Author Archive: Sam Wakoba

Social video sharing platform Viddy has not been doing well as of late, even though it had struck a chord with loyal consumers and had a raised a significant amount of capital to see it grow.

Jamie Wong used to host friends and show them around New York whenever she was free. She has traveled a lot herself and has been to more then 35 countries. Her adventures made her somewhat of a travel consultant. Friends began going to her for advice whenever they were traveling, and she found herself planning vacations, honeymoons and more. Throughout all this planning, Wong found a hole in the the travel industry that needed to be filled and with her own travel planning experience, Vayable was born.

Silicon Valley’s big VC firm’s The Social+Capital Partnership, Andreessen Horowitz, Formation8, Ron Conway, and Anand Rajaraman have today launched Data Elite, to help tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges through data science.

Peer-to-peer marketplace where locals offer experiences including tours, dining at local homes, and activities to travelers, Withlocals, is making its final preparations for the beta launch of local travel experiences for small groups of local hosts and travelers in South Asia, after raising $500,000 in funding from Greenhouse Group mid September.

Forget checks, ATMs and money transfer services, Square has introduced Square Cash; a service that allows users to send money in form of an email, a move set to make peer-to-peer money lending and eCommerce simpler for everyone.

Deka, a startup that manufactures Bluetooth headsets with interchangeable custom faceplate has launched a new Indiegogo campaign to raise $100,000. They would use that funding to help them accelerate the development and manufacturing of the next generation of Bluetooth headsets.

Expected to commercially ship this November, VIEVU2 is the first wearable Wi-Fi video camera. It is designed for “Prosumers”/professional workforce, and is rugged and waterproof with military grade casing. It streams real-time HD video and connects to a Smartphone or Wi-Fi network.

Social analytics and personalization platform GraphDive has closed $2 million in its first ever equity round from Crosslink Capital, Correlation Ventures, Plug & Play Tech Center, Start Capital and angel investors Pejman Nozad, Ullas Naik and Scott Banister.

Clean, safe and reliable natural gas company Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has established $1 million innovation fund in partnership with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), to speed the development of clean technologies to meet current global energy needs and become a sustainable energy source.

CoinMKT has launched in public beta to make buying and selling Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies convenient. The startup aims to take advantage of the increasing use of digital, peer-to-peer currencies that let users buy or sell online instantly. CoinMKT works simply. Open an account, deposits USD or cryptocurrency into the account. The CoinMKT then becomes their trading account so that they can begin trading cryptocurrencies.