2014 has been explosive year for tech funding. According to a report published this morning by venture capital database CB Insights, VC-backed deals in the first quarter of 2014 (Q1) are at the highest they’ve been since 2001.
The sudden spike in funding is driven largely by a small handful of major deals Read More
Liquor stores are overwhelming, and not just when you’re already drunk. There are just so many choices that, let’s be honest, are damn near impossible to differentiate.
Many imbibers will be swayed by the smoke and mirrors of clever bottle design and inflatable pirate displays. But for the more discerning customer, there must be a better way to try out new bottles without fear that they’ll suck. Read More
Finding a new job — what could be more of a drag? Between the résumé-tweaking, cover-letter-writing, endless interviews and uptight-professional dress code, seeking employment is the worst.
But New York City startup Uncubed is looking to change all that with the help of puppies, booze and startups that are cool enough to snag you a Tinder date, at the very least. They host job fairs for grown-ups throughout the U.S., with a New York City event set for April 17. Tickets cost $35 for attendees and $549 and up for companies. Half the companies walk away with at least one new hire, a rep told us, and many more offer jobs to people they’ve met at Uncubed in the following weeks. Read More
This past Monday, the world was introduced to Heartbleed, a bug in OpenSSL that allowed hackers to access sensitive user data.
OpenSSL is an an encryption tool installed on servers hosting as much as two thirds of the entire Internet, including sites like Yahoo! Mail and OKCupid. The Heartbleed bug allows Read More
Social media fame is strange. Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube celebrities are kind of like reality TV stars, but with even more of an everyman feel. They’ve got low budgets and lower inhibitions, and they play characters online who are an extension of their own identities. Reading tweet after tweet, we begin to feel like we know them.
But we don’t. And meeting them in real life can be awkward. They’re not professional socializers, after all, or even traditional entertainers. They’re just people who, from the privacy of their homes, consistently craft tiny bits of entertainment for our consumption. They’ve mastered the art of connecting with people bit by bit, every day — but only when separated by the distance between two given iPhones. Read More
Stray Boots, the travel app that lets you download interactive tours, is now making room for user-generated content.
Founder Avi Millman started the company back in 2009, after a family trip to Rome.
“We were visiting a bunch of different locations like the Pantheon, the Colosseum — I felt like I was sort of on a scavenger hunt, checking spots off on my list,” he told Betabeat. “It struck me that tour guide experiences are just extremely passive experiences, and not particularly social. If you could turn exploring a city into a game, you could make it a lot more fun, engaging and social.” Read More
Hired, the online marketplace where companies compete to hire people with #tech skills, has just expanded from San Francisco to New York.
The company was founded in April 2012 under the name DeveloperAuction. The cofounders — all serial entrepreneurs — started the online marketplace because they’d all had trouble finding the right talent to hire for their companies in the past. Read More
The Flatiron School announced this morning that it closed a $5.5 million funding round, led by Charles River Ventures (CRV) and Matrix Partners. Additional investments came from Box Group and other angel investors.
The money will allow the school — which offers intensive twelve-week courses in web and iOS development — to really focus on improving the quality of education it offers its students.
“Where most companies take capital to grow, we took it to slow down and make sure we could really get the product right,” Flatiron dean Avi Flombaum told Betabeat. “We can continue our interesting classes, and focus on quality and experience of education — and not just stamping out into other cities and homogenizing our brand.” Read More
The “Inside Bitcoins” conference is happening in NYC this week, and a collection of investors, businessmen, programmers and hobbyists have gathered to buzz about bitcoin’s future. But the Mt. Gox fiasco and the Chinese government crackdown still weigh heavily on the community’s mind, leading many of the conversations back to one Read More
We overheard a lot of interviews about social media last night at the Shorty Awards. A hell of a lot. But there was one statement that really caught our attention.
Betabeat was standing next to Andrew W.K. while he was being interviewed by a video crew when we heard him say, “I really like Pinterest.”
Um, what?! Pinterest, the aspirational DIY site for former sorority girls? Pinterest, the fitspo mecca? Pinterest, the go-to destination for millennial bridezillas? We had to investigate. Read More