Business software maker Intuit wants to be the go-to destination for entrepreneurs and small businesses — and it just scooped up yet another startup to help round out its small business division.
More than 250 retailers are banding together in Bitcoin Black Friday so that you can buy your Christmas tree, holiday flights, authentic Moroccan rugs, and booze, or pay for your next hot date, all with privacy and safety … in Bitcoin.
Twitter is the new customer service, to the surprise of no one who’s been paying attention. But few companies are taking it as far as Dutch airline KLM, which is now displaying live wait times on its Twitter account.
Small and medium businesses don’t always know how to market effectively online. For just $150 a month, Signpost can take care of their campaigns, attract new customers, and nurture existing relationships.
Editor’s Pick Prezi has raised over $14 million in venture capital to grow its business. However, despite rocket-stick growth and a massive user-base that just passed 30 million, the company has not used a single dime.
Which doesn’t mean the company won’t, of course.
Editor’s Pick Zenefits has managed to do the impossible — get people excited about back office operations.
Brad met the woman of his dreams, and it turned into a nightmare. A great first date was followed by the inevitable googling of his name.
Editor's Pick Karma. Anyone who has spent too much time in Excel spreadsheets needs some.
Sponsored Post With a plethora of options competing for consumers’ time online these days (either for entertainment or for other services), if your credit union desires an effective and vibrant virtual banking presence, you’d better be aiming to create a quality experience for your members — a quality virtual banking experience.
Sponsored Post There are about a million and one bug trackers on the market, ranging from enterprise-scale behemoths to souped-up spreadsheets. While this staggering range of options has served development teams for decades, it’s becoming clear that the evolution of our development processes is outpacing those of our tools.
Sponsored Post So, you went out and bought the new iPhone 5S because you’re an Apple loyalist or a sucker for all things new and shiny. Whatever your reason, you just supported a company with your purchase, but did you get anything out of the transaction besides a new gadget? Why not also invest in Apple, or any other company that has products and services that you love, to support yourself for the future?
Tel Aviv-based website builder Wix successfully debuted on the Nasdaq today, raising $127 million by selling 7.7 million shares at $16.50 each, the top end of its intended pricing range. The stock popped briefly above $17.50 before settling back down $16.46.
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Sponsored Post While new programming languages and frameworks abound that focus on the written code, new tools like Decisions are providing that graphical abstraction layer that allows for the non-technical user to construct applications by dragging and dropping instead of needing to know the correct syntax for an operation. Granted, a basic understanding of information systems is useful and will allow more to be done, but in many cases the graphical representation of a process provides enough context to guide additional development.
Full Slate will join the Intuit’s Demandforce team and will integrate its scheduler, customer relationship management, and e-commerce capabilities.
Sponsored Post Performance advertising historically has funneled mobile ad network advertisers but, with the maturity of the mobile ad industry, we’re witnessing the consolidation of ad tech – a trend that gaming studios need to watch. With consolidation fueled by RTB growth, the golden days of performance-based CPI advertising is nearing its end. The performance advertising bubble has finally popped.
Editor’s Pick Penelope Trunk has always been about careers. And she’s always been about off-the-wall suggestions, wacky ideas, and colorful ways of expressing them. Her new startup, Quistic, is exactly like her.
Quistic is a career-building online learning site focused on people who are not like you.
You’re having a garage sale. Perhaps a neighborhood social. Or, you’re trying to drum up business for your local landscaping company.
Why not buy a mobile ad?
In a new study on mobile wallets, Javelin Research investigated the “gang of five” — Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and PayPal — and their ability to win or lose the still-developing war for the mobile wallet. Interestingly, all of them would lose to consumer’s primary financial institution, their bank.
Funding Circle connects small businesses with investors who fund their loans, so they don’t have to go through banks. Lenders benefit by earning higher rates than their money might get elsewhere.
The company behind CleverCards will continue to be known as Cleverbug – possibly because those who work there enjoy referring to themselves as Cleverbuggers.
Editor's Pick Soon, common folk like you and me will be able to invest in the startup (or small business) next door.
Handybook has swept up $10 million and released a new mobile app today to let you book house cleaners, handymen, furniture builders, movers, and plumbers.
The most popular crowdfunding platform just broke an industry record. Two, actually.
If people insist on sharing photos of their food before chewing, swallowing, and digesting it, their friends might as well get something in return.
Sponsored Post The health care landscape is changing at an unprecedented pace. Health plans are charged with adapting to the Affordable Care Act’s numerous market reforms, using data to drive efficiencies, integrating new technologies, and engaging consumers—all while continuing to fulfill their traditional role as payers.
Businesses sink or swim depending on the quality of their legal counsel, but despite these high stakes, the resources for finding good lawyers are shockingly limited. Priori connects small businesses with a curated, trusted community of lawyers, and the pricing is all up front.
WePay isn’t interested in individual campaigns anymore. The company’s primary focus now is providing services to other crowdfunding sites through its API.
Sponsored Post New Relic, the San Francisco-based leader in Software Analytics, is set to host their inaugural FutureStack conference in just one week from today. On Oct. 24-25, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco will be transformed by the sounds of 800+ disruptive developers, technologists and creatives, joining together to imagine, build and craft the future of Modern Software.
eBay hit exactly the number analysts expected today as it released its Q3 earnings report, with revenues of $3.9 billion, GAAP earnings of $689 million, and 21 percent growth in its “enabled commerce volume” to $51 billion.
But its guidance for the next quarter is at the low end of investor expectations.
Sponsored Post Why do startups succeed? Usually, the credit goes to dynamic innovation and entrepreneurial energy. Why do startups fail? Often, it’s down to a simple—and surprising—reason: beta testing.
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Forget Photoshop and 99designs — DesignMantic could be the next big thing in graphic design for the common man. Or woman. Or grandma.
VentureBeat hosts some of the hottest events in Silicon Valley. You name it, we’re hitting the big trends — data, cloud, games, and mobile. Billion dollar deals can get done at these conferences.
Sponsored Post Using the crowd for data mining and machine learning is just one of the many fascinating topics on the agenda for this year’s CrowdConf, the longest running crowdsourcing industry event.
Google Maps just got a whole lot more useful — and probably a whole lot more monetizable.
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.
The Y Combinator-backed company helps small businesses and their employees get instant, customized quotes, make comparisons, and complete the application process online.
“There’s three legs of marketing automation,” Stuart Wall, CEO of Signpost, told me yesterday. “Presence, customer information, and remarketing. Most small businesses fail at all three steps.”