via Harrison Webber of VentureBeat
Think selfies are narcissistic? Yevvo wants you to live-stream your life.
Tel Aviv-based Yevvo raised a new round of funding today — $3.7 million, to be exact — with hopes of convincing you to casually broadcast your life in real-time to your friends.
Yevvo is not alone in this space; it faces major competitors, including Livestream and Google’s Hangouts on Air service. That said, Yevvo’s emphasis on spontaneous video streaming takes the “event” out of Livestream’s “live events.”
via Jay Ramey of Autoweek.com
Jaguar Land Rover has announced a whole new host of apps that’ll be available in vehicles by both brands later this year via the InControl smartphone integration system. With the help of Bosch and a number of third-party app developers, Jaguar and Land Rover will debut integrated in-vehicle app connectivity for phones with the Android operating system, as well as for Apple’s iOS.
Jaguar Land Rover is the latest company to bring apps to cars’ infotainment systems, an innovation that will either greatly reduce distracted driving and make crucial information much more easily accessible or cause drivers to completely ignore the act of driving altogether.
The three $1 million winners of the first Verizon Powerful Answers Award were revealed today by Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The prize amounts for the other 12 winners, who each took home between $850,000 and $285,000, were also announced.
Nikhil Sethi and Garrett Ullom are the co-founders of Adpatly, a DreamIt Philly 2010 company, and were recently named to the Forbe 30 Under 30 list for the second year in a row.
via Julianna Reyes of Technically Philly
ElectNext pivoted this past October, launching sponsored comments on news sites. Now, the transformation is complete:
Now, the transformation is complete: ElectNext has become Versa.
Founded in 2011 by Wharton grad Keya Dannenbaum, the startup began as a way to connect voters and politicians, using a quiz to show voters which politicians’ views most aligned with their own. But their most recent business model wasn’t making money, Dannenbaum said this fall, and that’s why it pivoted to sponsored comments.
Versa now counts publishers like Philly.com, Hearst and the McClatchy Company as customers, according to its site. It’s a media software move others have waded into: think about how Brooklyn-based RapGenius is selling its annotating software to publishers like the New York Times.
Before the rebranding, its team was split between San Francisco, New York City and Philadelphia and this has not changed, said founder Keya Dannenbaum.
by Anthony Ha of TechCrunch
Co-founder Russell d’Souza told me that the deal closed in late November, around the same time that SeatGeek (which launched at the TechCrunch50 conference in 2009) closed $2.2 million in new funding from existing investors. The timing, he said, was “not a coincidence” — the round was intended to fund the acquisition.
The two sites are competitors — both of them allow users to search for tickets across resale sites like StubHub and eBay. d’Souza said he made the acquisition (SeatGeek’s first) for two reasons. First, he wanted to expose SeatGeek to new users. Second, he wanted to acquire FanSnap’s technology, partly to use at SeatGeek, and partly to keep it out of the hands of potential competitors.
by Peter Cohan via Forbes.com
In pursuit of profit, people turn ideas into products and services. If the idea people work for start-ups, they are in immediate danger as soon as they file for a patent — in so doing, they make public the details of their invention.
And by making their idea public, they become vulnerable to two types of economic predators. There are big, deep-pocketed companies that might look at the details of the startup’s idea and decide to come up with their own product using that technology. If the big company gets its product to market fast, it could doom the startup – which generally does not have deep enough pockets to pay lawyers to protect its invention.
by Derrick Harris via Gigaom
Analytics startup Parse.ly has released its third bi-monthly “Authority Report” on Wednesday, and the big finding is that the majority of traffic for some top online publishers still comes via laptop and desktop computers.
The company analyzed the screen sizes of devices that its customers’ readers use to access their content, and found that about 60 percent of all traffic came from devices with screen ratios of 16:9 or 16:10, indicating it came mostly from laptops or desktops. Overall, traffic from mobile devices accounts for between 10 and 20 percent of traffic, peaking at nearly 20 percent in the evenings and with most of it — at least 13.8 percent — coming from Apple iPads or iPhones.
by Elle Eichinger via Michigan Avenue Magazine
Winter is engagement season—quickly followed, of course, by the spring and summer wedding seasons—so the latest bridal startup, Brideside, couldn’t have debuted at a better time. Created by Chicagoans Sonali Lamba and Nicole Staple, Brideside aggregates hundreds of bridesmaid dress options in one place, and offers women the chance to order and try on up to three different dresses before making a purchase. The designers on offer include well-established luxury labels like Jenny Yoo, Lela Rose, and Alfred Sung.
“The experience of planning my own wedding was still ripe in my head as I started business school at the Kellogg School of Management,” Lamba says. “After meeting Nicole and countless other classmates, I soon realized just how painstaking being a bridesmaid had become—the honor and privilege is now trumped by logistics and drama, especially since today’s bride has bridesmaids all over the country and world. The industry lacked an obvious solution; we were determined to bring it to the market.”
Read more at http://michiganavemag.com/the-latest/style-and-beauty/postings/brideside-simplifies-finding-bridesmaid-dresses#0PdfeexHUfM77WWu.99
by Kyle Alspach via Boston Business Journal
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Innovation Act, a bill that aims to crack down on the “patent trolls” which have enraged many in the technology industry.
The term “patent troll” refers to firms that hold patents but apparently only make money by suing other companies for patent infringement. The firms often buy up patents with the goal of filing infringement lawsuits against other firms, knowing that settlement will be the cheapest option for the firms. “It’s a tax on innovation,” Michael Simon, CEO of Boston-based LogMeIn, said recently.