Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Little Book Club Launches to Apply Subscription Model to Children’s Books

Despite keeping busy as the first innovation partner at AOL ventures, Doug Ludlow, former CEO of Hipster, which was acquired by AOL early 2012, is at it again. This time, however, he’s teamed up with his wife and kids to launch The Little Book Club, a subscription-based monthly book delivery service for children aged 0-6. The co-founder […]

Sift Adds $540K, Turns Marketing Emails Into a Visual iPad Shopping Catalog

Today, Burlingame, CA-based Sift, an iPad app that goes through a user’s inbox to aggregate marketing emails to create an in-app shopping experience, officially announced that it closed a $540,000 seed round funding led by Tandem, a mobile accelerator fund, in addition to individual investors. Founded in early 2012 as part of Tandem’s mobile acceleration […]

Busbud Launches iPhone App, Helps Travelers Find & Book Bus Trips On The Go

Since debuting its revamped website to connect bus travelers with local schedules and ticket prices late last year, Montreal, QC-based Busbud now includes information on more than 10,000 bus routes in 60 countries. It also supports 10 languages and offers booking services in 15 currencies. Today, the startup announced the launch of its iPhone app […]

Yahoo! Founder Jerry Yang, Others Put $1.7M Into Tomfoolery’s Enterprise Apps

Tomfoolery, a San Francisco-based startup led by a seasoned team of software and consumer app veterans from AOL and Yahoo! announced today a $1.7 million seed funding round. The lead investors were Morado Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures with additional participation from Andreeseen Horowitz among other investors. Led by CEO Kakul Srivastava, former GM of Flickr […]

BeauCoo Comes To The Web, Helps Women Size Each Other Up in a Good Way

BetaKit covered BeauCoo, a platform to help connect women with other women that have similar body sizes, when the startup raised its seed round funding. This week the company announced that it has launched a web version of its social network that lets women post pictures of themselves in different outfits for other women their […]

With 170K Users, Piktochart Updates Platform to Be Go-To DIY Infographic Tool

Today Malaysia-based Piktochart, a web-based tool that let users create their own infographics and presentations, announced that it will releasing version 2.0 for the free edition and later this year for the pro edition. The company launched its first iteration in 2012, and to date has 170,000 users on its free platform and 4,000 paid […]

Belly Launches Belly Bites to Entice Potential Customers With Local Rewards

Today Chicago, IL-based Belly, a customer loyalty and rewards program, announced the launch of Belly Bites, a free sample program that gives existing Belly members the ability to try out new products and services while letting participating merchants gain new customers. In addition, the company also released an Android mobile app that leverages Google Maps’ […]