Index Secures $19M Series B Funding Led by General Catalyst Partners to Bring the Advantages of

Index, a leading retail software company that brings measurement and personalization to the offline world, announced today that it has raised $19 million in Series B funding led by General Catalyst, along with Datalogix founder Rob Gierkink. The new capital will be used to accelerate Index’s deployment to grocery, apparel and quick-service retail environments; reach new customers across the U.S.; and grow its engineering, product and business teams.

Source: Index Secures $19M Series B Funding Led by General Catalyst Partners to Bring the Advantages of

Zenefits halves its previous valuation to $2B to head off investor lawsuits | TechCrunch

Zenefits is executing a change in its current ownership structure that will increase the overall ownership of the company for late-stage investors; it’s a move that revalues the company’s Series C round at $2 billion and looks to placate investor concerns over the company’s regulatory investigations.

Source: Zenefits halves its previous valuation to $2B to head off investor lawsuits | TechCrunch

Another on-demand app joins fight over your dirty laundry heats up in San Francisco – San Francisco Business Times

A franchise model for local, on-demand.

WashClub licensees are now operating in San Francisco and Oakland and it’s expected their pick-up and delivery of dry cleaning and wash-and-fold services will eventually be available throughout the greater Bay Area.

Source: Another on-demand app joins fight over your dirty laundry heats up in San Francisco – San Francisco Business Times

Americans stare at screens for more than 10 hours a day – UPI.com

The amount of time Americans spend interacting with media such as television, radio and internet-connected devices has grown significantly over the last year, according to a new survey.

Americans spend 10 hours and 39 minutes per day interacting with screens, or at least listening to the radio, according to a Nielsen survey covering the first quarter of 2016.

Source: Americans stare at screens for more than 10 hours a day – UPI.com

4 charts that prove that today’s 30-year-olds are NOT adults – MarketWatch

Maybe 30 is the new 20.

Data released this week from the Census Bureau show that 30-year-olds today — as compared to 30-years olds in 1975 — are less likely to have hit many of the milestones that have come to define adulthood. In 1974 three in four 30-year-olds had married, had a child, were not enrolled in school anymore and had lived on their own; in 2015, just one in three could say that.

Source: 4 charts that prove that today’s 30-year-olds are NOT adults – MarketWatch

More Bad News for Newspapers | The Nation

Since the Pew Research Center took over the extremely useful “State of the News Media” reports, the annual examination of industry trends has come to function like a doctor who reminds her patient that no matter how well he may feel, the cancer inside is spreading. The numbers this year, however, show a disease in the process of metastasizing. According to Pew, the circulation for daily newspapers, including digital readers, fell 7 percent last year, and advertising earnings among publicly traded companie

Source: More Bad News for Newspapers | The Nation

Is the cloud ready for small and mid-sized businesses? – 1&1 Blog

For too long, the focus has primarily been on the technology of cloud solutions rather than that of customer experience, customer needs and having an intuitive user interface. Because SMBs are often hesitant to adopt cloud services, it’s important to provide the simplest and most user-friendly solutions possible.

Source: Is the cloud ready for small and mid-sized businesses? – 1&1 Blog

Why Nest didn’t build Google’s competitor to the Amazon Echo – Recode

What happened to the consumer hardware arm of Google? It’s complicated.

Source: Why Nest didn’t build Google’s competitor to the Amazon Echo – Recode

Mappedin Raises $3.5 Million in Venture Financing after Growing Revenue by 500 Percent in 2015 | Business Wire

With the new funding and hires, Mappedin positions itself to meet the growing demand from premium malls, REITs, and retailers to drive search and discoverability of the indoors through digital wayfinding. In 2015, Mappedin grew revenue more than 500 percent and is currently forecasted to triple revenue by the end of 2016.

Source: Mappedin Raises $3.5 Million in Venture Financing after Growing Revenue by 500 Percent in 2015 | Business Wire

79% Would Take One-Hour Drone Package Delivery, 73% Would Pay For It 06/30/2016

The Future of Retail 2016 study, comprising a survey of 1,433 U.S. adults, found that 40% of consumers expect that they will receive their first package delivered by drone within the next two years.

And like many other aspects of the Internet of Things, service seems to be a driving factorIf it means receiving a package within one hour, 79% of consumers would choose drone delivery. Furthermore, 73% of consumers say they would pay up to $10 for drone delivery.

Source: 79% Would Take One-Hour Drone Package Delivery, 73% Would Pay For It 06/30/2016