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Smart address book startup Humin has a big day today. It’s overhauled its iOS app, launched in open beta for Android and expanded availability from just the US to serve Canada and nine European countries. To recap, Humin aims to be a more ‘human’ way of managing your contacts. Rather than relying on you remembering everyone’s… Read more »

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Rather than waste your life on Facebook and Instagram, put your daily interneting to good use. Here’s a list of websites that will actually make you smarter: CodeAcademy — Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource. Coursera — With more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet… Read more »

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In New York City, a start-up firm called Urban Compass has been generating buzz as the next big thing in the tech and real estate spaces with its plan to make the apartment and home search processes much quicker and more efficient. The start-up was founded by Ori Allon, who sold his search engine algorithm… Read more »

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Without any apparent irony, the woman who aspires to change financial services in the 21st century sits in a conference room in Manhattan she named for Warren Buffett, despite his famous disdain for technology, and ticks off apps that have reimagined how her generation interacts with the world: Uber for transportation, Tinder for dating, even… Read more »

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Investment Information Services Startup Receives Support from Multiple Partners NEW YORK — Market Realist, Inc. (www.marketrealist.com), a leading provider of institutional-quality investment research, announced that it closed a Series A financing, led by Venrock and SenaHill, with participation from Pivot Investment Partners, Avenue A Ventures, Peter Kellner, 2020 Ventures and others. The financing closed in… Read more »

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Nate Morris pulled his rental Toyota Prius into a parking spot outside Bavarian Waste Services, a waste management company in rural Walton, Ky. Stepping out of the car, he inhaled the putrid odor wafting down from Bavarian’s landfill. “Smell that?” he said with a grin. “Smells like opportunity.” In a smart navy blazer, he was… Read more »

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I am excited to announce that 15Five has just raised $2.2M in funding from existing investor Point Nine Capital, as well as new investors Matrix Partners, renowned leadership expert Simon Sinek, and JustFab CEO Adam Goldenberg. This new round brings our total funding to $3.8M. We are a lean company with strong monthly revenue and… Read more »

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Over 100 start-ups participated in an event in Berlin sponsored by Deutsche Telekom with partners IHK Berlin (the local chamber of commerce and industry), investment bank Investitionsbank Berlin and Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. Deutsche Telekom announced at the event its partnerships with Disconnect and Humin. Disconnect offers online privacy and security software to… Read more »

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Los Angeles, CA, August 22, 2014 — Inc. magazine announced that EcoSense ranked number 59 on its annual Inc. 500|5000 List, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. This distinction not only sets EcoSense apart from other private company in America, but it also highlights EcoSense as the fastest growing lighting manufacturer… Read more »

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When a smartphone app wants to alert you to a coming appointment, a text message or some bit of breaking news from your social network, it sends a tiny flare that lights up your phone’s lock screen. Depending on how you’ve set it up, the app might then buzz your pocket like a manic bee,… Read more »

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EcoSpec® Linear HP INT http://ecosenselighting.com/products/ecospec-linear/ecospec-linear-hp-int/ EcoSpec Linear HP INT and Linear HP INT LP (Low Power) are high performance luminaires that deliver more lumens for larger cove applications, dome ceilings or retail displays. In addition, the reduced wattage version at only 8 watts per linear foot allows for a wider range of commercial applications. Patent-pending… Read more »

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Violin Memory®, Inc., (VMEM), a leading provider of all-flash storage arrays, today announced that the Violin All Flash Array was voted Best Data Storage Solution by the readers of Database Trends and Applications in the inaugural DBTA Readers Choice Awards. In addition, the Violin Windows Flash Array was voted a finalist for the Best Database… Read more »

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Urban Compass Inc., the New York marketplace for renting and buying apartments, will expand to more U.S. cities after raising $40 million from investors. Financing from Advance Publications Inc., Marc Benioff and other investors more than doubles the startup’s valuation to more than $360 million, 10 months after its last funding round, people with knowledge… Read more »

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What if all of us had our own search engine for everyone with whom we have ever come in contact, no matter how trivial our interaction? And what if it already knew who they were, and served as a master contacts database for pretty much the entire world? And what if this service lived on… Read more »

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A startup is finding valuable information in the Twittersphere EXUBERANCE about both “big data” and Twitter has of late given way to a degree of scepticism among commentators. Yet Dataminr, a New York startup that analyses the 500m or so tweets sent out daily, goes from strength to strength. Founded in 2009 to scour the… Read more »

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NORWALK, Conn., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Today The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN) announced that it has acquired buuteeq, Inc., a leading digital marketing platform for hotels worldwide. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Buuteeq’s cloud-based digital marketing software helps hoteliers manage their brand and drive bookings with responsively designed websites, robust user analytics,… Read more »

