Rip Empson

Rip Empson

Rip Empson is a writer, explorer, eager learner and part-time rabble-rouser — whatever that means. He’s worked as a senior associate at Morgenthaler Ventures and Canvas Venture Fund, and before venture capitalizing, Rip spent nearly four years at TechCrunch, the leading technology publication and media dynamo, where he covered startups.

Within the Whacky World Of Startups, Rip focused most of his attention on chronicling the rise of technology and ambush of innovation on health and education.

But between you and me, I hear he’s especially passionate about any and all forms of disrupting — particularly those that are disrupting the disruptable disruptions — and anyone or anything that can quench his insatiable thirst for disrupt-a-lutions.

Rip has been quoted by various people at various times – some of them publications and probably super wicked famous people referencing his work – some of them people mistakenly re-tweeting him thinking he’s Rip Torn.

Is he a budding national treasure? You said it, not him.

As to what he’s doing right now? He’s either transferring his life savings from Scramble With Friends tokens to Bitcoin or vice versa. Hard to say, really.

The Latest from Rip Empson

IAC-Backed Skyllzone Launches A New Fantasy Sports App That Lets You Play “The Machine” In Quick, Byte-Sized Contests

Spurred on by its entry into the digital and mobile age, the fantasy sports world is booming. From the fact that a hilarious and increasingly popular show based on fantasy sports is about to enter its

One Week With Whistle’s New Activity Tracker For Dogs

Considering we humans now have a slew of gadgets, apps and products at our disposal that allow us to track and monitor our health and daily activity, it was only a matter of time before our best frien

Smarterer Lands $1.6M To Bring Its Skill Testing And Assessment Technology To The Enterprise

In an effort to usher in the post-resume era and make the job application process less of a headache, Smarterer developed a platform that provides job searchers with an easy way to show off their skil

Meet Oppia, Google’s New Open Source Project That Allows Anyone To Create An Interactive Learning Experience

Google has become an increasingly active participant in the world of education, particularly when it comes to exploring the role technology can play in re-imagining the way we learn. With Google Play

With Box, Yelp And Palantir On Board, Piazza Lands $8M From Khosla To Bring Recruiting To Its Social Q&A Platform For Students

As free online social tools now play a central role in how we communicate, interact and manage our interpersonal relationships, and as consumerization sweeps through IT and learning, the traditional b

Fast-Growing 2U Files For $100M IPO, But Is It Poised To Be The Next Big Education Company?

When 2U emerged in 2008, online education was still struggling to be taken seriously. Despite steadily increasing online enrollment, many remained skeptical. Both fairly and unfairly, online education

Paul Graham Shares Lessons Learned From 630+ YC Startups, But Don’t Expect Him To Launch His Own

After a long tenure at the helm of Y Combinator — during which a summer “bootcamp” for undergrads turned into a Silicon Valley institution, pioneering the “seed accelerator&#82

Service That Lets You Order Food Naked, GrubLess SeamHub, Quietly Files For IPO

In May of last year, we broke the news that Seamless and GrubHub -- two of the largest players in the online and mobile food delivery space and "arch rivals" -- were coming together as part of a block

An AT&T For Dentistry? Y Combinator-Backed Weave Launches To Bring Modern Telecom To SMBs

Small businesses, by definition, are lean. With a price tag that includes license renewals, maintenance and upgrades to servers and IT support, the costs of adopting enterprise-grade software and serv

AWS For Life Science? With $4.1M In The Bank, Transcriptic Wants To Reinvent Scientific Research And Bring Labs Into The Cloud

As a biomedical engineering student at Duke, Max Hodak became intimately familiar with the sterile tedium of life in a research lab. Like many others who’ve spent wasted hours of their lives in

With $225M Raised Across 400K+ Campaigns, DonorsChoose Is Using Data To Illuminate Educational Inequity In The U.S.

There’s a lot of debate swirling these days over the best and most effective ways to fix the U.S. education system. With high costs, disappointing outcomes and high drop out rates now rampant ac

Despite High IPO And Solid First Quarter, Chegg Plummets As Investors Worry Over Long-Term Prospects

In November, eight-year-old education company Chegg debuted on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CHGG.” In the days prior, Chegg had priced its initial public offering a

TrueVault Launches To Bring Easy HIPAA Compliance To Startups And Health Apps

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: In an effort to jumpstart the U.S. economy amidst the runaway blight of the “Great Recession” and financial crisis beginning in 2008, C

5K Videos And Counting, Curious Lands $15M From GSV To Help Teachers Monetize Bite-Sized Lessons

Thanks to the proliferation of smart devices, cloud-based services and more fluid content creation and distribution systems, technology is fundamentally changing the way we learn. Not only is it easie

MyHealthTeams Lands $3.3M To Bring Mobile-Friendly Social Networks To Those Living With Chronic Health Conditions

Today, the CDC estimates that there are more than 130 million Americans currently living with a “chronic disease” — in other words, the many types of long-lasting conditions that &#8

With $20M Raised Among Grads, Israeli-American Accelerator UpWest Unveils Its Latest Cohorts Of Top-Notch Transplants

Depending on whom you ask, Silicon Valley and Israel have either had a long and prodigious symbiotic relationship when it comes to technology and technology companies, or Silicon Valley wouldn’t

Fast-Growing Duolingo Caps Off A Big Year With The Crunchie For “Best Education Startup”

Language learning software has never been particularly “sexy,” nor have its makers managed to produce a bounty of memorable user experiences, for that matter. While it might not be quite r

IBM’s Watson Group Makes First Startup Investment In “Social Health Management” Pioneer, Welltok

Remember Watson? Yes, the artificially intelligent, question-answering computer system developed by IBM that trounced two former champions on Jeopardy like they were a couple of kindergartners. That W

McGraw-Hill Buys Engrade For ~$50M As It Moves Away From Textbooks, Towards A Future Of SaaS

This week, Engrade put the finishing touches on an emblematic story in the world of education startups. In 2003, high school student Bri Holt decided he’d heard enough griping from classmates (a

LinkedIn Snatches Up Data Savvy Job Search Startup Bright.com For $120M, In Its Largest Acquisition To Date

Today, alongside a fourth quarter earnings report in which it beat Wall Street estimates yet again, LinkedIn announced its intentions to acquire data-savvy job search startup, Bright.com, for $120 mil
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