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  • FLYR raised $8 million to change the way we buy plane tickets

    FLYR raised $8 million to change the way we buy plane tickets

    Travel tech startup FLYR raised $8 million in Series A funding for technology that predicts the price of airfares by applying artificial intelligence to a database of both open industry data and a proprietary collection of year’s of past prices and fluctuations. The funding round was led by a Peter Thiel fund, and according to an SEC filing, Thiel Capital Principal Phin Upham was involved… Read More

  • How to fail at Kickstarter — even if you get funded Crunch Network

    How to fail at Kickstarter — even if you get funded

    Originally positioned as a medium for projects to garner modest seed funding from a diverse group of supporters, crowdfunding platforms have evolved. Yes, crowdfunding has produced some inspiring success stories. However, it also has facilitated the transfer of significant sums of money to teams that ultimately proved themselves to be incompetent, leaving backers with nothing. Read More

  • FishTaco can analyze your microbiome before or after you eat a fish taco

    FishTaco can analyze your microbiome before or after you eat a fish taco

    Our microbiomes: who understands them? Scientists? The bacteria colonizing our guts? The guy who made the Mexican food we just ate? Wrong. It’s our computers. Researchers have tasked them to create a new way to analyze and understand our microbiomes electronically. The service is called “Functional Shifts’ Taxonomic Contributors” or, obviously, FishTaco. The system… Read More

  • Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

    Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

    A new company named Sigma, founded by alumni of mobile app search engine Quixey, aims to take records and certifications currently trapped in the analog world and bring them online. To do so, the company has raised $4.35 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and other investors. The idea originated in late 2014, during a scuba trip in Belize that Sigma cofounder and… Read More

  • In a tech-saturated world, customer feedback is everything Crunch Network

    In a tech-saturated world, customer feedback is everything

    I’ve found that the most valuable design tool in the 21st century is rather old-fashioned: customer feedback. Technology has produced huge breakthroughs in design. A product can be ideated, prototyped and finalized with little more than a keyboard and code. But the ingenuity of modern design often leads to product teams neglecting the basics. Read More

  • Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

    Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

    New York City startup Slidejoy has been acquired by South Korean competitor Buzzvil. Both companies offer a way for Android users to earn rewards in exchange for allowing ads on their lockscreens — in Buzzvil’s case, that’s both through its HoneyScreen consumer app and through its BuzzScreen platform for publishers. The financial terms are not being disclosed, but… Read More

  • Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a safer internet

    Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a safer internet

    Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator’s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today. The companies ranged from a Stanford AI labs spinout, Eloquent Labs, to the hardware-makers like Amber Agriculture and PubInno, to lots of software-as-a-service and cybersecurity developers, more like you’d expect from an… Read More

  • Founderkit taps founders to suggest the best tools to get a company off the ground

    Founderkit taps founders to suggest the best tools to get a company off the ground

    While running Yardsale, a previous Y Combinator startup based around essentially making it easy to sell your old stuff, Ryan Mickle had the benefit of talking to alumni and colleagues to figure out what to use to build it. But one of the basic services he used to run it ended up costing more in the long run as the app ran into critical problems when it came to some transactions —… Read More

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