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SendHub is a startup that could be worthy of that silly, over-used word that entrepreneurs love to throw around: disruption. The Y Combinator-backed company created a Web- and mobile-based phone system that allows users to bring their own devices to work. Pricing starts at $25 per month (per line) for unlimited calls and 2,000 text… Read more »

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Today we announced an agreement to be acquired by Acxiom for $310 million.  This will give us the ability to drive faster adoption of data onboarding and deliver even greater value to our customers and partners. Our goals and mission won’t change.  We will continue to operate as a neutral, open service that connects every… Read more »

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LiveRamp’s expansion into mobile kicks off with a partnership with digital publisher Conde Nast. Data onboarding is crucial for connecting first-party data within their Catalyst audience tool. Read the article on AdExchanger »

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The Harvard Business Law Review featured Rubicon Global at its Spring Symposium on April 3. The Symposium looked at key investors and entrepreneurs who are part of the Benefit Corporation movement. In addition, the program included academic presentations on the legal landscape affecting Benefit Corporations and Certified B Corporations. Nate Morris, Co-Founder and CEO of… Read more »

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Miami-based LiveNinja, a tech company focused on video chat, announced Monday that it raised an additional $500,000 from various angel investors. Founder Will Weinraub made the announcement on stage at Start-Up City Miami 2014, a tech conference hosted by The Atlanti c at the New World Center in Miami Beach. The Start-Up City conference, its… Read more »

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Making Entrepreneurship work in Latin America Continuing with our Company Building approach, we launched Avenida.com, a disruptive e-commerce platform for Latin America, raising a $3.0M Series A round. Avenida closes $3.0M Series A and launches to market Avenida.com was co-founded in 2013 together with young exceptional entrepreneurs Federico Malek Pascha and Alan Kraus, who built… Read more »

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State is a communications platform app for iOS (and soon Android) that aggregates the opinions of people around the world to draw out insights about topics ranging from politics and business to entertainment and sports. The ambition is to create an “opinion network” where anyone, anywhere can express an opinion about anything. The application aggregates… Read more »

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At the start of the 21st century, new companies began to tackle the environmental problem created by the United States’ fast-accumulating trash. Rather than generating revenue from the use of their own landfills and other assets, these pioneers began creating profits for themselves by sharing savings with their customers. Data is at the heart of… Read more »

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Imagine getting off a plane in a foreign city. You pull out your phone to make a call. What stares back at you? Aaron Adams, Aaron Austin and Aaron Brown. Maybe you search your address book or scroll through to find a friend you think might be in town. The guys at Humin imagine a completely different… Read more »

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Students of Singularity University have a tough mission: build a company that helps one billion people within 10 years. The “University,” which is located inside NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley and was co-founded by Google executive and futurist Ray Kurzweil, is not an accredited four-year college but a supplemental learning institution that aims to… Read more »

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Frontier Capital Leads Investment to Fuel Accelerated Revenue Growth and Local Media Expansion FORT WORTH, TX–(Marketwired – Dec 12, 2013) – Simpli.fi, an advertising technology company delivering highly targeted programmatic marketing solutions using unstructured data, today announced it has closed a $16 million Series B growth investment led by Frontier Capital. Several existing investors, including… Read more »

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For Stacey Boyd, inspiration was all about making a quick connection between two very different ideas. The former teacher and principal in San Francisco was reading a newspaper story about the school budget cuts in California on her iPad. Then she turned the page and saw a story about how daily-deal sites like Groupon GRPN -3.31% and LivingSocial were… Read more »

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New York, NY, November 5, 2013 - EcoSense Lighting®, a fast-growing manufacturer of high-performance white LED luminaires, announced it has closed a $15 million funding round with a significant investment from Flagship Ventures, as well as a follow-on investment from Bain Capital Ventures.  This investment will be used to accelerate new product introductions, enhance R&D capabilities and ensure… Read more »

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Space flights for sale? Mining the moon? Reusable rockets? It may seem like science fiction, but it’s real. And it’s happening now. KQED explores how the big, bold ideas of Silicon Valley are helping launch a new era of private space exploration in a half-hour special,Silicon Valley Goes to Space, airing at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 20…. Read more »

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Schoola Stitch opened for business on Thursday, offering parents a new way to shop for gently-used children’s clothes and promising “crazy low” prices – as much as 70 to 90 percent off retail. And these are brand name garments, including: Abercrombie Kids, Gap Kids, Gymboree, Hanna Andersson, J. Crew, Nike and Old Navy. The clothing… Read more »

