startups

04Dec

The New American Dream: My Life As A Minority Startup Owner    

My life can be split into two halves, each fulfilling an American dream. The first half I spent on the American dream that was engrained from birth: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. The second, current half of my life revolves around an American dream that has arisen from our […]

04Dec

The STEM Skills Gap Is Only As Real As The Purple Unicorn

Andrew HeikkilaCrunch Network Contributor Andrew Heikkila is a tech enthusiast and writer from Boise, Idaho. How to join the network TEKsystems recently put out a report showing that approximately 80 percent of all IT professionals believe that a skills gap exists in tech industries today. Backed by claims of mass projected […]

04Dec

TalentSky Is Building A Professional Network With A Focus On Verified Skills

Rick Devine has spent more than a decade as an executive recruiter, and even introduced Steve Jobs to his eventual successor Tim Cook back in 1998. Now he’s working on a startup called TalentSky, aiming to address some of the big problems he sees in the hiring landscape — specifically, the big “skills gap,” where […]

04Dec

A New Service Called CoinCube Can Help Manage Your BTC

In the future, all currencies will be crypto. And you’ll need someone to manage all that crypto cash. That’s what CoinCube is trying to do: a way to manage cryptocurrency investments intelligently. Created by Robert Allen, Eric Kittell, Jibben Nee and Giovanni Meacci, the system is still in its relative […]

04Dec

Reverb.com’s Marketplace For Musicians Tunes Up With $25 Million

It’s been a long strange trip for serial entrepreneur David Kalt on the road to raising $25 million for his two-year-old music gear marketplace, Reverb.com. Kalt, whose first company was an online options brokerage, founded the company in 2013 after forsaking money markets to buy and run a Chicago-based guitar shop called […]

04Dec

SeamlessDocs Raises $5 Million Series A To Bring Government Forms Online

SeamlessDocs, the document automation portal for governments, has announced the close of a $5 million Series A funding round led by the Govtech Fund The startup originally launched as Bizodo out of the ERA Accelerator and has since re-branded and re-focused on bringing governments into the now-paperless world we live […]

04Dec

Flipkart Takes A Minority Stake In Location Data Startup MapMyIndia To Speed Up Deliveries

Flipkart, one of India’s top e-commerce retailers, has acquired a minority stake in MapMyIndia, a startup that provides mobile maps, location data, and GPS navigation devices for cars. In a statement, Flipkart said its partnership with MapMyIndia will help it track shipments in real-time, verify addresses, and reduce package theft. […]

03Dec

With Topick, Join Communities Around Your Favorite Topics

Meet Topick, a newly launched startup that wants to create a sort of social network for your favorite topics. After selecting your interests, Topick offers an unfiltered feed of people sharing the same passions as you. It’s a small Facebook, but without all the mainstream news and noise from your […]

03Dec

EatStreet, An Online Food Ordering Platform For Smaller Cities And College Towns, Picks Up $15M

While Amazon expands Prime Now restaurant ordering and delivery to more places, a startup has picked up funding to go head to head with it and the many others in the crowded food-on-demand category. EatStreet, a platform for restaurants mainly located in smaller cities to take orders online or by mobile, has picked up $15 million in […]

03Dec

Wiivv Raises $3 Milllion To Bring 3D-Printed IInsoles To The Maasses

As we approach the inevitable melding of man and machine, we’re going to need a lot more consonants and vowels. That’s why Wiivv is on the case. Wiivv, a company so disruptive that you can’t type its name without autocorrect kicking in, makes 3D printed insoles using scans made in […]

03Dec

23-Year-Old’s Design Collaboration Tool Figma Launches With $14M To Fight Adobe

“Which version of this design are we on? Did you make the suggested edits? Why is it taking so long to export?” Today, interface design collaboration tool Figma arrives to eliminate these questions with its browser-based alternative to Adobe’s desktop software. Figma constantly saves projects in the cloud with version […]

