04Oct

Due diligence is a responsibility for investors, an opportunity for startups

Dr. Nancy Markley Crunch Network Contributor Dr. Nancy Markley is president and CEO of MPowrx™, which in-licenses, researches, develops, manufactures and distributes health and wellness products. How to join the network Many startup companies begin with either an idea or a proprietary technology. Sometimes this technology is straightforward and easily […]

04Oct

Scoop gets Bay Area cities to pick up the tab for carpooling to alleviate traffic jams

A startup that matches riders with drivers for paid, and pre-scheduled carpooling, Scoop, has inked a deal with two big towns in the increasingly congested commuter hubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Foster City and San Mateo. With this deal, each city is subsidizing carpoolers’ rides so that passengers […]

04Oct

Restless Bandit raises $8M to help companies dig through their old resume piles

While at LinkedIn, Steve Goodman and his co-founders spent a lot of their time trying to help companies dig up the best possible candidates from those that exist around the Web — but might not have applied. But after candidates have applied, their resumes are sitting in a database somewhere […]

04Oct

Wine retailer Tannico “quaffs” €3.8M Series A

“FINE WINE RETAILER TANNICO QUAFFS €3.8M IN SERIES A FUNDING,” screams the press release, conjuring up an image of a startup spending all of its newly-acquired cash on one giant Dot Com-fueled booze up. Sadly (or luckily for the company’s new backers), this story isn’t that! Founded by ex-VC Marco […]

04Oct

Source{d}, a Spanish startup using AI to match developers to jobs, raises $6M

Source{d} provides an interesting use-case for AI. The Spain-headquartered startup, which today is announcing $6 million in Series A funding, is using deep learning to help startups and larger companies recruit developers. Specifically, its AI tech is analysing the code of millions of developers via their open source contributions in […]

03Oct

WhatsApp races to internationalize Snapchat’s overlaid creative tools

Every member of the Facebook family of apps is pushing to bring copies of Snapchat’s best features to international audiences before Snapchat blows up abroad. There was the Facebook Camera Feed, Instagram Stories and Messenger Day — and now WhatsApp is cloning Snapchat’s creative tools. Now you’ll be able to add overlaid text […]

03Oct

Rover announces $40M round for pet sitting and dog walking

Last month, we reported that Rover was closing a $40 million round. Looks like the deal has closed — the pet-sitting startup announced today that it has raised, yep, $40 million in a Series E funding. The round was led by Foundry Group and Menlo Ventures, with participation from Madrona […]

03Oct

Heek is a chatbot that can build you a website

A startup called Heek wants to make building websites as simple as chatting over text and answering a few questions. Using a conversational interface, the bot asks you questions about yourself, your business and your site, then lets you click to see different designs you can customize to meet your […]

03Oct

Google Docs for life sciences startup Benchling raises $7 million in growth funding from Thrive Capital

Benchling, a biotech company out of Y Combinator providing cloud-based software for researchers, tells TechCrunch it has raised $7 million in growth funding to continue creating tools to help the science community access research from big pharma and other leaders in the space. You might think of Benchling as the […]

02Oct

Should your startup take the B Corp route?

Mick Bain Crunch Network Contributor Mick Bain is co-chair of WilmerHale’s Corporate Practice Group. He advises entrepreneurs, startups and high-growth companies throughout their life cycles. How to join the network While most founders want to make a boatload of money, achieving a stunning exit is hardly the only driver for […]

02Oct

Inventor Ken Mages sees the Internet as democracy in action

This week on the Technotopia podcast I talked to Ken Mages, a Chicago-based inventor and co-founder of Secure One. Mages has been working in computers since his college days at the University of Illinois where he started a business doing what would later be called desktop publishing. His experience in […]

30Sep

Honest Co. is reformulating its soaps after ingredients controversy

The consumer products startup founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Co., on Friday told The Wall Street Journal that it plans to reformulate its dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaners after an earlier controversy over their ingredients. The Honest Co. markets its products as gentler, healthier and more environmentally sustainable than […]

30Sep

Atomic is like Google Docs for interface prototyping

Meet Atomic, a prototyping service for your next mobile app or website. It works in your browser, but it’s a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Atomic handles animations and lets you make interactive designs. And you can collaborate on your designs with your team in real time. The startup […]

30Sep

Print and ebook revenue down as Amazon slashes prices

It’s good news and bad news for the publishing industry. The good news is that print revenue was up 3.4 percent in April, primarily in trade paperbacks, with some solid grown in young adult print and religious titles. The bad news is that revenue is down 4.3 percent year-to-date with […]

30Sep

Aura rethinks the digital picture frame with smarter software, sensors & gesture control

We’re taking more digital photos than ever, but we’re not very good about printing them out to enjoy them in our homes. Meanwhile, the digital picture frame market has filled with cheap products that haven’t kept up with technology developments, like ubiquitous Wi-Fi, better photo quality, and higher resolutions, in order […]

29Sep

Spotify could out-dance Apple if it does acquire SoundCloud

SoundCloud as a company is a disaster, but its the only streaming service with the DJ sets and remixes kids love. So it makes perfect sense that Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud, the Financial Times reports. Spotify already declined to buy it twice over the past year […]

29Sep

Prowler.io raises $2M to help AI systems make smarter choices

As we inch closer to a time when we may rely on truly autonomous devices to move us or do things on our behalf, the need for software that’s able to think on its feet (or mid-air) will be essential. Now, an artificial intelligence startup working on this emerging area of […]

29Sep

Meal kit service Home Chef raises $40M

Home Chef just announced that it’s raised a new $40 million round of funding. This Series B comes on top of the $10 million round that Home Chef raised earlier this year. It was led by L Catterton Partners, the private equity firm formed by the recent merger of Catterton […]

29Sep

MightyTV’s Tinder-style TV recommendation app comes to Android

MightyTV, an app that helps you figure out what to watch next, is now available on Android. The startup is led by AdMeld co-founder Brian Adams, and it presents users with a stack of movie and TV recommendations which you swipe through, Tinder-style. If you’ve seen something already, you can […]

29Sep

Luna Launcher turns your Android phone into a kid-friendly device

On the fence about whether your child is old enough for their own smartphone? A new app called Luna Launcher can help you warm to the idea, by offering a simple way to limit access to select apps and actions, including who they can call or text – a list […]

29Sep

The Sense bedside sleep tracker maker hires a CMO from DoorDash

Hello, the makers of the Sense sleep tracker, has hired Angela Chang, a former marketing lead for Nest and who was most-recently head of marketing at DoorDash, as its chief marketing officer. Her hire comes at a time when the company is making an aggressive push to get into larger retailers — most […]

29Sep

Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service

French startup Lydia raised $7.8 million (€7 million) from New Alpha AM and Oddo & Cie in order to expand to other European countries. The startup lets you easily pay back your friends without any fee using a mobile app — among other things. Think about it as a sort […]

29Sep

Lose It launches Snap It to let users count calories in food photos

Boston-based Lose It! (incorporated as FitNow Inc.) has released a new beta feature today called Snap It within its weight loss and calorie tracking app. As is easily guessed by the name, Snap It beta lets users take photos of their daily meals and snacks to automatically log them and derive […]

28Sep

The 12 startups making their case at ERA Demo Day

F or those of you unawares, the Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator, like other accelerators, is a program that provides participating start-ups exposure to potential investors. They also pair participating startups with an industry-relevant mentor to help bring the startup to market. This year, the eleven of the twelve startups received a seed investment of […]