startups

16Sep

Meet Snugb Tulip, a smart baby cam to monitor your little one’s health

Tulip, a cute little gumdrop-shaped baby monitor from Snugb is outfitted with a versatile camera that gathers data on room temperature, humidity and air quality around your baby’s crib. The camera can move in multiple directions for wherever your wee one has crawled and the device comes equipped with a […]

16Sep

DataScience launches a service to easily query info and build models from anywhere

Many of the largest companies — like Facebook with FBLearner — in the world have built an edge for themselves by making the process of studying their users and data science ongoing, tracking closely how things change over time. But for other businesses, those studies might just end with a single chart […]

16Sep

How the startup world is bringing digital nomadism closer to reality

Cosette Jarrett Crunch Network Contributor Cosette Jarrett is a freelance writer. How to join the network Traveling the globe used to be relegated to gap years and retirement fantasies, but thanks to tech innovation and some forward-thinking startups, you can now see the world while you take the professional realm […]

16Sep

KeyMe locks down $15M to unlock the future of key duplication

The last time you had a key cut, you probably experienced a retro service, which included speaking to a real human (ugh!). KeyMe puts the kibosh on the old-fashioned key copying user experience with a series of new kiosks and just landed a $15 million Series C round to fund […]

15Sep

Rize teaches 3D printing some long-awaited new tricks

Boston-based Rize Inc has developed a new type of 3D printing which eliminates the need for lengthy post-printing clean-up processes. The Rize text on the side of this grabby-hand isn’t printed on the object – it is part of the 3D printed plastic. Using a patented technology the company calls […]

15Sep

Unilever said to be the early frontrunner to acquire The Honest Company

We’re hearing from our sources Unilever has been in serious talks with the Honest Company, and may very well win the bid for the e-commerce startup, though our sources stressed that the deal is in early stages. As usual, the deal is fluid and the final details could change (or […]

15Sep

Carbon raises $81 million for international expansion of its rapid 3D-printing tech

Large manufacturers of high-tech products, from luxury vehicles to elastomers and resins, have lined up to invest in and partner with Carbon 3D Inc., the Redwood City, Calif. company known for its rapid, 3-D printing technologies. The three-year-old startup added $81 million in venture funding to its Series C round, […]

14Sep

And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2016 is… Mobalytics

Timeular’s cute little box makes the hellish task of filling out your time sheets fun At the very beginning, there were 25 startups. After three days of incredibly fierce competition, we now have a winner. Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive […]

14Sep

The future of human computer interaction will be multimodal

We have been using the computer mouse for decades to interact with our technology. Touchscreens brought us a new way to input commands to our gadgets, but they rely on the same fundamental idea of the click. Even the new 3D touch on the iPhone 7 is just an incredibly […]

14Sep

How Apoorva Mehta hopes to build an Instacart empire with a promoted ad business

Instacart is one of the most well-known companies in what can be an extremely difficult on-demand delivery economy. It’s known for being one of the pioneers of a new age of online grocery delivery, especially in light of the previous failure of companies like Webvan, but it’s going to have […]

14Sep

U-Gym massages you during exercise

I’m a big fan of massages, so I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across a company in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 Startup Alley earlier today. Taiwan-based U-Gym is a deep layer muscle massager that you can wear while exercising. U-Gym uses medium-frequency electrotherapy to stimulate your muscles, […]

14Sep

Meet the London startup powering Just Eat’s new illuminated scooters

Just Eat, the online take-out ordering behemoth, has announced a brand refresh today with a new fancy logo and strap-line: “Find your flavour”. The latter is in reference to the publicly-listed company’s new mission to create the “world’s greatest food community”. Their words, not mine. However, PR puffery aside, Just […]

13Sep

Myki rolls out a password manager that locks all your info away on your phone

Everything is getting hacked to the point that it’s getting kind of ridiculous — and everyone needs to have secure passwords. The trouble, however, is making them tough to crack and also being able to remember them. That’s led to a blossoming ecosystem of password management services like OnePassword. But […]

