Drync is about as all-encompassing a wine app as you can get, letting you track your top tipples, discover new bottles, create notes, peruse reviews, and even order in-app. Indeed, all you need to do is take a photo of a wine’s label, and the Drync app finds its availability, price, ratings and more. Having been available for iPhone since the early days, Drync finally arrived for Android back in 2010, and today this version that’s getting a cool new feature: Google Wallet integration.
Uber Opens Its API With 11 Launch Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines
We told you it was coming, and here it is: Last week, my colleague Josh Constine reported that Uber was preparing to release an API that would enable its on-demand ride-hailing service to be integrated into a number of third party apps. Today, the company is announcing its API will become available to app developers, with 11 launch partners already signed up. For Uber, the introduction of its API is designed to increase reach and get it in front of lots of new potential users. The company is in 150 cities and nearly 50 countries around the world, but there are untold number of users who might not have tried its service. Showing up in other apps that those users already have installed is a simple way to introduce them to getting an Uber on-demand.
Chartio’s New Data Pipeline Makes Analyzing And Visualizing Data Easier
Chartio, a business intelligence service that lets you explore your data from a wide variety of sources, is launching a new service today that should make getting started with data analysis and visualization quite a bit easier. The new Data Pipeline, which Chartio co-founder and CTO Dave Fowler described to me as “a bit like Yahoo pipes but for business data,” takes your data and walks you through a series of steps to transform and merge it. It doesn’t quite have the graphical interface of Yahoo Pipes, but in return the new interface allows you to more easily perform all kinds of standard operations on your data (think merges and sorts).
Web video service Pluto.tv lands on connected televisions with an app for Amazon’s Fire TV
Oline video service Pluto.tv has released its first native set-top box app with the launch of an Amazon Fire TV version. Pluto.tv launched back in March with curated channels of continuous Web video content presented through a familiar TV guide-like interface. For instance, a top music program collects YouTube and Vevo music videos from the latest chart-toppers and then plays them as a single program.
Meal-Kit Startup Plated Raises $15M to Make Home Chefs of Us All
New York City-based Plated (Dine In Fresh Inc.) raised $15 million in new Series A funding, co-founder Nick Taranto told Venture Capital Dispatch, to grow its meal-kit delivery operation in the U.S. Founded in June 2012, Plated was an early mover in the meal-kit delivery business. The company procures and prepares food in its own facilities, then ships pre-measured ingredients along with a recipe to customers who cook them at home. Competitors include venture- and seed-funded startups like Blue Apron Inc., HelloFresh GmbH and Forage Inc.
StudyBlue Founder Chris Klundt Steps Back Into CEO Role, Revamps Site Design, Preps For Pro
Just in time for students to head back to school, crowdsourced flash card study platform StudyBlue announced a new site design, search navigation capabilities, a lifelong learning feature, a new pro version of the platform and that co-founder Chris Klundt would be stepping back into the role of CEO today. Klundt will be taking over for Becky Splitt, who has led the company since 2009. “Becky met me when StudyBlue was just two college dudes in a basement with a bunch of pine needles scattered all over the floor,” says Klundt. He and co-founder Dave Sargeant were apparently buried in their studies and with work at the then small startup and hadn’t taken out a very dead Christmas tree. Klundt realized he was just a kid without much experience at the time and agreed to let Splitt take over while he finished school.
Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone
Directr, an app that we’ve covered a few times since its launch back in 2012, has just been snatched up by Google. In an age of ultra-brief videos, Directr existed to help users and businesses shoot videos that were a bit longer than your average Vine — think ads, or promo clips, or family holiday videos. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but the pieces fit together like that of a smaller purchase/acquihire: the Directr product will live on (now free) under its own branding, but the team behind it is joining YouTube’s video ad team. Directr’s approach was clever: to encourage users to shoot better video, Directr would provide templates (or “storyboards”) that explained how a scene might best be framed/shot. The user would just fill in the blanks with their own clips, and Directr would piece it together, add music, and prep everything to be shared across your myriad Facebooks and Twitters.
comScore Snatches up Anti-Bot Tech Firm Mdot Labs
The arms race against the bots is heating up. comScore has acquired MdotLabs, which has made a name for itself in the online advertising world by helping to identify numerous cases of ad fraud. comScore said it plans to use MdotLabs to shore up its own abilities to sniff out non-human ad traffic, i.e. traffic from computer programs, as opposed to real people, which is increasingly being used by scammers to dupe advertisers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The full MdotLabs team, including co-founders Dr. Paul Barford and Timur Yarnall, will join the comScore staff as part of the deal, said officials.
Palantir Snaps up Propeller its Second Deal This Week
Palantir has acquired Propeller, a San Francisco-based mobile startup which allows users to create their own apps. One-year-old Propeller has raised $1.25 million in funding from a long list of big-name Valley investors, including Andreessen Horowirz, ffAngel, Menlo Ventures, Foundation Capital, Subtraction Capital, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Max Levchin, Ashton Kutcher, Keith Rabois, Scott Banister, Jason Portnoy, Lee Linden, Rothenberg Ventures and Alfred Mandel. Propeller announced the sale on its website.
It's Been a Big Week for Telemedicine and Telehealth
HealthTap, a Silicon Valley startup that had focused on the controversial practice of crowdsourcing answers to specific medical questions from a pool of thousands of physicians, on Wednesday unveiled HealthTap Prime, which, for $99 a month, gives people mobile videoconferencing access to doctors from pretty much anywhere in a matter of minutes. Forbes mobile technology reporter Parmy Olson likened it to on-demand car service Uber and to e-commerce heavyweight Amazon.
Wedding Startup Loverly Hires Peggy Fry As President, Joanne Wilson Joins The Board
Loverly, the online platform for planning your wedding, has today announced that Peggy Fry will be joining the team as Chief Operating Officer and President. Fry comes from Add This, an advertising business focused on building a brand through viral online sharing, where she was president. Before her time there, Fry was Vice President at Netflix from 2005 to 2007, and a Vice President at Aol from 1997 to 2002, according to LinkedIn. Alongside Fry’s appointment, current Loverly investor Joanne Wilson will be joining the company’s Board of Directors. Loverly is a platform that gives brides complete control over their planning experience, offering options for every bridal category under the sun, with many products available for purchase. The site lets users search by vendor, color, or theme, and then bundle items to share and discuss with their friends.
10 Questions: Adi Tatarko, Co-Founder and CEO, Houzz
Adi Tatarko and her husband, Alon, bought their first home in Silicon Valley in 2006. A ranch house built in 1955, the place needed a lot of repairs. Tatarko and her husband were excited to take on the remodeling project—at first, anyway. As costs mounted and they experienced more problems with contractors, Tatarko found the whole process to be a nightmare. “Renovating a home together is much more challenging than running the company together,” she says.