• Molotov creates a VR coffee shop to watch TV together December 11, 2018 8:10 am
    French startup Molotov is slowly becoming the leading platform to stream TV in France. With a single account, you can watch TV on your phone, tablet, computer and set-top box. The company is about to release a VR app that lets you watch TV using a virtual reality headset — but there’s a twist. The […]
    Romain Dillet
  • HypeHop is a product to fix sponsored videos December 10, 2018 10:08 pm
    I’ve been thinking hard about the concept of sponsored content — you can find some of it on TechCrunch if you look hard enough, and it appears almost everywhere else. It’s an important consideration, because as an online journalist I’ve heard everything from “How much did Apple pay you to post this?” to “How much […]
    John Biggs
  • SoftBank invests in parking startup ParkJockey pushing valuation to $1 billion December 10, 2018 9:33 pm
    SoftBank continues to invest in the future of transportation — this time in ParkJockey, a startup that has built a technology platform aimed at monetizing parking lots. And ParkJockey, which was founded in 2013, is already using that capital to scale up. Along with the SoftBank investment news, ParkJockey also announced that it was acquiring two […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • CTRL-labs’ first dev kit is a gesture-tracking neural controller December 10, 2018 8:25 pm
    The race to replace the mouse and keyboard has yielded a lot of weird tech, but as various hardware startups try to find the missing link between what we have now and some sort of embedded brain chip, we’re seeing some fascinating solutions surface. New York-based CTRL-labs just announced its first developer kit that’s aiming to […]
    Lucas Matney
  • AR startup Blippar in danger of becoming a blip as shareholders fight over future funding December 10, 2018 6:38 pm
    Blippar, the U.K.-based AR startup that raised more than $130 million, may be nearing the end of the road. The company has been burning through cash in a bid to pivot in search of a profitable AR business model, and now shareholders are in dispute over whether to throw Blippar any more money to aid […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Solo.io raises $11M to help enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies December 10, 2018 4:00 pm
    Solo.io, a Cambridge, Mass-based startup that helps enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies, is coming out of stealth mode today and announcing both its Series A funding round and the launch of its Gloo Enterprise API gateway. Redpoint Ventures led the $11 million Series A round, with participation from seed investor True Ventures . Like most companies […]
    Frederic Lardinois
  • Q&A with Diversity VC’s Check Warner on newly launched Diversity & Inclusion guide for tech companies December 10, 2018 3:56 pm
    If the last few years has seen a growing consensus that the tech industry has a diversity and inclusion problem, then what is clearly needed next are practical solutions. While most people agree that building a diverse and inclusive company culture is easier to achieve the earlier you set out to do so, for startups […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Let’s meet in Poland next week December 10, 2018 3:48 pm
    I’m heading back to Europe to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? The Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen. The winner will receive a table at TC Disrupt in San Francisco. […]
    John Biggs
  • How Uber will become an ad company, starting with Eats Pool December 10, 2018 3:14 pm
    Where there is discovery in an app, there is paid discovery. Google helped you choose between links, then sold ads that promote a few. Facebook helped you choose between pieces of content, then sold ads that promote a few. And eventually, as Uber helps you choose between restaurants, it will sell ads that promote a […]
    Josh Constine
  • Verve, the word-of-mouth selling platform, acquires Campus Vacations for $7M December 10, 2018 2:13 pm
    Verve, the word-of-mouth selling platform, has acquired Campus Vacations, a provider of “unforgettable” travel experiences to students across North America. The thinking behind the acquisition is to increase Verve’s market share and competitive positioning in the North America and Canada markets. Specifically, Verve says it will provide the company with an entrance into the ski […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Waggel launches ‘fully digital’ pet insurance December 10, 2018 9:00 am
    Waggel, a new “insurtech” startup in the U.K., is officially launching today to offer what it describes as “fully digital” pet insurance. Founded by Andrew Leal and Ross Fretten (a contestant of The Apprentice 2017), the company wants to offer more transparent coverage for your pet, where you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying and […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service December 10, 2018 5:30 am
    Nigerian consumer data analytics firm Terragon Group acquired Asian mobile marketing company Bizense in a cash and stock deal. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Why you need a supercomputer to build a house December 8, 2018 6:38 pm
    When the hell did building a house become so complicated? Don’t let the folks on HGTV fool you. The process of building a home nowadays is incredibly painful. Just applying for the necessary permits can be a soul-crushing undertaking that’ll have you running around the city, filling out useless forms, and waiting in motionless lines […]
    Arman Tabatabai
  • 2 Milly files a lawsuit against Fortnite maker Epic Games over dance move December 7, 2018 3:40 pm
    Rapper 2 Milly is suing Epic Games over Fortnite’s use of his dance move, the Milly Rock. The lawsuit claims direct infringement of copyright, contributory infringement of copyright and violation of the Right of Publicity under California Common Law, among other things. From the filing: Defendants capitalized on the Milly Rock’s popularity, particularly with its […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 raises $6M, expands in Africa December 7, 2018 2:05 pm
    Nigerian trucking logistics startup Kobo360 has raised $6 million to upgrade its platform and expand operations to Ghana, Togo and Cote D’Ivoire.
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Let’s meet in Poland this month December 6, 2018 7:42 pm
    I’m heading back to Europe to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? The Wrocwal event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen to pitch. The winner will receive a table at TC Disrupt in […]
    John Biggs
  • Contentful raises $33.5M for its headless CMS platform December 6, 2018 5:58 pm
    Contentful, a Berlin- and San Francisco-based startup that provides content management infrastructure for companies like Spotify, Nike, Lyft and others, today announced that it has raised a $33.5 million Series D funding round led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from OMERS Ventures and Salesforce Ventures, as well as existing investors General Catalyst, Benchmark, Balderton Capital and Hercules. In […]
    Frederic Lardinois
  • Rideshare advertising startup Firefly launches with $21.5M in funding December 6, 2018 5:15 pm
    Firefly, a startup that allows rideshare drivers to make money through digital advertising, is officially launching today. It’s also announced that it has raised $21.5 million in seed funding. The idea of sticking advertising on a cab isn’t new, but Firefly offers drivers what it calls a “digital smart screen,” allowing advertisers to run targeted, […]
    Anthony Ha
  • How France wants to become a tech giant December 6, 2018 4:21 pm
    Around 40 partners of venture capital firms, as well as limited partners, came to Paris to talk about tech in France, from Andreessen Horowitz to Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures and more. The two-day roadshow took place at Station F, the Vision Institute, iBionext and the Elysée Palace. I grew up in France and it always […]
    Romain Dillet
  • The trust dilemma of continuous background checks December 6, 2018 4:15 pm
    First, background checks at startups, then Huawei’s finance chief is arrested, SoftBank’s IPO is subscribed and I am about to record our next edition of TechCrunch Equity. It’s Thursday, December 6, 2018. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author […]
    Danny Crichton