21Nov

Monsanto-owned The Climate Corporation acquires Estonia’s VitalFields

The Climate Corporation (owned by Monsanto) has acquired Estonia-based farm management startup VitalFields. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although we’re told the VitalFields team will be joining The Climate Corporation. The agtech startup raised $1.2 million in Series A funding back in May 2015. Backers include SmartCap, the investment […]

20Nov

Harmony Space wins top prize at MIT Hacking Arts for music learning app that feels like Pokémon GO

In Boston this weekend, software developers, hardware engineers, artists and entrepreneurs gathered for the Hacking Arts 2016 conference and hackathon at MIT. Of twelve finalists, the following teams took top honors. Best All-Around Hack: Harmony Space Best All-Around Hack, First Runner-Up: Revive Best All-Around Hack, Second Runner-Up: möbel Hackers’ Choice: […]

20Nov

Listen to Nested CEO on reluctant founders, fundraising, and why you shouldn’t do a startup

Last week I caught up with Matt Robinson, co-founder and CEO of London-based property tech startup Nested. Prior to this he co-founded GoCardless, a fintech company also based in London. During our call we discussed why he left GoCardless to start Nested, how too many bad ideas are being funded, […]

19Nov

After decades of dreaming, indoor location’s time has come

Arif Janmohamed Crunch Network Contributor Arif Janmohamed is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. How to join the network The precise information you need, delivered exactly when and where you need it. Personalized engagement and experiences. Easy step-by-step navigation. These are just some of the things you get with indoor […]

19Nov

ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark talks about the future of city surveillance

A guy like Ralph Clark has a tough job: if all goes according to his business plan he’ll put himself out of business. He is the CEO of ShotSpotter, a surveillance system for cities that triangulates gunfire in 90 cities. I asked him if he’d ever have to shut down. […]

19Nov

Cogito closes $15M Series B to improve customer support with science

Cogito, a real-time feedback platform for customer service agents, added $15 million to its coffers today in the form of a Series B. This brings the company’s total fundraising to $22.5 million. The MIT Media Lab spin off is applying the principles of behavioral science to call centers around the world […]

19Nov

Big data can’t bring objectivity to a subjective world

Simon Chandler Crunch Network Contributor Simon Chandler is a writer and journalist, contributing articles on culture, politics and technology. How to join the network It seems everyone is interested in big data these days. From social scientists to advertisers, professionals from all walks of life are singing the praises of […]

18Nov

These are the TechCrunch Tokyo 2016 pitch competition winners

You’ve probably heard of TechCrunch Disrupt (New York’s event happened in May, San Francisco’s was in September, and there’s a rather fantastic London edition coming up in a couple of weeks), but we run events all over the world. This week, it’s all about Tokyo. From an original 154 companies, […]

18Nov

Telemedicine company Syounika Online snags top prize at TechCrunch Tokyo

As a parent, if your child breaks out with a rash, what do you do? You panic, you search the internet for what could possibly be wrong and the next thing you know is that you’re convinced your child is dying. Syounika Online is a company that’s trying to reduce this problem […]

17Nov

Handshake nabs another $20M to make the job hunt more fair

Speaking from experience, finding jobs outside of the region you went to college in is incredibly challenging. Sure, large Fortune 100 companies have programs in place to make it easy to recruit for offices in disparate cities, but if you are looking for a job at a company that doesn’t fit that profile, […]

17Nov

Airbnb is turning itself into an ‘experience’ machine beyond just booking places to stay

Airbnb is looking to move beyond the simple experience of booking a place to stay — moving part of the responsibility of figuring out what to do in those places to Airbnb and its hosts instead. That’s what the goal of the company’s new ‘experiences’ feature is in the Airbnb […]

17Nov

Zesty, facing stiff competition, replaces its CEO and restructures

TechCrunch has learned that there has been a management shakeup at Zesty, a business catering service that’s health-minded and tech enabled. Funded by Index Ventures, Founders Fund, Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator, Zesty has raised $20.7 million in venture funding to-date. Cofounder Chris Hollindale stepped into the CEO role in July, after […]

