Entries by Kurt Wagner

Cartoon-Yourself App Bitstrips Secures First Funding Round

  Bitstrips is used to writing its users stories, so now it's working on writing its own Bitstrips, the app that allows users to create cartoon versions of themselves to share on social media, announced new funding, new user metrics and a new blog on Thursday. All are steps toward generating long-term stability that can […]

5 Budding Social Data Startups to Watch

  It's still unclear exactly how Apple plans to use Topsy, the social media analytics firm the tech giant acquired on Monday for a reported $200 million. The possible theories are intriguing and numerous; speculation includes improvements to Siri, building social integration into Apple TV, and even the creation of an Apple search engine to […]

SlideShare Overhauls Homepage With Art That Pops

  SlideShare, the slideshow curating site that has been called the YouTube for slideshows, received a complete redesign on Thursday that puts a much more visual spin on the homepage The keys to the new design, which has been in the works for several months, are much larger images and a more organized homepage that […]

Another Big Day for Twitter Partners as DataSift Raises $42 Million

  Tuesday was another big day for companies selling Twitter's data. Datasift, a social analytics company with access to Twitter's full firehose, announced on Tuesday a $42 million Series C funding round. DataSift has raised more than $70 million total, most of it since a $6 million Series A round back in 2011 See also: […]

'You're Not A Princess' Ad Campaign Pushes Female Empowerment

  You're not a princess, and that's actually a good thing. The Mercy Academy, an all-girls preparatory school in Louisville, Ky., is making waves nationally for its ad campaign telling young girls "You're Not A Princess," and encouraging them to "Prepare for real life." The campaign, which aims to empower young women, features other slogans […]

Startup Gives Free Stuff to Student Influencers

  Did somebody say free samples? Sumpto, a startup that identifies top social-media influencers at colleges across the country, sends students free gifts from brands in hopes that they will tweet, post and share photos of the free swag on their social-media accounts See also: 10 Hot Social Networks to Watch The New York-based startup […]

Next Up for Evernote: Learning Your Habits

  If anyone has an idea of what's possible when it comes to building out Evernote, it's Rafe Needleman As the company's Director of Developer Relations, Needleman runs Evernote's esteemed accelerator program, which attracted more than 800 applications in just its third year in existence. As part of the program, Needleman works with startups that […]

Social Media Management Startup Sprinklr Raises $17.5 Million

  Sprinklr, a social media management company that works with large, enterprise clients, announced an additional $17.5 million in funding on Tuesday The Series C round of funding came from the company's existing investors, Battery Ventures and Intel Capital, who have now combined for $37.5 million in total investments in the company, says Sprinklr CEO […]