T-Shirts And Tech: Solving The Sartorial Equation

Mark Zuckerberg Disrupt I don’t normally pay much attention to fashion. I’m not a fashion blogger. I don’t read fashion articles. If I think something looks good, I wear it. That being said, there’s a really interesting trend in tech whereby dressing down is dressing up. If you show up to a VC pitch on Sand Hill Road wearing a suit, you’d look out of place. I’ve seen the same… Read More

Open Bionics Creates Disney-Inspired Bionic Hands For Amputee Kids

ximage-2.png.pagespeed.ic.d0QKNZkxEC Bionic hands startup Open Bionics now makes Iron Man and Elsa-themed hands and arms for the smallest of amputees – kids.
Open Bionics hopes to get kids excited about their prosthetics with designs from Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars.
“[Kids] won’t have to do boring physical therapy, they’ll train to become heroes,” reads the Open Bionics website about the… Read More

OneGo Goes Nationwide With Its Subscription Plans For Unlimited Flights

5976264120_68e6352107_o OneGo promises to give subscribers unlimited flights for a monthly fee.
I first wrote about the company in June — at the time, its offerings were limited to a West Coast flights. More recently, it’s added plans covering the different regions of the United States, as well as a nationwide plan for $2,950 per month. Read More

NEA Backs On-Demand Beauty Business Glamsquad In $15 Million Series B

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 1.34.13 PM New York-based Glamsquad, a startup in the “Uber for X” category of on-demand businesses, has just raised another $15 million for its mobile beauty service that brings hair stylists, makeup artists or nail techs to wherever you are – home, office or hotel – instead of requiring a trip to the salon. The Series B funding was led by New Enterprise Associates, and… Read More

Segment Raises $27 Million For Its “One API To Rule Them All”

integrations@2x Segment, a Y Combinator-backed startup that allows businesses to use a single API for event tracking in order to send data to hundreds of different tools and databases, including Google Analytics, MailChimp, KISSmetrics, Omniture, Mixpanel, Quantcast, Flurry, and much more, today announced an additional $27 million in Series B funding, led by Thrive Capital. Existing investors Accel… Read More

betaworks Launches Dexter, An Open Platform For Building Integration-Driven Web Apps

dexter betaworks has today launched the latest product out of its Hacker-In-Residence program, meant to help developers and laymen alike develop third-party API integrations into an app that can be distributed and used via a single link. Dexter, as it were, is an open web platform, and offers developers the opportunity to build and share modules or “blocks”. Those can range from an… Read More

Meet Sounds, A Music App That Lets You Share Songs On Instagram

Sounds What if the Instagram of song samples was… Instagram? This is what a French startup is currently noticing with its latest app. Sounds is an iPhone and Android app that lets you discover music and also seamlessly share your favorite songs to multiple social networks, including Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Tinder. Read More

6 alternative ways to fund your business without an investor



Raising money is often the toughest part of starting a business, and it’s also the most important. The majority of small businesses that fail within the first few months have one simple thing in common — they run out of money.

The software world is famous for high-profile funding rounds and enormous valuations. But the reality is that most small businesses don’t secure equity-based funding, and it doesn’t always make sense to chase down a venture capital investor. Traditional fundraising takes a lot of time — taking away valuable time that you could be spending developing your product and supporting your customers. There’s also the important issue that as you continue fundraising, you’ll own less and less of your company. Read more…

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Trove Lets You Customize Gold and Silver Jewelry Using 3D Printing

trove-ipad-image Launching today, Trove is a platform that lets users customize and buy personalized, 3D-printed jewelry. Based in NYC, the company has raised a $640k seed round from Resolute Ventures and Uprise Ventures. Although 3D printing has started to become a viable way to manufacture products in certain industries, the technology hasn’t yet become a serious manufacturing method for most… Read More

Lyft entices drivers with new perks, including discounted gas, faster payouts



SAN FRANCISCO — Lyft just gave its drivers a lot of reasons to stay with the company. The company unveiled a series of new perks for drivers at an event at its headquarters Thursday.

Among the updates are discounted gas prices, cheaper rental car rates and changes to its app that make it easier for drivers to get paid faster.

“We’re going to make it easier and more affordable than ever for anyone to become a Lyft driver,” the company’s VP of Partnerships, Oliver Hsiang, said during the event.

For drivers, one of the most significant details of the update is a new Express Pay feature that gives them more control over how and when they get paid. While drivers were previously paid every Tuesday, Express Pay will allow them to cash out their current earnings in the app any time the amount reaches $50 or higher. Read more…

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