Name Your Price On Shopping App Compelation

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Browse products. Name your price. If the merchant accepts your bid, you automatically buy it. This is how Compelation is flipping the concept of ecommerce and giving consumers the power.

Normally, a merchant sets a sale price, and a buyer simply accepts or rejects it. That’s fast, but leads to tons of missed opportunities and a fundamental lack of transparency. Compelation wants to make sure consumers don’t overpay, while scoring data on price sensitivity for businesses. And with a pre-set demand curve, merchants can choose exactly how much revenue they want to earn or products they want to sell if they’re willing to drop the price low enough.

Compelation’s iOS app beta is normally invite-only, but it’s opening signups for the next 24 hours to let TechCrunch readers give it a try.

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Here’s how it works. You first tell Compelation a little about what you like to buy. I…

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The Martial Arts Of Customer Relationship Management

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After spending six years with startups in the Salesforce.com ecosystem, I’ve spent the last six months as an EIR at Foundation Capital. One of the things I hear repeatedly from entrepreneurs as they illustrate their startup’s potential is their plan to “disrupt Salesforce.”

Of course, Salesforce is still the one doing the bulk of the disrupting in the enterprise software industry (Exhibit A: their recent $55 billion buyout offer from Microsoft, and recent inclusion in the Fortune 500). And most startups will publicly talk about how they complement Salesforce, not compete with them. But Salesforce’s rapid expansion certainly leaves entrepreneurs thinking about its potential vulnerabilities. Direct attack is fruitless, so each startup attempts to apply leverage from a unique angle. Most of these attacks will fail, yet each provides new insight into opportunities in the CRM ecosystem.

Allow me to be your sensei as we walk through four…

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Trends | Education is Going Mobile

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Education is Going Mobile

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Mobile Learning Report Card

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Trends | Mobile Learning in the United States

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Trends | Mobile Learning in the United States

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IoT in Education

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Yet another example of how #IoT will change the way students experience their education

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Exploring the evolving potential for digital learning.

GUEST COLUMN | by Perry Correll

CREDIT XirrusYou simply can’t get away from the Internet of Things (IoT). Gartner predicts there will be 25 million connected “things” in use by 2020. The news sensationalizes the impact IoT will have on all of our lives and the “paradigm” shift it is generating – equal to, if not exceeding that of the Internet. But in reality, what truly matters is how this shift addresses our specific needs.

It is very easy to envision how IoT capabilities can be used in STEM programs, robotics and anything having to do with gathering specific data points.

IoT’s impact was originally seen in logistics and inventory management, then surveillance and tracking. These days, however, IoT can provide benefits to almost any market. One that is proving to be impactful is education. IoT technology is bolstering education to bring about an…

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