• Pinterest Adds Tools For Marketers To Post Better Pins

    Pinterest Adds Tools For Marketers To Post Better Pins

    Pinterest today said that it would launch what it’s calling its Marketer Development Program, in which a set of partners will get access to new tools that allow them to better deliver more engaging content on Pinterest. The tools consist of things like pin scheduling and optimization in the form of APIs for companies that post branded content across a variety of channels, and work… Read More

  • Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Over the years I’ve been part of several of startups, and I love the energy, excitement and sense of risk that comes with launching into uncharted waters. My last startup was acquired in 2007, and I’ve been working at the acquirer ever since. A bit over two years ago, I got the itch to do something entrepreneurial again. When I talked with my boss about quitting to build a new… Read More

  • Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

    Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

    Credit card provider Discover will join Apple Pay’s ranks beginning this fall, the company announced today. Apple Pay already supports cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express, and with Discover, it will reach the overwhelming majority of cardholders in the U.S. Discover was the last noteworthy holdout from the service. Apple Pay with Discover will work the same way it does… Read More

  • Universal Avenue Gives Businesses On-Demand Access To A Direct Sales Team

    Universal Avenue Gives Businesses On-Demand Access To A Direct Sales Team

    B2B startups often rely on word-of-mouth and online advertising to get the word out about their products. Over time, they often add a marketing and sales department, but they typically don’t have the resources to build a full-blown salesforce for their products that can pitch business owners directly, especially when they are looking to expand internationally. Universal Avenue, a… Read More

  • Glia Raises Cash To Match Consumers And Companies Around Values

    Glia Raises Cash To Match Consumers And Companies Around Values

    It’s with an eye toward that hypersensitive political climate that Barry Klein, a longtime political consultant has raised the first capital to grow Glia. Along with co-founders Chris Rappley, a longtime startup consultant, and Tahlia Sutton, a product development executive, Klein has developed Glia to be an app that blends Yelp and eHarmony, for what Klein calls “values-based… Read More

  • Engineering Director Lars Rasmussen Leaving Facebook To Co-Found A Music Startup

    Engineering Director Lars Rasmussen Leaving Facebook To Co-Found A Music Startup

    Facebook at Work, Facebook’s first move to turn its social network into an enterprise tool, has remained in closed beta since its launch in January this year. But as the product continues to inch its way to general availability, it will be doing so without one of its key architects. Lars Rasmussen — Facebook’s engineering director, who helped create and run Facebook… Read More

  • Freelancer.com Acquires Payment Service Provider Escrow.com For $7.5M

    Freelancer.com Acquires Payment Service Provider Escrow.com For $7.5M

    Job marketplace Freelancer.com announced today that it has agreed to purchased Escrow.com for $7.5 million in cash. The acquisition was funded by through an placement of $10 million AUD (about $7.8 million) in ordinary shares of Freelancer.com to institutional investors. As its name suggests, Escrow.com provides online escrow services for e-commerce sites by holding payments for goods or… Read More

  • Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption

    Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption

    The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015. Mostly the data is net positive, showing an increase in total wallets, and investment. However, there are a number of included data points that demonstrate slowing growth in key bitcoin, and bitcoin-related areas. The collected… Read More

  • uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

    uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

    What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound. What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too. While early uBeam prototype were massive, non-portable boxes that merely shot power around, it now has a working… Read More

  • Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

    Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

    On April 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is in hot water with government regulators in six European countries over its practice of tracking users’ movements across the web to sell targeted advertising. The kerfuffle illustrates the bind that the world finds itself in over tracking – the collection and sharing of data on users’ browsing habits to help sites… Read More

  • The Micro VC Shakeout

    The Micro VC Shakeout

    When we started Bullpen Capital in 2011, there were about 30 or so “microVC” or “micro-seed” funds — and we knew them all. Today, four years later, there are likely over 220 micro VC funds and growing. In fact, I joke with my partners that “we will likely get to 400 before we go back to 40.” That line always elicits a nervous laughter, as it captures… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley’s influence is undeniable but its global impact has always been a passive byproduct of success at home. To make a lasting, material difference, there needs to be a concerted effort to expand its reach in a substantial and sustainable way. For the better part of the last century, the Valley has been a bedrock for technological progress and era-defining industry. From… Read More

  • Back To The Future In Enterprise SaaS Selling

    Back To The Future In Enterprise SaaS Selling

    Given the success of Box, it’s hard to imagine that founder Aaron Levie believes he should have done something differently in the company’s early years. However, while speaking to Storm Ventures’ Jason Lemkin at this year’s SaaStr conference, Levie revealed exactly what he would have changed. Although it is somewhat hidden in the rest of the interview, Levie points out… Read More

  • You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million

    You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million

    I always love peering into the world of executive recruiting. As a grad student and as a writer, the thought that there are people out there chasing other people to get them to work at massive wages always seemed to me like a bounty hunter scene out of a strange science fiction movie. Sometimes the wages offered are as much as $1 million; sometimes, that’s not enough. Competition in… Read More

  • Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Dies In Everest Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

    Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Dies In Everest Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

    Dan Fredinburg, a respected Google executive who headed privacy for Google X and led its product management team, has died in the avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by the huge earthquake in Nepal. The natural disaster has already killed over 2,000 people in the region and devastated infrastructure. Some 18 other climbers have been killed in what is being described as the worst… Read More

  • Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    April marks the 20th anniversary of the commercialization of the Internet, ironically, the very same month that the Federal Communications Commission’s new Open Internet regulations were officially published, tossing the Internet into a public utility model characterized by stagnation and ambiguity. The rules kill the “permissionless innovation” they purport to protect by… Read More

  • Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft last year, but since then rumours have bubbled up now and again that the firm is planning to return to the mobile space. Citing anonymous sources, Re/code recently lit the touch-paper on a round of new stories floating this idea. It reported that the firm was plotting more mobile moves, spearheaded by Nokia Technologies, the division which handles… Read More

  • Xiaomi Boosts Its Business In India With Strategic Investment From Tata Sons Head

    Xiaomi Boosts Its Business In India With Strategic Investment From Tata Sons Head

    Xiaomi is making a push to be a local player in India. Days after unveiling its first phone customized to the South Asia country (the impressive $205 Mi 4i), Xiaomi announced that it has taken investment from leading Indian businessman Ratan Tata. Read More

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