[15 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
Expedia Morphs Itself Into A Travel Data Platform, With New Cross-Device Apps And Planning Tools

In the days before the age of Airbnb, Kayak.com, Hipmunk, TripIt, and a slew of other travel-related services, there existed three dominant forces: Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia. They still remain in operation today, but much of the spotlight has been shone on the likes of Kayak and Airbnb, with the latter being defined as a “decacorn“, a startup that has reached the $10 billion valuation amount. But even with all of these best of breed type services, these legacy travel websites have persevered. Take Expedia for example — the company …

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[15 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
Expedia Morphs Itself Into A Travel Data Platform, With New Cross-Device Apps And Planning Tools

In the days before the age of Airbnb, Kayak.com, Hipmunk, TripIt, and a slew of other travel-related services, there existed three dominant forces: Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia. They still remain in operation today, but much of the spotlight has been shone on the likes of Kayak and Airbnb, with the latter being defined as a “decacorn“, a startup that has reached the $10 billion valuation amount. But even with all of these best of breed type services, these legacy travel websites have persevered. Take Expedia for example — the company …

[14 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Flipboard Makes Moves To Cast The Spotlight On Its Magazine Creators

At last night’s #ReadWriteMix event at Say Media’s office, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue was in the proverbial hot seat with technology publication ReadWrite’s Editor-in-Chief Owen Thomas. The topic of the conversation centered around the future of the media industry. But unlike previous editions, it didn’t center around Flipboard’s unbundling of its app, nor about its entry into the wearable market, or even about payments and bitcoins. To be clear, none of those things are actually true. However, what was made apparent at the event was Flipboard’s intentions to pull back …

[12 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
62% of Consumers Prefer Facebook Over Pinterest & Twitter As Their Social Commerce Channel

In the world of social, all the platforms are looking to one-up each other and show that it’s possible to monetize their service. Lately, that has evolved beyond simple advertising. And it’s apparent what you’re seeing now — earlier this month, it was said that there were signs Twitter would soon unveil its own shopping service, something that had been powered through third-party services previously, like Chirpify and Ribbon. There were more clues to Twitter’s social commerce move when the communication service acquired CardSpring in July. Other social networks are …

[27 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
‘Startup Mixology’ Is A Handy, Quick Guide With The Recipe On How To Be A Winning Entrepreneur

It goes without saying that Silicon Valley is home to thousands, if not millions, of entrepreneurs, all chomping at the bit to create the next big thing, whether it be in hardware or software-based. However, being an entrepreneur is certainly easier said than done. Yes, you can begin by simply moving forward with your idea, but what if you have questions about fundraising, scaling, hiring, firing, marketing, or even shutting down the business? Instead of scouring the Internet or attending numerous startup-focused events, the best place would be to look …

[18 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Square’s $5 Billion Gamble To Change The Commerce World

“And how will you be paying for these?”
This is a question that some of us may remember being asked when buying groceries, clothes, or other goods and services. The marketplace has become congested with numerous ways for someone to pay for things. There’s the time honored tradition of using cash, or perhaps by writing a check. Let’s not forget about the money order or using a debit or credit card. Now, mainstream adoption of the Internet and smartphones has opened the doors for the likes of PayPal, Square, Stripe, Google, …

[12 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Digital Spring: How ‘Unicorn’ Startups Are Forcing Companies To Adapt To The Evolving Digital Landscape

In the investment world, a company is given a valuation to help stakeholders and financiers determine its worth. Much has been made around this concept over the past year, including most notably with on-demand car service Uber, which raised $1.2 billion last week in a funding round that cast a $17 billion valuation on it. And Uber’s not the only one to see such an enormous financial position, as there have been numerous instances within the past year of technology startups seeing their valuations skyrocket to be over $1 billion.
This …