$10 Million For UpCounsel Means Small Businesses Can Hire BigLaw Attorneys

 UpCounsel, a marketplace for legal services, has pulled in $10 million in new funding to provide small businesses with attorneys at a fraction of the cost of a big law firm. Menlo Ventures led the Series A round, with participation from previous investors Homebrew and Metamorphic Ventures, which brings the company’s funding total to $13.9 million. When businesses hire a lawyer from a… Read More Read more »

Sales Lead Analytics Startup Leadspace Raises $18M

 Leadspace, a company that brings in sales leads and scores them to better help marketers determine which ones to prioritize, said it raised $18 million. Leadspace plugs into marketing software like Marketo and Salesforce, pooling the data from the leads that marketers generate with other publicly-available data — such as from social networks. It then gives marketers a way to score… Read More Read more »

It’s Your Fault Email Is Broken

 As an email startup CEO, I hear it every week. “I hate email. Email sucks. Why can’t anyone fix it? And why would you want to spend your life working on something everyone hates?” Email is an obvious target for blame, since we collectively send 183 billion of them every single day. But blaming email is like shooting the messenger (or shooting the envelope, rather) Read more »

Twitter Loses Another Exec, This Time Shedding Its Head Of Comms Gabriel Stricker

 After joining Twitter three years ago to run its communications team, former Googler Gabriel Stricker has stepped down from the position. There’s no word on whether he left on his own, was pushed out…or both, which tends to happen in high-profile changes like this. Read More Read more »

HTC Unveils Four New Desire Smartphones

 HTC has announced four new HTC Desire smartphones, including the HTC Desire 520, Desire 526, Desire 626, and Desire 626s. All four phones will be LTE-capable, contain Quad-core Snapdragon processors, and have a variety of displays. The Desire 520 has a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) display, and comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. The main camera is a 8MP recording at 720p, and… Read More Read more »

The TC Meetup + Pitch-Off Is Hitting NYC And It’s Going To Be Awesome!

 As a proud member of the NYC tech community, I’m truly thrilled to announce that we’ll be bringing our world-renowned TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-off to the best damn city in the world on August 18. This won’t be our first meetup in NYC — we held one all the way back in 2012, before we had figured out the whole pitch-off bit, and again in March of 2014 — but I… Read More Read more »

John Sculley And David Steinberg Explain How Zeta Interactive Works with Big Brands to Track Engagement

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 Last week we had a chance to sit down with the founders of Zeta Interactive, an online marketing service — which isn’t the first company that brought CEO David Steinberg and former Apple CEO John Sculley together. Zeta Interactive focuses on using data-mining and analytics to basically track where a customer came from. The example the pair used was tracking a car test drive from… Read More Read more »

Twitter tries to make it easier and more appealing to buy stuff

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The company that brought you the fail whale now wants you to buy stuff that will come via snail mail Twitter has rolled out specialized pages for products and places that will provide relevant tweets and information as well as opportunities to make purchases. The move is Twitter's most aggressive yet to jump start ecommerce on its platform. See also: Why Facebook and Twitter Are Embracing Ecommerce Twitter provided a look at the new features using the book The Martian. Image: Twitter Products can also be grouped together by Twitter users into curated "collections." Twitter is launching this feature with a variety of influencers including pop singer Demi Lovato , Nike and The Ellen Show Read more... More about Twitter , Ecommerce , Business , Marketing , and Apps Software Read more »

Sign Up For Startup Alley Country Pavilions At Disrupt SF

 Disrupt San Francisco 2015 is still a few months away, but if you’re a startup looking to get your product in front of some of the best entrepreneurs, investors, and journalists around, it’s never too soon to start planning to attend the show. This year’s conference runs from September 21 – 23 at San Francisco’s historic Pier 70, and we can’t wait to see… Read More Read more »