The startup called Square is bringing a celebrity sports name to its board of directors. Former basketball player Magic Johnson will sit on the board of directors for Square starting in the summertime. It is not the first time Earvin “Magic” Johnson has been involved in businesses; you might even call him a leader in it. He is more than solely an NBA star.
If you like BuzzFeed but dislike having to wade through silly quizzes to get to its hard-hitting news articles, then you’ll like its new news app. The app is called BuzzFeed News. Okay, so it’s not that original of a title but it gets to the point. The app will solely be about news stories. No listicles here. It is an iOS application. It is more serious than the original BuzzFeed site with its pop culture content and quizzes for users.
On-demand delivery is a booming area for startups, and the latest one to emerge is Routific, which started officially this week. The new startup is not looking to be the next Uber out there but instead to provide the technology for businesses to use for their delivery services. It aims to help small-sized companies.
Do you remember Sean Parker? He was the teen that changed the face of the music industry. Yes, he was the co-founder of Napster. Now Parker is back, this time with a political-centered app. It is called Brigade. The application provides a simple way to give your political stance. Parker helped develop the app, along with Matt Mahan, an engineering team and product talent specialists. The work behind the scenes has been going on for about a year. Mahan is the former CEO and president of Causes.
The startup called Are You a Human has received $4.2 million in funding. That money will be put toward managing the bots that are causing Internet issues. Detroit Venture Partners were the leaders in the Series A round. Some of the organizations involved were Foundry Group Angles, NCT Ventures, and MDC Dream Ventures.