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Lucky 7: For the seventh year in a row, Kickstarter-funded films are nominated for Oscars

Since 2011, at least one Kickstarter-funded film has been nominated for an Academy Award each year. In 2013, Inocente even won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject. And this year, the Kickstarter Film team is thrilled to announce...Show More Summary

8 Key Ingredients to a Profitable Consulting Business

Most of the guidance you see for entrepreneurs is aimed at those who are selling a product (Apple, Tesla, Xiaomi), or selling a service (Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat). Yet, according to statistics from the Small Business Association (SBA),...Show More Summary

Marketing Hell Week January 2017 – Day 5 Recap

10 hours agoTechnology / Startups : 500

  What is Marketing Hell Week? MHW is Growth Marketing 101 Bootcamp 500Startups puts together for every one of their seed stage cohorts. The event is also livestreamed free. Join us for Sales Hell on March 1-2, 2017 here: http://www.growth.500.co/...Show More Summary

In a World of Startup How-Tos, What About Bucking the Trend? [Traction #37: Chad Laurans, SimpliSafe]

Chad Laurans is the CEO of SimpliSafe, a large and growing tech company located in the Boston area. Years ago, in the span of 30 days, three of Chad’s friends were robbed. The companies that should serve them well in those moments were anything but helpful, comforting, and simple to work with. Show More Summary

Thistle launches meal kits to make nutritious baby food at home

Food delivery startup Thistle was never been in the business of making meal kits, those boxes of pre-measured ingredients and recipes to help customers cook at home. The startup’s married cofounders, Ashwin Cheriyan and Shiri Avnery, thought that prepared meals, ready-to-heat or raw and ready-to-eat, were a better fit for their busy customers. Show More Summary

Our First 100 Days in Mexico

Versión en español a continuación. Today marks 100 days since we opened Kickstarter to artists and creators in Mexico. During that time, more than 500 independent artists, photographers, filmmakers, designers, developers, musicians, and more have launched projects, raising 16 million pesos from backers around the world. Show More Summary

Kickstarter Partners with New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) for a Weekend of Arts Events in NYC

  Since Kickstarter’s launch in 2009, we’ve been eager to cultivate new opportunities for the public to engage more meaningfully with contemporary art. From nightmarish political satire in the form of a haunted house to a free art school...Show More Summary

Revcontent acquires Rover for better content recommendation tech

Revcontent, a self-funded company powering content recommendations for publishers like Forbes and The Atlantic, has acquired Rover. That’s not Rover the pet-sitting marketplace, but rather the content discovery app formerly known as Flipora and Infoaxe. Show More Summary

DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

Like all great programmers I get most of my code from StackOverflow questions. Can’t figure out how to add authentication to Flask? Easy. Want to shut down sendmail? Boom. Now, thanks to all the code on the Internet, a robot can be as smart as a $180,000 coder. Show More Summary

This is your last chance to buy tickets to the Miami Meetup + Pitch-off!

Tonight is the night! The Miami Meetup + Pitch-off kicks off at 6pm and this is your last chance to get in on the fun! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then please let me explain: The Meetup + Pitch-off is a regional event we hold to get to know the local community. Show More Summary

SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

Born out of technology designed to put an appropriate price on a musician or band’s live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like so many social media management products, it promises less noise and more signal. Read More

Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $6.3 million from investors including ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio

As pollution, extreme weather, and over-population threaten the viability of large, outdoor farms, a startup called Bowery Farming Inc. has raised $6.3 million in venture funding to grow food indoors, even in the middle of a city. The...Show More Summary

K2 Global’s $183 million VC fund aims to decentralize Sand Hill Road

K2 Global is announcing a $183 million venture capital fund targeted at early stage startups with global aspirations. The fund is closing significantly larger than the $58 million the firm initially raised. With a decentralized team and no Sand Hill Road office, K2 Global aims to bring Valley hustle to international technology investing. Show More Summary

Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises £19.5M with another £2.5M in crowdfunding planned

Monzo, one of a number of so-called “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, has disclosed details of its new funding round — confirming our scoop from earlier this week. Read More

Singtel’s digital ad division Amobee acquires Turn for $310M

Amobee just announced that it has agreed to acquire adtech company Turn for $310 million. Amobee used to be a mobile ad startup itself, before a 2012 acquisition by Singtel, where it remains a subsidiary. Since then, Singtel and Amobee...Show More Summary

SocialRank Realtime helps marketers get more proactive on social media

SocialRank co-founder Alex Taub classifies most brand interactions on social media into two broad categories. They’re either broadcasting to all of their followers or, if they’re communicating individually, it’s usually in a reactive way, like responding to a complaint. Show More Summary

Knotel raises $25M to expand its “headquarters as a service” approach to office space

Knotel announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series A funding. Founded in 2015, the company offers what co-founder and CEO Amol Sarva described as “headquarters as a service” — a flexible office space that can be customized...Show More Summary

Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

A new mobile app called Tap, launching today, introduces a different way to read stories on your phone: as text message-like chats. The app is the latest from Wattpad, a social publishing platform for authors whose community now includes over...Show More Summary

How Pinterest’s visual search went from a moonlight project to a real-world search engine

Sometime around 2013 and 2014, deep learning was going through a revolution that required pretty much everyone to reset their expectations as to how things worked, and leveled the playing field for what people were doing with computer vision. Show More Summary

Voysis raises $8 million to help it become the the Twillio of voice AI

Voice-powered artificial intelligence is not something that’s easy to set up for just any business, even if it might have real benefits in terms of driving sales or improving customer experience. Voysis is a startup that wants to change...Show More Summary

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