With a new $8M funding round in the bank, CartoDB enables anyone to create advanced, interactive maps

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A Q&A with CartoDB VP of Marketing Álvaro Ortiz. The New York City-based startup, which offers an open source spatial mapping application, announced earlier this month the closing of an $8 million Series A funding round. Investors include Earlybird Venture Capital and Kibo Ventures. It was … [Read more...]

Disrupting research: Whale Path seeks to bring on-demand competitive intel to businesses of all types and sizes

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A Q&A with Whale Path co-founder Artem Gassan. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers an on-demand competitive research platform for enterprises, announced the closing of a $1.1 million Seed funding round at the start of September. Investors include TMT Investments, Kima Ventures, 500 … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Backtracker wants to make the road a safer place for cyclists with its radar-based technology

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By Franz Struwig, Backtracker co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH Backtracker aims to change the face of road safety for cyclists by providing them with affordable, state of the art, military-grade radar technology to warn them of approaching vehicles from behind, while also warning drivers that a … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Move over Vevo, Rormix is building an online music video platform for indie artists

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By Emma Owens, Rormix co-founder and CMO ELEVATOR PITCH Rormix is a free app on which allows users to discover music videos from independent and unsigned artists. Officially launched in April, 2014, it has now been downloaded in 180 countries, 100,000 times. All the music videos are curated by … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Jerusalem-based ThetaRay taps big data to secure big networks


By Mark Gazit, ThetaRay CEO ELEVATOR PITCH ThetaRay helps critical infrastructure organizations and financial institutions detect and stop unknown threats. Covert APT attacks, fraud, money-laundering and operational faults like device malfunction or looming outage can be stopped before any … [Read more...]

With a big funding round ($6M+) completed, OnBeep looks to bring its wearable, real-time group communications device to market

OnBeep founders Roger Wood, Jesse Robbins and Greg Albrecht.

A Q&A with OnBeep co-founder and CEO Jesse Robbins. The San Francisco-based startup, which is developing a wearable, gesture-based communications device, announced in late August the closing of a $6.25 million Series A funding round. It was founded last year by Robbins, CTO Greg Albrecht and … [Read more...]

JIBO shatters crowdfunding goal for its robot with ‘heart’


A Q&A with JIBO co-founder and CEO Cynthia Breazeal. The Boston-based robotics startup has passed the $2 million mark in its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (with an original goal of $100,000), with four days left. It was founded in 2012, and also raised a Seed funding round, amount undisclosed, … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Brussels-based Point Shout has built a mobile app that enables instant consumer feedback for brick-and-mortar retailers

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By Ionut Danifeld, Point Shout co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH Established in 2013, Point Shout is a subscription-based mobile and web app solution that enables businesses to listen, engage, and react more effectively to their customers’ needs. We facilitate easier customer feedback while improving … [Read more...]

Finding the sweet spot in pricing startup products and services


By Melissa Gelfand, SurePayroll Let’s face it. You started a business for a variety of reasons, and one reason was inevitably to make money. Depending on your business model, pricing products and services may be more-or-less difficult. Initially, you may look at the costs of goods sold, your … [Read more...]

Indonesian startup Bridestory has its sights set on tapping into the huge Asia-Pacific wedding services market

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A Q&A with Bridestory co-founder and CEO Kevin Mintaraga. The Jakarta, Indonesia-based wedding vendor marketplace announced in late August that it has raised an undisclosed amount of Seed funding from Sovereign’s Capital, BEENOS Plaza, East Ventures, and Fenox Venture Capital. It was founded … [Read more...]