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  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 Is… Crate

    And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 Is… Crate

    The competition was incredibly fierce at the inaugural TechCrunch Disrupt London. At the very beginning, there were 15 amazing companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for £30,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup. Read More

  • Financial Tech in Europe Vs US

    Building A Fintech Startup In Europe

    Today on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, Taavet Hinrikus from TransferWise, Damian Kimmelman from DueDil, and Jeff Lynn from Seedrs took the stage to talk about the state of fintech startups in London. These companies took us through the current landscape, regulatory issues, and why it’s a good time to build a fintech startup in Europe. Read More

  • Morten Lund Looks Back At His Past Failures

    Morten Lund Looks Back At His Past Failures

    Serial entrepreneur and investor Morten Lund joined us on stage with Mike Butcher to look back at his past ventures. Most of them turned out to be failures. Lund is now even famous for declaring personal bankruptcy even though he was one of the first angel investors in Skype. “I lost everything, I had to give up my art collection and my cars,” Lund said. “In reality, it… Read More

  • Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Shares His Vision For The Future Of Bitcoin

    Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Shares His Vision For The Future Of Bitcoin

    Right after opening its doors to Europe, Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong joined Alex Wilhelm on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe to discuss the future of bitcoin. The conversation covered everything happening right now around bitcoin, from regulatory issues to bitcoin’s price downfall, merchant adoption and new innovative bitcoin use cases. Read More

  • MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone

    MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone

    Imagine you are a 14-year-old kid again. You need to do this really difficult math exercise for tomorrow, but have no idea how to do it. What if you could just open an app on your phone, point your camera at your textbook, snap a picture and get the detailed instructions to solve your equation. This is exactly what PhotoMath does. The team is launching this app today at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • La Belle Assiette Gets $1.7 Million To Scale Up Its On-Demand Chef Service

    La Belle Assiette Gets $1.7 Million To Scale Up Its On-Demand Chef Service

    French startup La Belle Assiette just raised $1.7 million (€1.3 million) from angel investors, such as BlaBlaCar’s Nicolas Brusson, eFounders’ Thibaud Elzière, Nicolas Bourdin, the three founders of l’Atelier des Chefs and Kima Ventures. As a reminder, with La Belle Assiette, you can browse and find the perfect chef for your lunch or dinner party. He or she will then… Read More

  • Number26 Is A Bank Designed For The 21st Century

    Number26 Is A Bank Designed For The 21st Century

    Why does it still take two days in Europe for a card transaction to show up in your bank statement? Meet Number26, the Simple of Europe — a fintech startup that promises to fix all the oddities of the European bank system. In other words, Number26 is a bank that doesn’t suck. The startup is launching today in private beta on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. “We are… Read More

  • Getting a Picture of the European Tech Landscape

    How The European Tech Ecosystem Is Shaping Up

    A group of important ecosystem builders took the stage at Disrupt Europe to give us a picture of the European tech landscape. The common thread was about the current state of the ecosystem compared to five years ago. Things have changed dramatically — and in a good way. Carlos Eduardo Espinal from Seedcamp, Rohan Silva from Second Home, Tine Thygesen from Everplaces, and Jason Whitmire… Read More

  • Google Ventures Unleashes Its Investment Strategy For Europe

    Google Ventures Unleashes Its Investment Strategy For Europe

    To start off our annual European conference, we brought the new Google Ventures Europe partners onstage at Disrupt Europe in London. The panel was mostly focused on explaining Google Ventures’ investment strategy for its European arm. In particular, Google Ventures will employ the same operational strategy as in the U.S., and will be looking for co-investors for most of its deals. Read More

  • Infected Flight Wins The Disrupt Europe 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Appilepsy And Seeusoon Are Runners Up

    Infected Flight Wins The Disrupt Europe 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Appilepsy And Seeusoon Are Runners Up

    It doesn’t get more exciting than this. Yesterday, we welcomed hundreds of hackers at Old Billingsgate in London for the Disrupt Europe Hackathon. They all have worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours in an awesome dungeon-like venue to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack. We could all feel the excitement in the air when the 89 teams took the stage to present a short one-minute demo… Read More

