• Report: Zoom, the video conferencing company, may be a public company as early as April February 22, 2019 8:22 pm
    The video conferencing company Zoom is aiming to file a public S-1 by the end of March, according to a new report in Business Insider that adds the company could go public as soon as April. Business Insider reported last month that Zoom had filed confidentially with the SEC to go public, just months after […]
    Connie Loizos
  • Fortnite goes big on esports for 2019 with $100 million prize pool February 22, 2019 8:11 pm
    Epic Games, maker of the ultra popular Battle Royale game Fortnite, is putting up another $100 million in prize cash for competitive tournaments in 2019. The company made waves in the esports world last year, announcing a $100 million prize pool for the 2018 competitive year, dwarfing every other competitive title in one fell swoop. […]
    Jordan Crook
  • Pinstagram? Instagram code reveals Public Collections feature February 22, 2019 7:59 pm
    Instagram is threatening to attack Pinterest just as it files to go public the same way the Facebook-owned app did to Snapchat. Code buried in Instagram for Android shows the company has prototyped an option to create public “Collections” to which multiple users can contribute. Instagram launched private Collections two years ago to let you […]
    Josh Constine
  • Showfields raises $9M for a more flexible approach to brick-and-mortar retail February 22, 2019 3:07 pm
    Showfields, which helps online brands move into offline, brick-and-mortar retail, is announcing that it has raised $9 million in seed funding. “Our thesis was simple: Make the process of becoming physical as easy as becoming digital,” co-founder and CEO Tal Zvi Nathanel told me. I’ve written about other companies, like Bulletin, promising a more flexible […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Circle raises $20M Series B to help even more parents limit screen time February 22, 2019 2:44 pm
    Circle makes a fantastic screen time management tool and today the company announced a round of funding to help fuel its growth. The $20 million Series B included participation from Netgear and T-Mobile, along with Third Kind Venture Capital and follow-on investments from Relay Ventures and other Series A participants. With this round of funding, […]
    Matt Burns
  • Podcasting startup WaitWhat raises $4.3M as interest in audio content explodes February 22, 2019 12:08 am
    The production business behind Reid Hoffman's 'Masters of Scale' podcast raised the funds from Hoffman himself, plus Cue Ball Capital, Burda Principal Investments and more.
    Kate Clark
  • Sunsama’s $10/month task management calendar cleans up your online productivity February 21, 2019 11:18 pm
    I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard friends lament how difficult it is to find a decent calendar app. The stock calendar apps are certainly serviceable, but there’s so much that they can’t handle in terms of managing and prioritizing tasks. Sunsama, launching out of Y Combinator’s latest batch, is taking a […]
    Lucas Matney
  • As shared kitchens heat up, a China-based startup, Panda Selected, nabs $50 million led by Tiger Global February 21, 2019 9:38 pm
    A few weeks ago, we told you that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick looks to be partnering with the former COO of the bike-sharing startup Ofo, Yanqi Zhang, to bring his new L.A.-based company, CloudKitchens, to China. Kalanick didn’t respond to our request for more information, but according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), his […]
    Connie Loizos
  • DoorDash raises $400M round, now valued at $7.1B February 21, 2019 9:34 pm
    Delivery company DoorDash is announcing that it has raised $400 million in Series F financing. Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was looking to raise $500 million at a valuation of $6 billion or more. In fact, DoorDash now says the funding came at a $7.1 billion valuation. The round […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Pinterest files confidentially to go public February 21, 2019 9:19 pm
    The visual search engine has confidentially submitted paperwork to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering slated for later this year, the WSJ reports.
