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  • Fintech’s Five Dark-Horse Cities Crunch Network

    Fintech’s Five Dark-Horse Cities

    With global investment in fintech having tripled in the last five years, the financial sector is without a doubt in the midst of a revolution. The leading cities in the global fintech race are relatively unsurprising: Silicon Valley, New York, London and Hong Kong are the epicentres of the investment blast. But it’s the newcomers that are diversifying the market. Read More

  • London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries Crunch Network

    London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries

    While London is no Silicon Valley, or even New York, it is a melting pot of talent, and its tech scene is growing fast. In the whole of 2010, the total funding raised by London tech firms was less than £10 million. So far in 2015 it’s close to £1 billion, and there is an increasing amount of capital (“dry powder” in industry parlance) available to help identify and scale… Read More

  • Want To Be The Next Amazon? Go Cross-Border From Day One Crunch Network

    Want To Be The Next Amazon? Go Cross-Border From Day One

    The business of e-commerce is still mostly a national affair. U.S. consumers order from U.S. retailers like Amazon, Gap and Walmart; Chinese consumers buy from Chinese sites such as Tmall, Taobao and JD.com; and Indian consumers flock to Flipkart and SnapDeal. Read More

  • Apple Pay Has Officially Launched In The U.K.

    Apple Pay Has Officially Launched In The U.K.

    The Eagle has landed. An accidental tweet told us that the U.K. wouldn’t have to wait for Apple Pay much longer, and that tweet was right. Apple Pay has officially launched in the U.K. Finally! It has been available to customers here in the US since last October, so your time has finally come, U.K. Hopefully your bank is one of the launch participants: American Express, First Direct… Read More

  • Barnes & Noble Closes International Nook Store

    Barnes & Noble Closes International Nook Store

    The Digital Reader found an interesting email sent to international Nook users about the Nook app for Windows. Essentially it informs international Nook users outside the US or the UK that their content will be removed from Windows machines and their money refunded. “We recently announced that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have agreed to terminate their commercial… 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

  • London’s Passion Capital Raises $69M For Its Second Early Stage Fund

    London’s Passion Capital Raises $69M For Its Second Early Stage Fund

    London-based Passion Capital has raised a second fund for investing in early stage U.K.-based startups — today announcing a coffer of £45 million ($69M) to power its next phase of investments. Read More

  • Xiaomi To Sell Products In US And Europe Starting June 1st

    Xiaomi To Sell Products In US And Europe Starting June 1st

    Mi.com will soon sell Xiaomi products and accessories in the US and, UK, France and Germany. This comes after last week’s short soft launch of the online store. However, like before, the firm is not selling its mobile phones or tablets in these regions yet. Starting on June 1st Mi.com will offer the Mi Band activity tracker, Mi Headphones and Mi Power Bank — all decent products sold… Read More

  • Stox Gets $8M Series A To Make Equities Trading More Accessible

    Stox Gets $8M Series A To Make Equities Trading More Accessible

    Stox is an online broker that wants to make trading stocks less mystifying for new investors. The London-based company announced that it has raised a $8 million series A round led by Singulariteam. Read More

  • New U.K. Government Focuses On Startups And Spooks

    New U.K. Government Focuses On Startups And Spooks

    The U.K. voted in a General Election on Thursday. The result ends five years of coalition government, and ushers in five years of true blue Tory rule. Here’s a quick round up of a few of the tech issues and areas that are going to be in play over the course of this Parliament. Read More

  • Splittable App Makes A Play For Renters Who Have To Split Apartment Costs

    Splittable App Makes A Play For Renters Who Have To Split Apartment Costs

    We’ve seen how Venmo has taken off in the US for when people want to split things like shared restaurant bills. Now a UK startup has come up with an app which it claims will make it easier to share expenses when sharing an apartment. According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, the country has over ten million young renters driven into sharing apartments because of… Read More

  • Fliplet Secures Seed Funding For Its ‘Fast’ Enterprise Apps Building Platform

    Fliplet Secures Seed Funding For Its ‘Fast’ Enterprise Apps Building Platform

    You’re a business that wants to create a mobile app, but faster than it would take a designer to build something bespoke. UK-based startup Fliplet says it has come up with a simple way to do this which is mainly used by companies to produce internal business apps, such as to support sales, reporting, training, marketing, stuff like that. Existing customers include Marriott, Mars, Xerox… Read More

  • Kano Co-Founder To Talk Building A Coding Kit Business At Disrupt NY

    Kano Co-Founder To Talk Building A Coding Kit Business At Disrupt NY

    Sales pitches for products that aim to teach a new generation to learn to code arrive thick and fast in the inbox, these days. But one of the most polished entrants in this burgeoning space remains U.K. startup Kano, which Kickstarted its startup coding kit business at the end of 2013 — raising around $1.5 million from geeky parents to get the ball rolling. Read More

  • ClickMechanic, The U.K. On-Demand Car Mechanic Startup, Scores Seed Funding

    ClickMechanic, The U.K. On-Demand Car Mechanic Startup, Scores Seed Funding

    ClickMechanic, the U.K. startup aiming to be something like an ‘Uber for car mechanics’ by offering a marketplace that lets you easily and transparently book a mobile mechanic, has scored a modest seed round. The London-based company, founded by Andrew Jervis and Felix Kenton, has raised £320,000 from angel investors led by former Just Eat CEO Klaus Nyengaard. This adds to… Read More

  • Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple has flipped the switch for pre-orders for the Apple Watch, letting customers purchase their device in advance via the Apple Store website and the Store app for iPhone and iPad. Previously, customers could “favorite” their preferred selection, picking from the three Watch collections and the various bands available for each, but now they can actually order a device, with… Read More

  • Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

    Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

    While Amazon is expanding its logistics and delivery business to complement its e-commerce portal, Google is working on ways to make its search experience online more like Amazon’s to grow the number of people who use Google to look for and buy products. Today Google announced that it is turning on Product Ratings in the UK, France and Germany. Product ratings, first launched in the U.S. Read More

  • London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    What is it with tech jobs in London (and, lately, the rest of the UK)? Well, ask a silly question, right? Because the city and the country is going through a tech boom right now and when that happens tech startups in the recruitment space scramble to join the fray, especially in the UK capital. There’s even a “Silicon Milkround” to compete with the usual ‘milk… Read More

  • BT Confirms New BT Mobile 4G Service On EE’s Network

    BT Confirms New BT Mobile 4G Service On EE’s Network

    Ahead of closing its deal to buy EE for £12.5 billion, BT is laying the groundwork for its new mobile business and quad-play strategy, today: the company has now officially launched BT Mobile — a 4G service that will run on EE’s network, for now by way of an MVNO deal, with pricing starting at a competition-busting £5 per month. “Offering BT customers the UK’s best… Read More

  • Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters Crunch Network

    Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters

    Editor’s Note: Ben Murray is the editor for The Space, a digital art non-profit organization in the UK and was a former BBC digital editor.  The line “good artists copy; great artists steal,” attributed to Pablo Picasso and appropriated by Steve Jobs in a 1995 interview, is in some ways at the core of much of the aesthetic endeavors that engage modern technology. Jobs… Read More

  • Media Tech And Venture Capital Crunch Network

    Media Tech And Venture Capital

    “You can’t get venture capital if you’re hiring people who make content.” Of all the people least likely to say those words, Jonah Peretti, chief executive of BuzzFeed, would have to be high on the list. But Peretti is no stranger to having people say exactly that to him. Looking for investment in his startup back in 2006, Peretti found that the mere mention of the… Read More