The latest startup to capitalize on the “big data” trend is Alpine Data Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that just raised $16 million in venture funding.
“Legal agreements should be as easy and affordable as doing any other task on your phone — be it taking notes, reserving a car service, or managing your finances,” said Shake CEO and cofounder Abe Geiger.
If you want to start a startup, there’s a school for that. It’s called Startup School, and it was created by YCombinator’s Paul Graham, who is now taking applications for attendees. The best part? It’s free.
JumpStartFund is an online portal that solicits new business ideas and patents from individuals, federal research labs, universities, and other organizations around the country. Selected ideas are put into the system for the community to vote on, offer input, find cofounders, and crowdfund.
Editor’s Pick Last year Twitter sales exec Amanda Levy quit her job, lived in a hut in Africa with no power and no water, cycled with her father on the Oregon Coast, became certified as a yoga instructor, and travelled the world.
Guest Post Marketo filed for IPO with impressive 80 percent year-over-year growth in 2012, with almost $60m in revenue.
Except, they lost $35m. WTF?
For the record, Steve Tannahill did not get his first tattoo when he was drunk, on a bet, or due to a dare. And unlike many others who ink in haste and laser at leisure, he didn’t regret his first tattoo … much. But for millions of others who do, Tannahill started Tattoo Hero.
Microsoft Ventures will include a community-evangelism program, accelerator program, and seed fund that support startups around the world as they grow their customer base and products.
Guest Post We’d all like to believe that we’re past the stage where marketing matters. If your product is good enough, shouldn’t the blog reviews and viral attention take care of itself?
Guest Post It’s easier for advisors and investors to drive product by metrics rather than by insight, and by funnels rather than by a strong point of view.
“We’ve begun shipping production units,” cofounder David Cann told VentureBeat via email today. “In fact, we’ve already shipped the first 100. We’ll ship another 1,000 units by September.”
“You can build a person, build a group, build a spaceship, or build a Cylon,” Mehr says with a smile.
Mystery funding of the day? That’d be YesGraph, a stealthy startup in the recruiting space founded by Ivan Kirigin, a former product manager at Facebook and Dropbox.
Guest Post As a startup lawyer, I’m increasingly asked by clients how to be more appealing to venture capitalists. What do I say to entrepreneurs who ask this question?
The Ontario ministry of economic development has invited VentureBeat to check out the center of the universe, AKA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And I’m the lucky guinea pig.
Guest Post When I co-founded InMobi in 2007, we took a novel “east-to-west” approach to our growth, starting in India before moving into other developing markets, then finally into more traditional “Western” markets as well.
It’s like the opposite of Winston Churchill’s battle of Britain quote: Never were so many products sold for so much money by such a huge company for so little profit.
The largest accelerator in Canada, the biggest seed investor in Europe, and one of the top seed funds in Australia are joining forced to put on one major demo day for 15 of their top startups May 1 in San Francisco.
Last week I published the story of Sarah Hanson, the 19-year-old developer who auctioned off 10 percent of her future income in exchange for a $125,000 investment into her startup, Senior Living Map.
Today, I’m wondering if Sarah Hanson really exists.
Editor’s Pick Who wants to go to college if you can start earning money right away?
Code for America and Google for a new program that will help CfA fellows turn their products and ideas into sustainable businesses.
Guest Post As I’m writing this post, I’m sitting in an apartment that our business development guy is renting in Oakland. I’m practically homeless at the moment but I couldn’t care less.
Well-known law firm Fenwick & West releases its 2012 Seed Financing Survey which found that the mythical Series A crunch does in fact exist.
At Founders Den’s Spring 2013 demo event, seven founders pitch their startups to a room filled with elite investors.
Guest Post What we’re seeing today is not a swingback to the enterprise with the add-on of consumer models. What we’re seeing today is a swingback to more diversified revenue models and a refreshing change to the traditional go-to-market approaches … a head fake if I ever saw one.
Guest Post With all the buzz these days about how sexy and cool the enterprise has become, there is a segment of business customers that startups are overlooking: small businesses.
Guest Post Let me start with a simple statement: B players will not become A players.
To make it easier for roommates or colleagues at a small company to order items for a shared kitchen, Instacart has launched a new feature called “Shop with Friends.”
Guest Post What are the plusses and minuses of taking in money from a corporation versus a financial investor?
Everyone takes away something different from the massive three-day Launch festival, including chocolate robots, and an expanded network.
Zillabyte, Jawfish Games, Instaradio, and AdStage have 300,000 points, and the numbers are continuing to climb.
Armor5, a startup launching today, addresses BYOD — “bring your own device,” or workers who use their devices, not the company’s — without requiring software installation on a mobile phone or tablet.
“The vast majority of organizations put their emergency information on paper,” Summers says. “This is an opportunity to leverage networking technology for safety.”
Guest Post For some reason over the last 6 months or so I started caring about being liked. Liked by the Silicon Valley set. Liked by venture capitalists. Liked by the kind of men that determine who is or is not “one of us” in tech.
SnapChat secures a hefty investment from Benchmark Capital to support the viral growth of its now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t photo sharing app.
Portland accelerator Upstart Labs announces new funding, investments, partnerships, and an expanded team.
With its new features, the online tutoring startup is moving into the realm of personalized learning.
Of the 29 companies presenting, a few stick out as the most interesting and innovative. Here are the highlights.
The final 14 startups to present at 500 Startups Demo Day took us on a journey through a massive icon database, tea plantations, and construction sites.