Etsy Closes Up 86 Percent On First Day Of Trading

 It turns out Wall Street investors like those homespun crafts. Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, went public today. Shares opened at $31 on the NASDAQ, popping up 94 percent from the initial set price of $16 per share. The company closed its first day of trading at $30 per share, an 86% percent rise from its initial price. Read More Read more »

Now Is The Perfect Time To Be A Female Entrepreneur

 In Silicon Valley, the percentage of women starting technology companies is astronomically low, at a rate around 3 percent. Of privately held companies, only 6.5 percent have a female CEO, and 1.3 percent have a female founder. How is this the case, when women are earning more than half of all bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees for the first time in history? Read More Read more »

Ad Tech And Mobile In Focus In Microsoft And Yahoo’s Renewed Search Deal

 After months of negotiations, Microsoft and Yahoo today finally announced a renewed search alliance, which includes amendments to the two companies’ earlier partnership. It will give Yahoo more flexibility in terms of how it’s able to monetize its search traffic and includes changes to the two companies’ ads salesforces. Yahoo will continue to serve Bing ads and search… Read More Read more »

New Treadmill Tech Will Make Your Run More Realistic

 A new technology from researchers at Ohio State allows runners to feel as if they are speeding up or slowing down naturally. The treadmill-based tech takes sonar readings of the user’s position on the belt and can tell when to crank things up or slow things down. Created by Steven T. Devor, associate professor of kinesiology, and former graduate student Cory Scheadler, the system… Read More Read more »

Netflix Adds 4.9M New Members In Q1, Sending Shares Up More Than 10%

 Why’s Wall Street so excited about flat revenues and an earnings miss? Netflix reported that its subscriber base grew to a total 62.3 million. That figure includes 2.3 million new domestic subscribers, and 2.6 million non-domestic subscribers. Read More Read more »

Boomerang Commerce Launches A/B Testing Platform For Pricing

 Boomerang Commerce, a startup that helps online retailers optimize their pricing and a 2014 Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield finalist, today announced the launch of its A/B testing service for pricing. Marketers love A/B testing to see which message works best, but when it comes to pricing, offering two different customers two different prices for the same product can quickly become a recipe… Read More Read more »

On-Demand Food Delivery Service Sprig Has Raised $45 Million

 Sprig, a food delivery service that specializes in healthy on-demand meals in San Francisco, has raised $45 million in a funding round led by Social+Capital and Greylock Partners. The company plans to expand to the remainder of the Bay Area and Chicago in the coming months, and then more cities by the end of 2015. Sprig’s menu is limited, but is supposed to arrive no later than 20… Read More Read more »

Micro-Investment App Acorns Raises $23 Million Led By Greycroft, e.Ventures

 Acorns, the micro-investment app that sets up a portfolio for you by collecting your spare change, has today announced the close of a $23 million Series C financing, led by Greycroft Ventures and e.Ventures, with participation from Sound Ventures, Garland Capital, and MATH Venture Partners. This brings Acorns’ total amount raised to $32 million. The company, which rounds up to the… Read More Read more »

Musicyou Raises A Seed Round For Its Private Music Sharing Platform

 The value proposition of apps which allow you to share music though messaging, like PingTune or MusicMessenger is, largely, to chat about music. Meanwhile, apps like TunePics, Mindie and Flipagram are more about sharing music in a public, Twitter-like, feed. While Music Messenger, PingTune, Mindie and Flipagram have raised VC funding, TunePics has not, being rather the product of an… Read More Read more »