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  • New Tinder Charges Whatever It Wants

    New Tinder Charges Whatever It Wants

    Tinder’s “Rewind” functionality just went live, finally giving users the ability to go back in time and swipe right instead of left. The “Rewind” feature is included in the premium tier of the service, Tinder Plus, which was unveiled today and costs anywhere between $9.99 and $19.99 in the United States, depending on the age of the user. That’s right. Read More

  • YC-Backed Valor Water Helps Utilities Keep The Water Running

    YC-Backed Valor Water Helps Utilities Keep The Water Running

    Disrupt Battlefield finalist Valor Water is graduating out of Y Combinator just in time to help solve the world’s water crisis. Valor provides a suite of business-intelligence tools for water utilities. In a drought, consumers are encouraged to conserve water and they often do. In California this past December, conservation was up from 10 percent in November to 22 percent in December… Read More

  • Cloze Debuts A Smart, Personal Assistant App For Managing Your Professional Relationships

    Cloze Debuts A Smart, Personal Assistant App For Managing Your Professional Relationships

    Cloze today is rolling out a new application aimed at business professionals. It promises a smarter view of your contacts by allowing you to automatically track email messages, phone calls, meetings, notes, social updates and more in a single application on iPhone, iPad and the web. The idea is to offer individuals whose business requires them to maintain relationships an easy way to… Read More

  • That’s A Wrap On The Atlanta And Boston TC Meetups!

    That’s A Wrap On The Atlanta And Boston TC Meetups!

    This week, TechCrunch had its world rocked by two very special cities on the East Coast. First we hit up Atlanta, where we felt true Southern Hospitality as ten startups pitched a packed audience at Prive night club. After a fierce debate, our expert panel of judges crowned Carlingo the winner, but not before we caught up with Yik Yak on stage. Carlingo is a service that handles the… Read More

  • A Slice of Cairo's Tech Scene

    Cairo Witnesses A New Kind Of Spring: The Egyptian Startup Spring

    The Arab Spring of 2011 ignited not just Egypt’s society and political landscape. It also lit touch-paper on the bonfire that has become its new tech startup ecosystem. Consider this: Prior to 2011, it’s clear no-one in Egypt had ever heard of AngelList. In that year, only three companies ended up creating a profile under Angel.co/egypt. Then, as the country went through… Read More

  • The DJ Revolution Will Be Televised

    The DJ Revolution Will Be Televised

    “Think of Chew as the ‘Twitch.tv for DJs’,” says Chew co-founder Wil Benton. “It’s a platform where DJs can learn from one another, enjoy each other’s music and share it with the world.” Read More

  • Wisemetrics Optimizes Facebook Ad Campaigns To Make You Pay Less

    Wisemetrics Optimizes Facebook Ad Campaigns To Make You Pay Less

    Meet Wisemetrics, a social media campaign optimization tool to make your posts as efficient as possible. A few weeks ago, Facebook launched the relevance score, meaning that good advertisers now pay less than others. This way, Facebook can increase the average quality of ads on its social network. Wisemetrics quickly realized that there was a big opportunity. Its new advertising… Read More

  • Withings Launches Android Support For Activité And Activité Pop

    Withings Launches Android Support For Activité And Activité Pop

    Withings has just broadened the reach of its smart watches, the Activité and the Activité Pop, as the Android version of the Withings HealthMate app now integrates with the new hardware. Withings launched the Activité line last year with a hope to bring a new look to the smart watch space. Read More

  • Outfittery Raises Further $20M For Its Curated Shopping Service For Men’s Clothing

    Outfittery Raises Further $20M For Its Curated Shopping Service For Men’s Clothing

    Sitting somewhere between an e-commerce subscription service like Birchbox and a ‘personal shopper’ or stylist, Berlin-based startup Outfittery offers what it calls a curated shopping service for men’s clothing. After signing up, you simply answer a few questions about your clothing style and sizes, and one of the company’s style experts gives you a call to further… Read More

