Startups

The newest companies that could change the world

  • Snapchat launches universal search to simplify navigation

    Snapchat launches universal search to simplify navigation

    Snapchat just made it much easier to navigate the app and find friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories with a universal search bar that’s always accessible at the top of the app. Launching today for some people on Android and rolling out soon to all iOS and Android users, the search bar lets you dig out of Snapchat the best content and conversations. The company tells… Read More

  • Lingo Live raises $5.2 million to help employees become truly fluent

    Lingo Live raises $5.2 million to help employees become truly fluent

    Tech startups have tried to make language learning possible without human tutors since way back in the 90s when CD-ROMs and Rosetta Stone were state-of-the-art. The rise of social media and smartphones inspired a new wave of language learning apps like Duolingo, OKPanda, or Lingua.ly, to name a few. But the CEO of Lingo Live, Tyler Muse, asserts it’s not possible to become fluent at… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt-backed HouseCanary raises $33 million

    Eric Schmidt-backed HouseCanary raises $33 million

    The total U.S. housing market is worth $30 trillion, but the data to value individual properties is still imprecise, according to HouseCanary. The real estate startup thinks it has better analysis and counts believers like Eric Schmidt and Kobe Bryant, who are participating in its $33 million funding round. “We’re probably 25 years behind the stock market in terms of… Read More

  • Media blog Techdirt fights for its life in frivolous lawsuit

    Media blog Techdirt fights for its life in frivolous lawsuit

    Techdirt, a blog about the intersections of law, media and technology, is fighting a defamation suit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, a man who claims to have invented email. The site posted on the claim multiple times and Ayyadurai took offense to the tune of $15 million. “Defamation claims like this can force independent media companies to capitulate and shut down due to mounting legal… Read More

  • Kayrros is like a weather forecast, but for oil and gas consumption

    Kayrros is like a weather forecast, but for oil and gas consumption

    Last year, I was on vacation in Goa in India with my brother. We ended up renting a motor scooter and buying exactly two liters of gas in the middle of nowhere (pictured above). The shop gave us two plastic water bottles filled with gasoline. Ever since, I’ve wondered how a remote village in the middle of a rural area in India manages to get oil and gas. There are some interesting… Read More

  • Yoshi raises $2.1 million to fill up your car, or wash it, anywhere

    Yoshi raises $2.1 million to fill up your car, or wash it, anywhere

    A startup that refuels your car wherever it’s parked, Yoshi Inc. has raised $2.1 million in a new round of venture funding to expand its gas delivery service into new towns, and to add different auto-related services to its menu. According to CEO and co-founder Nick Alexander, “Anything you usually need to get done at a gas station or auto shop, we want to bring to you at a… Read More

  • Verifone, FIS and Modo are creating a new way for consumers to pay with loyalty points

    Verifone, FIS and Modo are creating a new way for consumers to pay with loyalty points

    Verifone, FIS and digital payments startup Modo announced a new system that will enable customers to pay for any merchandise they want using only accrued credit/debit loyalty points. The novel part of this system is that consumers can purchase anything they want… not just select merchandise available at e-commerce portals or specific to single brands. Read More

  • Betaworks’ Voicecamp is looking to give voice-powered startups $125K each

    Betaworks’ Voicecamp is looking to give voice-powered startups $125K each

    Betaworks startup studio is today announcing the second in its line of accelerator camps in the form of voicecamp. And no, this won’t make you a better chorus member. Earlier this year, betaworks launched botcamp as a way to better understand and fuel growth of the chatbot space. With today’s announcement, betaworks wants to apply the same model to a new vertical with… Read More

  • Stadium Goods raises $4.6 million to sell sought-after sneakers and streetwear

    Stadium Goods raises $4.6 million to sell sought-after sneakers and streetwear

    When Stadium Goods opened shop in New York’s Soho district in 2015, it looked like an Apple-inspired spin on the consignment shop, appealing to men in search of authentic, collectible sneakers and streetwear. In the short time since it started, Stadium Goods has evolved into an online brand with distribution of its “authenticated” kicks, and a branded presence everywhere… Read More

  • Curve adds instant cashback to mobile wallet and all-your-cards-in-one app

    Curve adds instant cashback to mobile wallet and all-your-cards-in-one app

    London fintech startup Curve has always talked a good game when it comes to the bigger picture. That is, helping to converge disparate financial services into a single platform to help you manage your money better. Read More

  • Do funny recruiting hacks work? Let’s ask a guy who tried

    Do funny recruiting hacks work? Let’s ask a guy who tried

    Do recruiting “hacks” work? Can you get a big company’s attention through wacky (or not so wacky) antics? One man, John Washam, tried and his story is, at the very least, interesting. Washam wrote about his quest to work for Google on his blog, Googley As Heck. He posted his educational milestones on his way to learning software engineering with the explicit goal of working… Read More