Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 16, 2011.

Update #24

Got some cool news, an important survey and the chance to win a delicious meal!

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Hi Kickstarters!

Its been a while and we thought this would be a good opportunity to let you know what we've been up to. For Newsgrape, the past couple of weeks have been amazing!

First we've been featured on TheNextWeb, then we went to the Pioneer Festival and made hundreds of new friends. And now we have started the development of a revolutionary new tool that will make the lives of countless of bloggers easier. We also started a major survey where you can win a delicious meal, but more about that later.

We’ve already made a few small changes to the site

  • The "related articles" have been revised and now display a couple of articles of the original author. 
  • The landing page has been polished for non-registered visitors. 
  • The stream has a new filter view called "Commented", so you can see where discussions are happening. 
  • A lot of bugs and usability problems have been fixed.

Take part in the big decisions (+ Contest!)

We have partnered up with students from the University of Vienna and created a survey to capture the state of the blogosphere and your suggestions and problems. This questionnaire will have a major influence on what will focus on during the coming months! 

Since we have found that people hate surveys and will rather spend their time watching cat videos, we are offering the chance to win a $150 voucher for a "nearly-luxury-but-at-any-case-delicious" food of your choice.

Take your girl- / boyfriend out to a nice dinner in town or cook something - the only thing we care about is that you send us a picture of the meal you chose.

So, here's where you can find the survey! And we promise, it won't take longer than 10 Minutes.

Greetings from Vienna to all the writers and readers out there!

Felix and Leo

P.s.: It would be really awesome if you'd share this questionnaire with all your blogging friends! 

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Update #23

Time to reveal the next steps :)

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Dear Friends,

It has been a long time since our last update. The reason for this wasn't that we stopped working on Newsgrape, but rather that we spent the past five months developing what will be our largest leap forward yet.

To be more precise, we've been working on the next phase of the project: A semantic extraction based news reader/crawler, with the aim to deliver a diverse media perspective and change the blogging infrastructure, using an innovative plug-in that allows bloggers to synchronize their content directly with Newsgrape. All of this contributes towards creating a perfect news portal and making reading and discussing news more fun.

During the past months, we've also closed our first actual seed investment round, enabling us to shift gear, increase our team and server architecture and dig into creating awesome software with new and increased efforts.

Last but not least, Leo is about to move to San Francisco for thee months, starting Thursday, to smoothen the launch and our US market entry. Needless to say, if you know any cool people in the Bay Area, Leo would be very grateful for introductions!

If you are interested in a more thorough update, please have a look at this Development Update in English or German!

All the best, 

Felix, Leo, Bernhard, Luis and many more

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Update #22

Newsgrape - The smallest Blog on the Web

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Dear Supporters, 

Today we'd like to present to you a new feature called the "Embeddable Reader", the smallest publishing tool on the web and the easiest way to add content to your websites. 

All of this to make publishing with Newsgrape even more attractive. Check out this post for more details, or read the German version

Comment, to let us know what you think ;-)

We wish you a lot of fun using Newsgrape, 

Your Newsgrape Crew 

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Update #21

Newsgrape Development Update 11.10.11 | New Search and New Design

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Dear Newsgrape Community, 

Let's have a look at the recent upgrade: Some great new features (Live Search!) and a much cleaner interface with less subpages. Check out the Development Update for more details ;-)

What do you think? 

Let us know in the comments or via hallo@newsgrape.com! 

Best wishes from Vienna, 

Yours,

Felix, Leo and the entire Newsgrape Crew 


Update #20

Newsgrape Development Update, 20.09.2011 : European Startup Festival

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Dear Supporters, 

Three months after the launch of the Open Beta Newsgrape is running stable and for the biggest part bug free. We have used the time to implement a number of small improvements in terms of usability, to include a feedback forum,  develop the Promoter, and to improve the efficiency and speed of our server infrastructure considerably - thats something probably everyone has already recognized :)

During the past few weeks, however, it was a bit quiet in terms of new features. The reason: Our participation in the Startup Week 2011 Challenge, where many hundreds of startups from dozens of countries competed for a place on the stage of the European Startup Festival.

Now it's official: Newsgrape is one of the 50 startups that gets to present between the 3rd and 7th of October. And we have though of something special that we're still working on like crazy.

The Startup Week will be held in Vienna and offers a series of focusevents, a great opportunity for everyone to experience new things and expand one's own horizon. "From Dream to Startup" organized by the Dream Academia, on Tuesday, the 4th October in Sektor5 is most certainly worth visiting. 

And anyone thinking globally, who has taken an interest in India should visit "The Indian Startup Ecosystem", by Stefan Mey and Wolfgang Bergthaler, but there's also a Techbrunch by Techcrunch, a Facebook Hackathon and much more .

In the heart of the matter:

"A five-day conference with focus on startups from Central and Eastern Europe on stage. Europe's 50 most innovative startups present their business idea Backstage a top investor panel picks the top ten festival feeling with 12 focus. events and 70 internationally-star speakers. "

It is our great pleasure to be able to be part of this conference. At the same time it poses a great challenge and a lot of responsibility, the audience does come from all over the world!

Everyone who is interested still has the opportunity to get one of the last tickets to the conference, otherwise you can still come to the focusevents - who knows, maybe we'll meet up at the brunch? :)

P.s.: You can visit the original post here, and in German.

Best wishes and a lot of fun,

You Newsgrape Team

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