When Jason Citron launched Fates Forever in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield, it was impressive but many would say they weren’t surprised. Gamers have undoubtably heard of Jason’s previous success, OpenFeint, one of the first and most significant social platforms for mobile games on iOS and Android. Basically the Xbox live for the iPhone. Not bad for a 24-year-old. Read More
Newcomers to Silicon Valley are often shocked at how appallingly bad the transit options between San Francisco and the rest of the region can be. It’s a legacy of fragmented regional governance where nine different counties created at least 10 different semi-overlapping public rail and bus systems. BART was originally going to connect the entire region but two counties dropped out in… Read More
Lyft officially launched in New York City on Friday, but the ride-sharing service is off to a bumpy start
After negotiations with city regulators, Lyft was allowed to launch this weekend, provided that its vehicles were licensed with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).
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The TLC requirements include providing fingerprints for a governmental criminal background check and completing a state-certified defensive driving course. Lyft had 500 peer-to-peer drivers prepared to hit the road for its initial launch, but it is unclear how many of these meet the new conditions. Lyft representative Katie Dally said she did not know how many Lyft cars were actually on the streets of New York City this weekend. Read more…
Bolt — the rumored photo messaging app Facebook accidentally leaked — has’t even been released, yet it’s already facing potential legal threats over its name.
Last week, some Instagram users reported seeing in-app ads for a photo messaging app dubbed “Bolt.” Rumor has it that Bolt will be Instagram’s version of Snapchat and the app could drop as early as this week.
Bolt would join Instagram Messenger, Slingshot and WhatsApp as a Facebook-owned photo messaging solution. But beyond standing out in a crowded space (in the same company no less), Bolt’s biggest problems might come down to its name. Read more…
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
Back in 2012, London and New York based Shopa launched as a “social marketplace” where users were rewarded for promoting products they like. The company raised $1.4 million from Notion Capital and Octopus. Another in the arena is Shopcade, which has raised $4 million, or Nuji which raised $2 million. There’s something about these social shopping startups that European… Read More
Thinknum, a financial tech startup that develops tools for analysts, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Pejman Mar Ventures (an investment firm that has also seeded companies like Dropbox, Zoosk, and Lending Club), with participation from Signatures Capital; Green Visor Capital; 500 Startups; 645 Angels; and HKB Capital. The funding will be used to add more… Read More
There are plenty of meme generator apps around. Imgur’s Memegen immediately springs to mind. Or something more quirky, such as Yarrly, the anonymous chain letter-styled meme generator for Android. But what the world really needs is a meme generator for the beautiful game. And now, thanks to Gliff, it finally has one. Read More
Airbnb announced its official move into business travel with a partnership with Concur on Monday. Its new portal is designed specifically for businesses.
Business travel has already shown promise as a lucrative source of revenue for the popular short-term rental booking site.
“We know Airbnb isn’t for every road warrior, but we are increasingly seeing people turn to Airbnb as a great option for larger groups, longer stays, and relocations,” Airbnb’s head of global hospitality, Chip Conley, said in a statement. “Nearly 10% of Airbnb’s customers travel for business already and we’ve heard from customers that this type of offering is high on their wish list.” Read more…
In what appears to be a summer shopping spree, Apple is reported to be buying Swell, a radio app much like Pandora but focused on talk radio. The deal is said to be worth approximately $30 million. Read More