• Betaworks-Backed Glitter Is A Personal Trading Cards App

    Betaworks-Backed Glitter Is A Personal Trading Cards App

    Every two years, betaworks brings in brand new entrepreneurs and helps them bake up a new batch of products and services. In 2013, those companies included Giphy, Dots, and Poncho. Now the startup studio is ready to introduce its first new product of the 2015 batch. World, meet Glitter! Read More

  • Mobile Marketing And Analytics Startup WizRocket Lands $8M From Sequoia And Accel

    Mobile Marketing And Analytics Startup WizRocket Lands $8M From Sequoia And Accel

    WizRocket, which helps companies increase user engagement by fine-tuning mobile, web, and e-mail notifications, has raised $8 million in new funding from Sequoia Capital and returning investor Accel Partners. The Palo Alto-based startup will use its fresh capital to launch an API for developers and a new engagement platform. Along with a previous seed round from Accel, this brings… Read More

  • Xiaomi Regains Top Spot In China’s Smartphone Market, Ahead Of Huawei And Apple

    Xiaomi Regains Top Spot In China’s Smartphone Market, Ahead Of Huawei And Apple

    Xiaomi regained its crown as the top smartphone firm in China during Q2 2015, according to reports from two analyst firms. The Chinese company, which is valued at more than $40 billion and recently launched in Brazil, topped the scales in China with 15.9 percent of all shipments, according to figures from Canalys’. Apple, which was first in China in the previous quarter, fell to third… Read More

  • SoftBank Leads $100M Investment In India-Based Budget Hotel Network OYO Rooms

    SoftBank Leads $100M Investment In India-Based Budget Hotel Network OYO Rooms

    SoftBank is back investing in India after it lead a $100 million round for OYO Rooms, a two-year-old startup that runs an online marketplace for affordable hotels in the country. OYO Rooms was founded by 21-year-old Thiel Fellow Ritesh Agarwal, and it raised $25 million as recently as April. In addition to SoftBank — which has backed Uber rival Ola, Housing.com, and Amazon rival Snapdeal… Read More

  • The Mt.Gox Arrest Is The End Of The First Age Of Bitcoin

    The Mt.Gox Arrest Is The End Of The First Age Of Bitcoin

    The former head of bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox, Mark Karpeles, screwed a lot of early adopters. It is unclear at this point how much Karpeles allegedly lost or took, but the Japanese police are claiming he lost about $387 million while Mt.Gox was in business. While his inept management was inexcusable – according to Japan Times Karpeles apparently added millions in bitcoin to a live server… Read More

  • Snapdeal, One Of India’s Largest E-Commerce Players, Reportedly Gets $500M From Alibaba, Foxconn And SoftBank

    Snapdeal, One Of India’s Largest E-Commerce Players, Reportedly Gets $500M From Alibaba, Foxconn And SoftBank

    Snapdeal, one of India’s biggest e-commerce companies, has scooped up $500 million in funding from Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank, according to Re/code. The Wall Street Journal first reported in June that Alibaba and Foxconn were in talks to jointly invest $500 million in Snapdeal in June at about a $5 billion valuation. SoftBank was already Snapdeal’s largest shareholder, having… Read More

  • Nokia Sells HERE Mapping Business To Group Of European Car Makers For $3.07B

    Nokia Sells HERE Mapping Business To Group Of European Car Makers For $3.07B

    Nokia has announced that it has agreed to sell its HERE mapping business to a consortium of automobile makers for €2.8 billion ($3.07 billion), ending months of speculation over its future. The Finnish company confirmed that it will hand the business over to AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG (Mercedes) in a deal that is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. Read More

  • Drawing Lessons From July’s Jeep Hack Crunch Network

    Drawing Lessons From July’s Jeep Hack

    If you were anywhere near the internet in late July, you probably read the news: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, two security researchers who specialize in hacking cars, figured out how to remotely take control of a Jeep. They didn’t just take control of the vehicle from ten miles away— the hacking duo exploited a software flaw that shut down the Jeep’s engine while… Read More

  • Government Should Think Before Imposing Heavy Regulation On Fintech Crunch Network

