A new PrivCo report says Foursquare will fail by the end of 2013. According to PrivCo's sources, Foursquare is missing venture capitalist's projections, and even its own projections, quarter after quarter. PrivCo thinks investors will get tired of this and sell their shares by year-end for less money than they initially invested.
take apart all the lego blocks and rebuild the app." Employees were told to rest up and prepare to sprint beginning January 1.According to Comscore, Swarm grew 198% from June to July (from 717,000 unique mobile users to 2.1 million mobile unique users) and 36% from July to August (from 2.1 million unique mobile users to 2.9 million unique mobile users).
Kinjil Mathur has joined Foursquare as VP of Marketing.The role was formerly filled by Jon Steinback, who became Foursquare's VP of Product Experience when early employee Alex Rainert left the company. Rainert co-founded Foursquare's predessesor, Dodgeball, with CEO Dennis Crowley.Prior to joining Foursquare, Mathur was CMO of ArtSpace, a company founded by DailyCandy COO Catherine Levene.
Another market where the reality will not live up to the hype is wearables. The Apple Watch will not be the home-run product that iPod, iPhone, and iPad have been."Not everyone will want to wear a computer on their wrist.
Sam Hodges, co-founder and US managing director of Funding Circle, used to run a chain of successful fitness gyms in 2007. That's when he realized the US banking system was broken for small business owners.Although his business was profitable and he had a healthy credit score, Hodges just couldn’t get the loan he needed to expand his business.
Google Ventures, the search giant’s venture capital arm, has shifted its focus sharply toward healthcare and life-sciences startups.The firm invested 36% in healthcare and life sciences this year, up from 9% each of the prior two years, reports Alistair Barr at theWall Street Journal.
His argument starts with the block chain, the shared ledger where every Bitcoin transaction is recorded. Validating these transactions requires computing power. When each transaction is validated, a new block is added to the chain, which makes future transactions even harder to compute.
PARIS — After weeks of bad publicity, Uber got some good news on Friday.A local judge here decided not to ban the low-cost service of the American ride-booking company, which has increasingly faced a global backlash against its mobile application-based business.
It's been an interesting year for Foursquare. First, the company that popularized mobile check-ins broke off its popular location sharing feature into a separate app, leaving more than a few miffed users to wonder what the point of it all was, and now the main Foursquare experience is headed to iPad for the first time .
Looking good is not easy.Rent the Runway, a web start-up that lets women rent designer clothing at affordable prices, tries to make it a lot less difficult.Now, the company will have more resources to make that happen. On Friday, the company plans to announce it has raised $60 million in venture capital, which will value the start-up from $500 to $600 million.
In 2011, there was a thing smart people around the technology industry used to say.As prosaic as its origins may have been, Dorsey’s vision for Square was truly epic. He wanted to blow up the entire financial industry and reinvent the way the world bought and sold.It was that Jack Dorsey, the cofounder of Twitter and Square, was going to be the next Steve Jobs.
by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures, as well as Slack's previous investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, and the Social+Capital Partnership.Slack just launched publicly in February, but the company says it already has 73,000 paid users. It reportedly has 268,000 daily active users, and 200 million Slack messages are sent each month.
Update: The stock recovered a bit right before close but still finished down almost 3%. Original story below: Stocks are down to start the week , but quietly, shares of Apple are getting crushed, too. Apple shares are down more than 3% against the market's roughly 1.8% decline.
It's been a great year of returns for Yahoo's investments. On Friday, the company nabbed another windfall when its spinout, Hortonworks, became a public company . Yahoo retained a 17%-plus stake (7,572,174 shares), according to forms filed with the SEC . The stock is trading at about $25 on Monday, well above the initial $16 IPO price, and is worth $189 million.
Square, the San Francisco e-commerce start-up, plans to raise at least $100 million in a new round of venture capital funding, according to a person briefed on the investment.The new round of financing would value the San Francisco-based start-up at $6 billion, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private.
and advertisers and publishers are taking notice.By creating advertisements that are in the same format as the content audiences are there to consume, marketers hope to provide a much less disruptive advertising experience. Native ads have also proven effective, drawing higher click rates than traditional banner ads, particularly on mobile devices.
Speaking on stage at LeWeb in Paris, Fred Wilson admitted he has some big regrets as in investor— but those regrets aren’t investments he's made.Instead, his biggest regrets as an investor are the opportunities not taken and the companies he missed.“The painful ones are the ones you pass on that go on on to be worth massive amounts of money,” he said.
Oracle is paying its new co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd $37.7 million apiece for their first year. That was a pay cut from $44 million the year before. (Larry Ellison is making $67 million in 2014). Tim Cook was granted a staggering $378 million one-time stock grant when he took over as CEO, which has vastly grown in value.
Twitter's been focused quite a bit on mainstream appeal over the past few years -- often to the point of ignoring aspects of its platform that sorely need some updating. Take the way Twitter handles location: You can manually add where you're tweeting from, but that data doesn't yet serve much of a purpose. That could all change next year, though.