TechStars

  • A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    Techstars has had a fast 3 years in Europe. After Techstars London, led by the departing Jon Bradford, had been set up, it opened a further three programmes: in Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator (around retail) and a fintec accelerator sponsored by Barclays Bank. Techstars London Demo Day today saw over 1,000 people signed up (the majority of whom actually turned up to a rented East… Read More

  • The Head Of TechStars London, Jon Bradford, Is Leaving For New Pastures

    The Head Of TechStars London, Jon Bradford, Is Leaving For New Pastures

    As Jon Bradford, head of TechStars London, hosts their annual Demo Day in a well-worn old cinema in East London, TechCrunch has learned that this will be his last in the role. Independent sources have confirmed that Bradford is leaving the TechStars network to pursue new opportunities, though his next move remains a mystery. Bradford gave me a “no comment” on the story today… Read More

  • At The R/GA Accelerator Demo Day, Ten New IoT Companies Go Live

    At The R/GA Accelerator Demo Day, Ten New IoT Companies Go Live

    Here at the R/GA accelerator Demo Day, powered by TechStars, 10 companies are looking to make a difference in the world. Back in August, TechStars and R/GA got together once again to form a special kind of accelerator, focused entirely on connected devices and the IoT space. Today, the fruits of all that labor are about to be unveiled, with ten new companies launching into the scene to figure… Read More

  • Bench Bookkeeping Service Cooks Up $7 Million Series A

    Bench Bookkeeping Service Cooks Up $7 Million Series A

    Bench, the TechStars-backed company that matches bookkeepers with businesses, has today closed a $7 million Series A round. The financing was led by Altos Ventures with participation from Contour Venture Partners. Bench started out as 10sheet, an algorithm-meets-human platform where SMBs could sign up to have all their transaction paperwork sent directly through the 10sheet system and then… Read More

  • Techstars Lands In Detroit

    Techstars Lands In Detroit

    Detroit has a new resident: Techstars. The noted startup accelerator is today announcing Techstars Mobility, a program designed to advance young mobility and transportation companies in the Motor City. Together with Ford, Magna and Verizon Telematics, the program will give 10 startups deep access into the motor industries. Read More

  • Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever

    Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever

    Ello.co, the ad-free social media network which blew up last month, has nabbed $5.5 million in venture capital funding even as it plants a legal flag in the ground that the company will never make money from selling ads or user data and that no acquirer can do so either. The company filed in Delaware as a Public Benefit Corp., which Ello says makes it legally impossible under US law for… Read More

  • Forget LinkedIn, Conspire Analyses Email To Be Your Next Networking Tool

    Forget LinkedIn, Conspire Analyses Email To Be Your Next Networking Tool

    LinkedIn — now with over 300 million users — has become the go-to platform for networking in the business world. Now, a new startup called Conspire is hoping to dig into that marketshare (and mindshare) with a new approach for how to meet people. It taps into your communications platforms — starting first with email and those who use Gmail or Google Apps email — and… Read More

  • Barclays Debut London Fintech Cohort Eyes Real Estate, Wider Access And Hardware

    Barclays Debut London Fintech Cohort Eyes Real Estate, Wider Access And Hardware

    The Barclays Accelerator is holding its inaugural demo day today, with 11 startups presenting to potential investors after 15 weeks of mentoring and financial services hot-housing. Read More

  • ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

    ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

    ClassPass, the subscription service that offers unlimited monthly access to various fitness classes around town, has just closed a $12 million Series A funding round, the majority of which is coming from existing ClassPass investors. Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil are leading the round, with participation from existing investors such as David Tisch, Kal Vepuri, and Shana Fisher, among others. Read More

  • It’s Time For VCs To Run To Their Bubble Bunkers

    It’s Time For VCs To Run To Their Bubble Bunkers

    Techstars, one of the most prominent accelerators in the world, announced yesterday that it was introducing what it called “an equity back guarantee.” The idea is that founders who join the program can ask for their equity to be returned (or a percentage of it) shortly after their Techstars batch ends if they feel that the accelerator didn’t provide them with sufficient… Read More

  • Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

    Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

    Why are there so embarrassingly few women in the tech industry? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: “It’s a pipeline problem!” So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that’s the only obstacle here. The pipeline problem is very real; but so is the trapdoor problem. Read More