  • Rocket Internet’s Latest Company Is A Career Listings Site Called Everjobs

    Rocket Internet’s Latest Company Is A Career Listings Site Called Everjobs

    Berlin-based Rocket Internet is broadening its already wide portfolio of companies with Everjobs, a career-listings platform. Like other Rocket Internet companies, Everjobs, which is already live in Sri Lanka, will tackle emerging markets in Asia and Africa and plans to expand rapidly. Everjobs co-founder Ronald Schuurs says Rocket Internet decided to take on job listings after the success of… Read More

  • Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday

    Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday

    Tinder Plus, the dating app’s first step into the wonderful world of freemium monetization, will launch on Monday for $9.99, according to sources familiar with the matter. Tinder Plus includes at least one highly requested feature and a few others that are meant to add broader functionality to the service, which essentially boils down the usual online dating experience into a simple… Read More

  • No, Magic Can’t Deliver A Tiger

    No, Magic Can’t Deliver A Tiger

    Earlier this week, as Re/Code’s Jason Del Rey was trying to procure a chicken parmesan via text, we were trying to procure a tiger via text. “You want a tiger delivered? Just text the details and Magic’s got you covered,” read the lede of the VentureBeat article about nascent on-demand startup Magic. Read More

  • With A $60M Revenue Run Rate, ClassPass May Be The Next Uber

    With A $60M Revenue Run Rate, ClassPass May Be The Next Uber

    TechCrunch has secured financial information about ClassPass, the TechStars-backed startup that offers unlimited access to various fitness classes for a flat monthly fee. As it stands now, our sources report that ClassPass is tracking to a $60 million revenue run rate for 2015, a run rate that has doubled in the past three months. Last week alone, the company brought in $1.5 million and this… Read More

  • Storify Founders Leave For Open Source, Baby

    Storify Founders Leave For Open Source, Baby

    They’ve got new tales to tell. After five years running Storify, which lets you collect social media updates into narrative timelines, co-founders Burt Herman and Xavier Damman are leaving the startup which was acquired by Livefyre in 2013. They’re passing the reins to several original Storify members, who will keep the service running. Herman’s plan is to focus on raising… Read More

  • Shift Messenger Makes It Easy For Workers To Swap Hours

    Shift Messenger Makes It Easy For Workers To Swap Hours

    Anyone who has worked a retail job knows what a pain it is to take time off. You usually have to find someone to cover your shift and, unless you’ve managed to arrange your schedule in advance, that often entails panicked texts and phone calls to co-workers. A new startup called Shift Messenger wants to make the process less painful. Backed by Y Combinator, Shift Messenger was founded… Read More

  • YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    When launching a new consumer application, especially those in the social space, many developers today rely on an invite mechanism that has the app’s initial user base reaching out and recommending the app to their friends. But today, these invite systems are often fairly basic – they connect to a phone’s address book and then force the user to sift through their hundreds… Read More

  • SOLS, A Maker Of 3D-Printed Shoe Insoles, Raises $11.1 Million To Bring Its Product To Consumers And Athletes

    SOLS, A Maker Of 3D-Printed Shoe Insoles, Raises $11.1 Million To Bring Its Product To Consumers And Athletes

    SOLS, a 3D-printing company which, to date, has focused on printing custom shoe insoles prescribed by doctors for foot pain and other ailments, has now raised an additional $11.1 million in funding to help bring the product directly to consumers. The move will make it one of the first companies to use 3D printing technologies to market custom-manufactured wearables. The round, which arrives… Read More

  • Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems and will use its technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows the company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using Kochava currently has to… Read More

  • PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this particular equation. Following its huge success in the App Store, the app is coming to Android. When I first played with PhotoMath before the team took the stage in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt London, I was impressed by its design… Read More

  • Zillow’s Home Price Estimates Now Reflect Edits Immediately

    Zillow’s Home Price Estimates Now Reflect Edits Immediately

    Zillow now makes it easier for homeowners to edit facts about their homes and have those changes immediately reflected in its price estimates. Zillow’s so-called Zestimates are one of the key features of its service. For every house in the U.S., Zillow will try to estimate its current value. Currently, that’s about 100 million homes, the company’s chief economist Stan… Read More

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