Wow, Clinkle Didn't Die Before Launching

Sam Biddle · 09/23/14 04:33PM

Today, after three years and enough gaffes to keep food on my plate, Clinkle released a single thing to the public. Like some long, long journey to the frontier, the people we are upon arrival don't really resemble who we were when we departed.

Clinkle CEO's Statement On Apple Pay Reads Like a Eulogy

Nitasha Tiku · 09/09/14 07:15PM

One of the many gospels Apple delivered to tech bloggers today was Apple Pay. It's a magical sounding mobile payments system that will use near field communication (NFC) to let users pay for things in front of them through their phone. The magic might be lost on child CEO Lucas Duplan, who raised more than $30 million for Clinkle by telling venture capitalists he could do the same thing. He has not.

Clinkle Made a Pop Music Video About a Hackathon

Nitasha Tiku · 08/22/14 07:50PM

If coders are the new rockstars, then hackathons (marathon coding sessions to experiment with software) are a natural setting for a music video. A millennial CEO like Lucas Duplan gets that, which is the $30 million Stanford sob story is lifting its spirits through power of song.

Clinkle Leaves Its Office

Sam Biddle · 08/04/14 01:28PM

It's fine for a startup with $30 million in venture capital to not actually have a product—but what if it doesn't have an office, either? A tipster tells us Clinkle, the software disaster that keeps on disaster-ing, just fled its SF headquarters.

Clinkle Now Paying People to Use Clinkle

Sam Biddle · 06/19/14 10:13AM

Clinkle was supposed to be an app that used sound waves to make purchases from your phone. Now, it's some sort of vague (and vaguely sad) debit card—and based on this leaked email, the startup has to bribe people to use it.

Nitasha Tiku · 03/05/14 04:03PM

Startup Gets Hacked, Revealing Child CEO Posing with Cash

Sam Biddle · 01/31/14 05:00AM

Clinkle was supposed to be the mobile payments app of the future, but so far, all it's been able to create is horrible headlines about itself and its hated 22-year-old founder. Like clockwork, Clinkle just got hacked, and revealed this endearing photo of Stanford star and CEO Lucas Duplan.

Stanford Mole Blows Clinkle's $25 Million Secret

Sam Biddle · 09/30/13 01:48PM

Ask the brassy Stanford CS department about Clinkle, the student project that's taken $25 million in venture capital and produced nothing but a video, and they'll tell you they hate it. They hate it enough, apparently, to show the world what it looks like: