Co.Lab Accelerator Gives Its First Class a Lesson in Pitching Educational Games

The nonprofit partnership between Zynga.org and the NewSchools Venture Fund welcomes its first class.
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AOL Hires Associated Content’s Luke Beatty in Key Strategy Role

The reunion of college roommates is on.
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Samsung’s David Eun Talks About New Silicon Valley Accelerator (Video)

The Korean consumer electronics giant moves into the tech center in a big way.
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Media Matters to Startups at Matter Demo Day

Graduation day for the inaugural class of San Francisco media accelerator Matter featured six startups pitching products to major venture capital firms and angels.
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GE Ventures Officially Opens for Business in Silicon Valley (Video)

Apparently, they also bring good Internet of things to light.
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Edtech Startups at Imagine K12 Now Get $100,000 Each

Imagine K12, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup accelerator that focuses on education technology, is adopting a precedent from Y Combinator (with which it shares some partners, advisers and backers) to give participating startups $80,000 in convertible debt (in addition to about $20,000 in investment) so they can better build and test their ideas. The program offers rolling admissions.

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Matter Accelerator Announces First Class of Media Startups

Matter, an accelerator centered around for-profit media entrepreneurship, announced today the first six startups that will receive a $50,000 investment and three months of mentorship in San Francisco. The startups are: YouTube analytics platform ChannelMeter, news discovery app InkFold, citizen watchdog-journalism project OpenWatch, text-to-audio newsreader SpokenLayer, video playlist builder/broadcaster Station Creator, and “interactive storytelling” project Zeega. Matter’s partners and backers include the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX. Its CEO, Corey Ford, spoke with AllThingsD in December about those partners and the accelerator’s goals.

David Eun Explains Samsung’s Silicon Valley Invasion

Samsung makes a wide variety of devices — smartphones, televisions, refrigerators. What happens when you connect them all together?
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Setting Up Shop in the Valley and NYC, Samsung Aims to Boost Its Software Side

Samsung’s new open-innovation center aims to court precious developers.
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i/o Ventures Sets Up Shop in Hollywood