Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulacos are proud of their careers, and no wonder. They’re co-founders of the New York-based career site The Muse, which offers job opportunities, skill-building courses, coaching and video profiles meant to show what it’s like to work at different companies. They’ve beefed up their own executive ranks with several new hires: Sharon Feder as chief content officer, Owen Adams as SVP of product and Kara Walsh as CMO.
How Peek's Ruzwana Bashir Became Silicon Valley's Favorite British Import
The first time Ruzwana Bashir wore Western clothes was when she started as a student at Oxford University. Until then Bashir, who grew up in a tight-knit Pakistani community in northern England, wore a long shalwar kameez and a traditional Muslim head scarf every day. “I was very different from others around me when it came to my race, gender, and class,” Bashir says.
Gfycat snaps up Mac app GIF Brewery to expand its GIF creation capabilities to the desktop
Gfycat, fresh off its $10 million seed round and debut of its first mobile app for texting and editing its own flavor of GIFs, announced today that it’s acquiring the Mac desktop application GIF Brewery in an effort at expanding its GIF creation capabilities. The GIF Brewery app, which lets users create, edit and share GIFs from their Mac, has seen over 110,000 downloads to date, and is ranked at the number 5 paid Photo & Video app in the U.S. Mac App Store. It
There's Money in Suitcases
At the Away store in New York, Steph Korey glides through a demonstration of a light blue suitcase—the phone charger on its strong polycarbonate shell, the small nylon bag to separate dirty clothes from clean, the mesh that separates compartments, the compression pad that keeps stuff compact... But that's all Korey really has to say about the bag by the luggage brand she co-founded last year. The minimalist luggage that's generated such buzz since it hit the market last year has no lengthy features list for sales people to rattle off.
Hot investing app Acorns just snagged Airbnb to give its customers 'free money'
"Uber for Marijuana" Startup Eaze Raises $13M, Becomes Most Funded Cannabis Startup in US
Weed on-demand startup Eaze inhales $13M in funding to grow into new markets
The “Uber for weed” startup Eaze has grown quite a bit over the last year and it intends to expand even more. To get it there, Eaze has closed on $13 million in Series B funding from Fresh VC, Doll Capital Management (DCM) and Tusk Ventures. Eaze launched in July of 2014 to help medical marijuana patients order cannabis on demand. It soon expanded to allow people to get a medical weed card in the state of California over the phone in under 10 minutes.
Pluto TV wins backing from ProSieben and Scripps Networks, Raises $30M
Pluto TV, the free internet television service, has raised new funding from investors including ProSieben of Germany and Scripps Networks Interactive as it lays the groundwork for European expansion. The company has raised $30m, valuing it at $140m — a near fivefold increase on its first round two years ago, according to people briefed on the fundraising.
Scoutible creates games that measure potential you can't get from a resume or interview. Could it level the playing field for job candidates?
Demetrius Thomas was raised by his grandmother in Killeen, Texas. With the help of financial aid, he made it into college—but not out. He lost his scholarship and got dismissed from the university after going home mid-semester to help his aunts and cousins move from their house when they were evicted in the aftermath of the death of his grandmother. "It was a huge blow," he says. He eventually moved to Austin and took up serving and bartending. He never went looking for trouble, but takes full accountability for getting mixed up in drugs. Now, two years after a mandatory rehab stint, he’s still clean and trying to turn his life around.
How-to videos are an old idea. Knowsy says it has a fresh take.
Alisa Volkman wants to teach you how to kiss, how to fold your underwear and how to look like a Kardashian. She just needs a couple minutes, max. Volkman is the CEO of Knowsy, a “micro-learning” startup that makes short how-to videos, which you should be able to see on her own site and anywhere else you can watch video. Volkman is best-known as the co-founder of Babble, the parenting site she started with her husband Rufus Griscom in 2006 and sold to Disney in 2011. She’s launching her new company with more than $2 million from investors including Greycroft, Betaworks and Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, the SoulCycle founders.
This Hip, Weird Clothing Store Wants to Take Over America
ModCloth, the seller of vintage-inspired clothing and accessories, is finally growing up. Once, the hip online retailer sold almost nothing but weird, nutty fashion items for the retro girl. Now, as mainstream sellers of “normal” clothing retreat in the face of teen rejection, the company hopes to fill the breach and attract a wider set of shoppers—in part by modulating its wacky aesthetic.
Switch to start-up has surprising results for Activision employees' insurance
Gina Hope loves her job helping market games like "Call of Duty," at Activision Blizzard in Los Angeles. Her health insurance was another thing. "I have a son with special needs," Hope explained. "We don't want to be switching from provider to provider, because it's a learning process every time somebody new comes into the picture." Her child's provider was out of network and for years it has meant she spent thousands of dollars for his care out of pocket. When Activision Blizzard switched to a start-up benefits manager called Collective Health for 2016, she was skeptical. She checked was to see if her son's provider was covered. He wasn't. She mentioned it to her colleagues in Human Resources, not expecting anything to