Meet “Genies”, the lifelike personalized avatars that reenact news

 “We plan on making Bitmoji obsolete” says Akash Nigam, CEO of Genies. Bragging about beating one of the world’s top apps before his has even launched is emblematic of Nigam’s and Genies‘ brash style. But with $15 million in funding at a valuation over $100 million, top investors like NEA and Hollywood royalty like CAA are buying into the avatar startup. It already… Read More

Why is bitcoin’s price so high?

 Bitcoin’s price has risen stratospherically, a fact that leaves many minor players in the market with massive gains and many bigger players millionaires. But is this a bubble? Are the gains real? And are the bitcoin whales in for a sad Christmas? First we must understand what drives bitcoin price and, in particular, this boom. The common understanding for current growth leads us back… Read More

MishiPay raises £1.6M led by Nauta Capital for its mobile self-checkout technology

 MishiPay, a London startup that has built mobile self-checkout technology that promises to put an end to queuing to pay, has raised £1.65 million in seed funding. The round is led by European VC Nauta Capital and will be used to further grow the burgeoning company as it persuades high street retailers to adopts its wares. Read More

Samir Arora unveils Sage Digital, a startup that’s all about accurate location data

Samir Arora Samir Arora says it’s time for a new wave of applications that use reliable location data. Arora previously founded Mode Media (which he departed before its shutdown last year, though he remains involved in Mode Media Japan) and NetObjects before that. Today he’s unveiling Sage Digital, the startup that he’s hoping will provide the data for that new wave. Arora said Sage has… Read More

PhoneWagon raises $1.2M to track when marketing campaigns lead to phone calls

Woman in call center on phone When it comes to tracking the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns, PhoneWagon CEO Ryan Shank said there’s been a big piece missing for most businesses — namely, how often those campaigns lead to phone calls. Shank has plenty of experience in local marketing, having worked in sales at Yext, then founding Mhelpdesk, which he sold to IAC’s ServiceMagic. And… Read More

PhoneWagon raises $1.2M to track when marketing campaigns lead to phone calls

Woman in call center on phone When it comes to tracking the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns, PhoneWagon CEO Ryan Shank said there’s been a big piece missing for most businesses — namely, how often those campaigns lead to phone calls. Shank has plenty of experience in local marketing, having worked in sales at Yext, then founding Mhelpdesk, which he sold to IAC’s ServiceMagic. And… Read More

PhoneWagon raises $1.2M to track when marketing campaigns lead to phone calls

Woman in call center on phone When it comes to tracking the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns, PhoneWagon CEO Ryan Shank said there’s been a big piece missing for most businesses — namely, how often those campaigns lead to phone calls. Shank has plenty of experience in local marketing, having worked in sales at Yext, then founding Mhelpdesk, which he sold to IAC’s ServiceMagic. And… Read More

Pinterest brings on a new head of corporate and business development

 Pinterest today said it is hiring a new head of corporate and business development, bringing on former Facebooker Gary Johnson as it looks to continue to expand. The hiring comes at a time when Pinterest recently saw its president, Tim Kendall, depart to start his own company. Read More