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Advisors Gain Centralized Access to Institutional-Quality Equity & Fixed Income New Issues NEW YORK, September 10, 2013 – CAIS, the leading independent marketplace providing efficient access to institutional funds and products, today announced the expansion of its product menu to include capital markets syndicate offerings. CAIS will centralize a robust menu of equity and fixed income new… Read more »

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Restorando, a startup offering reservation tools to restaurants in Latin America, is announcing that it has raised $13.3 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Flybridge Capital Partners, with participation from previous investors Emergence Capital Partners, Kaszek Ventures, Atomico and Storm Ventures. Flybridge’s Jon Karlen is joining Restorando’s board of directors. “With thousands… Read more »

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We are pleased to announce that Fidelity Investments, the leading provider of financial services to the independent wealth management industry, and CAIS have formed a strategic alliance to provide Fidelity’s custodial clients access, education, oversight and execution to a robust menu of alternative investment funds including hedge funds and soon private equity funds. Fidelity Investments… Read more »

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Something wonderful is happening in space. It’s not just a playpen for large government programs or ‘big science’ anymore. Today we are witnessing a revolution in access to space, made possible by innovation and entrepreneurship beyond Earth. In the last few years, lost cost spacecraft platforms called cubesats have been routinely launched into space by… Read more »

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GiftCards.com, a Pittsburgh-based company that has been around for more than a decade and has sold 5 million gift cards, agreed to buy San Francisco startup Giftly to grow out a mobile platform. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Giftly had raised about $2.8 million from investors including Baseline Ventures, SoftTech VC, Floodgate,… Read more »

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Popular gift card website GiftCards.com has acquired Giftly, a two-year old startup that enables consumers to buy and deliver digital gifts via its website and free app. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. San Francisco-based Giftly offers a platform that enables people to send gift credits to recipients based on their location when they… Read more »

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I’ve been making a point to find and study companies that are changing the game: companies who look at conventional business models that are resource-, material-, or energy- intensive and say, “the more efficient, sustainable, and less-wasteful route is the better way to go.” These are companies that say, “if we find a way to… Read more »

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ROCKVILLE, Md., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors, announced today that it has entered into a relationship with buuteeq, a leading cloud-based digital marketing provider for lodging operators. The new qualified vendor agreement gives 5,000 Choice Hotels franchisees in the United States access to buuteeq’s… Read more »

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When I started building companies in the ’90s, the only tools designed to help startups grow were “productivity apps” like Microsoft Office and Quickbooks. They were helpful, but they only solved very basic problems like math, bookkeeping and letter writing. They didn’t address high-level stuff like ideation, analytics, hiring, CRM (customer relationship management), time tracking,… Read more »

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Feedback is a powerful management tool. But it’s often misused. Here 15Five CEO David Hassell discusses why every employee should spend 15 minutes per week answering four short questions. Could the end of the annual review be near? How often do you and your boss have a real conversation about your work? For many of… Read more »

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Why do we throw trash away? Because we have already extracted the value out of a product and we do not need what is left over. What remains is usually seen as dirty or useless. It goes into the can and out of our minds. American households throw away an average of 4.43 pounds per… Read more »

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In the past few days, I encountered a few seemingly independent items that converged on this post, which is about the purpose and practice of feedback. I was reading Lift CEO Tony Stubblebine’s thoughts about changing our own behavior by ‘deliberate practice‘, and that led to me reading an amazingly powerful paper, The Mundanity Of Excellence… Read more »

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Photo: Alex Washburn / Wired “I believe the first trillionaires will come from space,” said entrepreneur Bob Richards, clutching a small plastic model of the moon he was given as a gift. Richards, the founder and CEO of a small startup company called Moon Express, isn’t predicting a race of super-wealthy aliens descending to Earth. Rather, he’s looking… Read more »

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When searching for a CEO, it can be tempting for young companies to look for big names in their industries. Alternately, they might look within their own ranks for internal candidates who are ready to make the C-suite jump. One person they may never consider is a failed startup founder. After all, failure is a… Read more »

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Most venture firms specialize in sectors. But a low-flying venture capital firm is beginning to approach LPs and entrepreneurs with a simple new kind of pitch: its partners can help startups obtain what they most need — customers. Called Richmond Global, the Miami-based firm, which also has an office in downtown San Francisco, isn’t new…. Read more »

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NEW YORK, March 12, 2013 – Mercer, the global leader in financial advice, products, and services and CAIS, the leading independent exchange for in-demand financial products servicing the global wealth management industry, announced the expansion of their existing strategic relationship by making Mercer’s suite of institutional investment advice, research, products, and tools available through CAIS.  Mercer… Read more »

