Monthly Archives: March 2017

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If you’re in the market to create web pages and web-based user experiences, you need to be familiar in JavaScript. Because frankly, you don’t have a choice. It’s a code that contributes to virtually every facet of web development — and if you’re looking to have a career in web development, the JavaScript Development Bundle can help get you there. For any price you want to pay. By offering to pay any price at all, you’ll immediately get access to two JavaScript courses: Learn NoSQL Database Design From Scratch & With CouchDB, focused on creating databases with CouchDB and MongoDB; and Projects in…

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Spreadsheets… who isn’t above curling up and rapturously pouring over the wonders of a fact-filled, well-constructed spreadsheet? Business-minded professionals understand the value of organized, insightful information — and no business app is more synonymous with spreadsheets than Microsoft’s venerable Excel. Learn everything that Excel has to offer with the comprehensive eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel School bundle, now $ 39 (96 percent off) from TNW Deals. The eLearnExcel package serves up eight full courses taught at your pace, elevating students from Excel novices through every step of the powerful program’s exhaustive features. Whether it’s how to enter data, use elements like pivot tables…

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GE invests $2 million in Alchemist Accelerator to back industrial IoT startups

 Alchemist Accelerator has raised $ 2 million from GE Digital to start a new program for industrial IoT startups. Stanford lecturer Timothy Chou, formerly President of Oracle On Demand, will chair Alchemist’s new IIoT accelerator along with GE Digital’s West Coast group. In the past, enterprise hardware and software startups were seen as capital intensive, with the challenge of… Read More
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Backed by LocalGlobe, London-based Flourish launches data visualisation platform

 Flourish, a new startup out of London, has launched what it describes as a data visualisation platform, designed to make it easier for companies, including media organisations, to visualise and tell stories through data. The company is also disclosing $ 1 million in backing from Robin and Saul Klein’s LocalGlobe, and U.S.-based Founder Collective. Read More
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Facebook Messenger now lets you prove you’re “OMW!” in real-time


Just a few days after Google added live location sharing to Maps, now Facebook is doing something similar on Messenger. You could already share your location on the app, but it was basically just a quick snapshot of your location on a map. Now you can see where your friends are in real time as they move around a city, which will come in handy for all those times your friends are “on their way” but haven’t even finished taking a shower (or make it harder for you to lie about where you are).   To try it out, simply tap…

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Equity Podcast: Apple and Amazon buy more companies, and Uber’s saga

 Welcome to the second episode of TechCrunch’s newest podcast, Equity, our venture capital-focused show focused on the numbers, people and companies driving the technology industry. This week, TechCrunch’s Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley, and myself were joined by special guest Elizabeth “Beezer” Clarkson from Sapphire Ventures. We discussed the potential for rising… Read More
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Alteryx rises 11% in data analytics IPO

 Alteryx, the data analytics company, went public on the New York Stock Exchange today, marking the third IPO of the year. The company priced its IPO yesterday at $ 14 per share, and closed Friday at $ 15.50, or 10.7% higher. Alteryx works with clients like Amazon, Ford and Coca-Cola to help them better assess what products are selling and where there are market inefficiencies. CEO Dean… Read More
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Twitter explores interest in paid version of TweetDeck with more analytics


Twitter is testing the waters to see if highly engaged users would be interested in a paid subscription version of TweetDeck. There’s no indication to suggest that such a service will be available soon, but the idea could be to give power users and brands the tools to maximize reach on the service and showcase its real potential.

“We’re conducting a survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck,” a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in a statement. “We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”

Journalist Andrew Tavani spotted the survey and flagged it on (where else?) Twitter. In the survey, people are asked whether they would like an “advanced TweetDeck experience,” one that would help them keep track of what’s happening in the world, get more insights, and “see the broadest range of what people are saying on Twitter.” If brought to life, this version would be available for an undetermined monthly fee and would provide features to post, view, and receive alerts, trends, and more analytics than the rest of the 319 million monthly active users on the platform receive.

If you’re not familiar with TweetDeck, it’s a social media management tool similar to Hootsuite and was acquired by Twitter in 2011. And while Twitter has rolled out a host of changes and updates, it has done little to really update the TweetDeck experience. So this premium subscription version could be significant, transforming the tool into a more robust command center that lets brands and highly active users manage their presence, especially around how to communicate with followers and handle promoted tweets, livestreams through Periscope, and more.

One of Jack Dorsey’s priorities as Twitter chief executive has been to make the service easier to use, and while there’s a focus on bringing new users onboard, there’s also a need to help existing users optimize their time on the service. An advanced version of TweetDeck could alleviate some of these issues, while also opening up a new revenue stream for Twitter.

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Coffee Meets Bagel launches premium membership for $35 per month

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Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel today launched a premium membership for $ 35 per month. The option is rolling out to Android users today and to iOS users “in the next few weeks.”

Coffee Meets Bagel has offered in-app purchases from the very start (coffee beans are the in-app currency to unlock various features), but “the introduction of premium membership is our first step toward a freemium subscription model,” Coffee Meets Bagel cofounder Dawoon Kang told VentureBeat. The desire to monetize a dating app isn’t exactly daring, but the service is trying to set itself apart by offering users behind-the-scenes data “so we can put an end to ghosting.”

That’s a very bold claim to make, given that online dating is plagued with singles responding selectively (or not at all). Unless the app has read receipts or shows when the user was last active, there is no way of knowing if you’re being actively ignored or if your message was even read. Coffee Meets Bagel wants to empower users so they can “tell apart ghosters and flakes from those who actually engage in real conversations.”

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Premium membership includes three features:

  1. Activity Reports: Four stats about each “bagel” — the percentage of times they engage in chats with their connections, percentage of time they send the first message, whether they have opened the app within the past 72 hours, and their average response time to messages.
  2. Read Receipts: For messages you’ve sent, you can see whether your connection read it and at what time (similar in design to Facebook Messenger).
  3. 6,000 Beans: A replenishment of the in-app currency every month. Given that 3,000 beans cost about $ 25, this is a great bonus.

There is a very fine line between giving users data to make informed decisions (I’m not going to pay beans to “take” the below bagel because that’s basically a dead account) and telling them so much that they get frustrated and lash out (“you read my message and still haven’t answered… why?”). The former is awesome: I was thrilled to discover that the data is available for everyone you check out in the app, not just those you have connected with.

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The latter, meanwhile, can quickly spiral out of control if multiple matches seem to be ignoring you, as other dating services have discovered. Because Activity Reports and Read Receipts are limited to paying members, however, Coffee Meets Bagel may get away with only minimal issues. The other danger for the company is in the feature exposing that many of the app’s users are largely inactive — I was shocked that more than half of the bagels I looked at hadn’t been active in the last 72 hours and had a 0 percent response rate. On to the next!

The premium membership is certainly a nice addition, but it’s expensive. The beans make the subscription more worthwhile, and I’m not surprised they were included. The company can charge more and expect paying users to contribute more, resulting in more connections and chats in the overall ecosystem. Unsurprisingly, Coffee Meets Bagel doesn’t think its subscription is overpriced.

“Our most engaged users who are serious about finding someone already pay more than $ 35 a month on CMB,” Kang told VentureBeat. “They do it because making a meaningful connection is important to them. Is $ 35 really so much if you can find someone special?”

Still, in a world where Tinder Plus and Bumble Boost cost $ 10 per month each, you must really believe in Coffee Meets Bagel to pay more than triple that for a subscription.

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Accel leads HotelTonight’s $37M Series E

 Last minute hotel booking app HotelTonight has closed a $ 37 million Series E round of funding — having last raised in early 2014. Read More
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