• CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

    CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

    A Los Angeles startup called codeSpark has raised $4.1 million in seed funding for web and mobile games that teach kids how to code, even before they know how to read and write effectively. CodeSpark’s games were developed for kids 4 to 9 years old, and with a goal of not just teaching them STEM concepts, but engaging boys and girls equally well. The games feature characters who are… Read More

  • GE Invests Up to $40 Million in eSolar

    GE Invests Up to $40 Million in eSolar

    General Electric Co. (GE) bought a minority stake in the California-based solar company eSolar this week. As a result of the deal, Paul Browning, President and CEO of Thermal Products for GE Energy, will join eSolar’s Board of Directors. ESolar already had a licensing agreement with GE Energy, which granted it exclusive worldwide rights to eSolar’s modular technology for its… Read More

  • UberMedia, Indeed. Bill Gross' Twitter Ecosystem Empire Just Acquired TweetDeck

    The number of companies in the Twitter ecosystem keeps contracting. But not for a necessarily bad reason, but because they keep getting purchased. And what’s crazy is that it’s largely one person who has been buying them up: Bill Gross. We’ve just learned that his company, now called UberMedia, has just acquired TweetDeck. We’re hearing that the deal, which happened… Read More

  • TweetUp Launches “AdSense For Twitter” Product At #TCDisrupt

    TweetUp, the Twitter-focused search and advertising startup that was incubated by idealab – the original Overture founders – is launching today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. Serial entrepreneur Bill Gross took the stage for the event’s first ‘for show launch’ and publicly debuted TweetUp’s core service – the startup had… Read More

  • $1 million: UK's Top 10 buys .com domain for global expansion

    [UK] A million dollars, baby. That’s the amount paid by UK price comparison site ‘Top 10 Broadband and Top 10 Mobile Phones‘ to purchase the domain name from US-based investor Idealab in a cash plus equity deal. Apparently, this also makes it one of the most expensive domain names ever purchased by a British company. Under the terms of the deal, Top 10 Broadband and… Read More

  • Idealab Spin-off Perfect Market Raises $6 Million From Tribune Company, Others

    Perfect Market, which markets solutions aimed to assist publishers in growing revenue from their online content, has secured $6 million in a Series C funding round led by Tribune Company. Just to be clear, that’s the media giant that owns newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune alongside a number of television and radio stations and a range of online properties. Read More

  • When Amazon Bought Zappos, Also Came In The Box

    When Amazon paid $928 million for Zappos in July, it got a little something extra in the box: the domain. It turns out that Zappos bought the domain last year from Idealab for $4.9 million (Bill Gross strikes again). The detail is tucked away in Amazon’s SEC filing about its acquisition of Zappos: Read More