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Jolla Smashes $1m Crowdfunding Barrier. Jolla has smashed the $1 million mark for its new Sailfish OS tablet, which is quite a remarkable feat given the crowdfunding campaign kicked off less than 48 hours ago.

Jolla Smashes $1m Crowdfunding Barrier

Founded by a group of ex-Nokia employees who wanted to give MeeGo a second chance, Jolla was the first smartphone to offer a fresh take on the forgotten platform, which is called Sailfish OS. The Jolla smartphone went on sale across Europe last December via a dedicated online store on Jolla’s website. Yik Yak Is Close To Closing On Roughly $75 Million. Thank the kids in America for turning Yik Yak into the newest technology craze that’s a parental nightmare and an anonymous messaging juggernaut.

Yik Yak Is Close To Closing On Roughly $75 Million

Only a year after its launch, the app is now close to closing on roughly $75 million in new financing, according to several sources with knowledge of the company. With a focus on local and anonymous messaging for college students, Yik Yak has overtaken earlier entrants like Whisper and Secret to become one of the top ten social networking apps in the country, according to the analytics and tracking service App Annie. In fact, we’d originally heard that the round was going to be in the region of $25 million but that it crept up on the back of the app’s current popularity.

Our sources are close-lipped on who’s leading the new investment, but previous investors include DCM Ventures, which led the seed and Series A round, and individual investors including Tim Draper and Kevin Colleran. India's Top 10 Tech Startups. Believe It or Not, Wales Has a Growing Tech Scene. TechCrunch - The latest technology news and information on startups. Our Favorite 500 Startups Demo Day Businesses.

At the ninth edition of 500 Startups’ demo day, 30 startups took to the stage vying for investment and a mention in the tech press.

Our Favorite 500 Startups Demo Day Businesses

Underneath the rock star claims and hyperbole about changing the world, there were some gems that hit the stage in Mountain View. Today, the companies ranged from child care to bitcoin. As Silicon Valley tries to expand beyond the build-an-app and hope Facebook/Google/Apple/etc buy’s it business plan, start ups have become more eclectic. The First Trillion-Dollar Startup. Editor’s note: Rhett Morris is the director of Endeavor Insight, the research arm of Endeavor, a nonprofit that supports more than 900 entrepreneurs in 20 countries.

The First Trillion-Dollar Startup

11 of the Hottest Startups from Tech Open Air Berlin 2014. Ah, Berlin.

11 of the Hottest Startups from Tech Open Air Berlin 2014

The city that wears its history on its sleeve, yet allows ample space for new culture to thrive. Australian Government Should Follow Singapore in Supporting Startups. The 4 most exciting HAXLR8R hardware startups. The HAXLR8R accelerator may sound like the X-Games/13 year-old leet-speak of accelerators with all the capital letters and the use of an “8″ in its name.

The 4 most exciting HAXLR8R hardware startups

But in reality, it’s demo day at the Autodesk gallery showcased 10 companies with hardware products that might actually be worthy of your hard-earned cash. In particular, four caught our eye. From skateboarding to dropping off your keys at the local convenience store, these four ideas are the result of 111 days of work in Shenzhen China they’re working with manufacturers and fine tuning their business hoping to solve problems via hardware instead of software. Syrmo Nearly every company has released a wrist-bound tracker. The app also features video functionality that syncs each trick and geolocation with the footage shot. Hoard. And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 Is… Vurb. It’s been a long, tough road, but it’s finally time to crown the winner of the Disrupt Battlefield.

And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 Is… Vurb

This year’s batch was truly awesome. Twenty-seven startups took the stage to present. The six finalists were Boomerang Commerce, ISI Technology, Mimi, Mink, ShowKit, and Vurb. Wayra U.K. Adds Six More Startups To Its 2014 Mentoring Program. Back in January the Telefonica-backed accelerator Academy, Wayra U.K., announced the intake for its 2014 accelerator program – naming 13 startups that would be put through their paces during the nine-month mentoring program.

