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For many of us in the tech world, the word “Tinder” has been a part of our vocabulary for years now. (And no, I don’t mean kindling for a fire.)
Still, some folks are just now jumping on the bandwagon, not least of which is Mr. Conan O’Brien himself.
Our beloved late-night host joined in the Tinder fun last night, and made quite a connection with a 74-year-old lady named Gloria. Actually, “quite a connection” isn’t all that accurate.
Gloria and Conan got a match, and Gloria showed little to no interest in Conan. In her defense, he was going by a fake name so that he could sort the true gems from the fame mongers.
Still, Conan goes to great lengths tailoring his profile to attract interesting women.
In the segment, Conan learns terms like “DTF” and the dangers of Tinder autocorrect — the app auto-changed “I am” to “Obama.” We’ve all been there.
I don’t want to ruin the end, so I’m not going to say what happens, but Conan goes to some interesting and hilarious lengths to connect with his only match, Gloria.
Oh, and if you happen to see Chip Whitley pop up on your Tinder, I suggest that you swipe right.
Check it out down below:
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The Brandery, one of the top ten accelerator programs in the U.S., has accepted its latest clutch of startups, and they’re pretty interesting.
The class included companies developing products ranging from a location-based iPhone app that’s looking to make Yelp hyperlocal on mobile devices, a company making a wearable device programming toolkit, to a water use sensor and mobile app to reduce customers’ water bills.
The Cincinnati, Ohio-based accelerator operates a four-month program focused on consumer marketing and branding. Each company in the Brandery class receives $20,000 in seed funding. Of the 35 startups that Brandery launched since 2010, several have gone on to raise $44.3 million in aggregate.
So here are the latest startups that are currently working through The Brandery:
Location-based ShoutOut lets users define a geographic location to create chatrooms. Founded by 21-year-old chief executive Joel Green and 19-year-old chief technical officer Erwan Lent, the company is the latest example of the location-based messaging craze. Other startups have mined the sector with different iterations focusing on hyper-local anonymous messaging, or with a broader geographic scope. ShoutOut could be one of the first to let users define the scope of their location-based chats.
Los Angeles-based LuckyPennie is heading to Cincinnati to develop its social music app for concert discovery. Like other music discovery apps, LuckyPennie uses a mix of algorithms and curators to build a concert recommendation engine. Chief executive Jonathan Lane previously spent 10-years in the music biz as head of digital sales and marketing.
28-year-old entrepreneurs Steve Caldwell, a former software developer for the Army Corps of Engineers, and former airborne ranger, Patrick Henshaw, launched the Vicksburg, Miss.-based Strap to make a wearable development toolkit. The company’s first products include StrapKit, a cross platform SDK to create native applications for wearables, and Strap Metrics, which provides analytics tools for developers.
Dayton, Ohio-based MusicPlay Analytics wants to increase royalty distribution for musicians when their music is played in businesses. As money from traditional music sales declines, more artists are increasingly interested in wringing every bit of cash they can out of their catalog.
The company was co-founded by Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger, the drummer and co-manager of Hawthorne Heights and Todd Tieger, the company’s chief technology officer, and a software developer for the past 30 years with companies like Bell Labs, Deloitte, and Morgan Stanley.
Shelfie hails from Boston and is the latest app to tackle image processing and crowdsourcing to give marketers better data. Using Shelfie, customers can take pictures of empty supermarket shelves and let stores know what items are out of stock. The company was formed by its 25-year-old chief executive C.J. Acosta, who previously led research efforts for the New England Venture Capital Association after graduating from Babson College’s MBA program in 2013.
The Houston and Charleston, S.C.-based Pixifly was created by Adam Cooper, a 24-year-old chief executive from Houston, whose app has already won accolades from places like Wired. The company’s mobile app lets users search Instagram photos by time and place via its map interface. Before launching Pixifly, Cooper was a founding member of waffle.io, a project management tool for Github members to open-source their workflow.
New York City’s Keego is a marketplace that connects translators with clients. The vision from 32-year-old Rodrigo Galindez and 29-year-old Sergio Florez is to allow anyone who speaks at least two languages to register to be a translator. Galindez is no stranger to the tech community, with a previous stint at Lemon Inc. and the Interaction Design Association as a leader for its chapter in Cordoba.
