startups

25Nov

Chinese Video App Developer Yixia Tech Raises $200M Series D At $1B Valuation

Yixia Tech, the Beijing developer behind Chinese video blogging app Miao Pai, has raised $200 million in Series D funding from microblogging platform Weibo, Sequoia Capital, YG Entertainment, and other investors at a valuation of $1 billion. Miao Pai, which lets users shoot, edit, and share 10 second videos, launched […]

24Nov

Who What Wear’s Parent Company Acquires Shopping Startup Wantering

Clique Media Group, the company behind shoppable fashion site Who What Wear, has acquired Canadian startup Wantering. Clique’s properties (which also include lifestyle site MyDomaine and beauty site Byrdie) already combine editorial content with shoppable links, but the company is planning a bigger move into commerce, starting with a partnership […]

24Nov

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 Leaderboard and then matched them up with […]

24Nov

Buffer Rejiggers Its Open Salary Formula

Buffer, a company known for its radical transparency, has reformed its salary algorithm that it uses to calculate the pay of its staff. It’s been several years since Buffer first published its salary list. The company also has an equity chart that anyone can read, and a revenue dashboard that […]

24Nov

Encrypted Messaging App SOMA Launches Group Voice And Video Calling

Secure messaging app SOMA announced the launch of group voice and video calling for up to four people. Users can now use the app to video chat with up to four friends from phones running both iOS and Android. According to the company, it is the only app to offer encrypted […]

24Nov

Spain’s Glovo, Another On-Demand Local Delivery Startup, Picks Up €2M Funding

There’s little doubt in my mind (and industry experts and VCs I talk to) that the local on-demand delivery space will soon get messy given the number of startups entering the space and the amount of venture being thrown at the opportunity. The latest to raise capital is Spain’s Glovo. […]

24Nov

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Start an Ecommerce Business

Whether you’re a bootstrapper or an investor with a bit of extra money to start a new enterprise, ecommerce is a great field to get into, especially today. Even as a beginner in ecommerce, the tools and resources are all laid out for you. All you need is a strong work […]

22Nov

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Scores £9.5M Series C

SportPursuit, the flash sales site for ‘premium’ outdoor and sports gear, has raised £9.5 million in Series C funding. Investors this time around are Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), Grafton Capital, and existing backer Draper Esprit, bringing total funding for the London-based company to just shy of £16 million since launching […]

22Nov

Tablelist Gets You Into Hot Clubs With The Push Of A Button

We’ve all heard about FOMO (fear of missing out), but what about FOGO? That’s short for “fear of going out,” and it’s the problem that CEO Julian Jung said he’s trying to solve with Tablelist. Jung compared his startup to Uber — in the same way that getting car service […]

21Nov

Readbug Wants To Be Spotify For Indie Magazines

Anyone who’s worked for any length of time in the publishing industry will, given the slightest amount of alcohol, wax lyrical about broken business models and the clickbaity-hell being wreaked on editorial content. So it’s no surprise how often you find publishing industry types turning entrepreneurial in the hopes of building a better model for journalism […]

20Nov

Ex-TechCruncher Launches Y Combinator’s “Not News” Publication The Macro

There are plenty of tech blogs. But The Macro can go where no blogs are allowed — deep inside the Hogwarts of startups, Y Combinator. Mixed in with unmentionably candid advice and embarrassing tales of failure meant only for the ears of YC’s founders and mentors are stories worth spreading beyond […]

20Nov

Stampery Now Lets You Certify Documents Using The Blockchain And Your Real Identity

Shortly after participating in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt SF, Stampery raised $600,000 from Draper Associates with Boost VC, Blockchain Capital and Di­-Ann Eisnor also participating. As a reminder, Stampery lets you certify any document by sending an email attachment to your personal Stampery email address. You can also use […]

The concept of marketing is not that hard for people to grasp. But just ask someone what “public relations” (PR) means and you’ll often be met with stammering or shrugging, or some combination of the two. Related: 5 Strategies I Used to Start and Grow a Successful Business With Only $200 Though […]

