Social Media

Are Sketchy Weirdos Trying to Friend You on Facebook? Tell Them to FakeOFF!

By | Jul 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

Has this happened to you? You accidentally confirm a stranger’s request to become friends on Facebook, only to realize that “friend” is a total fake. According to recent studies, between 10-20 percent of Facebook’s more than 1.35 billion users are inauthentic. That’s right –…

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Pittsburgh’s Rhiza Raises $3M Series A for Big Data Marketing Analytics

By | Jun 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Last week, the Pittsburgh-based Rhiza announced a Series A round of financing valued at $3 million. The round was led by Draper Triangle Ventures. “Rhiza is disrupting the marketing analytics industry with intuitive tools for marketers and salespeople across the entire enterprise at a fraction…

Business

BuzzFeed Supposedly Raising $200M Round

By | Jun 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

VentureBeat reported that BuzzFeed may be raising a $200 million round of funding. It’s speculated that existing investors NEA, Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, Hearst Ventures, and SV Angel may participate in the round. According to VentureBeat‘s source, $200 million isn’t an exact amount, but rather a…

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Boston Cybersecurity Company BioCatch Raises $10M Series A

By | Jun 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

It was announced this morning that the Boston-based cybersecurity company BioCatch has raised $10 million in a Series A round of financing. The round was led by Blumberg Capital and OurCrowd, with existing investors participating in the raise. BioCatch provides behavioral authentication and threat detection…

Android

DC-Based Personal Launches Fill It for Quick and Safe Auto-Filling on Online Forms

By | Jun 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Last week, Personal – a DC-based startup which provides a secured digital data vault for consumers’ information, passwords, and files – launched the world’s largest form library at Fill It, giving people a tool to securely and automatically fill almost any form in the world. Literally millions…

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BrightTag Rebrands as Signal, Launches New Open Data Platform

By | Jun 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

It was announced on Tuesday that Chicago-based BrightTag has changed its name to Signal. This news arrives just a few weeks after the company’s acquisition of the digital marketing software company bearing the same name. BrightTag is a cross-channel marketing technologies company, and has…

Business

Handybook Raises $30M in Series B Led by Revolution Growth

By | Jun 11, 2014 at 9:38 am

It was announced this morning that NYC-based Handybook has raised $30 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by Revolution Growth, a $450 fund co-founded by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Donn Davis. Other participants in this recent round…

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Medyear’s Documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa Highlights Software’s Ability to Affect Social Change

By | Jun 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm

On Monday, NYC-based startup Medyear released a short documentary on the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and how mere access to privacy tools can significantly improve the treatment of those dealing with the virus. Aside from highlighting the social impact that startups can continue…

Acquisition

Chicago’s Brad Flora Sells Perfect Audience for $23 Million

By | Jun 5, 2014 at 9:05 am

On Monday, an acquisition was closed for the San Francisco-based Perfect Audience, which specializes in display and social ad retargeting across social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Under the terms of the agreement, Marin Software paid $22.8 million for the company, with about $5.4 million in cash…

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What is the Clothing Genome Project, and What Does it Mean for Our Shopping Experience?

By | May 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Shopping for clothes can be a fun experience – but it can also be hell on Mother Earth. While it’s definitely fun to browse around looking for some cute things to potentially wear, it’s frustrating when you’re really only looking for something more specific…

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3 Reasons to Dump Rapportive for Connect6°’s New PeopleDiscovery Platform

By | May 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

If you’re reading this, then I’m sure that you are at least familiar with Rapportive. Used as a tool for learning about and connecting with people through various social media, Rapportive is invaluable for people involved with or within the startup community, where new and…

Business

DC-Based Distil Networks Raises $10 Million Round for Bad Bot Protection Services

By | May 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

DC-based Distil Networks today announced that is has raised $10 million in Series A funding for its cloud-based platform helping companies detect and prevent malicious bots. The round was led by the Foundry Group and Techstars’s Bullet Time Ventures. As part of this financing,…

Business

Why Ruby on Rails is My Go-To App Development Platform

By | May 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

When it comes to developing business web applications, companies are faced with a tough decision. There are a variety of development platforms or programs to choose from including Java, Python, and Ruby among others. But in my experience, Ruby on Rails is the go-to app…

Accelerator

SoundBetter’s 4 Pieces of Advice When Considering That 500 Startups Application

By | May 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm

With an acceptance rate roughly between 3 and 5 percent, getting into 500 Startups‘s accelerator program is – to say the least – difficult. (To put those percentages into perspective, consider Stanford’s fall 2012 acceptance rate, a much more hopeful 6.6 percent). Yet, despite…