  • Laplock at TechCrunch Disrupt: London 2014 Hackathon

    With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Laptop

    Fresh off the hackathon dungeon, Laplock is a nifty little app developed at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London. Martin Saint-Macary and Ivan Maeder worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours to build an easy-to-use software lock for your Mac. Here’s how it works. At heart, Laplock is a menubar app for your Mac. You install it, enter your phone number and/or Yo account, and… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar CEO Frédéric Mazzella Will Talk About France’s Next Unicorn At Disrupt Europe

    BlaBlaCar CEO Frédéric Mazzella Will Talk About France’s Next Unicorn At Disrupt Europe

    For our international audience, last July, BlaBlaCar popped out of nowhere and scored a massive $100 million round led by Index Ventures. Frédéric Mazzella’s startup is creating a global ride-sharing marketplace for long distance rides — and it’s working. His story is one of the most impressive comeback story of the French tech ecosystem. We are very lucky to welcome him… Read More

  • Blockchain Goes From Bootstrapping To Scoring $30 Million

    Blockchain Goes From Bootstrapping To Scoring $30 Million

    Here comes another mega funding round in the bitcoin space. The world’s largest bitcoin wallet provider, Blockchain, has been a bootstrapped startup so far. But the startup eventually accepted VC money, raising a little bit over $30 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Wicklow Capital and others. Read More

  • Passive Fitness Tracking App Human Showcases Where HealthKit Shines

    Passive Fitness Tracking App Human Showcases Where HealthKit Shines

    The Human app has been on the App Store for a while now. But this beautifully designed passive activity app received a major update that showcases how some of the main new features in iOS 8 can be useful. Human takes advantage of the brand new HealthKit APIs, syncs with the Health app and provides a widget for the Today view. The last time I covered Human, there were already rumors of an… Read More

  • Azalead Ends Cold Calls By Telling You Which Company Visited Your Site

    Azalead Ends Cold Calls By Telling You Which Company Visited Your Site

    Imagine how many people end up on your company’s website looking for more information about your B2B product and never call you. These visitors are incredibly useful leads for your sales team, but you just don’t know them. Meet Azalead, a French startup that tells you which company recently visited your website and sends you alerts in real time. Read More

  • Stamplay Is IFTTT For Back-End Development

    Stamplay Is IFTTT For Back-End Development

    If you are a front-end developer, setting up signup forms and integrations with popular APIs can be very painful. Stamplay wants to make back-end development as easy as playing with Lego bricks. The best analogy would be to think of it as an IFTTT for developers. Read More

  • Selfinception: Frontback Adds Selfie Comments

    Selfinception: Frontback Adds Selfie Comments

    All your selfies are belong us. Popular photo-sharing app Frontback just received a major update. You will now be able to leave comments on a Frontback post — but not just text comments. With Frontback React, you take a selfie of your reaction and adds a few words. It’s perfectly in line with the deeply personal soul of the app. While I very irregularly post to Frontback, I open… Read More

  • This Emoji++ iOS Keyboard Might Be The Best Thing In The Universe

    This Emoji++ iOS Keyboard Might Be The Best Thing In The Universe

    Fine, my headline is an overstatement. But how can you not get excited about a much better emoji keyboard for your iPhone? Emoji++ doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel by adding a search engine for emojis, it is simply an improved layout compared to the default emoji keyboard. Instead of having to go through pages of emojis, the keyboard gives you a single scrolling list organized by… Read More

  • Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow

    Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow

    Front is the front desk of your company. Whenever someone sends an email to your contact@, jobs@ or support@ email addresses, the email will appear in your team member’s Front accounts. Then, instead of forwarding the email, creating group emails and forgetting to CC someone, it works like a modern task manager. You can assign an email to someone, comment, get notifications and more. Read More

  • Parrot’s New Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Perfect For Hipsters

    Parrot’s New Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Perfect For Hipsters

    Parrot is better-known for its drones, but the company just announced brand new high-end headphones, the Zik 2.0. They are colorful, feature-packed and different. You can tweak sound settings for each and every different song so that they sound closer to the perfect sound for your ears. In other words, it’s a hipster’s dream. Like its predecessor, the Zik 2.0 is a Bluetooth pair… Read More

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