Jonathan Shieber

Jonathan works at TechCrunch. Previously he worked as a senior reporter for Dow Jones & Co., covering venture capital and private equity investment from New York and Shanghai.

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  • Hear Dataminr and NYC officials talk about using social media in emergency situations

    Hear Dataminr and NYC officials talk about using social media in emergency situations

    These days, it’s probably more common to hear about news breaking on Twitter or Facebook than from a broadcast news network or the radio. In an age where eyewitness news has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to social media, public officials like police, fire departments, and other government agencies (more on that in a bit) are looking for new tools to get up to speed on emergencies… Read More

  • Prepared food distribution service Power Supply rebrands as Territory and raises $6.7 million

    Prepared food distribution service Power Supply rebrands as Territory and raises $6.7 million

    If you thought the world didn’t need another prepared food distribution and delivery service, apparently you’d be wrong, as the newly minted startup Territory has managed to pull in $6.7 million for its healthier eating options. The company formerly known as Power Supply raised the money as it looks to expand to new geographies and consolidate its position in its current markets. Read More

  • Chinese startup Infervision emerges from stealth with an AI tool for diagnosing lung cancer

    Chinese startup Infervision emerges from stealth with an AI tool for diagnosing lung cancer

    Roughly 600,000 people in China die from lung cancer every year. The issue is compounded by a lack of quality healthcare in much of the country, which means that cancers often go undetected until it’s too late. Enter Infervision, a Beijing-based company using machine learning and computer vision to help diagnose cancers. Read More

  • Link3D pitches a new platform for industrial additive manufacturing

    Link3D pitches a new platform for industrial additive manufacturing

    Link3D is launching a new service to connect industrial businesses with additive manufacturers around the country. Pitching itself as a more professional alternative to 3D Hubs, Formlabs and Shapeways, Link3D is the fruit of nearly two years of work from founder and chief executive Shane Fox. For Fox, additive manufacturing has three hurdles to overcome before it reaches widespread… Read More

  • Climate change economics may trump politics

    Climate change economics may trump politics

    Last week hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest what they saw as the evisceration of environmental legislation and a rollback of US efforts to stem the tide of climate change. Protests in Washington, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and other American cities coincided with the culmination of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Over… Read More

  • Doctor On Demand launches “in app” lab testing referrals

    Doctor On Demand launches “in app” lab testing referrals

    Video medical consultation service, Doctor On Demand is launching an integration with lab testing services providers like Quest Diagnostics to include more of the in-clinic care services that patients expect. “By integrating with labs and upgrading our patient profile and follow-up care services, we’ve taken a major step in advancing the quality and range of services treatable… Read More

  • Envoy launches in LA aiming to bring EV car sharing to real estate developments

    Envoy launches in LA aiming to bring EV car sharing to real estate developments

    Looking to make EV car sharing the next perk for real estate developers, Envoy, a new Los Angeles startup has launched its first pilot. Initially, they’re starting with one apartment building and a fleet of two cars in an LA apartment complex. But, what the young startup lacks in reach, it makes up for in gumption. Founded by two real estate developers, Aric Ohana and Ori Sagie, the… Read More

  • Wavedash raises $6 million for its platform fighting game

    Wavedash raises $6 million for its platform fighting game

    Hearkening back to the old days of iconic Nintendo games like Super Smash Bros, Wavedash Games has raised $6 million for a vision of platform fighting games as the next big thing in social gaming. Taking platform fighter games beyond the game console, the Oakland, Calif.-based company is looking to popularize the genre and bring the one-on-one fighter concept to the same level as a title… Read More

  • Tackling diagnostic medicine with AI, Viz launches a tool to identify strokes

    Tackling diagnostic medicine with AI, Viz launches a tool to identify strokes

    Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds; it is the third leading cause of death and leaves hundreds of thousands more with long-term disabilities. One of the reasons strokes are so deadly and debilitating is that they’re hard to diagnose, and time is of the essence when the occur. One startup thinks it has found a solution, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence. Read More

  • Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office

    Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office

    Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities around the country marking President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office with protests against his environmental policies. In Washington, organizers of the climate march estimated some 200,000 people showed up to march, clogging  the streets and snarling traffic on a sweltering day where temperatures threatened to break… Read More

  • Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

    Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

    Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has been blocked by the Turkish government. News of the blockage was first reported by the website Turkey Blocks, at around 1AM Eastern this morning. Confirmed: All editions of the #Wikipedia online encyclopedia blocked in #Turkey as of 8:00AM local timehttps://t.co/ybFolRmsOs pic.twitter.com/hI9tn4bHe5 — Turkey Blocks… Read More

  • Startup Hippo Insurance launches in California with a tech-enabled home insurance

    Startup Hippo Insurance launches in California with a tech-enabled home insurance

    Offering a more complete home insurance package for less money than traditional insurance sellers, startup insurance broker Hippo Insurance launched its first service this week in California. According to chief executive Assaf Wand, the company intends to be available to 60% of all U.S. homeowners by the end of the year. To that end, the company had previously raised $14.5 million last October… Read More

  • Aspiration can now tell you the ‘social impact’ of your monthly spending

    Aspiration can now tell you the ‘social impact’ of your monthly spending

    Looking for some insight into the societal cost of buying a cup of coffee, a double cheeseburger, or a pack of cigarettes? Well, financial services startup Aspiration now has an app for that. The fascinating fintech company that was co-founded by former Bill Clinton speechwriter Andrei Cherny just launched a new feature inside its mobile banking app that tracks a customer’s… Read More

  • Quovo, an API manager for fintech applications, raises $10 million

    Quovo, an API manager for fintech applications, raises $10 million

    Quovo, which has developed an API management toolkit for individual financial managers and large financial services players, has raised $10 million in a new round of funding. Integrated tools are all the rage in the financial services industry these days as customers and their service providers want visibility and access to all of their accounts in a single place. Quovo brings that same… Read More

  • Be the alien you want to see in the theaters with the new Alien: Covenant VR experience

    Be the alien you want to see in the theaters with the new Alien: Covenant VR experience

    As part of the media push surrounding the premiere of Alien: Covenant (set to debut May 19th), Twentieth Century Fox and its compatriots are offering up a VR teaser — Alien: Covenant In Utero. This non-Nirvana-related short puts an audience inside the moment of birth for Alien’s eponymous aliens. The short (much like the album from which it does not take its name) is bloody… Read More

  • Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

    Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

    Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone’s location data and video monitoring, retailers have been tracking customers’ movements through stores in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to the online retail experience. At least, that’s the argument from stores. And now fast food restaurants are picking up the rallying cry. Read More

  • CommonBond now offers direct student loans alongside debt refinancing

    CommonBond now offers direct student loans alongside debt refinancing

    CommonBond, one of the biggest of the second generation of startups tackling online lending, has launched a direct student loan product as it expands its footprint in the debt business. The company is known for its strict qualification requirements for refinancing packages and with an initial focus on the high end of student lending (servicing only 20 — mostly ivy league —… Read More

  • Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices

    Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices

    For the past seven years, the Canadian technology developer Komodo Openlabs has been working on a device called Tecla that allow users with limited mobility to control electronic devices. Designed for users who have trouble operating smartphones, tablets, or computers because of limited upper-body mobility caused by spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy… Read More

  • Wealthfront has launched a lending product

    Automated financial investment and advisory service provider Wealthfront is now getting into the lending business. It seems like a good way for the company to juice revenues through interest payments rather than a fee-based model which would require going head-to-head with the growing number of asset managers that are now offering mixed automated investment and human advisory services. Right… Read More

  • IBM shares dropped like a rock today

    IBM shares dropped like a rock today

    How do you solve a problem like IBM? Yesterday evening the company reported its 20th straight consecutive quarter of year-on-year losses. The company’s quarterly earnings beat expectations, but that wasn’t enough to save the share price. As a result, shares plummeted in after-hours trading and refused to gain ground over the course of the day. Read More