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  • Meteor Launches Paid Developer Support Subscriptions For Its JavaScript App Platform

    Meteor Launches Paid Developer Support Subscriptions For Its JavaScript App Platform

    The Y Combinator-incubated Meteor JavaScript application platform today announced that it has acquired Percolate Studio, a design and engineering shop with a lot of experience in building and supporting Meteor-based applications. Meteor is going to use Percolate’s expertise for its commercial developer support subscription, which is also launching today. Read More

  • Kinova Robotics | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Kinova Robotics Gives The Disabled A Helping Hand

    Montreal-based Kinova Robotics was founded in part because of one man – the founder’s uncle, Jaco, a disabled inventor who created a manipulator for his wheelchair out of a hot dog pincher, some microswitches, and some complex electronics. This early attempt, while primitive, was the basis for a whole series of amazing – and amazingly useful – robotic… Read More

  • Dollar Shave Club Raises $75M To Fend Off Gillette And Harry’s

    Dollar Shave Club Raises $75M To Fend Off Gillette And Harry’s

    Dollar Shave Club, the subscription service for razors (and more!) has closed a $75 million Series D round at a pre-money valuation north of $500 million. This funding comes less then a year after a $50 million Series C, and brings total fundraising to $148 million. Read More

  • SEC Reg A+ Will Now Let You Crowdfund Equity

    SEC Reg A+ Will Now Let You Crowdfund Equity

    Crowdfunding just got a little bit more interesting. According to SEC Regulation A+, as of today companies can secure funding via crowdfunding provided they are compliant with a set of very specific laws and standards. “These new rules provide an effective, workable path to raising capital that also provides strong investor protections,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White in a release… Read More

  • Polish Startup Filmaster Sells To Samba TV For €1 Million

    Polish Startup Filmaster Sells To Samba TV For €1 Million

    Filmaster, a movie recommendation engine built by a team in Warsaw, Poland, has sold to Samba TV for a little over €1 million. Filmaster was funded by HackFwd and HardGamma Ventures although the founders kept most of the company as it was sold. Described as a service that offers movie recommendations using “its own proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning… Read More

  • AppFormix Raises $7M Series A Round For Its Cloud Ops Service

    AppFormix Raises $7M Series A Round For Its Cloud Ops Service

    AppFormix, a startup that aims to help enterprises to more efficiently run their application in the shared infrastructure environments of public clouds, today announced that it has raised a $7 million Series A round led by August Capital. Read More

  • Meet The Startups Pitching At TechCrunch’s Grand Rapids Mini-Meetup

    Meet The Startups Pitching At TechCrunch’s Grand Rapids Mini-Meetup

    TechCrunch is headed to Grand Rapids to host our first mini-meetup and pitch-off in West Michigan. The doors open tomorrow, Thursday May 21st, at 5:00. Expect the pitches to start around 5:30. Thanks to Start Garden, the event is free and there will be an open bar that hopefully serves some great local beers. I hear the venue is almost at capacity. RSVP here to reserve a spot. Five local… Read More

  • Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky offered no comment. The company, which… Read More

  • The Importance Of Founders Crunch Network

    The Importance Of Founders

    In a prior era, some considered it best practice to bring in “professional managers” to run the businesses started by creative and hard-working entrepreneurs once those business began to scale and appeared to need “adult supervision.” The term “upgrade management” is still occasionally heard among investors but never in front of founders. Read More

  • Keurig CEO Blames Coffee Pod DRM For Falling Sales

    Keurig CEO Blames Coffee Pod DRM For Falling Sales

    In what amounts to a win for the anti-DRM crowd, Keurig CEO Brian Kelley said the 23% drop in sales came from his move to prevent coffee lovers from using unofficial K-Cups in its 2.0 machines. After the company’s patent on the K-Cup expired, the company added a lock to its new machines to prevent the use of refillable cups and cups from outside manufacturers. Users also filed a… Read More

  • How To Make The Most Of Your Startup Accelerator Program Experience Crunch Network

