Mar 4 a Mar 10
Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
Como não fazer o trocadilho do título depois de ouvir comentários de algumas pessoas e de ver o texto do Daniel Belalian (co-fundador e designer de experiência do usuário na ideias.me )? Ele apontou uma série de fatores que vem dando novas perspectivas aos empreendedores e inovadores da região. Para quem quer estar por dentro, recomendo a leitura. Segue o texto que ele enviou pra gente divulgar. Imagens e texto abaixo: Daniel Belalian, em StartupMS . Já acompanhei de perto o cenário de startups em São Paulo e Porto Alegre e me surpreendi com o cenário disruptivo que vi em Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, na última quinta-feira (1).
Ontem os envolvidos comemoraram em Recife mais um aporte do Criatec , fundo de capital semente montado com recursos que incluem o BNDES e o Banco do Nordeste. A startup felizarda foi a SiliconReef , que foi incubada no CESAR , venceu o Desafio Brasil 2009 e passou por due dilligence após ser finalista de uma competição do fundo norte-americano DFJ. A startup, especialista em energy harvesting, já tem protótipo de um microchip que acumula sinais eletrônicos do ambiente, os transforma em energia e os armazena para posterior carregamento de pequenos aparelhos – como telefones portáteis.
Empreendedor aposta no mercado de dados e convida startups para uso gratuito dos seus “adwords para email marketing”Após ter criado algumas startups de sucesso na área de Tecnologia, Segurança e Mídia Digital, o empreendedor Gabriel Menegatti está constituindo uma nova startup chamada de “s1mbi0se technology ventures , com uma diversidade de produtos cujo foco principal é a coleta, processamento e inteligência de dados digitais sobre o perfil, comportamento, interesses, intenções e ações dos e-consumidores (pessoas online). Ele já chegou a apresentar um desses produtos (o PagoPago ) durante o TechCrunch Disrupt , mas hoje está promovendo o OpenMail , uma plataforma diferenciada que ele quer oferecer gratuitamente para as startups que nos lêem. Gabriel inova com tecnologia desde os 8 anos de idade (por exemplo familiar, pois o pai dele já teve uma série de empresas, ainda tem algumas), quando criou um serviço de criação de sites (depois vendido para um portal). Depois ele chegou a criar também a FSD Mercosul, vendida cinco anos depois para a F-Secure.
Quem envia novidades é o Adriano Brandão, um dos fundadores da Navegg , a startup de segmentação de audiência online que foi comprada pelo Buscapé no início do ano passado. “Desde nossa entrada no Buscapé as coisas mudaram bastante, claro. Creio que o ponto principal tem a ver com as diversas sinergias que existem entre a Navegg e as demais empresas do grupo. Isso tem alavancado muitos negócios e oportunidades. Se no começo de nossa operação o principal ativo da Navegg era seu mecanismo de profiling, hoje sem dúvida o maior valor da empresa é o alcance que nossa tecnologia tem na rede. Analisamos a navegação de mais de 70 milhões de internautas, a maioria na América Latina.
Segue notícia quentinha da startup que parece “nadar de braçada” no mar de ofertas da web brasileira e, quiçá, latina. O Peixe Urbano , site que revolucionou o comércio eletrônico local na América Latina ao introduzir o conceito de compras coletivas em março de 2010, anuncia a aquisição das operações do Groupalia em 6 países da região: Brasil, Argentina, México, Chile, Colômbia e Peru. O Groupalia está entre os principais players do segmento em cada um desses países e entre os sites mais visitados da América Latina. Com esta aquisição, o Peixe Urbano se consolida como a maior empresa latino-americana no âmbito do Local Commerce , ajudando cada vez mais consumidores a explorem as suas cidades e cada vez mais estabelecimentos locais a desenvolverem seus negócios.
It’s sort of funny that the only major thing those in the rumor business got wrong was the name of the new iPad. It’s not the previously presumed “iPad 3″, nor is it the “iPad HD”. It’s just the iPad. And that’s what it will be from now on. This was surprising because our expectations were set for a new name. But it really shouldn’t be all that surprising.
Triptrotting , a startup that connects travelers with hosts, has raised $1 million in a Series A round of funding. The company’s website promises that users will be “not just another clueless tourist.” The idea is that when you’re traveling to new places, it’s almost always better if you have a local friend, so Triptrotting tries to connect travelers with locals at their destination. If you’re a host, that can involve letting someone stay with you, or it can be more limited, like taking them on a tour or just meeting them for a meal. Co-founder Shana Zheng (who has in fact played Triptrotting host to TechCrunch office manager Greg Barto) says one of the most important parts of the service is its matching algorithm, which was developed in consultation with former eHarmony chief scientist Galen Buckwalter. Even though hosting is more about cultural exchange, not moneymaking, hosts can ask to be paid tips for specific services, like picking someone up at the airport.