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The O’Neilleans are coming. In the 1970s, fed up with government bureaucracy, the Princeton University physicist and space advocate Gerard K. O’Neill became convinced that free enterprise was the key to extending humanity’s presence beyond Earth. Now, as a flurry of newly formed companies unveil plans to mine the moon and asteroids, and a non-profit… Read more »

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Space exploration has long been about reaching far off destinations but now there’s a race to exploit new frontiers by mining their minerals. When Neil Armstrong first stepped on the Moon in 1969, it was part of a “flags and footprints” strategy to beat the Soviets, a triumph of imagination and innovation, not an attempt… Read more »

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Space exploration has long been about reaching far off destinations but now there is a race to exploit new frontiers by mining their minerals. Google has offered a $20m grand prize to the first privately-funded company to land a robot on the moon and explore the surface by moving at least 500 metres and send… Read more »

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CAIS Launches Structured Products Group to Meet Advisor Demand PRNewsire | February 26, 2013.  CAIS, the leading global independent exchange for in-demand financial products, is pleased to announce that Goldman Sachs will make its structured products offering available through CAIS.  This distribution agreement underscores CAIS’s commitment to provide registered investment advisors with improved access and execution to investment… Read more »

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Taking the time to write reports to managers is not my most favorite task to do yet it is essential for managers to know the progress, accomplishments, and potential problems of his or her team. 15Five takes this reporting task and makes it easy for both the employee and manager to complete and review. +David… Read more »

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NEW YORK (WABC) — Simone Levin is a PTA board member constantly working to raise money for P.S. 116. “We have our spring benefit, which is on March 11th this year, and that’s our biggest fundraiser of the year, but that’s not something that everyone in the school attends or gets involved with” Simone Levin… Read more »

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Tomfoolery — a startup founded by ex-Yahoos and AOLers that plans to make mobile-first enterprise apps inspired by the best apps in the consumer market — is opening for business and has is announcing the first round of funding behind it: a seed stage of $1.7 million from Andreessen Horowitz, David Tisch, and a number… Read more »

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Employee feedback service 15Five has raised $1 million in funding led by Richmond Global, a seed- and early-stage venture capital firm. In addition, other investors have participated, including Yammer co-founder and CEO David Sacks, 500 Startups, UStream founder John Ham, Mahalo and LAUNCH founder Jason Calacanis, #DominateFund’s Ben Parr, and several more. The company says that… Read more »

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What boss wouldn’t want to communicate with employees quickly so that more time could be focused on the core of the business (or shred some fresh powder; that’s why you’re the boss, right?). That type of easy communication was the idea behind serial entrepreneur David Hassell’s new startup, 15Five.15Five is based on the principle first… Read more »

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In companies like in relationships, communication is key. But, the larger an organization gets, the more difficult it can be to maintain healthy communication channels throughout. This realization, and regular outdoor adventures that took him out of the office, led Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard to invent weekly reporting system that is meant to take no… Read more »

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The Knight Foundation will donate $2 million in funding to launch the first U.S. center for global nonprofit Endeavor. The office will serve Miami entrepreneurs.   Flawless execution helped propel Argentine Marcos Galperin’s e-auction site, Mercado Libre, above the competition to become a $3.8 billion company. Some 50,000 small businesses now use it to market… Read more »

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As she nibbled on strawberry shortcake, Jessica LaShawn, a flight attendant from Chicago, tried not to get ahead of herself and imagine this first date turning into another and another, and maybe, at some point, a glimmering diamond ring and happily ever after. She simply couldn’t help it, though. After all, he was tall, from… Read more »

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Moon Express acquires Rocket City Space Pioneers in Teaming Agreement with Dynetics for pursuit of the $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE Moon Express acquires Rocket City Space Pioneers in a teaming agreement with Dynetics to send the Spirit of Alabama to the Moon Huntsville, AL (Dec 20, 2012) – Moon Express, Inc., a provider… Read more »

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Hoping to do for a post-Apollo generation what the moon landings did for mine, Moon Express, a contender for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, plans to put a small remotely operated telescope on the surface of the moon. “We don’t expect to be changing the annals of astronomy with this instrument. We intend… Read more »

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After a wild night on top of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano, researchers report that they’ve successfully tested the remote-control system for a prototype telescope that could someday be looking at the cosmos from the surface of the moon. The demonstration for the International Lunar Observatory precursor instrument, or ILO-X, came a day earlier than originally plannned,… Read more »

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MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 13, 2012– Endeavor selected 40 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 10 countries at its 46(th) International Selection Panel. Endeavor now supports 766 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 476 companies in 14 emerging and growth market countries. The entrepreneurs were chosen at a Panel held from December 10-12. “In Endeavor’s 15-year history, this was our largest International Selection… Read more »

