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Voyant Photonics raises $4.3M to fit lidar on the head of a pin

Lidar is a critical method by which robots and autonomous vehicles sense the world around them, but the lasers and sensors generally take up a considerable amount of space. Not so with Voyant Photonic

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: TrueUp

It was the perfect storm when CEO and Founder Liam Reynolds finally decided to start TrueUp, a data-driven growth marketing agency/consultancy based in London. After decades of working for large creat

Qualtrics’ Julie Larson-Green will talk experience management at TC Sessions: Enterprise

We’re less than two months out from our first TC Sessions: Enterprise event, which is happening in San Francisco on September 5, and did you know our buy-one-get-one-free sale ends today too! Am

China startup deals shrink as fundraising for investors plummets

Chinese startups continue to weather tough times as private investors, caught in a cash crunch, are concentrating money into fewer deals. China’s deal-making activity for startups in the six mon

Highlights from Facebook’s Libra Senate hearing

Facebook will only build its own Calibra cryptocurrency wallet into Messenger and WhatsApp, and will refuse to embed competing wallets, the head of Calibra David Marcus told the Senate Banking Committ

Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick are again Prime Day’s best selling devices (so far!)

Amazon Prime members again snapped up loss leaders like the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote on the first day of Amazon Prime Day 2019, which has now been stretched out to a 48-hour sale.

Quirk wants to make cognitive behavioral therapy more accessible

Quirk, a YC-backed company, is looking to bring cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to more people suffering from anxiety or depression. CBT aims to lessen or stop harmful behavior by changing the way

Aavgo security lapse exposed hotel bookings

A security lapse at a hotel management startup has exposed hotel bookings and guests’ personal information. The security lapse was resolved Monday after TechCrunch reached out to Aavgo, a hospit

Apply to TC Top Picks before the deadline & exhibit free at Disrupt SF 2019

Does your company have what it takes to be part of an elite cadre of early-stage startups and exhibit for free at Disrupt San Francisco 2019? There’s only one way to know for sure, but time is runni

Mercari’s new Instant Pay feature transfers verified sellers’ balances to their debit cards within minutes

For online sellers, waiting three to five days for e-commerce platforms to transfer their balance is one of their biggest pain points. Mercari is going after rivals with its new Instant Pay feature, w

Sony’s new A7R IV camera is a 61 MP full-frame mirrorless beast

Sony unveiled the latest in its line of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on Tuesday, debuting the A7R IV, its top-of-the-line full-frame digital shooter aimed at pros. The new camera packs a wa

Learn how to change banking one dollar at a time at Disrupt SF

Fintech startups are the hot new thing. Everybody wants to reinvent the way you manage money, invest and pay for things. That’s why we’re inviting three fintech experts to TechCrunch Disrupt SF to

3 lessons from Roblox’s growth to gaming dominance

Our recently published EC-1 on Roblox recounts the origin story and growth prospects of the company. But there’s one more piece to the story: what Roblox’s impact will be on gaming and the broader

Large retailers saw 64% increase in sales on Monday, thanks to Amazon Prime Day

It’s no longer a winner-take-all scenario for Amazon Prime Day — in fact, that hasn’t been true for years. As soon as other large retailers realized they could piggyback on Amazon&#8

Newsletter platform Substack raises $15.3M round led by a16z

Andreessen Horowitz is betting that there’s still a big opportunity in newsletters — the venture capital firm is leading a $15.3 million Series A in Substack. To be clear, although Substack st

Esports org 100 Thieves raises $35 million in Series B

100 Thieves has today announced the close of a $35 million Series B funding round. Artist Capital Management led the round, with ACM’s Chief Investment Officer Josh Dienstag joining Mike Sepso,

Workplace, Facebook’s service for business teams, is raising its prices for the first time since launch

Three years into its life with 2 million paying users signed up, Workplace — Facebook’s platform for businesses and other organizations to build internal communities and communications &#8

Patreon raises $60M Series D, targets international growth and more customization

Patreon, the San Francisco-based platform that helps more than 100,000 online content creators manage paid membership communities for their most dedicated fans, has raised $60 million in Series D fund

Watch 5,000 rockets attempt a world record simultaneous launch to celebrate Apollo 11

Fifty years ago today, at 9:32 AM ET, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a Saturn V rocket. At 9:32 AM ET this morning in 2019, you can watch as the U.S. Space & Rocket

Grammarly goes beyond grammar

Grammarly, the popular grammar and spellcheck tool, is launching a significant update to its browser extensions, web app and native desktop apps today. In its early days, Grammarly was all about the m
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