    Kate Clark
  • Zoba raises $3 million to help mobility companies predict demand February 21, 2019 6:34 pm
    Scooter share, bike share and ride hailing are quickly becoming staple commodities in cities all over the world. As companies in those respective spaces try to improve their economics, Zoba is aiming to contribute to those goals by predicting demand for scooters, bikes and, eventually, rides in particular areas. To support Zoba’s mission, the company […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Logistics startup Flexport just raised a SoftBank-led round at a whopping $3.2 billion valuation February 21, 2019 6:03 pm
    Flexport, a 5.5-year-old, San Francisco-based full-service air and ocean freight forwarder, says it has raised $1 billion in fresh funding led by the SoftBank Vision Fund. Earlier backers of the company, including Founders Fund, DST Global, Cherubic Ventures, Susa Ventures and SF Express, all participated in the round, which reportedly pegs the company’s post-money valuation […]
    Connie Loizos
  • About.me acquired by mobile-first small business startup Broadly February 21, 2019 5:00 pm
    Personal homepage startup About.me has been acquired. Again! The company, once bought by AOL for a reported $35 million, decided a couple years after the deal to go it alone, and spun About.me back out to become an independent company. Today, About.me announced it’s being acquired by the Oakland-based startup Broadly. About.me founder and True […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Loop acquires ScreenPlay to build its streaming library February 21, 2019 4:05 pm
    A new streaming startup called Loop Media is announcing its first acquisition — a 30-year-old company called ScreenPlay. While you may not have heard of ScreenPlay, the company has licensed a library of 200,000 music videos and movie/game/TV trailers, which it broadcasts in thousands of venues for partners like Hard Rock Cafe, Norwegian Cruise Line, […]
    Anthony Ha
  • wearTRBL lets you express yourself with a connected T-shirt February 21, 2019 4:02 pm
    When I interviewed Parrot founder and CEO Henri Seydoux at TechCrunch Disrupt back in 2016, he surprised everyone when he said he was working on a new kind of T-shirt — nobody knew for sure whether he was joking or not. But the connected T-shirt is real, and it’s called wearTRBL. While the project started as […]
    Romain Dillet
  • Powtoon acquires Showbox.com to extend its video-creation platform February 21, 2019 4:00 pm
    Powtoon, an online platform that allows its users to easily create videos for digital marketing, YouTube ads or business presentations, today announced that it has acquired Tel Aviv-based Showbox.com, a cloud-based video-editing platform for amateurs that had raised $12.4 million before this acquisition and currently holds six video technology patents. Powtoon, which says that it […]
    Frederic Lardinois
  • Tech investors see bugs as a big business as Ÿnsect raises $125 million February 21, 2019 3:23 pm
    A company using advanced technologies to grow and harvest mealworms (larval beetles) at scale is on track to become one of the venture capital industry’s oddest billion-dollar investments. Ÿnsect, (pronounced ‘insect”) is a Paris-based producer of insect protein that has just closed on $125 million as the company looks to expand into North America selling […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Clutter confirms SoftBank-led $200M investment for its on-demand storage service February 21, 2019 5:09 am
    There’s plenty of speculation right now around apparently disgruntled investors in SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but the drum continues to beat and the checks continue to be written. The latest deal for the $100 billion mega-fund is Clutter, an on-demand storage company that pulled in $200 million in new financing for growth. Eagle-eyed viewers will recall that […]
    Jon Russell
  • Citymapper announces subscription service for multiple transportation methods February 20, 2019 6:29 pm
    Citymapper is becoming a fintech startup, sort of. The company announced a prepaid card called Citymapper Pass for users based in London. This new product is both a subscription service to aggregate all your transportation subscriptions and a plastic card to pay for your rides. According to Wired, Citymapper will start with two weekly subscription […]
    Romain Dillet
  • Made.com founder Ning Li launches cosmetics startup Typology February 20, 2019 5:13 pm
    Meet Typology, a new Paris-based startup that designs and sells directly to consumer quality skincare and cosmetics products. The startup has been founded by Made.com co-founder Ning Li and is officially launching today. “Typology is a relatively ambitious project. We want to challenge FMCG [fast-moving consumer goods] brands with a digital pure player,” Ning Li […]
    Romain Dillet