03Dec

Number26 Launches Its Bank Of The Future In 6 New Countries

If you don’t like your current bank, Number26 is here for you. The German startup has been trying to reinvent the average banking experience in Germany and Austria. It is now expanding to six new European countries — France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia and Spain. Anybody who lives in one […]

02Dec

Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups

Gabriel WilmothCrunch Network Contributor Gabriel Wilmoth is an investment manager at Syngenta Ventures and has spent more than a decade helping farmers and ag innovators become more profitable and more sustainable. How to join the network With interest and investment in food and agriculture startups reaching record levels, new entrepreneurs […]

02Dec

Find Which Uber Is Yours With Its New Colored-Coded SPOT Lights

Outside big events like concerts, tons of Ubers can be waiting, making it tough for passengers to figure out which car is theirs. That’s why last week I suggested Uber create a feature that would give passengers and drivers a visual signal they could use to find each other. Well, […]

02Dec

Culinary Events Biz Dinner Lab Buys Competitor Dishcrawl, Will Launch “Bar Crawls For Restaurants”

Dinner Lab, a supper club and culinary events business that has expanded to 75,000 members across 31 states over the past three years, is today putting its recent infusion of new capital to use: the company is acquiring a competitor known as Dishcrawl, which had been operating a similar service, […]

02Dec

Dave Chappelle Has Phone-Free Zone For His Shows Through Partnership With Tech Startup

Comedian Dave Chappelle seems to be fed up with people recording his shows and sharing his material on the Internet. Chappelle recently tapped tech startup Yondr, which makes cell phone cases that prevent people from using their phones, to help ensure audience members are more engaged during his performance at […]

02Dec

Bluecore Marketing Automation Tool Secures $21M In Series B Funding

Bluecore, the data marketing platform for ecommerce brands, has today announced the close of a $21 million Series B round led by Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investors like FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures. Bluecore offers data-based automation for ecommerce brands, letting them send more powerful emails at the […]

02Dec

Asana Poaches Diversity Manager From Facebook

Asana just announced that it’s hired Sonja Gittens-Ottley, formerly of Facebook, to serve as the productivity startup’s first-ever head of diversity and inclusion. Back in July, after someone called out Asana for its clear lack of diversity, Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz said that the company was aggressively recruiting a potential diversity lead […]

02Dec

Uber Hires Away Another Executive From Google Maps

Uber has poached a second executive from Google Maps. Manik Gupta announced on LinkedIn today that he is now Uber’s director of products for maps, after leaving a similar position at Google Maps. At his new job, Gupta will reunite with Brian McClendon, who led the development of Google Maps and Google Earth […]

Today, at the Post-Seed conference in San Francisco, Alfred Lin, the former COO and CFO of Zappos and now a Sequoia Capital partner, was asked a variety of on-stage questions about the current market. Among them as whether Lin thinks it’s a good time to start a fund. “Probably not,” he […]

When Kobe Bryant decided to share his intentions to retire after this season, his 20th, the way he did it was…different. Even though he did a press conference later that evening, he chose to share the news via Twitter and Facebook. Both posts linked to a heartfelt poem about his […]

01Dec

Food Delivery Startup Good Eggs Has A New CEO

Good Eggs, an online service that allows you to order food from local farms, has brought on a new CEO — Bentley Hall, who previously held senior roles at Plum Organics, Clif Bar and Johnson & Johnson. The company’s existing CEO Rob Spiro (pictured above with Hall) will become chairman. He said he’ll remain […]

01Dec

Cookies Wants To Become The Venmo Of Europe

Many have tried, but no European company has become as successful as Venmo so far. Venmo is a great way to pay back your friends in a few taps without having to pay any fee. But its main issue is that it only works in the U.S. Stealth startup Cookies […]

01Dec

Microsoft Lays Off 60 On Its HoloLens Team In Israel As It Shifts Development To The U.S.

Microsoft has yet to ship its first HoloLens holographic imaging device, but it is moving swiftly on to the next generation of development nonetheless. TechCrunch has confirmed that Microsoft has dismissed 60 people in Israel who work on the HoloLens — 30 full-time staff and 30 contractors. The plan is to wind down work on its VR headset and […]