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 Anthony Ha

Acast launches Acast Access to make paywalled podcasts available on any player

Acast launches Acast Access to make paywalled podcasts available on any player

Podcast monetization company Acast is launching a new way for publishers to put their podcasts behind a paywall. Until now, podcasts have not been well-suited to subscription paywalls, due to the fact that they’re distributed via RSS feeds that can be accessed by any podcast player. So instead we’ve seen workarounds like Substack building a […]

 Anthony Ha

SeatGeek names former Tumblr and NYT exec Brian Murphy as CTO

SeatGeek names former Tumblr and NYT exec Brian Murphy as CTO

Ticketing startup SeatGeek has a new CTO. Brian Murphy previously held the same position at Tumblr (which, like TechCrunch, is owned by Verizon Media) and has also served as vice president of engineering at The New York Times and senior director of technology at Condé Nast. “Brian is an incredible leader and team-builder who has […]

 Anthony Ha

Spot.IM raises $25M to help publishers engage with readers

Spot.IM raises $25M to help publishers engage with readers

Spot.IM announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series D funding. We’ve written about the company’s commenting platform before, but CEO Nadav Shoval said it’s now building a broader “community platform.” That means going beyond commenting and moderation to also include community pages and other ways to highlight and monetize user-generated content. The […]

 Anthony Ha

Golden unveils a Wikipedia alternative focused on emerging tech and startups

Golden unveils a Wikipedia alternative focused on emerging tech and startups

Jude Gomila, who previously sold his mobile advertising company Heyzap to RNTS Media, is taking on a new challenge — building a “knowledge base” that can fill in Wikipedia’s blind spots, particularly when it comes to emerging technologies and startups. While Gomila is officially launching Golden today, it’s already full of content about things like […]

 Anthony Ha

ManyChat raises $18M to help businesses tap into messaging

ManyChat raises $18M to help businesses tap into messaging

Mobile marketing company ManyChat has raised $18 million in Series A funding. The startup, co-founded by CEO Mikael Yang, is currently focused on Facebook Messenger. It offers tools for creating a bot on Messenger while also supporting live human chatting (ManyChat says its approach is a “smart blend of automation and personal outreach”), and additional […]

 Anthony Ha

Slack files to go public, reports $138.9M in losses on revenue of $400.6M

Slack files to go public, reports $138.9M in losses on revenue of $400.6M

Slack has filed to go public via a direct listing. Similar to what Spotify did last year, this means that the company won’t have a traditional IPO, and will instead allow existing shareholders to sell their stock to investors. The company’s S-1 filing says it plans to make $100 million worth of shares available, but […]

 Anthony Ha

The Markup faces staff exodus and funder scrutiny following ouster of Julia Angwin

The Markup faces staff exodus and funder scrutiny following ouster of Julia Angwin

The Markup appears to be facing a staff revolt — and its financial backers may be reconsidering their support — following the firing of editor-in-chief Julia Angwin. When the site was announced last fall, it was backed by $20 million from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, with additional funding from the John S. and James L. […]

 Anthony Ha

The Brave browser launches ads that reward users for viewing

The Brave browser launches ads that reward users for viewing

With the latest desktop version of the Brave browser, users can now opt-in to the Brave Ads program. Brave is an ad-blocking web browser startup led by Brendan Eich, creator of the JavaScript programming language and former Mozilla CEO. He’s long maintained that the vision is “bigger than an ad blocker,” with a goal of […]

 Anthony Ha

Squarespace makes its first acquisition with Acuity Scheduling

Squarespace makes its first acquisition with Acuity Scheduling

Squarespace is announcing its first acquisition today, a 13-year-old company called Acuity Scheduling that allows businesses to manage their online appointments. Squarespace CEO Anthony Casalena noted that the company has been expanding beyond website building already — he said he now wants to provide tools around online presence (i.e. building a website), commerce and marketing. […]

 Anthony Ha

Group Nine hires Brian Lee to lead its commerce business

Group Nine hires Brian Lee to lead its commerce business

Group Nine Media has hired Brian Lee as its first executive vice president of commerce. Lee held a similar role at Maker Studios before its acquisition by Disney, and he also founded the New York-based accelerator SKIG. Group Nine — which was created by the merger of Thrillist, NowThis Media, The Dodo and Discovery-owned Seeker […]

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