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    Company builder Entrepreneur First is expanding to Berlin

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587349
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     Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered company builder that invests in individuals “pre-team, pre-idea” to help create new technology startups, is continuing to expand internationally. Following adding an outpost and program in Singapore, in addition to London, the so-called talent-first investor is setting up shop in Berlin, kicking off its first German program this April. Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:30:35 +0000

    Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587333
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     Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. Co-founder Stuart Landesberg started the company in 2014 after working with retail brands during his time as an investor at TPG. He noticed how limited… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:45:47 +0000

    The Ocean Solutions Accelerator will nurture companies looking to keep our planet blue

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587490
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     You can’t swing a cat in the Bay Area without hitting some startup accelerator or another, but it can be hard to find one with a mission. That’s the easy part with the Ocean Solutions Accelerator, a new program that aims to help advance startups in tech and conservation relating to… you guessed it, the big blue. They’re now accepting applications for their first wave… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:28:58 +0000

    Sketchfab launches a store to become a stock photo site for 3D models

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587759
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     Sketchfab just launched a store so that you can buy and sell 3D models and reuse them in commercial projects. This is a major new feature for Sketchfab, which has become one of the biggest repositories of 3D models on the web. It feels like Sketchfab is becoming a sort of stock photography site, except that it’s all about 3D models. While Sketchfab already has 2 million 3D models on… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:20:21 +0000

    Arkadium brings its interactive content to the Associated Press

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587661
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     The Associated Press is partnering with Arkadium to use InHabit, an interactive content tool launched last year. Arkadium’s goal for InHabit is to automatically add interactive polls, quizzes and games into relevant stories, hopefully making those stories more engaging in the process. The technology was initially designed for sports content, so the AP is starting its integration on its… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:52:11 +0000

    Sweatcoin lets you earn crypto for working out

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587413
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     Want a way to workout and earn some coin? Sweatcoin has risen to the top of the App Store for helping folks get something more than just a glow for taking those daily steps. The startup says it has accumulated more than five million users in the past year and increased revenue by 266 percent in the last quarter. There are more than two million weekly active users on the app — and… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:04 +0000

    Revolut launches geolocation-powered travel insurance

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587356
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     Fintech startup Revolut is launching international medical and dental insurance. You can subscribe using the company’s app for £1 per day or more depending on the options. But the best part is that you can set it up and forget about it as Revolut uses your device’s location data to automatically turn insurance coverage on and off. By default, insurance coverage costs £1 per day… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:01:00 +0000

    Curve, the fintech that connects all your cards to a single card and app, gets full consumer launch

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587119
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     Curve, the London fintech startup that offers a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage your spending, is finally launching to U.K. consumers. Up until now, the service remained in beta and was only officially available to business users. Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:52 +0000

    DigitalOcean gives you more RAM and storage for the same price

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587183
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     Cloud hosting company DigitalOcean is launching some new price offerings today. In particular, the company is also upgrading its basic $5 droplet instances with better specs for the first time in years. Five years ago, DigitalOcean offered something quite revolutionary. Before today, you could pay $5 per month and get a server with 20GB of SSD storage, 512MB of RAM and 1 CPU core. But… Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:01:56 +0000

    Forest raises $3.7 million for its administration interface to rule them all

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587144
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     French startup Forest just raised a $3.7 million seed round (€3 million) from Connect Ventures and Xavier Niel, with Taavet Hinrikus also participating. Pietro Bezza and Jean de La Rochebrochard are joining the board of the company. The startup first started in the eFounders startup studio. I already wrote about the startup back in May. The vision hasn’t changed at all. Forest still… Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:29:13 +0000

    Instacart acquires Toronto-based Unata

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1587078
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     Instacart has today announced the acquisition of Unata, a Toronto-based company that offers a platform for both grocers and consumers to interact digitally. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unata’s product, unlike Instacart’s, is a white-label grocery platform, letting grocers anywhere create apps and websites for consumers to order products, complete with coupons,… Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:01:18 +0000

    Nyansa lands $15 million led by Intel Capital to grow user performance management

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586938
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     Companies like New Relic and AppDynamics have been offering applications performance management solutions to help operations teams track external performance issues for years. Nyansa (pronounced ‘knee-ans-sah’) is bringing that kind of performance management to internal networks. Today, the company announced a $15 million Series B investment. The round was led by Intel Capital… Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:00:27 +0000

    BeMyEye, the startup that lets companies crowdsource in-store data, acquires rival Task360

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586745
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     In a move that represents further consolidation in the crowdsourced in-store data gathering space, London-headquartered BeMyEye has acquired U.K. rival Task360. Similar to BeMyEye, the company offers an app that pays users to collect data for its corporate clients, but with a greater emphasis on time-sensitive tasks. Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:00:31 +0000

    Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586909
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     Airbnb has today announced a new feature that will help users manage their payments on the platform. The feature, aptly albeit unimaginatively named Pay Less Up Front, lets users pay for a part of their trip upon booking and the rest near the time of check-in. Before now, Airbnb users had to pay 100 percent of their booking up front. For weekend trips, that wasn’t such a big deal. But… Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:00:26 +0000

    Startup events platform Tech.co acquired by digital marketing firm MVF

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586995
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     Tech.co, an online platform and events organizer for startups, announced today that it has been acquired by digital marketing firm MVF. The deal’s terms were undisclosed. Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:37:09 +0000

    Researchers find that one person likely drove Bitcoin from $150 to $1,000

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586871
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     Researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman have written a fascinating paper on Bitcoin price manipulation. Entitled “Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem” and appearing in the recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics the paper describes to what degree the Bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by bad actors. To many it’s been obvious that… Read More

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:40:57 +0000

    AI researcher Monty Barlow teaches a computer to figure out American accents

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586822
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     Monty Barlow works at Cambridge Consultants and his company’s recent work involves teaching a computer to discern between British and American accents. The project, which Barlow sees as part of a suite of machine-learning solutions that will grow to encompass “true” AI, appeared at CES last week. Barlow said that AI revolutions tended to come and go, appearing on the horizon… Read More

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:24:37 +0000

    Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586752
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     NA-KD, the Swedish fashion e-commerce company that sells women’s clothes direct to consumers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding. Noteworthy, $5 million of that is secondary investment as some early shareholders, not including the founders or management team, partially cash in. Read More

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:39:21 +0000

    True Fit, the personalisation platform for apparel and footwear, raises $55M Series C

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586620
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     If the funding fits, keep it. True Fit, the Boston-based “personalisation platform for apparel and footwear” that helps online shoppers find clothes that fit and are to their liking, has raised $55 million in Series C funding. Read More

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:00:35 +0000

    London proptech startup Goodlord appoints LoveFilm co-founder William Reeve as CEO

    http://techcrunch.com/?p=1586689
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     London ‘proptech’ startup Goodlord, which offers cloud-based software to help estate agents, landlords and tenants manage the rental process, has announced the appointment of serial entrepreneur and investor William Reeve as CEO. Read More

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:30:36 +0000