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Flexible retail startup Bulletin raises $2.2M

Bulletin, the startup that describes itself as “WeWork for retail space,” is announcing that it has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The idea is to give businesses — particularly online brands — access to brick-and-mortar retail space without the cost or commitment of a traditional lease. Those businesses can rent out sections of a Bulletin store on a… Read More

Foursquare data shows international tourism to the U.S. is down

International tourism to the U.S. is down, according to Foursquare location data. Using data from 13 million users (who have opted in to always-on location trails), Foursquare can examine who walks in and out of 93 million public places across the globe. Show More Summary

R.I.P. Imzy

Imzy, the kinder, gentler online community platform will be shutting down on June 23rd. Company co-founder Dan McComas made the announcement in a blog post today, stating his apologies and explaining to the community Imzy just couldn’t find its place in the market: Some of you have been here since our launch into beta and some are brand new. Show More Summary

Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science

Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training but Airbnb has...Show More Summary

Samsung resumes Brazil tech startup program

The company continues its partnership with the South Korean and Brazilian governments for the third round of the program; eyes digital agriculture opportunities

Tennis star Serena Williams joins SurveyMonkey’s board

Serena Williams (yes, THAT Serena Williams) has joined the board of consumer survey startup SurveyMonkey, along with Intuit CEO Brad Smith. This is the tennis superstar’s first venture into Silicon Valley and, according to a SurveyMonkey spokesperson, came about at the suggestion of fellow board member and Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Read More

MIT researchers invent clothes that breathe with the help of biological cells

MIT researchers have invented a new type of workout material that can breathe using biological cells. The project, called bioLogic, is essentially a “breathable workout suit” covered in small flaps. The flaps are “lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity” allowing the entire outfit to act as a reactive sensor to let… Read More

Robotic toymaker Sphero unveils Ultimate Lightning McQueen — a chatty, smartphone-controlled car

While Sphero has released a whole lineup of robotic, Internet-connected toys, it remains best-known for its BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today it’s launching its next Disney tie-in — Ultimate Lightning McQueen. ThisShow More Summary

10 Qualities That Will Make You An Entrepreneur Idol

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol. Show More Summary

How Andela Finds and Trains World-Class Engineers in Africa [Traction #41: Christina Sass]

Christina Sass is co-founder and COO of Andela, a company that locates, trains, and staffs world-class engineers in Africa for hire by tech companies in the US and elsewhere. They’ve sparked a movement, cracked the code on finding great coders, and have attracted investors like Mark Zuckerberg. Show More Summary

Stae helps cities take advantage of their data

Stae wants to help local governments collect, manage and process data about their infrastructure. The company just raised $1.5 million from Story Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and Samsung Ventures. I first covered Stae back in April 2016. Show More Summary

This coffee butter-chugging startup just pulled in $19 million more in funding

Dave Asprey, the man famous for encouraging Silicon Valley execs to put butter in his special blend of coffee, has raised another $19 million to keep on doing just that. His company and lifestyle brand Bulletproof 360 claims to make coffee free of something called mycotoxins, which is, basically, mold and can make you very ill if ingested. Show More Summary

Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools

Pinterest is adding another ad to its array of products, now allowing advertisers to publish video advertising that will automatically play in the home feed and search, as it continues to bulk up and woo advertisers with a different pitch from Facebook and Google. Show More Summary

Apply for the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup + Pitch-off now

As you may have noticed TechCrunch is coming back to Israel with a Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv because we had a great time last year. The event will be on June 28, at Trask, between 6-10 p.m. Israel is one of the world’s fastest-growing and most impressive startup ecosystems, and we simply can’t resist coming back. Show More Summary

Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube on work time? This cloud tech aims to block access

In September, more than 50 schools throughout Spain plan to employ IMT Lazarus' cloud-based mobile-device management platform.

Quiqup, a London-based on-demand delivery startup, raises £20M Series B

Quiqup, a London-based delivery startup that operates a ‘shop on your behalf’ app similar to Jinn in Europe or Postmates in the U.S., in addition to a growing B2B business, has raised £20 million in Series B funding. Leading the round...Show More Summary

Watch Alchemist Accelerator’s Demo Day Right Here

TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Alchemist Accelerator‘s demo day. Alchemist is one of those rare programs that focuses on enterprise startups. These aren’t your parents enterprise companies. Pitches today will span products that help...Show More Summary

Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

Netherlands-based Minibrew has raised $2.8 million in seed funding after completing a successful $350,000 crowdfunding campaign to bring some smarts to the home-brew process. The Minibrew is a little keg with a big brain. When we first...Show More Summary

WTF is an ICO?

A newly famous transaction type we need to understand is called the “Initial Coin Offering.” An ICO is akin to an IPO, but in temporal reverse (sort of). Although confusing, it has recently acquired prominence as a favored way to launch a new cryptocurrency. Read More

Merlon Intelligence raises $7.65 million in seed financing to combat money laundering

OpenDoor, Oscar Health, Palantir and now Merlon Intelligence. Bradford Cross, founder of the venture capital firm Data Collective is joining the ranks of VCs who have caught the entrepreneurship bug, abandoning a cushy lifestyle for one with considerably more volatility. Show More Summary

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