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Latest Added-Value Service Provides Wealth Advisors Greater Transparency of Underlying Fund Positions NEW YORK, NY – December 18, 2012. CAIS Exchange (CAIS-X), the first online alternative investment marketplace for the wealth management industry, has expanded its robust suite of advisor tools to include MSCI’s RiskMetrics HedgePlatform, an investment decision support tool providing hedge fund transparency… Read more »

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    Dr Richards discusses the company’s planned 2015 maiden voyage to the moon, risk management in lunar landing and the long term horizon for mining missions… 1)     As a company Moon Express  (MoonEx) is only two years old but has already been selected by Forbes as one of the ‘Names You Should Know’, it… Read more »

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NEW YORK – December 11, 2012 – CAIS, the financial-technology solutions provider, has launched the CAIS Exchange, the first online alternative investment marketplace designed for the wealth management industry. The CAIS Exchange (CAIS-X) offers access to a broad menu of top-tier funds and products, independent due diligence reports provided by Mercer, portfolio construction and analytics… Read more »

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Link to PDF version The founders of CAIS saw the opportunity in the move to independence. They’re capitalizing on it with the first global alternative investment platform for advisors Get three smart guys together in a bar, give them a few drinks to get the “creative” going, and they’re bound to hit on an idea…. Read more »

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The startup is trying to apply the daily deals model to help schools make up for funding cuts. Move over, bake sales: The daily deals business is trying to carve out a new niche in school fundraising. Schoola is a new platform designed for schools to raise money off daily deals from big brands and… Read more »

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Twenty-five teams are officially in the running for the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), the $30 million prize for soft-landing a privately funded unmanned spacecraft on the moon. As the 2015 deadline approaches, however, it has become clear which teams are the early leaders in the chase to pull off a feat achieved only by… Read more »

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows 37% of public schools cut funding last year and nearly 80% of school districts expect further cuts this year in per-student spending. In California alone, half of all school districts last year cut or reduced art, drama and music programs. In many cases, parents and community groups… Read more »

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When LearnVest launched a few years ago, it was a site that promised to teach women important financial information. It was a fine idea, but when LearnVest raised $19 million last year, you had to wonder what investors were thinking. LearnVest’s traffic and revenue didn’t seem high enough to justify its $100 million valuation. And… Read more »

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CAIS WINS BEST PRIVATE BANKING TECHNOLOGY AWARD FROM WORLD FINANCE CAIS Platform Recognized for Delivering a Complete End-to-End Alternative Investment Solution PR Newswire CAIS, a New York-based financial technology company providing an independent, alternative investment platform to the global wealth management industry, has been named as the Best Private Banking Systems Provider in the 2012… Read more »

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Chinese consumers are embracing the era of mobile Internet, with more urban professionals turning from television or newspapers to smartphones or tablet computers for information. And advertisers want to be where everyone is looking. China has the largest number of mobile phone users in the world at 1 billion. Industry watchers estimate that the number… Read more »

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Glenbrook Partners   Obopay has announced the availability of ‘Obopay Disbursements’ which enables a company to disburse funds from their corporate account directly into a payees debit card account at another bank or to a branded prepaid card. From the release: “Obopay offers the broadest range of disbursement and bulk payment solutions in the industry;… Read more »

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In 2003 Dominic Penaloza became the 40,132nd person to join the U.S. networking site LinkedIn. Not terribly remarkable for a site that now has 135 million users, but for Penaloza it was a lightbulb moment: “I remember distinctly thinking this is something that should work in China. The concept of professional networking is so Chinese.”… Read more »

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Click Here for Accompanying Video   Financial planning just got more accessible. On Wednesday, female-focused personal-finance website LearnVest.com for the first time plans to roll out three new services that will allow its roughly 700,000 monthly visitors to develop financial plans with certified financial planners for as low as $229–a fraction of the cost of… Read more »

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See video by clicking here.   Since Alexa von Tobel dropped out of Harvard Business School to create LearnVest in late 2009, her personal finance startup has attracted more than 100,000 users and raised $24.5 million in funding. Von Tobel stopped by Venture Studio to talk about her story, as well as shed light on… Read more »

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Things are looking brighter for New York’s EcoSense Lighting, which on Tuesday said itraised $13 million in a Series B round led by Bain Capital Ventures in Boston. Jeffrey Glass, managing director of Bain, says his firm was attracted to the experience of EcoSense’s management in the LED lighting sector. EcoSense, founded in 2009 by its… Read more »

