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  • Spotify Buys Beats’ Analytics Provider Seed Scientific

    Spotify Buys Beats’ Analytics Provider Seed Scientific

    Spotify wants to own big data about bands. Today it acquired analytics firm Seed Scientific to forge a new Advanced Analytics unit tasked with understanding and improving how artists, listeners, and brands interact with its streaming music service. Seed Scientific formerly served clients including Audi, Unilever, the United Nations, and importantly, Apple’s Beats Music. But with the… Read More

  • Dropbox Now Has More Than 400 Million Registered Users

    Dropbox Now Has More Than 400 Million Registered Users

    Dropbox said today that it now has more than 400 million registered users — a jump from the last public figure about its user base in May last year. Previously, the company had said it had 300 million users. The company didn’t say how many of them are monthly active users, but it still shows that Dropbox’s registered user base at the very least continues to grow. Read More

  • Teespring Eliminates 70 Jobs In Providence As Company Restructures

    Teespring Eliminates 70 Jobs In Providence As Company Restructures

    Teespring, the custom apparel startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and others, has laid off 70 employees from its Providence, Rhode Island-based location, TechCrunch learned and Teespring confirms. The move, which impacts those in customer service, selling services and select graphic design positions, represents Teespring’s continued withdrawal from the region where… Read More

  • Report Ranks New York, London, Helsinki Top Cities For Pro-Startup Policymaking

    Report Ranks New York, London, Helsinki Top Cities For Pro-Startup Policymaking

    A study of the quality of policymaking in 40 cities around the world, considering how supportive city governments are to entrepreneurs and tech startups, has ranked New York at the top of its ‘innovation friendly’ index, followed by London, Helsinki, Barcelona and Amsterdam. So Big Apple aside, the report suggests city policymakers across Europe are getting their grove on when it… Read More

  • Ascribe Raises $2 Million To Ensure You Get Credit For Your Art

    Ascribe Raises $2 Million To Ensure You Get Credit For Your Art

    Digital scarcity is an oxymoron. Unless it isn’t. Thanks to a recently funded startup called Ascribe, artists and writers can now create unique copies of their work that can be bought and sold and cannot, in theory, be duplicated. The founders, Bruce Pon, Trent McConaghy, and Masha McConaghy have experience in banking, hardware, and curation. Masha, a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, curated at… Read More

  • ByeBuy Offers Alternative To Gadget Ownership With On-Demand, Pay-As-You-Go Model

    ByeBuy Offers Alternative To Gadget Ownership With On-Demand, Pay-As-You-Go Model

    If there is one product category that is arguably crying out for a bit of so-called collaborative consumption, it’s the latest gadgets. If only to slow down the rate of landfill or save us from the time-consuming and painful process of ‘recycling’ last year’s tech purchases on eBay. Enter German startup ByeBuy. Read More

  • GoFundMe’s Investors Take A Controlling Stake In Latest Financing Round

    GoFundMe’s Investors Take A Controlling Stake In Latest Financing Round

    It appears GoFundMe’s founders have decided it’s time to cash out. The company’s cofounders Brad Damphousse and Andy Ballester told the Wall Street Journal today that the pair have decided to sell a controlling stake to the investor group that is leading its latest financing round. TechCrunch previously broke the news of the financing round, as well as the… Read More

  • Shyp Nabs Foursquare’s Varun Shetty To Run Business Development

    Shyp Nabs Foursquare’s Varun Shetty To Run Business Development

    Shyp, an app that enables customers to summon a courier and ship an item, has hired Foursquare’s Varun Shetty to run the company’s business development operations. Shetty’s primary focus for now will be building relationships with retailers with the company’s returns product. Customers can summon a Shyp courier to return a product through a dedicated interface in the… Read More

  • Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone Crunch Network

    Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone

    Nearly all startups use the same methodology to figure out when to raise their next round of capital. The founder projects the planned burn rate and estimates the day they will run out of cash. Then they subtract a margin for fundraising approximately four months from the date the company’s bank account will be empty, and declares the difference the fundraising-process start date. Read More

  • VenueNext Raises $9M To Create Apps For Stadiums

    VenueNext Raises $9M To Create Apps For Stadiums

    Have you ever been hungry at a sporting event but didn’t want to deal with the lines? Well VenueNext has raised $9 million to roll out an app for your lazy ass. From mobile ordering to in-stadium directions, VenueNext is a technology platform that is working to change the way fans experience live venues. The company just closed its Series A, with participation from strategic investors… Read More

