Swirl uses beacons, bluetooth low energy (BLE), and mobile devices to deliver targeted offers to consumers when they walk into a store.
stories by Rebecca Grant
A global group of scientists are spending the next ten years and over a billion dollars to try and develop a computer simulation of the brain. Meanwhile, in Washington, the U.S. equivalent is on pause.
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) came out with its quarterly report today, which found that by number of funds, the third quarter ranks as the strongest quarter for venture capital fundraising in the past twelve months.
The organization launched its “directed giving” site this morning that connects people living on the brink of homelessness with donors who help them purchase specific goods and services.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has hit Airbnb with a subpoena for data on its 225,000 New York users. This is the latest development in an ongoing legal battle Airbnb has faced in NYC.
Editor’s Pick NYC-based Melba is building a network of fine dining restaurants where diners pay for fixed price meals in advance online — no decision-making, waiting around, or transacting, so you can sit back and enjoy the experience.
800,000 federal employees are currently being forced to stay home without pay as Congress and President Barack Obama are locked in a stalemate over the spending plan for the fiscal year. Over here in the private sector things are looking slightly better.
WP Engine unveiled some serious growth metrics today, as well as a new CEO and a rebrand of the site. The company is “at a tipping point” and looking to work with large enterprise clients.
Reuters published an exclusive report today which said that Intellectual Ventures — the pioneer, King, and most-well known of all patent trolls — has curtailed its patent buying while it raises new funds.
MyTime is an online appointment superstore that lets people see all open appointment times for more than 80 types of services, such as oil changes and yoga classes.
Jemstep has raised $4.5 million for its online portfolio manager that looks at your existing investment portfolio, and uses data analytics to recommend how to best invest your 401K savings.
Happy October! Here is today’s funding news.
Zoom offers a neighborhood-based, membership-only car rental service by hour or by day.
The Y Combinator-backed company helps small businesses and their employees get instant, customized quotes, make comparisons, and complete the application process online.
The company provides software-as-a-service that helps large organizations manage and optimize their vehicle fleets. It has been profitable for years, but doesn’t want to miss the “window for accelerating growth.”
The Climate Corporation applies data analytics to weather to help farmers adapt to climate change. Monsanto aims to build out its data science offerings to help farmers grow more Franken-crops than ever before.
The company has closed $25 million from Sequoia for its “talent interaction platform,” which leverages video technology to make each stage of the recruiting process more personal.
SAP Ventures has raised $1 billion in the past year to invest in enterprise startups and entrepreneurs. This latest raise brings its total capital under management to a massive $1.4 billion.
Leaf manufactures customized tablet POS systems for brick and mortar businesses. Its LeafPresenter tablet comes with a magnetic stripe card reader, near field communication (NFC), Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV), front and rear-facing cameras, and can also accept gift cards, PayPal, and mobile wallets.
The car-sharing startup grew by 3 times in 2013, fueled by surging demand for long-duration and airport rentals. 95% of its revenue came from this part of the business, and RelayRides decided to get rid of short-term rentals all together.
TheFind crossed the “1 billion shopping searches” mark, and shoppers have browsed over 100 billion products. The database includes 500,000 stores and 500 million products, and it updates 100 million listings a day to reflect new items, price changes, and current discounts. Whew.
Mounza launched an app today that helps students keep track of all on-campus career events in one place, so maybe, just maybe, finding a job won’t be so hard when they graduate.
Cover launched a mobile payments app today that lets you enjoy your meal without having to wait for or worry about the check. It also announced it has closed a $1.5 million seed round of funding.
Cigital bills itself as the world’s largest consulting firm specializing in software security. The Dulles, VA- based company works with government agencies and large corporations to design, build, and maintain secure software.
Editor’s Pick One-in-three of America’s doctors are on Doximity, and that reach is only getting bigger. Now this “Facebook-for-doctors” has released an API and announced more than 50 developer partners.
MedWhat has built a smarter solution to searching for medical information online. Founder Arturo Devesa said it has been called “Siri for Health” or “Dr. Google.”
Searching for an apartment lies somewhere between falling down the stairs at a party and getting a root canal on the “suckiness” spectrum. RentalRoost uses 20 lifestyle search criteria and social media data to make it easier.
Revolution Ventures has raised a $200 million fund, which the firm said is the “largest first-time venture fund outside of Silicon Valley since the 2008 financial crisis.” It focuses on early startups “off-the-beaten path.”
This “search-as-a-service” startup has closed $7.5 million, just six weeks after announcing a $1.7 million seed round.
Beddit is an ultra-thin sensor that goes under your bedsheets and collects data about your sleep quality, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movement, sleep stages, snoring, and the quality of your sleeping environment.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency this Sunday. Canada is launching Cassiope in an effort to unravel “the mysteries of space weather.”
At last! The FTC is taking action against patent trolls. Or at least it voted to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information about patent trolls. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
George Deeb said the era of startup incubators is over. His “excubator” program offers the services of 5 digital agencies as a bundle to support startups for the long-term, assuming they can afford it.
14 funding announcements came out today in the startup world.
Declara founder Ramona Pierson was the victim of a car accident and spent 18 months in a coma. 100 surgeries and incredible resilience later, she earned a masters in education, a PhD in neuroscience, and is now developing technology that can change how people collaborate online.
GoodEggs powers an online marketplace where people can buy high-quality, sustainable food from local food growers and producers, and have it delivered to their door.
Over 4,000 groups use MemberPlanet’s platform to handle communication, finance, and various other administrative tasks from a centralized dashboard.
The company claims to have created the first-ever social event app. Event organizers use its white-labeled technology to keep participants engaged in event, and measure that engagement after its over.
Shopular has raised $6.4 million from Sequoia for its mobile app that notifies shoppers of personalized sales and coupons when they are near a store.
There is big money in fast fashion, and JustFab’s founders want to build the next generation of these brands. If the founders of H&M and Zara are billionaires, why not them?