by Steven Loeb, May 20, 2016 | Comments
UrbanSitter uses a subscription model, letting parents and sitters to pay extra for premium featuresUpdated with more information about UrbanSitter's Online Payment Fee The sharing economy can be difficult to classify, but generally it seems to have come to mean any company that takes out the middle man, with platforms that allow people to connect directly, and easily, with people offering the goods and services. By that definition, UrbanSitter certainly belongs in that category. It is an online ...
by Steven Loeb, March 18, 2016 | Comments
|While 2015 saw the lowest number of IPOs in year, that doesn't mean there weren't companies that tried their luck with the market, to varying degress of success. One of those was API platform provider Apigee, which went public in April. Apigee essentially provides an API platform that can be used by companies to make their services available on multiple ...|
by Ronny Kerr, March 4, 2016 | Comments
|With the rise of on-demand services in the sharing economy, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see more and more companies in the healthcare industry adapting to this model.HomeHero is one such company, providing senior home care through an online marketplace. To date, the Santa Monica company has raised $23 million from Graham Holdings Company, Social+Capital Partnership, Tencent Holdings, ...|
by Ronny Kerr, February 27, 2016 | Comments
It's the classic enterprise software model—except the salespeople have been swapped for transparencyWhen it went public in December, Australian enterprise software company Atlassian delivered one of the strongest showings among tech IPOs in 2015. Maybe that’s not saying much considering the low bar set last year, but it’s still impressive considering just how rude an awakening the market has traditionally been for tech companies.When it hit the NASDAQ under ticker symbol TEAM ...
by Steven Loeb, February 19, 2016 | Comments
|(PokitDok was the winner of Vator Splash SF in 2013. On February 23rd, Vator will be holding its second annual Splash Health event at the Kaiser Center in Oakland. Speakers will include Vijay Pande, who runs Andreessen Horowitz's $200 million healthtech fund; Ali Diab, CEO of Collective Health; Helmy Eltoukhy, Founder & CEO of Guardant Health; and Ted Tanner, Co-founder & CTO of PokitDok. Get your tickets here) ...|
by Steven Loeb, January 21, 2016 | Comments
|(Vator will be holding it's second annual Splash Health event at the Kaiser Center in Oakland on February 23rd. Speakers will include Ryan Howard, Founder of Practice Fusion; Ali Diab, CEO of Collective Health; Helmy Eltoukhy, Founder & CEOof Guardant Health; and Rick Altinger, CEO of Glooko. Get your tickets here!) According to the latest figures, 29 million people in the United States, or 9.3 percent, ...|
by Steven Loeb, January 8, 2016 | Comments
|2015 was a big year for wearables. In all, 39.5 million adults in the United States used at least one wearable, including a smartwatch or a fitness tracker, in 2015. In 2016, there are expected to be 63.7 million wearable users, or nearly 30% of Internet users and 25 percent of all adults in the United States. By 2019, over a third ...|
by Steven Loeb, December 18, 2015 | Comments
|Though it started out as a video analytics platform, TubeMogul pivoted to become a programmatic video advertising platform focused exclusively on the buy side of the media industry. Unlike other ad tech companies, TubeMogul’s revenue comes exclusively from advertisers; the company does not make money by providing services to publishers. Instead, they provide a SaaS based platform that brands ...|
by Steven Loeb, November 13, 2015 | Comments
|We are hosting our second annual Post Seed (#postseedconf) event on Dec. 1 at Ruby Skye in San Francisco. The event - which we expect to draw more than 500 attendees - kicks off at 8 am and ends around 5 pm. We're excited to have Cory Johnson, anchor at Bloomberg West, broadcasting live from 7 am to 11 am PST. ...|
by Steven Loeb, October 30, 2015 | Comments
|Sometimes the best way to do something is also the simplest way. There's a ton of big data companies out there designed to find out what you think, and to know you better than you know yourself. The simpler way is to just ask. That's the idea behind online survey development company SurveyMonkey, which lets companies create and send surveys, ...|
by Steven Loeb, October 9, 2015 | Comments
Twilio clients pre-pay for services like SMS messaging, phone numbers and minutes, then draw it downDespite advances in technology, communication between businesses and consumers is still pretty unevolved. Either it's interacting through social media, or making a phone call. Twilio is the company that's changing that. It gives its clients the ability to integrate voice, messaging and/or VoIP capabilities into a Web or mobile app. The prospect of better communication tools has led the company ...
by Steven Loeb, October 2, 2015 | Comments
|The truth is that I am really far away from having enough money to buy a house. So far, in fact, that it seems like something that may never happen. I hope it does, one day, and in that case I would go to Truila,the real estate site that provides tools and information for home buyers, as well as renters, including ...|
by Steven Loeb, September 25, 2015 | Comments
Spotify makes most of its money off a subscription service, but is in the red due to royalty payoutsThere are so many freaking music streaming services now. Too many, if you ask me. There are only so many ears in the world, and minutes that can be spent listening to music. Off the top of my head: there's Apple with Apple Music and iTunes Radio, or "iRadio." Google also has two of them, having unveiled Google Play Music All Access in 2013, ...
by Steven Loeb, September 18, 2015 | Comments
|Online retailer Zulily is a really interesting case study, as the business model that once made it a powerful, and profitable, company also might be what ultimately brought it down. Zulily is online store targeting moms shopping for apparel and gear for babies and kids. The company relied on a "flash-sales" model, in which a company puts items on sale for ...|