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Apple buys podcast search startup Pop Up Archive

This morning, the Hot Pod newsletter reported that the company had picked up a small Bay Area-based startup called Pop Up Archive in what appears to the be an effort to build up its in-house podcasting tools. The company offered TechCrunch a followup, noting, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we… Read More »

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Wearable Radiation Shield Startup StemRad Raises $6 Million

StemRad Ltd. announced Sunday that it has raised $6 million in a Series C investment round led by investor Jeff Vinik, who is the owner and chairman of National Hockey League team Tampa Bay Lightning. StemRad develops a radiation-blocking vest for first responders, military personnel and civilians at risk of nuclear and radiological exposure. The… Read More »

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Your Startup and Market Traction

Traction refers to the progress of a start-up company and the momentum it gains as the business grows. The reasoning behind developing traction is to grow the business while meeting specific company goals and objectives. For startups looking for funding, traction means having a measurable set of customers or users that serves to prove to… Read More »

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Competition and the health of your startup

All businesses exist in a competitive environment. Competition is healthy, and is essential for the growth of a market. While most entrepreneurs would rather have a market all to themselves, research has shown that they are better off with some company. Competition, especially with big brands lends a startup an air of credibility and generates… Read More »

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SendGrid raises $131 million after pricing its IPO at $16

SendGrid, the Denver-based marketing email company, raised $131 million after pricing its IPO at $16, above the expected range of $13.50 to $15.50. The company also upsized its IPO, selling 8.2 million shares, instead of 7.7 million. The company begins trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker, “SEND.” SendGrid helps businesses… Read More »

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Square Cash Tests Bitcoin Payments

P2p payments provider Square is testing integrated crypto payments in its Cash app. quare has issued a rollout to a limited number of customers, using pooled wallets to allow Bitcoin payments without the current high fees. The interface is very basic. Users who have access to the beta can swipe right from the Cash Card… Read More »

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Google trains 21 Nigerians startups in Lagos

Google Inc this past week, camped 21 Nigerian startups in Lagos for a week-long training, mentoring and meet and greet with select investors as it launched its global mentoring programme, Google Developers Launchpad in Nigeria. Although the programme has been around for a couple of years and in different countries in the world, it is… Read More »

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Google’s new accelerator focuses on AI health startups

Google’s growing focus on healthcare artificial intelligence has been crystalized through its new accelerator program. The scheme is aimed at fostering startup enterprises that are set to introduce technological solutions for healthcare. The new Google venture is called the Launchpad Studio and it was unveiled in November 2017. The aim is to provide a new… Read More »

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Musical.ly Acquired By Chinese Startup for $800 Million

Lip-sync app Musical.ly has been acquired by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., or simply ByteDance, the Chinese startup behind news site Jinri Toutiao, the company announced on Friday. Although financial details were not disclosed, multiple outlets are reporting that Bytedance is paying around $800 million for the buzzy video service. Wildly popular in America and around… Read More »

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