Startups

Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 1.37.17 PM A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital for a product that emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries. If this idea rings a bell with you, it’s because Charlie is not the first in recent months to… Read More

Jonny IV Wants To Be Nasty Gal For Men

Screenshot 2014-10-23 13.16.34 Today marks the launch of yet another ecommerce brand focused on mens apparel, as Jonny IV joins ranks with Buck Mason, Frank & Oak, and many others. Founded by Eugene Kang, the former head of ecommerce at Forever 21, Jonny IV is different from other brands in that it focuses on street wear as opposed to a single, look, like the preppy Frank & Oak, basics-focused Everlane, or the… Read More

StumbleUpon’s 5by Relaunches As An App For Chatting About Online Videos With Friends

5by-screen 5by, the video recommendation startup that became StumbleUpon’s first acquisition last fall, is relaunching its mobile apps for iOS and Android today with a slightly different focus: instead of only helping users find online videos that match their mood, 5by’s new apps are meant to encourage users to seek out videos for themselves, get a head’s up about the next viral… Read More

Early Stage Investor Version One Ventures Closes $35M Second Fund

Boris-Wertz-2 The Vancouver-based early stage investment fund Version One Ventures, led by founder and current Andreessen Horowitz board partner Boris Wertz, has closed its second fund of $35 million today. The venture firm, which also has offices in Palo Alto, secured the funding from Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, a recently created Canadian ‘fund-of-funds,’ and BDC Capital, as well as… Read More

Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

oxford Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More

Will an Unlimited Vacation Policy Work at Your Company?

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In a recent interview, Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group, announced a vacation “non-policy” that allows his personal staff — some 170 employees — to take as much vacation as they want, with no one keeping tabs. At ShortStack we have a similar vacation benefit, only we call it “take what you need.”

Branson and I are in a serious minority: Only about 3% of businesses in the United States currently offer unlimited vacation, although some of the bigger players in the tech sector are hopping on the bandwagon, including Netflix, Zynga, Groupon, HubSpot, and Evernote.

Branson says his policy is more humane than parsing out days off. And it is. Read more…

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Boostable Gets $3.2M, Its Ads Get More Sales For Your Event, Crowdfund, Or Online Store

Print Boostable doesn’t have to sell its ads. Marketplaces sell them for it. Ticket, crowdfunding, and ecommerce marketplaces make money when their users sell things, so they’re incentivized to route traffic to the listings they host, which is exactly what Boostable’s easy-peasy ad-buying tool does for marketplace sellers do. So the marketplaces do the legwork of recommending… Read More

Uber Drivers to Stage ‘Global Day of Protest’

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Uber drivers in several cities are set to stage a “Global Day of Protest” on Wednesday.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, drivers in cities including New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London plan to protest the app’s rating system, compensation, and driver safety and treatment.

The worldwide protest is the latest in a series of actions taken by drivers with the ridesharing company, which matches customers and drivers via mobile app.

Drivers working for Uber, as well as other ridesharing companies like Lyft and Sidecar, do not belong to a union. Instead, they work as independent contractors. Protest organizers want to change that. Read more…

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Uber Drivers to Stage ‘Global Day of Protest’

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UPDATED 2:53 p.m. ET

Uber drivers in several cities are set to stage a “Global Day of Protest” on Wednesday.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, drivers in cities including New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London plan to protest the app’s rating system, compensation, and driver safety and treatment.

The worldwide protest is the latest in a series of actions taken by drivers with the ridesharing company, which matches customers and drivers via mobile app. However, Uber says the protesters do not represent all drivers. Read more…

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BackerClub Wants To Put Your Crowdfunding Campaign In Front Of Kickstarter Power Backers

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 14.06.37 A new venture is hoping to ride the coattails of the Kickerstarter ecosystem by offering a way to get your crowdfunding campaign in front of a community of Kickstarter power backers — for a fee. Read More