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Rip Empson

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I'm just your average guy named Rip. Former writer/head janitor @TechCrunch, VC-er @Morgenthaler_V / @CanvasVC

Tinder: Finding Traction On Campuses, IAC’s New Dating App Makes It Easy To Break The Ice — Regardless of what you think about digital dating sites, they encourage us to close our computers and get out there and meet new people. In short, they bring people together. The problem is, of course, that there are infinite variations on social and mobile dating, from compatibility engines and social, Facebook-based platforms to game-ified bracelets and live video dating.

Travis Kalanick: Uber Raised $37M In Its Latest Round, Not $32M — Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took the stage to discuss the state of the disruptive limo and taxi startup and its prospects for the future. Kalanick spoke about the difficulties expanding into new cities, resistance from taxi unions, regulation and the growing competition from pink-mustache-wearing competition, like Lyft.

ScaleBase Lands $10.5M To Help Mozilla, AppDynamics & Others Scale Their Databases — ScaleBase, a Newton, Mass.-based startup that helps companies keep fast-scaling databases up-and-running, today announced that it has landed $10.5 million in series B funding, led by Bain Capital Ventures and Ascent Venture Partners, with participation from its existing investor, Cedar Fund.

Your Photos As Stories: Tracks Goes After The ‘Experience Graph’ With New iOS App — In May, a startup named Tracks debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC offering a photo sharing app that enables users to turn their images into stories. As MG wrote in our profile of Tracks at the time, Tracks offers a similar photo cluster experience to Color's first app (which has since fizzled out) - except "it's much, much easier to understand".

Augme Technologies To Acquire Mobile Ad Firm Hipcricket For $44.5 Million — Mobile marketing service, Augme Technologies, today announced that it will be acquiring Hipcricket, a mobile marketing and advertising platform for $44.5 million - $6 million of which is in cash and $38.5 million in common stock.

Gaming Industry Report: M&A Hits $4B Record In 2012, While Social Gaming Investment Plummets By $1B+ — Today, international investment firm Digi-Capital published its in-depth review of the global gaming space, giving us a sense of the size, breadth, and activity of the international gaming market in both a year-end retrospective of 2012 as well as what we can expect from the industry in the coming year.

Twitter Buys TweetDeck For $40 Million — Word has been circulating for weeks now that Twitter was soon to be swooping up the popular third-party app, TweetDeck. In early May, Mike Arrington reported that the deal was as good as done, but the two companies were not yet willing to publicly release the numbers.

Upshift Launches To Bring Scalable Sales Engines To Startups, And Help Engineer Growth — If today isn't your first day in the tech industry (or reading TechCrunch), then you're likely familiar with the rise of the accelerator program, a phenomenon that has swept through Startup Land like wildfire over the last five years.

Three Classes In, Is Raising A New Fund With Plans To Incubate 100 Bitcoin Startups By 2016 — Adam Draper and Brayton Williams launched in 2012 at a time when the accelerator market was beginning to burst at the seams with new entrants - some would say it was nearing saturation. In an effort to differentiate their approach and attract quality startups amidst the growing noise in Accelerator Land, the Boost founders decided to put a premium on experimentation.

In 18K Schools And Counting, Clever Confirms $10.3M Raise From Sequoia, Paul Graham, As It Looks To Build The Next Big Learning Platform — Clever launched out of Y Combinator in 2012 on a mission to help K-12 schools unlock student data, keep it up to date and safely share that data with developers. In other words, Clever's technology enables schools to make student data more accessible and, in turn, help developers reduce the amount of work they have to do to build killer applications from that data and deliver it back to schools.
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May 02, 2014

RT @davepell: Sometimes getting an "Exclusive" just means that no one else was interested.

May 02, 2014

"how many secrets exist in our world is roughly equivalent to how many startups people should start" -- P. Thiel 

May 01, 2014

@KdGariSalvarita Try tips[at]techcrunch first. DM me, and Ill try to help.

May 01, 2014

@ksparkles Absolutely! Just say the word. I'm now in the business of buying people Frescas. Just say the word! Im rip.empson[at]gmail ...

May 01, 2014

@imJeremyR Thank you my friend! Really appreciate it. Hope all be well with you!

Apr 25, 2014

@MelkiSch @Bensign Hey Melchior, I'd love to hear more about, but just so you know, I'm no longer writing for TC... :)

Apr 25, 2014

@ksparkles I'm not dead! :) I'll still be here, so keep in touch now ya hear

Apr 25, 2014

@ksparkles Haha thanks Krista. Had to keep it REAL. And don't worry, while I will be taking a break from writing posts that are way too long

Apr 25, 2014

@KdGariSalvarita Hey Kim, sorry for the slow reply, but actually not writing for TC anymore, sorry!

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