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ClearMetal gets $9M from Prelude Ventures and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors for its logistics platform

Logistics and supply chain management is a notoriously outdated and labor-intensive process.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...Show More Summary

6 Funding Sources For Good Causes, Without Angels

Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t make equity investments in nonprofit good causes. The simple reason is that it’s impossible to make money for investors when the goal of the company is to not make money. Yet as an active...Show More Summary

Ripio Credit Network launches, aiming to attack bank loan fees in emerging markets

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...Show More Summary

Matternet’s autonomous delivery drones can now refuel and reload by themselves

Minutes matter in the world of medical testing. Shaving just a few minutes off processing lab work can improve outcomes and increase the likelihood that patients receive the right treatment at the right time. Matternet, a startup building...Show More Summary

Meet the six finalists at the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield

We’ve just watched 22 startups take the stage as part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF, where they showed off their technology and answered tough questions from expert judges. We’ve winnowed them down to the following six finalists, who will be presenting for a whole new panel of judges. Show More Summary

Boundless helps you navigate the US immigration labyrinth for your partner

Boundless is a Seattle based startup addressing the enormous issue of applying for immigrant status in the US. Founder Xiao Wang came to the US over when he was young from China. “My family spent five months of rent money on immigration lawyers because we just didn’t know how to do it and didn’t know any better. Show More Summary

M8 wants your friends to be the matchmaker

Forget algorithms. M8 is a dating app that’s powered by human matchmakers. And these aren’t just any matchmakers, they’re your friends! M8 is unveiling its concept for a different dating app at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Battlefield competition in San Francisco. Read More

Roots Studios’ ‘Shutterstock for cultural art’ could transform rural communities

Roots Studio, which launched today at Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt, aims to connect millions of isolated, cultural artists around the world to global markets via the licensing of high-quality scans of their designs. Read More

Olfaguard is an electronic nose for smelling pathogens in food factories

Mitigating risk of food-borne illnesses can be a costly and time-consuming business for food manufacturers — but one that is necessary. With what it calls an electronic “sniffer,” Olfaguard, a new Toronto-based startup, is working to reduce the time it takes food manufacturers to discover food-borne pathogens like Salmonella and E. Coli in the food we buy. Read More

Augmedics is building augmented reality glasses for spinal surgery

Meet Augmedics, an Israeli startup that is working on an augmented reality headsets for surgeons performing spinal surgery. The company is participating in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Computer assisted surgery systems are nothing new. Show More Summary

Materialize.X is using machine learning to disrupt the $300B engineered wood industry

What’s the next $300 billion industry to be disrupted by technology? Wood. Specifically engineered wood. For background, engineered wood is the technical name for any wood product (like particle board) that is created by bonding wood chips into different shapes using an adhesive. Show More Summary

CryptoMove protects sensitive data by fragmenting it and moving it around

CryptoMove thinks that data encryption is not enough. If you want to protect your data against hackers, the startup is using a new strategy by fragmenting your data, encrypting it and moving it around so that it doesn’t stay still on a server somewhere. Show More Summary

Ourotech is taking the guesswork out of cancer treatment

Every day spent with late stage cancer matters — that’s why it’s so important to get treatments right the first time. Unfortunately, despite having dozens of cancer treatments available, we don’t have great processes for determining what treatments to prioritize. The consequence of this is that we often miscalculate and waste critical time pursuing the wrong path.… Read More

O-Robotix spruces up its SeaDrone underwater robo-craft

At last year’s Disrupt SF, SeaDrone made it to the Battlefield finals with its simple, robust, and affordable underwater drone. With a few customers and a year of feedback under their belts, the engineers behind the robo-sub are putting out a version 2.0 with a few improvements. Read More

Kevin Durant explains his Twitter meltdown

Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant had a bit of a scuffle on Twitter yesterday calling out his former organization, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Given his status as one of the most prominent figures in basketball, it gotShow More Summary

Agent AI aims to turbocharge its AI tools by offering free CRM

Agent AI is looking to automate more of the customer service process. To do that, it’s built its own customer relationship management product, as well as AI tools that sit on top — and now it’s making the CRM part available for free. While giant software businesses have been built around CRM, CEO Fred Hsu said the market has changed, with the software becoming less… Read More

Le Collectionist raises $10M to expand luxury travel platform and offices globally

There are many solutions when a traveler wants to rent a property: websites like Airbnb, local agents, hotels, private properties to name the obvious. When it comes to luxury properties, the options become a tad more rarified. Luxury travel estimated to be worth between $25 billion and $30 billion per year. Show More Summary

AR helmet startup Skully may have risen from the dead

It seems Skully, the AR helmet company that crashed and burned in July of 2016 after the former CEO Marcus Weller refused to sign a confidentiality deal with investors is trying to make a comeback. A letter sent to those who had previously...Show More Summary

WT2 real-time translation earpieces look to crowdfund first run

This summer the TC team took a brief trip to Shenzhen, where I met Wells Tu, whose company TimeKettle has made an earpiece that translates spoken Chinese to English and vice versa in near real time. Having created a functioning prototype...Show More Summary

GGV’s Jenny Lee says Xiaomi doesn’t need to come to the U.S. yet

Xiaomi is one of the most valuable startups in the world and has become a big icon in smartphone design, sometimes suggested as an analog to Apple in China. The company’s flagship phones receive a ton of press in the U.S., too, but they aren’t available in the U.S. Show More Summary

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