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Modular sofa startup Burrow raises $14M

We’ve described Burrow as a startup that brings a Casper-style approach to sofas, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the company has raised funding from one of Casper’s investors. Burrow is announcing a $14 million Series A led by New Enterprise Associates. Correlation Ventures also participated in the round, as did previous investors Red & Blue […]

Uber has reportedly rescinded its job offer for the Amazon exec that was its potential product lead

Uber appeared set to hire Assaf Ronen, the former vice president of Amazon’s voice and natural user interface shopping, to lead its products — but it looks like that isn’t going to happen due to a discrepancy in his working history, according to Recode. Uber discovered a discrepancy related to his tenure at Amazon, where […]

Molotov is no longer geoblocked in Europe

French startup Molotov has built the best TV streaming service in its home country. Unfortunately, if you tried using the service in other European countries, Molotov would simply stop working. The startup now lets you stream your content when you’re traveling across the European Union. The European Union has been working hard on creating a […]

New York is the best city for start-ups -- but Denver has better internet speeds

When searching for the best opportunities around the world, millennials should look at the top cities that attract their generation.

Sketchfab lets you import 3D models into your favorite 3D software

Sketchfab has built a huge library of 3D models. Some of them are available under a Creative Common license, others can be purchased. The startup now wants to help you do stuff with all this content. You can now download and import 3D models into your favorite 3D app. Behind the scene, Sketchfab has built […]

‘Unlovable’: Charlene deGuzman on Her Kickstarter-Funded Film and the Power of Being Vulnerable

Charlene deGuzman and John Hawkes in Unlovable, premiering March 10 at SXSW. “Never forget that the truth helps others, and helping others is one of the most fulfilling things you will ever feel.” Charlene deGuzman has built a career...Show More Summary

Layoffs at bike-share startup Zagster following $15 million raise

Zagster, the bike-share startup that raised a $15 million round last month, has laid off some employees, TechCrunch has learned. Zagster has since confirmed the layoffs, but has yet to comment on the number of those affected. “Coming off the heels of our recent financing, we’ve re-structured to accelerate expansion of Pace, with a heavier […]

Peer-reviewed study shows Cardiogram and Apple Watch can accurately determine atrial fibrillation

Over the past year, Cardiogram and UC San Francisco (UCSF) have presented a series of findings on how well consumer wearables like the Apple Watch and Android Wear can detect medical conditions in their users, including diabetes as well as hypertension and sleep apnea. Now, the startup is reaching a new milestone, this morning publishing […]

Roblox, the Club Penguin for Gen Z, is now cash-flow positive

I’m familiar with Roblox because my 8-year old daughter watches YouTube videos of kids playing the game almost every day. I’m also familiar with Roblox because she whined while we were running errands one weekend that she needed to “get on the internet right now” because she had scheduled a playdate with a friend in […]

Otonomo and Waze founders join the TechCrunch Tel Aviv conference

The TechCrunch Tel Aviv conference is in June and we’re excited to announce our first speakers for the day-long event. Today, we’re delighted to announce that Uri Levine, co-founder of Waze, and Ben Volkow, CEO and co-founder of Otonomo will be speaking on our stage. TechCrunch Tel Aviv is focused on mobility and all that […]

?This Android, iOS virtual tailor wants to cut out millions of online clothing returns

ISizeYou is a virtual tailor app that helps you buy the right size of clothes online first time.

CryptoKitties raises $12M from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures

CryptoKitties, the virtual collectible kitten game that turned into a viral sensation has raised $12M in funding and will be spun out from Axiom Zen, the Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio that originally built the game. The round is being led by Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, both of which have quickly developed a […]

Theranos fraud duped billionaires but Silicon Valley culture blamed

The very public demise of Theranos momentarily satisfies the schadenfreude of Silicon Valley's critics, but it's a distraction that protects the reputations of rich and powerful men that financed and ran the company for years.

Travis Kalanick is already back running a company with a $150M investment

Travis Kalanick, the former Uber CEO who was shown the door in June last year amid a series of major controversies, has already found his next leading role following his announcement of a new investment fund just weeks ago. Kalanick said on Twitter that his fund would be investing $150 million to take a controlling […]

Chargebee raises $18M to help businesses manage subscriptions

The subscription model is growing in popularity as a way to monetize a service, netting in trends in SaaS, media, e-commerce and other verticals that are in search of more predictable, recurring revenues. Now, a startup built to provide a subscription platform to businesses has raised a round of funding to grow.  San Francisco and […]

Tradewind Bioscience attacks the physiology of tumors to treat cancer

Cancer remains the one counterpoint to the march of medical progress that has scored human history over the last 200 years. Last year 600,920 people in the U.S. died from cancer, and another 1.7 million received an initial diagnosis of the disease. Globally, one in six people die from cancer, according to the World Health Organization. […]

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator W’18 Demo Day 1

Autonomous cargo shipping, voice games, and a camera that fits in a catheter were amongst the most impressive startup’s that launched yesterday at the Y Combinator accelerator’s Winter 2018 Demo Day 1. You can read about all 64 startups that launched in verticals like biotech and robitics, and check back later for our full coverage […]

Silicon Valley culture blamed in Theranos fraud that duped billionaires and powerful former US officials

The very public demise of Theranos momentarily satisfies the schadenfreude of Silicon Valley's critics, but it's a distraction that protects the reputations of rich and powerful men that financed and ran the company for years.

Cleo, the chatbot that wants to replace your banking apps, has stealthily entered the U.S.

With little fuss or fanfare, Cleo, the London-based startup that offers an AI-powered chatbot as a replacement for your banking apps, has begun quietly offering its service to U.S. customers. Just 21 days in, I understand the U.K. fintech is already signing up 1,000 users across the pond per day. Described as an “alpha version” […]

Sniffer drones: The answer to Poland's suffocating smog problem?

A tech startup thinks it may have the solution to the headache of policing Poland's most polluted areas.

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