NEWS

01
Oct

A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

offtime.co Apparently, navel-gazing about how much time you’re spending on your phone is a thing now. We’ve already seen iOS apps like Moment and Check appear to shame you into self-restraint by alerting you to how many minutes you spend staring at your little screen every day, or how many times per day you pull out your phone and take a look. Now, it’s Android’s turn. A new… Read More

01
Oct

Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing

dark_lockup Inbox, the email startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums offering modern APIs that allow developers to build new applications on top of email’s aging underpinnings, is today taking steps to make it even easier for developers to get started with the launch of open source email apps. The company is also announcing the pricing for its hosted version of the Inbox API for the first time… Read More

01
Oct

Lost-Item Tracker Tile Raises $13 Million To Fund International Expansion, Android Release

tile1 Tile, the lost-item tracker that raised millions in crowdfunding wants to give objects a voice by connecting them to the web. To capitalize on the growing demand for Tile’s small, square-shaped devices that attach to bags, bikes, keychains and more, the company has raised $13 million in funding, in a $9.5 million Series A round led by GGV Capital, a firm known for its global ties, and… Read More

01
Oct

Thanks To A Partnership With Gimbal, Urban Airship’s Push Notifications Get Smarter About Location

urban-airship-logo Push notification company Urban Airship is announcing a partnership with Gimbal, the beacon technology company that spun out of Qualcomm earlier this year.
The end result, according to Urban Airship CMO Brent Hieggelke (who answered my questions via email), is a more precise approach to targeting promotional push notifications, one that uses Gimbal’s proximity beacons as well as… Read More

01
Oct

Eve Raises $2.3M To Rethink Programming

macbook While everybody in the tech industry seems to be trying to make programming easier to pick up, most of the efforts that have popped up either repackage the concepts found in existing languages or boil down the logic programmers use to the point where you don’t learn skills that are directly applicable to actual software development. Read More

01
Oct

PopKey’s Animated GIF Keyboard For iOS 8 Is The One You Should Be Using

IMG_4742 Apple is now accepting keyboards that go beyond just offering different ways to type text – it appears to have opened the doors for graphical keyboards, too. Riffsy already showed us an animated GIF keyboard that makes it easy to communicate via reaction GIFs, but PopKey is another startup that came up with the same idea at the same time, and their offering is now available, too. And… Read More

01
Oct

Berlin-Based Adtech Startup Remerge Raises $1M For Its Mobile App Marketing Platform

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 13.21.09 Today, Remerge, another Berlin-based adtech startup, sees its official launch, off the back of a $1 million seed round led by Point Nine Capital. The startup, whose five founders include CEO Pan Katsukis (previously a co-founder of Madvertise), offers what it calls an “audience segmentation and retargeting platform” for mobile app advertisers to let them drill down into discrete… Read More

01
Oct

StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker

Man walking inside server room towards cloud. StackEngine, a startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way to manage Docker containers, providing the operations side of the house some control over Docker instances. Docker’s rapidly growing popularity didn’t escape the attention of company founders Bob Quillin and Eric Anderson, both of… Read More

01
Oct

ZenMate Scores $3.2M Series A For Its VPN-Style Private Browsing Service

zenmate As consumers become more tech savvy and privacy conscious, it’s not surprising to see VCs begin to pay more attention to startups who are focusing on privacy in all its various permutations. Enter ZenMate, a Virtual Private Network (VPN)-style service that encrypts your browsing and hides your IP address/location from the sites you visit and anyone else trying to snoop on your… Read More

01
Oct

YC’s Altman Thinks Reddit’s Community Ownership Experiment Could Be A Model

reddit The thought of using crypto-currencies to back shares of a company first crossed Y Combinator head Sam Altman’s mind about two years ago. “It was an idle thought that popped into my head,” he said. “It was not until Reddit reached out to me about fundraising that I thought about it again.” So when he decided to lead Reddit’s $50 million Series B… Read More