Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 19th class

16804522_10209929257607018_1918237469_o Deep in the Valley this afternoon, 500 Startups’ 19th demo day drew to a close at the Computer History Museum. Business-to-business software, fashion and beauty products made up the largest proportion of companies, but 500 left room for a few outliers. It’s tough for anyone to say who the next Twilio will be, but it just might be hidden somewhere in the 40 companies that… Read More

Ozobot raises $3 million for toys that teach kids coding basics off-screen

The Ozobot Evo in white. There are many toys on the market today that promise to teach kids programming skills, and a good percentage require the use of a connected tablet or smartphone. At a time when parents are already struggling to keep kids’ screen time to a minimum, father and entrepreneur Nader Hamda wanted to build something different. He also observed a lot of expensive educational toys on the market,… Read More

Ingram’s VitalSource wants to acquire Verba to give students affordable access to textbooks

Bookshelves in bookstore The college textbook industry has no shortage of startups, from ebook company RedShelf to big players like rental service Chegg all the way to Amazon itself. But a SF-based company called Verba, which has flown mostly under the radar since 2008, has weathered the slow change of the textbook industry.
VitalSource, the ed-tech arm of book distribution company Ingram is today announcing their… Read More