19Nov

Omixy Improves Medical Check-Up By Making It As Easy As Ordering An Uber

Meet Omixy, a stealth startup that has been working on improving the medical check-up in Europe. It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel like Theranos. Instead, Omixy is all about making it as seamless as possible to track your health over time. The startup just raised $1.5 million from SGH […]

18Nov

Din Delivers Thanksgiving To Your Door

Din Delivers Chef Meals To Home Cooks Next week we kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, which is the perfect excuse to gather and nosh with family or friends. But it can be time-consuming and anxiety-inducing for those doing the cooking. If you don’t have a ton of time […]

18Nov

Meet The Team Helping Bring Pinterest’s Code To The Rest Of The World

Pinterest has built plenty of its technology on open source projects, so of course it wants to open its projects up to the developer community, as well. So the company has built a committee at Pinterest dedicated to making its tools available to the open source community when it thinks they […]

18Nov

Test IO, The App And Web ‘Crowdtesting’ Platform, Raises $5M And Expands To U.S.

Berlin-based Test IO (formerly Testcloud), which offers a self-service ‘crowdtesting’ platform for app and web developers, has closed a $5 million Series A round from Turn/River Capital, the San Francisco-based VC. The new capital will be used to accelerate growth, including launching in the U.S. and setting up operations in […]

18Nov

Stuart, The Same-Hour Delivery Startup From Sparrow And Resto-In Founders, Raises €22M Pre-Launch

If you weren’t convinced the on-demand delivery space was piping hot right now, wrap your head around this. TechCrunch has learned that Stuart, an on-demand, same-hour delivery startup that is currently pre-launch and operating in stealth, has raised €22 million in funding, largely off the back of an idea and […]

18Nov

Oak Labs, With $4.1M In Seed, Launches A Smart Fitting Room Mirror

Though the world of fashion is trying desperately to catch up to the digital age, retail is still fundamentally unchanged. Oak Labs is looking to shake things up with a smart mirror to be placed in the fitting room of clothing stores and boutiques. The company just raised $4.1 million […]

18Nov

U.K. Gov’t To Invest $250M In Cyber Security Startups To Help Spooks

Despite on-going belt-tightening of the U.K.’s public finances, there’s going to be more taxpayer cash and support up for grabs for cyber security startups starting from early 2016. Yesterday Chancellor George Osborne named the tech sector as a priority area, setting out a plan to boost related government spending over the next five years — with […]

18Nov

Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery

Raul Valdes-PerezCrunch Network Contributor Raul Valdes-Perez is the co-founder of OnlyBoth. How to join the network Machine learning is hot. Where it applies, it heatedly enables data-rich and knowledge-lean automation of valuable tasks of perception, classification and numeric prediction. Its sibling, machine discovery, deals with uncovering new knowledge that enlightens […]

18Nov

Goodbox Gets $2.5M To Bring India’s Small Brick-And-Mortar Stores Online

Goodbox’s co-founders Charan Shetty, Abey Zachariah, Nithin Chandra, Mahesh Herle (top row, left to right); Mohit Maheshwari, Anand Kelaginamani, Mayank Bidawatka (bottom row, left ot right). Goodbox, a startup based in Bengaluru, wants to give small retailers a chance to take part in India’s e-commerce boom by making it easy […]

18Nov

Styletag, An Indian Fashion Site That Focuses On Emerging Designers, Scores $7.5M

One of Styletag’s brick-and-mortar “style cafes.” Styletag, a fashion flash sales site in India, has landed $7.5 million in angel funding from Jitu Virwani. Virwani is best known as the the chairman and managing director of Embassy Group, one of India’s largest real-estate companies (though the investment was made from […]

18Nov

European Airbnb Hospitality Management Service Hostmaker Picks Up $2M Seed Round

It is hard to fathom that back in 2009 VCs were far from convinced that Airbnb was ever going to be a big enough business to pump venture into. Fast forward to 2015 and businesses are being created that effectively sit on top of Airbnb, meaning that the then tenacious […]