The evolving road of beacon tech

lighthouse When Apple launched its iBeacon protocol at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013 it laid the foundation for an entire new industry — the proximity industry. Three years later, close to 500 proximity companies operate globally, and between 6 and 7 million beacons are deployed in commercial settings with the latest forecasts pointing to a total of 500 million beacons by the end… Read More

Voice is chat’s next battleground

voice-messaging-battlefield Chat bots were meh. Sure, they’ll get better. But the upcoming innovation in chat is about being more human, not less. With the proliferation of adequate speech recognition, AI assistants, and wireless headphones, the tech is ready to unlock the potential of our most basic form of communication. Soon, we’ll talk and listen to our messaging apps when it’s more convenient… Read More

Analyzing China’s mobile advertising technology market

china For those of us in the mobile advertising technology business, China is one of the most exciting markets in the world in 2016. To say that the mobile ad economy in China is a few years behind the U.S. and Europe is both true and an oversimplification. When you spend time on the ground in China, as I just did a few weeks ago, meeting with over 20 mobile publishers, including titans like… Read More

A top education VC says these 6 startups could transform how we teach kids

Ever since the days of overhead projectors and microfilm readers, American schools have had to play catch up with the rest of society in the technology they offer. "Teachers have very complex jobs, and traditionally have had archaic tools to do that complex job," Jennifer Carolan, co-founder and senior partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Reach Capital , tells Business Insider.

Facebook acquires modular consumer hardware maker Nascent Objects

cmf-b-nologo Facebook has acquired Nascent Objects, a small California startup founded in 2014 that focus on creating a modular electronics system that consumers could use to build their gadgets, using reconfigurable components including batteries, camera, sensors and more. The startup worked with design firm Ammunition (also responsible for the design of Beats products pre-Apple acquisition) to create… Read More

Stripe offers Instant Payouts to all contractors after early rollouts at Lyft, Care.com, goPanache

express_pay Stripe, the startup that competes against the likes of PayPal’s Braintree and WePay to provide payment services to digital businesses, is taking the wraps off its newest product to set it apart from the rest of the pack. Stripe is launching Instant Payouts, a service tailored specifically for marketplaces to pay their contractors “within minutes” to a contractor’s… Read More

TA Associates Announces Significant Investment in Radixx International

TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, today announced it has completed a significant investment in Radixx International, Inc., an industry-leading provider of travel distribution and passenger service system software for airline reservations, distribution and merchandising. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.