TechStars London, the UK outpost of uber-accelerator TechStars, has announced that its found a permanent home at newly-established Warner Yard, a co-working space owned by early-stage fund Playfair Capital. It follows the recent news that TechStars London has been approved as a Recognised Seed Competition, smoothing the way for participants to qualify for a UK Entrepreneur Visa. → Read More
Back in December, Nike unveiled the Nike+ Accelerator program, powered by TechStars. After going through hundreds of applications, TechStars and Nike selected ten finalists. They will now begin a three-month program and take advantage of the Nike+ API and SDK to develop and release new companion products for the Nike FuelBand or Sportswatch. The teams will relocate to Portland — next to… → Read More
PopTip originally launched for Twitter, letting brands ask questions in natural language and then tracking all the responses (misspellings and all) to give back to the brand. PopTip promised a Facebook counterpart to the product down the line, and has today… → Read More
Reports suggest, and I have independently confirmed, that moving is one of the most awful, stressful, painful processes you can experience in a lifetime. Yet the cost of living in NY forces many to move around each year, when their lease expires, popping from place to place.
I’ve lived in New York since 2007, and I’ve moved no less than eight times. My biggest move was also my most stress-free… → Read More
With early-stage capital front-loading the EdTech investment spectrum, it’s a good time to start an education business. (Even if investors are still wary about doling out larger rounds, but ssshhh on that bit.) Of course, when it comes to education, many entrepreneurs are still green. It’s not as easy as it may seem to learn the landscape and understand how best to maneuver lengthy sales cycles… → Read More
TechStars Seattle startup Sandglaz has raised a $500,000 seed round from private investors for its task-management service, which combines the practices of Agile development methodologies with traditional project management. Sandglaz, founded in 2011, is designed for high performance teams of five to 15 people who often have shifting priorities. The difference, says Co-Founder Nada Aldahleh, is… → Read More
Nike has just announced its first Nike+ Accelerator program, powered by TechStars, aimed at cultivating companies interested in leveraging Nike+ technology.
TechStars will provide the accelerator model, which has managed to raise $275 million in venture capital for its graduates over the past six years of operation. The program begins in March. → Read More
That was fast: Mobiplug Networks, a startup focusing on smartphone-controlled smart home technology, which was featured only in August as part of TechStars’ most recent class in Boulder, Colorado, has today announced a new CEO and news that it has picked up $2.7 million Series A round of funding, led by Boulder-based VC Foundry Group. Bullet Time Ventures, SK Ventures, Social Leverage, Clarion… → Read More
With VCs like Sequoia and Nexus Ventures pouring money into India’s startup scene, it was only a matter of time before those focused on early-stage funding would follow. Today, GSF India, in partnership with some 30 other investors including Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, announced a new initiative called GSF Accelerator. Set to take off this October, GSF Accelerator will be mentoring and offering… → Read More
Today, seed fund and accelerator TechStars hosted its “Demo Day” in Boulder, where it showcased its 11 newest startups. With an average funding of $1.28 million raised per TechStars-backed company so far, it was an important day for these new companies as the room was full of investors at the Boulder Theater.
TechStars was founded in 2006 in Boulder but now holds programs in Boston, New York… → Read More
Today, our personal data is scattered across a growing number of apps, social networks, and online services, making it tough to forge any kind of coherent online identity or personal brand. The Portland-based Vizify emerged out of TechStars last year with a simple goal: Help people make a good first impression online by transforming that fragmented data into a unified, visual profile.
This wasn’t exactly a secret anymore, but today, Microsoft officially unveiled its Bing Fund, a new angel fund and incubator program sponsored by Bing and “backed by the experience, expertise, and resources of Microsoft.” The idea here, says Microsoft, is to “partner with like-minded entrepreneurs—great talent that is innovating online to solve big problems and create amazing new experiences.”… → Read More
There’s no such thing as pay-as-you-go with a mobile hotspot. It just doesn’t exist. You pay for a monthly package, just like you would with a smartphone, and a chunk of it almost always goes unused come the end of the month. But the first-ever pay-as-you-go hotspot package has just hit the market straight out of the TechStars NYC Demo day, and it’s called Karma.
Lua, a company focused on enhancing communication and project management within mobile workforces, has just launched out of beta today at the Techstars NYC Demo Day. The software allows any mobile workforce, from a production crew on a film set to construction workers to salespeople, to communicate throughout the day on their smartphones. It’s a messaging platform, at its core, that facilitates… → Read More
Today at the TechStars NYC Demo Day, Pickie launched on to the scene. At its core, it’s an iPad magazine that is totally personalized based on all brand mentions from friends and the people you follow. Nothing’s stronger than the power of word of mouth, and with social networks abounding, bringing those personal recommendations online only makes sense.
