• Airobotics makes autonomous drones in a box July 16, 2018 4:34 pm
    Not far from Tel Aviv a drone flies low over a gritty landscape of warehouses and broken pavement. It slowly approaches its home – a refrigerator-sized box inside a mesh fence, and hovers, preparing to dock. It descends like some giant bug, whining all the way, and disappears into its base where it will be […]
    TC Video
  • Kapwing is Adobe for the meme generation July 16, 2018 4:06 pm
    Need to resize a video for IGTV? Add subtitles for Twitter? Throw in sound effects for YouTube? Or collage it with other clips for the Instagram feed? Kapwing lets you do all that and more for free from a mobile browser or website. This scrappy new startup is building the vertical video era’s creative suite […]
    Josh Constine
  • Fastly raises another $40 million before an IPO July 16, 2018 4:01 pm
    Last round before the IPO. That’s how Fastly frames its new $40 million Series F round. It means that the company has raised $219 million over the past few years. The funding round was led by Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners with participation from Sozo Ventures, Swisscom Ventures, and existing investors. Fastly operates a content delivery […]
    Romain Dillet
  • Proportunity offers ‘help to buy’ loans based on predicting future house prices July 16, 2018 9:32 am
    Proportunity, a London-based startup and Entrepreneur First alumni, wants to help first time buyers get on the property ladder earlier or purchase a home more to their liking. The company, which recently became an FCA authorised mortgage lender, claims to use machine learning to accurately forecast future house prices and the areas of London that […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Furniture startups skip the showroom and go straight to your door July 14, 2018 6:00 pm
    Startups making delivery and transport easier than ever are a hit with venture capitalists, so it’s not a surprise that young tech companies delivering home staples — living room sets, dining room tables, couches and more — are raising big dollars.
    Alex Wilhelm
  • Chowly is raising $5.8 million to help restaurants manage on-demand delivery orders July 13, 2018 7:24 pm
    Chowly, a point-of-sale system for restaurants, has raised nearly $4.7 million, according to an SEC filing. The company is targeting a total raise of $5.8 million. The round is led by MATH Venture Partners with participation from Valor Equity, Chicago Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners and others. Chowly had previously raised just $700,000 from MATH Venture […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Chad Rigetti to talk quantum computing at Disrupt SF July 13, 2018 4:41 pm
    Even for the long-standing giants of the tech industry, quantum computing is one of the most complicated subjects to tackle. So how does a five-year old startup compete? Chad Rigetti, the namesake founder of Rigetti Computing, will join us at Disrupt SF 2018 to help us break it all down. Rigetti’s approach to quantum computing […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Emptor looks to help companies more easily find contractors in the area July 13, 2018 3:00 pm
    For any company looking to spin up some kind of operation in a new region, one of the first steps may be finding contractors in the area that can actually get the work started — but, especially as companies drift farther from cities, that can increasingly become a nightmare that’s quite familiar to Matt Velker. […]
    Matthew Lynley
  • Instacart taps Postmates to help with deliveries in SF during peak demand July 13, 2018 2:41 pm
    Instacart has tapped Postmates to offer better delivery services during peak hours in a San Francisco pilot. While Instacart will still handle all the shopping for its customers, it will hand off some deliveries to Postmates at times when there is high demand on the Instacart platform. Postmates, obviously, has offered delivery-as-a-service for merchants and […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Guru announces new AI and Sync features for knowledge sharing platform July 13, 2018 12:00 pm
    It’s one thing to have a great business idea, but connecting all of the disparate pieces of information and people needed to build it can be a frustrating growing pain — and one that the internal knowledge sharing company Guru is trying to fix. Guru launched in 2015 as a Chrome extension to help revenue […]
    Sarah Wells
  • Headout lands $10M Series A to help tourists book last-minute outings July 13, 2018 11:53 am
    Imagine being in a new city with a few hours to kill, but no idea what to do. Headout is a travel app that enables tourists to book outings at very short notice, in most cases on the same day. The startup announced today that it’s raised a $10 million Series A led by returning […]
    Catherine Shu
  • Octi raises $7.5M to create augmented reality that understands human movement July 12, 2018 11:19 pm
    The team at Octi says it’s building a crucial piece of the augmented reality puzzle — the ability to understand the human body and its movement. Co-founder and CEO Justin Fuisz told me that most existing AR technologies (including Apple’s ARKit) tend to be “plane-based” — in other words, while they can make something cool […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Robinhood CEO Baiju Bhatt to talk fintech at Disrupt SF July 12, 2018 8:58 pm
    Robinhood has gone from being a little consumer-facing fintech app to an absolutely giant consumer-facing fintech app. The company, which launched in 2013, has ballooned to a $5.6 billion valuation on the heels of a $363 million Series D financing round led by DST Global. The app has also grown to 5 million users, as […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Ransomware technique uses your real passwords to trick you July 12, 2018 7:52 pm
    A few folks have reported a new ransomware technique that preys upon corporate inability to keep passwords safe. The notes – which are usually aimed at instilling fear – are simple: the hacker says “I know that your password is X. Give me a bitcoin and I won’t blackmail you.” Programmer Can Duruk reported getting […]
    John Biggs
  • As product development incorporates more feedback, development toolkit productboard raises $8M July 12, 2018 7:34 pm
    Since its debut on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage in September 2016, demand for a service like productboard, which gives companies a holistic view of product development and encourages input from across an organization, has only gotten more acute, according to company chief executive Hubert Palan. Now, with an $8 million commitment from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Japanese startup Paidy raises $55M Series C to let people shop online without a credit card July 12, 2018 1:12 pm
    Paidy, a fintech startup that enables Japanese consumers to shop online without using a credit card, announced today that it has raised a $55 million Series C. The round was led by Japanese trade conglomerate Itochu Corporation, with participation from Goldman Sachs. The Tokyo-based startup says this brings its total funding so far to $80 […]
    Catherine Shu
  • Spring Health raises $6M to help employees get access to personalized mental health treatment July 12, 2018 1:00 pm
    In recent months, we’ve seen more and more funding flowing into tools for mental wellness — whether that’s AI-driven tools to help patients find help to meditation apps — and it seems like that trend is starting to pick up even more steam as smaller companies are grabbing the attention of investors. There’s another one […]
    Matthew Lynley
  • Intelligent recruiting platform Greenhouse picks up another $50M July 12, 2018 11:00 am
    Finding the right talent is a make-or-break situation for any company — especially smaller ones, which might not have the robust tools (or pocket books) of larger companies like Google that have a complete system in place. Recruiting platform Greenhouse hopes to make that process a little bit easier, and it has caught the attention […]
    Matthew Lynley
  • Meero raises $45 million for its on-demand photography service July 12, 2018 10:07 am
    Have you ever wondered why photos on Airbnb, UberEats and your favorite hotel platform always look so good? French startup Meero has been working on a marketplace and AI-powered technology to make it easy to get good photos of products and places. The company has raised a new $45 million round led by Alven Capital […]
    Romain Dillet
  • Pointy raises $12M Series B to help bricks and mortar retailers fight Amazon July 12, 2018 7:00 am
    Pointy​,​ the​ ​startup​ ​that​ offers tech to help ​bricks and mortar​ ​retailers, put their stock online so that it can be discovered via search engines, has picked up $12 million in new funding. The Series B round is led by Polaris Partners and Vulcan Capital, and brings total funding for the Irish company to $19 […]
    Steve O'Hear