seed funding

  • Peak Ventures shores up its second fund for $50 million

    Peak Ventures shores up its second fund for $50 million

    Utah-based Peak Ventures has closed on a second fund for $50 million, outpacing Kickstart Seed Fund as the seed VC firm with the largest coffers in the state thus far. Peak took in $23 million for the first fund and has since invested in local startups like Owlet and Homie as well as the New York-based Nigerian education startup Andela. Sid Krommenhoek and Jeff Burningham launched the fund… Read More

  • Fortem raises $5.5 million to hunt and take down unwanted drones

    Fortem raises $5.5 million to hunt and take down unwanted drones

    As drones became available to private citizens around the world, bad actors found ways to use them for nefarious purposes, like spying, carrying contraband across borders and turning the aerial robots into weapons. Drone crashes also put people and property at risk. Fortem Technologies has raised a new seed round to keep the skies, and people below, safe. Read More

  • Luminar reveals sensors that could make self-driving cars safer than human

    Luminar reveals sensors that could make self-driving cars safer than human

    Cameras help autonomous vehicles read street signs and the color of traffic lights. But LiDARs, aka light detection and ranging systems, do the important work of sensing and helping cars avoid obstacles, whether that’s a fallen tree, drunk driver, or a child running out into the road. Now, a startup called Luminar Technologies Inc., is unveiling a high-resolution LiDAR sensor that was… Read More

  • Marble and Yelp Eat24 start robot food delivery in San Francisco

    Rules governing the use of food delivery robots remain to be seen across the US. But major food businesses are investigating the possibilities already. In the latest deal, Yelp Eat24 has begun testing delivery by robot in partnership with Marble in select San Francisco neighborhoods. TechCrunch spied Marble’s delivery robots, stickered with a Yelp Eat24 logo, earlier this month. But… Read More

  • Full Harvest raises $2 million to stop farmers from tossing ‘ugly’ fruit and veggies

    Full Harvest raises $2 million to stop farmers from tossing ‘ugly’ fruit and veggies

    Full Harvest, a San Francisco-based startup, has raised $2 million in seed funding to reduce food waste at the farm level. Founded by Christine Moseley, formerly the head of business development for cold-pressed juice makers Organic Avenue, Full Harvest connects farmers with food makers who want to buy the fruit and veggies that grocers deem too ugly to sell in stores. While she was helping… Read More

  • Bext360 is using robots and the blockchain to pay coffee farmers fairly

    Bext360 is using robots and the blockchain to pay coffee farmers fairly

    Coffee is the world’s second-most-traded commodity, after petroleum. Some 125 million people make a living growing coffee. Most are smallholders, or small-scale farmers whose families live on less than $2 a day. Now, a Denver-based startup called Bext Holdings Inc. wants to make it easier for these farmers to get a fair price, and get paid instantly, for their beans. Read More

  • How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    Chicago-based Hazel Technologies is on a mission to reduce food waste. The company has developed packaging inserts that, through the magic of basic chemistry, can ward off fungus and mold and slow the spoilage of fruits and vegetables. How big a problem is food waste? The most recent available reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that each year we waste more than 25… Read More

  • Cobalt takes the wraps off its indoor security robots

    Palo Alto-based Cobalt Robotics Inc. today introduced a new line of robot security guards for indoor use. The roving robots use the same kind of components you’d expect in a self-driving car to sense people and problems in a building. Cofounders Travis Deyle and Erik Schluntz, who are former GoogleX and SpaceX engineers, say they designed the robots to complement, not replace, human… Read More

  • (Still) a good time for seed Crunch Network

    (Still) a good time for seed

    I was enjoying burgers with an economist friend who is interested in the world of venture. We were bouncing ideas around about where venture is heading, especially at the earliest stages, where I spend my time. His questions resonated with my inner econ nerd. And having thought about it since, I believe that the market for making seed investments remains quite attractive. Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...