Jolla Smashes $1m Crowdfunding Barrier. 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.
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. India's Top 10 Tech Startups. With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India has obvious potential to become the world’s leading tech ecosystem.
Unfortunately, that opportunity has been undermined by poor infrastructure, hefty bureaucracy and the divide between the nation's urban and rural areas. 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.
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.
He edits a blog and monthly newsletter on entrepreneurship ecosystems here. In 1957, eight entrepreneurs decided to do something that seemed crazy. They launched a new tech company called Fairchild Semiconductor in a small town south of San Francisco. 11 of the Hottest Startups from Tech Open Air Berlin 2014. Ah, Berlin.
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.
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. 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.
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. It was an amazing batch with multiple hardware startups, innovative business models and good engineering. 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.
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’.
The site was founded two years ago, launching in beta in January 2013 and is just opening up fully to the public this month. It’s bootstrapped and is actively looking to raise a seed round now. TC last came across the startup pitching at our London meet-up back in July, when we described it as as an ‘Amazon marketplace but for local services’. 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. 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.
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. Register now and save $200! 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. App.net launches Backer, a service to help startups and developers crowdfund new features. 25 January '14, 09:48pm Follow App.net, 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. The idea behind Backer is that when a company wants to add a new feature to its software, it should be able to test just how much users desire a hypothetical feature by asking them to commit money to the functionality being built before development even begins.
App.net believes that this method works better than traditional methods of gauging user interest because “running a poll or doing informal research can easily lead to false positives” whereas asking users to commit money leads to more reliable results. Backer comes after App.net launched a trial run that asked its users to commit Bitcoins before the service would add subscriptions to be paid with Bitcoin. Winamp Acquired, Will Live to Play Another Song. 3 Pillars Of The New Business World: APIs, Identity, and Data.
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