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Belly, a loyalty and customer rewards program for small and medium sized businesses, launched today in Chicago, announcing it has received more than $1 million in seed capital from Lightbank, the firm owned by the co-founders of Groupon.
[Update: Couple of spots left for tomorrow; last call.]
VentureBeat, as mentioned, is kicking off 2012 by co-hosting a special event in San Francisco on January 5, focused on disruption in the enterprise.
BioLite, a company that has produced a safe, efficient cooking stove that uses wood or twigs as fuel, has gotten a boost from a $1.8 million infusion of cash from investors.
Amazon kicked up a stink yesterday, after it announced a special offer to save $15 today (Saturday) when customers using its price-comparison feature to check out prices at offline merchants.
Tens of thousands of Russians protested in streets of Moscow Saturday chanting that Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin is “a thief,” in one of the largest anti-Kremlin demonstrations since the struggles of the post-Soviet collapse in 1993.
Apple has partnered with a patent troll company called Digitude Innovations, VentureBeat has confirmed, allowing that company to attack the world’s largest phone manufacturers of smartphones.
In Feb-March of next year, I’m heading to Singapore to attend DEMO Asia, a new event we’ve created to showcase the most disruptive technology companies in the Asia Pacific region.
If you’re based in New York and looking to launch your next big tech product soon, join me for a private feedback session on December 13 with one of the city’s most respected venture capital groups, RRE Ventures.
Editor's Pick Software giant SAP acquired internet software company SuccessFactors on Saturday for $3.4 billion, in what most accounts praised as a commendable move to embrace the so-called “cloud.”
Only a few seats remain for tomorrow and Thursday’s CloudBeat 2011 event.
No one embodies the classic, sniff-it-out serial entrepreneur more than Mike Cassidy, who has now built and sold four companies (Stylus Innovation, Direct Hit, Xfire and Ruba), some of them with very impressive exits.
Here are the startups that presented at the big Turkey start-up-investor event 4ki Istanbul last week.
Last week, I visited Turkey, and discovered what a lot of people are saying about this fascinating country: It’s the next developing hotspot for technology startups, especially for e-commerce.
We are thrilled to announce that VentureBeat will be kicking off 2012 by co-hosting a special event in San Francisco on January 5, focused ostensibly on disruption in the enterprise. But one of the real reasons we’re doing this is to throw a massive holiday party.
Are you based in the London area and think you may have the next big disruptive tech product?
Venture firm Accel Partners has carved out a $100 million “big data” fund to invest in companies focused on building new IT infrastructure or on applications than run on that new infrastructure.
I’ll be traveling to Turkey next week to attend 4iX — the 4th Istanbul International Innovation Investors Xchange on November 15 and 16.
SecondMarket, a company that lets people buy shares in private companies — including in popular pre-IPO companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Groupon — said it has raised $15 million in a third round of financing.
Google’s announcement Friday of its plan to bring a hundred channels of new Hollywood-produced content to the Web may well be a watershed moment for television.
The head of HP’s PC division Todd Bradley called a report yesterday that HP has decided to shut down its WebOS devision an “unfounded rumor.”
Editor's Pick Apple has apparently acquired a company called C3 Technologies that has sophisticated processing technology that can build 3D maps.
VentureBeat and DEMO will be heading to New York City next week, where we’ll be throwing a party on Tuesday, October 25 at the Katra Lounge (Bowery and Rivington), and we want the best of the NY tech scene to be there.
[vimeo 29869670 w=400 h=300] Nimbula, a company ties together public and private cloud resources in a way that companies can manage them easily, this week released the latest version of its software.
InMobi, the four-year-old company that is second place globally in mobile advertising, has raised an astonishingly large $200 million round of funding from Softbank Corp.
Barely 24 hours after getting fired from her position as CEO via a phone call from Yahoo’s chairman of the board, Carol Bartz tells Fortune, ”These people fucked me over.”
[Update: I probably should have specified a timeline for this market reaction. There's short term and long term. The market punished apple immediately in after market trading, as pointed out below. And yes, a week later, Apple's stock is actually higher than it was last week, as Gruber points out, BUT that comes after a week where the overall market had a nice upturn. Apple doesn't look so great in this perspective, where it appears slightly down compared to the market. But clearly, the most impact is going to come long-term, and that game has yet to play out].
Chuck Ganapathi, the man who created Salesforce.com‘s Chatter, the company’s largest product development effort ever, has left to join Accel Partners as Entrepreneur in Residence.
BT, the UK-based phone giant, has killed the Ribbit web phone and messaging platform it owns and is advising Ribbit customers to head to competitor Twilio.
Nokia‘s new superphones will offer a superior user interface and a better, cloud-enabled experience than its chief competitors, the company’s top U.S executive told VentureBeat.
Are you an analyst who knows everything about cloud technology and how it’s disrupting the enterprise?
VentureBeat is on a roll.
With eBay’s acquisition of Zong Thursday for $240 million, it’s hard not see it as the first salvo in a major war over today’s most important business theatre, mobile payments.
I’m headed to Montreal on July 15th, and I’m searching for more great companies that are doing awesome stuff.
Zynga founder Mark Pincus (pictured far left) will benefit the most from his company’s planned initial public offering, according to Zynga’s SEC filing.
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