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The augmented reality gold rush is afoot

Who will be the Pixar of AR? Someone oughta be rounding up Hollywood special effects engineers and animated character designers to build an augmented reality content startup. This week’s launch of Facebook’s Camera Effects platform means there’s suddenly 1.8 billion people waiting to be entertained by digital overlays on the real world. And now, startups […]

Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service

Earlier this week, the popular language learning service Duolingo quietly introduced paid monthly subscriptions in its Android apps. Subscribers get two benefits: they won’t see ads in the app and they will be able to download lessons for offline use. In addition, there is also a feel-good aspect to this, as Duolingo highlights that subscribers to […]

Honing its dynamic pricing formula, Vacasa wants to make homeowners more cash than Airbnb

With updates to its dynamic pricing system, Vacasa wants to offer smartly priced vacation rentals with an algorithm that takes everything and the kitchen sink into account. A self-described tortoise to Airbnb’s hare, the Portland-based tech-fueled property management company argues that automated pricing in the vacation rental market is still pretty crude compared to sophisticated systems in the hotel […]

A Slack integration is Magic’s next act

Remember the text message-based service on-demand company, Magic Assistant? In a whirlwind two months after the service’s launch on Product Hunt Magic went viral based on its claims to deliver anything; promptly raised a rumored $12 million from Sequoia Capital (with Sir Michael Moritz, KBE joining the board); and then went into hiding as it figured out an actual […]

See you in Longmont tonight

As part of the NewTech Meetup we will be holding a very cool pitch-off at the Oskar Blues The Oak Room at 1800 Pike Road in Longmont, CO. It’s on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 starting at 6:00pm. The pitch-off will happen at about 7:30pm. You can RSVP here. The companies pitching are Professor Beekums, Fringetime, […]

Optimizely acquires Experiment Engine to offer more collaboration tools for big companies

While Optimizely has bought other startups before, co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker said today is the first time it’s acquiring a startup built on Optimizely’s developer platform — namely, Experiment Engine. Experiment Engine describes itself as “the most comprehensive, easy-to-use conversion optimization platform,” which might make it sound similar to Optimizely itself. But Siroker (pictured above) explained that the […]

Oracle acquires ad measurement company Moat

Oracle just announced that it has acquired ad measurement company Moat. Founded in 2010, Moat helps advertisers and publishers measure whether people see and interact with online ads. The need to create what CEO Jonah Goodhart has called “the currency for digital advertising” seems increasingly important given advertiser concerns around viewability, fraud and trust, and […]

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