  • Lua, The Mobile-First Comms Tool For Any Workforce, Launches Insights Metrics Product

    Lua, The Mobile-First Comms Tool For Any Workforce, Launches Insights Metrics Product

    Lua, the mobile first communications platform for any workforce, has today launched a brand new feature of the product called Insights. Insights is a metrics platform that will allow clients to see in real-time the way that their employees are communicating and gauge that against the success of the company. Lua launched back in 2013 out of TechStars to bring better communication tools to… Read More

  • Second Round Of R/GA Techstars IoT-Focused Accelerator Announced

    Second Round Of R/GA Techstars IoT-Focused Accelerator Announced

    Based on the actions of Google alone (not to mention other big players in the tech world), it’s incredibly clear that the home is likely one of the next platforms to likely be dominated by tech. That said, R/GA is announcing their second iteration of the R/GA accelerator powered by TechStars, focused exclusively on connected devices and hardware. Last year, Techstars and R/GA partnered… Read More

  • TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)

    TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)

    Today in an old music-hall-turned-arthouse-movie-theatre in the East End of London, TechStars presented its London DemoDay, three months after the group was announced. The startups presenting ran the gamut from B2B to consumer, education to e-commerce and social networking. Only three of the companies presenting were from the UK, with the rest coming from Europe, U.S. and Asia. This is… Read More

  • Gone Will Sell Your Old Crap For You

    Gone Will Sell Your Old Crap For You

    In an age when consumerism is almost the only path to survival, it’s pretty easy to accumulate a lot of stuff. And then you get more stuff, and wind up startlingly close to a hoarder’s lifestyle before deciding to sell a bunch of it. At first, the idea feels brilliant, until you start tabulating the time, effort and resources involved in selling off a bunch of old crap. Is it worth… Read More

  • Sphero And Ollie Robotic Toy Maker Orbotix Has Raised Another $20M, Say Sources

    Sphero And Ollie Robotic Toy Maker Orbotix Has Raised Another $20M, Say Sources

    Orbotix, the company that makes fast-moving, robotic toys that you control with smartphone apps, has raised another $20 million in funding, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed with a reliable source. This brings the total raised by maker of the popular Sphero ball to $35 million, as it gears up to start selling its next product, the cylindrical Ollie (originally called the 2B), later this… Read More

  • Techstars-Backed Codementor Launches To Provide Programmers With One-On-One Help

    Techstars-Backed Codementor Launches To Provide Programmers With One-On-One Help

    Codementor, an open marketplace for one-on-one programming help, is now open to the public after finishing a three-month stint at Techstars Seattle. The site connects users with experts in a wide range of programming languages for situations ranging from emergency debugging to more in-depth tutoring. Read More

  • PopTip Launches Zipline Analytics On Instagram, Letting Brands Monitor Photo-Friendly Conversations

    PopTip Launches Zipline Analytics On Instagram, Letting Brands Monitor Photo-Friendly Conversations

    PopTip, the Techstars-backed startup that offers real-time language tracking across social platforms, has today launched its Zipline analytics tool on Instagram. Unlike PopTip questions, the product that launched the brand, Zipline doesn’t require brands to poll or ask a question to their audiences. Instead, brands can simply choose which words, phrases, etc. they want tracked and then… Read More

  • Ringblingz Is Wearable Tech That Helps Teens Stay Connected

    Ringblingz Is Wearable Tech That Helps Teens Stay Connected

    The lack of wearable technology created just for teenagers is surprising, especially when you consider how tech-obsessed kids are: the average American teen spends 7.5 hours consuming media, while 70% of 13 to 17 year olds now own a smartphone. A new startup called Ringblingz wants to tap into this potentially lucrative market. Read More

  • A New Fintech Accelerator Emerges In London As Techstars Partners With Barclays

    A New Fintech Accelerator Emerges In London As Techstars Partners With Barclays

    A new fintech accelerator has emerged in London, courtesy of a partnership between Barclays and Techstars. Similar to previous programs run on behalf of Nike and Microsoft in the U.S., the Barclays Accelerator is a three month bootcamp-style programme, “powered by Techstars”, but specifically targeting fintech startups — a first for the international accelerator. Read More

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