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This Is Why You Got That Weird Tinder Push Notification This Week

On January 3, three sad days after folks celebrated the New Year by sharing a kiss with a lover, Tinder had its biggest growth day in its history, recording the most downloads in a single day ever and the most growth of active users in a single day. Which explains why you might have received a push notification promising 2x ... Read More »

Show Off Your Snapchat Stories Forever On Slinger

Ephemerality be damned. Some art deserves to live longer than 24 hours. So rather than just squirrel away your saved Snapchat Stories, you can upload them to Slinger. It’s a new app aiming to be the permanent home for vertical videos. And thanks to its Popular page and the ability to Like videos, it can help you discover content creators ... Read More »

Slack Promotes Former Twitter Boss April Underwood To VP Of Product

Slack’s rocket ship has a new co-pilot. April Underwood, Slack’s former head of platform who just launched its App Directory and Slack Fund, has leveled up to become the startup’s VP of Product. Underwood joined Slack in June after nearly five years at Twitter where she was a Director of Product. Putting the head of platform in charge of the ... Read More »

Meet Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots

The robots might one day rise up and take over, but a Palo Alto startup called Knightscope has developed a fleet of crime-fighting machinery it hopes to keep us safe. Knightscope’s K5 security bots resemble a mix between R2D2 and a Dalek from Doctor Who – and the system behind these bots is a bit Orwellian. The K5’s have broadcasting and sophisticated monitoring ... Read More »

How To Stem The Global Shortage Of Data Scientists

Amy Gershkoff is the chief data officer at Zynga and an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches data science. How to join the network Data scientist might be considered the “sexiest job of the 21st century,” with many companies eager to hire data science talent. But 20 years ago the term was barely used, save for ... Read More »

Recognizing Probabilities In Budgeting And Forecasting

Jeff Epstein is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. How to join the network CEOs and CFOs of our portfolio companies often ask us, “How aggressive should we be when we set our budget? We want to grow as fast as possible and invest in our exciting new programs. But if we aim too high, we may miss our ... Read More »

Foodpanda Lays Off 15 Percent Of Its Staff In India

Foodpanda, the restaurant delivery service backed by Rocket Internet, has laid off about 300 of its employees in its Indian unit. This means Foodpanda India, which launched in 2012, has lost 15 percent of its workforce. The company has been hit with competition from Zomato, which began as a restaurant guide but started offering deliveries in February, as well as ... Read More »

Why Groupon Needs To Go Private To Rebuild Its Vision

After seeing big and small competitors collapsing or withdrawing altogether from the race, Groupon still enjoys an undisputed leadership in the deal space. However, with slow growth in North America, and no growth at all in the international markets, the once fastest-growing company in history is having a hard time meeting the growth expectations of public markets. With the stock ... Read More »

How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software

I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just never knew how. Many of my friends who are founders of their own companies tell me how they exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit as a kid — they sold candy out of their backpacks, ... Read More »

Investing In Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting and transformative opportunities of our time. From my vantage point as a venture investor at Playfair Capital, where I focus on investing and building community around AI, I see this as a great time for investors to help build companies in this space. There are three key reasons. First, with 40 percent ... Read More »

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