How Facebook Connect changed the consumer internet

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When Facebook opened its API, the platform spawned a completely new way of distributing apps on the web. Developers now had unprecedented access and deep integration into many of Facebook’s core features, allowing anyone to sign up and start building. Read More Read more »

Adtech is going native on steroids, hyper-personalization and consolidation

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 After years of VC exuberance, 2015 marked the end of an investment cycle for the adtech industry. Quite a few companies with high valuations stumbled, downsized, restructured and pivoted in order to achieve, or at least progress on a path toward, sustainable profitability. Yet, despite the contraction in VC investments, the industry is growing dramatically. Read More Read more »

Botlist is an app store for bots

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 A new site launching today wants to be the app store for bots. Botlist, as it’s called, is a third-party database that’s a catalog a lot of the bots currently available across platforms, including email, web, SMS, Slack, mobile, apps, and more. There’s no question that bots are all the rage. Facebook is planning to introduce chatbots on Messenger this week; Microsoft just… Read More Read more »

Rev3 Founder David Prager forms new fund, Monstro Ventures, to back early-stage tech startups

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 The team behind Monstro is launching a new microfund called Monstro Ventures, according to co-founder David Prager. For the unfamiliar, Monstro is an ad agency with headquarters in Oakland and another office in Los Angeles that specializes in video creative, including videos that get hype going around crowdfunding or launches of new tech products. Prager is best-known as the founder of… Read More Read more »

Entrepreneurs must learn to negotiate, or they can lose everything

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 Successfully taking an idea to market involves many more negotiations than most entrepreneurs realize. First, they must figure out whether to share credit with any partners or advisors who helped them along the way. Then, they need to determine who owns what, and who controls what, as they make their way through multiple rounds of investment. Read More Read more »

Why unicorns falter

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 In early February 2016, a study of financing deals reported by The Wall Street Journal found that investors are increasingly protecting themselves from IPOs that don’t perform as expected. This fallout is a continuation of the demise of the so-called “unicorn,” a tech startup with a pre-IPO valuation of over one billion dollars. Read More Read more »

Coach gives tutors and other freelancers tools to build an online business

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 If you’re a tutor looking to offer your services online, a startup called Coach aims to give you the tools you need. CEO Spencer Fry created a similar platform, in some ways, when he co-founded CarbonMade, which offers designers and artists an easy way to showcase their portfolios online. He said there’s a bigger challenge with Coach, though, because there are more pieces to… Read More Read more »

Editas biotech stock drops by 26 percent over CRISPR patent dispute

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 Gene editing outfit Editas has been one of the most successful tech IPOs of 2016 so far, with shares skyrocketing up 130 percent shortly after the company’s public debut. But the stock has now plummeted nearly 26 percent in after-hours trading over concerns it might not be able to legally use the technology it’s built upon. Some on Twitter believe the drop to be part of a… Read More Read more »

Nom.com, a foodie-focused live video network from YouTube’s Steve Chen, launches with $4.7M

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 We’ve heard relatively little from Steve Chen since he joined Google Ventures after parting ways with Chad Hurley, his co-founder at YouTube and more recently Avos. It turns out that alongside some commendable philanthropic projects, he’s also been quietly working on a new startup: Nom.com, a live, interactive video community and app for foodies that presents a mix of… Read More Read more »