13Sep

WeConnect is an app to support addiction recovery

Keeping close, quantified track of personal progress is absolutely imperative for one group of people: recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. And it’s this often isolated segment of society that the startup behind the WeConnect app is aiming to help. The team was chosen as today’s wildcard battlefield startup here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, […]

13Sep

Sourcery raised $5 million to help restaurants and food vendors deal with each other, and not lost receipts or invoices

Sourcery Technologies Inc. has raised $5 million in venture funding for software that helps restaurateurs and corporate kitchens order from vendors, keep track of their inventory and costs, and figure out the appropriate prices for different ingredients. Marker LLC led Sourcery’s new round joined by Steadfast Venture Capital and the […]

13Sep

Native mobile adtech startup Avocarrot acquired by Glispa Global Group for $20M

Native mobile advertising startup Avocarrot — which, interestingly, was in the first cohort of company builder Entrepreneur First — has been acquired by adtech company Glispa Global Group. Terms of deal remain undisclosed, though TechCrunch understands from sources that the headline price is around $20 million. That’s likely a mixture […]

12Sep

Rex Animal Health is using genomics to keep livestock healthy

A startup called Rex Animal Health wants to protect livestock from illnesses that can quickly turn into epidemics, and help farmers breed animals with the healthiest and most attractive traits. Today at Disrupt SF, Rex unveiled technology to help veterinarians provide clinical support at the point on the farm, and […]

12Sep

Lucy wants to make it easier for expectant parents to find and book support services

Lucy, a Bay Area startup, which was founded this January and launched its beta today, reckons it’s found an underserved not-so-niche market to target: expectant parents. The team presented on stage today here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, after being lifted from startup alley as the day’s wildcard battlefield company. Lucy offers a marketplace focused on helping expectant […]

12Sep

Slack’s director of engineering, Leslie Miley, doesn’t believe in diversity quotas

Silicon Valley has a huge diversity problem, but a blunt instrument hiring quotas for diverse candidates still isn’t the answer, according to Slack head of engineering Leslie Miley. Instead, Silicon Valley — and Slack — have to get inventive, and look in some non-obvious places, to figure out how to bring in […]

12Sep

French edtech startup OpenClassrooms chalks up €6M in new funding

OpenClassrooms Launches First MOOC-Based Bachelor Degree Recognized By French State OpenClassrooms Premium Is Now Free For Unemployed People In France French edtech startup OpenClassrooms has raised €6 million in new funding. Backing comes from Banque Publique d’Investissements (BPI), Citizen Capital, Xavier Niel (NJJ Capital), and existing investor Alven Capital. The […]

12Sep

Watch Disrupt SF day 1 live right here

Disrupt is a place where dreams come true. Over the course of a year or two, folks can go from sitting in the audience or hosting a booth in the Startup Alley to launching a new company on the Battlefield stage. Or better, to being invited to speak as one […]

12Sep

CrunchBase Pro brings new search and analysis features for power users

Today, live on the stage of TechCrunch Disrupt, CrunchBase announced CrunchBase Pro, a major update to its heavily used startup database. CrunchBase will still offer the same free features to longtime users, but more advanced search capabilities, market trend analytics, and lists to track industries, people, companies, and investors will add premium value […]

12Sep

Video ad company Teads acquires Brainient

Teads, the video ad company that last month raised $47 million in debt financing in order to go on a buying spree of other adtech startups, is staying true to its word. Today it’s announcing the acquisition of UK and Romania-based Brainient, the interactive video ad startup founded by Emi […]

11Sep

Diagnose your plant’s health with your smartphone camera and Plantbot

There’s plenty of information online to help people figure out whether their plants are healthy and what they need to do to make them better. But they can be distributed far across the Internet and sometimes hard to find, and aren’t necessarily available on demand, according to Martín Capeletto. That’s why […]