2-for-1 sale on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019 – TechCrunch

2-for-1 sale on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019 – TechCrunch

We’re in a celebratory mood here at TechCrunch — it’s Prime day after all. So we’re setting you up for serious savings on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December. Das ist wunderbar! Jump on this classic buy-one-get-one — BOGO — deal that starts today and ends tomorrow, July 16, at 11:59 p.m. (GMT). Buy an Innovator, Founder or Investor pass and you’ll score a second…

As FTC cracks down, data ethics is now a strategic business weapon – TechCrunch

As FTC cracks down, data ethics is now a strategic business weapon – TechCrunch

Dan Wu is a privacy counsel and legal engineer at Immuta. He holds a JD from Harvard University, and is a PhD candidate for Social Policy and Sociology at The Harvard Kennedy School. More posts by this contributor Beyond costs, what else can we do to make housing affordable? Market map: the 200+ innovative startups transforming affordable housing Five billion dollars. That’s the apparent size of Facebook’s latest fine for…

Brooklinen, known for high-quality bed sheets, launches its first line of loungewear – TechCrunch

Brooklinen, known for high-quality bed sheets, launches its first line of loungewear – TechCrunch

Brooklinen, the direct-to-consumer bed sheet brand backed by investors including FirstMark, is entering the apparel space with its first line of loungewear. The company says its designs, including tops, pants, shorts and a dress, are inspired by vintage athletic clothing and made from cotton and modal blended with spandex. Prices range from $28 for a t-shirt to $75 for jogger pants. The startup, whose investors also include NYU Innovation Venture…

Unmortgage, the ‘part own, part rental’ housing startup, has secured a £500M fund partnership with AllianzGI – TechCrunch

Unmortgage, the ‘part own, part rental’ housing startup, has secured a £500M fund partnership with AllianzGI – TechCrunch

Unmortgage, the London-based startup that lets you buy as little as 5% of a home and rent the rest, has announced a partnership with Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) to create a new fund to be used to purchase properties offered via the platform. The AllianzGI-managed fund is targeting a size of £500 million, according to my sources, while I understand that the deal was actually signed mid last year but…

2019 VC spending may eclipse 2018 record – TechCrunch

2019 VC spending may eclipse 2018 record – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups & venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I struggled to understand WeWork’s growth trajectory. Before that, I noted some thoughts on scooter companies’ struggle to raise new cash. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets….

Clever Cloud launches GPU-based instances – TechCrunch

Clever Cloud launches GPU-based instances – TechCrunch

French startup Clever Cloud is a cloud hosting company that operates a Platform as a Service (or PaaS). The company just launched GPU-based instances for machine learning purposes under a new brand, Clever Grid. Behind the scene, the company uses Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. You get billed by the minute and the most basic instance costs €0.42 per hour, or €10 per day, or €300 per month. For this price,…

SoftBank Vision Fund partner David Thevenon is coming to Disrupt Berlin – TechCrunch

SoftBank Vision Fund partner David Thevenon is coming to Disrupt Berlin – TechCrunch

SoftBank Vision Fund has single-handedly changed the game when it comes to tech startup investment. And that’s why I’m excited to announce that SoftBank Vision Fund partner David Thevenon is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. Thevenon spent most of his career working for Google on international and strategic partnerships, especially in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Middle-East. He ended up heading the business development teams working on Android partnerships…

Tara.ai, which uses machine learning to spec out and manage engineering projects, nabs $10M – TechCrunch

Tara.ai, which uses machine learning to spec out and manage engineering projects, nabs $10M – TechCrunch

Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly important component of how a lot of technology works; now it’s also being applied to how technologists themselves work. Today, one of the startups building such a tool has raised some capital, Tara.ai, a platform that uses machine learning to help an organization get engineering projects done — from identifying and predicting the work that will need to be tackled, to sourcing talent to…

Google finance head joins Postmates board ahead of anticipated IPO – TechCrunch

Google finance head joins Postmates board ahead of anticipated IPO – TechCrunch

Google’s vice president of finance, has joined Postmates’ board of directors, the latest sign that the on-demand food delivery startup is prepping to take the company public. Postmates announced Friday that Kristin Reinke, vice president of Finance at Google, will join the San Francisco startup as an independent director. Reinke has been with Google since 2005. Prior to Google, Reinke was at Oracle for eight years. Reinke also serves on…

Station F launches a co-living space for 600 startup people – TechCrunch

Station F launches a co-living space for 600 startup people – TechCrunch

Startup campus Station F is expanding beyond its original building in Paris with a co-living space called Flatmates. 600 people will be able to rent a room in shared apartments. Compared to traditional accommodation in Paris, it’s much easier to get a room as you don’t need a French full-time work contract, guarantors and all the stupid stuff that landlords and professionals ask you — trust me, it’s a nightmare…

Used car marketplace Motorway picks up £11M Series A – TechCrunch

Used car marketplace Motorway picks up £11M Series A – TechCrunch

Motorway, the U.K. used car marketplace, has raised £11 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Marchmont Ventures, the fund managed by Hugo Burge and Alan Martin (the former CEO and CFO of Momondo Group, respectively), along with participation from existing backer LocalGlobe. Founded by the team behind Top10 — the mobile and broadband comparison site that exited to uSwitch in 2011 — Motorway has set out to…

Slack’s IPO, the VCs behind Facebook Libra, founder salaries and trouble in scooter-land – TechCrunch

Slack’s IPO, the VCs behind Facebook Libra, founder salaries and trouble in scooter-land – TechCrunch

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity. This week, TechCrunch’s Danny Crichton filled in for co-host Alex Wilhelm – who was out in preparation for his wedding this weekend – joining Kate to cover the big news of the week. Kate and Danny dive straight into Slack’s IPO and the implications of its direct listing strategy, before shifting gears to discuss the launch of Facebook’s new ‘Libra’ cryptocurrency and…

An AI chatbot – TechCrunch

An AI chatbot – TechCrunch

Years ago, a mobile app for email launched to immediate fanfare. Simply called Mailbox, its life was woefully cut short — we’ll get to that. Today, its founders are back with their second act: An AI-enabled assistant called Navigator meant to help teams work and communicate more efficiently. With the support of $12 million in Series A funding from CRV, #Angels, Designer Fund, SV Angel, Dropbox’s Drew Houston and other…

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,…

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…

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,…

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 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…

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…

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…