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Press Release Series B Investment Round Led by Bain Capital Ventures EcoSense Lighting, provider of a new generation of economical, environmentally responsible lighting solutions, today announced the close of a $13 million Series B financing round led by Bain Capital Ventures. Founded by a team of long‐serving industry experts with proven know‐how in the development… Read more »

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Marketplace for business expertise Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) has partnered with and acquired a minority stake in Ushi, a China-based business social networking service provider. GLG’s investment, which was part of a recent $3 million funding round, brings Ushi’s total of capital raised to $4.5 million. Earlier backers of Ushi also participated in the financing… Read more »

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The emergence of the mobile payments market seems almost like a storm cloud hovering over the horizon: slowly growing over time, promising to soon burst forth with rain, but causing more talk and speculation than tangible results. While on the one hand, the industry has been gaining a lot of momentum, on the other hand,… Read more »

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In Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” Gulliver encounters a small group of immortals, the struldbrugs. “Those excellent struldbrugs,” exclaims Gulliver, “who, being born exempt from that universal calamity of human nature, have their minds free and disengaged, without the weight and depression of spirits caused by the continual apprehensions of death!” But the fate of these… Read more »

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NEW YORK, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — CAISfunds, a New York based financial technology company providing an independent, alternatives investment platform to the wealth management industry, is pleased to announce that Dr. Minka Nyberg has joined as European Advisor to the firm.  Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Dr. Nyberg will advise CAISfunds on overall European business… Read more »

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Exclusive-Personal finance site for women LearnVest has raised $19 million in Series B funding from Accel Partners and other existing investors including, Richmond Global, Rose Tech Ventures, Circle Financial Group and PKS Capital. We’re told two additional financial parties participated in the round but these names are not being disclosed at this time. To date,… Read more »

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Mumbai   Handset maker Nokia is looking for a pan-India coverage for ‘Nokia Money’, its mobile payment services enabling consumers to pay directly from their Nokia mobile phones in India, a top official said. “We are now planning for a pan-India coverage for our Nokia Money this year,” Nokia Mobile Financial Services Director Gerhard Romen… Read more »

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Personal finance site for women LearnVest has raised $12 million in new funding (out of a $19 million round) according to a recent SEC filing. Last year, the startup raised $4.5 million from Accel Partners and seed investors. LearnVest, which launched at TechCrunch50 in 2009, has a simple goal: to help women organize their finances… Read more »

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Moon Express CEO Bob Richards You could probably get rich mining the moon if you had a way to get there and back. A Silicon Valley startup called Moon Express wants to sell you the vehicle to complete part of the mission. The company is the brainchild of former NASA scientist Barney Pell, aerospace executive… Read more »

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Winner of the ‘Best Multi-channel Capability Project’ award with YES Bank Obopay Inc, one of the world’s leading mobile banking and payment providers, has been awarded this year’s ‘Asian Banker Technology Implementation Award’ for its work in India. Obopay, along with Yes Bank, was honored with the award under the ‘Best Multi-channel Capability Project’ category…. Read more »

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Mobile app promotion is becoming a big business, as brands are looking to boost user acquisition and downloads via in-app promotions. Today, Fiksu, formerly known as Fluent Mobile, is launching a user acquisition platform that aims to help brands attract large volumes of loyal users and slash user acquisition costs. Fiksu’s platform sits on top… Read more »

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Barney Pell co-founded the ambitious start-up Powerset in 2005 that aimed to upend the search engine market. It was later acquired by Microsoft for $100 million. Now Pell is back with a new start-up working on space exploration, Moon Express. Pell actually worked for almost a decade for the NASA Ames Research Center before starting Powerset. He… Read more »

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ON the site of a 17th-century monastery in Cartagena, Colombia, a sort of Illuminati of the business and political worlds  gathered in February for their annual winter rites. Drawn from government, banking, technology and beyond, its members form a rare  — and global — power elite. Each has been tapped, in Skull and Bones fashion,… Read more »

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Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones, has started supplying mobile banking services for a Union Bank of India offering aimed at phone customers who don’t have bank accounts. The Union Bank Money Powered by Nokia service is available in Gurgaon and will be released nationwide over the next few months, the… Read more »

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As the influx of China’s companies to American exchanges continues to boost valuations in the East’s top growing economy, PE dealmakers still approach Asian investment opportunities with trepidation, citing the old axiom that there is too much money chasing too few deals. “China is a place we’re getting to know,” Apollo Global Management Founder and… Read more »

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A New Model for Technology-Enabled Patient Engagement, Disease Management & Wellness WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4th, 2010 Voxiva , a global leader in mobile health information services, today announced the launch of text4baby, the first free mobile health service in the United States. The service, which is designed to improve maternal and child health by sending… Read more »

