• Synthace raises a £7.3m Series A to bring open source to biotech

    Synthace raises a £7.3m Series A to bring open source to biotech

    Synthace, a UK startup using open source technology to make process in biotechnology move faster, has raises a £7.3m Series A round. New investors White Cloud Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and Eleven Two Capital participated alongside existing investors that included Sofinnova Partners, SOSV and Bioeconomy Capital. The Company’s Antha operating system replaces processes which… Read More

  • Inkitt, a ‘reader powered’ book publisher, raises $3.9M to discover the next best-selling author

    Inkitt, a ‘reader powered’ book publisher, raises $3.9M to discover the next best-selling author

    Inkitt, which bills itself as “the world’s first reader-powered book publisher,” has raised $3.9 million in pre-series A funding, in a round led by Redalpine, with Frontline Ventures, Speedinvest and a number of private investors also participating. The Berlin-based startup is part writing and reading community, and part publishing house, with one aspect feeding the other. Read More

  • Photo marketplace Picfair raises £1.5M, aims to ‘weaponise’ photographers

    Photo marketplace Picfair raises £1.5M, aims to ‘weaponise’ photographers

    Picfair, the London-based photo marketplace founded by ex-journalist Benji Lanyado, has raised £1.5 million in new funding — capital it plans to use to market its “fair trade photography” proposition to the plethora of companies that need authentic photo content. Read More

  • Backed by Accel, GlowRoad helps Indian women build home businesses

    Backed by Accel, GlowRoad helps Indian women build home businesses

    Indian e-commerce company GlowRoad is built on a simple premise. By connecting manufacturers with resellers and using drop shipping, it keeps everyone’s overhead costs low. The Bangalore-based startup, however, doesn’t just aspire to be an online reseller network. Founded by a former physician, GlowRoad’s goal is to give housewives and stay-at-home mothers a low-risk way to… Read More

  • TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia joined by leading Aussie names

    TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia joined by leading Aussie names

    As you’ve probably gathered TechCrunch is headed to Australia to find the most disruptive early-stage startups, in partnership with ELEVACAO. As we like to say these days, ‘all roads lead to Disrupt’ and our focus now is to reach out internationally to find the best startups for our Disrupt stages, from all around the world. TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia is… Read More

  • Report: Jared Kushner used a private email server for White House work

    Report: Jared Kushner used a private email server for White House work

    President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and official White House adviser, Jared Kushner, used a private email server — set up after the election — to conduct White House business, according to a new report in Politico. Kushner used the private account in tandem with his official White House email account to correspond with current and former senior White House officials… Read More

  • SAP buys customer identity management firm Gigya for $350M

    SAP buys customer identity management firm Gigya for $350M

    SAP, the German enterprise software giant, today announced an acquisition to strengthen its hybris e-commerce division. It has acquired Gigya, a firm that helps online properties manage customer identities and profiles. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed officially, but our sources tell us it is for $350 million. This was the same figure that was reported yesterday when the news leaked… Read More

  • INNOVATE 2017 | Peter Hirshberg
    Crunch Network

    The cambrian moment in our innovation economy

    According to Re-Imagine group chairman and serial tech entrepreneur Peter Hirshberg, we are at a decisive moment in our innovation economy.  Silicon Valley – or, at least, the “ethos of Silicon Valley” – is spreading all over America, Hirshberg insists. And Silicon Valley is reinventing what he calls “secondary” places like Youngstown, Ohio or… Read More

  • The Startup Alley from this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

    The Startup Alley from this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

    At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco we always have a huge and varied array of companies presenting. Here’s a taster of the Startup Alley from this year, featuring companies from many of the pavilions at the event. Enjoy! Health and BioTech Pavillion Korea Pavillion Germany Pavilion Hardware Pavillion IOT Pavilion UK and Brussels Pavilion AR/VR Pavillion Read More

  • The new electronic police state Crunch Network

    The new electronic police state

    Although the Fourth Amendment protects us and our “effects” from “unreasonable searches and seizures,” Customs and Border Protection agents can take advantage of an exception to this constitutional protection and search our electronic devices at airports without first establishing reasonable suspicion or securing a warrant. It’s a problem that’s only… Read More

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