• Qwiki's Mapolicious iPad App Hits iTunes

    A couple weeks ago, Qwiki CEO Doug Imbruce came by my office to talk about his new iPad app (watch video below), but he wasn’t quite ready to show it. This morning it finally hit iTunes, where you can download it for free. In many ways, Qwiki was made for the iPad because it is like a visual Wikipedia. Even when the startup won TechCrunch Disrupt last September, it was already working… Read More

  • Qwiki's iPad Moment Is Coming (TCTV)

    Qwiki's iPad Moment Is Coming (TCTV)

    Ever since Qwiki won the last TechCrunch Disrupt in September, it’s been working on an iPad app. In fact, one of its overexcited developers showed me a peek back then. Well, it’s come along way since then, and Qwiki is currently working on the finishing touches before submitting a real app to the iTunes store sometime in the next few weeks. Qwiki founder and CEO Doug Imbruce… Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Qwiki Raises, Like, $1 Million From Groupon Co-Founders

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki is on a roll. The visual search startup raised $8 million earlier this year from a number of well-knowninvestors including early Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. And today, the startup is announcing that it has received $1 million in new funding from Lightbank, the investment fund of Groupon co-founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky. This brings the… Read More

  • Lessons From TechCrunch Disrupt Audience Choice Winner Badgeville’s Launch

    I was honored to have been selected to launch my social rewards and analytics company, Badgeville, this past September at TechCrunch Disrupt. Badgeville made it to the final round of the Startup Battlefield and won the Audience Choice Award. As a result of our success at TechCrunch, we’ve had the opportunity and good fortune of selling over $1 million in Web-based software, securing… Read More

  • Video Search Engine Qwiki Is Now Available To The Public

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki launched publicly today after a week filled with the news, most notably that of an $8 million funding round led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and YouTube founder Jawed Karim. Qwiki, for those of you who haven’t been following the hype, basically reads heavily Wikipedia-sourced articles out loud with photo and video accompaniments. Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Qwiki Hits No. 1 On Google Trends 'Hot Searches' In The U.S.

    Buoyed by news that early Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin led an $8 million investment in the startup, TechCrunch Disrupt winner and visual search startup Qwiki has hit no.1 on Google Trends ‘Hot Searches’ in the U.S. That’s a pretty impressive feat for a startup that was virtually unknown six months ago. And the company is still in private alpha. What makes Qwiki so… Read More

  • Facebook Billionaire Eduardo Saverin Leads Qwiki's $8 Million Round

    Facebook Billionaire Eduardo Saverin Leads Qwiki's $8 Million Round

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki has closed its $8 million series A financing, which I first reported a couple weeks ago when it was midway through the round. Now we know the investors, and it is a very interesting group. The largest investor who led the round turns out to be Eduardo Saverin, the early Facebook co-founder who was pushed out of the company but walked away with enough shares… Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Qwiki Is In The Middle Of Raising A Quick $8 Million

    Qwiki, the visual search startup that won the top prize at TechCrunch Disrupt last September is in the middle of raising as much as $8 million in a series A financing. According to an SEC filing, it has already sold $5 million worth of the round. Both venture capital firms and individuals are investing. It appears that a large part of the round ($4 million so far) is being taken up by a… Read More

  • A Qwiki Snapshot Of AOL

    This is too funny not to post. The screen grab above comes from Qwiki, the visual search engine which came away with the top prize at our last TechCrunch Disrupt. Qwiki is still in private alpha , but it essentially assembles a visual narrative for millions of topics by pulling together images and text, which is read out loud by a friendly, female robo-voice. When you search for… Read More

  • Qwiki Has No Qwiki For Qwiki

    The world is starting to get a first hand glimpse of TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki. And one of the things they’re noticing is this – Qwiki has no qwiki for Qwiki. In other words, the site turns up no results for the query “qwiki,” and apparently a lot of first time users are using that as a test query. Just like lots of people type “google” into Google… Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Qwiki Arrives In Private Alpha (1,000 Invites)

    When Qwiki won the top $50,000 prize at TechCrunch Disrupt a few weeks ago, after much celebrating, co-founders Louis Monier and Doug Imbruce promised the service would start to open up privately in October. Today, they are making good on that promise and launching in private alpha, gradually letting in the 50,000 people who have already signed up for access. But if you are reading this post… Read More