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Exclusive-Skype's Jonathan Rosenberg, Father of SIP, Bolts Back To Cisco

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Jonathan Rosenberg, who is widely acknowledged to be the real father of SIP (session initiation protocol) has left Skype to return to Cisco where he will be CTO of Cloud Collaboration. The loss of Rosenberg to Skype CEO Tony Bates, could not go down very well. Part of Bates agreement...
Exclusive-Skype's Jonathan Rosenberg, Father of SIP, Bolts Back To Cisco

Obvious-Backed Branch Comes Out Of Public Beta To Foster Conversations Online

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Back in March, Obvious Corporation, the mini accelerator founded by Biz Stone, Ev Williams and early Twitter employee Jason Goldman, announced its second incubation in Branch, a stealth startup co-founded by developers Josh Miller, Cemre Güngöre, and Hursh Agrawal. Branch was — in their words — on a mission “to...
Obvious-Backed Branch Comes Out Of Public Beta To Foster Conversations Online
500 Startups-Backed TenderTree Raises $1.3 Million To Expand Its Marketplace Of In-Home Caregivers

With $2M In Tow, Branch Teams Up With Twitter Co-Founders’ Obvious For ‘New Brand Of Discourse’

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Last June, Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone announced that he was stepping back from Twitter to again team up with co-founder Evan Williams and early employee Jason Goldman to re-start The Obvious Corporation — an idea incubator — the one that initially helped give life to Twitter. A few months later,...
With $2M In Tow, Branch Teams Up With Twitter Co-Founders’ Obvious For ‘New Brand Of Discourse’

6 tips for buying a daily deal

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With all of the doom and gloom surrounding Groupon, which reached yet another all-time low in trading today, I thought it would be useful to write up my best practices for buying Groupons and other daily deals. Yes, despite being Groupon’s toughest critic, I’m also one of its best customers...
6 tips for buying a daily deal
CollegeFeed wants to give students training wheels for the job hunt
EBay hopes to spur sales with new same-day local shipping service 'eBay Now'
The revolutionary new Branch, the anti-Twitter from Twitter is ... an online forum

YourMechanic, The "Uber Of Car Maintenance," Offers On-Demand, Certified Mechanics At 30-50% Savings

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YourMechanic, a peer-to-peer car repair marketplace that enables mechanics to fix users’ cars at their home or office, launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF today. It claims it will lower costs 30-50% from shops and dealers, offering an “Uber-like experience” where the mechanic visits you to service your car. YourMechanic offers...
YourMechanic, The "Uber Of Car Maintenance," Offers On-Demand, Certified Mechanics At 30-50% Savings
Branch widens focus with redesign, makes starting conversations easier
PayPal to take on Square with lower fees and spiffy blue design

45 Minutes With @albertwenger

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It's really easy to appear intelligent when you are surrounded by smart people. I've written a fair bit about how my partner Brad is responsible for much of USV's investment thesis and the deep thinking we do as a firm. But USV is also extremely fortunate to have had the...
45 Minutes With @albertwenger

Groupon misses with $568M in Q2 revenue

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Groupon missed Wall Street’s top-line estimate and reported $568.3 million in revenue for the second quarter of 2012. The deals company posted $46.5 million in operating income for a non-GAAP earnings per share profit of $0.04 in Q2, which was slightly higher than anticipated. Monday’s earnings report is Groupon’s...
Groupon misses with $568M in Q2 revenue
'Did Google kill Keep yet?' and other bitter reactions to Google's latest app

Paypal faces a crowded fray in mobile payments (infographic)

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PayPal announced today that it would be entering the mobile payment market with its own smartphone dongle, PayPal Here. It’s a triangular widget that plugs into the headphone jack of your phone, just like its prominent startup competitor, Square. PayPal’s entrance into this market is no surprise, but the...
Paypal faces a crowded fray in mobile payments (infographic)

Do shame-based anti-drinking ads backfire?

