All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Startups’

Facebook’s FbStart Program Helps Asia Pacific Developers

Facebook’s FbStart Program Helps Asia Pacific Developers

Facebook launched FbStart in April of 2014 to help startups take off by offering them developer tools and services for free. The company partnered with a number of third-party service providers to do so. Facebook has given periodic updates on the program in the meantime, and just gave the latest one talking up its impact on Asia Pacific developers. “FbStart, …

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Facebook’s FbStart Expands To Pre-Launch Startups, Adds Benefits

In April of last year, Facebook announced FbStart, a program to give satartups developer tools and services from Facebook and partner companies to help them get their businesses to take off. The company opened it up to startups the following month. On Thursday, the company provided an update on the program, and revealed that it has distributed $100 million in …

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Twitter’s Flock Developer Series & Hatch Contest: What You Need To Know

Twitter is wooing developers more than ever in 2015. It’s hard to believe, but the company only recently held its first-ever developer conference, Flight. The October event saw the unveiling of Twitter’s Fabric developer kits and Digits sign-in. There are three modular kits that address stability, distribution, revenue, and identity. Fabric combines services from Twitter itself, as well as its …

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Amazon Apparently Working On Secret Startup Platform

Amazon is reportedly working on some kind of new “platform for inventors”. Details about just what this might entail are far from plentiful, but there are some job listings Amazon has, which hint at the project. Re/code’s Jason Del Rey came across said listings, and spoke to some unidentified people about Amazon’s plans. He writes: But sources say it could …

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Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Launches Obvious Ventures

Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Blogger, is back with his third version of Obvious, the previous versions of which spawned Twitter, Medium, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s Jelly and Super. This one is called Obvious Ventures, and running the show with Williams are investors James Joaquin and Vishal Vasishth. The firm is what it sounds like – a venture …

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Facebook Adds Stripe Benefits To FbStart

Facebook announced that it’s adding benefits provided by Stripe to FbStart, as well as launching a new site where members can manage their benefits and learn more about the program. Faceobook first announced FbStart at its f8 developer conference back in April. It’s basically a program that provides startups with tools and resources to help them grow. It includes thousands …

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Facebook Kicks Off FbStart Tour, Offers More To Startups

At its f8 developer conference in April, Facebook launched FbStart, a program aimed at supporting startups by offering them thousands of dollars worth of tools and services to help them get their apps to take off. The company opened up the program in May. In July, Facebook announced that it added more partners, bringing the total to 17. At the …

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AOL Launches BBG Fund Focused On Women-Led Tech Start-Ups

AOL announced a new venture fund focused on early stage investments in women-led consumer internet start-ups, and appointed Susan Lyne to run it. It’s called the BBG Fund. The BBG Fund will make seed and Series A investments, focusing on multiplatform media, services, and commerce. AOL says it’s part of a broader initiative to bring more women into tech. Lynne …

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Google Ventures Goes To Europe With $100 Million

Google announced the launch of a new European branch of Google Ventures, its startup investment arm. It’s starting (based in London) with a fund of $100 million. It says the goal is to invest in the best ideas from the best European entrepreneurs, and help them bring their ideas to life. There had been rumors that Google would open a …

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Tech Startups Get Help From Disney

The Walt Disney Company has a startup accelerator program called Disney Accelerator, and today announced the startups it has chosen to help. The lucky startups are: Buzzstarter (a programmatic content marketing platform); ChoreMonster (online platform for “making chores fun”); Codarica (introduces kids to coding); Cogo (video monetization solutions); Jogg (video editing simplification service); Sphero (robots you can control with a …

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Facebook Gives Startups Access To More Partner Tools In FbStart

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it has added Braintree, Appmethod, and Get Satisfaction as partners on its FbStart program. That brings the total number to 17. Facebook announced FbStart at f8 in April. It’s a program, which gives startups tools (for free) and services from Facebook itself and partner companies to help them get their apps to take off. The …

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Facebook Opens FbStart Startup Help Program To Everyone

At f8 a couple weeks ago, Facebook announced FbStart, a new program to help mobile startups grow. Upon announcement, only f8-attending developers were able to apply, but the company announced on Wednesday that registration is now open to all. “Any developer worldwide with a public iOS or Android app is eligible, and their app does not need to be integrated …

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Facebook Reveals FbStart Program To Help Startups Take Off

Facebook product partnerships director Ime Archibong revealed FbStart at the company’s f8 conference. This is a program, which gives developers tools (for free) and services from Facebook itself as well as 11 other companies to “help startups take off”. These tools and services, Facebook says, are worth up to $30,000. Sounds like a pretty good deal. Partners include Adobe, Appurify, …

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How To Get The Media To Notice You

Today, I would argue PR is more important than ever before. In addition to helping companies increase profiles and attract new clients, PR can be considered the secret weapon for SEO. Unfortunately, despite the increasing importance of PR, it is often misunderstood by companies both large and small. In this article, my aim is to de-construct the PR process, with …

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Faking a School Shooting Alert Is an Awfully Dumb Way to Get People to Use Your New Social Network

Today, we all gather to nominate Bevii and this terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea into the Dumb Idea Hall-of-Fame. In order to promote their new startup social network, the University of North Carolina students behind Bevii decided to create an email alert to some “shots fired” on campus. Whoa-ho! Watch out! Facebook is dooooooown. Except the joke’s not funny …

