Category Growth

Flash-Enabled EdTech Browser Rover Hits 1M Mark, Adds Paid Subscription Plans

Apple has sold over 4.5 million iPads to educational institutions in the U.S., and more than eight million to educational institutions worldwide, and while the device has changed the way instructors teach and students learn, educators have been running into the challenge of accessing Flash-based educational content on the devices. It’s a problem YouWeb-incubated startup Rover is looking […]

Exec Expands to NYC, Chicago, LA, & Boston to Be the Amazon of Local Services

There’s been a lot of activity in the peer-to-peer marketplace space, with startups increasingly wanting users to outsource their daily chores, be it cleaning or handyman work around the home, to others. Exec, which provides a general service marketplace as well as a standalone app that connects people with house cleaners, is one of them. BetaKit […]

Secret Shopping Platform Quri Launches QCards for Ongoing In-Store Intelligence

Today, San Francisco-based Quri, a secret shopper platform that pays consumers to perform “shifts” of work that range from snapping a few photos to answering questions about in-store details, announced the launch of QCard, a real-time product measurement service. The startup’s on-demand labor force reaches over 150,000 retail locations across 5,000 cities in the U.S., […]

Handybook Launches iPhone App, Lets Customers Book Vetted Servive Providers On The Go

BetaKit last covered Handybook, the online home services booking platform, when it raised $2 million in seed funding, recently the startup debuted a new iPhone app that lets its users book services on the go. The mobile app comes off the heels of greater market penetration in the New York region and a complete overhaul […]

Kutoto is Canada’s Answer to TaskRabbit, Zaarly, Exec, & Other P2P Marketplaces

Peer-to-peer service marketplaces let people one side of the equation save time by outsourcing their tasks, while on the other side helping people earn extra cash for their skills. These marketplaces have thrived in the U.S. with companies like Exec, TaskRabbit, and Zaarly expanding south of the border, though they have yet to venture into Canadian territory. Which […]

Foap Launches Missions Feature to Let Brands Pay Users to Snap Marketing Photos

BetaKit last covered Swedish startup Foap when it secured $500,000 for its crowdsourced stock photo app that lets users monetize their smartphone photos, selling them to media agencies and others. The company today announced the launch of its new ‘Missions’ service for brands, which lets companies tap into the startup’s community of 75,000 active users, encouraging them to […]

Motif Investing Launches DIY Product to Let Anyone Build Their Own Portfolios

Today Motif Investing, a platform built around ideas-based stock investing which BetaKit covered when it launched in June 2012, announced a build-your-own (BYO) version of its service to give anyone the ability to create and market their own collection of stocks, bonds and ETFs, while being able to earn royalty fees each time they are purchased by […]