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Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service

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Facebook has just acquired Parse, marking its entry into a whole new business category: paid tools and services for developing mobile apps. The company is buying the mobile-backend-as-a-service startup (yes, the industry acronym is mBaaS) in a deal that we’ve heard is worth $85 million. Neither company is commenting on...
Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service

There's A New Crop Of Power Players And They Come From SuccessFactors (SAP)

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Some companies are like trees. They seed the world with executives that run the next crop of startups. So it is with SuccessFactors. Before SAP bought SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion last year, the company made millionaires out of a lot of employees by going public in 2007. SuccessFactors alums are...
There's A New Crop Of Power Players And They Come From SuccessFactors (SAP)

One University To Rule Them All: Stanford Tops Startup List

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Stanford University has a lot of smart people. But the school's nickname is dumb: the Stanford Cardinal. As in the color red. How unimaginative. Here's a better idea: the Stanford Entrepreneurs. Yes, harder to fit on a souvenir coffee mug but a much more accurate handle. A recent study by...
One University To Rule Them All: Stanford Tops Startup List

Chartboost Poaches Clay Kellogg From Google Admob, Passes 2B Game Sessions A Month

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Chartboost, a San Francisco-based gaming and ad platform, just poached Google Admob’s head of mobile platform and partnership strategy Clay Kellogg to be its chief revenue officer. Chartboost, which was founded by some alums of an early mobile gaming company that Disney acquired called Tapulous, is a platform where mobile...
Chartboost Poaches Clay Kellogg From Google Admob, Passes 2B Game Sessions A Month
Meritful Launches A Student CRM Platform To Help Recruiters Keep Tabs On Campus Talent
Lookcraft Is For The Stylish Gentleman That's Too Lazy To Shop
Creative Market Nabs $1.3M From SV Angel, CrunchFund To Become An Etsy For Digital Design
3 IPO Lessons From Facebook For Kayak

ProBueno raises $340K to convert your talents into donations to non-profits

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Non-profits take on lots of  different forms, and so, too, can the way you help them raise money. That’s the idea behind social impact startup ProBueno, which has so far raised $340,000 to offer more ways for people to support their favorite non-profits. Founded by a bunch of MIT alums,...
ProBueno raises $340K to convert your talents into donations to non-profits
Qualcomm Cofounder Showers Cornell Tech With $133M., Gets His Name on a Building
Knight Foundation-Backed Mobile Sensor Startup Behavio Shuts Down As Founders Join Google

Paul Graham: 37 Y Combinator Companies Have Valuations Of Or Sold For At Least $40M

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Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham just Tweeted an interesting data point about the valuations of YC startups. As of now, Graham says that 37 Y Combinator companies, out of 511 startups, have valuations of or sold for at least $40 million. My first thought when reading Graham’s Tweet was which...
Paul Graham: 37 Y Combinator Companies Have Valuations Of Or Sold For At Least $40M

Quora Asks: What Does It Feel Like To Create ‘Wiener Detection Technology’?

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Confession: lately, Betabeat has been on something on a Quora binge. In a fit of heat stroke yesterday afternoon, we found ourselves wishing we could just type “Quora” along with any question and have the answers magically appear. Quora: How many degrees will my apartment be when I get home?...
Quora Asks: What Does It Feel Like To Create ‘Wiener Detection Technology’?
Hallelujah - Softbank/Sprint makes three

We’re going to be at YC Demo Day tomorrow, here’s what you need to know

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While there might not be any magical unicorns in Silicon Valley that guarantee that your startup will get funded, there is Y Combinator, which is as close to magic as you can get. When you hear the term “incubator” when it comes to technology companies, you immediately think of Y...
We’re going to be at YC Demo Day tomorrow, here’s what you need to know

BuzzFeed Launches Women's Vertical, "Shift," Helmed By Amy Odell

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There’s a new girl in town, joining established women’s blogs Jezebel and The Hairpin: Shift, BuzzFeed’s new women’s vertical, run by New York magazine and Jezebel alums. Amy Odell, previously editor of New York magazine fashion blog “The Cut,” is editor. They are joined by Anna North, who was...
BuzzFeed Launches Women's Vertical, "Shift," Helmed By Amy Odell

Scopely Hires Former Zynga GM Reed Shaffner To Lead Its Product Team

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Mobile gaming startup Scopely has signed on former Zynga general manager Reed Shaffner to lead its product team. Shaffner will oversee games from Scopely’s developer partners as well as its infrastructure. Based in Los Angeles, Scopely was launched in 2011 to help independent mobile game developers optimize their products for...
Scopely Hires Former Zynga GM Reed Shaffner To Lead Its Product Team

