We're on the cusp of the most magical time of year; but beyond tidings of comfort and joy, the holiday season is also appropriately deemed the "Season of Stuff."
Most of us already have too much junk cluttering our homes, offices and desks — it can be overwhelming. It's easy to see how this stuff accumulates: We are constantly inundated with messages to buy, subscribe, sample and "Click Here!" Over time the accumulation of swag and such can get out of control. Cleaning house, however, can take a much-needed load off your mind during this stress-inducing holiday season.
In a world where most radio services use correlation algorithms to figure out what you want to hear, based on beats per minute and cadence and genre, without really thinking about the right rotation of new and old music. Thus, the stations you end up listening to the most become a bit stale.
But Mad Genius is different.
Between the roulette wheel and conference rooms named after virtual characters, FlowPlay’s new headquarters has game company written all over it.
The eight-year-old Seattle startup recently moved into new downtown digs just a few blocks from its old space, which was already one of the top offices in Pioneer Square.
Today Atari is unveiling Atari Jackpots, a new social casino game with its classic video game brands. The move is part of the reborn company’s strategy to use its powerful properties in modern titles on mobile, social, and online game platforms.
Atari’s current owners brought the venerable video game company out of bankruptcy last fall, and they began commissioning all sorts of games to bring back the glory of classic titles like Pong. Developed by Atari and Flowplay over the last nine months, Atari Jackpots includes brands such as Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest, Breakout, Lunar Lander, Gravitar, Crystal Castles, and others.
Last week news broke that enterprise team collaboration vendor Slack was in the midst of a funding round that was valuing the company at around $1 billion. A heady valuation for a young company. The reasons are clear, as innovation and agility become the key focuses for enterprises, many see a collaboration platform as an enabler for that agility. No matter that agility is much more about culture than it is technology – rolling out a collaboration platform is far easier than changing corporate culture is.
Given the massive attention in the space, it’s not surprising that other vendors are strongly chasing the enterprise dollar. Another player, Kato is launching Kato Enterprise, a scalable chat platform for large enterprises. The product is built upon Kato’s team product and, according to the company, they were planning on launching this in Q12015 – roughly 6 months after the launched Kato Teams – but they’ve been inundated with bigger companies looking for a platform that could allow for larger integration.
Atari announced on Tuesday a new online social game called Atari Jackpots, a casino-style platform that includes classic gambling games branded with vintage Atari titles such as Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, and Missile Command.
Using virtual currency--chips that can be earned by playing games or purchased with a credit card--players can access Atari-branded single and multiplayer games like slots, blackjack, video poker, solitaire, and bingo.
Ello garnered headlines — and more than a few eye rolls — last month when people finally took notice of the budding social network and its promise to keep advertising off its site.
Now Ello is making clear that its commitment to an ad-free existence is real.
The invitation-only start-up plans to announce on Thursday that it has reincorporated as a public benefit corporation whose very charter forbids the company from using ads or selling user data to make money.
Ello, the ad-free social network that promises users it will never sell their data, has raised $5.5 million in new venture funding, according to CEO Paul Budnitz.
The round was led by Foundry Group in Boulder, Colo., and comprises a number of additional institutional and individual investors, including another Boulder-based firm, Bullet Time Ventures.
Ello, the fledgling social network that has vowed not to run advertising, doubled down on that sentiment on Thursday by making itself a Public Benefit Corporation and putting the sentiment in its charter.
A PBC's charter can't be changed even if the company is bought and investors can't force the company to do something that goes against its charter. "It says that the co. exists for public benefit," says Paul Budnitz, CEO and co-founder of Ello. "No investor could ever force us to do those things." Other well-known PBCs include Patagonia, Warby Parker and King Arthur Flour.
Atari launched the latest version of what was one of its most beloved desktop games on Android this week with RollercCoaster Tycoon 4. The new game incorporates many of the features from the original desktop game— users build out their theme parks by creating rides and attractions while trying to attract new guests and keep parkgoers happy. The latest version of the game also has new social features that allow you to connect with friends and other users to share ideas. The free app is available on iOS, Android and in the Amazon Appstore.