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U.S. VC Process for India Startups

As an India-based startup, closing on U.S. venture capital is similar to doing so if your company was completely US-based, with a few notable differences. In the past several years, I’ve represented several India-based startups through venture capital financings. Show More Summary

Let’s Catch Up

11 hours agoTechnology / Startups : TechDrawl

July 20, 2017: It has been a few months of hiatus for TechDrawl. My subscriber list has actually grown during that time, which means either my previous work is timeless or you like it better when you don’t hear from me. I thought enough had been written on all things entrepreneurial and that perhaps I should be working on my next romance novel. Show More Summary

The very first question to answer when taking on new investors

Fundraising is a stressful process. You do all you can to impress prospective investors by honing the story, optimizing key metrics and making your company look as attractive as possible. But before you decide the amount of money you raise and the type of investor you want on board, you must decide the kind of relationship you intend to have with your new partner. Read More

Uber’s SVP of leadership and strategy says she hasn’t seen any toxicity

Uber SVP of Leadership and Strategy Frances Frei is optimistic about the future of Uber, despite the allegations of sexual harassment, greyballing and an executive accessing a rider’s medical records. In fact, Frei wears an Uber t-shirt...Show More Summary

Cargo wants to put a vending machine in every Uber

How many times have you been in an Uber or Lyft and wanted a few Advil, or a 5-hour Energy? While some enterprising ridesharing drivers occasionally try to sell essentials (or non-essentials like tablets and digital cameras), there really isn’t a structured way to facilitate this… until now. Show More Summary

Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini on building a business in Silicon Valley

In episode two of Founder’s Corner, Gina Bianchini, the founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, joins host and Omidyar Network partner Shripriya Mahesh to discuss her mission of empowering people to connect around their passions, and pulls back the curtain on how she runs the business and manages her days as CEO. Read More

Slidebean picks up $850K and launches a new version of its presentation-building tool

Slidebean, the app that wants to take on Prezi and PowerPoint, is launching version 3.0 of the service on the heels of an $850K seed round from 500 Partners. The idea behind Slidebean is relatively simple. Presentations/decks are a fact...Show More Summary

D-ID’s tech protects your privacy by confounding face recognition algorithms

Unless you literally wear a mask all the time, it is almost impossible to completely avoid cameras and face recognition technology. Not only is this a privacy concern, but it also presents a potential liability for companies that need to protect personal data. Show More Summary

40 Ideas to Inspire Your Project of Earth

How would you explain the diversity of life and culture on Earth to someone — or something — from a far-away planet? In 1977 Carl Sagan and his team created the Golden Record — a collection of scenes, sounds, music, and greetings representing life on Earth — and launched it into space on NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 probes. Show More Summary

Direct mail startup PebblePost raises $47M

PebblePost, a startup that uses online data to target consumers with printed mail, has raised $47 million in a combination of equity and debt. That includes the $15 million, RRE Ventures-led Series B that the company announced in February. Show More Summary

Marketing personalization startup Dynamic Yield adds $9M to its Series C, bringing it to $31M

Dynamic Yield, which uses machine learning to help online marketers personalize customer experiences on their site, has added $9 million to its Series C, bringing it to a new total of $31 million. Its new investors are DTCP (Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners) and La Maison. Read More

Luma launches a home tech support service for $5 a month

The Luma was a compelling product when it was announced back in late-2015 — we even went so far as declaring the WiFi-extending home mesh system, “fun.” That descriptor doesn’t really apply the startup’s new offering, and indeed, Luma Guardian feels a bit out of left field for the networking hardware-maker.  The system is a lot of things rolled into one: a VPN… Read More

?Commonwealth Bank to facilitate startups entering Hong Kong, greater China

?With a focus on technology and emerging innovation, the bank has partnered with Austrade to provide access for startups into the greater China region via its strong Hong Kong presence.

Run your startup the Toyota way

Toyota is known for its manufacturing efficiency. We’ve probably all heard that if a worker on the Camry line sees a problem, they have the authority to stop the line and address it. At the end of the day, teams meet to discuss what went wrong and what fixes actually fixed things. It’s called the Toyota Production System — but it also can work for a startup. Read More

The final 75 tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Show More Summary

Billionaires make it rain on Plenty, the indoor farming startup

SoftBank Vision Fund, the huge tech-investment vehicle helmed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, has led a $200 million investment into indoor farming startup Plenty. Joining Son are notable tech billionaires Eric Schmidt and Jeff Bezos. Show More Summary

NerdWallet has laid off 9 percent of its workforce this year

NerdWallet, a personal finance company, laid off six people from its marketing team this week, TechCrunch learned and has since confirmed with NerdWallet. This latest round of layoffs means NerdWallet has cut nine percent of its workforce this year. Show More Summary

Google’s brave new friendless feed

It’s a fundamental shift in content consumption from curation based on our explicit choices to curation based on our implicit preferences mined from past behavior. It could unlock our niche fascinations without us ever having to pledge allegiance to them. Show More Summary

Clara Labs nabs $7M Series A as it positions its AI assistant to meet the needs of enterprise teams

Clara Labs, creator of the Clara AI assistant, is announcing a $7 million Series A this morning led by Basis Set Ventures. Slack Fund also joined in the round alongside existing investors Sequoia and First Round. The startup will beShow More Summary

5 Stages of Technology Adoption Compared To Grieving

How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?” What entrepreneurs forget or don’t realize is that most customers are wary of all technology, educating the market on new technology is expensive, takes a long time, and people buy problem solutions rather than technology. Show More Summary

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