Postmaster Raises $600K Seed Round To Expand Its Smart Shipping API, Partners With Lone Star Overnight
Postmaster, an Austin-based startup that aims to simplify shipping and parcel tracking through an easy to use REST API, launched earlier this year and today, the company announced that it has raised a seed investment round of $600,000 led by Capital Factory, Cloud Power and Zelkova Ventures, as well as a consortium of angel investors. The Postmaster team plans to use this additional funding - it launched as a member of the last TechStars Cloud class - to expand its development team and build additional carrier integrations.
Science-Backed Ecommerce Recommendation Startup Uncovet Raises $1.3M
Uncovet, a startup that wants to be the recommendation engine for indie designer clothing and accessories, has raised $1.3 million from Javelin Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, and L.A. angel investor Paige Craig.
Google Now Introduces Mark Up Tools For Select Partners To Flag Flights, Hotel Stays And Reservations In Emails
Google made a relatively quiet announcement today regarding how it's pushing the developer ecosystem forward around Google Now, its intelligent personal assistant for Android devices. The company has begun extending mark up tools for emails from select partners, which help highlight flight schedules, hotel bookings and various types of reservations, to make sure that Gmail can spot that information and use it to auto-generate helpful reminders in Google Now.
Y Combinator Adds Four Part-Time Partners, Including Groupon's Andrew Mason (Who's Also Starting A New Company)
Y Combinator's Paul Graham revealed a bunch of personnel news in a just-published blog post. Let's see if I've got everything: The incubator has added one full-time partner (Wufoo's Kevin Hale) and four part-time partners (Socialcam's Michel Seibel, Hipmunk's Steve Huffman, imeem and App.net's Dalton Caldwell and Groupon's Andrew Mason). Current partner Harj Taggar, meanwhile, is leaving "to start a new startup (in the long term) and travel the world (in the short)," but Graham writes that Taggar will stay on as a part-time partner.
Yahoo Partners With Twitter To Further Personalize Homepage Newsfeed
Yahoo and Twitter have partnered to bring tweets directly into Yahoo homepage’s newsfeed on web and mobile, the company announced this morning. The move follows a relaunch of the front page back in February of this year. At the time, the company debuted a redesigned site with an increased emphasis on personalization, as well as a more modern design. The Twitter partnership expands upon this earlier mission involving personalization – a key focus for Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer – noting that Yahoo will now ”seamlessly include relevant and personalized tweets alongside stories from Yahoo! and our other sources.” These tweets will now appear directly in the Yahoo news feed, which offers an endlessly scrollable stream of content, divided into sections like “All Stories,” “News,” “Local,” “Entertainment,” “Sports,” and more. The headlines which come from Twitter accounts will be indicated by referencing the source by its Twitter handle (e.g. “@ABCWorldNews” ...