March 2017

Universe, a mobile-only website builder, lets you create pages in ‘under a minute’

By | March 22nd, 2017|Technology|

 The world of companies that provide platforms for developing websites and publishing online is a crowded one, with established players like WordPress, Wix, Zoho, Weebly, Duda Mobile and Squarespace competing against newer entrants like Medium and the likes of LinkedIn. Now make way for Universe, another startup that hopes its mobile-first approach for building “light” websites… Read More

All 51 startups that debuted at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 2

By | March 22nd, 2017|Technology|

 Over 15,000 founders from 7,200 startups applied to this batch of Y Combinator. It chose just over 100 with founders from 22 countries to go through its accelerator program. Today, the second half of those companies launched on stage, and we have breakdowns of all 51 of these businesses. Oh, and the ACLU. The 97-year [...]

Kindle for iOS finally gets the “Send to Kindle” feature, challenging Pocket and Instapaper

By | March 21st, 2017|Technology|

 Amazon has quietly rolled out the “Send to Kindle” feature to its Kindle for iOS application that allows you to save articles and documents found on the web to the app. That means your Kindle device or app can replace your preferred “read it later” application – like Pocket or Instapaper, for example – apps where [...]

Google redesigns its mobile app and website with tappable search shortcuts

By | March 21st, 2017|Technology|

 Google this morning announced a redesign for its iOS and Android search application, as well as its site on the mobile web, which now includes tappable shortcuts to areas like sports, weather, food and drink, entertainment, and other interests. The idea here is to give users a different way to explore Google, instead of requiring the [...]

Mobile advertising startup Databerries raises $16M

By | March 21st, 2017|Technology|

 Databerries is announcing that it has raised $16 million in Series A funding — money that will help the Paris-headquartered company launch in the United States. The startup describes its approach as “real life targeting.” It works with brick-and-mortar retailers to direct their ads at consumers who have been to their store or a competitor’s store… Read More

The 52 startups that launched at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 1

By | March 21st, 2017|Technology|

 Today was Y Combinator’s 24th Demo Day, where the accelerator shows off its fresh companies to investors. International, AI, and hardware products were the emergent themes of the 52 companies that launched. “The international tour seemed to work” says YC President Sam Altman, who helped put on ‘Startup School’ events across the globe to boost [...]

Foursquare is launching an analytics platform to help retailers understand foot traffic

By | March 20th, 2017|Technology|

 While Foursquare started as a social check-in app, the company has always said that there is a bigger picture – mainly related to unique ways of leveraging its database of check ins at nearly 100 million public places. There’s no better example than when Foursquare predicted that Chipotle same-store sales would fall 29% after the Mexican chain was hit with E. coli outbreaks. [...]

Vodafone India confirms it is merging with Idea Cellular to form India’s largest telco

By | March 20th, 2017|Technology|

 Vodafone India has confirmed that it has reached an agreement to acquire rival Idea Cellular. The deal, which is being painted as a merger, will create India’s largest operator with some 377 million customers. The company revealed it was in talks with Idea Cellular over a deal in January, and the coming-together was announced today. Subject to [...]

Y Combinator has a new AI track, and wants startups building ‘robot factory’ tech to apply

By | March 20th, 2017|Technology|

 Y Combinator Partner Daniel Gross today announced that the accelerator-turned-venture-fund will offer its first “vertical” track exclusively for AI startups. YC gathers founders from different industries together in each investment cycle. The organization hosts interdisciplinary demo days and “dinners,” which are more like half-day sessions for knowledge sharing… Read More