Meero raises $230 million for its on-demand photo platform – TechCrunch

Meero raises $230 million for its on-demand photo platform – TechCrunch

Chances are you always look at photos before you order food in your favorite food delivery app, or before you book a hotel room. French startup Meero wants to make the web and mobile apps look beautiful by helping businesses get good photos. And the company just raised a $230 million funding round. Eurazeo, Prime Ventures and Avenir Growth are leading today’s funding round. Existing investors include Global Founders Capital,…

Blue Prism acquires UK’s Thoughtonomy for up to $100M to expand its RPA platform with more AI – TechCrunch

Blue Prism acquires UK’s Thoughtonomy for up to $100M to expand its RPA platform with more AI – TechCrunch

Robotic process automation — which lets organizations shift repetitive back office tasks to machines to complete — has been a hot area of growth in the world of enterprise IT, and now one of the companies that’s making waves in the area has acquired a smaller startup to continue extending its capabilities. Blue Prism, which helped coin the term RPA when it was founded back in 2001, has announced that…

Upcoming FATF Guidelines Could Bring Doom to Some Crypto Businesses

Upcoming FATF Guidelines Could Bring Doom to Some Crypto Businesses

June 21 may be a “make or break” day for numerous cryptocurrency companies, particularly exchanges and crypto custodians. On that date, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is releasing guidance on how countries should oversee digital assets, Bloomberg reports. What Is the FATF? The FATF is a worldwide organization that develops recommendations on how participating nations should handle different aspects of monetary policy. Specifically, the organization is interested in combating…

Misfits Market raises $16.5 million for their ‘ugly’ produce subscription box – TechCrunch

Misfits Market raises $16.5 million for their ‘ugly’ produce subscription box – TechCrunch

As grocery shopping moves online, one piece of the puzzle hasn’t been directly addressed: fresh fruits and vegetables. That also happens to be a category in which there is a ton of food waste, with a good deal of fruits and veggies never making it out of the grocery store to begin with. Misfits Market has raised $16.5 million in Series A to handle just that. Greenoaks Capital led the…

GitHub hires former Bitnami co-founder Erica Brescia as COO – TechCrunch

GitHub hires former Bitnami co-founder Erica Brescia as COO – TechCrunch

It’s been just over a year since Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion, but the company has grown in that time, and today it announced that it has hired former Bitnami COO and cofounder, Erica Brescia to be its COO. Brescia handled COO duties at Bitnami from its founding in 2011 until it was sold to VMware last month. In a case of good timing, GitHub was looking to fill…

India Looks to Impose Harsh Crypto Legislation, Market Shift Expected

India Looks to Impose Harsh Crypto Legislation, Market Shift Expected

India’s anti-bitcoin lawmakers have proposed a law that prohibits citizens from possessing, trading or profiting from bitcoin-related ventures which include mining. The “Banning Cryptocurrencies and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2019” proposes that persons found to be dealing in cryptocurrencies face an unbailable 10 years behind bars. A couple of government anti-money laundering agencies such as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) and Income Tax Departments…

The Peloton IPO (bull vs. bear) – TechCrunch

The Peloton IPO (bull vs. bear) – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s noteworthy venture capital deals, funds and trends. Before I dive into this week’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the proliferation of billion-dollar companies. Before that, I noted the uptick in beverage startup rounds. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. Now,…

Google continues to preach multi-cloud approach with Looker acquisition – TechCrunch

Google continues to preach multi-cloud approach with Looker acquisition – TechCrunch

When Google announced it was buying Looker yesterday morning for $2.6 billion, you couldn’t blame some of the company’s 1,600 customers if they worried a bit if Looker would continue its multi-cloud approach. But Google Cloud chief Thomas Kurian made clear the company will continue to support an open approach to its latest purchase when it joins the fold later this year. It’s consistent with the messaging from Google Next,…

This Week in Cryptocurrency: June 7th, 2019

This Week in Cryptocurrency: June 7th, 2019

Cryptocurrency market update: Cryptocurrency markets saw a slight correction this week, however, some tokens still saw their time in the sun. The losers: Bitcoin down 4%, Ethereum down 3%, EOS down 16.44%. The winners: Litecoin is up 7.55%, Tron up 6.54%, Cosmos up 12.6%, Chainlink 21.1%, Zilliqa up 26%. cryptocurrency markets Blockstream Developers Accused of Being Paid $850,000 Annually: Blockstream, the Bitcoin Core development company, has allegedly been paying its…

It makes him a better boss – TechCrunch

It makes him a better boss – TechCrunch

If you ask Eugenio Pace to describe himself, “engineer” would be fairly high on the list. “Being a CEO is pretty busy,” he told TechCrunch in a call last week. “But I’m an engineer in my heart — I am a problem solver,” he said. Pace, an Argentinan immigrant to the U.S., founded identity management company Auth0 in 2013 after more than a decade at Microsoft. Auth0, pronounced “auth-zero,” has…

