Startups

The Road To Disrupt: Bitcovery And Hammer & Chisel

On this week’s Road To Disrupt, we’re back with Bitcovery and Hammer & Chisel and revisit their on-stage Startup Battlefield presentation at Disrupt SF 2013. Read More

T-Shirt Design App Snaptee Raises $750,000 In Additional Funding

Snaptee Snaptee, an app that lets users turn their smartphone photos into T-shirt designs, has raised an additional $750,000 from new investors SXE Ventures, Nest, Groupon Hong Kong co-founder Danny Yeung, and Joel Neoh, the CEO of Groupon Taiwan and Groupon Malaysia. The latest funding brings the total Snaptee has raised so far to $1.95 million. Read More

Tocomail For Gmail Offers Parental Controls And Monitoring For Teens’ First Gmail Account

tocomail-gmail A company called Tocomail earlier this year launched a mobile application designed to be kids’ first email service, built with the parental controls and protections such an app would require, while allowing kids to write simple messages and send drawings to pre-approved family and friends. Now Tocomail is targeting a slightly older crowd with the debut of another app called Tocomail… Read More

Netflix Taps Facebook To Let You Privately Recommend Content To Friends

netflix-fb Netflix has just launched a new social recommendation feature that lets you suggest content to friends without posting publicly to social media. After connecting your Netflix and Facebook accounts, Netflix will now ask users a question each time they finish watching a movie or TV show: Do you want to suggest this video to a friend? Read More

MindMixer Raises $17M To Help Governments Connect With Their Communities

mindmixer MindMixer, a platform allowing local governments to solicit ideas from their communities, is announcing that it has raised $17 million in Series C funding.
When I first spoke to the company a couple of years ago, co-founder and CEO Nick Bowden said the product isn’t just about submitting and voting on ideas, but also creating a process for actually implementing the best ones. Read More

German Court Bans Uber Across the Country

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A court has banned Uber from operating in Germany, creating a new hurdle in the company’s plan to expand in Europe.

The state court in Frankfurt ruled late last week that the car-sharing company lacks the necessary permits established by German transport laws to operate in the country, slapping it with a temporary injunction that bars Uber from legally operating in Germany pending a full hearing

This ruling is the result of a lawsuit brought forth by Taxi Deutschland, a German cab association that also offers a taxi-ordering app. Taxi Deutschland argues Uber skirts safety and insurance regulations that apply to conventional cabs Read more…

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Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Matchmaker

will-smith-in-movie-hitch-674724883 In May 2013, Tinder introduced Matchmaker, a way for users of the popular dating app to introduce their Facebook friends to each other. Matchmaker has since been phased out of Tinder, but a new startup, Mashr, is resurrecting the feature as its central thesis. Read More

Press Fit Standing Desk Review: An Affordable Option With U.S. Manufacturing And Materials

IMG_8944 A standing desk is a resource for the home office that’s increasingly common, but they’re still not affordable or convenient in most cases. The Press Fit standing desk began life as a Kickstarter project designed to fix both those problems, with an innovative standing desk design that’s easy to assemble/break down and reassemble, and that won’t break the budget. Read More

Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of

YOHANN_high-res_09 I didn’t think I’d ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann, designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it’s a thing of beauty, with an incredibly simple but clever — why didn’t I think of that — design. It’s also highly functional, in terms of viewing angles and positions. And it’s European-made.… Read More

Google Glass is Getting a Second Look from Businesses

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A few months after Google publicly teased its plans to develop Google Glass, Ian Shakil convinced some friends who worked at the company to let him try on an early prototype of the smart glasses. It proved to be an eye-opening experience.

“It was sort of a lightning strike eureka moment trying it on,” Shakil told Mashable in a recent interview. “This was not vaporware. This was real.”

At the time, during the summer of 2012, Shakil had just graduated from Stanford’s business school and was working at MC10, a startup building stretchable electronics that could adapt to body movements and be used to track health information. After seeing Glass firsthand, he realized it could serve as a powerful tool to improve the medical industry. “I left my job and dropped everything to found the company,” he says. Read more…

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