media

  • Upbeat gets $1.5M to create a data science-driven alternative to PR agencies

    Upbeat gets $1.5M to create a data science-driven alternative to PR agencies

    Out of all the how-to guides ever written about pitching journalists, I’ve never seen one address the truth—that most are simply too busy trying not to get murdered by their inboxes to even open emails. Upbeat wants to use data science to create PR pitches that don’t automatically end up in the Trash folder. The San Francisco-based startup (formerly called PRX.co) launched… Read More

  • Brand new Vellum picks a fight for prettier (e)books

    Brand new Vellum picks a fight for prettier (e)books

    E-books are a lot of things. Convenient. Good for the environment. Usually cheaper than printed books. One thing they’re rarely accused of is being good-looking. Ugly books is what 180g is declaring war on with a completely revamped, 2.0 version of Vellum. Oh, and in the process, they’re adding support for making wood-pulp books, too. Fancy.  Read More

  • Brit + Co raises $15 million to grow its media and merchandise businesses

    Brit + Co raises $15 million to grow its media and merchandise businesses

    Brit + Co, the media startup founded by Brit Morin, is announcing an additional $15 million in funding led by Verizon Ventures. Former Uber president and Target CMO Jeff Jones will also be joining the startup as an advisor. San Francisco-based Brit + Co will be using the funding to expand its digital content business that targets women. Read More

  • Derek Jeter on why he started The Players’ Tribune

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 Derek Jeter and Jaymee Messler, founders of The Players’ Tribune, sat down with TechCrunch Editor in Chief Matthew Panzarino. The conversation started with the thesis behind the startup, which was founded shortly after Jeter retired. Read More

  • Free streaming service Tubi TV grabs $20 million in new funding

    Free streaming service Tubi TV grabs $20 million in new funding

    San Francisco-based Tubi TV has raised an additional $20 million for its advertising-supported streaming service for TV and movies. Investors in the round are betting on the fact that the next big streaming competitor won’t be a direct rival to Netflix and others with a subscription-based business model, but rather a free service that offers a wide variety of titles for free viewing. Read More

  • Awesomeness is launching a news division aimed at Gen Z

    Awesomeness is launching a news division aimed at Gen Z

    Awesomeness, the digital media company programming content for a young, YouTube-obsessed audience, is getting into news. The company announced a new project called Awesomeness News. The editorial brand will focus on stories aimed at the “Gen Z” audience, including those on issues they care about, like politics, social justice and the environment. Read More

  • CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access gains movies

    CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access gains movies

    CBS has quietly expanded the scope of its streaming and on-demand TV service, its own competitor of sorts to Hulu, to now include movies. The lineup at launch is fairly small with just 18 films becoming available, on top of its existing library of 8,500 on-demand episodes of current shows, prior seasons and classic shows from the network’s archive, as well as its CBS All Access… Read More

  • Facebook adds new features to Instant Articles to encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes

    Facebook adds new features to Instant Articles to encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes

    Facebook today rolled out an improvement to its Instant Articles feature that now lets publishers include call-to-action units in their articles to better connect with readers, including those that encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes. The company also announced it’s testing two more units for publishers interested in offering free trials of their digital subscriptions and another… Read More

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