Tinsel town turns deaf ear to Kutcher’s request to plug his start-ups

September 13, 2011

Ashton Kutcher may have more clout in Silicon Valley than in Hollywood.

The star of movies like “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and now of the hit show ‘Two and a Half Men” told conference goers at TechCrunch Disrupt that he tried to get the studio to plug some of his Internet start-up investments on the show– but they wouldn’t do it without compensation.

Taptu gets new funding, readies new social media B2B platform

September 8, 2011

Taptu, the social media mobile search start-up based out of Cambridge, England and Denver, raised another $3.5 million from its existing backers as it starts to focus on its it new TapForm platform to help media companies build their own social news aggregator.

Product catalogs get an iPad makeover with Cooliris’ new Decks app

March 10, 2011

Fresh off a recent $9.6 million funding round, Cooliris is launching a new app that aims to re-invent the old-fashioned product catalog for the iPad generation.Decks

Too much of a good thing: Flipboard launch hype overwhelms service

July 22, 2010

It looked like a product launch home run.

When Flipboard, a hot new social media iPad app, made its public debut on Wednesday it had all the key pieces in place: endorsements from influential tech bloggers like Robert Scoble (who declared Flipboard “revolutionary”), a $10.5 million funding round from big-name investors including some of the co-founders Facebook and Twitter, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and even Ashton Kutcher, and a slot to demo the product at this week’s Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado.