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  • Chewse?s Tracy Lawrence on Raising Your First Round As A Female Founder
    tracy-lawrence Right before Tracy Lawrence went into fundraising mode for her catering startup Chewse last year, she cut off her hair. She didn’t know it at the time, but later upon reflection, she thought it might have been a subconscious choice in trying to improve her odds. “I found I was trying to play it androgynous,” she said. “But it didn’t work, because I wasn’t… Read More

  • Department Of Homeland Security Highlights Privacy Concerns In Senate Cybersecurity Bill
    nsa-red And now for an update in the continuing saga of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a controversial piece of legislation currently in the Senate that, to some, represents an important tool to bolster the sharing of threat data between the government and private entities, and to others is a privacy-wrecking mess. Read More

  • This Site Is Your DeLorean For Startup Homepages
    Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 10.39.52 AM When I ran through years and years of homepage designs by Twitter the other day, it was like hopping into a DeLorean and heading back in time. It was really interesting seeing what the company had in mind for its most important page in 2009…and then quickly changing it within months. Read More

  • Twitter Collapses 5%, Tumbling Toward IPO-Level Prices
    twitter-earnings Shares of Twitter, a popular social media company, fell sharply today, dipping nearly 6 percent by midday trading. The company’s equity fell in value below the $30 mark, setting new lows. As of the time of writing, shares of Twitter are worth just over $29. Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup At The TechCrunch Lisbon Office Hours This Wednesday
    lisbon-city If you’re a startup, you’ve heard of TechCrunch’s Startup Alley and the Battlefield. It’s a big part of our TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Hundreds of startups from all over the world vie for a spot on the main stage or on our showroom floor, to be perused by investors, reporters, and general attendees. Oh, and TechCrunch TV cameras. Every year we want to make each… Read More

  • Cloud Security Platform Zscaler Raises A $100M Series B Round Led By TPG, Now Valued At Over $1B
    servers Security platform Zscaler today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series B funding round led by late stage investor TPG. The company, which offers a wide range of web, mobile and cloud security services for enterprises, has now raised a total of $138 million and says that its valuation in this last round was over $1 billion. Other investors include EMC and previous investor… Read More

  • What It?s Like To Use Amazon?s New Dash Buttons
    IMG_2127 At first, everyone thought they were an April Fool’s joke. But Amazon Dash buttons are real, and just this past week, they became available to all Amazon Prime members for a mere $5 apiece. (Hey, Amazon, shouldn’t they be free?) The buttons are physical hardware devices that you set up to be associated with a particular SKU on Amazon, allowing you to easily reorder common… Read More

  • Soylent Debuts Its Ready-To-Drink Meal Replacement Shake, Soylent 2.0
    drink_gallery2.53e47dc57d82 Venture-backed food replacement drink maker Soylent – yes, named after the movie where people unknowingly were sustained by eating other people – is out today with its newest product. The company this morning introduced “Soylent 2.0″ (still not people), which is actually a vegan, soy-based nutritional drink that’s now shipping in a ready-to-drink package. Read More

  • Frontback Is Back With A New Team
    Frontback Android It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for the Frontback community right now. On July 23rd, the company announced that it would shut down on August 15th after two years. But something highly unexpected happened. A new team is taking over at Frontback and the service will stay open after August 15th. Read More

  • The Math Behind Microsoft?s Big Nokia Writedown
    microsoft-data Inside a recent SEC filing, Microsoft detailed the figures behind its massive goodwill writedown that trashed its earnings last quarter. The writedown was an admission that the company’s expensive attempt to break into the first-party smartphone business has struggled. Read More

  • Bohemian Guitars Returns With Something That Will Encourage Ukulele Lady To Like You
    j9t2zptp1thkmqsfda9n Bohemian Guitars first won our hearts with their unique oilcan git-fiddles, an instrument at once primitive and surprisingly advanced. I played with them about two years ago and now they’re back with two new instruments and an updated axe. Read More

  • Sony?s New Phones Are Perfect For Snapchat, Yet No One Will Buy Them
    16_C5_Ultra_MINT_SELFIE_STICK Sony announced two mid-range smartphones today focusing on what Sony does best — smartphone cameras. As a reminder, Sony is one of the leading providers of smartphone cameras, supplying the biggest smartphone makers in the world. For example, both Apple and Samsung rely on Sony for their flagship phones, the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. Read More

  • Amazon Cuts Down On Prime Members Sharing Their Benefits
    Amazon boxes Over the weekend, Amazon quietly rolled out a series of changes to its “Amazon Household” program and the ability for Prime members to share their shipping benefits. The changes are designed to limit the ability for customers to share Amazon Prime subscriptions with those who are not actually members of their immediate family, it appears. Read More

  • Eden, Offering On-Demand Tech Help, Switches From Contractors To W2 Employees
    eden Back in May, Eden launched out of the Y Combinator accelerator to provide users with on-demand tech help, whether it’s fixing a cracked iPhone screen, solving Wi-Fi issues, installing a printer or mounting a new TV. The startup has seen steady growth, and since raised $1.3 million in seed funding, but thus far the company has been using 1099 contractors to deliver Eden tech help service. Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Sales Contest Platform FantasySalesTeam, Will Integrate Into Dynamics CRM
    msft-fantasy-sales Microsoft announced this morning the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based Incent Games, the makers of a “sales gamification” platform called FantasySalesTeam. As the name implies, the company’s software allows sales organizations to run contests that are similar to those found in fantasy sports. Microsoft says today it will make this feature available to its own customers in… Read More

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