• ipsy launches its beauty product e-commerce business Shopper as hit hits 3M subscribers September 21, 2017 7:00 pm
     ipsy, a subscription service that delivers a collection of products to its users every month, has spent the last six years building up a community with millions of people obsessed with beauty products. And now that the company has more than 3 million subscribers — with a $10 per month subscription cost — it’s ready to get a little bit more aggressive by getting directly… Read More
    Matthew Lynley
  • Freight startup Flexport soars from ‘unsexy’ to $800M valuation September 21, 2017 5:37 pm
     Flexport handles the boring logistics of a trillion-dollar business: the transport of shipping containers around the world. Because the work of freight forwarding seemed so bland, it was long ignored by the tech world. But digitizing the paperwork let Flexport speed up shipping so clients keep less inventory on hand while never running out. Read More
    Josh Constine,Katie Roof
  • Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix September 21, 2017 3:16 pm
     There’s a new CEO at TodayTix, though he’s definitely not new to the company — Chairman Brian Fenty is becoming chief executive, while his co-founder (and the previous CEO) Merritt Baer is becoming the Head of Europe. TodayTix sells theater tickets in cities across the United States (including New York, Chicago and San Francisco), but its European presence is currently limited… Read More
    Anthony Ha
  • London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures closes new $95M fund September 21, 2017 2:58 pm
     London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures, which counts Deliveroo and Showpad in its portfolio, has closed a new $95 million fund to invest in tech startups at the “late Seed and Series A” stage. Read More
    Steve O'Hear
  • Pinterest opens up more than 5,000 interests for advertiser targeting through its Taste Graph September 21, 2017 2:00 pm
     Pinterest builds itself around visual discovery — the idea that you can come to the site or app, see something you like, and immediately dive down a rabbit hole. The company has built an extensive suite of tools internally to figure out which rabbit hole to divert users to, and now it’s opening up some of that knowledge to advertisers. Pinterest said today that it’s… Read More
    Matthew Lynley
  • Zenefits tries a rebrand and hands off insurance brokerage September 21, 2017 12:00 pm
     Zenefits co-founder Parker Conrad was shown the door in February last year, paving the way for then-COO David Sacks to take over the company and try to turn it around. After about a year of working on that, Sacks stepped back and brought in Jay Fulcher as its new CEO, the former CEO of Ooyala and Agile Software. Since then, Fulcher has been taking a heat test on the company and the brand,… Read More
    Matthew Lynley
  • DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5M Series A September 21, 2017 7:00 am
     DogBuddy, a pan-European online marketplace for dog sitting, has closed €5 million in Series A funding, money it plans for further expansion. Backing the London-headquartered startup in this round is existing investor Sweet Capital, the investment fund started by the founders of King.com, and a number of new unnamed private investors. It brings total raised by DogBuddy to €10 million. Read More
    Steve O'Hear
  • Pointy, a startup that lets local retailers easily put stock online with a simple gadget, raises​ ​$6M September 21, 2017 6:00 am
     Pointy​,​ ​an Irish start​ ​startup​ ​that​ lets ​local​ ​retailers put their stock online so that they can be discovered via search engines, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The round is being led by Frontline Ventures, alongside Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Draper Associates and a number of notable angel investors. Read More
    Steve O'Hear
  • ClassPass begins testing variable pricing as it expands beyond studio fitness September 21, 2017 12:56 am
     On the heels of its $70 million Series C, an expansion to new markets, and a partnership with Blink Fitness, the popular workout subscription service ClassPass is now beginning to experiment with variable pricing. The test was revealed by new ClassPass CEO Fritz Lanman, speaking on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this afternoon. The idea to try out a virtual currency of sorts came about… Read More
    Sarah Perez
  • And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2017 is… Pi September 21, 2017 12:41 am
     Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down… Read More
    Romain Dillet
  • Why women are coming forward about harassment and discrimination September 21, 2017 12:39 am