    How To Make The Most Of Your Startup Accelerator Program Experience

    Seed accelerators have been around for 10 years now and their popularity doesn’t appear to be waning any time soon. Sure, criticism for the programs themselves and the proliferation of different programs around the world have taken some wind out of the sails, but primarily, joining an accelerator program – or rather, being accepted to an accelerator – is still considered… Read More

  • Work Management Platform Wrike Raises $15M Series B Round

    Work Management Platform Wrike Raises $15M Series B Round

    Work management and collaboration platform Wrike today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series B round led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from DCM Ventures and previous investor Bain Capital Ventures. As the company also disclosed today, its enterprise revenue is currently growing 20 percent month-over-month and the company is adding $1.5 million in new annualized… Read More

  • An NYC Entrepreneur’s Guide To Scaling A Company Crunch Network

    An NYC Entrepreneur’s Guide To Scaling A Company

    The latest class of early-stage startups is busy preparing to crush it at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. I’m not going out on a limb by saying that the goal of every company there is to scale fast, and most have committed to or are thinking of doing so in New York. I was born and raised in New York City and my dream was always to build a company here. I can’t imagine a better place to be. Read More

  • Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Disrupt NY is just a few days away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak throughout the three-day-long conference. You can still buy general admission tickets for Disrupt NY here. You can find full details about the event here. These are the speakers we are proud to announce and when you can expect to see them take… Read More

  • Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

    Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

    Acceleprise Ventures, a San Francisco-based incubator anchored by investor Sean Glass, announced a new $3.5 million fund with a pronounced enterprise app bent. It also announced 10 newly funded companies. The company works with 8-12 pre-seed B2B companies per round to help them grow from acquiring their first customers “to building scalable and repeatable processes that can fuel… Read More

  • LinkedIn Q1 Beats On Sales Of $638M, EPS Of $0.57, Shares Tank On Weak Outlook

    LinkedIn Q1 Beats On Sales Of $638M, EPS Of $0.57, Shares Tank On Weak Outlook

    After Facebook and Twitter reported mixed results this week, LinkedIn today was the latest of the social networks to report its Q1 earnings. The company, which has over 350 million users globally, posted sales of $638 million, up 35% year on year, with non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.57. Both beat analyst expectations but the stock is taking a big hit in after-hours trading, down more… Read More

  • The Worst Business Mantra Is ‘Spend The Company’s Money Like It’s Your Own’ Crunch Network

    The Worst Business Mantra Is ‘Spend The Company’s Money Like It’s Your Own’

    What do a teepee, cosmetic surgery and hot tub supplies have in common? They all appeared on corporate expense reports in 2011. Yes, it turns out that when companies tell employees, “Spend company money like it’s your own,” some people listen too well. When the average American household carries $15,611 in credit card debt, let’s face it: you don’t actually… Read More

  • Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup Crunch Network

    Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup

    While the atmosphere outside the store was generally similar to previous launches, a glaring difference was the fact that I wasn’t waiting outside of an Apple Store. I was sitting on the sidewalk outside of the upscale fashion boutique Maxfield, on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Read More

  • Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Will Give Disrupt NY The Real Deal On Virtual Reality

    Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Will Give Disrupt NY The Real Deal On Virtual Reality

    Oculus is getting ready to launch its consumer Rift virtual reality headset so at TechCrunch Disrupt NY I’ll be sitting down with the man who made it. Nate Mitchell is the co-founder and VP of Product at Oculus. While visionary Palmer Luckey and CEO Brendan Iribe get a lot of attention, its Mitchell who’s in charge of engineering, product, its Story Studio content team, and making… Read More

  • Introducing TechCrunch TV Live From Disrupt NY

    Introducing TechCrunch TV Live From Disrupt NY

    Disrupt NY 2015 is days away and we’re thrilled to announce the TechCrunch video team will be broadcasting interviews, updates, and great startup action live from the Exhibit Hall floor. In the past, our video team has been hidden backstage, occasionally sneaking out from inside a secret lair with cameras and microphones. This year TechCrunch TV Live will quite literally be in… Read More

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