• LeCab Raises $6.8 Million To Take Over The French Market Before Uber Does

    LeCab Raises $6.8 Million To Take Over The French Market Before Uber Does

    French startup LeCab announced that it has raised $6.8 million (€5 million) in Series B funding. The company operates a black car service that is very reminiscent of Uber — but it works a bit differently and bets on premium services. It didn’t disclose who invested in this traditional equity round as there is a non-disclosure agreement. “All I can say is that they all have… Read More

  • Major League Gaming Launches Its Own Premium E-Sports Network, MLG.TV

    Major League Gaming Launches Its Own Premium E-Sports Network, MLG.TV

    E-sports programmer Major League Gaming has spent the last decade building an audience of video game enthusiasts, through events in which gamers go head-to-head with each other. Now it’s looking to bring those viewers to a an owned and operated premium sports network of its own, at MLG.TV. Read More

  • Amazon Updates Fire OS With Deep Goodreads Integration, Better Enterprise Support, “Second Screen” & More

    Amazon Updates Fire OS With Deep Goodreads Integration, Better Enterprise Support, “Second Screen” & More

    Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets are getting a major update, starting today, with the launch of Fire OS 3.1, an upgrade to Amazon’s mobile operating system, based on Android. The release introduces a host of new features including Goodreads integration, an AirPlay-like option for watching videos on your TV and improved enterprise support, as previously indicated. Read More

  • TechCrunch Boston Meetup Highlights

    Beantown Rocked Our Socks At The TechCrunch Boston Meetup

    Last week we headed up to Boston to see what the local startup scene had to offer, and the founders, VCs, and technophiles we met did not disappoint. The city best known for its universities, hospitals, tea parties, and sports teams is also a hotbed of tech startups, as evidenced by the crowd of over 700 people that showed up to our event at The Estate nightclub on Wednesday night. Read More

  • The Looxcie 3 Still Offers Hands-Free Live Streaming With A Brand New Design

    The Looxcie 3 Still Offers Hands-Free Live Streaming With A Brand New Design

    After a few years of bringing hands-free video broadcasting to the masses, Looxcie has updated its design language for the first time. Meet the Looxcie 3. The Looxcie is a digital recording device that lets you record video, or broadcast video live, using a companion app for iOS and Android. Originally, the Looxcie was meant to be worn on a hat or over the ear, pointing at whatever you… Read More

  • Totlol Delivers A Kid-Safe Alternative To YouTube On Web & Mobile

    Totlol Delivers A Kid-Safe Alternative To YouTube On Web & Mobile

    Back in 2008, a startup called Totlol emerged, offering parents a kid-friendly collection of video clips pulled from the YouTube platform on a single destination site. But that company, a one-man show, eventually hit a dead-end and closed up shop. Today, it has returned with new founders who are reviving the brand as well as porting the experience to mobile. The idea itself is solid… Read More

  • VC Fred Destin Says Boston Has a Self-Promotion Problem

    Atlas Ventures’ Fred Destin Believes Funding Seed Stage Companies Is Like Falling In Love

    One of the best moments at our TC Boston Meetup + Pitch-off was an on-stage interview with Atlas Ventures’ Fred Destin, a Belgian gone Boston investing in super early stage startups. To Destin, investing in an early stage company is never about the mathematics of the business model or any quantifiable prediction of success, but rather like falling in love. Read More

  • Zula, The Mobile Collaboration App From VoIP Pioneer Jeff Pulver, Gets A Seed Round From Microsoft Ventures

    Zula, The Mobile Collaboration App From VoIP Pioneer Jeff Pulver, Gets A Seed Round From Microsoft Ventures

    Microsoft took a big step into enterprise collaboration when it acquired Yammer, and an equally big step into VoIP when it bought Skype. Now it’s taking an investment in Zula, a new startup that is offering a solution for how those two kinds of services might potentially work together. The Israel-based mobile collaboration app co-founded by Jeff Pulver, one of the original people… Read More

  • Rubikloud Raises $1 Million To Drive Conversion Rates With Big Data

    Rubikloud Raises $1 Million To Drive Conversion Rates With Big Data

    A new startup called Rubikloud seeks to provide a single platform that uses big data to analyze e-commerce businesses and improve conversion rates. To do that, the company has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Li Ka Shing’s Horizons Ventures, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), and some other angel investors. Read More

  • Qualcomm Jumps Into The Smartwatch Fight With The $350 Toq Smartwatch

    Qualcomm Jumps Into The Smartwatch Fight With The $350 Toq Smartwatch

    Meet the Qualcomm Toq. The $350 smartwatch will be available come December 2nd directly from Qualcomm. The watch packs some interesting features including Qualcomm’s own low-energy screen technology called Mirasol that should make it more readable in direct sunlight. The smartwatch race just got a bit more interesting. Qualcomm designed the Toq to bring Android notification to a… Read More