Startups

Uber could be profitable if it wants to, says CEO

 Uber lost $4.5 billion last year, but CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he’s not worried. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, the newly appointed chief defended the company’s financials, saying that “we can turn the knobs to get this business even on a full basis profitable, but you would sacrifice […]

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SignAll is slowly but surely building a sign language translation platform

 Translating is difficult work, the more so the further two languages are from one another. French-Spanish? Not a problem. Ancient Greek-Esperanto? Hard. But sign language is uniquely difficult because it is fundamentally different from spoken and written languages. All the same, companies like SignAll are working hard to make accurate, real-time machine translation of ASL […]

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Overtime gets $9.5M to build a new style of sports network that young people will actually watch

 ESPN may be going from a sure-fire cable bounty to something that needs a little more flexibility in a cord-cutting era — like launching a new streaming service in 2018. But an even more troublesome trend may be emerging among younger sports fans, according to Overtime CEO Dan Porter: they just aren’t getting the content the way […]

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As 99designs turns 10, CEO Patrick Llewellyn plans for an Australian IPO

 Crowdsourced design marketplace 99designs launched 10 years ago this week, so I talked to CEO Patrick Llewellyn (who joined in 2009) about the anniversary, and where the company goes from here. Turns out Llewellyn and the official 99designs headquarters both relocated back to Melbourne recently, a move that’s intended to lay the groundwork for 99designs to go […]

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Microsoft revamps its startup programs with $500M commitment and new co-selling program

 Microsoft has launched a number of programs for startups. These programs never quite told a cohesive story about Microsoft’s commitment to startups, though. Now, the company is launching Microsoft for Startups, a program that aims to bring technology and marketing expertise to startups and that includes a co-selling program so startups can piggyback on Microsoft’s […]

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iHeartUs helps couples grow their relationship

 Today’s Valentines Day, and while it’s become a consumer-driven holiday, it’s also a day where many couples take stock of their relationship. iHeartUs, a new app for couples, is launching today to help those couples keep and grow their relationships. Using a proprietary ‘love language’ algorithm, iHeartUs offers personalized recommendations for date ideas,… Read More […]