Where and why venture capitalists invest close to home

 Public market investors have the luxury of being able to make, invest and move their money anywhere they’d like. But the same isn’t true for startup investors, who, if conventional wisdom is to be believed, tend to invest relatively close to home. Read More

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Demystify hardware startups at Disrupt Berlin 2017

 Hardware is hard, they say, and that’s why hardware will be a point of discussion at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017. We’re pleased to bring to the stage several companies that built, launched and live in the world of hardware. It’s our hope that through these panels and fireside chats, founders, devs and investors walk away from the conference a bit more comfortable… Read More

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Physical storage startup Makespace has a new CEO to represent it

 Makespace, one of the many startups that launched to give consumers a new option for storing their stuff, has a new chief executive, TechCrunch has confirmed. The company’s thirty year-old co-founder and chief executive Sam Cohen is stepping down to make room at the top for Rahul Gandhi, Cohen’s fellow founder and Makespace’s chief operating officer. News of the change at the… Read More

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Ole Harms joins us at Disrupt Berlin to talk about Moia’s first year of exploring mobility

 Volkswagen Group’s Moia sub-brand launched last year at TechCrunch Disrupt, with a focus on helping connect the dots between VW’s existing automotive business and a future where city-dwellers also rely heavily on ride pooling and ride hailing services. Moia CEO Ole Harms will join us this year to recap how Moia’s first year in existence has gone, what he company, and… Read More

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Neos launches IoT powered home insurance UK-wide

 What do you get if you combine the Internet of Things with the business of home insurance? UK startup Neos is hoping the answer is damage and/or theft prevention rather than just after-the-unfortunate-fact payouts. Read More

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Quantifying the driverless startup boom

 For driverless car startups, raising capital seems to happen on autopilot. Investors and acquirers have put billions into the space over the past couple of years in the race for early-mover advantage. They’ve shown no desire to hit the brakes lately either, as indicated by a spate of recent deals. Read More

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China’s JD.com leads $19M investment in Southeast Asian online fashion brand Pomelo

 This year has seen unprecedented interest in Southeast Asia’s startups from Chinese tech firms, and today we can add another deal to the pile. JD.com, the close rival to Alibaba, has led a $19 million investment in Bangkok-headquartered online fashion brand Pomelo. The deal, which is the largest Series B for a Thai startup to date, is co-led by Indonesia’s Provident Capital… Read More

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The race for the autonomous car is on, and hear FiveAI attack plan at Disrupt Berlin

 There’s no doubt that the competition to develop self-driving cars is hotting up. There are over 1 billion cars, trucks and buses on the planet, and that’s not even including off-road vehicles or heavy construction equipment, many of which could be turned into ‘ground drones’ in the future. This is a subject we’ll be turning to at Techcrunch Disrupt Berlin,… Read More

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Asian travel platform Klook raises $60M with backing from Goldman Sachs

 Sometimes, for growth stage startups raising money, when it rains it pours. That’s the case for Klook, a Hong Kong-based travel startup that specializes in helping travelers book trip activities and logistics for when they are overseas. Klook raised $30 million Series B back in March and, despite admitting that it has barely touched that cash, today it revealed that it has competed… Read More

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Allbirds launches a kids shoe line called Smallbirds

 Trendy Silicon Valley shoe startup Allbirds introduced a new line for kids today called, of course, Smallbirds. These couldn’t have come at a better time as I find myself looking at all things baby clothes and shoes these days (I’m pregnant, for those asking). The cute little, but limited edition shoes are for ages two to four and are an exact replica of it’s adult Wool… Read More

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Heartland startups finally strike back

 A year ago the Midwest seemed on the cusp of a renaissance. Small towns and cities from Pittsburgh to Omaha had perfected the YC model of accelerator creation and low-cost/high-impact funding. The ecosystems have cropped up everywhere there is a coffee shop or an artisanal sandwich truck and the idea of “doing a startup” vs. going to work for some corporate behemoth is a well-worn… Read More

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Amid Brazil’s persistent economic crisis fintech startup GuiaBolso raises $39 million

 Despite a continuing economic crisis, Brazil’s technology startups are continuing to attract cash and financing, with the mobile personal financial service GuiaBolso raising $39 million in fresh funding. Readers outside of Brazil can think of the company as a combination of U.S. services like Mint, CreditKarma, and Lending Club, all rolled into one. That GuiaBolso has emerged as a… Read More

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IBM is using the blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments

 The blockchain has long been seen as a method to quicken (and cheapen) cross-borders payments, and now that movement — which includes a number of startups making moves privately — just got its highest profile advocate after IBM announced its own solution focus on banks.
The computing giant has teamed up with blockchain startup Stellar and payment company Kickex to launch a… Read More

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ROSS Intelligence lands $8.7M Series A to speed up legal research with AI

 Armed with an understanding of machine learning, ROSS Intelligence is going after LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for ownership of legal research. The startup, founded in 2015 by Andrew Arruda, Jimoh Ovbiagele and Pargles Dall’Oglio at the University of Toronto, is announcing an $8.7 million Series A today led by iNovia Capital with participation from Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund,… Read More

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