vsc_news_tech_crunch March 26

Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of them capture my attention. Olio is different.

vsc_news_fast_company March 26

Olio’s Connected Watch Envisions A World Beyond Apps

It’s an interesting—and possibly dangerous—time to be introducing a new smartwatch. The market is currently fractured. A bunch of models are based on Google’s Android Wear, but none of them have become a breakout hit. Samsung is doing both Android Wear and its own watch software built on the Tizen operating system. There’s Pebble. There [...]

Wall Street Journal March 13

The Daily Startup: Allergen Research Raises $80M to Fight Peanut Allergies

Allergen Research has raised $80 million to help tackle the problem of peanut allergies, Brian Gormley reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. The company is developing a product that desensitizes patients so that accidental exposure to peanuts doesn’t cause a severe allergic response. Peanut allergy is one of the most common of food allergies, which affect [...]

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How to Draw a Portrait of Taylor Swift With No Artistic Talent

Osmo, a tech company focused on children and learning, got its name from the word awesome. And that may well be how you feel about yourself after you let their new app, Masterpiece, turn you into an artiste. Yes, the app is meant for kids, designed to turn tablet play into lessons about creativity and [...]

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Top women VCs tell how they succeeded, how to close venture’s gender gap

The venture capital industry’s problem with women is dominating the conversation in Silicon Valley as a high-profile sexism lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gets underway. Allegations of bias and retaliation are at the center of the legal battle that former Kleiner Perkins junior partner Ellen Pao and her legal team are waging in [...]

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Drones take off and investor money flies in

Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has published its proposed rules on drones, expect to start seeing plenty of unmanned miniature planes flying over places like AT&T Park in San Francisco, home of the World Series champions. But not when there’s a game taking place, of course. An open field next to the ballpark is [...]

The_Next_Web February 26

Twenty20 emerges from beta with a fresh take on stock photography

Had it with artificial, old-fashioned, stagey royalty-free images that literally scream, stock photo? An alternative kind of agency, which uses personal mobile photos from a range of enthusiasts and professionals, today launched out of beta promising to lend a more natural and less overtly slick look to marketing, advertising and editorial content. Twenty20, a crowdsourced [...]

Pando Daily February 26

Twenty20 raises $8M, removes the velvet rope on its crowdsourced stock photo platform

Twenty20 has long hinted at ambitions to reshape the way stock photography is sourced. But for the better part of its three years in operation, the company has looked, at least from the outside, more like a photo enthusiasts community, akin to early Instagram or VSCO today. If only we could have seen this duck’s [...]

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Poll: Mobile wallets, anyone’s game

For all the talk of mobile payments, and the potential use of your smartphone as a digital alternative to your physical wallet, it is still very early in the development and adoption of such payment schemes. A new survey conducted by Harris Poll suggests there is still plenty of opportunity for all the many companies [...]

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MC Hammer seizes his mobile moment

For consumers and advertisers, the mobile space is becoming a game of moments, driven by impulse, convenience and mood. Mobile technology has created a world where buying tickets to a show, booking a table at a favorite restaurant, or simply getting a ride across town are just a few taps on the smartphone away. And [...]

Forbes January 29

Spire To Launch Constellation Of Cubesats For Weather Forecasting

Satellite data company Spire announced today that it’s going to be launching a constellation of weather forecasting satellites by the end of the 2015. The satellites themselves will be tiny – the size of a shoebox – and designed with rapid upgrading in mind.

vsc_news_fast_company January 29

This Company’s Tiny Satellites Could Finally Make Weather Forecasting More Accurate

Earlier this week, the situation for New Yorkers looked dire. A blizzard was coming. Maybe the biggest blizzard in New York City’s history. The subway was shut down for the first time ever because of snow, highways in the tri-state area were closed, and residents were warned to stay indoors. And then: nothing. There was [...]

Entrepreneur January 29

Entrepreneurs Are Working to Uber-fy the Trucking Industry.

There’s the Uber of self-storage, the Uber of dining, the Uber of grocery shopping and the Uber of just about everything these days. And now there’s (more than one) Uber of trucking. While not as sexy as say, the Uber of hot man-dudes, trucking is a big business. The industry does hundreds of billions of [...]

Wall Street Journal January 28

Augmented-Reality Headset Maker Meta Secures $23 Million

Augmented-reality company Meta has secured a major vote of confidence from investors, raising $23 million to build holographic headsets that allow people to interact with digital images in the physical world. The infusion represents the beginning what Meta executives describe as a long and gentle push to replace smartphones and computers with wearable computers.