     It’s been the talk of the summer in Silicon Valley. CEOs at Uber and SoFi lost their jobs after whistleblowers came forward, alleging sexism and harassment. Powerful venture capitalists, including Dave McClure from 500 Startups lost their jobs after women, including Sarah Kunst, accused him of making inappropriate advances when seeking a job at his venture firm. Workplace harassment… Read More
    Katie Roof
  • Our favorite pitches from Alchemist Accelerator’s 16th batch September 20, 2017 11:47 pm
     Alchemist Accelerator, known for its specialty in working with enterprise startups, held its 16th demo day at Microsoft’s offices in Mountain View, California. 18 startups pitched ideas ranging from more traditional marketplaces to frontier aerospace technology. Addressing the packed auditorium before the pitches began, Ravi Belani, managing partner at Alchemist, reasserted his core… Read More
    John Mannes
  • YC wants to let people invest in its startups through the blockchain September 20, 2017 11:23 pm
     ICOs — or initial coin offerings — are emerging as a route for startups to raise money from a wide pool of investors through cryptocurrency networks. Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Y Combinator president Sam Altman painted a mixed picture of the role of ICOs in the tech world today. It wasn’t all good. Read More
    Ingrid Lunden,Connie Loizos
  • 10x, founded by the ex-CEO of Barclays, raises $46M to take on ancient banking infrastructure September 20, 2017 11:18 pm
     The fintech revolution continues apace, and while many startups are hoping that newer and better tech will help them take business away from traditional banks, today a company has received a large round of funding to help those incumbent institutions better compete. 10x Future Technologies is a startup that has built a ground-up platform that incorporates machine learning, cloud services… Read More
    Ingrid Lunden
  • HubSpot acquires chatbot builder Motion AI September 20, 2017 5:22 pm
     HubSpot announced this morning that it has acquired chatbot startup Motion AI. Motion AI launched in 2015 and offers an editor for building chatbots that work on websites, Facebook Messenger, SMS and Slack, no coding required. Even before the acquisition, the tool was already integrated into HubSpot Free CRM. The entire Motion AI team, including founder and CEO David Nelson, will be joining… Read More
    Anthony Ha
  • Pymetrics attacks discrimination in hiring with AI and recruiting games September 20, 2017 5:05 pm
     Identify the traits of your top performing employees and hire people like them, but without the discrimanatory bias of traditional recruiting. That’s the promise of Pymetrics, an artificial intelligence startup that today announced $8 million in new funding onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Read More
    Josh Constine
  • Former AOL exec Seth Demsey joins Revcontent as an advisor September 20, 2017 4:35 pm
     As content recommendation company Revcontent plans to unveil new tools for online publishers, it’s also working with former AOL Platforms CTO Seth Demsey to develop its broader strategy. Demsey left his role running adtech at AOL (which owns TechCrunch) over the summer, right before AOL-owner Verizon closed its acquisition of Yahoo. He told me that when he was introduced to Revcontent… Read More
    Anthony Ha
  • Yahoo’s former VP of Mobile launches YaDoggie, a dog wellness startup September 20, 2017 3:00 pm
     Having successfully founded and exited a couple of software companies, Tomfoolery (sold to Yahoo) and Rally Up (sold to AOL), Sol Lipman has made his move into dog wellness with the launch of YaDoggie. YaDoggie aims to help dog parents take a holistic approach to caring for their pups. And it has an impressive group of tech investors on board, including Oath CEO Tim Armstrong (my… Read More
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • ClearMetal gets $9M from Prelude Ventures and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors for its logistics platform September 20, 2017 1:43 pm
     Logistics and supply chain management is a notoriously outdated and labor-intensive process. ClearMetal uses artificial intelligence to help manufacturers and retailers climb out from underneath piles of spreadsheets. Today the San Francisco-based startup announced that it has raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Prelude Ventures and Innovation Endeavors, the venture capital firm… Read More
    Catherine Shu
  • Ripio Credit Network launches, aiming to attack bank loan fees in emerging markets September 20, 2017 10:24 am
     Ripio Credit (formerly BitPagos), the project that reached the finals at last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield in New York, is about to launch its new venture. The Ripio Credit Network (RCN) will be public in November and is designed to grow the product and platform outside Latin America, into the fast-emerging developing world. Born in Argentina, the original idea was to widen… Read More
    Mike Butcher