startups

11Sep

TheHighFlyers helps you join the mile-high chat club

When friends Eli Byers, Chad Fegley, Amrita Chawla, and Mari Lliguicota fly they’re usually bored. They spend a lot of time in the air and they wanted something that would make the miles go by faster. Their solution? TheHighFlyers.club. This clever Disrupt hackathon hack lets you see when you’re passing […]

10Sep

App platform Kinetise aims to bring app building to the enterprise

Kinetise, an app building platform and Disrupt hackathon favorite, aims to democratize the the the process of creating native mobile apps for iOS and Android in the enterprise. Using a drag-and-drop interface, the system essentially lets you build and deploy native apps, visually. In this way, non-developers are able to […]

09Sep

Ford backs massive bike-share expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area

At a press conference in San Francisco today, Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Mark Fields announced that the company had both acquired a rideshare startup called Chariot, and made a significant investment in expanding the region’s bike share program. Ford’s sponsorship will see the Bay Area’s supply of shareable […]

09Sep

Rebecca Minkoff’s Fashion Week show uses augmented reality to help real women shop the look live

Not only is augmented reality helping us capture all the Pokemon, it’s also made it’s way to Rebecca Minkoff’s fall preview show at Fashion Week this Saturday. About 350 fashion-forward individuals will get an up-close look at the new line in person, but those not able to snag a ticket […]

09Sep

Beeswax raises $11M for customizable adtech

Beeswax, a startup founded by a trio of former Google ad executives, has raised $11 million in Series A funding. The company offers what it calls a bidder-as-a-service — a set of customizable technologies that allows customers to participate in real-time bidding for ad inventory. Beeswax’s offerings include access to […]

09Sep

Rover is closing a $40M round that values the pet-sitting startup at nearly $300M

Seattle-based Rover is in the process of closing a $40 million round of funding, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. The Series E round would value Rover at nearly $300 million, and it comes from existing investors Menlo Ventures, Madrona Venture Group and Foundry Group. The company had […]

08Sep

Peak Design and building a company on the Kickstarter platform

NASA has successfully launched OSIRIS-REx, their first asteroid-sample return mission Most startups toil away in stealth mode on new products and services with an Apple-esque fear of news leaks. Peak Design decided to go to the other extreme, building a company in full view of its audience — and in the face […]

08Sep

Blackstorm raises $33.5M to help developers get their apps everywhere beyond the App Store

Managing the App Store can be one of the most difficult experiences for new developers. Getting noticed is hard, the experience isn’t that great, and now Apple is allowing search ads. And to make things more interesting, there’s a lot of interest in different platforms beyond traditional apps — including messaging bots. […]

08Sep

Restaurant tech startup Salido raises $2M

Salido, a startup that describes itself as “the restaurant operating system,” is announcing that it has raised $2 million in additional funding. This round from strategic investors doubles the $2 million in seed funding that Salido announced last year. Phil Suarez, who partnered with French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to launch […]

08Sep

Yala’s new chatbot knows the best time to post to social networks

Need to post content to multiple social networks at the same time? A new chatbot called Yala wants to help. The bot, live now on Slack with Facebook Messenger support coming soon, not only does the work of posting for you, it’s also intelligent enough to know when to post. That is, […]

08Sep

Nextail raises $1.6M to help retailers optimize stock levels

Nextail, a Spanish startup that has developed technology to help retailers better manage inventory levels and, ultimately, sell at higher margins, has closed $1.6 million in new funding. The round was led by Nauta Capital, with participation from existing backer Realiza. It brings total raised to $2 million, while I’m […]

08Sep

New AirMap feature helps drones avoid manned aircraft

A Santa Monica-based startup called AirMap today launched a feature that gives drone operators real time traffic alerts whenever manned aircraft such as helicopters, crop dusters or low-flying passenger planes, are about to enter into their air space. The company’s systems, generally, let drone makers and developers of drone apps […]

08Sep

VideoBlocks wants stock media to keep it real, launches “The Authentic Collection”

VideoBlocks, the stock media company that gives subscribers unlimited access to its catalog of images, videos and audio clips for an annual subscription, wants stock media to look less whitewashed and more like the real deal. But no stock media marketplace can purge every image that reflects “conventional” beauty or caters to […]

29Aug

New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute

In an effort to highlight its upcoming launch of more in-train Wi-Fi (not to be confused with in-train cricket attacks), the New York MTA, Transit Wireless, and publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House are getting together to release ebooks and articles timed to your commute. This project mirrors a product launched […]

29Aug

New sensor system can predict when senior citizens are heading for a fall

Falling is awful. It causes irreparable harm to senior citizens and the fear of falling reduces senior citizen mobility drastically, creating a feedback loop that can be catastrophic. Now, thanks to a team at the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, caregivers […]

29Aug

What Salesforce’s acquisition of Quip means for enterprise software startups

Jon Lee Crunch Network Contributor Jon Lee is the co-founder and CEO of ProsperWorks. How to join the network A new player has entered the enterprise productivity race. For decades, Microsoft reigned as the market leader in enterprise productivity — until Google pushed into the space with Google Apps. Now, […]

29Aug

Helix Sleep raises $7.4 million to sell made-to-order mattresses online

A New York City startup called Helix Sleep Inc. raised $7.35 million in Series A funding to grow its bespoke mattress business, according to cofounder Adam Tishman. With 20 full-time employees today, the company sells directly to consumers online, and via its office and showroom in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Helix’s […]

22Aug

Apple acquired Gliimpse, a personal health data startup

Apple has reportedly acquired health data startup Gliimpse, a company that collects and combines disparate threads of personal health info. Fast Company reports that the acquisition went down earlier this year, but there has yet to be any confirmation on the part of Gliimpse. However, FC says that Apple confirmed […]

22Aug

Email and file encryption service Virtru, built by ex-NSA engineer, raises $29 million

Talk about being at the right place and at the right time. Following revelations of government spying, data breaches, malicious hacking, identity theft and other online threats, the email and file encryption application Virtru has now grown to over 4,000 customers and has closed on $29 million in Series A funding, the company […]

19Aug

Looklive helps men shop by mimicking celebs’ styles

Many of today’s fashion applications are targeted toward women, but a new app from Looklive wants to help men look great, too, without needing to be a fashion expert. Instead, the company – which is now also available as an iOS application – lets men shop the looks from their favorite celebrities and […]

19Aug

Mimo’s new app teaches you how to code on your iPhone

Apple’s new iPad app Swift Playgrounds is popularizing the idea of learning to code on mobile devices, not desktop computers. But its focus is only on teaching kids to code in Swift. A new application called Mimo goes beyond that, with mini-lessons for not only Swift, but also HTML, CSS, JavaScript, […]

19Aug

Hudly wants to bring your favorite apps to the car with an aftermarket HUD

In-vehicle infotainment systems on newer cars increasingly offer access to your favorite media and navigation apps, thanks to systems like CarPlay and Android Auto, but older cars from even just a few years ago can still feel stuck in a connected tech first gear. Hudly, which debuted on Kickstarter today, […]

18Aug

Analytics company Heap raises $11M

Heap announced today that it has raised $11 million in Series A funding. We’ve written about the company’s “capture everything” approach to analytics before — it aims to collect data about every tap, swipe and other action that a user takes on a website or app. CEO Matin Movassate said […]

18Aug

Espresa wants to help companies pamper their employees

The range of benefits that Silicon Valley companies offer employees may vary from dental, vision and 401(k) all the way to yoga massages, car washes and beauty services. With tech giants like Facebook and Google making a big deal about the benefits they offer, delivering and managing perks is a key part of […]