• FarmCrowdy raises $1M round to bring Nigerian farmers online and to market Crunch Network

    FarmCrowdy raises $1M round to bring Nigerian farmers online and to market

    Bringing small scale Nigerian farmers to a broader market has netted the new startup Farmcrowdy $1 million from investors including Techstars, Cox Ventures and Social Capital. Farmcrowdy’s digital platform connects investors to farmers through sponsorship packages to fund higher yields for a share of the returns. The app allows the sponsors to “Farm Shop” screened… Read More

  • WheelStreet is bringing dock-less motorbikes to India’s cities

    WheelStreet is bringing dock-less motorbikes to India’s cities

    By now the world is familiar with the rise of on-demand bicycle services, which started out with Mobike and Ofo in China, but one startup is twisting the concept slightly to bring dock-less motorbikes to the streets of India. WheelStreet, a company that graduated the Y Combinator program in the U.S. earlier this year, is pioneering the scooter push in India through a pilot service that has… Read More

  • Horizons Ventures backs AI startup Fano Labs in first Hong Kong investment

    Horizons Ventures backs AI startup Fano Labs in first Hong Kong investment

    Horizons Ventures, the VC firm founded by Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, has made a rare early-stage investment after it backed AI startup Fano Labs. Horizons has invested in the likes of Facebook, Razer, Slack, Improbable, Spotify and more, and now it is putting undisclosed money into Fano Labs, which recently graduated AI accelerator program Zeroth. This deal also marks the… Read More

  • Oracle to buy construction collaboration software maker Aconex for $1.2B in cash

    Oracle to buy construction collaboration software maker Aconex for $1.2B in cash

    Oracle will pay $1.2 billion in cash to buy construction software developer Aconex, the companies announced today. Based in Melbourne, Aconex’s cloud-based software allow teams working on building projects to collaborate and share documents. Oracle agreed to pay AUD $7.80 (about $5.97) per share in cash for a total of $1.2 billion. This price represents a 47% premium over… Read More

  • Tencent and JD.com invest $863M into e-commerce firm Vipshop to battle Alibaba

    Tencent and JD.com invest $863M into e-commerce firm Vipshop to battle Alibaba

    Tencent, the internet giant that recently became Asia’s first $500 billion company, is continuing its investment spree after it agreed to buy $604 million in shares of Chinese online retailer Vipshop. The deal is being made with long-time partner JD.com, which will invest $259 million into Vipshop, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. That takes the total between the two to… Read More

  • Learning to embrace conflict as a part of startup culture Crunch Network

    Learning to embrace conflict as a part of startup culture

    Most team leaders will agree on the majority of decisions that need to be made and good startup teams seem telepathic at times, but there are inevitably going to be profound disagreements. It’s critical that entrepreneurs embrace these conflicts because solving them properly is often the difference between success and failure. Read More

  • Shine of the times

    Shine of the times

      “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
    — Francis Bacon and/or Lady Gaga  Kirakira, an app that adds sparkle to your photos, is at the time of this writing the No. 1 paid app in the iOS App Store. Its creator, Kentaro Yama, is a Japanese developer who works full-time for tha ltd. design studio in Tokyo. He did not expect his… Read More

  • The Last Jedi should be the last Star Wars film

    The Last Jedi should be the last Star Wars film

    At the risk of being ostracized by the vast majority of my TC teammates, let me propose that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would — in a fairer universe — be the last Star Wars film… (Spoiler alerts!) Read More

  • Negativity and Startups

    Negativity and Startups

    2017 has not been a good year for good news in the startup world. VCs repeatedly sexually harassing founders, often over a period of years. Products that are dangerous, stupid or a mix of both. Company executives breaking the law in pursuit of delirious growth. Dumb product launches that insult whole ethnic groups. Hiring models for parties to disguise tech’s massive gender problem. Read More

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