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  • No, Magic Can’t Deliver A Tiger

    No, Magic Can’t Deliver A Tiger

    Earlier this week, as Re/Code’s Jason Del Rey was trying to procure a chicken parmesan via text, we were trying to procure a tiger via text. “You want a tiger delivered? Just text the details and Magic’s got you covered,” read the lede of the VentureBeat article about nascent on-demand startup Magic. Read More

  • With A $60M Revenue Run Rate, ClassPass May Be The Next Uber

    With A $60M Revenue Run Rate, ClassPass May Be The Next Uber

    TechCrunch has secured financial information about ClassPass, the TechStars-backed startup that offers unlimited access to various fitness classes for a flat monthly fee. As it stands now, our sources report that ClassPass is tracking to a $60 million revenue run rate for 2015, a run rate that has doubled in the past three months. Last week alone, the company brought in $1.5 million and this… Read More

  • Storify Founders Leave For Open Source, Baby

    Storify Founders Leave For Open Source, Baby

    They’ve got new tales to tell. After five years running Storify, which lets you collect social media updates into narrative timelines, co-founders Burt Herman and Xavier Damman are leaving the startup which was acquired by Livefyre in 2013. They’re passing the reins to several original Storify members, who will keep the service running. Herman’s plan is to focus on raising… Read More

  • Shift Messenger Makes It Easy For Workers To Swap Hours

    Shift Messenger Makes It Easy For Workers To Swap Hours

    Anyone who has worked a retail job knows what a pain it is to take time off. You usually have to find someone to cover your shift and, unless you’ve managed to arrange your schedule in advance, that often entails panicked texts and phone calls to co-workers. A new startup called Shift Messenger wants to make the process less painful. Backed by Y Combinator, Shift Messenger was founded… Read More

  • YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    When launching a new consumer application, especially those in the social space, many developers today rely on an invite mechanism that has the app’s initial user base reaching out and recommending the app to their friends. But today, these invite systems are often fairly basic – they connect to a phone’s address book and then force the user to sift through their hundreds… Read More

  • SOLS, A Maker Of 3D-Printed Shoe Insoles, Raises $11.1 Million To Bring Its Product To Consumers And Athletes

    SOLS, A Maker Of 3D-Printed Shoe Insoles, Raises $11.1 Million To Bring Its Product To Consumers And Athletes

    SOLS, a 3D-printing company which, to date, has focused on printing custom shoe insoles prescribed by doctors for foot pain and other ailments, has now raised an additional $11.1 million in funding to help bring the product directly to consumers. The move will make it one of the first companies to use 3D printing technologies to market custom-manufactured wearables. The round, which arrives… Read More

  • Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems and will use its technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows the company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using Kochava currently has to… Read More

  • PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this particular equation. Following its huge success in the App Store, the app is coming to Android. When I first played with PhotoMath before the team took the stage in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt London, I was impressed by its design… Read More

  • Zillow’s Home Price Estimates Now Reflect Edits Immediately

    Zillow’s Home Price Estimates Now Reflect Edits Immediately

    Zillow now makes it easier for homeowners to edit facts about their homes and have those changes immediately reflected in its price estimates. Zillow’s so-called Zestimates are one of the key features of its service. For every house in the U.S., Zillow will try to estimate its current value. Currently, that’s about 100 million homes, the company’s chief economist Stan… Read More

  • Grofers, An On-Demand Delivery Service For Indian Cities, Raises $10M From Sequoia And Tiger Global

    Grofers, An On-Demand Delivery Service For Indian Cities, Raises $10M From Sequoia And Tiger Global

    An Indian startup called Grofers wants to help local shops take advantage of the e-commerce boom by not only providing them with a mobile platform for their inventory, but also facilitating on-demand delivery within 90 minutes. The startup just got a vote of confidence in the form of a $10 million series A round led by Sequoia Capital (a returning investor) and Tiger Global. Read More

  • Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global

    Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global

    Mapping startup Citymaps today announced a new $6 million funding round. The company’s app, which was previously available on iOS, also launched on Android, and it expanded its previously US-centric coverage to 80 million points of interest across the world. So why would you need another mapping app? Co-founder and President Aaron Rudenstine came by the TechCrunch office to demo Citymaps… Read More

  • YC-Backed Booktrope Rethinks Book Publishing

    YC-Backed Booktrope Rethinks Book Publishing

    If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard horror stories about the publishing industry — books that are rejected by publisher after publisher, books that sit in submission piles for years, books that are published but basically disappear without publisher support. At the same time, self-publishing has its risks for authors, too. You might spend a lot of your own money for… Read More

  • Hiring SaaS Platform Workable Raises Another $5M

    Workable has secured $5 million in additional funding from its existing investors, including Greylock Israel (which has since become 83North) and Greece-based seed investors Openfund. Workable enables smaller companies to post to multiple jobs boards, review candidates and schedule interviews. Read More

  • PR Analytics Startup TrendKite Raises Another $5M

    PR Analytics Startup TrendKite Raises Another $5M

    Erik Huddleston joined PR analytics startup TrendKite as its new CEO back in the middle of 2014, and he told me the company’s been growing quickly since. There’s been triple-digit revenue growth “not just quarter-over-quarter, but almost month-over-month,” and headcount has gone from six employees to 35. Read More

  • Boston Meetup. Tonight. Be There.

    Boston Meetup. Tonight. Be There.

    Dear Boston, TechCrunch has arrived. And even through all the snow, I can honestly say that you folks are looking wicked smaht this year. Read More

  • Twenty20 Raises $8M, Launches Crowdsourced Photo-Licensing Service

    Twenty20 Raises $8M, Launches Crowdsourced Photo-Licensing Service

    Twenty20, the startup formerly known as Instacanvas, today announced that it has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Canaan Partners. With this funding round, Twenty20 has also finalized its transformation from printing service for Instagram pictures to photo-licensing service. Indeed, with over 45 million photos from 250,000 photographers in its library, Twenty20 is now larger than… Read More

  • Flow Kana Brings You Pot Straight Off The Farm

    Flow Kana Brings You Pot Straight Off The Farm

    Think of it as the first “farm-to-bowl” concept. Flow Kana just launched an on-demand medical cannabis delivery service that skips the brick-and-mortar dispensary to bring pot from local, organic weed farmers straight to you. “It’s the clean cannabis movement,” founder Michael Steinmetz says. “It’s important for the consumer to know where their… Read More

  • Branch Metrics Raises $15 Million For Its Smarter Mobile Deep Linking Technology

    Branch Metrics Raises $15 Million For Its Smarter Mobile Deep Linking Technology

    Palo Alto-based Branch Metrics, one of the many companies focused on developing better mobile deep linking technology – that is, links that point users to specific pages within mobile applications themselves – is announcing today the close of its $15 million Series A round of funding, led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and TriplePoint Capital President Ben… Read More

  • Bio
    20n, A YC Synthetic Biology Startup, Uses Software To Engineer Microbes For Chemical-Making

    20n, A YC Synthetic Biology Startup, Uses Software To Engineer Microbes For Chemical-Making

    20n, one of a wave of biotech-related startups that Y Combinator is starting to fund, is the brainchild of a UC Berkeley professor and a post-doc. Saurabh Srivastava and J. Christopher Anderson have worked together for several years developing software that can design genetically engineered microbes to make specific chemicals. While at their DARPA-backed lab at UC Berkeley, they created… Read More

  • We Need Your Disrupt NY Battlefield Submissions Right Now!

    We Need Your Disrupt NY Battlefield Submissions Right Now!

    Disrupt NY will be here in no time, and you know what that means. You should probably get started on Disrupt NY Battlefield applications. We’re about to close submissions so we want you to be able to get your application in ASAP. For those of you who don’t yet know, the Startup Battlefield is a world-renowned startup competition. It’s like the Gymnastics portion of the… Read More