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11 Tips to Assemble your Project Dream Team

While some project creators work on their own, many have teams of colleagues and collaborators backing them up. Oftentimes these are people working on the project alongside the creator, but sometimes friends pitch in to help with packaging rewards, or fans provide feedback on a project before it launches. Show More Summary

Reddit’s head of community leaves after nine months

About nine months after taking on the role of head of community management at Reddit, Kristine Fasnacht (u/krispykrackers) has left the company. In a post titled, “Admin released from captivity, reintroduced to Reddit community,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman wrote: I am sad to share that u/krispykrackers is leaving Reddit. Show More Summary

Placemeter’s urban intelligence platform gets smarter

Placemeter helps businesses and municipalities measure what’s happening in front of their stores, on their streets and in their parks. In its first iteration, the service, which relies on real-time video feeds, was able to quantify the...Show More Summary

Dear startups, focus on the steak, not the sizzle

We are once again learning the old lesson that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably shouldn’t get a SaaS multiple. Read More

The Startup Pivot Pyramid

5 hours agoTechnology / Startups : 500

In 2011 we raised $2M from some of the top investors in Silicon Valley. Our startup, SocialWire (later renamed Manifest), helped online retailers instantly personalize the shopping experience when their customers signed in with Facebook. Show More Summary

Zesty hires Nate Keller, Will Douillet to ramp up healthy corporate catering

Food delivery startup Zesty is rolling out its office catering service beyond San Francisco to locations throughout the Silicon Valley peninsula, and has brought on two food and hospitality executives to support its expansion. Joining...Show More Summary

Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods

Amid the shift of commerce to online stores like Amazon, one huge segment of the industry has been overlooked: dollar stores. Many assumed that’s because with retail price points that low, there’s little room for profitability – after...Show More Summary

Newark Venture Partners wants to attract talent to Jersey with NVP Labs accelerator

Fresh on the heels of the launch of Tech:NYC, Jersey is getting in on the action with the unveiling of Newark Venture Partners new incubator, NVP Labs. Over the next five years, NVP has plans to invest $10 million per year into startups as part of the incubator. Show More Summary

Varsity Tutors, the online platform for learning, launches a mobile app

Varsity Tutors, the online platform that lets top-of-the-line tutors connect with students who need some brushing up, has today launched a native mobile app. Back in 2012, the company started by simply matching tutors with students for in-person consultations. Show More Summary

Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

Education tech startup Bloomz has raised $2.3 million in seed funding for an app that connects teachers and parents, securely. The company’s app features tools that help teachers push updates about students or share photos of them from the classroom back to parents throughout the day. Show More Summary

Menu Next Door grabs $2 million for its home cooking platform

Menu Next Door just raised $2 million (€1.75 million) from Index Ventures, Local Globe, Kima Ventures and TheFamily. The startup is all about home cooking, literally. On Menu Next Door, you can either cook for people around you or buy a menu from someone around you. I’ve heard this pitch a dozen times. Show More Summary

Wrio’s roomier keyboard app launches on Android, iOS

There have been many attempts to update keyboards for the digital era and speed up typing by rethinking the antique Qwerty layout. Problem is you’re going up against muscle memory, and resistance to change the habit of a lifetime. And that’s a very hard nut to crack. But a Swiss startup reckons they have done it with their Wrio keyboard. Read More

Taipei-based startup Woomoo acqui-hired by Priceline

Woomoo, the startup behind app prototyping tool POP, has been acqui-hired by Priceline. All six of the company’s employees have relocated from Taipei, where Woomoo was based, to Bangkok to work on app development for Agoda, the hotel booking website owned by Priceline. The deal’s terms were undisclosed. Read More

TourRadar locates $6M Series A for its travel tour booking site

Founded by Australian brothers Travis and Shawn Pittman but relocated to Austria of all places, TourRadar, the travel tour booking site, seems to be on a roll. The startup has just closed $6 million in Series A funding, based, I’m hearing, on a major growth spurt over the last 7 months. Read More

Lyft will now let you schedule trips ahead of time

Ridesharing platform Lyft heard the people and the people wanted to schedule rides ahead of time. So, starting today, Lyft is adding a new feature to let you schedule that ride to the airport or crucial business meeting you need to be...Show More Summary

Penny raises $1.2M in seed funding for its personal finance bot

Penny, a personal finance bot we reviewed last fall, has raised $1.2M in seed funding from Social Capital. As a refresher, the app offers a chat-based interface that offers advice tailored to your personal finances. This advice includes...Show More Summary

SyndicateRoom raises $4.5M Series A to push for growth in equity capital markets

SyndicateRoom today announced a £3.1m ($4.5m) Series A from a number of heavy-hitting angel investors. The round was led by Abcam founder Jonathan Milner, who noted he is excited about the company’s “superb leadership and a brilliant company culture”. Unicorn AIM VCT was the largest investor in this round, putting down a $1.4m bet on the company’s future. Read More

Zzish wants to make it easier to create educational apps and use them in the classroom

London-based edtech startup Zzish is on a mission to unlock the potential of apps for learning, by making it easier to first create educational apps and then use them properly in the classroom. Read More

Comparably launches Glassdoor competitor that filters employee reviews by race and gender

Comparably, the site that originally launched as a compensation data and culture platform, is officially getting into Glassdoor’s territory with the launch of a company employee reviews feature. Ultimately, Comparably’s goal is to provide more transparency around what it’s actually like to work at certain companies. Currently, Comparably has tens of thousands of… Read More

‘Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur’, the iOS Notification Center game, acquired by Genera Games

When Iván De Cabo hacked together ‘Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur‘, the super casual game playable from within the iOS Notification Center game, he had no idea what would happen next. Read More

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