Startups

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  • Exyn unveils AI to help drones fly autonomously, even indoors or off the grid

    A startup called Exyn Technologies Inc. today revealed AI software that enables drones to fly autonomously, even in dark, obstacle-filled environments or beyond the reaches of GPS. A spin out of the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Labs, Exyn uses sensor fusion to give drones situational awareness much like a human’s. In a demo video shared by the company with TechCrunch, a… Read More

  • Terpon is making VR webcams just for live streaming porn

    Terpon is making VR webcams just for live streaming porn

    A Swiss startup, Terpon SA, is making virtual reality webcams specifically for the adult entertainment industry. The cameras aren’t available for purchase, but customers can rent them for about $30 a month, a price that includes around the clock technical support. Terpon Chief Executive Jean-Claude Artonne said he wants to empower adult performers around the world to create immersive… Read More

  • Data.world raises $18.7 million to remedy our post-fact society

    Data.world raises $18.7 million to remedy our post-fact society

    As our society continues to devalue facts and statistics, Data.world, a two year old data collaboration startup out of Austin, Texas, is fighting back with its passionate community of data nerds. Today the company is announcing a $18.7 million Series B led by Pat Ryan’s family investment group to further build out its platform for aggregating and analyzing data. CEO Brett Hurt… Read More

  • UK faces triple whammy from skills shortfall, visa restrictions and Brexit uncertainty

    UK faces triple whammy from skills shortfall, visa restrictions and Brexit uncertainty

    Britain’s tech sector faces a “triple whammy” hit to its workforce without government action, according to a new report. Firstly, from a critical fall-off in STEM skills in its own population; secondly, from visa restrictions on the availability of high-skilled specialists from overseas; and, thirdly, from the uncertainty of the impact of Brexit on its highly international… Read More

  • Skurt has raised a $10M Series A to grow its rental car delivery service

    Skurt has raised a $10M Series A to grow its rental car delivery service

    Skurt, the Los Angeles-based rental car delivery startup, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Upfront Ventures (which also led a $1.3 million seed round), and included a strategic investment from BMW, as well as funding from Troy Carter’s Cross Culture Ventures, Expansion VC, Greycroft and Magic Johnson. Skurt has an interesting take on the rental car… Read More

  • Viva Technology is coming back to Paris with its ginormous tech conference

    Viva Technology is coming back to Paris with its ginormous tech conference

    If there’s one word that can describe Viva Technology (or “VivaTech” for short), it’s ginormous. While it was just the first edition last year, 45,000 people made their way to Paris to talk about all things tech. VivaTech is back again this year, June 15-17. Read More

  • This is your last chance to buy tickets to the D.C. Meetup + Pitch-off!

    This is your last chance to buy tickets to the D.C. Meetup + Pitch-off!

    Tonight is the night! The Washington, D.C. Meetup + Pitch-off is tonight and we have quite the show in store for you. But time is running out to buy a ticket and get in on the fun. So buy a ticket! Get in on the fun! Read More

  • Travel app Hopper will now break down airlines’ confusing fees

    Travel app Hopper will now break down airlines’ confusing fees

    In an attempt to better compete with low-cost airlines, major air carriers like American Airlines, Delta and United have been rolling out “basic” economy fares – no-frills fares that charge fees for amenities that would otherwise come standard, like seat assignments or the right to use the overhead bin space, for example. But this unbundling has also made it difficult… Read More

  • BuildDirect opens its freight-shipping platform

    BuildDirect opens its freight-shipping platform

    BuildDirect has developed a name for itself as an online store for home improvement products. One issue with selling these products online is that you also must build a logistics backend that allows you to ship heavy items to the customer. BuildDirect did just that. Read More

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