Risk management for startup founders

Torsten Kolind, YouNoodle

By Torsten Kolind, YouNoodle co-founder and CEO Starting a company is rarely a ‘safe’ choice, but can be amazing when done thoughtfully and strategically. Although founders tend to have a certain affinity for risk-taking, even the most hard-nosed entrepreneurs are occasionally overwhelmed by the … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: From the Lab is on a mission to make luxury beauty products with quality ingredients available at lower prices

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By Lorraine Dahlinger, From the Lab co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH There’s a widespread misconception in the beauty industry that women must pay exorbitant prices for luxury beauty and skincare products that actually work, but From the Lab believes that all women deserve access to incredible, … [Read more...]

Smartzer’s video overlay tech is built to make content ‘shoppable’

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A Q&A with Smartzer founder Karoline Gross. The London-based visual commerce tech startup announced last week that it has raised a total of $400,000 in Angel funding from entrepreneur Jamie True and other, undisclosed, investors. It was founded in 2012. SUB: Please describe Smartzer and your … [Read more...]

Female founders and the evolution of ecommerce

Lorraine Dahlinger, FromtheLab

By Lorraine Dahlinger, From the Lab founder There are basic, and well-documented, behavioral differences between the way men and women shop online. Women typically browse products, read reviews, look for bargains, and utilize online chats and discussion forums. Not only is shopping online a … [Read more...]

Eversight lands $9.7M for its cloud-based promotions platform built to optimize the way retailers reach consumers

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A Q&A with Eversight co-founders Jamie Rapperport (CEO) and David Moran (chairman). The Palo Alto-based marketing technology startup announced the completion of a $9.7 million Series A funding round at the start of this month from Emergence Capital Partners. It was founded in 2013, and this is … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Project Fellows gives creatives the chance to connect with each other for collaborative projects

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By Andrei Marchenko, Project Fellows founder ELEVATOR PITCH Project Fellows is a platform where people who have an idea can find fellows to create some project together or find an interesting project to join. Also it gives opportunity to have a blog of the project to inform followers about … [Read more...]

Authy wants to kill the password with two-factor authentication that’s built for ease-of-use

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A Q&A with Authy founder Daniel Palacio. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers a two-factor authentication platform built to be easy-to-use, announced in September that it has closed on $3 million in new Seed funding. Investors include Salesforce Ventures, Startcaps Ventures, Data … [Read more...]

Six rules of the startup CTO playbook

Jinesh Parekh, Idyllic

By Jinesh Parekh, Idyllic Software CEO What is it like being the CTO of a startup? Titles mean zilch in the startup frame of things. You know it’s true. Sometimes roles get so mixed up it’s difficult to figure out what anyone is expected to do. A startup CTO is a large company’s CTO, CIO, and VP … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Braineet enables brands to elicit proactive feedback and new ideas from customers

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By Jonathan Livescault, Braineet co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Braineet is a web and app platform to share your smart ideas—in 140 characters starting with ‘What if’—with every brand to improve the products and services you use every day. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Today, millions … [Read more...]

Authorea wants to remake the academic collaboration process with its cloud-based platform for researchers and scholars

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A Q&A with Authorea co-founder Alberto Pepe. The New York City-based startup, which has built a cloud-based collaboration platform for academic and technical documents, announced in late September that it has secured $610,000 in Seed funding. Investors include ff Venture Capital and NY Angels. … [Read more...]