  • 500 Startups Arrives In London With “Distro Dojo”, A Three-Month Growth Program For Post-Seed Startups

    500 Startups Arrives In London With “Distro Dojo”, A Three-Month Growth Program For Post-Seed Startups

    TechCrunch has learned that Dave McClure and co. are officially setting up shop in London with the launch of “Distro Dojo”, a new three-month program for ‘post-seed’ startups that will be aggressively focused on growth in a bid to help bridge the gap between seed funding, which is arguably becoming plentiful in the U.K., and the so-called Series A “crunch”. Read More

  • Manus Machina Is Building Gaming Gloves For VR

    Manus Machina Is Building Gaming Gloves For VR

    Immersive headsets continue to lift off company drawing boards, in the hopes of powering a new wave of virtual reality in the consumer space — whether it’s the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheus, Microsoft’s Hololens or HTC-Valve’s Vive, to name a few VR devices in the works (some others: FOVE, Razer… the list goes on). Dutch startup… Read More

  • Cloud-Based App Launcher Frame Lands $10 Million In Series A Funding

    Cloud-Based App Launcher Frame Lands $10 Million In Series A Funding

    Frame, a cloud-based service that allows users to run desktop programs like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel directly from their browser, just announced that it has closed a $10 million Series A funding round. Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Bain Capital Ventures and SQN Venture Partners participated in the round. The three-year-old Frame, formerly Mainframe2, had just recently landed… Read More

  • Dropbox Redesigns Its Android App

    Dropbox Redesigns Its Android App

    Dropbox today released a redesign for its Android application designed to streamline the process of sharing files and uploading folders. The new Android app, which will roll out in the next couple of days, is a redesign of the user interface that’s a little more seamless compared to its previous versions. The new app also includes a new spot for the company’s search function… Read More

  • Startup Studio eFounders Grabs $6 Million To Build 6 New SaaS Startups

    Startup Studio eFounders Grabs $6 Million To Build 6 New SaaS Startups

    French startup studio eFounders just raised $6 million from Fotolia co-founder Oleg Tscheltzoff to build its next batch of software-as-a-service startups. So far, eFounders is behind five startups that are now independent — Mailjet, Textmaster, Mention, Front and Aircall. Pressking has been sold, and two startups are in the works — Illustrio and Tipi. With today’s funding… Read More

  • Shuddle’s New Ridesharing App Lets Teens And Tweens Book Their Own Rides With Parents’ Permission

    Shuddle’s New Ridesharing App Lets Teens And Tweens Book Their Own Rides With Parents’ Permission

    Shuddle, a car service founded one of the co-founders of Sidecar which focuses on providing rides to busy families – including kids and seniors – is today launching a new mobile application called ShuddleMe which allows teens and tweens to schedule rides for themselves. Because of the ages of the clientele, these rides are only booked after a parent or caregiver provides… Read More

  • Sense360 Launches Out Of Stealth To Make Your Apps Smarter

    Sense360 Launches Out Of Stealth To Make Your Apps Smarter

    Sense360, the company that received $2.75 million in seed without ever telling us publicly what it is that they do, has just come out of stealth with the launch of their SDK. The idea behind Sense360 is actually quite simple, though execution of that plan is anything but. Essentially, Sense360 has found a way to combine all kinds of data from the sensors in a smartphone, paired with location… Read More

  • Ily Is A Modern Family Phone To Stay Connected With Your Family

    Ily Is A Modern Family Phone To Stay Connected With Your Family

    Meet Ily, a brand new take on personal communication between family members. Ily is a new connected device for your home as well as a smartphone app. Developed by New York-based startup Insensi, Ily doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. This all-in-one communication box does a few things really well, and makes sense for all family members, from kids to grandparents. “When I was working… Read More

  • Task Manager Todoist Releases Completely Revamped Android App

    Task Manager Todoist Releases Completely Revamped Android App

    Popular task manager Todoist just received a major Android update with a completely overhauled user interface and very efficient new features. First, the company switched to Material design in order to make a more polished app that fits in better in Google’s operating system. Second, the company added natural language processing as well as intruitive gestures in order to manage your… Read More

  • Spanish On-Demand Cleaning Startup Wayook Quietly Picks Up Backing From Axon Partners Group

    Spanish On-Demand Cleaning Startup Wayook Quietly Picks Up Backing From Axon Partners Group

    Wayook, the Spanish on-demand cleaning startup, has quietly raised its first funding round: a modest €640,000 from Axon Partners Group. The investment closed a few weeks back but went mostly under the radar, which is synonymous of Wayook as a whole. Read More

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