    Government Should Think Before Imposing Heavy Regulation On Fintech

    On July 16, the U.S. Treasury Department finally made a move that many fintech professionals have expected – and some dreaded – for years. They issued a Request for Information (RFI) for online marketplaces. Their goal is to “allow policymakers to study the various business models and products offered by online marketplace lenders, the potential for online marketing lending… Read More

  • Ephemeral Vs. Perpetual Messaging: Thinking Outside The Timeline Crunch Network

    Ephemeral Vs. Perpetual Messaging: Thinking Outside The Timeline

    If you are following the battle of the short messaging systems, you might think it is a one-dimensional contest between the systems that maintain your chat history for all time – like Twitter and Facebook – and the so-called disappearing messengers – like Snapchat – where messages vanish after being read. Read More

  • BestTechie Founder Creates KYA Analytics To Provide A Better Understanding Of Your Audience

    BestTechie Founder Creates KYA Analytics To Provide A Better Understanding Of Your Audience

    The K-Y-A in KYA Anlytics stands for “Know Your Audience,” and founder and CEO Jeff Weisbein said that’s exactly what he’s trying to help online publishers do. Weisbein has been in those shoes himself, having created and run the tech site BestTechie for more than a decade (though he took some time away from it to work as an analyst at Mashwork, now known as Canvs.tv). Read More

  • Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race Crunch Network

    Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race

    Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace. At a recent conference in San Jose, Calif., leading figures in this NewSpace movement (a term used to describe the startups that stand in the shadows of space industry giants such as Boeing and Lockheed-Martin)… Read More

  • Your Banking Future And The Big Brother Fed Crunch Network

    Your Banking Future And The Big Brother Fed

    Manhattan, 2040: Alice wants to open an antiques store. Chelsea seems like a good location. She has to find 150 square meters to move the items that she has collected over the years, and to go on a tour of flea markets in Eastern Europe, her area of expertise. She needs to finance the imports. The problem? She doesn’t have enough money to get started. Read More

  • 10 Lab-Made Meats, Cheeses And Other Odd Startup Foods

    It’s still early days in the bacteria becomes our food production process. However, several Silicon Valley scientists are creating lab-grown edibles of the truly bizarre or mixing up animal substitutes based on some interesting ingredients. Here are 10 of them. Read More

  • Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair Crunch Network

    Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair

    “We’re watching you.” This was the warning that the Chicago Police Department gave to more than 400 people on its “Heat List.” The list, an attempt to identify the people most likely to commit violent crime in the city, was created with a predictive algorithm that focused on factors including, per the Chicago Tribune, “his or her acquaintances and their… Read More

  • Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

    Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

    Startups start with talent, and the talent, as we all know, seems to get younger every year. But it wouldn’t happen if children themselves were not introduced to the word of technology and engineering early, and shown that it can be a fun, creative environment. For the last 6 years, a pioneer of this in the UK has been Young Rewired State, a non-profit founded by Emma Mulqueeny, which… Read More

  • Listen To VC Eileen Burbidge On Being Fired At Skype, Founder Psychosis, And Close Ties To U.K. Gov

    Listen To VC Eileen Burbidge On Being Fired At Skype, Founder Psychosis, And Close Ties To U.K. Gov

    TechCrunch interviews Eileen Burbidge, Partner at London VC firm Passion Capital, where we discuss her early days working at Skype and Apple, the types of startups she invests in, her close ties to the U.K. government, the upcoming EU in-out referendum, and women in technology. Read More

  • The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’ Crunch Network

    The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’

    “The minute a major Silicon Valley VC sets up a branch in Mexico, you will be out of business,” a Mexican founder told me over dinner at last year’s Mexico VC Day in San Francisco. I did not respond, because I actually think our risk of going out of business is higher if they don’t come. And we don’t expect them to come in the near future. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Road

    Gillmor Gang: Apple Road

    The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 1, 2015. The Gang talks cars, the politics of streaming, back catalogues, discovery, demotions, the new News, and social payola.
    Plus, the latest G3 with Kristie Wells, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @Fradice, @kteare, @kevinmarks Read More

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