Cincinnati’s home-grown Lagoon is designed to improve household water conservation by monitoring the flow of water through a household’s main water line. Its technology is based on a sensor and connected smartphone app, which provides information, action and notifications about water use. The company’s 28-year-old chief executive, Eric Elias, previously worked with Clifton Labs, General Electric Co., and Nielsen.
Another contender in the social media marketing and advertising, Chicago’s popAD is developing a user-generated ad platform so customers can create ads for brands. The company’s 30-year-old chief executive, John McClelland, led ecommerce and data projects at McKinsey and Groupo, while its 28-year-old chief technology officer, Luke Libraro, worked at a telematics startup, a hackerspace, and was an adjunct professor of creative technology.
Getting fashion tips from the crowd may be a gateway to snark or a multi-million dollar business opportunity for San Francisco’s LookIt. The company wants fashion brands to upload pictures of outfits and use the comments to A/B test products. By working online through Lookit, companies can save money and time, the company says. Lookit’s 24-year-old chief executive Connor Bowlan previously served as the technical co-founder for a cleaning marketplace service.
When your team includes a former Survivor contestant and luxury real estate agent, and the former chief technology officer Cash4Gold.com, of course you’re going to launch a referral tracking business for industries like real estate, healthcare, and financial services. That’s what Matt Lenahan, 34, and Steve Sperry, 36, are hoping to do with HireWheel; which allows any professional to make effortless referrals.
Finding a spot to meet with a contact, a date, a stranger, or your dealer can be a chore. So Cincinnati’s Peerio is looking to make it easier. The company uses automatic geo-location and proximity tools to select the best place to meet given the context of the person users are meeting.
The company’s 26-year-old chief executive has spent the last 6 years working in business development and sales, and previously sang in a heavy metal band. Now that’s a peer network.
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TubeMogul is having a strong first day of trading as a public company, rising nearly 50 percent in midday trading. The company went public for $7 per share, and is currently trading in the $10.30 range.
The IPO, however, came with caveats. The $7 per share price was dramatically under its initially proposed pricing range of $11 to $13. And, to help get the thing out the door, prior investors had to buy $25 million of the shares offered in the deal.
The moves are interesting in that the company’s initial S-1 document indicated that it would seek to raise $75 million. A figure that was bumped up after it first priced its shares — to more than $90 million. At $7 per share, TubeMogul raised a slimmer $43.75 million.
The basement price of the shares and the use of prior investors to shore up orders were both likely indicative of limited pre-IPO demand for the company’s equity, according to a source with intimate knowledge of the venture capital industry and IPO process. That same individual also told TechCrunch that among many investors, a more conservative outlook on technology shares have become prevalent, especially when compared to market sentiment in early 2014.
I asked the company about the purchase of its IPO shares by prior investors. It responded that the move “shows is that [its] investors are bullish on the long-term future of the company.” Those investors certainly are having a good day.
What is the lay of the land when it comes to TubeMogul’s financials? As TechCrunch reported previously:
It recorded a $7.4 million loss in 2013, the highest of its three reported year-long periods. However, in the first quarter of 2014, the company’s revenue — $22.02 million, up from $9.58 million in the year-ago quarter — came attached to a slim $767,000 loss, down from $1.90 million the year before.
It will be fun to see where this chart goes:
Post has been updated to include comment from the company.
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When most people think of 3D printing, they usually think of the plastic trinkets that come out of Makerbot machines. But increasingly, there’s interest in being able to 3D print items out of metal, which allows for more heavy-duty industrial applications of the technology.
Metal 3D printers exist now, but they can be expensify to purchase. A new startup called MatterFab hopes to reduce the cost associated with metal 3D printing, with a machine that houses a high-powered laser to basically weld metal together.
Unlike most plastic 3D printing machines, which work by extruding small amounts of plastic filament onto an object, the MatterFab machine puts down a thin layer of metal powder onto a build plate and then uses its laser to melt the powder onto the layer beneath it. By doing so, the machine can very precisely print various metal objects.