The Ticket Fairy is tech’s best hope against Ticketmaster – TechCrunch

The Ticket Fairy is tech’s best hope against Ticketmaster – TechCrunch

Ticketmaster’s dominance has led to ridiculous service fees, scalpers galore and exclusive contracts that exploit venues and artists. The moronic approval of venue operator and artist management giant Live Nation’s merger with Ticketmaster in 2010 produced an anti-competitive juggernaut. It pressures venues to sign ticketing contracts under veiled threat that artists would otherwise be routed to different concert halls. Now it’s become difficult for venues, artists and fans to avoid…

Former Poker Pro Launches MintDice: Online Crypto Casino

Former Poker Pro Launches MintDice: Online Crypto Casino

There are few industries or communities as closely linked as casino and cryptocurrency. MintDice, an online cryptocurrency casino, recently launched with four games users are able to play from anywhere in the world. Be it a high tolerance for risk or innate desire to find a profitable edge whether in the financial system or a game of poker, there is plenty of overlap between those that take casino games seriously…

The Stanford connections behind Latin America’s multibillion-dollar startup renaissance – TechCrunch

The Stanford connections behind Latin America’s multibillion-dollar startup renaissance – TechCrunch

The houses along the tree-lined blocks of Josina Avenue in Palo Alto, with their big back yards, swimming pools and driveways are about as far removed from the snarls of traffic, sputtering diesel engines, and smoggy air of South America’s major metropolises as one can get. But it was in one of those houses, about a twelve-minute bicycle ride from Stanford University, that the seed was planted for what has…

LinkedIn to shutter Chitu, its Chinese-language app, in July, redirects users to LinkedIn in Chinese – TechCrunch

LinkedIn to shutter Chitu, its Chinese-language app, in July, redirects users to LinkedIn in Chinese – TechCrunch

LinkedIn has long eyed China as an important country to offset slowing growth in more mature markets. But now it’s calling time on a localized effort after failing to see it pick up steam. The company has announced that it will be shutting down Chitu — a Chinese-only app it had built targeting younger people and those who had less of a need to network with people outside of the…

BitTorrent (BTT) Price Goes “Meh”

BitTorrent (BTT) Price Goes "Meh"

The BitTorrent (BTT) price is down over 5 percent in the last 24 hours following news of BitTorrent and TRON owner Justin Sun donating a whopping $4.57 million to have lunch with Warren Buffet. The deal was part of an auction that Glide, a San Francisco-based charity, hosted last week. BitTorrent is on the decline after a disappointing announcement from owner Justin Sun. | Source: CoinMarketCap Sun is the first…

Substack expands its subscription platform with discussion threads – TechCrunch

Substack expands its subscription platform with discussion threads – TechCrunch

Substack is launching a new feature called “community” — namely, the ability for newsletter publishers to create discussion threads, which can either be open to anyone or limited to subscribers. The idea of starting a discussion thread where readers can argue about things like the season finale of “Game of Thrones” isn’t new — and even before now, Substack supported comments when newsletters are published online. However, co-founder Hamish McKenzie…

The Slack origin story – TechCrunch

The Slack origin story – TechCrunch

Let’s rewind a decade. It’s 2009. Vancouver, Canada. Stewart Butterfield, known already for his part in building Flickr, a photo-sharing service acquired by Yahoo in 2005, decided to try his hand — again — at building a game. Flickr had been a failed attempt at a game called Game Neverending followed by a big pivot. This time, Butterfield would make it work. To make his dreams a reality, he joined…

Bitcoin SV (BSV) Doubled This Week, But Don’t Buy into the Hype

Bitcoin SV (BSV) Doubled This Week, But Don't Buy into the Hype

Bitcoin SV (BSV) took off on a rocketship this week, rising over 120 percent in price since Sunday. Craig Wright’s controversial cryptocurrency was sitting silently around $100 before jolting to a high near $250 earlier today. Since that peak, the price has cooled down and is currently bouncing between $200 and $205. Bitcoin SV was relatively silent until Wednesday. | Source: CoinMarketCap Don’t Get Too Excited A fake Chinese news…

Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky just raised another $200 million for his newest company, Tempus – TechCrunch

Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky just raised another $200 million for his newest company, Tempus – TechCrunch

When serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky grows a company, he puts the pedal to the metal. When in 2011 his last company, the Chicago-based coupons site Groupon, raised $950 million from investors, it was the largest amount raised by a startup ever. It was just over three years old at the time, and it went public later that same year. Lefkofsky seems to be stealing a page from the same playbook…

Foursquare buys Placed from Snap Inc. on the heels of $150M in new funding – TechCrunch

Foursquare buys Placed from Snap Inc. on the heels of $150M in new funding – TechCrunch

Foursquare just made its first acquisition. The location tech company has acquired Placed from Snap Inc. on the heels of a fresh $150 million investment led by The Raine Group. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Placed founder and CEO David Shim will become president of Foursquare. Placed is the biggest competitor to Foursquare’s Attribution product, which allows brands to track the physical impact (foot traffic to store)…