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YC-Backed Jopwell Is Building The Apparently Missing “Pipeline” Of Diverse Candidates For Tech Jobs

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 4.56.17 PM Behind the repetitive and apologetic acknowledgment that there is a lot more “work to do” on diversity at companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter is the idea that there isn’t a sufficiently large enough “pipeline” of minority candidates that are qualified to take these jobs.
A YC company called Jopwell is taking aim straight at the “pipeline” question. Read More

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Dear Veronica: Your passport to love

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With 100 Million Annual Users, Imagine Easy Launches A New Research Tool For Students

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 11.22.29 AM If you’ve had to write a research paper in the last 10 years, chances are the free online bibliography tool you used is operated by Imagine Easy. The edtech company has flown under the radar for the past 14 years since it was started by two high school students, Neal Taparia and Darshan Somashekar. It’s gradually grown to over 100 million annual users and over $12 million in… Read More

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TVShow Time Releases Sleek New App For Its Community Of TV Addicts

profile_2 At first, TVShow Time was just a calendar to keep track of your favorite TV shows. Now, TVShow Time is one of the best community of TV addicts on the Internet. The French startup is well aware of that, and just launched a major 5.0 update to its mobile app to showcase the best content created by its community. “We want our users to open the TVShow Time app after watching an episode and… Read More

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Amazon’s First Original Film Is Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” Expected In Theaters This Year

spike-lee Amazon announced this morning its move into feature films will begin with the debut of the first-ever Amazon Original Movie, Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” The drama, which is Lee’s next major film, stars a number of big names including Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, and is focused on a more serious story of… Read More

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The iPod touch Is The New Point-And-Shoot

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 9.40.57 AM There are indications that Apple still believes that the iPod touch fits a certain niche, and those come in the form of a smattering of hardware upgrades. The refreshed models feature a more powerful processor, better camera hardware and imaging software and a focus on the iPod as a gaming and photography platform. Read More

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OKCupid Founders Get $10.8M To Build A Kinder, Gentler Public Key Encryption Tool

Key on top of a circuit board. What do you for an encore after you founded and sold OKCupid? Well you tackle public-key encryption, of course. Keybase was the result, and the company announced a $10.8 million Series A investment today led by Andreessen Horowitz. While it may not seem like a logical next move, co-founders Max Krohn and Chris Coyne were considering what to do after they left OKCupid in 2013. They decided… Read More

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How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence

moneydust As soon as you capture the attention of a VC, they’re going to start performing the “due diligence” required to justify the investment. This is when the investor checks into the bold claims you have made about the size of your market opportunity and your work experience. The process effectively begins as soon as the VC has a real interest in pursuing your deal, and steps up… Read More

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After 155k iOS Downloads, OpenSignal’s Wifi Mapper App Lands On Android

WifiMapper Icon Large OpenSignal has added an Android version of its crowdsourced Wifi Mapper, following the launch of the iOS app back in May. The iOS app has garnered some 155,000 downloads in the two months since it went up on the App Store, according to CEO Brendan Gill, who says the team is expecting a “big reception” on Android — with “thousands” signed up to be pinged about… Read More