Startups

  • Yahoo buying app and analytics startup Flurry to bolster mobile ad business July 22, 2014

    New York: Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets. The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc. has made during the two-year reign of CEO Marissa...
  • Live video startup Twitch builds studio to woo gamers, advertisers July 6, 2014

    San Francisco: Live streaming startup Twitch, which grew its users over 40 per cent in the past year, said it is building a studio in San Francisco to host videogame broadcasts and attract more advertisers and viewers to its novel live chat format. The venture-backed startup, revealing its latest numbers, averaged...
  • Internet TV startup Aereo suspends service June 29, 2014

    Washington: A US startup firm that allows subscribers to watch broadcast television over the Internet suspended its service on Saturday, three days after losing a Supreme Court ruling. Aereo had been heralded by major tech groups as an innovative technology that opened up more choice for consumers, while the television industry...
  • Is e-commerce the new cool? Here's why young entrepreneurs are more interested in online business June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Gone are the days when Facebook was used merely as a tool to share personal details with people. Along with Instagram and other such media, Facebook is becoming a lucrative and cheap ground for advertising for young entrepreneurs. The online platform has attracted young entrepreneurs mainly between 19...
  • India has some of the world's best developers, start-ups have huge advantage over other countries: Microsoft May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: India has some of the world's best developers and they have huge advantage over start-ups in other countries, believes Microsoft, engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. "Indian start-ups have huge advantage over start-ups in other parts of the world, because the core...
  • Indian startups have huge advantage over startups in other countries: Microsoft May 1, 2014

    New Delhi: India has some of the world's best developers and they have huge advantage over start-ups in other countries, believes Microsoft, engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. "Indian start-ups have huge advantage over start-ups in other parts of the world, because the core...
  • Facebook buys fitness tracking app Moves April 26, 2014

    New York: Facebook acquired the startup behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves as it expands beyond its namesake service into a company with multiple, differentiated mobile apps. The world's largest online social network will keep running the service separately. Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said Thursday it bought ProtoGeo Oy, the Finnish...
  • Facebook acquires social startup Branch, to focus on online forums January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook has acquired Branch, a New York-based social network that hosts and publishes invite-only conversations. Branch focuses on providing online forums for in-depth conversations. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet, but the acquisition is estimated to be worth around $15 million. The deal was announced by...
  • Finland finds life after Nokia in mobile games boom November 15, 2013

    Helsinki: From mobile phones to mobile games. Finland has found there's life after Nokia in a bustling startup scene that's produced hugely popular game apps from Angry Birds to Clash of Clans. Mobile gaming is fast becoming the Nordic country's new flagship export industry, with revenues expected to double to 2...
  • Snapchat rejects $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook: Report November 14, 2013

    San Francisco: Mobile messaging startup Snapchat rejected an acquisition offer from Facebook Inc that would have valued the company at $3 billion or more, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday. Facebook representatives reached out to Snapchat in recent weeks to discuss the all-cash deal, which would have been...
  • Facebook says it's opening first office in Israel October 15, 2013

    Jerusalem: Facebook says it is acquiring an Israeli mobile technology startup and opening its first office in Israel. Facebook said in a statement Monday that Israeli mobile utility application developer Onavo would help the social media giant create better mobile products and help connect more people around the world to the...
  • Facebook buys Israeli mobile data analytics startup Onavo October 14, 2013

    Tel Aviv: Facebook has agreed to buy start-up app-maker Onavo, the Israeli company said on its website on Monday, without giving any details of the deal. Facebook is paying between $150 million and $200 million, the Calcalist financial news website said, making it the social media company's biggest acquisition in Israel. The...
  • Indian startup Chumbak exploits the web to create a niche market July 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Gone are the days when startups would take years to get visibility and prosper. Today, a startup can easily reach out to hundreds of thousands people and flourish without having to spend a huge sum - but only if it knows how to make the best use of...
  • Google close to buying mapping startup Waze for $1.3 billion: Report June 10, 2013

    Jerusalem: Google is close to buying Waze for $1.3 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported on Sunday, potentially trumping rival offers for the Israeli mapping start-up. The report on the website of financial newspaper Globes did not cite sources or provide further details. Last month sources told Reuters the Internet search giant was...
  • Google, like Facebook, in talks to buy Waze for about $1 bn: Report May 24, 2013

