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Loot - The money hunt

With VC scarce, here’s why S.F.-based Intercom raised its last $50 million

by Annie Gaus Eoghan McCabe

SAN FRANCISCO — In the words of Eoghan McCabe, CEO of the customer communication platform Intercom, “there’s a million ways to skin a cat in this business.”

That’s the business of creating a technology, growing and building a sustainable company in Silicon Valley.

According to McCabe – along with a growing chorus of investors and entrepreneurs– the profitability piece has been too  ...

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Startups - Modern branding

Mark Cuban-backed startup HourlyNerd rebrands itself

by Sara Castellanos HourlyNerd team

BOSTON — HourlyNerd, the Boston-based online freelancer marketplace startup that recently landed $22 million in venture funding from investors including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, announced that it has rebranded to "Catalant."

The name is a combination of the words "catalyst," "brilliant," and "talent," according to a release.

“The freelance economy’s rapid growth is forcing a new  ...

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Startups - Wearables

Luxury smart jewelry startup in SA scoops up another retail deal

by Kristen Mosbrucker WiseWear

SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio-based wearable technology startup, WiseWear Corp., recently signed an agreement with its third national retailer — Saks Fifth Avenue, owned by Saks Inc. for distribution of its luxury smart jewelry line.

By the end of September, WiseWear bracelets are expected to be available across the store's chain, the company's founder announced on Twitter.

Gerald Wilmink, the  ...

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Loot - The big deal

Benioff: I would've paid more than $26B for LinkedIn

by Riley McDermid Marc Benioff4499

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff would have bid as much as $26 billion for business networking site LinkedIn, VentureBeat reports, after parsing through a new LinkedIn securities filing.

Dubbed "Party A" in the SEC filing, it's clear that Benioff was willing to raise San Francisco-based Salesforce (NYSE: CRM)'s bid and changed its terms if it had been given the chance to do so by  ...

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Innovation - Drones away

Amazon partners with U.K. officials for drone tests

by Rachel Nielsen Drone

SEATTLE — Just a month after U.S. officials clamped down on commercial drone use with new regulations, online retail giant Amazon has announced that it is partnering with officials in the U.K. to try out drone-flying scenarios there.

The upshot is that Seattle-based Amazon, which wants to use drones to deliver packages to customers, might launch such services in the U.K. before it does so at  ...

7 hours ago
Advice - Expert advice

Managing: ​My coworker booked all the best vacation days

by Alison Green Managing: ​My coworker booked all the best vacation days for the year and no one else can have them

Each week Alison Green, who also writes the "Ask a Manager" website, answers workplace and management questions from readers. Please comment or ask you own question by emailing her at alison@askamanager.org.

Question: My coworker booked all the best vacation days

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Media - Facebook challenger?

Taboola grabs ConvertMedia to take on Facebook, Snapchat with native video

by Teresa Novellino Adam Singolda

NEW YORK — Taboola, which provides online content recommendations for publishers, announced today that it is acquiring ConvertMedia, another New York City-based company, in a move that it says will add native video advertising to its offerings and help its publisher clients better compete with social media for eyeballs.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Taboola’s founder and chief  ...

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