read More

  • Databricks Snags $33M In Series B And Debuts Cloud Platform For Processing Big Data

    Databricks Snags $33M In Series B And Debuts Cloud Platform For Processing Big Data

    Databricks, the commercial entity created by the developers of the open source Apache Spark project, announced $33M in Series B funding today and the launch of a new cloud product, their first one as a company. There is little doubt that big data is a big deal these days and companies are popping up to help customers process the data. Databricks hopes to simplify the entire matter by moving it… Read More

  • Open Platforms Fuel Startup Ecosystems

    Open Platforms Fuel Startup Ecosystems

    Companies face an inherent tension between being open or proprietary, but we’ve seen, again and again, that open systems can act as catalysts for entirely new businesses built on top of a popular platform. Earlier this month, we encountered examples of each approach, as Tesla Motors opened up its patents and Netflix decided to shut down, or at least severely limit access to its API. (To… Read More

  • TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)

    TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)

    Today in an old music-hall-turned-arthouse-movie-theatre in the East End of London, TechStars presented its London DemoDay, three months after the group was announced. The startups presenting ran the gamut from B2B to consumer, education to e-commerce and social networking. Only three of the companies presenting were from the UK, with the rest coming from Europe, U.S. and Asia. This is… Read More

  • Okta Scores $75M In Final Round Of Funding; Hopes To Go Public In A Couple Of Years

    Okta Scores $75M In Final Round Of Funding; Hopes To Go Public In A Couple Of Years

    Today, Okta, a company that offers Identity as a Service that works across on-premises applications and cloud services, announced $75M in Series E funding. CEO Todd McKinnon told me he expects this to be the final round of funding prior to going public within a couple of years. The round is being lead by Sequoia Capital. Secondary investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners… Read More

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