ComplyAdvantage raises $8.2M Series A to help firms manage compliance

Back in the days when I did a startup I almost de-railed our VC funding after discovering my passport had expired. Without it I couldn’t pass the anti-money laundering checks imposed on the fancy and overpriced London law firm we’d hired. Then we almost failed to open a bank account […]


What regulation crowdfunding in the JOBS Act means to entrepreneurs and startups

John Rampton Crunch Network Contributor John Rampton is founder of online invoicing company Due. How to join the network The JOBS Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2012, allowing companies to acquire funding through online portals from non-accredited investors, which roughly accounts for 97 percent of the population […]


Alibaba backs PlaceIQ, a provider of location tools and data

PlaceIQ has a new, big-name investor — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The companies aren’t disclosing the size of the deal; they’ll only say that it’s a strategic, minority investment, and that it’s an addition to the $25 million round that PlaceIQ announced at the beginning of this year. Co-founder and CEO […]


Deepgram’s speech search engine is now free for journalists until Election Day

During a contentious election filled with accusations of lies and denials, not to mention overworked fact-checkers, a company that can help journalists more easily find soundbites in audio recordings, Deepgram, is making its service free to journalists. The audio search technology relies on artificial intelligence, and has been likened to a “Google for […]


StreetTeam locks down $10M to power ambassador programs for brands

Millennials hate advertising and don’t respect brands – so what is a self-respecting 21st century marketer to do? Callum Negus-Fancey and his company StreetTeam would have you leverage the power of the upwardly mobile ambitious twenty-somethings themselves. StreetTeam helps brands build, deploy, and manage large decentralized ambassador programs to sell more goods. […]


These chatbots want to help you manage your money

Can a chatbot help you manage your money? Three London-based fintech startups are betting on the answer being yes and have jumped aboard the messaging gravy train as they seek to entice millennials to their respective platforms. The thinking goes something like this: A conversational interface, coupled with tech that […]


Just Eat backs Flypay to help restaurant and pub chains consolidate their tech

Just Eat, the online takeout ordering behemoth, has invested in U.K. startup Flypay, which has built a platform to help restaurant and pub chains consolidate their various and disparate technology solutions. The size of the round is £3.5 million and serves as an extension to the company’s previous Series A […]


Digital comics startup Madefire launches its first virtual reality app

When digital comics startup Madefire announced its latest funding round a few days ago, co-founder and CEO Ben Wolstenholme said the company was getting ready to move into virtual and augmented reality. He lived up to that promise in very short order, launching a preview app for Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear […]


Disruptor Beam is developing a multiplayer strategy game based on The Walking Dead

Game developer Disruptor Beam has already adapted Game of Thrones and Star Trek to the world of smartphones and tablets. Now it’s adding The Walking Dead to that list. CEO Jon Radoff said The Walking Dead: March to War will be a multiplayer strategy game for iOS and Android, where […]


The importance of science fiction to entrepreneurship

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 There are three types of science fiction (in my view): crap, serialized crap and hard-science science fiction. […]


GitHub is raising a secondary round

We’re hearing from several sources that a secondary financing round is in the works for GitHub, following its last $250 million financing round that valued it at $2 billion in July last year. However, there’s a little bit of interesting chatter beyond that they’re raising a secondary for potential liquidation of […]


New Lab is a new home for hardware startups in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard

New Lab, which co-founder David Belt described as “a collaborative workspace” for companies in fields like robotics and artificial intelligence, officially opened last month. The facility is located in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, in a building that was once used to housed assemble ships. Belt said he wanted to bring the […]


Check I’m Here raises a million for its student engagement platform

Check I’m Here, a platform that helps colleges and universities track student engagement with campus activities, has raised a million in a Series A round of funding to continue to grow its service. Now live at over 80 institutions and reaching 400,000 students across 30 states and 3 countries, Check I’m […]


Tilda is the web design tool for the rest of us

If you’re a maker, a hustler, a shaker, or a serial entrepreneur you probably make a lot of websites. There are a number of tools you can use including Bootstrap (please stop using Bootstrap), Squarespace, and a few cool WordPress plugins. Now there’s also Tilda. Tilda is basically an easy-to-use […]


Co-founder Antti Pasila becomes CEO at programmatic ad company Kiosked

Kiosked, a company that dynamically inserts ads into a publisher’s content, has a new CEO — co-founder Antti Pasila. Pasila, who previously served as the company’s chief strategy officer, said his appointment is part of a broader shift: “The key thing is, we’re focusing our resources on the supply side.” In other […]


Spotify and Apple Music get unofficial mixes, the best part of SoundCloud

SoundCloud’s big differentiator is its offering of unofficial, user-uploaded content that the major labels don’t release and that isn’t on Spotify or Apple Music. Or at least they weren’t. The first unofficial single-track remixes just went live on Spotify and Apple Music thanks to their partnerships with music rights management service […]


Snap is reportedly preparing for an IPO that could value it at $25B or higher

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Snap — the now-parent company of Snapchat — is working on an initial public offering for as early as March that could value the company at $25 billion or higher. The company most-recently raised $1.8 billion in a financing round in May this […]


Flex raises another $3 million to replace tampons

Flex, the tampon alternative you can wear during sex, has raised a $3 million seed round led by Vivek Ranadive’s new fund, Better Our World Ventures Fund, with participation from Cyan Banister of Founders Fund, Ellen Pao and others. This comes just a couple of months after Flex raised $1 million from Y […]


Car rental comparison site HappyCar picks up €2.6M funding as Rocket Internet’s GFC quietly exits

European car rental comparison startup Happycar has raised a further €2.6 million million in funding. Backing the company’s third round are lead investor Creathor Venture, HR Ventures, Capnamic Ventures, NWZ Digital, and TruVenturo. Noteworthy, however, is that previous investor, Rocket Internet’s GFC, has not participated and I’ve since learned that […]


BotFactory raises $1.3 million to help you build circuit boards on your desktop

Fabricating a circuit board isn’t tough but it takes a while. The back and forth, the bugs, and all of the shipping costs can turn a small project into a big problem. That’s why Botfactory raised $1.3 million to stick a PCB printer on your desk. Founded by NYU grad […]


Story Terrace raises $640K to write the story of your parents and your startups

Story Terrace today announced it has raised £500,000 ($640,000) to continue its mission to tell the stories of those you love. The customers are typically kids who want to buy a highly personal gift for their parents around an anniversary, or startup founders who have recently exited a business and […]


Stash’s app is a better way to bookmark the web

There are a number of ways to save links from the web for later access, whether that’s marking articles to read later via apps like Instapaper or Pocket, pinning shopping inspiration to Pinterest, creating playlists on YouTube, or even just using a browser’s bookmarking feature. But a new app called […]


Madefire, a digital comics startup with an eye on virtual reality, raises $6.5M

Just in time for New York Comic Con, Madefire is announcing that it has raised $6.5 million in Series B funding. Madefire co-founder and CEO Ben Wolstenholme said the funding — which was led by Santa Monica-based Plus Capital — will help his company build more connections with the media and […]


The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is heading to Seoul, SK on October 27

Get ready for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul, because we’ll be there soon. On October 27, the TC team will descend on South Korea to hold one of our world-famous pitch-offs, in which ten companies will show off their wares on stage. After all the startups have completed […]