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To meet the future of retail banking, cross Moi Avenue into the rougher part of downtown Nairobi, pass the Chicken Spot restaurant and squeeze between four stalls selling counterfeit mobile phones, and you’ll reach a door — and behind it a tiny room containing a hat stand, a wall calendar, a strip light and a… Read more »

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Best ever year for ShipServ brings shared benefits to online community of buyers and sellers of ship supplies. London, UK, 21 January, 2011 – ShipServ, the leading marine and offshore e-marketplace, has today announced record results for the year ending 31 December 2010. Trading up 31%, web traffic up 134% During 2010 over four million… Read more »

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Entrepreneurial progress is made in a nation when leaders inspire, transform and generate jobs and opportunities. That means tax incentives for new businesses. In emerging markets, it also calls for the introduction of incentives for entrepreneurs and the bold people who join them — their employees — to get the equivalent of capital gains treatment… Read more »

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In an interview with the 21st Century Business Herald, Peter Kellner, co-founder of Endeavor, talks about how his organization is helping to nurture entrepreneurs in emerging markets and reduce poverty, and why mentors are the best guides for tomorrow’s business leaders. Endeavor was founded as a nonprofit organization to help small-and medium-sized enterprises in emerging… Read more »

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The China Perspective AdChina.com, an online adverting solutions provider, has secured $40 million in its third round of fundraising. It was unknown who made the investment. The money will be used to develop new products and acquire similar companies. AdChina expects its revenue to exceed ¥300 million ($1 = ¥6.7) this year. AdChina helps customers… Read more »

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4GWE BEIJING, Dec 03, 2010 (SinoCast Daily Business Beat via COMTEX) — AdChina, Inc. on November 2, 2010 announced that it had completed the third round of financing of USD 40 million one month earlier, but not disclosed the list of investors. Part of the raised capital will be used to strengthen the development of… Read more »

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“When I first met Linda and Peter in 1997, I thought they were some new kind of Mormons,” says Wences Casares. But in the late 1990s, Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner, Ivy League graduates in their late 20s, were preaching a different brand of indigenous American gospel: the power of entrepreneurship and networking, and the… Read more »

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Ushi.cn is looking to capitalize on the fast growing social networking space in China with its own flavor of LinkedIn targeting Chinese professionals. Shanghai-based Ushi (pronounced: you-shi meaning ‘outstanding professional’) launched its invitation-only private beta in March 2010 and has grown to over 60,000 members from user invites alone. That’s a pretty small number compare… Read more »

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Investment led by Richmond Management with co-investment from News Corporation   Shanghai, China, October 8, 2010 – YoBrand, a business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce marketplace in China, today announced it has completed its series A round of venture financing led by Richmond Management and with co-investment from News Corporation. YoBrand is positioned to become a leading B2C… Read more »

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Bank-branded mobile money solution adds instant debit network connections, bank transfers and other new tools, enabling bank customers to get paid quickly and easily REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Obopay, the pioneer in mobile money solutions, today announced new functionality for its Mobile Money for Banks offering, broadening the scope of mobile transaction… Read more »

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Payment services firm Obopay is announcing today that it will enable real-time transfer of money via mobile phones as a result of an agreement with the STAR Network money transfer service. That means mobile users can transfer money instantaneously, as long as they are within the same country. Redwood City, Calif.-based Obopay will use the… Read more »

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Personal finance site for women LearnVest has had a big year. Launched last fall at TechCrunch50, the startup raised its first round of funding from Accel Partners and seed investors a few months ago ($4.5 million to be exact). LearnVest has a simple goal: to help women organize their finances and learn how to become… Read more »

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LearnVest founder and CEO Alexa von Tobel turned down Harvard and a life on Wall Street to make personal finance education accessible to women, and she has no intention of failing. She thinks learning how to manage your money should be simpler, a passionate belief which comes from her personal need for her New York-based… Read more »

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Deutsche Bank – Equity Research – Asia China TMT Daily : AdChina: China’s DoubleClick; also BIDU, GAME, SNDA FEATURE: As China’s on-line ad market grows, so have the mechanisms enabling crucial elements such as improved efficiency, ad targeting and return-on-investment. We recently had the chance to sit down with senior management of AdChina, regarded widely… Read more »

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Agencies’ New Frontier: China Web Ads Publicis, Interpublic to Launch Digital-Ad Buying Units in the Country, Hoping to Capitalize on a Fast-Growing Market The world’s largest advertising companies want to conquer a burgeoning territory: online-ad buying in China. Publicis Groupe SA and Interpublic Group of Cos., hoping to capitalize on projections for fast-paced growth in… Read more »

