• Facebook Hires TipJoy Co-Founder Ivan Kirigin After Backing Away From A Full Acquisition

    It turns out there is more to the story behind the sudden demise of Tipjoy. The micro-payments service was trying to sell itself, according to a source with direct knowledge of the attempted transaction, and even got an all-stock offer from Facebook nominally worth around $5 million. The deal fell through when Facebook walked away. But Facebook didn’t walk away completely empty-handed. … Read More

  • Tipjoy Heads To The Deadpool

    Tipjoy, a startup that allowed users to easily collect ‘tips’ from their readers and fans in the form of small Paypal transfers, is closing up shop. Earlier this evening Co-founders (and husband/wife team) Ivan and Abigail Kirigin posted a note to the Tipjoy blog announcing the site’s shutdown. Users with an outstanding positive balance will be able to cash out, but the rest… Read More

  • Contenture Launches. Micropayment-Based Freemium Models For All. (If People Use It.)

    A few weeks ago, we wrote about the impending launch of Contenture, a monetization network for sites built around micropayments. The idea is that while traditional online advertising models work for some sites, others are better suited for custom-tailored approaches — and that’s what Contenture can offer. Today, it has launched its service is giving TechCrunch readers a special… Read More

  • Tipjoy Makes A Useful Premium Twitter App To Test Its Payments API

    Say you have a group of individuals who all want to tweet from one account — right now, that’s a pain. You have to give everyone the password to the one account and have them log out of their own account and into this new one to use it. And even then, how do you know who is sending what tweet? You’d have to manually insert your own Twitter name at the end of your post or… Read More

  • Micro-Blogging Meets Micro-Payments, Courtesy Of Tipjoy's API

    Social micro-payments enabler Tipjoy is releasing an API today that allows charities but also companies and individuals to handle relatively small payments over Twitter. This opens up a lot of opportunities (and possibly also a can of worms) for applications that can benefit from small transactions, from e-commerce services selling content, subscriptions, etc. to charitable causes and… Read More

  • Tweet A Last-Minute Gift To Charity

    It’s micro-messaging meets micro-funding. Marketing consultant Laura Fitton is trying to raise money $2 at a time through Twitter. She is using Tipjoy, which allows people to turn Tweets into payments (via PayPal). Help her raise $25,000 for Charity:Water by Christmas. Tipjoy investor John Borthwick has agreed to match up to $10,000 in donations. For less than the price of a… Read More

  • Tipjoy Raises $1 Million For Its Simple Micropayment Platform

    Tipjoy, a Y Combinator-funded micropayment startup that launched in February, has closed a Series A funding round led by Betaworks, with The Accelerator Group and Chris Sacca also participating. The company hasn’t disclosed the exact amount of the funding, but says that it is just shy of $1 million. Tipjoy offers as a basic micropayment system that allows bloggers to leave virtual… Read More

  • TipJoy's New API Lets Web Apps Share the Love (and Cash) With Their Contributors

    How do you get more people top leave tips on blogs? Try to make your tip jar app into a platform that spreads the wealth to more people. Y Combinator startup TipJoy is trying to do that with a new platform API for Web applications that will let them share tips with users who contribute content. The platform is launching today in closed beta (the first 200 Web developers who mention… Read More

  • Y Combinator Demo Day Roundup for Spring 2008

    The fledgling startups listed below will present their ideas and initial products to investors at this spring’s Y Combinator Demo Day on March 18. Of the 19 companies in this batch, 10 have already launched and only one remains in stealth mode. Most of them have been in development for only three months. Chatterous

    Chatterous connects various forms of communication so that people… Read More

  • TipJoy – A Better Tip Jar For Content

    The idea of a “tip jar” on blogs and other content sites to help bring in a few extra dollars has been around for years. Donations and payouts are generally made through PayPal, and there are a number of plugins for various blogging platforms to make the process easier. New Y Combinator startup TipJoy is designed to make it even easier to get people to click that tip button. Read More