Brad Merrill

Brad Merrill is the editor of VentureBreak.

MyBlogGuest Founder Launches Sugarcoated Clone Following Google Penalty

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 23rd 2014 - 3 Comments

In March, we reported that Google had penalized guest blogging network MyBlogGuest for their failure to comply with the search giant’s guidelines. Namely, they prohibited the addition of “rel=’nofollow’” attributes to links provided by guest bloggers, despite Google’s vocal recommendation to the contrary (and despite my warning two months earlier). To this day, MyBlogGuest does not show up […]

Garagesocial Is A Social Network And E-Commerce Platform For The Automotive Industry

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 23rd 2014 - No Comments

Boston startup Garagesocial has developed an online social network and e-commerce platform for the automotive industry. It aims to bring “the entire automotive community together on one platform” to “allow for an unprecedented level of networking and commerce opportunities for consumers and businesses alike,” I’m told. We interviewed Garagesocial founder Maxime Rassi, who received a […]

VentureBreak Weekly #51: Ride Sharing Social Robots

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 21st 2014 - No Comments

Will Reynolds Young joins Brad Merrill to talk about Facebook’s Oculus acquisition (which is now official), JIBO (“the world’s first family robot”), Jobr, the correlation between Uber usage and DUI busts, Priceline’s terrible customer service, and Cyber Dust. Thanks to Carey for the email! Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young Get in touch! Want to […]

BadSeed Lands €250,000 In Early Stage Funding From United Ventures

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 17th 2014 - No Comments

BadSeed, a mobile gaming startup, has announced €250,000 of early stage investment from United Ventures, the European tech-focused venture capital firm. The funding will be used for the global launch of BadSeed’s second game “Sleep Attack” as well as the development of a third title. Founded in Italy in early 2012, BadSeed is run by a group […]

Former YouTube Execs Launch BuzzMyVideos, ‘Home To The Next Rising Stars Of Online Video’

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 17th 2014 - No Comments

London-based startup BuzzMyVideos, founded by former YouTube execs Paola Marinone and Bengu Atamer, is a technology-based YouTube multi-channel network that aims to be “home to the next rising stars of online video entertainment.” It provides the next generation of talented YouTube creators with the support they need to grow audiences and monetize their videos. The network […]

VentureBreak Weekly #50: The Big 5-0

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 14th 2014 - No Comments

Ryan Matthew Pierson joins Ted Lyons and Will Reynolds Young to celebrate 50 episodes of VentureBreak Weekly! The crew then discusses Priceline, MailLift, keyloggers on public computers, VPN services, white noise generators, and more. Panel: Brad Merrill, Ryan Matthew Pierson, Ted Lyons, Will Reynolds Young Show Notes Why Net Neutrality Matters – College Humor, Video […]

MailLift Will Send Handwritten Direct Mail On Behalf Of Your Business

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 10th 2014 - No Comments

It’s not common these days to receive a handwritten letter from a business (or anyone, actually), so when you do, it really makes an impact. Austin startup MailLift is helping businesses take advantage of that fact by sending personalized, handwritten letters on their behalf. Ideally, this improves customer acquisition and retention while keeping your staff “more focused […]

VentureBreak Weekly #49: Potato Salad, Yo

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 7th 2014 - No Comments

Ted Lyons joins Brad Merrill to discuss the blimp over the NSA data center, the latest Snowden leaks, Facebook’s psychological News Feed experiment, potato salad, and yo. Hosts: Brad Merrill, Ted Lyons Show Notes Protestors Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA’s Utah Data Center Latest Snowden Leaks Show That The NSA Collected Private Data […]

Latest Snowden Leaks Show That The NSA Collected Private Data From Tens Of Thousands Of Americans

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 6th 2014 - No Comments

According to files that Edward Snowden provided to the Washington Post, NSA agents recorded and retained the private data of tens of thousands of American citizens—including emails and other online communications—even though they were not the target of any official investigation. The Post reports that nine out of 10 account holders in a large cache […]

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Issues Half-Assed Apology For Psychological News Feed Experiment

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 2nd 2014 - No Comments

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has admitted that a week-long psychological experiment involving almost 700,000 unaware users was “poorly communicated.” As the Wall Street Journal reports, Sandberg said: This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was; it was poorly communicated. And for that communication we apologize. […]