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Metadata raises $2M to help advertisers target users who resemble their existing sales leads

target / bullseye / dartboard Ad-targeting startup Metadata announced it has raised $2 million in seed funding. Co-founder and CEO Gil Allouche said the company’s technology offers an effective way for businesses that sell to other businesses to find and target new potential customers through advertising. Companies connect their Salesforce and other CRM accounts, then Metadata uses third-party data to help them… Read More

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Checking the market’s temperature with Bain’s Ajay Agarwal

Ajay Agarwal Ajay Agarwal leads the West Coast team for Bain Capital Ventures, which he joined 13 years ago. (He’s seen some market zigs and zags, in other words.) We grabbed coffee with him earlier this week to get his thoughts on what’s happening out there right now. Our chat has been edited for length. TC: Bain Capital Ventures opened its first office in the Bay Area five years ago. Now… Read More

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Gillmor Gang LIVE 05.20.16

Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today, May 20 2016, starting at 1pmPT/4pmET.
Our live chat stream during the show broadcast
Gillmor Gang’s Facebook page HERE
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Lenovo video teases return of Motorola’s iconic RAZR flip phone

ILY5M Motorola’s RAZR surely stands as one of the most recognizable phones of yesteryear (although myself I preferred the Samsung Trace) — and while the brand has been desultorily maintained by Verizon, a new video from Lenovo suggests a more serious throwback device is nearly at hand, so to speak. Read More

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FlashFunders relaunches with crowdfunding support with the pass of Title III of the JOBS Act

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.08.31 PM In the wake of the passing of Title III of the JOBS Act, crowdfunding equity platform FlashFunders has relaunched its site with new features. The new features allow users to crowdfund investment under Form C, which allows for up to $1 million in a single Series from anyone, not just accredited investors. FlashFunders launched on the scene a little under one year ago, offering a web-only way… Read More

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Paul Bragiel is back with a new venture firm

sochi-bragiel Paul Bragiel, the venture capitalist who made an unsuccessful run at qualifying for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as lone member of the Colombian cross-country ski team, is forming a new, San Francisco-based venture firm with his brother, Dan. According to an SEC filing, they are targeting $10 million for their debut effort. The outfit is called Bragiel Brothers. We’ve reached out… Read More

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Google’s new 360-degree short ‘Pearl’ puts you in the passenger seat with dad and daughter

pearl_shot It’s Friday, so you can probably spare a few minutes to watch a heartwarming little 360-degree animated film, the latest in Google’s “Spotlight Stories.” This one, entitled “Pearl,” takes place entirely inside a beat-up ’80s sedan, and traces the story of a girl and a guitar. Read More

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Google demos Project Ara developer unit, plans for a 2017 commercial release

ara_proto It’s been a little while since we’ve heard much about Project Ara, but Google wasn’t going to let an I/O go by without shedding a little more light on the much discussed (and formerly Moto-centric) modular smartphone platform. After highlighting the latest updates from Projects Soli and Jacquard, the company showed off an impressive working developer edition of the phone to… Read More

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Fitbit finally gets design with the Alta sports tracker

fitbitalta3 For me, fitness trackers are all about motivation. I used to go for a run every single day, and then quit, and then went to yoga every single day, and then I did nothing every single day. Now, a little older and a little more sore, I find myself worried less about working out all the time and am more focused on eating healthy and taking enough steps throughout each day. This can be… Read More

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Indiegogo improves crowdfunding with a stamp of approval for hardware projects

indiegogo-and-arrow One of the biggest challenges of a hardware crowdfunding campaign is delivering in a timely fashion. Indiegogo knows that better than most, and is teaming up with Arrow Electronics to help entrepreneurs deliver products. The move is continuing the crowdfunding platform’s hard push to beat Kickstarter as the go-to platform for gadgets and electronic products. Read More

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