Food

  • Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest (physical) Dash button is like a “I’m Feeling Lucky” for candy. When pressed, the button will send you a box with a random assortment of small-batch candy made by “artisans from across the nation.” The box will cost $18 (with two-day free Prime shipping, of course) and can be ordered as many times as you want. The program is called Prime… Read More

  • Drone delivery startup Flirtey raises $16 million to become a next-gen UPS

    Drone delivery startup Flirtey raises $16 million to become a next-gen UPS

    Drone delivery startup Flirtey has raised $16 million in Series A funding to bring its high-flying service to new customers, companies and possibly countries. Earlier, the startup raised $120,000 in seed funding and participated in the Y Combinator accelerator. Flirtey was also the first company to attain FAA approvals to conduct a drone delivery in the US in 2015. That fact helped it… Read More

  • Postmates and DoorDash are testing delivery by robot with Starship Technologies

    Postmates and DoorDash are testing delivery by robot with Starship Technologies

    Not even flexible, freelance jobs in the on-demand economy will be saved from the siege of automation. Starship Technologies is putting its self-driving delivery robots to work in the US. Specifically, its first US partners are the food delivery startup DoorDash, and courier marketplace Postmates, which are beginning pilot tests with Starship’s delivery robots in Redwood City, Calif. Read More

  • StorePower helps groceries deliver like Instacart without giving away the keys to the store

    StorePower helps groceries deliver like Instacart without giving away the keys to the store

    A startup called StorePower wants to take a bite out of the grocery delivery business by giving supermarkets an alternative to working with courier marketplaces like Instacart, Postmates, Amazon Fresh or Google Express. The company has raised an undisclosed amount of early-stage funding from Exigent Capital and individual angels, according to co-founder and CEO Richard… Read More

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar on jumping from screen to startup with Foodstirs

    It’s no secret that more celebrities are flocking to tech and venture capital these days. The latest to make the leap into entrepreneurship is Sarah Michelle Gellar, best known for her TV role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and most recently as the voice of The Seventh Sister inquisitor in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The company she founded with CEO Galit Laibow and COO Greg… Read More

  • FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business

    FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business

    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based FarmLogs has raised $22 million in a Series C round of funding for technology that helps farmers monitor and measure their crops, predict profits, manage risks from weather and pests and more. Naspers Ventures led the round, joined by the company’s earlier backers Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, SV Angel and individual… Read More

  • Kuli Kuli raises $4.25 million to make moringa a mainstay in the US diet

    Kuli Kuli raises $4.25 million to make moringa a mainstay in the US diet

    Oakland-based food startup Kuli Kuli has raised $4.25 million in a Series A round of funding to bring moringa, a high-protein plant, to more kitchens in the U.S., according to CEO and co-founder Lisa Curtis. During her time working in Niger for the Peace Corps, Curtis got a taste for the moringa plant, which grows pervasively in tropical climates and is higher in iron, calcium and protein… Read More

  • Online grocery GrubMarket breaks even, and wants to go public in 2018

    Online grocery GrubMarket breaks even, and wants to go public in 2018

    Despite the copious amounts of venture funding that have flowed to them in recent years, food tech startups haven’t had an easy time of it especially in the food delivery game. Since 2015, GoodEggs, Zesty and Munchery have shuffled their executive decks, meal kit delivery darlings Blue Apron struggled with worker safety, and logistics providers Postmates struggled to lock in a new… Read More

  • Sprig adds tips and equity to keep meal deliverers loyal

    Sprig adds tips and equity to keep meal deliverers loyal

    Some Sprig customers might be bitter about getting guilt-tripped into tipping, but at least the startup is being sweet to its on-demand food servers. TechCrunch spotted that Sprig added a tipping feature to its freshly made meal-delivery app this week. Now Sprig has confirmed this is part of a wide-range of not-yet-announced perks for its servers, including a $1/hour wage increase, to $14.50… Read More

  • SmartyPans tracks your meal’s nutrition as you cook it

    As you can probably guess from the company’s name, SmartyPans is building a smart frying pan — which it just demonstrated onstage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES. As explained to me by CTO Rahul Baxi (he co-founded the company with his sister Prachi Baxi, a nutritionist), SmartyPans aims to make it easier for users to track nutrition and recipe… Read More

  • SOSV, “the accelerator VC,” closes third fund at $150 million

    SOSV, “the accelerator VC,” closes third fund at $150 million

    Since the advent of accelerators, venture capitalists have competed to lock in deals with the best startups in a given batch. Entrepreneur turned investor Sean O’ Sullivan thought it would be better to develop a venture firm that owned and ran its own accelerators. Today that firm, SOSV, has closed its third fund at $150 million to back startups that are admitted to and have graduated… Read More

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