• Ethereum breaks new record by reaching $1,000 for the first time

    Ethereum breaks new record by reaching $1,000 for the first time

    Ethereum tokens (ethers) have reached $1,000 on multiple major exchanges for the first time ever. This is an all-time high and the result of a multiple-day rally. The total market capitalization of ethers currently available is now $100 billion. And yet, ethers only represent around 13 percent of all cryptocurrencies out there. 2017 may have been a huge year for cryptocurrencies across the… Read More

  • Revolut merges mobile banking with cryptocurrency trading

    Revolut merges mobile banking with cryptocurrency trading

    Revolut is merging traditional banking and cryptocurrency to let you buy, sell, trade, and hold Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ether alongside 25 world fiat currencies. The $90 million-funded mobile banking startup is trying to erase the divide between old and new money. Revolut‘s CEO Nikolay Storonsky announced on stage today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin conference that… Read More

  • How Melonport and Iconomi are using blockchain technology

    So what if bitcoin is another bubble? The dot-com bubble gave us the modern internet

    “I get asked a lot… is this another dot-com bubble,” said Mona El Isa, the chief executive and co-founder of Melonport, onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. “And, um… my response usually… goes something like… so what if it is?” Read More

  • Bitcoin and Ether prices hit all-time high

    Bitcoin and Ether prices hit all-time high

    Something is going on in the cryptocurrency world, but it’s hard to figure out why prices are jumping. Both bitcoin and Ether prices are currently trading at an all-time high. According to Coindesk’s price index, you could buy one bitcoin for $1,343 earlier today. It roughly represents a 6 percent increase in 7 days, and a 34 percent increase in a month. And when it comes to the… Read More

  • Pokemon Go creator John Hanke is coming to Disrupt SF 2016

    Pokemon Go creator John Hanke is coming to Disrupt SF 2016

    It’s every founder’s dream: you launch a product, and by the next day it’s a worldwide phenomenon. But it’s never quite that simple. For most people, Pokemon Go came out of nowhere. Seemingly springing forth from the ether, it was a household name overnight. But for John Hanke — CEO of Niantic, the company behind Pokemon Go — it was another step in a… Read More

  • AT&T Acquires Ingenio And Their Pay-Per-Call Network

    We haven’t heard much from Silicon Valley based Ingenio lately. In 2006 the company launched Ether, a service that allows people to charge people for calls. Since then, nada. But today AT&T is announcing that they’ve acquired the company and plan to integrate it into its directory service and local search advertising portfolio (, etc.). The Pay Per Call service… Read More

  • The Supernova 12

    Over 100 startups applied to present their companies at the TechCrunch-sponsored Connected Innovators program at the Supernova conference last week. Twelve were selected and had a chance to launch their new products to an audience of hundreds. I drafted some real-time notes of the products demo’d and launched at event at CrunchNotes, and my more complete notes are below.
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  • Ether pay-per-call launches for public use

    The telephone-time monetization system Ether officially launches today, after beta testing since March. The company calls its new stage “zeta.” Ether lets you set a price for people who want to call you on the phone. The company provides a phone number, billing services and will also do pay-per-view for documents or other files. A button on your website lets potential callers… Read More

  • Super-Stealth Ether to Launch Tonight

    Tonight at midnight the doors open (to beta testers) at Ether, the new super-stealth startup that is wholly-owned by the pay-per-call folks at Ingenio. The concept of Ether is straightforward, but it has a massive back end infrastructure (thankfully Ingenio already had it built). They call it an “ebay for services”, allowing people to charge for advice over the phone (and by… Read More

  • Ingenio's Ether

    Ether, a division of pay-per-call Ingenio, is taking email addresses for a new beta. One of the people behind it says to read this and this to get an idea of what it is. Seems like it would be easier to just write a sentence of two on the site or the blog. But if you are in the mood for a scavenger hunt and a bit of speculation, throw out your best guess. Ether says they’ll launch in… Read More