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Proven wants to sell AI distilled custom skincare

YC-backed startup Proven wants to make it suck less for women to find skincare that works for them. The co-founders are taking what they describe as a "rational, logic-based" approach to figuring out

botkeeper has an automated bookkeeping bot for your accounting needs

There are probably few things that small businesses hate more than accounting. It’s tedious, time consuming and totally vital to ensure that businesses can remain in business and don’t run

Stressing aptitude over achievement, Strive Talent pitches a new way to hire

A number of startups are rethinking how hiring should work, because while many employers require a college degree for a job, the fact is that most of the skills needed to perform those jobs aren't tau

Join the TechCrunch Meetup in Davos #TCDavos

TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here. The event precedes our TechCrunch Meetup the week after

What happens when you sell your startup?

This is the final installment in the series "A Startup Takes Flight." We started by creating a company -- the Internet of Wings, a provider of drone-delivered chicken sandwiches that pivoted into gene

Globality raises $35 million for its marketplace to connect small companies with big business

Small business has long been held as a key driver of the global economy, but these businesses often don’t have access to large multinational companies who could use their services. Hoping to cha

Lyft hires Katie Dill as VP of Design

Lyft has hired Katie Dill as its new Vice President of Design, overseeing design in a broad sense across the company, covering user experience, product and more. Dill joins from Airbnb, where she was

IBM is using the blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments

The blockchain has long been seen as a method to quicken (and cheapen) cross-border payments, and now that movement — which includes a number of startups making moves privately — just got

Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.

Colin O’Donnell Contributor Colin O’Donnell is the chief innovation officer of Intersection. More posts by this contributor With autonomous vehicles it’s not about the journey, it’s ab

Andela, a tech training and development outsourcer for African coders, raises $40M

Andela, a startup that trains developers in Africa and hires them out to global tech companies, has raised $40 million in Series C funding.

Small business lending in Mexico gets a boost

Micro-lending and small business financing are a critical component of economic growth around the world, and the need for access to low-cost capital is especially important in developing countries. Th

Already huge in China, Tuputech pitches its AI that identifies porn and violence stateside

In China, where content laws are far more restrictive and penalties for defying government proscriptions on content are far more severe, new social media giants and telecom providers like Musical.ly,

Search and social media was filled with clickbait and propaganda in the wake of Vegas shooting

Letting an algorithm cull links from the sewer of internet commentary, and then distributing that to millions of people, is a losing game. It's another sign of how Facebook and the rest continue to ab

Keep calm and automate to unlock the opportunity in the vertical Internet of Things

Nate Williams Contributor More posts by this contributor If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right? Since the term Internet of Things, or IoT, was coined in 1999, the industry has had its share of hype,

Matternet’s autonomous delivery drones can now refuel and reload by themselves

Matternet, a startup building autonomous drones for delivery, has been working to commercialize its tech via transportation of blood and pathology samples to labs. Taking traffic out of the equation

Tech companies automate autocratic media in China around the world

When big tech bends its principles to limbo into Chinese markets, it encourages other Western companies and institutions to do so as well.

Thailand’s Event Pop raises $2M to expand its ticketing service in Southeast Asia

Event Pop, a two-year-old digital ticketing startup from Thailand, has raised a Series A round of over $2 million to expand its product and move into new markets. The round was led by Thai investors I

Tech’s ‘give back’ moment

We now exist an interesting interstitial moment, one defined by big corporations producing much of the innovation and some of the world’s richest companies – Apple, Amazon, Uber, Facebook

Defining social good at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017

As tech barrels through innovations, turning industry after industry upside down in the process, there are some very real human problems that tech examines less often. The immediate potential for soci

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S’17 Demo Day 2

Day 2 of YC S’17 brought us autonomous store checkout, cannabis genomics and at-home fertility testing. We whittled down the strong day of pitches to just seven hot companies. These are the startups
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