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Sunday, August 31, 2014

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  • Former Teacher And Current Entrepreneur Walter Duncan Offers Advice On Getting Things Done

    Former Teacher And Current Entrepreneur Walter Duncan Offers Advice On Getting Things Done

    In honor of back to school we’re talking to creatives, VCs, and, in this case, entrepreneurs about what it takes to succeed. Walter Duncan is a really nice guy and dedicated “teacherpreneur” who has created a test-taking app. His start-up has taken in hundreds of thousands in funding and the accolades from teachers are never-ending. We asked him what it took to be a… Read More
  • The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding

    The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding

    Over the past few years the semiconductor funding ecosystem experienced a significant downturn. According to the GSA survey, there were only 5 Series A semiconductor funding rounds and 10 exits in 2010 in North America, Europe and Israel. Most of the VCs who invested in Semiconductors shifted their focus to software startups due to higher scalability, faster time-to-exit and low cost of failure. Read More
  • Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    When you think of Kansas City a few things come to mind: barbecue, blues, and √Čtienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, the first Frenchman to settle the area and his excellent treatise “Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a… Read More
  • An Interview With Max Gurvits, Boy VC

    An Interview With Max Gurvits, Boy VC

    Max Gurvits is an investor. Based in Bulgaria, the peripatetic VC is almost everywhere, showing up at events around the world and scouting out some amazing ideas. I talked to him about how he became a VC at a comparatively young age and what it takes to make it in investing for our back to school series. Read More
  • YC’s BillForward Wants To Change The Way You’re Charged For Subscriptions

    YC’s BillForward Wants To Change The Way You’re Charged For Subscriptions

    Amazon Prime, Netflix, utilities, the New York Times, HBO Go, the gym… When you stop and think about all the subscriptions you have, the list probably is a bit longer than you thought. But even as more subscription services become available, from ride shares to make up kits, it seems companies still offer customers limited subscription options due to constraints with their billing systems. Read More
  • Snapchat Steps On Twitter’s Toes, Lets You Follow Remote Events Live

    Snapchat Steps On Twitter’s Toes, Lets You Follow Remote Events Live

    Snapchat has just updated its app with a brand new Live section that will incorporate Our Story into everyone’s feed, regardless of location. Our Story is a Snapchat product that lets users contribute snaps to a single Story (or, thread of snaps) from a single event. The product first launched back at Electronic Daisy Carnival, and then went on to Rio, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza. Read More
  • Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone

    Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone

    A new mobile application called Tripcast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also plotting them on map, and inviting fellow travelers to build albums with you. This is not the first time… Read More
  • Curious Launches Categories, Courses, And A Crafting App For Mobile

    Curious Launches Categories, Courses, And A Crafting App For Mobile

    Curious, the video-enabled tutoring and teaching service for anyone who thinks that curiosity may be bad for cats but great for people, is launching some new features, a new crafting app, and a wholly redesigned website. The company’s site now is organized into categories and courses for the massive number of tutorials on any topic ranging from how to replace a carburetor to how to play… Read More
  • Plasticity Labs Raises $2.1M To Boost Employee Morale

    Plasticity Labs Raises $2.1M To Boost Employee Morale

    Plasticity Labs, a company that uses data analytics to measure workplace morale, announced that it has raised $2.1 million led by Fibernetics Ventures. The funds will be used for sales and development. Plasticity was founded in 2012, three years after co-founder and CEO Jim Moss, a former professional lacrosse player for Colorado Mammoth, fell ill with swine flu and was also diagnosed with… Read More
  • Singld Out, A DNA-Based Dating Service, Can Match You With Dates Who Will Smell Sexy

    Singld Out, A DNA-Based Dating Service, Can Match You With Dates Who Will Smell Sexy

    There are dozens, if not hundreds, of services out there to help you find someone you might like to have sex with. But there are very few that are run solely by two female founders, and even fewer that use “biological compatibility” as a criteria for matching two users. Meet Singld Out, a platform built for busy folks who are looking to love and need more than just a photo to… Read More