Startups

  • Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

    Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

    A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is now sold online through SoftBank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through a handful of brick-and-mortars stores. Read More

  • How Osmo decides to make its tangible, high-tech toys

    Many toys today include high-tech and interactive components that keep kids in front of screens. But when it comes to health and educational development, studies have found that kids benefit from things like building with blocks, playing with both hands and looking away from screens at least every 20 minutes. Osmo has dedicated itself to designing toys that bridge the digital and physical. Read More

  • Sign up for 2-for-1 tickets to Disrupt Berlin by April 4

    Sign up for 2-for-1 tickets to Disrupt Berlin by April 4

    Time to wake up people. Disrupt Berlin is going to be the best, most efficient and deal-friendly startup you will go to this year. But even though you’ve heard the rumblings, you haven’t yet signed up for 2-for-1 tickets to Disrupt Berlin 2017. That’s cool, we get it, you’re busy. But… you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. The time to act is now. Read More

  • LimeBike raises $12 million to roll out bike sharing without kiosks in the US

    LimeBike raises $12 million to roll out bike sharing without kiosks in the US

    A startup called LimeBike has raised $12 million in venture funding to make Chinese-style bike sharing mainstream in the U.S. Andreessen Horowitz led the round, joined by IDG Ventures, DCM Ventures and other investors who declined to be named. Read More

  • AccelFoods fund for food and beverage innovators reaches $35 million

    AccelFoods fund for food and beverage innovators reaches $35 million

    AccelFoods, an accelerator and fund that backs innovative food and beverage companies, has added $15 million to its second fund, according to founding partners Jordan Gaspar and Lauren Jupiter. AccelFoods has backed brands making products that range from edgy to adorable. Examples are Exo, which makes protein supplements and bars from crickets (yes the insects); Four Sigmatic, which uses… Read More

  • 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