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22Apr/15Off

Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

makerbot-mill In the process of growth, startups change. They change from scrappy three-person operations to behemoths with new employees rolling in daily. They go on hiring sprees and the founders no longer know the people sitting at cubicles outside their offices. Bigger companies – Google and the like – start sniffing around. And those changes add up – going from 50 mph to lightspeed is… Read More

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22Apr/15Off

Russia’s Ozon.ru Is Selling Its Zappos Clone Sapato.ru To KupiVIP

sapato.ru Some downsizing underway for Ozon.ru, the e-commerce portal commonly referred to as the Amazon of Russia. The company is selling Sapato.ru — the “Zappos of Russia” that it acquired three years ago — to online fashion retailer KupiVIP. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed by the companies, Ozon has confirmed to TechCrunch. According to reports, they don’t… Read More

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22Apr/15Off

ClickMechanic, The U.K. On-Demand Car Mechanic Startup, Scores Seed Funding

ClickMechanic ClickMechanic, the U.K. startup aiming to be something like an ‘Uber for car mechanics’ by offering a marketplace that lets you easily and transparently book a mobile mechanic, has scored a modest seed round. The London-based company, founded by Andrew Jervis and Felix Kenton, has raised £320,000 from angel investors led by former Just Eat CEO Klaus Nyengaard. This adds to… Read More

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22Apr/15Off

Mt. Gox Customers Can Now File Claims For Their Lost Bitcoins

bitcoin-mountain There’s positive news for customers of Mt. Gox, the once industry-leading bitcoin exchange that blew up in spectacular fashion last year, after its creditors began accepting bankruptcy claims. Read More

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21Apr/15Off

Consumer Finance Startup CompareAsia Scores $40M Series A Led By Goldman Sachs

piggy bank CompareAsiaGroup, which runs websites that help users find financial services, has raised a $40 million series A led by the Goldman Sachs Investment Partners team. Read More

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21Apr/15Off

Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding

zenefits scottsdale Fast-moving HR and benefits startup Zenefits is looking to accelerate adoption even further. According to sources the company, which was founded just two years ago, is about to join the club of companies worth more than a billion dollars. Zenefits allows small- and medium-sized businesses to manage human resources services in a much simpler fashion. Like many other modern enterprise… Read More

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21Apr/15Off

Gravity4 And Gurbaksh Chahal Sued For Alleged Gender Discrimination — Here’s The Complaint

gurbaksh chahal Marketing startup Gravity4 and its CEO Gurbaksh Chahal were sued today by Erika Alonso, formerly the company’s senior vice president of global marketing.
Forbes broke the news of the lawsuit. Alonso accuses Chahal and his company of discriminating against her because of her gender, as well as illegally surveilling her during her job interview. Read More

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21Apr/15Off

Notifications Are The Next Platform

fbnotify As the world moves from web to mobile, we’ve been thinking deeply about how people will discover mobile products and services and how we will find and access all the things we need in our digital lives. Search (largely Google) has long been the access and discovery point for web services. This model was pull-driven (i.e. we proactively find information on websites as we need), and… Read More

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21Apr/15Off

U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

nsa-red In a speech at cybersecurity conference RSA, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outlined the government’s discomfort with increasing implementation of encryption by technology companies, and what impact the shift might have on national security. While tech firms like Apple are advancing encryption to an increasingly broad set of consumer activities, the government is… Read More

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21Apr/15Off

Republicans Continue Fight Against Net Neutrality With Three New Proposals

fcc House Republicans continued their push against the Federal Communications Commission in the wake of the net neutrality rulemaking with three proposals that would curb the agency’s authority. They would require the agency to share its rulemaking with the public more expediently and be more transparent about internal delegation. Read More

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