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Apples long-time Siri leader reportedly no longer in charge

Posted on: February 13, 2019, in Blog

The man who has headed up Siri at Apple since 2012 is no longer at the helm, according to The Information. Bill Stasior remains at the company in a different role, the report states. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment. Stasior joined Apple to take over Siri in 2012 after being poached from Amazon’s A9 […]

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Digital influencers and the dollars that follow them

Posted on: February 12, 2019, in Blog

Sunny Dhillon More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela So why haven’t animated characters taken off on social media platforms? It’s largely an issue of scale — it’s expensive and time-consuming to create animated characters and to depict their adventures. One 2017 estimate stated that a 60 to 90-second animation took about […]

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Twitter cuts off API access to follow/unfollow spam dealers

Posted on: February 12, 2019, in Blog

Notification spam ruins social networks, diluting the real human interaction. Desperate to gain an audience, users pay services to rapidly follow and unfollow tons of people in hopes that some will follow them back. The services can either automate this process or provide tools for users to generate this spam themselves, Earlier this month, a […]

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Slack now has more than 10 million daily active users

Posted on: February 11, 2019, in Blog

As Slack reportedly readies itself for an entry to the public markets, the high-flying startup is ready to brag a little bit about what it has accomplished in the past year. In a blog post, the company shared that it now has 10 million daily active users on the platform, up from 8 million DAUs […]

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How business-to-business startups reduce inequality

Posted on: February 11, 2019, in Blog

Sibjeet Mahapatra Source: Getty Images/MIKIEKWOODS A path to equal opportunity: Turning fixed costs into variable costs What do AWS, WeWork, Stord, Gusto and RocketLawyer have in common? They provide cloud computing services, office space, warehouse storage, payroll management and access to legal templates, respectively — at first glance, not a particularly congruent set of services. But they are alike in the economic […]

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Gmail on mobile gets a fresh coat of Material Design paint

Posted on: February 10, 2019, in Blog

Gmail on mobile will soon get a new look. Google today announced that its mobile email apps for iOS and Android are getting a redesign that is in line with the company’s recent Material Design updates to Gmail, Drive, Calendar and Docs and Site. Indeed, the new UI will look familiar to anybody who has […]

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Google+ for consumers will shut down on April 2nd

Posted on: February 10, 2019, in Blog

It’s no secret that Google planned to pull life support from the consumer version of Google+, its failure of a social network, in April. Until now, though, we didn’t know the exact date. That date, Google announced today, is April 2. On that date, Google will start deleting all content, including Google+ pages, photos and […]

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Meet the 20 startups in this years GCT Startup-in-Residence program

Posted on: February 9, 2019, in Blog

At the end of last year, Grand Central Tech announced plans to work with the Milstein real estate family to transform a midtown Manhattan high-rise into a tech hub called Company. And startups remain an important part of the mix — in fact, Company is unveiling a list of 20 startups participating in this year’s […]

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Facebook plans new products as Instagram Stories hits 500M users/day

Posted on: February 9, 2019, in Blog

Roughly half of Instagram’s users 1 billion users now use Instagram Stories every day. That 500 million daily user count is up from 400 million in June 2018. 2 million advertisers are now buying Stories ads across Facebook’s properties. CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Stories the last big game-changing feature from Facebook, but after concentrating on […]

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Its time to pay serious attention to TikTok

Posted on: February 8, 2019, in Blog

If you haven’t been paying attention to TikTok, you haven’t been paying attention. The short-form video app hailing from Beijing’s ByteDance just had its biggest month ever with the addition of 75 million new users in December — a 275 percent increase from the 20 million it added in December 2017, according a recent report […]

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