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Conversocial buys live chat and in-app messaging startup HipMob to bolster customer care platform

Conversocial, the U.K.-headquartered social customer care platform, has acquired Silicon Valley startup HipMob. Read More

Geeks on a Plane Africa kicks off as 500 Startups eyes tech for the continent and beyond

500 Startups’ frontier and emerging markets travel series ? Geeks on a Plane ? kicks off its first Africa tour this week. The 12-day trip will make stops in Nigeria (Lagos), Ghana (Accra) and South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town). Read More

Zendesk is also partnering with startup megacampus Station F

Station F is going to be the world’s biggest startup campus. A thousand startups are going to work in this huge building. And Station F wants to partner with the biggest tech companies, such as Zendesk, so that young startups don’t even have to pay to be there. Show More Summary

Let’s meet up for a Micro-Meetup in Boulder next Wednesday

I’ll be in Boulder for a few weeks and would love to hear some pitches and maybe give out some tables for Disrupt. I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. Show More Summary

Plug and Play launches 9 new accelerator programs

The Plug and Play network of accelerators and corporate partnerships is launching nine new cohorts in various industry verticals. It’s the largest group ever for the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm that bills itself as the largest accelerator in the world. Read More

The Art of the Pitch

Vitaly M. Golomb leads global investments at HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup and is the author of Accelerated Startup, a book about ramping up your business. Below is a fascinating excerpt from the book about Golomb’s favorite thing: pitching. Show More Summary

9 Ways To Spot An Opportunity For A New Business

As an advisor to startups and entrepreneurs, I often hear the myth that all new businesses must start with a great idea. I have to disagree. I believe the best entrepreneurs start by finding a large opportunity, and only then use good ideas to capitalize on that opportunity. Show More Summary

All 51 startups that debuted at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 2

Over 15,000 founders from 7,200 startups applied to this batch of Y Combinator. It chose just over 100 with founders from 22 countries to go through its accelerator program. Today, the second half of those companies launched on stage, and we have breakdowns of all 51 of these businesses. Show More Summary

Wright Electric unveils its commercial electric plane business

Gas is the biggest cost for airlines. The easiest way to reduce these costs? Don’t use gas at all. That was the pitch from Wright Electric, a startup building an commercial passenger plane that runs on batteries and can handle flights under 300 miles. Show More Summary

Wanna hack your car? Macchina is a plug-and-vroom solution

You can hack your IKEA furniture to be more awesome. You can hack video games to make your fellow gamers hate your guts. And with the help of Macchina — now on Kickstarter — you can teach your car a few new tricks, too. What could possibly go wrong? Read More

Pit.ai puts a financial twist on reinforcement learning to outperform hedge funds

Most hedge funds don’t make money. This hasn’t stopped a growing list of startups from trying their hands at employing machine learning to tip the scales in their favor. But Pit.ai, a new machine learning-powered hedge fund, adopted into the YC W17 class, thinks it can best Numerai, Quantopian and others with its own unique recipe for automating money making. Read More

DeepScale raises $3 million for perception AI to make self-driving cars safe

According to the World Health Organization, human error causes more than 90% of traffic accidents across the globe. Some 1.25 million people die in crashes, and 20- to 50-million people are injured each year. Automakers are scrambling...Show More Summary

Pit.ai puts a financial twist on reinforcement learning to outperform hedge funds

Despite mystery and intrigue, the reality is that most hedge funds don’t make money. This hasn’t stopped a growing list of startups from trying their hands at employing machine learning to tip the scales in their favor. But Pit.ai, a...Show More Summary

Welcoming Shopify to the Kickstarter Resources Page

If you haven’t visited our Resources page, you should. It’s a list of creator tested and approved companies that specialize in everything from vinyl pressing and t-shirt printing to creating shipping labels and offering tax and legal guidance. Show More Summary

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 1

A Fitbit for cows, USB ports for bionic limbs, and microbatteries were amongst the most promising companies of the 52 that launched at Y Combinator’s winter 2017 Demo Day 1 yesterday. After asking investors their favorites and huddling with the TechCrunch team, here are our picks for the top 7 startups. Show More Summary

Mobile advertising startup Databerries raises $16M

Databerries is announcing that it has raised $16 million in Series A funding — money that will help the Paris-headquartered company launch in the United States. The startup describes its approach as “real life targeting.” It works with brick-and-mortar retailers to direct their ads at consumers who have been to their store or a competitor’s store… Read More

If you like to linger where it’s shady the Populele wants to linger too

If music be the food of love then get ready to hit the Old Country Buffet. A wild new startup is about to unleash Populele, an electric Ukulele that will teach you how to play old Uke standards like Ukulele Lady, D’yer Maker, and Tiptoe Through The Tulips. Show More Summary

The 52 startups that launched at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 1

Today was Y Combinator’s 24th Demo Day, where the accelerator shows off its fresh companies to investors. International, AI, and hardware products were the emergent themes of the 52 companies that launched. “The international tour seemed to work” says YC President Sam Altman, who helped put on ‘Startup School’ events across the globe to boost the… Read More

PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform

As any fan of Kitchen Nightmares may know, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, nor is it likely to generate fat margins. Now, a startup called PlateIQ has raised $4 million in new funding to help restaurants automate accounts...Show More Summary

The ‘Terminator’ of startups says he’s seeing two to four wind-downs a week

Marty Pichinson and the firm he co-founded specialize in selling off the assets of startups when they fail. He’s been given every kind of death-related moniker as a result, from the Terminator to the Undertaker. Pichinson doesn’t mind any of them as long as they help keep Sherwood at the top of its game. Show More Summary

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