• Custom Jewelry Startup Gemvara Raises $25M In Oversubscribed Series D Round

    Custom Jewelry Startup Gemvara Raises $25M In Oversubscribed Series D Round

    Gemvara, a Boston-based custom jewelry site we’ve written about in the past, just announced that it has closed a $25 million Series D funding round. This oversubscribed round was led by Norwest Venture Partners and also includes funds from all existing investors, including Highland Capital Partners, Canaan Partners and Balderton Capital. The company says that it plans to use this new… Read More

  • DIY Browser Themes – Make It So with BrandThunder: Engage

    Brand Thunder, the site that allows you to skin your browser, is rolling out a slick new theme creation utility called BT:Engage, which allows anyone to easily build and share interactive browser themes. The entire process is web-based with real-time previews of themes as you build them. It’s a little rough around the edges right now, but the long-term plan is to have a sophisticated… Read More

  • 12 Days of Christmas: Blank Label Custom Shirts

    We at CrunchGear want to make sure you’re dressed for success, or at least can go to Christmas Mass with your in-laws in something other than sweat pants and ironic t-shirts. To that end, as part of our 12 Days of Giveaways we’re giving away three gift certificates ($150, $100, and $50) for Blank Label, one of the design-your-own clothing services we’ve discussed this year. Read More

  • New wave of web services brings customization to commerce

    For a long time, CafePress was the major player in customized product creation on the Internet. Slowly other sites sprang up, like Zazzle, Skreened, StickerGiant, Lulu, and many more. Many of these options are novelty one-offs, though, and you’re paying for the customization, not the craftsmanship, of the product. But the success of these somewhat kitschy sites have revealed a real… Read More

  • Chocri brings you

    What better way to enjoy your customized dress shirt than to nibble on your customized chocolate bar? I mean, you’re wearing a nearly one-of-a-kind shirt, why should you be burdened with the same chocolate bars devoured by all the other chumps in Abercrombie shirts? Chocri has you covered with You want white chocolate with banana chips and blueberries? Sure! Or… Read More

  • Germany gets personalised print newspaper made up of blog posts and newspaper articles

    [Germany] Today I should have received my first edition of Niuu, a personalised print newspaper comprised of articles taken from various blogs and newspapers. Delivery time should be between 4 AM and 6 AM so that people can read it over breakfast. Niiu has contracts with mostly German newspapers like Bild, Frankfurter Rundschau and Handelsblatt but also with the Washington Times and The… Read More

  • Pure Digital teams up with CafePress to offer free custom Flip Mino camcorder designs

    Pure Digital, the company behind the insanely popular series of easy to use “Flip” digital camcorders, is about to get even more insanely popular – especially with the customization crowd. Starting today, you’ll now be able to choose from hundreds of professional designs for the $179.99 Flip Mino camcorder. If none of the available designs are to your liking, you can… Read More

  • Blizzard will store customized UI settings server side starting with Lich King

    Some players do not mess around, from Wow Insider Really good news for serious World of Warcraft players. It looks like Blizzard, starting with Wrath of the Lich King will store all your customized UI odds and ends—dungeon maps, coordinates, threat meters, etc.—server-side. That means if you’re away from your main WoW machine, you’ll still have the same interface… Read More