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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Online Survey And Form Builder Typeform Raises €1.2M

20 minutes ago
 Typeform, the Spanish startup that takes the heavy-lifting out of creating user-friendly surveys and other types of online forms, including payments, has raised a €1.2 million further round of funding, led by London­-based VC Connect Ventures. Existing backers Point Nine Capital, and RTA ventures, also participated, along with Mariusz Gralewski, CEO and founder of DocPlanner. The fresh… Read More by Steve O'Hear

Sigfox Wants To Turn Its Network For Connected Objects Into A Platform, Hires Cédric Giorgi

33 minutes ago
 French startup Sigfox is building a low cost, alternative cellular network for connected objects. It allows small connected objects to talk with Sigfox’s server with a very small battery and cheap hardware. It sounds too good to be true, but the company’s network already works in a few countries and has many interesting potential use cases. Now, the startup wants to turn its… Read More by Romain Dillet

In Me-Too Move, Finnish Mobile Messaging App Jongla Rolls Out Branded Channels

49 minutes ago
 When Finland’s Jongla re-booted to offer a multi platform mobile messaging app for modern-day smartphones, I questioned how it was going to distinguish itself in such a crowded market. In part, the plan was to focus on a very youth-oriented positioning of its app, with an emphasis on cartoon-y virtual stickers from the get-go. Another was to go far and wide in terms of device support,… Read More by Steve O'Hear

Ray Ozzie’s New Venture Talko Launches An App For Collaborative Voice Communications

4 hours 18 minutes ago
 After two and a half years, former Microsoft chief architect Ray Ozzie and his team are finally ready to reveal what they’ve been working on. Called Talko, their new mobile app is designed to change the way consumers and enterprises collaborate with each other through a mix of live and asynchronous voice communications. Read More by Ryan Lawler

ZEFR Has Acquired Social Advertising Startup Engodo

 Video monetization platform ZEFR could be looking to extend its advertising reach beyond YouTube with its acquisition of social advertising startup Engodo. Last week ZEFR entered into a purchase agreement with the Salt Lake City, Utah-based startup in what appears to be a cash-and-stock deal, according to an SEC filing. Read More by Ryan Lawler

Lyft Acquires Shared Ride Startup Hitch To Bolster Its Lyft Line Service

 Before Lyft Line, before UberPool and before SideCar Shared Rides, there was Hitch. The Hitch founders today announced they will be joining one-time competitor Lyft in order to bolster that company’s own shared ride offering. Read More by Ryan Lawler

The Reinvention Of Medicine: Dr. Algorithm v0-7 And Beyond

 Editor’s note: Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, which is focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. The “practice of medicine” developed through tradition, and the experiential evolution of best practices with small-scale medical research studies can be substantially improved through the… Read More by Vinod Khosla

Draper Nexus Holds $30 Million First Close For Its Latest U.S.-Japan Fund

 The cross-border Japanese-U.S. venture capital fund Draper Nexus has raised $30 million for its $100 million second fund in the latest sign that the former affiliate funds in the DFJ Global Network are growing up. A little over a year ago, DFJ restructured its network of affiliate funds, changing the payment scheme and flattening the management structure so that the main DFJ fund did not… Read More by Jonathan Shieber

AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Giant WPP

 Ad tech company AppNexus announced early today that it has raised an additional $25 million in funding from ad holding company WPP. As part of the deal, AppNexus is also acquiring Open AdStream, the ad-serving technology from WPP’s Xaxis. “Open AdStream has been one of the most effective and trusted ad serving platforms in the world for years,” said AppNexus CEO Brian… Read More by Anthony Ha

Mobile Rewards Startup Lootsie Hires Steve Cho As Its First COO

 Lootsie, a startup that allows advertisers to present mobile app users with special rewards, announced today that it has hired its first chief operating officer, Steve Cho. Cho previously worked in sales at IBM, and he was most recently vice president of business development at Kiip — which is pretty much in the same business as Lootsie. He said it was “a difficult decision”… Read More by Anthony Ha

Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

 According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites. The forum posting notes that some KDP authors (essentially indie authors using the platform) have… Read More by John Biggs

Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Platform Aviary

 Aviary just announced that it has been acquired by Adobe. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Aviary offers a software development kit to developers who want to add photo-editing capabilities to their apps. (Aviary has also created apps of its own, which it says have been downloaded 100 million times, as well as options for advertisers to turn filters and stickers into ads.) At… Read More by Anthony Ha

This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

 Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine actually tastes any better than the cheap stuff. The research, first published in ACS Nano, claims that an optical nanosensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can discern how you experience the sensation of dryness in wine. And they… Read More by Sarah Buhr

Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

 Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats. Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or… Read More by Josh Constine

Tiggly, An iPad Learning Toy For Babies And Toddlers, Raises Series A

 Tiggly, an educational app designed for iPad’s youngest users – babies! (oh, and toddlers, too) – has raised a Series A round of funding led by Habermaass GmbH, a Germany-based early play and learning company, and owners of the toy brand HABA, which is now entering the U.S. edtech market. Though the startup won’t disclose the size of the round, it had previously raised… Read More by Sarah Perez

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