Mobile App Letgo Raises $100 Million From Naspers To Take Over Classifieds In The U.S.

letgo-app Can a mobile classified app topple the behemoth that is Craigslist? A company called letgo aims to find out. Its app, which lets users buy and sell items locally, has quietly grown to over 2 million downloads since its launch earlier this year. And today, the company is announcing having raised $100 million in Series A funding from South African media company and tech investor Naspers… Read More

Estimote Creates An Indoor Location System Using Beacons And “Nearables”

ESTIMOTE Stickers - Nearables Press Kit2 The dream of indoor location sensing has always been just that – a dream. The difficulty of Wi-Fi tracking and other technologies has made it hard for anyone – from businesses to regular users – to figure out where they were in a venue. But the folks at Estimote, a Polish beacon company, may have just cracked the code. Using something they are calling “Nearables”… Read More

Technology And Data Are Spurring A Clash Of Travel Titans

globe with arrows There’s no way to put this gently, so here it goes: The rapid advancement in digital technology is transforming the cozy world of travel retail into an all-out war for customers. And that’s a good thing for you and me as travelers, because it will ultimately mean more selection, better customization and, potentially, lower prices. Read More

Databox Raises $3.3M Seed Round To Help Marketers Understand Key Metrics

Databox Businesses of all sizes now have access to reams of data about their performance, but it can be difficult to read the story behind the numbers. Boston-based startup Databox’s goal is to make data relatable. Its mobile app draws in data from different analytic platforms, analyzes it, and then presents the results in customized reports. Read More

Pinterest Brings On A New Head Of Its Advertising Partner APIs

ok1 Pinterest has brought on a new executive to manage the technology its marketing developer partners use to power advertising campaigns on Pinterest. Michael Akkerman, formerly a vice president at Kenshoo, will help manage the technology and relationships with the company’s advertising partners that are using its APIs. The company started its Marketing Developer Program earlier this… Read More

Airbnb Rolls Out An Apple Watch App

airbnb watch app Airbnb has found its way onto the Apple Watch.
The company is releasing a new Apple Watch app today that’s centered around lightweight communication between hosts and guests. Hosts and guests can use it to get notifications for messages — as well as read those messages and respond to them. Hosts can also accept booking requests straight from the watch. Read More

Clashem Is An Epic Video Battle App

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 8.51.24 AM Advances in technology over the past few years has made access to video (both creation and consumption) as simple as pulling your smartphone out of your pocket. And with those advances come a whole crop of video sharing apps, not least of which is a new video battle app called Clashem. Launching out of the Red Bull Media House, Clashem pairs two videos (which may have absolutely nothing to… Read More

Pre-Owned Luxury Clothes Marketplace Vestiaire Collective Scores $37M Series D

Sébastien Fabre, founder and CEO of Vestiaire Collective Vestiaire Collective, the French pre-owned luxury clothes marketplace, has picked up a $37 million Series D round as it aims to bed down on recent expansion to the U.S. and continue to expand to further European markets. Read More

The secret to Atlassian, Australia’s ‘Best Place to Work’

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One of Australia’s most successful tech startups, Atlassian, has been named the “Best Place to Work” in Australia on the coveted annual list by Business Review Weekly (BRW).

Atlassian, founded by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar in 2002, is the darling of the startup scene in Sydney, and is also the most envious place to work — for the second year running. The company creates hugely popular tools for software developers and project managers, and is used by companies big and small across the globe.

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Ron Johnson Will Discuss His New Approach To Tech Shopping And Support At Disrupt SF

Ron Johnson, Enjoy CEO In just a few weeks, I’ll be onstage with the man who spearheaded the creation of Apple’s friendly, futuristic retail stores.
Ron Johnson spent more than a decade as the company’s senior vice president of retail operations, a decade that saw the launch of the first Apple Stores and their rapid expansion. (He was also an executive at Target and, after Apple, had a… Read More