A number of online music distribution services currently exist but most of them either take a significant portion of the royalties or are pretty expensive. Philip Kaplan has now launched DistroKid, a new music service which aims to change this by offering highly affordable music distribution.
The new Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act guidelines have been implemented by AngelList. The platform has been able to raise nearly $1 million in investment commitments on the very first day following the implementation of new rules.
Rings have long been a part of the most popular jewelry manifestations. However, a new project now aims to change the way rings work. A KickStarter campaign is proposing an NFC rings which can unlock doors and smartphones.
3D printing is the fast becoming a rage in the manufacturing industry, with many vendors creating small parts with the help of it. However, MakerPlane has now undertaken a very ambitious goal of gathering funds for an open-source aircraft made entirely from 3D-printed parts.
We have seen a number of home automation systems cropping up in recent days. However, most of these systems fall short of providing a comprehensive solution. To end this, Wattio has launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdsource funds for an excellent home automation system that is very comprehensive and lets you adopt a greener lifestyle.
We have seen many amazing and interesting projects materializing through one of the most popular crowd-funding sources, Kickstarter. Massolution, a research firm specializing in the crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding industries has reported that in 2012, a total of $2.7 billion fund was collected through 308 active crowd funding platforms (CFPs) worldwide!
U.S. incubator and investor firm 500 Startups is accepting investments for its Fund II via the seed funding network AngelList. The new development is a continuation of earlier ties between the two firms.
The popular email app, Mailbox, has been gaining a lot of traction of late. The app was made available only a month ago and has already attracted raving reviews. Now, Dropbox has acquired the app, together with the entire team behind it.
When Chad Hurley and Steve Chen created YouTube, they had no idea that the video site is going to become a huge sensation on the web and an integral part of the internet experience itself. The duo sold the service to Google for a whopping $1.65 billion. One of the founders, Hurley, has now hinted that he’s working on yet another video-related project.
Storylane is a company that tried to popularize a rather unique aspect of personal blogging. The site had only recently launched an iPhone app and was still in the process of taking off. But apparently, Facebook has spotted promise and potential in the Storylane team and has decided to acquire it.
Snapchat is the wildly popular app that lets you send impermanent messages, which expire after a given time. The app has mustered wild popularity in recent months and now, Reggie Brown has filed a patent against the company, claiming that he is a co-founder of Snapchat and deserves one-third ownership.
Despite all the caustic remarks, negative reviews at the start and critics, Pinterest has trumped all odds to emerge as a major social media player in recent months. During its Series D funding round, the company has secured another $200 million, pegging its overall valuation at a whopping $2.5 billion.
Given the sheer number of mobile platforms available today, it gets a little hectic for developers to add support for each one of them. migMobile is a new framework which essentially allows the developers to build fast, native mobile apps in a language of their own liking.
Messaging app Snapchat has fast risen to popularity and fame. The app essentially allows users to send texts which are automatically deleted from viewers’ stream after a given time. The makers have been able to raise a massive $13.5 million during the Series A round of funding.
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