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A study on the effectiveness of anti-binge-drinking ads has found, irony of ironies, that they might hurt more often than they help. Consumer psychologists Nidhi Agrawal and Adam Duhachek have found that advisories that focus on shaming binge drinkers often spur defensiveness and indignation rather than remorse in their...
Do shame-based anti-drinking ads backfire?
TenderTree Rolls Into Beta To Help You Find Reliable Senior Caregivers
Groupon gobbles up Savored in deal made in dining heaven

Why I'm returning my iPad mini

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Why I'm returning my iPad mini: Well, there's the obvious headline click-bait we'll all been waiting for. But wait. Why is Rocky Agrawal returning his iPad mini? To get an LTE version with more storage because he loves the device so much and wants to pay more for a better...
Why I'm returning my iPad mini
With stock price tumbling, shareholder lawyers see Groupon as juicy target

Tag Management Company Tealium Raises $10.5M From Battery

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Tealium, a startup that allows marketers to manage their website tags without going through IT, just raised $10.5 million in a Series B round of funding from Battery Ventures. Battery partner Neeraj Agrawal, who’s joining the Tealium board, tells me the firm has been making big bets on marketing tech....
Tag Management Company Tealium Raises $10.5M From Battery

We Just Tried eBay Now And It Rocks -- Here's How It Works (EBAY)

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Welcome to the future of local shopping--delivered by eBay. eBay Now, an on-demand delivery service, picks up goods from local stores. Its couriers--they call themselves "shoppers"--deliver your purchases to your door in about an hour. You pay a $5 delivery and local sales tax. San Francisco has become a battleground...
We Just Tried eBay Now And It Rocks -- Here's How It Works (EBAY)

Internet of Things: Opportunities For Entrepreneurs

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Last month the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab ran an event at the Stanford Business School, called The Internet of Things: Sensors Everywhere. The video of the event was recently put up on YouTube. We've embedded the entire hour-long video below, along with a 2-minute video snippet which we think budding entrepreneurs...
Internet of Things: Opportunities For Entrepreneurs

Groupon: Hidden risk and cash flow hell

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Groupon has been in an uncomfortable spotlight recently, finding itself bearing the brunt of a wave of negative press. Don’t feel bad for the company, it’s quite possible that Groupon is actually getting less flack than it deserves. I’ve written recently about the company, demanding that it reform, grow up,...
Groupon: Hidden risk and cash flow hell
Yelp will start its IPO at $12-$14 per share

Better Mobile Ads Won't Fix Facebook's Mobile Problem

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Sorry, Facebook shareholders, but your company won't succeed in mobile until it can engage participants with ads. Initial reaction to Facebook's new mobile-ad network yesterday was upbeat, with some generously describing the beta test as a new way to make money without irritating Facebook members. Facebook will deliver ads to...
Better Mobile Ads Won't Fix Facebook's Mobile Problem

PayPal partners with Discover to outdo Square/Starbucks in mobile payments

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Who needs Starbucks? In an effort to ramp up its mobile payments offerings, PayPal announced today that it will team up with Discover to bring its technology to more than 7 million merchants next year. In terms of sheer numbers, the deal one-ups Square’s partnership with Starbucks to replace...
PayPal partners with Discover to outdo Square/Starbucks in mobile payments

Obvious Co.-Backed Branch Removes Groups And Other Features To Prepare For Its Next Phase

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Discussion tool Branch is undergoing a spring cleaning of sorts today, as it simplifies its features, trimming the virtual fat back to its core experience. The new Branch has less doodads, like group messaging, but its all in preparation for the service’s next phase. Branch is a platform for curated...
Obvious Co.-Backed Branch Removes Groups And Other Features To Prepare For Its Next Phase
FAQ on the Starbucks-Square deal

How Underwear Can Change The World

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Meet the winner of the Daily Grommet contest: Thinx. Could new technology in underwear save women all around the world from embarrassment--and millions of girls from missing school during their periods? Three entrepreneurs who came up with "Thinx" underwear seem to think so. Co-founders Antonia, Miki and Radha Agrawal...
How Underwear Can Change The World
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