MatterFab CEO Matt Burris got his start after growing up around his father’s CNC machine shop in Indianapolis. That shop specifically built machine parts for the aerospace industry, but about three years ago, GE started to 3D print some of the parts that the shop used to make.
That led Burris to become interested in creating his own metal 3D printing machine, which he’s been working on for the past two years along with co-founder Dave Warren. The team has been working out of the office of hardware incubator and seed-stage investor firm Lemnos Labs, which helped to get the startup up and running.
Due to the rapidly decreasing cost of sensors and computational power, the MatterFab machine was built to offer up metal 3D printing at an order of magnitude lower than other products that are available to manufacturers today. With its prototype done, the company is looking to start building and shipping printers to partners beginning early next year.
Check out the video above to see how it works.
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Apple has reached an agreement with 33 states to pay as much as $400 million to consumers to settle the antitrust suit over e-book pricing. Including attorneys’ fees and payments to states, the company could pay a total of $450 million.
However, the payment could be reduced, or eliminated entirely, depending on the results of Apple’s ongoing appeal. While a federal judge ruled last year that the company violated antitrust laws and conspired with major publishers to fix e-book prices, Apple maintains that it did nothing wrong.
Here’s the company’s statement on today’s news:
Apple did not conspire to fix ebook pricing, and we will continue to fight those allegations on appeal. We did nothing wrong and we believe a fair assessment of the facts will show it. The iBooks Store has been good for consumers and the publishing industry as a whole, from well-known authors to first-time novelists. As we wait for the court to hear our appeal, we have agreed to a settlement which is contingent on the outcome of the appeal. If we are vindicated by the appeals court, no settlement will be paid.
Last year’s ruling also saw a number of restrictions set on Apple, including the appointment of an external monitor. The company settled the civil portion of the lawsuit last month, with terms undisclosed.
“This settlement proves that even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world must play by the same rules as everyone else,” said New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in a press release about today’s news. “In a major victory, our settlement has the potential to result in Apple paying hundreds of millions of dollars to consumers to compensate them for paying unlawfully inflated E-book prices.”[image via Flickr/Lydia Fizz]
Bill S. 517, or the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy. The bill provides an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which made it illegal to unlock phones.
However from 2006 to 2012, the Library of Congress made an exemption to the DMCA and let consumers unlock their cell phones. The exemption expired last year in January and cell phone unlocking was illegal again.
A petition on the White House website opposing cell phone locking gained more than 110,000 signatures.
Today after the close of regular trading, eBay announced its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $4.366 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.69.
Its revenue tally for the period was up 13 percent year-over-year. eBay’s second-quarter GAAP earnings totaled $676 million. It’s non-GAAP earnings were much higher at $868 million.
The company had mixed results. Analysts had anticipated eBay to earn $0.68 per share on revenue of $4.38 billion. It therefore beat on profits, but missed on top line. Ebay was slightly down in regular trading, and following its earnings report is up nearly 2% after hours.
In the sequentially preceding quarter, eBay reported revenue of $4.3 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.70. The company had a large one-time tax charge of $3 billion in that period that impacted its GAAP earnings.
In the second quarter — its most recent — eBay’s core marketplace gross merchandise volume rose 12 percent, with international growth besting domestic expansion. That business provided eBay with $2.2 billion in revenue.
PayPal, eBay’s other key asset, saw its net total payment volume rise 29 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. PayPal’s revenue for the period was $1.9 billion, with the payment company picking up 4 million new “active registered accounts,” wrapping the quarter with a total of 152 million.
eBay Enterprise, the smallest of its three main business groups, had revenue of $267 million in the quarter, up a slim 3 percent from the year-ago period.
eBay had a workable, but not ecstatic, quarter. The minor profit beat and the minor revenue miss are mostly a wash. The company is seeing its GAAP operating margin decline, which could put pressure on its future profitability.
As far as its bank account, eBay is very wealthy, ending the quarter with cash, equivalents, and non-equity investments of $12.4 billion.
For the current quarter, eBay expects something of a repeat, with top line of $4.3 to $4.4 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.65 and $0.67.
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