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BAND Hits 40 Million Users, Expands to US

BAND communication

I wrote about Camp Mobile’s BAND recently, a platform that’s looking to redefine social networking and messaging apps for maximum control and private communications. The team was proud to announce that they recently hit 40 million users worldwide. The invite-only platform lets users organize and interact with the people in their lives in smaller circles,… Read more »

Try Products Before you Buy With Gorilly


Try before you buy: it’s a mantra that serves us well, but there aren’t a lot of places you can put it into effect. Sure, you can test drive a car, but how often can you test drive a custom, handcrafted piece of furniture? Gorilly, the self-described Airbnb for retail, has long been committed to… Read more »

Michael DeCesare Joins ForeScout Technologies as New CEO

Michael DeCesare

Michael DeCesare recently left his position as the President of Intel Security, previously McAfee, to pursue a different executive role at a different company. ForeScout Technologies, a leading provider of continuous monitoring and mitigation solutions, named the veteran industry executive as their new CEO. The addition of DeCesare to the ForeScout executive team will serve… Read more »

Reddit to Give 2014 Ad Revenue to User-Voted Charities

Reddit charitable giving

Last year reddit took a firm stance on advertising, stating that they would be committing 10 percent of their 2014 ad revenue to ten different charities, voted on by the entire reddit community. Part of the reason reddit decided to do this is because they want to show that the ad revenue for reddit doesn’t… Read more »

Can Science Bring Legitimacy to the Cannabis Industry?

cannabis tech

Steep Hill, an industry leader in cannabis testing and analytics, recently acquired a dedicated genetic sequencer from Pacific Biosciences. That might not sound like much at first glance, but this sequencer (RSII) has already led to an exciting breakthrough: what is believed to be the first isolated male cannabis genome sequence. Under the banner of… Read more »

Anaplan Releases 2014 Fiscal Year Highlights


Anaplan today announced the highlights from their fiscal year, which ended on January 31, 2015. The company reported that their bookings increased by 230 percent, which is 2.1 times more than the previous two years combined; these results were fueled by a 91 percent growth in customers. The Fiscal 2015 highlights include: Customer base now… Read more »

Imgur Doubles Down on Heightening Visual Storytelling


Header Image credit: There’s rarely a photo post on Reddit that isn’t powered by Imgur these days; they are the internet’s visual storytelling community after all. A big part of their success is the fact that Imgur has been continually updating their image viewing platform to maintain at the head of the pack. Recently they… Read more »

Sindeo Gets $5M for Disruptive Mortgage Marketplace

mortgage lending sindeo

Sindeo successfully closed their $5 million Series A funding round led by Renren, one of China’s most prominent social networks; renren literally means “everyone” in Chinese.  In addition to the funding, cofounder and COO of Renren James Liu will be joining Sindeo’s Board of Directors to help keep their mortgage marketplace trending upwards. This current… Read more »

50 Women in Tech Dominating Silicon Valley

women in tech

“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.” —… Read more »

Complete Your V-Day Outfit with This Vibrator Necklace

Vesper vibrator necklace

Apparently, jewelry that doubles as a sex toy is a thing, and the latest creation by Crave is something called the Vesper vibrator necklace. Yes, you heard that right: it’s a vibrator for women that they can clean and hang around their necks to wear in public. “We believe that women have been underserved in… Read more »

Vilynx Opens New Revenue Streams for Video Publishers


Vilynx has been rolling out some major updates to their platform over the last few months, and today they announced yet another first-to-market technology. Specifically built for online video publishers, Vilynx’s new intelligent in-line video ad insertion technology was designed to work with the 5 second preview solution based on user engagement and video views… Read more »

Women in Tech Who Are Shaking Up Silicon Valley


Sure, we’ve all heard of Ariana Huffington and Marissa Mayer, but what about some of the other women in the tech field? Beyond the household names, there is an ever-growing group of female tech stars leading and founding tech startups. Keep reading below for a list of women who are making moves in the tech… Read more »

Y Combinator Partners With Bolt to Support Hardware Startups

Y Combinator

Y Combinator, the Mountain View-based startup seed fund, announced today that it is partnering with Bolt, a venture fund that invests in early-stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software. Bolt will advise YC hardware companies on product design, engineering, volume manufacturing, and go-to-market strategy. YC is known for helping launch software startups such as… Read more »

VapeXhale Bets Big on User Experience, Reaps Benefits

cannabis tech

Seibo Shen, CEO of VapeXhale, thinks of himself as one of the earliest users of vaporizers – I don’t disagree. He discovered the technology for vaporizing marijuana in 1997 during his time in college after discovering he was allergic to alcohol. He’s a health conscious guy and didn’t want to mess up his lungs by… Read more »