Mobile ad network Millennial Media will be listing its offering on the New York Stock Exchange, according to a new S-1 filing. The network, which filed its original S-1 in early January, aims to raise as much as $75 million in the offering. The company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MM.” According to more recent stats from the filing, Millennial serves ads to 200 million unique users worldwide, including approximately 100 million unique users in the United States alone. More than 30,000 apps are enabled by developers to receive ads delivered by Millennial.
Over the last year or so, we’ve seen an auspicious rise in the number of startups looking to tackle those seemingly intractable problems in both K-12 and higher education. One of these startups, the New York City-based ShowMe , found some early financial validation from an impressive set of investors, raising $800K last August from the likes of Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, betaworks, Learn Capital, and angel investor Naval Ravikant. Those familiar with Khan Academy — the startup that offers an impressive web library of videos on everything from arithmetic and physics to finance and history to let students learn at their own pace — will likely find it easy to understand ShowMe’s appeal.
Sawbuck Realty , an online real estate broker, has just launched a new app called HomeSnap which lets you discover information about any home nationwide just by taking a photo of it. Using a combination of mobile phone sensors to determine location and orientation as well as MLS and public records data, HomeSnap can tell you everything about a home, including how many square feet it has, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, estimated price and more. And it can do so even if the house is not on the market. More importantly, the app is actually fun to use. The company is also announcing the close of an additional $2 million angel round today, which adds to its previous $2 million round from 2009.
Crowdsourced news platform NewsiT.net just announced that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding. And, timed to match the beginning of South by Southwest, it’s also launching its iPhone app. The company was founded by longtime journalist Melinda Wittstock, who has worked for the Times of London, BBC Television, the Guardian, the Observer, ABC News, National Public Radio, and MSNBC/CNBC. Wittstock says she wanted to reinvent the newsgathering and publishing model after attending “too many conferences with a lot of moaning and not a lot of solutions.” This is hardly the first experiment with crowdsourced journalism.
Stealthy startup Newvem is debuting today with new SaaS based service for Amazon/AWS customers that aims to help businesses spend less money and gain more value from Amazon’s cloud infrastructure. Basically, the free app is built for Business Managers, IT Managers and Dev Ops to “get to know” their clouds, so they can better see what resources are being used and not used. Cloud spending can be expensive and Newvem wants to help users pinpoint where to optimize their resource usage and budget consumption. Integrated with AWS, Newvem tracks down-to-the-minute resource usage, learns the behavior of every resource, and identifies service level variations and life-cycle events.
Oblong Industries just announced a Series B funding round led by The Foundry Group. Together with Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners and Energy Technology Ventures (a GE-NRG Energy-ConocoPhillips venture) Oblong Industries is looking to further the development of its groundbreaking computing systems. That’s not hyperbole either.
What a long, strange trip it’s been. As Microsoft throws their considerable weight behind the Windows Phone platform, they’re running out of love for their still-kicking Windows Mobile OS, and today they’ve driven another nail into its coffin. According to a new email being circulated to users as I write this, the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace will officially shut down on May 9. The move to kill the Windows Mobile Marketplace (not the newer Windows Phone Marketplace, to be clear) has been in the works for a while now — it began back in June 2011 , when Microsoft announced that Windows Mobile users would no longer be able to download apps from the Marketplace website. Fortunately, apps could still be downloaded directly to a user’s device though that functionality will soon go dark. Microsoft advises WinMo users (all 9 of you, really) to make sure to snag whatever updates you can, because you’ll be out of luck before long.
Digital couponing startup SavingStar has been on a roll. The company launched in beta in August 2010 behind $2.3 million in financing from Flybridge Capital Partners, First Round Capital, and Founder Collective, with participation from angel investors like Ron Conway. The investment led to a name change (SaveWave to SavingStar), which was followed up with an official launch in April of last year, backed by a $7 million Series B round from its existing investors, before adding Buddy Media Founder and CEO Michael Lazerow to its Board of Directors in June. Then, in December, SavingStar crossed another milestone, announcing that it had surpassed 1 million active users in exactly 230 days, an achievement which its founders were quick to note it accomplished faster than bigs like Groupon, Twitter (over 2 years), or Foursquare (just over a year).