    Bangalore: Google Inc is considering buying Israeli mobile satellite navigation start-up Waze Inc, which may lead to a bidding war with Facebook Inc, Bloomberg news reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Waze is seeking more than $1 billion and is fielding expressions of interest from multiple parties, said Bloomberg, citing...
  • Yahoo acquires mobile news startup Summly March 26, 2013

    San Francisco: Yahoo Inc has snapped up mobile news aggregator Summly, the latest in a string of small acquisitions intended to bolster the Web portal's mobile services. Summly, founded by 17-year-old Nick D'Aloisio two years ago from his home in London, sorts news by topics in quick bites for smartphones. The...
  • World's top 20 startup ecosystems: Bangalore ranks 19th March 25, 2013

    Startups are the power behind the ongoing tech revolution. Startup Genome had in November 2012 released a report on the world's top startup ecosystems and also ranks the top 20. Expectedly Silicon Valley is on the top and India's Bangalore also makes it. World's top startup ecosystems 1. Silicon Valley (Population:...
  • Apple buys indoor mapping startup WiFiSlam March 25, 2013

    New York: Apple has acquired a Silicon Valley startup, WiFiSlam, which makes mapping applications for smartphones. Apple confirmed the acquisition, but declined to give details. The news was earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal, which quoted a person familiar with the matter as saying that Apple paid around $20 million...
  • Yahoo acquires social recommendation startup Jybe March 21, 2013

    San Francisco: Yahoo Inc acquired a small mobile start-up company that was founded by former employees of the struggling Web portal two years ago. Yahoo did not disclose the price of its deal to acquire Jybe, which developed a mobile app that recommends movies, books and restaurants based on data contained...
  • Dropbox to acquire email management startup Mailbox March 16, 2013

    San Francisco: Dropbox Inc said on Friday it would buy the startup behind the hot email management app Mailbox, signalling its intent to aggressively expand its features beyond file storage. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mailbox was created by a team led by Scott Cannon and Gentry Underwood, who...
  • India sets up seaside 'village' to nurture start-ups December 4, 2012

    Kochi: Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Indian information technology giant Infosys, stares out from a wall-to-wall poster in a modern office building near Kochi. A caption reads, "We started Infosys in a room about this size; it's your turn now." His message is directed at aspiring entrepreneurs at Startup Village, a...
  • Finnish app store startup Blaast bets on Android in Asia November 22, 2012

    Helsinki: Finnish technology startup Blaast opened an Android application store hoping to tap into booming demand for affordable smartphones in Indonesia and other emerging markets. The 2010-founded Blaast has built a platform to distribute apps to mid-range cellphones, enabling carriers to sell more data packages bundled with free access to applications. "Android...
  • Facebook to buy facial-recognition startup: Sources June 19, 2012

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc is paying $55 million to $60 million to buy Face.com, according to people familiar with the matter, acquiring the company that provides the facial-recognition technology used by the world's largest social network to help users identify and tag photos. The deal bolsters one of Facebook's most popular...
  • Battle ready: Advice from Colin Powell for startups June 18, 2012

    Adopt a winning attitude. Like any football or basketball coach, you always — always — believe you're going to win. Disappointments, failures and setbacks are a normal part of the life cycle of a unit or company. A leader has to constantly say, "We have a problem; let's go and...
  • Microsoft to incubate 10 Indian start-ups May 24, 2012

    Bangalore: Global software major Microsoft will incubate 10 early-stage technology start-ups in cloud computing, internet and mobile using its Accelerator for Windows Azure programme to help them build businesses, a top official said Wednesday. "The start-ups will have access to our resources such as BizSpark programme and $60,000 in Azure credit...
  • 11 startups to watch In 2012 January 10, 2012

    PubMatic: When Google announced in June this year it was spending $400 million to acquire AdMeld, the ad platform targeted at digital publishers, the picture only got brighter for PubMatic. That’s because PubMatic immediately would become the largest independent publisher-focussed ad platform. Publishers fear that Google would do to them...
  • IITians started Silicon Valley boom June 15, 2007

    New Delhi: A University of California study found that 10 per cent of all start-ups in the Silicon Valley between 1995 and 1998 were by Indians, most of whom had come from the IIT system. According to the new study, Indian immigrants are a significant driving force behind the creation of...