The buzzy new app Secret — which lets people post messages to their circles of contacts without attribution — has closed a $10 million round of funding at a $50 million valuation, TechCrunch has learned from two sources close to the situation. The funding was led by Google Ventures, with participation also from KPCB. Read More
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DoSomething.org is all about empowering young people.
The organization, one of the largest non-profits for teens and young adults in the United States, connects 13-to-25 year olds through a wide variety of social causes. It didn’t take long for DoSomething.org strategy leaders to realize that Snapchat users fall within that exact age demographic.
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The organization has since focused on building a strong Snapchat following. By creating charismatic Snapchat…
Secret is hoping to grow bigger and capitalize on SXSW with two new features. Share lets you post any Secret you see to Twitter, Facebook, SMS, or email. Nearby lets you opt in to seeing Secrets shared by people nearby, which could create an ad hoc community of users at SXSW. The two could draw more people into Secret and keep them there even if they don’t have friends on the app. Read More
The video started off like any other high concept fashion video would: a beautiful woman in a scenic restaurant, a whispered narration reciting a poetic script, bacon raining down from the sky — wait a minute, bacon rain?
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Oscar Mayer announced this week that it will be releasing an alarm clock that wakes you up to the sounds and smells of bacon. Bacon lovers everywhere rejoiced while vegetarians threw up a little…
Austin feels like a different city during South By Southwest. The streets are packed with smartphone-obsessed techies and music-loving party animals, all ready to scarf down tacos and discover the “next big thing.”
Your task is simple enough: Hit up the 10 Austin sweet…
On the heels of raising a $60 million round at a $1 billion valuation in November 2013, Instagram competitor Mobli today is announcing another finance move: it is joining the NASDAQ Private Market, the U.S. stock exchange’s new marketplace aimed at private companies that are either trying to raise money or provide liquidity for existing investors, and want to turn to a wider pool of investors,… Read More
Most startup founders will do anything to attract new users. The founders at Blend are happily turning some away
Akash Nigam, a University of Michigan dropout who left school with just one semester to go, is building a social network exclusive to college students. Everyone with a .edu email address is welcome. Unless, of course, you’re a student at Ohio State University, Michigan’s most hated rival
Blend encourages users to share pictures…
One-second-a-day videos have practically become their own art form in the past couple of years — whether the videos in question are chronicling the lives of a grown man or a newborn infant. There’s even an app for that, of course. But no one-second-a-day video you’ve ever seen, or are likely to see, will have the impact of this ad for the charity group Save the Children UK
The ad begins with a girl on her 8th birthday in a comfortable suburban British setting. It continues with a second’s…
Caterina Fake, the serial entrepreneur who cofounded Flickr and Hunch, launched her newest social app, Findery, on Thursday. The launch comes almost exactly two years after Fake unveiled the project under a different name
But the timing is notable for another reason: It comes just one day before SXSWi kicks off in earnest. Some founders think of SXSW as a chance to get attention from early adopters, investors and the press for their young startups. Fake thinks that is no longer really the…