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Stensul’s Coming Out Party

Just over two years ago, I sat down with Noah Dinkin, founder Noah Hi Res Headshotand CEO of New York-based start-up Stensul, to talk about the changing face of email marketing. Stensul's offices were about two minutes' walk from DMN HQ, but... more

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Email Marketing Design — “The Land That Time Forgot”

As a venture investor, you have to get lucky from time to time to back a category defining player. Sometimes you bet on the right market trend at the right time, with the right team behind it. Sometimes the strategic stars align and a particular... more

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New funding propels Universe website development app for iPhone

As social media sites grow more massive and all-encompassing, one startup is looking to bring back the friendly customization of Myspace to a new generation of users looking to define their online presence in a unique way. Universe is a mobile-based... more

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Stensul raises $7M to make email creation easier for marketers

Email marketing startup Stensul is announcing that it has raised $7 million. Stensul spun out of founder and CEO Noah Dinkin’s previous company FanBridge. Dinkin explained via email that the startup isn’t competing with the big email service... more

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Personal finance startup SmartAsset raises $28M

TechCrunch first wrote about SmartAsset nearly six years ago, when it launched its first product, a tool allowing prospective homebuyers to analyze the rent vs. buy decision and to see what kind of home they could actually afford. According to... more

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The Tortoise and the Ride Share

There is no doubt that there is an evolution happening in how people get around, from new technologies like autonomous and electric vehicles to the massive growth of ride-sharing. It seems that disruption to a mature industry is happening right... more

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Former Tesla VP O’Connell joins Fair

Former Tesla vice president Diarmuid O’Connell is now a key executive at another company on the forefront of automotive innovation. O’Connell, who was Tesla’s vice president of business development for 11 years before leaving the company last... more

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Thumbtack Transforms How Customers Shop for Local Services With Instant Results

Today, Thumbtack is announcing a new customer experience called Instant Results, providing a real-time experience to customers never before available in local services. Leveraging data from hundreds of thousands of local services professionals... more

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