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Google Helps UP Global Expand Startup Weekend For Entrepreneurs

Google announced a new partnership with UP Global, which will see the organization expanded to twice as many cities, going from 500 to 1,000. As part of this, Startup Weekend will be expanded, and is now powered by Google For Entrepreneurs. Google is also partnering with Startup Digest and NEXT to put training and event resources in front of entrepreneurs …

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Amazon Launches AWS Activate Packages For Startups

Amazon announced on Thursday that AWS Activate, a package which includes AWS credits, training, developer support, a startup community forum and offers from third parties, is now available. It’s essentially a gateway for startups to get up and running with Amazon Web Services. Adam Selipsky, VP, Amazon Web Services, said, “Many of the world’s most successful startups already build their …

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Local Ruckus Makes Some Ruckus With Google Fiber And KCSV

It’s no secret that Google Fiber is inspiring other ISPs to lessen the broadband gap in this country. Or, according to DSLReports.com, the goal is to “…light a fire under the pampered behinds of incumbent broadband operators.” But, the real story is how Google Fiber has inspired users in Kansas City. Google Fiber rolled out in Kansas City (mostly the …

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Biz Stone’s Jelly Hires Another Ex-Apple Engineer

Biz Stone’s mysterious startup Jelly has just made another interesting hire. This time it’s Brian Kadar, a former Apple software engineer. Here’s what Stone had to say about Kadar: “Born and raised in Queens, NY, Brian has a BFA in Visual Communications which he decided to use as a backdrop for pursing web development. Before Apple, Brian built experiences for …

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Biz Stone’s Jelly Taps Former iPhone and Twitter Engineer for Board

We may not really know what it is yet, but Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s new startup is accumulating talent at a pretty fast clip. Today, Stone announced that Loren Brichter, former Apple engineer who worked on the original iPhone and founder of the popular iOS game Letterpress, had joined the company’s Executive Advisory Board. He’s the first member of the …

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Jelly, Biz Stone’s Mysterious Startup, Reveals Bono, Al Gore, and More as Investors

On April 1st, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone confirmed that he was working on a new startup called Jelly. He was kind of forced into revealing his hand, after news of the project leaked in late March. When Stone announced the company, he said that he was going to wait to share much of the details, since “news of Jelly emerged …

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Jelly Announces ‘Employee #1,’ Designer Austin Sarner

Here’s some more Jelly news for you, and no, it’s not any additional info on what the hell it is. It’s more team news. According to Jelly founder and CEO, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, the company has just hired employee #1: UI designer and engineer Austin Sarner. Sarner, who got his start building Mac OS apps, worked on the Push …

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Punky Brewster Backed By Google Ventures, Advised By Randi Zuckerberg

Soleil Moon Frye, commonly known as the girl who played Punky Brewster, has a startup called Moonfrye, and it has attracted $2.5 million in funding from GRP Partners, Greycroft, Daher Capital, and Google’s investment arm, Google Ventures. The company is readying a mobile product aimed at inspiring “digital creativity in parents and children with physical products that surprise.” Basically, it …

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Should Your Startup Use Open Source Software?

Open source software is awesome, and it’s free. What more do you need to know? In all actuality, there’s a lot to consider when thinking about what software to use in your startup. Do you go with open source or proprietary? Maybe Google can help. Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source at Google, is interviewed by Don Dodge about how …

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Biz Stone Reveals Twitter’s Ben Finkel as Jelly Co-founder and CTO

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is slowly pulling back the curtain on Jelly. Very slowly. Today, Stone has revealed the identity of the mobile-oriented startup’s co-founder and CTO: Ben Finkel, founder of Fluther and New Users Experience manager on Twitter’s Growth Team. Finkel’s Fluther, a Q&A app, was acquired by Twitter back in 2010. “Ben Finkel is my co-founder here at …

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Biz Stone Confirms New Startup ‘Jelly’

Last week, news came out that Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is working on a new startup called Jelly. Today, Stone opened up about it a bit. In a post at JellyHQ.com, Stone writes: People are basically good—when provided a tool that helps them do good in the world, they prove it. Jelly is a new company and product named after …

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Khan Academy’s Advice For Scaling Your Startup To Millions Of Users

Google interviewed Ben Kamens, lead developer at Khan Academy, about scaling a startup to millions of users, which the popular online learning site has been able to do. Google uploaded the video to its Developer YouTube channel this week.

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Biz Stone Working on Mobile Startup Called ‘Jelly’ [REPORT]

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is working on another startup. According to Kara Swisher at All Things D, Stone’s new project is called “Jelly,” which her source called a “native mobile” effort. That’s pretty vague, and the only other tidbit provided was that the product will likely “be aimed and smartphones and tablets.” Apparently, Stone has already hired four or five …

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Bing Fund Adds Sonar To Its Roster

Bing announced today that it has added another company – Sonar – to its Bing Fund roster. Bing Fund was launched last year as an “angel investor with an incubator”. In August, Bing unveiled its initial startups. Now, after remaining quiet for the rest of the year, they seem to be picking up the pace a bit. Last month, Bing …

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Starbucks to Sell Square’s Mobile Card Readers in Store

Would you like a mobile payments processing unit with your caramel macchiato? Square and Starbucks are further bolstering their relationship, building on one that already includes millions in investment and a payment option deal. Starting soon, Starbucks customers will be able to purchase Square mobile card readers at their coffee giant’s 7,000 stores. The Square card reader normally sells for …

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