Posts tagged Startups

springwise:
We’ve already seen travel recommendations inspired by social media trends in the form of SuggestMe, but now a new app from Sweden’s Stockholm Arlanda Airport — Local’s Guide to Instagram — is using real-time updates by city residents on the photo-sharing platform to enable visitors to discover new locations through a personalized travel guide.

springwise:

We’ve already seen travel recommendations inspired by social media trends in the form of SuggestMe, but now a new app from Sweden’s Stockholm Arlanda Airport — Local’s Guide to Instagram — is using real-time updates by city residents on the photo-sharing platform to enable visitors to discover new locations through a personalized travel guide.
techcocktail: Momentage Founder Believes He Has a $1.5M Idea
techcocktail: 4 Lessons Baratunde Thurston Learned from Comedy That Apply to Tech Startups

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2014 Is a Make or Break Year for these 7 Companies: Square, Boxbee, Uber, Aereo, Maker Studios, Thalmic Labs, and Udemy.

nasdaq:

Ever wonder how VCs find the next great thing? Sometimes it’s through their teenage daughters – which is apparently how Lightspeed Venture Partners Barry Eggers discovered Snapchat, the latest social networking site to take the tech world by storm.

nasdaq:

Ever wonder how VCs find the next great thing? Sometimes it’s through their teenage daughters – which is apparently how Lightspeed Venture Partners Barry Eggers discovered Snapchat, the latest social networking site to take the tech world by storm.

A website that reads you the news? Cats that teach you Spanish? These are just some of the wacky yet successful business ideas launched in 2013.

Sometimes there are businesses that are just plain weird. The product they sell is so different that the common sense point of view is that they’ll fail. This year, however, an unusually large number of companies that fall into the “weirdo” category are succeeding.

via Fast Company: The Wisdom of the 20-Minute Startup:

New ideas come with a burst of motivation. Here’s how to test the validity of your idea before the excitement wears off.

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From Game On: How European Apps Outplay U.S. Startups:

Being able to create successful apps without a VC crutch and with a cheaper, better educated team is one way European gaming companies have bested American-based ones. Another way is far more strategic. While just 43.3 million people played on a gaming console at least once a month in the U.S. this year, 126 million gamed from their phones in 2013, reports research firm eMarkerter. And tablets are an increasingly popular form of entertainment, with more than a third of Americans owning a tablet, according to Pew Research Center.

With reports that last week, Spotify raised an addiitional $250 million more, this brings overall investment in the streaming audio company to a half-billion dollars.  Is this company poised for dominance in the space?
Via thisistheverge:  Last man streaming: Spotify’s $250 million war chest makes it the music company to beat 

With reports that last week, Spotify raised an addiitional $250 million more, this brings overall investment in the streaming audio company to a half-billion dollars.  Is this company poised for dominance in the space?

Via thisistheverge:  Last man streaming: Spotify’s $250 million war chest makes it the music company to beat