Wayra U.K. Adds Six More Startups To Its 2014 Mentoring Program

Today it’s topped up that number with six more startups which will be joining the existing teams in its London-based Academy in May. The reason for the late additions to Wayra U.K.’s third intake is that the Academy has space for 20 startups — and with only 13 slots filled earlier in the year, places remained. (A spokeswoman for the program told TechCrunch spaces can go unfilled for a variety of reasons, whether that’s down to the initial shortlist not being strong enough, or not matching up with the general business ideas Wayra wants to see in the Academy at a particular time, or indeed selected startups not choosing to take up an offered place. U.K. Startup SkillFlick Opens Its Doors As A Marketplace For Local Services — Starting In London.

SkillFlick is a U.K. startup with the self-described aim of building an ‘Airbnb for local skills’.

U.K. Startup SkillFlick Opens Its Doors As A Marketplace For Local Services — Starting In London

The site was founded two years ago, launching in beta in January 2013 and is just opening up fully to the public this month. Mashable. The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups.


If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Screwpulp One-Liner Pitch: Screwpulp helps indie authors find an audience with pricing driven by demand. Why It's Taking Off: Readers can download free books in exchange for reviewing them, and as reviews and download rack up, book price increases translating into better earnings for writers. The music industry was democratized by YouTube and Soundcloud, news by Reddit and Twitter and many other categories by Kickstarter.

Screwpulp launched last year to help independent authors get their books in front of readers and the site now has 70 books from 55 authors, and just raised its first round of funding. 10 Y Combinator Startups to Watch. Y Combinator is one of the best-known startup incubators in Silicon Valley. Since its launch in 2005, it has helped launch hundreds of startups, including Reddit, Scribd, Airbnb and Dropbox. Participating startups come from all over the world to spend three months tweaking their pitches, working on their products and getting ready for the final day of the program when they pitch to a room full of investors at Demo Day. This year's first group of hopefuls, who presented Tuesday in Mountain View, included a service to help passengers get reimbursed by airlines for delayed flights, a new technology to make batteries last longer and a startup that's creating new materials for 3D printing.

Box Files For $250M IPO On Full-Year Revenue Of $124M, Net Loss Of $168M. The Box S-1 is out at last. The cloud storage company is looking to raise up $250 million in the flotation. That sum is less than its competitor Dropbox recently raised from the private markets. Augmedix nabs $3.2M for a Google Glass app made just for doctors. How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company? Find out at DataBeat, May 19-20 in San Francisco, from top data scientists, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. Growth vs. Profit: What Should Rising Startups Focus On First? George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago. Startups to Watch at SXSWi 2014. 7 Early Stage Startups to Watch in 2014. 8 Emerging Tech Hubs You Should Pay Attention To. From Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley, and Berlin’s hip coffee shops to East London’s Silicon Roundabout, the world is well versed in the global innovation boom towns.

15 Early Stage Startups to Watch. 10 Startups to Watch in 2014. If you only focus on the multi-billion dollar valuations of young companies like Pinterest, Uber and Snapchat, you might assume 2013 has been a very good year for tech startups. How Israeli Companies Can Go From Starving Startup To Growing Company. Noam Fine, co-Founder and CEO of Widdit, providing app developers engagement solutions over the mobile and Web platforms.

We read every day about new startups that have raised capital and have just recently launched their app or platform. launches Backer, a service to help startups and developers crowdfund new features. 25 January '14, 09:48pm Follow, the social platform by Dalten Caldwell has launched a new crowdfunding service called Backer that allows companies to ask users for money before committing to build software features.

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How To Create A Minimum Viable Product. 5 Startups Improving Society Through Technology. Submit Your Startup - 32 Free Web Directories to Get You Users, Publicity and SEO. Going from $0 to $500k in 1 Year with no VC Money. User Experience Vision For Startups. The Age of the Female-Centric Startup. Crowdsource Original Music with AudioDraft. TxtRoo Launches A Yelp For The Feature Phone Market. Is This the Best Startup Launch Video Ever? Accelerating Innovation in Lebanon. The JOBS Act Passes Overwhelmingly in the House. Square set for 9 Figure Revenues in 2012. Early Adopter Recruiting Startup BetaBait Helps Users Show Their Love For Apps.

Entrepreneur matchmaking service Founder2Be launches premium accounts. YC-Backed SendHub Lets Businesses Text Their Customers, And Teachers Text For Free.