Author Archive: Sam Wakoba

Formerly an area considered PayPal’s domain, new companies are setting up shop in the online payments sector and capitalizing on what they say is the giant’s weaknesses.

TechZulu caught up with the founders of WePay and bring you the latest.

Goko, a new HTML5 games company based in Redwood City California is set to help game developers easily distribute and monetize social games. Goko was founded by Ted Griggs as CEO and Kevin Binkley as CTO.

Goko is backed by Redpoint Ventures and Aslop Louie Partners from whom it raised raised $8m in Series A funding.

Microsoft in December 2011 it released SkyDrive apps for Windows and iPhone. The two mobile apps have been used by almost 4 million people according to Microsoft. Four million is pretty impressive for two apps in just 8 months, however Microsoft is aiming higher; with expectations of SkyDrive serving a billion people or even more.

As IBM goes flash with its acquisition of Texas Memory Systems and the recent public launch of Data Collective for Big Data entrepreneurs DNA was the least expected move for storage.

A Harvard researcher says data can now be stored in human DNA devices with more capacity to store exploding quantities of digital data.

Knowmia is a newly launched online video learning tool founded by two ex Flip Video co-founders and staff, Ariel Braunstein and marketing executive Scott Kabat.

Knowmia crowdsources and sorts best video lessons for college students from top teachers and helps parents or guardians follow their child’s college performance.

Airtime is testing new features to make it the best video network ever. The new video posts and revamped buddy lists will enable users share live experiences with their friends.

Airtime was launched on June 5th as the first live video network by founders Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning and Joey Liaw.

Google has confirmed it firing 20 percent of Motorola Mobility employees. A company it bought in May.

The company will also close a third of its offices worldwide. According to Google’s SEC filing on the 3rd this month and signed on the 13th 2012 Google will go ahead with and reduce the motorola unit’s 20,000 employees by 4,000 with two thirds of the cut in the US.

A tweet by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on August 9th caused a stir in the tech scenes. A new venture fund had been launched, not because it was her husband’s but it was a totally unique and different fund and a timely move.

The Thursday launch of Data Collective demonstrates the increasing uptake of Big Data and signals a new door for entrepreneurs building Big Data companies.

Dave Girouard the founder of Upstart posted yesterday,“Today is day one for our team. We’re excited to bring this new crowdfunding platform to life. Through one lens, it looks like a way for aspiring twenty-somethings to raise capital and find mentors that can help them pursue their dreams”.

The startup has released free online educational materials in beta to the public. The Boston based startup says on its site, its making the world’s open educational content more useful for students by connecting them with the wealth of high quality, openly licensed, and free educational content created by leading education experts with more than 20 years in the field.