startups

01Dec

Leading Indian Classifieds Site Quikr In Talks To Acquire Real-Estate Portal Commonfloor

Quikr, which claims to be India’s largest classifieds site, is in talks to acquire Commonfloor, a property listings portal. A source says the deal will be worth roughly $200 million and help Quikr build its real-estate listings vertical into an industry leader. In a statement to the press, Commonfloor said: […]

30Nov

SlackArchive Gives You Public Chat Archive For Free

There are many reasons why you could use Slack as your messaging platform of choice for a public or semi-public project. It can be an open source project, a local community project or just an interest-based project. But chances are your community is getting big and you want to get […]

30Nov

LucidCam Hits Its $100K Campaign Goal, Team Partners With Sephora On VR Content

When we first met the team building the LucidCam, they aimed to raise $100,000 on Indiegogo. They found their 264 backers to get them there. Their goal remains to bring the ability to shoot immersive virtual reality content with a camera that fits in your pocket. And at a reasonable […]

30Nov

Rocket Internet’s Latest Company Is ZenRooms, A Budget Hotel Platform For Southeast Asia

ZenRooms, a hotel booking platform for price-conscious travelers, is the newest startup from Rocket Internet. Like other Rocket Internet companies, ZenRooms replicates a proven business model—in this case, OYO’s—in new marketplaces. Like India-based OYO (which received a $100 million investment from SoftBank this summer) ZenRooms works with budget hotels to […]

30Nov

Australian Financial Tech Company Tyro Payments Raises $72M Led By Tiger Global

Australian financial tech company Tyro Payments plans to challenge the country’s leading retail banks after scoring AUD $100 million (about $72 million) in funding from Tiger Global, TDM Asset Management, and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes. Founded in 2003 to enable point-of-sale debit and credit card payments, Tyro Payments currently works […]

29Nov

Start Up Services Snake Oil

I’ve been so well entrenched in the journalistic world of entrepreneurship that I haven’t lifted my head out of the mess of funding stories and launch posts to actually pay attention to what is happening in the world of startups. Here’s the rub: when you’re starting a company it’s almost […]

29Nov

GoTenna Keeps Your Cell Phone Connected, Even When You Don’t Have Cell Service

GoTenna co-founder Daniela Perdomo knows that her startup has been “quiet for a long time,” but she said it’s for a good reason — the team has been busy turning its prototype into something that could be “manufactured at scale.” The company aims to help users to communicate even when they don’t […]

Not every new idea is destined to be great. Sometimes even the most promising concepts end up in the scrap pile. You probably never heard about Google Here, but the project was so big that Alphabet CEO Larry Page himself made the final decision to abandon it. Aimed at smartphone users, Here […]

Founders soliciting venture funds quickly get comfortable revealing details about their operations, vision and finances. They may also need to be willing to step on a scale and get a blood draw.  Investors try to ensure that the startups they’re funding are healthy, and, strange as it might seem, they […]

I often hear VCs say that they don’t back products, they back platforms. I find that logic backwards and in many ways dangerous for founders. Platforms can provide a durable competitive advantage, and it’s easy to understand why startups would want to create one. But great platforms are nearly always […]

27Nov

The 20 Best Unicorn Companies For Paying Software Engineers Top Dollar

Last week we brought you the 20 highest paying unicorns, based on median annual salary for all employees. This time around, we centered our search on the unicorns paying best for programmers. We pulled together all 153 unicorns currently listed on the Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboardand then matched them up with data […]

27Nov

DJI’s Latest Drone Saves Crops From Pests

DJI made its name building high-end consumer drones, but its latest model shows where the future may lie for the Shenzhen-based company and its competitors. An eight-rotor drone, the Agras MG-1 is supposed to provide a safer alternative to current methods for spraying crops, including small planes, vehicles, and handheld sprayers that […]

