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

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 Halligan, the venture

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

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 of premature death, c

A new venture outfit tries a different approach to fundraising

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 the latest is Propeller, a six-m

Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

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 compan

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

The app that allows you to create your own native apps, <a target="_blank" href="">Propeller</a>, has raised $1.25 million from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.crunchba

AOL Appeals To Users To Visit Propeller Again

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AOL Budget Cuts Continue: Propeller Sheds Some Employees

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

Propeller 2.0 Launches: Ditching The Vote Count, Adding A Mascot

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 citizen

Publish2 To Launch Digg Variation As Journalist Resource

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 inv

Yahoo Buzz Launches: Popular Stories To Go On Yahoo Homepage

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 them

Digg Competitor Mixx Takes $2 Million Series A1

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 sites such as Di

2007 In Numbers: The Year AOL Killed Netscape's Traffic

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 comScore. One name with a l

Why Digg Is Still The Best

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, but giv

Digg Refugees May Be Heading To Mixx

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, are showing an increasing a

Netscape Was Better As A Digg Clone: Viewers

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 figures fo

Propeller Will Be The New Netscape Digg Clone

AOL has announced that 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 AOL. In a stat

Netscape Digg Clone Is Kaput

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. In a s

AOL May Kill Their Netscape Digg Clone

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

Huge Red Flag at Netscape

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 relaunched as a Digg-clone, want

AOL-Netscape Launches Massive "Digg Killer"

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 week. As o