• Harman and Navdy team up to offer HUDs to OEMs and consumers

    Harman and Navdy team up to offer HUDs to OEMs and consumers

    Aftermarket heads-up driving accessory maker Navdy is teaming up with Harman, one of the leading suppliers of connected car systems and other components for automobiles. Harman, recently acquired by Samsung, has made a strategic investment in Navdy, and will also co-brand a new “Navdy with Harman” aftermarket HUD device that will be sold both directly to OEM automotive companies… Read More

  • Partech Ventures closes its $107 million seed fund

    Partech Ventures closes its $107 million seed fund

    French VC firm Partech Ventures announced that they closed their seed fund of $107 million (€100 million) for early stage startups. Partech Entrepreneur II is focusing on seed rounds, and the firm plans to invest in 80 different startups. The firm already announced the creation of the seed fund 18 months ago. At the time, Partech had $65 million (€60 million) under management. So it looks… Read More

  • The British-made Blacklamp Carbon watch is full of glowing goodness

    The British-made Blacklamp Carbon watch is full of glowing goodness

    Back when Britannia ruled the waves her beautiful lighthouses were wonders to behold. Many a sailor found solace in the pale light cast out over the ocean and now the Schofield Watch Company is celebrating these by releasing a watch that glows like a radioactive trash fire and is made almost entirely of carbon fiber. The Blacklamp Carbon is a mechanical watch with a few interesting facets. Read More

  • Tim Cook says Apple Watch sales are doing just fine

    Tim Cook says Apple Watch sales are doing just fine

    It’s hard to know if the Apple Watch is a hit or a miss. The company doesn’t disclose sales numbers directly, but Tim Cook wanted to react to IDC’s report on wearables, saying that sales are doing just fine. According to the report, Apple is only the fourth wearable company now behind Fitbit, Xiaomi and Garmin. It represents a stark 71 percent decline in shipments compared… Read More

  • The NFL Players Association is launching an accelerator to trade licensing rights for equity

    The NFL Players Association is launching an accelerator to trade licensing rights for equity

    Tech accelerators have been a hot topic over the past few years, especially within industries that have traditionally eschewed the world of startups and technology. Media companies, sports teams, and even the U.S Government have opened their own accelerators. And now, The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) is joining the action. The group announced that they are launching The One Team Collective… Read More

  • BetterCloud completes pivot from G Suite to general SaaS management

    BetterCloud completes pivot from G Suite to general SaaS management

    BetterCloud, the 5-year old startup that launched originally as a way to manage G Suite (nee, Google Docs), has been in the midst of a transformation — rebuilding its entire product from the ground up with the goal of making it a generalized SaaS management dashboard. Today, it unveiled the new platform. The company completely redesigned the service, according to CEO David Politis… Read More

  • Blockchain startup R3 expects to close $150M round in first quarter

    Blockchain startup R3 expects to close $150M round in first quarter

    David Rutter, founder and CEO of the four-year-old, New York-based blockchain startup R3 took the stage at Disrupt London this morning to discuss the progress of his company and underscore Wall Street’s enthusiasm over digital ledger technologies more broadly. While on stage, he also confirmed earlier reports that R3 is in the process of raising a $150 million round, saying that it… Read More

  • N26 expands its bank of the future to 17 European countries

    N26 expands its bank of the future to 17 European countries

    Berlin-based startup N26 got its own banking license a few months ago. As N26 is building a mobile-first bank without any physical branch, the startup can expand to new countries much more easily. N26 co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf is announcing on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt that the startup is now active in 17 countries across Europe. As a European banking license works across the… Read More

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    Open Bionics partners with NHS for a feasibility study to bring bionic hands to the U.K. health system

    Open Bionics partners with NHS for a feasibility study to bring bionic hands to the U.K. health system

    Open Bionics is a U.K. startup making bionic hands for patients needing prosthetics and co-founder of the company Samantha Payne came onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London to tell us about a new deal between Open Bionics and the National Health Service (NHS) to bring new technologies to amputees. The deal involves a feasibility study with the NHS through SBRI Healthcare to see if… Read More

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    BenevolentBio’s artificial intelligence could discover a better treatment for ALS

    BenevolentBio’s artificial intelligence could discover a better treatment for ALS

    What if the drug that could effectively treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the paralyzing neurological disease that skyrocketed into the public consciousness thanks to the ice bucket challenge, already exists? That’s the question confronting Jackie Hunter, CEO of BenevolentBio. Hunter runs the biomedical arm of the artificial intelligence firm BenevolentAI, applying machine learning… Read More

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