16Nov

Like by smiling? Facebook acquires emotion detection startup FacioMetrics

Facebook could one day build facial gesture controls for its app thanks to the acquisition of a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company called FacioMetrics. The startup made an app called Intraface that could detect seven different emotions in people’s faces, but it’s been removed from the app stores. The acquisition […]

16Nov

Bonx brings tunes and talk to the slick and slippery slopes

Electronics and water go together like, well, electronics and water. But how are you going to talk to your friends when you’re knee deep in snow or plunging down a mountainside on a bike? Bonx to the rescue. The Indiegogo-funded Bonx Grip brings group-chat to the masses. Shipping this month, […]

18Oct

Autodesk’s Amar Hanspal talks about the future of manufacturing

Imagine a world where manufacturing is no longer geographically mandated, when you can print custom parts in minutes, and anyone can build anything. That’s the world Amar Hanspal, Autodesk’s SVP or Product, wants to live in. I talked to Hanspal while he was at a future of manufacturing conference and […]

18Oct

FoundersCard members now get three months of free private jet flights from JetSmarter

FoundersCard, the membership-based program that offers perks like discounts on hotels, travel and shopping has inked a new deal with JetSmarter. As a refresher JetSmarter is also a membership-based program that lets members book discounted seats on shuttle flights between pre-determined cities as well as book their own private flights. JetSmarter […]

17Oct

VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

Paris-based VC firm Daphni is announcing its inaugural fund for seed and Series A investments. The team will manage a $165 million fund (€150 million) and try some new things when it comes to venture capital in Europe. On paper, Daphni looks like many other funds. A bunch of limited […]

17Oct

Bezahlt is a new German invoice financing startup from the founder of Kreditech

It was long-rumoured that Sebastian Diemer, who co-founded credit scoring and loans company Kreditech, was doing another startup in the fintech space and today that new venture de-cloaks. Bezahlt.de, which, along with Diemer, counts numerous other ex-Kreditech employees as part of its founding team, is taking aim at the German […]

16Oct

While the IPO market roars back, venture remains leery

Ben Narasin Crunch Network Contributor Ben Narasin was an entrepreneur for 25 years, a seed investor for 8 and is now a VC as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures. How to join the network Jeremy Abelson Crunch Network Contributor Jeremy is the founder and portfolio manager of Irving Investors. […]

16Oct

How startups can use data to grow smarter

Dale Chang Crunch Network Contributor Dale Chang is vice president of Portfolio Operations at Scale Venture Partners. How to join the network Tech investing isn’t what it used to be — even compared to six months ago. Investors are applying greater scrutiny to deals. Many wonder if the days of […]

14Oct

From the distributed workforce to the partnered economy

Ajay Chopra Crunch Network Contributor Ajay Chopra co-founded Pinnacle Systems in his living room and grew it to a multi-billion dollar public company before becoming a venture capitalist with Trinity Ventures. How to join the network Despite what some politicians say, no country is an island in today’s rapidly changing […]

14Oct

Uber hits another roadblock

Uber, the ridesharing behemoth that recently began operating driverless cars and exploring self-flying drone taxis, can’t seem to catch a break these days in the legal arena. The New York State Department of Labor has ruled that two Uber drivers, Jakir Hossain and Levon Alesanian, are indeed employees — not contractors — […]

13Oct

Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker form a new, Discovery-backed holding company

Four digital media organizations are coming together to form a new holding company — and they’ve also raised $100 million in additional funding from Discovery Communications. Those four companies are Thrillist (lifestyle), NowThis Media (video news), The Dodo (animals) and Discovery’s digital network Seeker (including its production studio SourceFed). Thrillist’s […]

13Oct

Soylent Bars recalled after some customers get sick

The digestive tract of the ‘future of food’ does not always run smooth. The startup behind drink-your-dinner powder Soylent has issued a product recall. Not for its mainstay meal replacement powder — but rather for a $2 snack bar which you do still have to chew. The Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup only […]