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Saved by a Call, True Software Builds Global Phonebook

Truecaller, a caller-ID app that is among the fastest-growing apps in the world, typifies the reality that most tech startups sit on a razor’s edge; the difference between survival and death might be one phone call. For founders Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam, the fateful call came in April 2013. After raising about $2 million [...]

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Movile and Latin America are here to play big

Movile, the largest mobile services and software developer in Latin America, has been quietly raising significant investment and acquiring new businesses over the past year. And as the Brazilian technology conglomerate extends their reach into new global markets such as China and the U.S., the activity of major industry players such as Apple, Facebook, and [...]

CNN January 12

Indian startup pays $50 million to compete with Yelp

On Monday, the New Delhi-based firm announced the acquisition of IAC (IACI)-owned restaurant search site, Urbanspoon. The deal grants Zomato entrance into the U.S. and Australia, where it previously had no presence at all. It will also double the site’s web traffic: from 35 million to 80 million visitors a month. And its restaurant inventory will triple [...]

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Anyone can fly this drone

From CES 2015: Jefferson Graham and Ed Baig go out into the desert to bring the Ghost drone out on a test flight. The Ghost drone sells for $600 and can be operated via a smartphone app.Shot by Sean Fujiwara and Eli Blumenthal

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CES 2015 preview: Attack of the drones

Geeks know how to start the year off with a bang. The annual tech-fest known as the Consumer Electronics Show gets underway this weekend in Las Vegas, attracting more than 160,000 folks and 3,500 exhibitors, looking to see the latest breakthroughs in tech that we’ll see in stores not just this year, but in years [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch December 30

EHANG, Maker Of Ghost Drone, Raises $10M Series A Led By GGV Capital

Though the market is still in its early stages, drone startups are becoming increasingly popular among venture capital firms. One of the latest companies to benefit is EHANG, maker of Ghost Drone, which users can control by tilting their smartphones. The company announced today that it has raised a $10 million Series A led by [...]

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New App ‘Flywheel’ Takes On Uber Surge Pricing, Offers $10 Rides On New Year’s Eve In SF

When you need a ride, do you call Uber or a cab? “Uber,” is a common response from many folks in The City who’ve long complained of no-show cabs. “You’ll wave them down they’ll ask you where you’re going and they’ll take off if the fare isn’t what they want,” said one resident. That’s one of the primary [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch December 27

Healthcare Predictions For 2015

Next year will be big for healthcare. We felt small tremors in 2014 of the seismic changes underway. In 2015, I predict five changes to the core of the U.S. healthcare system: insurance, pharmaceuticals, supplies, medical services and payments. Let’s take a look at each of these trends, what they mean for the healthcare sector, and what [...]

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Wearable fitness devices to track goals: Moov, Basis Peak, Misfit Shine

Wearable tech is all the rage, and you would be hard-pressed to find a limb out there unoccupied by some kind of device to count steps, track sleep, monitor heart rate or tell you how many calories you’ve burned. One has to wonder how we got by before there were so many cool devices to [...]

Blueprint December 17

ShopLocket Talks With Alexandr Opalka, CTO and Co-Founder of MotionSavvy, The First Sign Language To Voice System

MotionSavvy are the makers of UNI, a revolutionary two-way communication tool for the deaf and hearing. The team at MotionSavvy is from the Rochester Institute of Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf and in November launched their Indiegogo campaign to help bring their product to market. We sat down with Co-Founder and CTO Alexandr Opalka to discuss [...]

Todayoldd December 10

Techie, foodie or sports lover: Get gifts men will actually want

As the holiday season rolls around, commercials all seem to feature gifts of jewelry and toys, but where does that leave the men in your life? Luckily, we’ve hunted down the most coveted gifts for men this year — presents they’ll actually want to use! Whether the man in your life’s a techie, foodie, grill [...]

Blueprint December 10

Shoplocket Talks With Vijay Chattha Founder At is a hardware marketing studio and seed investment fund that has launched companies like Tile, Ringly, gotenna, and Coin, all of which have become some of the most successful hardware pre-sales campaigns of all time. companies project to do over $60M in direct-to-consumer revenue by the end of 2014. We sat down with founder Vijay Chattha to [...]

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Best gadget gifts for kids

I have a confession. I’m a little bit addicted to this year’s top tech toys for kids. And by a “little bit,” I really mean: “completely and totally and it might be time for an intervention.” This year, the best of the bunch lands smack-dab in the center of the modern toy-trifecta, blending the best [...]

