skurtdeliveryshot Skurt, the Los Angeles-based rental car delivery startup, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Upfront Ventures (which also led a $1.3 million seed round), and included a strategic investment from BMW, as well as funding from Troy Carter’s Cross Culture Ventures, Expansion VC, Greycroft and Magic Johnson.
Skurt has an interesting take on the rental car… Read More

img_1174 If there’s one word that can describe Viva Technology (or “VivaTech” for short), it’s that it’s a ginormous conference. While it was just the first edition last year, 45,000 people made their way to Paris to talk about all things tech. VivaTech is back again this year on June 15th – June 17th. Last year, Mike and I didn’t really know what to expect. But… Read More

In a surprising report out of South Korea today (via XDA), Han Kyung claims that Samsung has plans to re-release recalled units of the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 as refurbished handsets, complete with lower capacity batteries. After utilizing a reported 200,000 returned phones for testing, Samsung apparently still has over 2.5 million left in inventory. Instead of […]

Shortage of data isn’t an issue right now, but combing through it and making sense of it is. Data.world is trying to address this by providing a social media network that allows users to connect and share different sets of data. The Austin, Texas-based startup announced today a funding round of $18.7 million. “Even today, […]

I hadn’t even considered the possibility that Gabe Newell would be joining us. When Valve invited me to its office last week for a series of roundtable interviews, the company made it clear that I wasn’t going to learn about Half-Life 3. “No new announcements,” Valve communications boss Doug Lombardi explained to me in a […]

Burner has launched another chatbot to demonstrate the potential of its mobile application and service. With Hostbot, hosts of short-term vacation rentals through Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, or their own means can communicate with their guests over SMS. Developed alongside Voxable, which also co-created the Ghostbot app with Burner, Hostbot is a way to streamline communication. […]