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Manhattan-Based urBin Is Disrupting The Physical Storage Industry

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 18th 2014 - No Comments

urBin is creating a new approach to physical storage by effectively bringing it to customers on demand. With a few clicks on the company’s website, they’ll deliver as many of their proprietary trunk-sized storage bins as you need. You just fill them up, and they take care of the rest. You can then get your […]

Aereo Opens Lobbying And Advocacy Site

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 17th 2014 - No Comments
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The United States Department of Justice claims that streaming TV service Aereo is violating copyright law. To no one’s surprise, Aereo disagrees. In five days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments from both sides. The DOJ has already made its case in a filing; today, Aereo is fighting back with its own lobbying effort: […]

Thoughts On Failure From Entrepreneurs Who Have Been There

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 16th 2014 - No Comments

Three out of four startups fail, according to the Wall Street Journal, but failure is one thing startup communities in Silicon Valley and beyond don’t seem to talk about. I’ve interviewed a ton of entrepreneurs over the last few years, some of whom succeeded, and some of whom failed miserably. The stories of failed startups […]

Gagein Raises $6.4 Million Series A Round

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 15th 2014 - No Comments
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Gagein, the startup for salespeople we profiled last week, announced today that it closed a $6.4 million Series A funding round from private investors. This capital positions Gagein to grow its user base after a successful beta testing period. Gagein’s technology scours the Web, tracking thousands of companies and providing salespeople with real-time news to […]

Twitter Acquires Gnip To Monetize Its Firehose Of Data

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 15th 2014 - No Comments
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Twitter is acquiring Gnip, a social data provider that offers real-time insights for a plethora of social networks including Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, and, of course, Twitter. “We want to make our data even more accessible, and the best way to do that is to work directly with our customers to get a better understanding of […]

Gagein: Changing The Way Salespeople Sell With Artificial Intelligence

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 10th 2014 - No Comments
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Gagein, a startup self-described as “Google Alerts on steroids,” uses artificial intelligence to search media and websites for “real-time actionable news” for salespeople. The service, whose name is a play on the word engage, aims to help salespeople sell more by “identifying the right time and the compelling reason to call on a prospect.” To put […]

Facebook-WhatsApp Deal Cleared By FTC

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 10th 2014 - No Comments
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According to Facebook, its $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp has been cleared by the FTC. The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a letter to the two companies on Thursday, said WhatsApp must adhere to its current privacy practices after the merger, including a promise not to use WhatsApp users’ personal data […]

Don’t Install 2048 If You Ever Want To Be Productive Again

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 4th 2014 - No Comments
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I’m so ashamed of my work ethic today. I spent the better part of the last two hours playing 2048, an addictive new game for iOS. It’s been called the new Flappy Bird. It’s your productivity’s worst nightmare. And it’s brilliantly engineered to be addictive. 2048 is a puzzle game wherein you slide numbered tiles […]

Jelly For iOS Now Lets You Attach Locations To Questions

by Brad Merrill - on Mar 31st 2014 - 2 Comments
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Q&A app Jelly today updated its iOS app with new tools for posing and explaining problems. In version 1.1, you can now create a new question using a map and a specific location. When you tap the compose icon, you’ll see a new mapping option alongside the existing camera tool. Here, you can choose your […]

Payward Raises $5 Million To Fund Kraken Bitcoin Exchange

by Brad Merrill - on Mar 25th 2014 - No Comments
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Payward, which runs the alt-coin exchange Kraken, said it just raised a $5 million Series A round. Hummingbird Ventures, which is based out of Europe, took the entire round. Kraken is a platform that serves Bitcoin along with a number of other currencies like Litecoin, Namecoin, Ven and Ripple. It’s one of the top 10 […]