Innovation Endeavors

A CEO known publicly for the power of smiling was just ousted for intimidating employees

Ron Gutman, the co-founder and CEO of HealthTap, a venture-backed medical advice startup, was reportedly elbowed out today by his board of directors. The reason, the board said in a letter to employee

Billionaires make it rain on Plenty, the indoor farming startup

SoftBank Vision Fund, the huge tech-investment vehicle helmed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, has led a $200 million investment into indoor farming startup Plenty. Joining Son are notable tech

Tackling diagnostic medicine with AI, Viz launches a tool to identify strokes

Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds; it is the third leading cause of death and leaves hundreds of thousands more with long-term disabilities. One of the reasons strokes are so deadly an

Lumo Raises $10 Million Series B, Starts Building Wearables Partnerships

Right off the launch of Lumo Run, Lumo Bodytech, a smart sensors and software platform, has raised $10 million in Series B financing. Lumo came onto the scene a few years back with Lumo Lift, a wearab

More Than A Dozen Startups Pledge To Cover Breast Cancer Testing Costs Through Color Genomics

Color Genomics, a genetic testing startup from a few early Twitter veterans, is using its deep ties within the startup community to get more than a dozen startups and venture firms to cover half the c

Keywee Gets $9.1M From Eric Schmidt, NY Times For Its AI Approach To Content Marketing

While Facebook is reportedly talking to publishers to host their content as a way of boosting the number of people who read it, one more startup is entering the fray to help publishers improve

Eric Schmidt’s Farm2050 Collective Will Back Agriculture Tech To Feed Earth’s Growing Population

We’ll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. Yet agriculture startups struggle to get the funding, manufacturing, and test facilitie

ZenDeals Launches With $1M+ From Eric Schmidt, Facebook & Zynga Execs To Bring Transparency To Digital Coupons

Everyone loves a coupon, especially around the holidays. As one would expect, over the last few years, the growth of eCommerce and the growing penetration of mobile devices has led to staggering growt

Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors To Sponsor Hackathon In Downtown Palo Alto

In an effort to help support startups and technology house in Palo Alto, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's venture fund <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/financial-organization/innovation-endeavors">Inn

Zappedy Acquired By Groupon. What’s Zappedy?

An anonymous tipster tells us <a href="http://www.zappedy.com/">Zappedy</a>, a company that offered various technology products for local businesses, has been acquired by <a href="http://www.crunchbas

Freelancer Community DoNanza Raises $1 Million From Eric Schmidt's Fund, Others

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/donanza.png" class="shot2" /> <a href="http://www.donanza.com/">DoNanza</a>, which operates a platform for freelancers from all over t