Peer Vouching Site Wikify.me Raises 300K to Launch, Move to San Francisco

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Wikify.me is a yet-to-be-launched peer review site that’s raised a $300,000 seed round from angels. The Chicago-based team will use some of that capital to move to the Bay Area, despite the irony of its angel investors mostly coming from New York. The company’s founders are finance and tech consulting...
Peer Vouching Site Wikify.me Raises 300K to Launch, Move to San Francisco

EduKart raises $500,000 to make waves in India's online education market

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EduKart, one of India’s premier online education companies, has secured $500,000 in funding from a consortium of early-stage institutional and angel investors. The group includes Kima Ventures, Amit Patni and Arihant Patni, AKM Systems (Shiven Malhotra), Vibhor Mehra (ex-partner of SAIF Partners) and alumni from Stanford University. Coincidentally, Delhi-based EduKart...
EduKart raises $500,000 to make waves in India's online education market

Anticipating a Blended Classroom Boom Led by Education Startups

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As kids head back to school this month and next, some will find a rather new arrangement greeting them: blended classrooms. These don’t feel like the ways that many of us attended class, with a single teacher lecturing at students from front and center (“Bueller?”). As it’s difficult–if not impossible–for...
Anticipating a Blended Classroom Boom Led by Education Startups

What Does It Feel Like to Be on Facebook's Secret 'The Nouveau Riche 250 List'?

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Dave Morin’s modest marriage proposal in the Maldives (Photo: Gawker) Over the weekend, Nick Bilton gave lie to the feel-good myth propagated by Mark Zuckerberg’s founder letter–namely that Silicon Valley founders aren’t in it for the face-melting wealth, rather they decide to sell 25 percent more stock three days before...
What Does It Feel Like to Be on Facebook's Secret 'The Nouveau Riche 250 List'?

Study: Startups Led By Stanford, Harvard Grads Lead The Way In Scoring Venture Capital Funding

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An interesting new study released today by venture capital and angel investment-focused research firm CB Insights tracked the amount of venture capital funding and deals that flowed to alumni of different universities, and in a shocking twist, graduates of Stanford University do not actually dominate the space. LOL, just kidding....
Study: Startups Led By Stanford, Harvard Grads Lead The Way In Scoring Venture Capital Funding

Yapp Raises Funding From Kleiner Perkins To Allow Anyone To Create Sleek Mobile Apps For Events

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Maria Seidman helps organize a monthly womens’ networking event for her business school alums in New York City but was frustrated with some of the options for creating a dedicated mobile app for an event. So she decided to create a DIY mobile app creation platform herself. Today, her brainchild,...
Yapp Raises Funding From Kleiner Perkins To Allow Anyone To Create Sleek Mobile Apps For Events

More Than Half Of The Forbes' 30 Under 30 In Tech Are Y Combinator Alums

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Forbes released its annual 30 Under 30 lists yesterday and a stunning 15 of the 30 companies that people on the “Tech” list work for are Y Combinator alumni companies. Because multiple people from the same company are counted as a single entry on the list, Y Combinator actually counts...
More Than Half Of The Forbes' 30 Under 30 In Tech Are Y Combinator Alums

What It's Really Like To Go Through Y Combinator, The Most Important Startup School In The World

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Y Combinator is the Ivy League of startup schools. The odds of getting in are incredibly slim, and only the top founders typically make the cut. Some graduates have gone on to become billion-dollar companies, like Airbnb and Dropbox. But what is it actually like once you get accepted? We've...
What It's Really Like To Go Through Y Combinator, The Most Important Startup School In The World
Stripe and Parse partner up to expand realm of mobile payments

Delivery.com Acquires Online Laundry Services Startup Brinkmat To Expand Beyond Food Deliveries

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Delivery.com, the New York City-based company whose technology platform lets local merchants easily provide e-commerce and delivery services, has acquired Brinkmat, a startup also based in New York that’s built an online scheduling and ordering platform for local laundry and dry cleaning businesses. In a phone call this week, Delivery.com...
Delivery.com Acquires Online Laundry Services Startup Brinkmat To Expand Beyond Food Deliveries

Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin Cut Big Checks to Reward Life Science Research

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When does Snoop get his award for a lifetime of medical marijuana research? Here’s the thing about philanthropy: There’s always plenty of people more than happy to accept a generous cash donation. Hence, Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Prize, which he launched back in August as his very own version...
Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin Cut Big Checks to Reward Life Science Research
Backed With $1.4 Million, Plated Adds A Social Spin To Its Ready-To-Cook Meal Delivery Service
StartX, The Stanford-Affiliated Startup Accelerator, Kicks Off Spring 2013 Demo Day With 10 Company Debuts
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