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Secret life success ratio no one talks about

We are told a couple of things in life. The first in the capitalist economy is to go out and be a Go Getter. We’re told to take what’s rightfully ours. To accumulate as much as possible and generally try and have more and be better. It seems now that social media tries to push […]

Tech Weekly: Light-Bulb Moments

Every project in our Technology category starts with a bright idea. This week we saw everything from a quirky bike/car hybrid to a levitating light bulb. Eureka! Flyte: Levitating Light At the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Nikola Tesla demonstrated wireless power by illuminating light bulbs from across a stage. Show More Summary

Episode 53 – Tammy Camp & Matt Ellsworth, 500 Distro Team

20 hours agoTechnology / Startups : 500

This week, I speak with 500 Distro team members Tammy Camp and Matt Ellsworth. Learn more about our new Distrofund and WMD (Weapons of Mass Distribution), a one day conference covering marketing and distribution hack-tics to grow your startup. For more info visit: Love the show? Don’t forget to rate us and subscribe on iTunes!

To Build a Mobile App Business, Build a Growth Engine First

yesterdayTechnology / Startups : 500

Mobile growth is something we haven’t talked about enough here on the 500 blog. All that’s about to change with the following monster 500 DISTRO post from our friend Alex Austin at Branch Metrics. Btw, you can catch Alex on stage at 500’s conference on startup growth, Weapons of Mass Distribution — next Friday May 1  in San Francisco. Show More Summary

Jobscan Helps You Write Better Resumes

If you apply for a position at a large company, there is a chance that a human won’t even look at your resume. Many human resources department now use application tracking software (ATS) to help them sift through hundreds of applications. Read More

IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund, it’s 14th, was a smaller $1 billion capital pool. I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was raised in a two month period. That matches other notes… Read More

Congratulations to the Eisner Award Nominees

Every year at the San Diego International Comic-Con, the Eisner Awards are distributed to recognize creative achievement in the comics industry. Named for comic writer and artist Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and the man responsible for popularizing the term "graphic novel," the awards are the comic industry's equivalent of the Oscars. Show More Summary

JetMe Launches ‘Name Your Price,’ A Tool To Help You Get That Private Flight

JetMe, a startup trying to make booking a private jet simpler and more affordable, released a new tool today called “Name Your Price.” The feature lets users request a private flight, and pick a price that they are willing to pay. JetMe informs...Show More Summary

The Process: Simone Paasche Explains Jewelry

Obvious statement alert: making jewelry is hard and time consuming. The actual process of putting together jewelry tends to inform its place in the world as a luxury item. But it's also a craft worthy of being celebrated for its artistry. Show More Summary

Victorious Launches Its First Apps For Online Stars And Their “Superfans”

Victorious is launching mobile apps today built for Internet video stars Ryan Higa and The Young Turks. I assume this is good news if you’re a fan of Higa or The Young Turks, but even if you’re not, it’s the first public launch of apps from Victorious, making it the first real glimpse of what the company can do. Show More Summary

Accidental VC: The Most Dangerous Question for Founders to Overlook in Pitches

Accidental VC is a series of short posts written by me, Jay Acunzo. Though I never planned it, I somehow wound up working in VC as NextView’s VP of platform. As an operator, not an investor, I’m amazed at how many casual, throwaway comments...Show More Summary

YouTube Famous: Is Video a Viable Growth Channel for Startups?

2 days agoTechnology / Startups : 500

YouTube gets more than a billion uniques a month, featuring “big” influencers with multiple millions of subscribers, “mid-size” influencers who have hundreds of thousands of subscribers and “small” influencers who still boast more followers than some small towns have people. Show More Summary

Beacon Marketer Swirl Raises $18M

Beacon marketing startup Swirl Networks has raised $18 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Hearst Ventures and SoftBank Capital, with a new strategic investment from Twitter Ventures and participation from previous backer Longworth Ventures. Read More

After Raising $25M, U.K. Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Adds France And Germany To Its Menu

The premium take-out space in Europe continues to heat up as a number of startups target parts of the market that Just Eat, Foodpanda and Delivery Hero aren’t yet catering for. Namely, food delivery from premium restaurants that don’t traditionally offer a take-out and delivery service. Show More Summary

Hipstamatic Unveils DSPO, Its New Social Photography App For iOS

Apps now let you imitate almost every kind of photography invented, from tintypes to disposable cameras. With all the tools out there, it’d be understandable if developers cried surrender and instead turned their focus to, say, stickers. Smartphone photography stalwart Hipstamatic, however, is trucking on with the release of iOS app DSPO. Read More

First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand economy. Operator calls itself a “Request Network”. It’s an… Read More

The Process: Janet Lee on Illustrating a Classic

Prolific artist and illustrator Janet Lee's current project, in collaboration with our friends at Silence in the Library Publishing, is an illustrated edition of Pride & Prejudice. We caught up with Lee and asked her a few questions about her influences, the way she works, and her process for creating images from canonical texts. Show More Summary

Simplilearn Raises $15M For Professional Training And Certification

Simplilearn, a company helping customers get certified in areas like PMP (project management) and Android development, has raised $15 million in Series C funding. The company offers courses both online and in classroom workshops. ItShow More Summary

The Lean Startup Conference 2015

A massive rain storm blew through San Francisco in the middle of last year’s Lean Startup Conference. We woke up to a city-wide power outage, and Day Two of the conference had stopped before it started. No lights, no wifi, and no A/V. Show More Summary

Assured Labor Raises $6.75M, Has Connected Workers With 100K Jobs In Latin America’s Informal Sector

Long before LinkedIn went public or before a plethora of on-demand startups began washing the Bay Area and other U.S. cities with services at the click of a button, there was this startup from a MIT grad called Assured Labor. David Reich...Show More Summary

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