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Multi-country partnership rolls out innovative solution for money transfer and bill payment via mobile phones REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire/ — Societe Generale, one of the leading financial services groups in the world, and Obopay, a leading mobile banking and payment provider, today announced they are teaming to bring mobile paymentservices to banked and… Read more »

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AdChina (www.adchina.com/en/us), China’s leading integrated digital ad platform, is co-hosting the first annual China Digital Media Summit with Shanghai Media Group on July 15th, 2010, in Shanghai. The China Digital Media Summit (www.cdms2010.com) is China’s most senior-level gathering of thought-leaders from across digital publishers, agencies and advertisers. The media industry globally is experiencing challenges and… Read more »

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New App [powered by Obopay] Allows Users to Receive Card Payments from Anyone PURCHASE, N.Y., Jun 03, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — MasterCard Worldwide today announced the availability of the MasterCard MoneySend(TM) service for iPhone and iPad users, a convenient way to transfer money in the United States from person-to person by combining the power of… Read more »

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Women’s Personal Finance Site Receives Backing from Accel Partners (New York, NY — April 1, 2010)— To kick off Financial Literacy Month, LearnVest Inc. (www.LearnVest.com), an award-winning personal finance website for women, announced today that it closed a Series A round of funding for $4.5 million, led by Accel Partners. LearnVest plans to use the… Read more »

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Introduces innovative mobile payments platform to facilitate Customer Convenience and encourage Financial Inclusion Mumbai, February 15, 2010: Nokia, a global leader in the mobile telecommunications industry, YES BANK, India’s new-age private sector Bank and Obopay India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Obopay, Inc., have launched a Mobile Payment Service which establishes a platform enabling transfer… Read more »

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The attendees of the World Economic Forum chose the startups they like most. The snow was falling heavily upon the Swiss resort town of Davos as I trudged down the Promenade, hurrying to attend a session at a grand hotel outside the main Congress Center, titled “Redesigning with Technology Pioneers.” Hosted by Tom Standage, the… Read more »

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SHANGHAI, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Hunantv.com, the newly formed media platform of HunanTV, which is the #1 entertainment TV network in China, and AdChina, the leading integrated digital platform, announced a strategic partnership and set up a joint online video ad lab. Three weeks ago, AdChina also announced strategic partnership with CNTV (China Network Television,… Read more »

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BEIJING, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — China Network Television (CNTV), a newly established national Internet TV station owned by China Central Television (CCTV), and AdChina, China’s leading integrated digital media platform, announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop China’s online video ad market. The two parties have set up a joint “CNTV-AdChina Online Video Ad Lab,”… Read more »

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Meet this 39 year old dynamo; Peter Kellner, CEO, JD who has turned around 320 companies primarily in South America, and created in excess of 80,000 jobs at $2.5 billion. Peter Kellner was featured in Barron’s, “New Faces of Philanthropy,” December 2008. Larry interviewed Peter during his world-wind tour in Colorado talking about social entrepreneurism… Read more »

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Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service enables financial management and payments from a mobile phone Espoo, Finland – (August 26, 2009) – Nokia today introduced Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service offering consumers with mobile device access to basic financial services. For many consumers, this will be the first time they have had… Read more »

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Investment led by Richmond Management, along with co-investors GSR Ventures and News Corporation SHANGHAI, July 17 /PRNewswire/ — AdChina, the largest online advertising network in China, today announced it has completed its series B round of venture financing led by Richmond Management, along with co-investors GSR Ventures and News Corporation. The financing will enable AdChina… Read more »

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Nokia Corp., the world’s largest maker of cell phones, is making a large investment in a California-based startup that wants to make the mobile phone the credit card of the developing world. The amount of Nokia’s investment in Obopay Inc. of Redwood City was not disclosed Wednesday, but the startup made a regulatory filing this… Read more »

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VoIP service Jaxtr is untethering its users from the Internet. The company was set to announce on Wednesday a new Jaxtr-on-the-go service that lets people make calls from their phones without having to visit to Jaxtr’s Web site first. The service is designed for people who aren’t near a computer with Internet access or who… Read more »

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Generous Gen-Xers are putting their own spin on charitable giving, combining their desire to achieve with their desire to do good.   THE STORY IN PHILANTHROPY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON is becoming all too familiar. Individuals, foundations and corporations are all scaling back their giving, often leaving nonprofit beneficiaries in the lurch. Just last week, the… Read more »

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An effort to promote entrepreneurship in the developing world is bearing fruit www.endeavor.org Spoleto juggles with its strategy EARLIER this year Mario Chady faced a crucial decision. Having built up Spoleto, his chain of casual Italian restaurants, to 150 outlets in Brazil, and opened in Mexico and Spain, the time had come for Mr Chady,… Read more »