One thing small businesses struggle with most is bookkeeping — it’s tedious, time-consuming, and it can be really confusing come tax season. Because of this, most folks turn to bookkeepers to do the dirty work for them, at a cost of hundreds of dollars a month. That’s where 10sheet comes in.
The old model, which involves a traditional bookkeeper, leaves people hauling stacks of paper to their… → Read More
More often than not, a crowdsourced answer is the right one. Just take a look at Estimize — the anonymous user base of 6,500 users is more accurate than Wall Street 67 percent of the time when estimating the trajectory of a company’s stock. So it only follows that brands would want to harness this type of data, which is why PopTip has just launched into existence at TechStars NYC Demo Day. → Read More
He’s covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for his documentary, “Hell And Back Again.” But he’s ready to tackle a new space: technology. His company, ConditionOne, has created a video player for the iPad and iPhone that offers a full 180 degree view, allowing the user to pan or tilt the device to look… → Read More
Class. Most of us spend our entire teenage and early adult life trying to get out of it, only to realize that going to a class and learning something new is a walk in the park compared to a life with bills, professional responsibility, and a generally over-obligated existence. But Classtivity has an answer: a class.
See, founder Payal Kadakia was a dancer her entire life, before attending MIT. → Read More
These days, everyone can be a publisher. All you need is something to publish, and you can throw that thing on a Tumblr, a WordPress blog, or even publish it as an eBook. There are plenty of channels through which you can offer your creations to the world, but layout continues to be an issue.
Marquee aims to change all that. Launching today at the TechStars NYC Demo day, Marquee is offering a… → Read More
A new mobile social network of sorts has launched out of beta today at the TechStars NY Demo Day, looking to make transactions between friends a bit easier. Truth is, people have lots of stuff that they don’t need, but it feels wasteful to throw it away and it’s exhausting to try and sell it, especially to a total rando from Craigslist.
Technology is all about looking to the future, but with so many different virtual identities and social networks it’s tough to keep track of who you’ve spoken with and where you’ve been. The Rewind.Me iOS app wants to change all that, and let you dive into your past experiences to enjoy them once again.
The idea is simple. Imagine you went to a delicious Greek restaurant in March around one… → Read More
The moving industry is ripe for disruption. Customers currently have to get a salesperson to come out and visit the house, inspect belongings, and offer up a quote. To shop around, you’d have to repeat this process over and over again. But one of the companies out of TechStars NYC Demo Day, Moveline, streamlines the process by letting you do everything online.
What do you get when you put an AIDS activist, an actor and two technologists in a coffee shop? An idea to make the world a better place. Their project, part of this year’s TechStars, is called Smallknot and it lets you invest a small amount into local businesses. When the business has made its improvements or bulked up its whiskey collection, you can request a gift or repayment in… → Read More
In September, national startup accelerator and seed fund, TechStars, launched its first program focused on providing mentorship and capital to companies working in a particular space. With cloud computing and services growing like gangbusters, the company saw fit to focus on cloud-based startups, launching TechStars Cloud, a sub-accelerator that focuses exclusively on backing cloud computing and… → Read More
NYC-based Blueprint Health, a health-focused member of the TechStars Network, is announcing its inaugural class of startups today. The Winter program, which begins on January 9th, will be taking place in a 12,000 square foot loft in SoHo that will be shared with the NYC-based members of Health 2.0 starting later this month. Part of the loft may also be turned into a co-working space for other… → Read More
Vizify, a social tool for creating a great first impression online and a recent grad of TechStars‘ Seattle accelerator program, is announcing today that it has raised $1.2 million in seed funding from a group of entrepreneurs and investors, which includes Picnik Founder Jonathan Sposato, Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim Draper, Bill McAleer of Voyager Capital, and… → Read More
Gazelle Lab, the brand-new Tampa Bay-based TechStars Network member which just held its first Demo Day in November, is expanding its operations. The accelerator has just announced the opening of second location in Orlando, Florida, where it will be working with local academic institution Rollins College.
GoChime, a graduate of the 2011 TechStars Seattle program, is today announcing that it has raised $630,000 from a host of entrepreneurs and angel investors that include Geoff Entress, who has invested in companies like Hootsuite and Cheezburger, Walter Winshall, an investor in Harmonix (Guitar Hero), Co-founder of Feedburner and former Googler, Matt Shobe, Dave Carlson (investor in Socialthing… → Read More