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Tech Writer, dog-lover, foodie, quirky, wife, mom, married to @suneel.

Snowball, the messaging inbox to rule them all

gv.com — When it comes to messaging, we live in a fragmented world. And it's seemingly getting worse each day with every new app becoming a potential new messaging channel. Our SMS, Facebook Messages, WhatsApp messages, Snapchat messages, Slack notifications, Lines, and more are spread out across different apps.

Best Apps - San Francisco

refinery29.com — One of the perks of living in San Francisco is finding out about the most interesting apps before they go mainstream. Yeah, that's right - we joined Twitter and Instagram before most celebrities and take pride in hearing about the next big thing eons before the masses. #humblebrag. So, it

Meet Blue Bottle at Home

gv.com — In this Google Ventures profile, Blue Bottle founder and CEO James Freeman shares his vision for Blue Bottle at Home, a new e-commerce destination and coffee subscription service for customers. Following the acquisition of LA-based startup Tonx earlier this year, Blue Bottle and its new director of digital products, Nik Bauman, are focused on bringing hospitality and personalization to the experience of buying coffee online.

Best New iPhone Apps

refinery29.com — Sapphire, iWatch, HealthKit, NFC, iOS 8 - the excitement is palpable. Out here in the technosphere, everyone is getting giddy thinking about what new bells and whistles Apple is about to reveal at its big-deal keynote, in just a few moments.

Meet Product Hunt

gv.com — When talking to Product Hunt creator Ryan Hoover, you can instantly feel his genuine entrepreneurial passion for startups and technology. That passion inspired him to launch an email list for conversations about product launches in the tech world. Flash forward nine months and Product Hunt is now the go-to community for conversation focused on product launches, connecting founders with VCs and consumers.

Report: Use Of Third-Party Twitter Clients Dwindles To 42 Percent

techcrunch.com — As we heard last week, Twitter made a bold move regarding its ecosystem, stating that third-party developers should no longer try to compete with Twitter on native clients; instead they should focus on things like data and specific verticals for Tweets.

Spring | Google Ventures

gv.com — Earlier this year, Google Ventures backed Jello Labs, a new mobile shopping startup from Box Group investor David Tisch, his brother Alan Tisch, and former Googler Octavian Costache. The startup's mobile shopping product, Spring, is debuting today, and, of course we're biased but here are a few important points on why we think Spring is poised to reinvent fashion and shopping in a mobile-first world.

Meet Savioke | Google Ventures

gv.com — In this profile of Google Ventures portfolio company Savioke, we have an inside look into how the startup's delivery robots interact with humans, deliver items, and navigate open spaces. Led by former Willow Garage CEO…

Zuora’s Journey To Managing The Subscription Economy

techcrunch.com — The idea for subscription billing startup Zuora was born in Marc Benioff's office. In 2006, K.V. Rao, then a WebEx senior engineer, was meeting with Benioff and Salesforce CMO Tien Tzuo. Tzuo made a comment that subscription billing was a hard problem for Salesforce, and Rao agreed that WebEx also felt the same challenge.

Accompani Wants To Be The Relationship Manager To Rule Them All

techcrunch.com — Many of us suffer the same problem-as our professional networks grow, we can't keep track of each person's details, including jobs, personal interests, kids, news and more. Amy Chang, the former global of head of product for Google Analytics and measurement, has spent a lot of time thinking about this problem.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @parislemon: Pleased to welcome @boweryio to the @GoogleVentures portfolio as they welcome a new, svelte Bowery into the world. bowery.io/blog/posts/201…

Oct 21, 2014

My nutrition has improved significantly thanks to @rise! Check it out (and get a discount) here rise.us/r/YDLCV9

Oct 10, 2014

This video is hilarious: "Can Second Graders Appreciate a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal?"nytimes.com/2014/10/12/mag…

Oct 09, 2014

RT @Shan_Berries: HEY Niner fans!!! MY NEW #NINERS music vid is OUT!!! PLEASE watch & SHARE my newest Niners video! >> http://t.co/Q6Vmhey2…

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