26Nov

Machine Intelligence In The Real World

Shivon ZilisCrunch Network Contributor Shivon Zilis is an investor at Bloomberg Beta. How to join the network I’ve been laser-focused on machine intelligence in the past few years. I’ve talked to hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers and investors about helping machines make us smarter. In the months since I shared my […]

26Nov

Immerse Me: How To Get Lost In A Story (Story Not Required)

John S. JohnsonCrunch Network Contributor John S. Johnson is a co-founder of BuzzFeed and founder and executive director of Harmony Institute. How to join the network Alexis WichowskiCrunch Network Contributor Alexis Wichowski is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. How to join the network The media we use to […]

26Nov

The Art Of The Pitch

Ben SchippersCrunch Network Contributor Ben Schippers is a co-founder of HappyFunCorp. How to join the network I’m fortunate in my day-to-day. I have the privilege of hearing new and exciting ideas, both by seasoned and budding entrepreneurs. I remind myself that not too many moons ago, I was in their […]

26Nov

What’s The Deal With EAT Club?

To be honest, I had never heard of EAT Club until about a month ago, when its public relations team reached out to me, and I’m glad that they did. EAT Club, which launched in 2010, is almost three years into its move from a consumer-focused company to a business-to-business one that focuses […]

26Nov

Fitness Wearable And Coaching Startup GOQii Lands $13.4M Series A From NEA And Cheetah Mobile

Wearable fitness trackers are becoming increasingly popular, but a lot of them are quickly abandoned after the novelty of tracking exercise and sleep wears off. GOQii, however, believes it has landed on the winning formula for long-term success. The Menlo Park, California and Mumbai-based company just raised a $13.4 million […]

26Nov

7 On-Demand Delivery Startups In London

We count 7 on-demand delivery startups currently battling it out in London (although there are doubtless more) as entrepreneurs and VCs make big bets on smartphone-driven convenience  and the promise of getting you food or just about anything delivered to your door within minutes. That said, the space has already seen at least one early-mover […]

25Nov

Iguaz.io Lands $15 Million Series A

Herzliya Israel-based Iguaz.io isn’t yet saying exactly what it’s up to, but investors must like what they’re seeing. The stealth-mode company, which says it’s rebuilding the framework for dealing with big data in a way that integrates information from numerous storage and processing platforms, has just raised $15 million in Series A funding led by Magma Venture Partners. Jerusalem […]

25Nov

TrialPay Co-Founder Back With Point, A Novel, Fractional Home Ownership Startup

Point, a Palo Alto-based home equity marketplace that plans to take people’s homes and and make them completely liquid, divisible and tradable by letting owners sell fractional equity in them, is raising funding, according to a new SEC filing. It’s a fascinating concept that we think has only been tried in the past with vacation […]

25Nov

Help TurboRoo & His 3D-Printed Pawsthetics Project

Some of us, four legged friends included, hit some bad luck once in a while. Some have it harder than others. A good friend of mine, TurboRoo, has an interesting story to share and a new campaign to help others in his situation. Turbo was brought into a vet in […]

25Nov

Intralist Is A Site For Everyone Who Just Can’t Get Enough Top Five Lists

Lists! Everybody loves ’em, right? I mean, even if you pretend that you don’t, I’m guessing you find yourself furtively clicking on “top five” or “top 10” articles every once in a while. So what about a site that’s built entirely around lists? That’s Intralist, in a nutshell. John Jaxheimer […]

25Nov

Deezer Introduces Family Plan, $16 For Up To 6 People

Shortly after indefinitely postponing its IPO, music streaming startup Deezer just announced a new family plan to keep up with the competition. You can now subscribe to a family plan for €14.99 per month ($16). For this price, you get six different profiles so that you can get sepratate playlists […]

25Nov

Uber Chases The Perfect Ride With Back-To-Back Trips

There’s a secret equation Uber is constantly trying to optimize, where Uber and the driver earn the most money possible while the passenger pays the least. Internally, I’ve heard Uber refers to this as “the perfect ride”. It might seem like the two halves of the equation fundamentally clash, and […]