FlightCar is ready to change the dynamics of airport car rental and parking in the world. Similar to Airbnb that brought the revolution of renting out empty rooms in your house to travelers and tourists, FlightCar will do the same for unused automobiles. Consumers travel around the world each day leaving their cars parked at lots provided by the company near airports. FlightCar then rents those cars to the people travelling to and from that airport at a much lower rate compared to traditional car rental agencies.
Mino Games Raises $2.2M and Launches Mino Monsters 2
Mino Games had a rare hit in the Mino Monsters free-to-play mobile game with 7 million downloads and $10 million in revenue to date. And that’s why it has been able raise new funding and move on to Mino Monsters 2: Evolution. The San Francisco company is announcing it has raised $2.2 million in funding and launched Mino Monsters 2: Evolution on iOS and Android devices. That puts the company into the upper tier of successful mobile-game studios in the $30 billion mobile-game market. Previously known as MinoMonsters, the company is rebranding under the name Mino Games. It focuses on creating games that mix original character-driven brands with midcore free-to-play game mechanics. It tries to make them accessible to the mass market.
Sunshine, A Crowd-Sourced Weather App, Goes Live
When it comes to the weather, there are no lack of applications to choose from to get your information. But there is very little diversity when it comes to those apps. A new startup, called Sunshine, is looking to change all that. Using information delivered from the barometer sensor in the phone, as well as user-generated reports of local weather, the app is trying to change the way we consume information about the day’s weather. “Right now, all these apps are showing you a bunch of numbers, without actually taking into account how the weather feels to you, based on how you experience different types of weather,” said cofounder and CEO Katerina Stroponiati.
This App Could do for Email what Google Chrome did for Browsing the Web
No matter how much you like your email app, there’s probably something you’d change about it. A new client named N1 wants to bring you the changes you want — or let you design them yourself. Developed by a small firm named Nylas, N1 is open source, and accepts extensions beyond the framework the team has already laid down. The core offering focusses on “clean typography, subtle drop shadows and delightful buttons.” N1 also works with most major email providers including Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud and Exchange. It runs on Mac, Windows or Linux, too.
Mobile Savings App Ibotta Scores $40 Million
Mobile shopping app Ibotta, which got its start as an alternative means of saving money while grocery shopping without having to clip coupons, has now closed on $40 million in Series C funding to continue to scale its business. A testament to building something practical and useful for the everyday consumer, Ibotta has seen over 10 million downloads to date and a user base that has saved a combined $40 million in awards. The funding round was led by Jim Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics and Netscape, and an Ibotta board member. The additional funding brings Ibotta’s total raise to date to $73 million.
Interviewed Raises A $2M Seed Round, Expands Beyond Basic Job Simulations
Interviewed, a company that provides simulations for job candidates, has closed a $2 million seed round with participation from YC, SV Angel, Red Swan Ventures, and Jason Calacanis, among others. The company also announced that after six months, it’s given almost 100,000 job assessments, with that number growing from 240 assessments the first month to 43,500 assessments last month.
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The Icon A5 Is the Closest Thing to a Flying Car You Can Buy Today
It’s a $250,000 amphibious plane you can fold up and store in your garage. It’s built for two—and built for adventure. “We want to get airplanes out of airports and into the home,” said Hawkins. You can fold the wings up and store it in your garage or put it on a trailer and tow it to a lake or flat, grassy field. It can run on premium unleaded gasoline you’d find at any pump. “It's transportable, not just a transport device. This plane is designed for recreation.”
15 Questions with Mona Bijoor
With gigs at companies like Chanel, Ann Taylor and Elie Tahari, Mona Bijoor saw first-hand the many inefficiencies in the fashion industry. So the Wharton grad set out to solve them. In 2010, Bijoor, 38, launched JOOR, an online wholesale marketplace that connects brands and buyers -- and eliminates the pen and paper transactions that many firms still relied on. JOOR has raised over $20 million in funding and counts major fashion brands like Kate Spade, Diane von Furstenberg and Vera Wang among its users. Constantly on the road, Bijoor is likely hopping from one of JOOR’s five offices – in Paris, Australia, Milan, NYC and Los Angeles -- to the next.
Startup Shift Labs Wants to Change How Medical Devices are Made
In 2011, Beth Kolko had an epiphany. At the time, she’d been working with a team of researchers on a project that delivered basic ultrasound technology to midwives in Uganda and Kenya. The idea, one of many she worked on as a professor at the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, was simple: create an easier way to monitor an individual’s health. Midwives and nurses could be trained on the system in minutes. This low-cost, easy-to-use device, Kolko thought, was a product worth commercializing.
Shift Raises $50M to Make Selling your Old Car a Less Terrible Experience
Shift Technologies, an online marketplace for used cars in San Francisco and Los Angeles, said on Tuesday it has raised $50 million in new funding. The San Francisco-based company is operating in an increasingly crowded market, with competitors like Beepi, Carvana, Vroom, and Carlypso, among others, vying for the same business.
Trusted Launches to Make Finding a Babysitter as Easy as Hailing an Uber
Childcare is a tough topic for many families because there’s a great deal of trust involved — this person is watching your kid — so it would be great if there was an easy way to find reliable, trustworthy, and vetted providers. Trusted hopes to be that solution and is launching today in San Francisco. This service lets busy, on-the-go parents request a verified caretaker for those occasions when they need someone to watch their children for a few hours. But here’s the thing: These aren’t people that you’d find on Craigslist or in the Help Wanted section of a newspaper. Trusted does the necessary background checks to make sure these people can do the job so you have some peace of mind.