• Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices November 22, 2017 5:59 pm
     French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn’t use Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK — the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. And the best part is that it doesn’t send anything to the cloud as it works offline. If you want to understand how a… Read More
    Romain Dillet
  • Minted rolls out an on-demand photography service for around $100 per session November 22, 2017 5:00 pm
     When you go through a big life event — say a milestone birthday for a parent or a wedding — there are probably going to be a lot of mini-events that happen before and after the big one. But you might not think to hire a professional photographer for them and stick with a couple phone cameras because it can be tough to find those photographers. So Minted, a company that’s… Read More
    Matthew Lynley
  • PacketZoom lands $5M Series A investment to speed up mobile apps November 22, 2017 12:53 pm
     PacketZoom, a startup that helps app developers speed up and optimize app delivery on mobile devices, announced a $5M Series A today. The round was led by Baseline Ventures with participation from First Round Capital, Tandem Capital and Arafura Ventures. Today’s investment brings the total raised to over $9M, according to Crunchbase. The company combines a content delivery network (CDN)… Read More
    Ron Miller
  • AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead November 22, 2017 1:57 am
     The story of AppLovin‘s acquisition has taken another turn. We first reported that the mobile ad startup was in acquisition talks in August of last year, and the announcement came a month later: AppLovin would sell a majority stake Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital. Today, however, CEO Adam Foroughi revealed that the deal is (sort of) off. Instead of an outright… Read More
    Anthony Ha
  • Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M November 21, 2017 11:14 pm
     As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there. TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana, maker of the Totem headset — which had rave reviews but never shipped. The deal was for around $30 million, two sources tell TechCrunch. We contacted Apple, and the… Read More
    Lucas Matney,Ingrid Lunden
  • ADAY aims to simplify your wardrobe with $2M in funding November 21, 2017 7:34 pm
     ADAY, a fresh entrant in the highly competitive world of direct-to-consumer fashion, has raised $2 million in new funding for its mission to simplify wardrobes with a line of durable, technical and chic womenswear. The company is the latest in an ever-expanding movement of startups that offer direct-to-consumer products for the fashion-conscious consumer. Read More
    Samantha Stein
  • Raden is betting sticker mania will stick in the physical world November 21, 2017 6:56 pm
     While smart suitcase startup Raden is inarguably a hardware company, they’ve decided to test the social waters by diving headfirst into the world of stickers. The company is launching a sticker store in their mobile app, which lets customers order physical stickers that once delivered can be can be affixed to their suitcases. The app lets you preview what the stickers will look like on… Read More
    Fitz Tepper
  • Shadow upgrades its cloud computer for gamers and opens signups to everyone November 21, 2017 5:57 pm
     French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, announced at a press conference that it is launching new offers, updating specifications and the ability to become a client and buy a subscription without any waiting list. Shadow is a gaming PC in the cloud for a monthly fee. The company has been running thousands of computers with an Intel Xeon processor and an Nvidia GTX 1070 in a data… Read More
    Romain Dillet
  • Teeth straightening startup Candid raises $15 million from Greycroft, Bessemer and others November 21, 2017 5:30 pm
     Candid, the dental startup that aims to straighten your teeth for less than the cost of braces and Invisalign, recently raised a $15 million Series A round led by Greycroft Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, e.ventures and some existing investors. The plan is to use the funding to beef up Candid’s operations and grow its customer base, the company said in a press release. Read More
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Company raises $347K ICO, vanishes November 21, 2017 4:30 pm
     A company called Confido raised a small ICO by selling special CFD designed to allow “safe and trustless cryptocurrency payments. According to ICODrops they raised their goal of about $400,000 and quickly disappeared, taking the cash with it. The site is currently a parked web server that points to nothing. The apparent founder and former eBay employee, Joost van Doorn, posted a message to… Read More
    John Biggs
  • Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has backed the U.K. challenger bank Monzo November 21, 2017 3:25 pm
     Monzo, one of a number of “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, is assembling quite an array of backers, many with a U.S. bent. Its most recent round, which gave the startup a £280 million post-money valuation, saw the likes of Goodwater Capital, Stripe, and Michael Moritz invest, and before that Thrive Capital became a backer. Now TechCrunch… Read More
    Steve O'Hear
  • Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music November 21, 2017 3:01 pm
     In October, Sonos launched the Sonos One, raising the bar on what is already the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio. The big new feature? An integrated microphone that added support for Amazon’s Alexa. However, there was one big caveat: While Alexa was integrated to control music services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Soundcloud and others, it was missing a major player in… Read More
    Jordan Crook
  • With Dabbl, you can earn gift cards for interacting with ads November 21, 2017 2:18 pm
     Dabbl is giving users a straightforward reason to interact with ads — the ads earn them money in the form of gift cards. For example, when I signed up for Dabbl this morning, I was presented with a menu of several different campaigns. The first one that I chose was from Oreo, where I answered a bunch of questions about how I feel and what I know about Oreo products. The whole thing… Read More
    Anthony Ha
  • Shujaa Delivery aims to compete with Aramax, DHL and others November 20, 2017 10:29 pm
    On-demand delivery is a coveted service in traffic-congested Nairobi. Enter Shujaa Delivery, a Nairobi-based door-to-door delivery and courier service for businesses that uses motorcycles instead of cars. Read More
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Scrivener writing app gets a huge update November 20, 2017 7:00 pm
     As ancient as the art of writing is, there is a bit of a shortage when it comes to truly excellent writing applications. Scrivener is one of the few, and today, the app has gotten a major update. Scrivener works for both professional writers and hobbyists, giving an assortment of options for whatever kind of writing suits you, from screenwriting to novels and beyond. The app also offers a… Read More
    Jordan Crook
  • DreamQuark beefs up financial services through artificial intelligence November 20, 2017 5:38 pm
     Meet DreamQuark, a French startup that wants to help banks, insurance companies and asset management firms with all of their artificial intelligence needs. DreamQuark crunches your data, creates models based on machine learning and lets you apply those models on all past and future data points. Many banks still rely on COBOL code to compute all sorts of financial operations. COBOL is a… Read More
    Romain Dillet
  • How to talk about cryptocurrency at the holiday dinner table November 20, 2017 5:09 pm
     You’re sitting down to a nice meal and your aunt, always one step ahead, mentions she wants to start investing in Bitcoin. You freeze, a drip of gravy plopping off the ladle. It’s your time to shine. You got this. First, you know that the state of crypto is very, very good. This has been a banner year for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin rose from $738 a year ago to $8220 as of this year.… Read More
    John Biggs
  • Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool November 20, 2017 1:06 pm
     In a time where every startup seems to be using machine learning to sift through massive amounts of data, Scalyr is a cloud-based service that is taking a different approach. It has built a tool the founder claims can sort through massive amounts of log data at lightning speed when compared to conventional logging tools — and it doesn’t require machine learning to make it… Read More
    Ron Miller
  • Monzo’s latest round included £11M in secondary as founding employees partly cash in November 20, 2017 9:00 am
     Earlier this month, U.K.-based challenger bank Monzo announced that it had raised a further £71 million in a round led by Goodwater Capital, giving the startup a post-money valuation of £280 million. However, what wasn’t reported at the time was that the round included £11 million in secondary investment, meaning that only £60 million entered the company’s balance sheet and… Read More
    Steve O'Hear
  • Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov November 20, 2017 12:01 am
     Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets. The media company is partnering with French startup Molotov so that French viewers can watch Cheddar from all their devices. Cheddar first launched 18 months ago. Unlike many new media companies, the startup has been focusing on live… Read More
    Romain Dillet

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