GrooveBook, a photo-printing app and subscription service that creates personalized photo books featuring up to 100 of your photos, shipped monthly, has been acquired by photo printing giant Shutterfly for $14.5 million. The smaller startup is probably best known for as the photo book app from TV’s “Shark Tank,” where founders Julie and Brian Whiteman pitched… Read More
Meet Antidate: another new kid on the dating app block. It’s aiming to stand out by putting a gender-skewed, asymmetric twist on the in-app experience. Read More
Spotify’s upcoming integration with Uber — getting announced formally today — is not the only development the music streaming service has planned to grow its business. The company has plans for a podcasting service as well as an as-yet undetermined feature that is currently set up under the name “Magic.” The features, uncovered in a developer build of the app,… Read More
Microsoft is up to its old tricks again, and just in time for the holidays. The latest ad out of Redmond pits its Surface Pro 3 against the MacBook Air, and with all the holiday cheer and spirit you’d expect in mid-November. Going over all the same features we see listed in every Surface Pro 3 ad, Microsoft talks about the touchscreen and the pen and the detachable keyboard, all the tune… Read More
Nokia is getting back into hardware after selling its handset division to Microsoft, but its re-entry into the gadgets market doesn’t look like it’s going to be a phone. The Finnish company tweeted out a teaser for an announcement it’s making November 18, which included a photo of a device that looks quite a big like an Apple TV, or some kind of streaming set-top box. It… Read More
Music video streaming service Vevo today announced that Rio Caraeff is stepping down from his role as the CEO — formally confirming news that was reported twice this past weekend, first based on a leak, then based on a leaked memo from Caraeff to staff. This is a massive change to the company’s leadership: Caraeff has been running Vevo since 2009 — the year it was… Read More
Glossier, a New York-based startup that sells a simple, highly curated line of beauty products, is taking $8.4 million in venture funding to pursue a tried-and-true strategy that many other e-commerce brands like Warby Parker have followed.
What is it?
Basically you take a staid product line, preferably a utility or necessity like eyewear or men’s razors, and then you verticalize… Read More
Over the past few months, a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit from a former Tinder employee has rocked Tinder. CMO Justin Mateen was ousted almost immediately and then, earlier this month, the CEO Sean Rad abruptly resigned. Today, however, the best friends from Southern California are venturing into yet another project together. Rad and Mateen have joined in on the seed round for… Read More
From wearables to moveables, the rise of the sensornet rolls on: a Bluetooth-connected suitcase which keeps tabs on where in the world you’ve traveled and tracks its own location using GPS so you’ll never have to leave the lost luggage department with a crestfallen face has passed $1 million raised on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. Read More
There are two big problems waiting to be solved in small business finance. Small businesses find it hard to access working capital at good rates. And lots of investors have capital lying around doing nothing, looking for somewhere to be deployed. Obillex is a new startup that, quite simply, matches the two up. Thus, ‘early payments finance’ startup Obillex has secured £3m funding,… Read More