Whenever you think of startups, you very likely think of young people brimming with ideas sitting in garages and dorm rooms and solving problems with technology. We are conditioned in a way to consider the idea even over the person who came up with it, but after listening to entrepreneurs, I’ve come to learn, it’s not about the quality of the product idea or even the founders… Read More
TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. A second source says Apple bought BookLamp’s employees and technology for a price that was “higher than… Read More
The week of 7/12 – 7/18 was a busy one for TechCrunch. Here’s the best of the best from this week. Priya Haji was an inspirational and positive presence in the technology and business worlds, and she will be greatly missed. Chicago-based entrepreneur Cheryl Dahle established a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly to help support Haji’s young children. Read “Tech… Read More
A few months ago, Google acquired the up-and-coming cloud monitoring service Stackdriver with the intent to integrate it into its own cloud tools. It didn’t take the company all that long to make use of Stackdriver’s expertise, because it launched its first product based on the company’s technology at its I/O developer conference today. Read More
Parking space apps driven out of San Francisco, and that’s a good thing | GigaOMWhy just drive away from a great parking spot when you could auction it off? It came as news to me, but people are already doing this in San Francisco thanks to iPhone apps like MonkeyParking and Parkmodo, which let you sell your parking spot to the highest bidder.The fun appears to be at an end, however, as San Francisco’s top lawyer has sent out a cease-and-desist telling MonkeyParking to stop renting out city property without permission.
Website targets unemployed looking to become self employed | News10There are a lot of task rabbits who have turned this service into a full-time job, and there’s really no limit to how much money one can earn.For those looking to find an economical solution to their chores, TaskRabbit can provide a solution as prices are based on bidding, rather than fixed amounts.
Southeast Asia’s Sharing Economy Start-Ups May Produce The Next Airbnb or Uber | ForbesWhile the sharing economy is still young in Southeast Asia, a Nielsen consumer report released end-May suggested that consumers in the region are opening up to the idea. It placed Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand among the top five markets globally that were prepared to participate in the share economy.
The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality | TruthOutMy cab driver was complaining about all of these expenses because he has to compete against two ride services, Uber and Lyft, that have largely escaped the same set of regulations. These companies and their drivers are not subjected to the same set of rules that are imposed on traditional cab services. This has put my cab driver and others like him at an enormous disadvantage, and made Uber the latest Wall Street wonder with an implicit market capitalization of $17 billion.
Maker Of $99 Lightbulbs, LIFX Gets $12M Series A From Sequoia Following Huge Crowdfund Campaign | ForbesThe success of the crowdfunding campaign brought LIFX to the attention of Silicon Valley’s firms, who saw it as positive proof of a growing market. “It wouldn’t have happened without the Kickstarter,” says CEO Phil Bosua. However, some backers who’d invested early in LIFX were disappointed when they saw the bulbs being sold on Amazon and Best Buy before they’d received theirs. The shipping trouble was down to hold ups at the factory says Bosua, who was under contract to ship to big retailers by a certain date.
PropFunds Launches New Approach to Real Estate Crowdfunding | Crowdfund InsiderA team of seasoned, long-term investment advisors with a combined total of more than 150 years of experience in the real estate industry today announced the creation of PropFund L.P., a firm focused on purchasing, owning and operating commercial and residential real estate investment properties. Headed by CEO and founder James Aldrich, PropFunds is differentiating itself as a sound, reliable alternative for investors in the real estate crowdfunding marketplace.
Crowdfunding firm Patreon turns to VCs for $15m funding round | The GuardianUS crowdfunding startup Patreon has raised $15m (£8.8m) of Series A funding from backers including venture capital firm Index Ventures, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and former PayPal president David Marcus.The company was founded in 2013 as a way to help YouTube stars augment their income from advertising on Google’s video service with direct donations from fans. It has since attracted more than 25,000 musicians, authors, filmmakers, journalists and other creators to use its platform.
Harvard prof opts to crowdsource research | Journal GazetteChristensen and co-author Derek van Bever instead crowdsourced 150 graduates of the school to better explain how companies are timidly investing their money instead of betting on market-creating innovations.“I can’t imagine that the academic method is a better method than what we’re using from here on. It’s a great system,” Christensen said.Read More →
With the introduction of the Firefly and Dynamic Perspective SDKs, mobile app developers who have grown tired of iterating on activities like messaging, photo-sharing, socializing and more now have new ways to differentiate themselves from a growing number of app store competitors. With Amazon’s newly opened up visual recognition technology, developers will not only be able to make… Read More
Amazon is likely announcing its first smartphone tomorrow and all signs point to it being something special with a novel head-tracking technology. While we’ve announced most of the phone’s features over the last few months, a few questions remain including carrier support. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the phone will only be available through AT&T, extending the… Read More
Did you know that the book publishing industry is at war with itself? No, wait, you’re a TechCrunch reader, wrong question. Did you know that the book publishing industry still exists? …This is kind of an awkward time for those of us who love both books and technology. It’s almost like you can’t cheer for both. This week’s example: the ongoing dirty war between… Read More
SwiftKey, the startup that makes the popular eponymous Android word-predicting keyboard software which last year pulled in $17.5 million in funding from Index and Accel – is switching its consumer keyboard app from a $3.99 paid download to free. The full machine learning keyboard technology, which adapts to its users’ use of language so it can better predict their next… Read More