True Balance raises $23M to bring its payments app to more small cities and towns in India

Posted on: February 10, 2020, in Blog

South Korean startup True Balance, which operates an eponymous financial services app aimed at tens of millions of users in small cities and towns in India, has closed a new financing round as it looks to court more first-time users in the world’s second largest internet market. True Balance said on Tuesday that it has […]

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Salesforce adds integrated order management system to its arsenal

Posted on: February 7, 2020, in Blog

Salesforce certainly has a lot of tools crossing the sales, service and marketing categories, but until today when it announced Lightning Order Management, it lacked an integration layer that allowed companies to work across these systems to manage orders in a seamless way. “This is a new product built from the ground up on the […]

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Combining StitchFix and Instagram, FlipFit ushers in the next phase of social retail

Posted on: February 3, 2020, in Blog

Nooruldeen Agha has been thinking about what’s next for fashion retail for years. The serial entrepreneur behind the Dubai-based online fashion retailer Elabelz and marketing studio Elephant Nation had always wanted to redesign the shopping experience for how customers actually shopped in stores and online. We met at a party. At midnight,” Ellman says. “At […]

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Apples control over the App Store is no longer sustainable

Posted on: January 30, 2020, in Blog

Last week, Apple caved to the Chinese government and pulled an app called that was being used by Hong Kong protestors to crowdsource the location of police forces. While Apple CEO Tim Cook defended Apple’s stance, the move is a reminder that Apple is the only judge and jury regarding what’s acceptable in the […]

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6 tips founders need to know about securing their startup

Posted on: January 27, 2020, in Blog

If you’ve read anything of mine in the past year, you know just how complicated security can be. Every day it seems there’s a new security lapse, a breach, a hack, or an inadvertent exposure, such as leaving a cloud storage server unprotected without a password. These things happen, but they don’t have to; aecurity […]

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a16zs Andrew Chen on the opportunities today for consumer tech startups

Posted on: January 24, 2020, in Blog

What’s happening in consumer tech? At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last week, Extra Crunch managing editor Eric Eldon sat down with Andrew Chen, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Andrew focuses on consumer tech, with investments in companies like Barkbox, Boba Guys, Tinder, Substack and more. They talked about everything from design trends, to marketing, […]

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Indias ALTBalaji partners with Microsoft to bring online video streaming to offline users

Posted on: January 20, 2020, in Blog

ALTBalaji, a leading video streaming service in India, has partnered with Microsoft and fintech firm Eko as it moves to expand its subscriber base in the country that is already larger than any of its local rivals. ALTBalaji, which has more than 27 million paying subscribers, said it will use Microsoft’s BlendNet technology to help […]

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Customer marketing platform Ometria raises $21M Series B round led by Octopus Ventures

Posted on: January 16, 2020, in Blog

Back in 2017 Ometria, an “AI-powered” customer marketing platform, raised $6 million in Series A funding to add to the $11 million it had already raised. Its platform is all about allowing retailers to send individually personalized marketing messages across several brand touchpoints. Today it announced that it has raised $21 million in a Series […]

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Venmo to launch its first credit card in 2020

Posted on: January 13, 2020, in Blog

Venmo announced today its plans to launch its first-ever credit card. The card is being issued in partnership with Synchrony, already the issuer behind Venmo parent company PayPal’s Extras Mastercard and Cashback Mastercard. The move is meant to help Venmo, a still unprofitable arm of PayPal’s larger business, generate more revenue. PayPal’s plans in this […]

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Google Maps adds more Waze-like features, including driving-incident reports

Posted on: January 10, 2020, in Blog

Google Maps is starting to look a lot more like Waze. Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams. And on both iOS and Android, users will be able to report other driving hazards and incidents, like […]

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