Forbes December 4

Gadgets We Love: GoTenna

As many of my friends gathered last month for our alma mater’s last football game of the season, I lugged four walkie talkies and their charging ports in my bag. They were years old, and despite charging overnight, three of the four proved unusable when we got to the tailgate. The one that worked picked [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch December 2

The Grid Raises $4.6M For Its Intelligent Website Builder

The team behind The Grid is developing a website builder that uses artificial intelligence to automatically create new sites based on the content you provide. The company ran one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a software product earlier this year, but the team also went out to raise a larger fundraising round.

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: New Apps Instantly Convert Spreadsheets Into Something Actually Readable

Dave Story is building a mobile app that can instantly transform an Excel spreadsheet into something you can actually read. It’s called Project Elastic, and he unveiled the thing this fall at a conference run by his company, Tableau. The Seattle-based company has been massively successful selling software that helps big businesses “visualize” the massive amount of [...]

wired-lgoo November 20

Taxi-Hailing App Flywheel Expands to Help Cabbies Fight Big Bad Uber

Rakesh Mathur is the newly appointed CEO of a startup that markets itself as Uber without the assholes. And that means he’s having a very good week. After the website Buzzfeed published a story saying an Uber executive had discussed the idea of investigating journalists who were critical of his ride-sharing company, Uber looks more asshole-ish [...]

vsc_news_inc November 20

Flywheel, the Anti-Uber for Taxi Hailing, Raises $12 Million for Expansion

The way we talk about taxis is a little like the way the two old women in that famous Woody Allen joke talk about the food at a bad restaurant: We complain about them when we can’t get one, and the second we flag one down we start complaining about how terrible it is. Being able to summon [...]

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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

Hoverboards, intelligent space craft, edible food wrappers, and much much more. Welcome to TIME’s annual round-up of the best inventions making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun.  

Forbes November 20

Mu Sigma Moves Beyond Analyzing Big Data To Grasping Enterprise Complexity

Mu Sigma, a leading big data analytics company whose customers include Microsoft, Dell, Pfizer and Wal-Mart, has launched muUniverse, a decision guidance tool that it says serves as a Google Maps to help leaders choose the right path. Problems can be connected across the full breadth of an organization or, as with supply chain issues, outside [...]

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Devices to Track Every Move You Make

GEORGE ORWELL WOULD HAVE enjoyed the irony. In an unexpected twist on his dystopian society, technology has become more intrusive than ever, with companies devising products to track everything from the steps we take to how focused our brains are. But far from it being enforced, we’ve not only accepted this monitoring as part of [...]

Wall Street Journal November 13

Unshackled, a New Angel Fund, Forms to Back Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Some of the U.S.’s most successful tech companies, including Intel Corp. and Google Inc.GOOGL have been built by immigrants, and many people who come to the U.S. aspire to work in or start tech companies. Without work visas, though, they don’t get far. A new San Francisco-based angel fund,Unshackled, which claims more than 50 individuals and funds as investors, has raised a [...]

Pando Daily November 13

Kahuna launches RevIQ, adds AI to help brands communicate smarter using mobile

Not all brand communication is created equal. Consumers react differently depending on the channel (email, mobile push, Web, etc.), the time of day, and the content of the message. What works for one channel or one consumer, leading to the desired purchasing or engagement behavior, can have the exact opposite effect through a different channel [...]

vsc_news_tech_crunch November 7

Drawbridge Now Supports Connected TVs With Its Cross-Device Ad Targeting

Ad tech startup Drawbridge has been talking about its vision for targeting users across devices for a couple of years, but now it’s adding another device to the mix — Internet-connected TVs. This follows Drawbridge’s earlier announcement that it supports video ads. Co-founder and CEO Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan told me that while connected TVs are a “niche” platform for now and will [...]

vsc_news_fast_company November 6

An App Trying To Save Your Office From Dying Of Boredom

Analyzing enterprise data may never be as enjoyable as scrolling through an Instagram feed. But Chartcube, a new app launching today, is at least trying to make business data as easy to use. The free app is the effort of former Evernote, eBay, Prezi, and McKinsey employees who are attempting to get rid of the unnecessary steps [...]

vsc_news_huffington_post November 4

7 Ways Video Games Will Help Your Kids in School

The first video games were not designed with education in mind. Pong, Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter didn’t help anyone learn algebra, practice vocabulary, or memorize details of Ancient Roman history, but they were fun. Because of their entertaining nature, video games developed a bad rap over the years for “rotting kids’ [...]

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