Propeller

Propeller, a new climate-tech investor with a focus on the ocean, tells TechCrunch that it has hooked $100 million for its first seed fund. Co-founded by former HubSpot CEO Brian…

Ocean-climate VC Propeller launches with $100M to fund ‘tomorrow’s narwhals’

Ran Korber and his asthmatic and pregnant wife were looking to buy a house in Israel. As an environmental engineer, he knows that air pollution is the leading environmental cause…

BreezoMeter, the iPhone tool that measures air quality, raises a $30M Series C

There’s been no shortage of disruption in the venture industry over the last decade or so, yet someone is always trying to introduce a new way of doing things. Among…

A new venture outfit tries a different approach to fundraising

In its second announced deal this week, Palantir has acquired Propeller, a startup offering tools for building native mobile apps. Two acquisitions in one week seems pretty ambitious for any…

Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

The app that allows you to create your own native apps, Propeller, has raised $1.25 million from Andreessen Horowitz, ffAngel, Menlo Ventures, Foundation Capital, Max Levchin, Ashton Kutcher, Keith Rabois, Scott Banister, Jason Portnoy, Lee Linden, Rothenberg Ventures and Alfred Mandel.

Propeller Gets $1.25M From A16z, ffAngel, Everyone Good Basically

AOL’s Propeller launched in 2006 as a “Digg Killer” – a Digg like site with editorial oversight that had massive netscape.com traffic directed to it. All those Netscape users were…

We’re hearing reports that Propeller, the Digg-like news site that was once Netscape.com, has been holding a severe round of layoffs that is reducing its workforce to only a fraction…

Propeller, AOL’s Digg-like news site, launches version 2.0 later this morning. The site sports a new design and logo and now has a mascot – described as “part professor, part…

Update: screenshot and additional details of Publish2 is here. New startup Publish2 hasn’t launched or even entered private beta yet, but the company has scored $2.75 million in funding. The…

Yahoo launches the much anticipated Yahoo Buzz tonight – a Digg-like site that takes stories from pre-approved news publishers (100 to start) and let’s users vote on stories and push…

Digg Competitor Mixx Takes $2 Million Series A1

9:30 pm PST • February 24, 2008

Social voting outfit Mixx has taken $2 million Series A1 in a round led by existing investor InterSouth Partners. Mixx offers a category based social voting service that competes with…

Social voting remained a popular past time in 2007 with sites such as Digg more than tripling their audience, but some sites fared better than others according to data from…

Why Digg Is Still The Best

11:23 pm PST • November 25, 2007

Michael Arrington wrote on Saturday about a new Digg competitor called Mixx, and how it was attracting “Digg Refugees.” Digg clones or similar social voting sites are far from new,…

Digg Refugees May Be Heading To Mixx

1:24 am PST • November 24, 2007

New startup Mixx, which went in to private beta just two months ago, may be finding itself with the right product at the right time. Digg users, including top contributors,…

Netscape Was Better As A Digg Clone: Viewers

10:40 pm PDT • October 11, 2007

Traffic on AOL’s Netscape portal has plummeted since the site dumped its social news voting model and reverted to a new portal, at least according to Alexa. Unfortunately the comScore…

Propeller Will Be The New Netscape Digg Clone

7:13 pm PDT • September 11, 2007

AOL has announced that Propeller.com will be the new home for the Netscape social media experiment. What was once considered a possible Digg-killer is now relegated to the backwaters of…

Netscape Digg Clone Is Kaput

10:34 pm PDT • September 6, 2007

We’ve known about it for weeks (despite Netscape’s claims that our post was innacurate), but now it’s confirmed: AOL has announced the end of Netscape as a social news portal.…

AOL is considering killing off the “Digg Clone” social news site that they launched a little over a year ago at Netscape.com, and redirecting traffic to the Netscape portal instead.…

Huge Red Flag at Netscape

12:14 am PDT • July 19, 2006

A little known Digg-fact is that a relatively small group of users submit a large percentage of the stories that end up on the Digg home page. Netscape, which recently…

On Thursday, AOL’s Netscape property will no longer be just another portal – it’s being converted into a Digg-killer. I was briefed on the new site by Jason Calacanis last…