Would you trust a friend to set you up on a date more than a random website? That's the entire philosophy behind Hinge, a new online dating service taking over your friends' iPhones. Billed as the "anti-Tinder," Hinge actually uses a swiping system similar to the famous dating app, but with one fundamental difference: It only matches you with friends of your Facebook friends (OK, or second- or third-degree connections once you've run through all of those).
Sprig Tries To Eat SpoonRocket’s Lunch By Delivering Its Own
Hope you’re hungry. Gourmet, on-demand dinner delivery service Sprig today expanded to start serving lunch, just as we wrote it would a few days ago. The soft-launch of lunch includes service to several districts of East San Francisco from Monday to Friday. The move puts Sprig in direct competition with SpoonRocket, which also delivers on-demand lunches and dinners — a space we expect to heat up this year.
Mobile Dating App Hinge Launches in L.A. Today
It’s not uncommon in this city to hear a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or the occasional loud stranger on his/her cellphone say, “It’s just so hard to meet people in L.A.!” The statement seems laughable considering the boom in mobile dating apps that queue up suitors like some sort of Netflix for humans, but new social discovery app Hinge, which launces in L.A. today, would purport that not all tech-fueled dating experiences are created equal. In fact, Hinge hopes to take courtship back to its old-fashioned roots by capitalizing on a concept apps like Tinder have only touched on: the importance of mutual friends.
6 CEO Productivity Tips to Steal for Yourself
Everyone knows that leading a company is one of the toughest gigs around. Whether running a small business or a multi-national corporation, CEOs have to manage time, resources, and multiple demands while finding the time and head space to make decisions and plot strategies that will determine the course of their business. Which means that they’ve developed some master systems and tricks to maximize their productivity. So, why can’t we steal a few moves from their playbooks? Whether you aspire to run your own business or want to be more productive at your current job, check out this list of CEO-proven tips that you can apply to any facet of your life.
As Food Delivery War Heats Up, Sprig Plans To Serve Lunch
SpoonRocket is about to have some competition in the lunch on demand market. Sprig, currently dinner-only, will soon start serving lunch, according to a source who said Sprig now delivers 1000 meals per day. Sprig just raised a $10 million Series A two weeks ago, and is wasting no time in ramping up the fight for our stomachs. With this info, I called Sprig CEO and co-founder Gagan Biyani and he confirms Sprig is working out logistical details to start delivering lunch. He said it could be ready to go as soon as Monday but the company typically makes decisions last-minute and will launch lunch when it’s ready. Before we go any further, these meal delivery services are the most magical-feeling startups I’ve experienced since Uber and Lyft.
Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photos Startup Loom & Document Collaboration Service Hackpad
Only days after revealing its first dedicated photo management and sharing application Carousel, Dropbox is announcing it has acquired cloud photo storage and sync service Loom, a favorite among iOS users. The company, which currently offers apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as an online experience, says it will no longer be enrolling new users, and will work to transition existing customers to Dropbox by May 16th, 2014, at which point Loom will be shut down. Also announced is the acquisition of Hackpad, an lightweight document collaboration web and mobile application. Loom raised $1.3 million in seed funding last fall from Google Ventures, Tencent, Great Oaks VC, Overbrook Entertainment (Will Smith), Damon Way (founder, DC Shoes), and a few other angel investors.
Storefront Raises $7.3M to Help Online Brands Set Up Shop Offline (Without Signing a Lease)
Spark Capital, an investor in Warby Parker, is leading a $7.3 million investment in another business that unifies online e-commerce with physical retail–Storefront Inc. The 10-employee startup in San Francisco operates a marketplace where merchants, marketers and artisans can find and book a store space for just a few days or a few months. Non-traditional store spaces listed on TheStorefront.com include kiosks or booths at malls, trade shows, flea markets, art fairs and farmer’s markets.
SeedInvest Raises Series A On Its Own Crowdfunding Platform, $2M Committed So Far
SeedInvest, the equity crowdfunding platform based in New York that helps other startups (like Vengo Labs) raise rounds, is today launching a campaign on its own plaform to complete an intended $3 million Series A round. The startup has already had $2 million committed from VCs Scout Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Avenue A Ventures, Archer Gray and Krillion Ventures.
‘Airbnb For Retail’ Startup Storefront Raises $7.3M From Spark Capital, Expands To LA
Now more than ever, both big brands and independent merchants are looking for flexibility in the way that they reach consumers. With Storefront, they’re able to find space to set up popup shops or sell items in boutiques without all the hassle that comes with leasing space and building out their own stores. After raising $1.6 million in seed funding last summer, the AngelPad-backed startup is announcing today that it has brought on an addition $7.3 million in funding led by Spark Capital. Along with the funding, Spark general partner Mo Koyfman will be joining the company’s board of directors.
Wine Discovery App Drync Guzzles $2.1 Million, Arrives On iPad
Having a good wine and want to remember it later? A mobile app called Drync has proven handy in helping you do just that, by offering a simple way to “scan” the bottle in front of you in order to identify it, then mark it as a favorite so you can order it again or have it sent to your home. Now, the company has raised and additional $2.1 million in outside funding from Cross Link Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, KEC Ventures and Foundry Group, the latter which led AngelList’s largest
At Google, Bid to Put Its Glasses to Work
At the 500 Club bar in the heart of the Mission district here, patrons are banned from wearing Google Glass. Two miles up the hill at the hospital at the University of California, San Francisco, a lung surgeon wears Glass to assist him as he operates. The contrast illustrates both the challenge and opportunity for Google as it plans to sell its Internet-connected headwear to the public later this year. Consumers have been wary of Glass. Yet it is finding more enthusiastic acceptance in the workplace: in medicine, law enforcement, manufacturing and athletics.
Following GrubHub IPO, Online Food Ordering Platform EatStreet Raises $6 Million
EatStreet, an online and mobile food ordering service which initially gained traction by targeting secondary markets across the U.S., has now raised an additional $6 million in Series B funding. The round included participation from Series A investors Cornerstone Opportunity Partners, Independence Equity, Great Oaks Venture Capital as well as from CSA Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, and other angels.