NEWS

08
Oct

San Francisco Legalizes, Regulates Airbnb With 7-4 Vote, Lots of Amendments

Airbnb Symbol After six years of operating in San Francisco, Airbnb will finally become legal on its own home turf. The city’s board of supervisors voted to legalize and regulate short-term stays through a controversial piece of legislation that has been two years in the making and comes in the midst of one of the city’s most acute housing shortages in history. David Chiu, who is the president… Read More

08
Oct

Dot & Bo Adds Media Vet Nancy Tellem To Its Board As It Looks To Combine Content And Commerce

dotbo1 Launched about a year-and-a-half ago, Dot & Bo specializes in the sale of home furnishings “designed for the modern lifestyle.” It appeals mostly to young people, in particular millennials, as they set out to decorate their first homes and attempt to make those homes look like the type of place a grown-up might live in. Read More

07
Oct

Israeli Startup Scene Thriving Despite Conflict

tel aviv skyline Investments in Israeli startups climbed to near record highs in the third quarter, even as the country was in the throes of the worst violence it has seen in years. Venture investments in Israel-based companies have not only increased in number of deals – with a near 40% rise this quarter over last- but more than tripled the total amount invested in Q1 of 2014. And this doesn’t… Read More

07
Oct

It’s Decision Day For Airbnb in San Francisco

Brian Chesky airbnb (3 of 6) Today, San Francisco’s board of supervisors is voting on how to legalize and regulate short-term rentals on platforms like Airbnb. It’s a critical moment for Airbnb because some of its most attractive and lucrative markets are in the world’s top-tier cities, many of which suffer from chronic housing shortages. San Francisco, which is currently embroiled in anti-eviction… Read More

07
Oct

This Is The New Squarespace

cover-pages-main Squarespace has just announced a brand new version of its product called Squarespace 7. Obviously, the interface of the service (which gives users a full suite of site publishing/e-commerce tools) looks quite a bit different, but it’s the new features that really add a lot of value. For instance, Squarespace 7 now offers a side-by-side view for the interface and the content, letting… Read More

07
Oct

Delighted Makes It Easy For Startups And Other Businesses To Collect Customer Feedback

delighted bonobos Delighted, a startup that aims to help businesses collect and analyze customer feedback, is ready to move its product out of private beta testing and make it available to any customer.
In addition, the company is announcing that it has raised funding (it won’t say how much) from Google Ventures, Shasta Ventures, SV Angel, Designer Fund, Fuel Capital, Relay Ventures, Ben Ling, Bobby… Read More

07
Oct

Polyvore Gets Personalized With A New iPhone App Featuring “Just For You” Style Suggestions

polyvore Style community Polyvore is out today with a new iPhone app which introduces personalization to the fashion-focused social shopping site for the first time. The app, which also received a visual makeover to present items in a cleaner, more streamlined format, now allows users to like and hide items from their feed in order to inform the algorithms that power a suggestions-filled… Read More

07
Oct

“Ephemeral” Messaging App Frankly Raises $12.8 Million, Rolls Out A Social Chat SDK

frankly-chat-hands Mobile startup Frankly has been steadily growing its user base amid a wave of self-destructing messaging apps with an app that lets you send text messages to other users that disappear after 10 seconds. Today, the company is announcing it has secured $12.8 million in funding from JJR Private Capital, Stanford-StartX Fund and SK Planet. Frankly had previously raised $6 million from SK Planet… Read More

07
Oct

BloomNation, A Marketplace For Local Florists, Raises $5.6 Million Series A

IMG_2345(1) BloomNation, a Santa Monica-based startup offering florists and floral designers a platform for running their business online, as well as a marketplace that connects florists and consumers, has now closed on $5.55 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Ronny Conway of A Capital Partners (previously of Andreessen Horowitz) and saw participation from BloomNation’s seed… Read More

07
Oct

Froont Wants To Make Sharing Responsive Web Design As Easy As Sharing Code

Froont-TogetherScreenshot Froont designs can now be cloned, edited, and shared with a client or used as a starting point for new designs. Read More