Startups

The newest companies that could change the world

  • The New HowAboutWe Will Let You Order A Date On Demand

    The New HowAboutWe Will Let You Order A Date On Demand

    HowAboutWe, five years old and recently acquired by digital dating giant IAC, is relaunching its mobile app today with a bevy of new features and updated pricing. The most notable update comes in the form of Tonight, a feature that allows users to essentially order a date on-demand. With Tonight, users can opt-in for a date tonight, put in a specific time, and HowAboutWe will search through… Read More

  • London Security Incubator, CyLon, Selects First Cohort

    London Security Incubator, CyLon, Selects First Cohort

    The CyLon London incubator was announced back in January, billing itself as Europe’s first dedicated cyber-security accelerator. At the time it said it was expecting to select about 10 startups in its first intake. In the event it’s gone for six for its first 12-week program, announcing the team list today. Read More

  • Managed By Q Launches Out Of Beta In NY, Expands To Chicago

    Managed By Q Launches Out Of Beta In NY, Expands To Chicago

    Managed By Q, the iPad-powered office management platform, has today announced that it will be launching out of beta in NYC. The company is also expanding to Chicago, launching an invite-only beta to startups and businesses in the area. Managed By Q is a platform built to help offices keep track of groceries, supplies, cleaning, repairs — all the things that take focus away from running… Read More

  • Following Merger With Addvocate, Trapit Launches A Combined Product For Social Sharing

    Following Merger With Addvocate, Trapit Launches A Combined Product For Social Sharing

    Trapit, the combined company created from last year’s merger of startups Addvocate and Trapit, is unveiling the main result of that merger today — a set of tools for “employee advocacy and social selling” that includes features from both companies. In other words, Trapit now offers a product where you can find relevant content (as you could in the original Trapit)… Read More

  • Spring, The Shoppable Instagram, Closes $25M In Series B

    Spring, The Shoppable Instagram, Closes $25M In Series B

    Spring, the Instagram for shopping, has today closed $25 million in Series B funding led by Box Group, with participation by Yuri Millner, Groupe Arnault, Google Ventures, and Thrive Capital. Spring has raised a total of $32.5 million. Alongside the funding announcement, Spring (created by David Tisch and his brother Alan Tisch in August 2014) is also launching an Android version of the app… Read More

  • The Flatiron School Raises $9 Million In Series B Funding

    The Flatiron School Raises $9 Million In Series B Funding

    The Flatiron School, an educational platform aimed at getting young kids and adults comfortable with programming, has today announced the close of a $9 million Series B funding round led by Thrive Capital with participation from CRV and Matrix. The idea behind Flatiron School is that anyone, young or old, can learn to code over the course of 12 weeks, to the extent that they could go out and get… Read More

  • CurrencyFair Raises Further €10 Million

    CurrencyFair Raises Further €10 Million

    VCs continue to plough money into money transfer/currency exchange startups in Europe. This time it’s the turn of CurrencyFair, which has raised a further €10 million. The round was led by Octopus Investments, with participation from previous backer Frontline Ventures. Read More

  • Tray.io Raises $2.2M For An IFTTT-Style “Integration Marketplace” To Connect Enterprise Apps

    Tray.io Raises $2.2M For An IFTTT-Style “Integration Marketplace” To Connect Enterprise Apps

    Enterprises collectively spend $500 billion annually working with system integrators to link up the apps and services they use to run their businesses so that they can work together. Now, tapping into the growth of APIs for everything, a new company out of London, tray.io, has built a platform that it calls an “integration marketplace,” which wants to make costly IT… Read More

  • Brain Training App Peak Scores $7 Million Series A Round

    Brain Training App Peak Scores $7 Million Series A Round

    Late last year I declared a penchant for so-called brain training games, which claim to be able to help you improve your cognitive ability, while also cleverly tapping into the casual mobile gaming phenomena. Then I got bored. If these apps are supposed to improve one’s ability to focus and retain information, they failed completely. However, regardless of my diminishing attention… Read More

  • Rocket Internet Acquires Restaurant Delivery Service Volo

    Rocket Internet Acquires Restaurant Delivery Service Volo

    Well, what do we have here. Just a couple of days after participating in European restaurant delivery service Take Eat Easy’s €6 million Series A funding round, ‘startup factory’ and e-commerce behemoth Rocket Internet has acquired Germany’s Volo, a startup playing in exactly the same space. If I was Take Eat Easy’s CEO I might be slightly puzzled to say the least. Read More

  • Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone

    Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone

    It feels like Number26 opened its doors yesterday, but the young startup just raised a $10.6 million Series A round (€10 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, with Daniel S. Aegerter and existing investors Earlybird and Redalpine also participating. This represents Valar Ventures’ second investment in a European fintech startup — the VC fund also participated in… Read More