Startups

  • Terpon is making VR webcams just for live streaming porn

    Terpon is making VR webcams just for live streaming porn

    A Swiss startup, Terpon SA, is making virtual reality webcams specifically for the adult entertainment industry. The cameras aren’t available for purchase, but customers can rent them for about $30 a month, a price that includes around the clock technical support. Terpon Chief Executive Jean-Claude Artonne said he wants to empower adult performers around the world to create immersive… Read More

  • Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa

    Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa

    What if our photographs and social media updates could be turned into memories we – or our children – could later access just by asking a virtual assistant, like Amazon’s Alexa? That’s the premise behind a new startup called Mylestone, which is experimenting with turning our digital footprints into narratives that help us recall highlights from our lives, as well… Read More

  • Watch 500 Startups Demo Day today

    Watch 500 Startups Demo Day today

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you 500 Startups Demo Day today, February 15th at 12:00pm to 3:00pm PST. If you are just tuning in, 500 Startups is an accelerator and seed fund headquartered in Silicon Valley. The accelerator runs a four-month program for startups providing mentorship, trainings with startup experts, office space and investment. 500 Startups runs globally in over 60… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield application deadline extended for Disrupt New York

    Startup Battlefield application deadline extended for Disrupt New York

    Startup life is tough and hectic. You’re busy. We get it. That’s why we extended the Startup Battlefield Applications for TechCrunch Disrupt New York. You now have until February 28th at 12pm PT to get your startup application in. Apply now! Why apply? Well, the numbers are in and they speak for themselves. As of January 2017, the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield companies have… Read More

  • Peanut is a Tinder-like app for making new mom friends

    Peanut is a Tinder-like app for making new mom friends

    Being a new parent can become an isolating experience, where you’re thrust into a world of playdates over happy hours – a change that can lead to dwindling time spent with friends who share a different schedule and set of priorities. A new app called Peanut, now available on iOS, wants to help. The app connects moms with others like them, who are nearby and interested in… Read More

  • Real-time performance review platform Reflektive raises $25M Series B round

    Real-time performance review platform Reflektive raises $25M Series B round

    Now that the holidays are over, many companies are about to make their employees go through the most dreadful exercise of the year: the annual performance review. Reflektive aims to replace the typically painful review process with a far more lightweight and less demotivating real-time feedback system that integrates into an employee’s daily workflow. In 2015, the company raised a… Read More

  • Spin wants to bring dock-less bike sharing to the US

    Spin wants to bring dock-less bike sharing to the US

    Bikeshare programs in the US have mostly consisted of kiosks, or stations, where users can unlock a bike, take it off the rack, use it and return it once their errand or joy ride is done. Some only allow subscribers others charge by the hour. Meanwhile in China, bikeshare programs have evolved from kiosk-based systems into something else entirely. Venture-backed companies in China like… Read More

  • Rocket Internet closes $1B fund, the largest out of Europe to date

    Rocket Internet closes $1B fund, the largest out of Europe to date

    If you thought the problems Rocket Internet has had bringing its portfolio of startups and its business overall into the black would have spelled setbacks for future investing, think again. This week, the firm — based out of Berlin — reported that it had raised a new $1 billion fund, the biggest tech fund of any VC firm to date in Europe, it claims. The Rocket Internet… Read More

  • Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a safer internet

    Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a safer internet

    Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator’s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today. The companies ranged from a Stanford AI labs spinout, Eloquent Labs, to the hardware-makers like Amber Agriculture and PubInno, to lots of software-as-a-service and cybersecurity developers, more like you’d expect from an… Read More

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