• Varsity Tutors, the online platform for learning, launches a mobile app

    Varsity Tutors, the online platform for learning, launches a mobile app

    Varsity Tutors, the online platform that lets top-of-the-line tutors connect with students who need some brushing up, has today launched a native mobile app. Back in 2012, the company started by simply matching tutors with students for in-person consultations. Over time, the company slowly built out its digital presence so that tutors could meet with students online via web chat, with… Read More

  • 42: the answer to life, the universe, and education Crunch Network

    42: the answer to life, the universe, and education

    “We believe that IT has nothing to do with math and physics … it is more artistic than scientific,” says Nicolas Sadirac, as he cheerfully slaughters whole herds of sacred cows. “Knowledge is not useful any more, because IT advances in revolutionary ways, not iterative ones … We ask our students not to learn, just to solve the problem.” Oh, yes, and… Read More

  • Other Machine Co. introduces a Pro version of its desktop CNC electronics mill

    Other Machine Co. introduces a Pro version of its desktop CNC electronics mill

    Other Machine Co. CEO Danielle Applestone is audibly excited. She has something she really wants to show me during our video chat before she gets down to the proper business of firing up her demo. It’s something tiny. Something that has room to breathe on the tip of a finger, which even replicated in a blown up photo, I have to squint to make out. “I was talking to my… Read More

  • Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

    Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

    Education tech startup Bloomz has raised $2.3 million in seed funding for an app that connects teachers and parents, securely. The company’s app features tools that help teachers push updates about students or share photos of them from the classroom back to parents throughout the day. The app also gives educators tools to help coordinate parent-teacher conferences, classroom volunteers… Read More

  • Google office in Paris is being raided for tax noncompliance, reports say

    Google office in Paris is being raided for tax noncompliance, reports say

    This story has been going on for years, but it looks like France’s equivalent of the IRS (Direction générale des finances) wants more proof. According to Le Monde and Le Parisien, Google’s office in Paris is being raided right now. According to the DGF, Google should be paying more taxes in France as the company has been doing more than just tax-optimization strategies. Google may… Read More

  • OnePlus gives away 30,000 VR headsets ahead of latest smartphone launch

    OnePlus gives away 30,000 VR headsets ahead of latest smartphone launch

    OnePlus is making another push into VR after it announced plans to run the launch of its next smartphone in virtual reality (again), with a shopping experience to match. The China-based firm jumped on the VR wagon when it launched the OnePlus 2 last summer. For that launch, OnePlus gave away over 30,000 specially customized Google Cardboard viewers to let its community of fans tune in and… Read More

  • Menu Next Door grabs $2 million for its home cooking platform

    Menu Next Door grabs $2 million for its home cooking platform

    Menu Next Door just raised $2 million (€1.75 million) from Index Ventures, Local Globe, Kima Ventures and TheFamily. The startup is all about home cooking, literally. On Menu Next Door, you can either cook for people around you or buy a menu from someone around you. I’ve heard this pitch a dozen times. “What if we could build the Airbnb of food?” Every single time… Read More

  • What Silicon Valley can do about cyber threats Crunch Network

    What Silicon Valley can do about cyber threats

    Cyber security continues to infiltrate our daily news feeds and make headlines on a regular basis. It’s touched our most iconic companies such as Apple and it has risen to the forefront of our government’s attention on several occasions. One thing is clear amid all these developments: companies see the need to protect themselves an utmost priority and yet, the way to accomplish… Read More

  • Pepper the robot’s next job is Pizza Hut cashier

    Pepper the robot’s next job is Pizza Hut cashier

    You gotta hand it to Pepper. Even in the face of worldwide economic woes, Softbank’s plucky little robot has never had an issue holding down a job. The ‘bot’s latest gig isn’t exactly the most glamorous we’ve seen it take on, but it will likely do so with a smile – or the approximate equivalent. Thanks to a commerce partnership between Softbank and… Read More

  • L.A. Has a New Later-Stage Firm in March Capital Partners

    L.A. Has a New Later-Stage Firm in March Capital Partners

    L.A. has a new venture firm in March Capital Partners, a $240 million fund that has a few tricks up its sleeve. For starters, though it invests in both Southern and Northern California, it considers itself a global investor and has already made bets in India (in online payments company BillDesk) and Germany (Dojo Madness, which makes a digital coaching app for gamers). It also writes Series… Read More

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