Apply to the pitch-off at TC Sessions: Robotics & AI 2020
Lauren Simonds

Mark your calendars and dust off your public-speaking skills. This year, there’s an exciting new opportunity at TC Sessions: Robotics & AI, which returns to  UC Berkeley on March 3, 2020. We’ve added a pitch-off specifically for early-stage startups focused on AI or robotics. You heard right. In addition to a full day packed with […]

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FMyLife

Today, I found out that whilst I was asleep last night, my boyfriend was playing on his XBox. I also found out that whenever he unlocked a new level, achievement or just generally beat someone's ass, he would celebrate by pulling out one of his pubes and putting it in my mouth. FML

Childcare benefits startup Kinside launches with $4 million from investors including Initialized Capital
Catherine Shu

Childcare is one of the biggest expenses for American parents and it’s not just families who are taking a hit. Childcare issues cost the United States’ economy an estimated $4.4 billion in lost productivity each year and also impacts employee retention rates. Kinside wants to help with a platform that not only enables families to […]

Wotch is building a creator-friendly video platform
Anthony Ha

The team at Wotch has created a new social video platform — but wait, don’t roll your eyes quite yet. “Obviously, we’re very used to someone creating a new internet video-sharing platform,” said co-CEO Scott Willson. “It must be very irritating for everyone to hear that.” And yet Willson and his co-founder/co-CEO James Sadler have […]

Arthur announces $3.3M seed to monitor machine learning model performance
Ron Miller

Machine learning is a complex process. You build a model, test it in laboratory conditions, then put it out in the world. After that, how do you monitor how well it’s tracking what you designed it do? Arthur wants to help, and today it emerged from stealth with a new platform to help you monitor […]

Apple: Use only our special cloth to clean the $1,000 coating on our $5,000 Pro Display
Devin Coldewey

If you thought the saga of the $7,000 Apple Pro Display XDR couldn’t get any more ridiculous, prepare yourself for the proverbial cherry on top: The company insists that you only use the single special cleaning cloth that comes with the monitor. If you lose it, you’re advised to order another. Apple, already under fire […]

How to build a diverse board
Walter Thompson

A recent study showed that the boards of 60 percent of the most heavily funded venture-backed startups don’t include a single woman. 

Hyperproof wants to make it easier to comply with GDPR and other regulations
Ron Miller

As companies try to figure out how to comply with regulations like GDPR, ISO or Sarbanes Oxley, they face a huge challenge just getting started. Hyperproof, a Bellevue, Washington startup, is launching a new product to help companies build a workflow to get them in compliance in a more organized way. Company co-founder and CEO […]

Refocusing on relocation, Jobbatical launches new offices in Spain and Germany
Danny Crichton

I’ve been following Estonia-headquartered Jobbatical and its founder, Karoli Hindriks, for years. Part of the vanguard of startups working on infrastructure for digital nomads, the startup has been building the base platform to help global job seekers hire and fire their governments. Digital nomads are hiring and firing their governments As Jobbatical has worked with […]

Scaled Robotics keeps an autonomous eye on busy construction sites
Devin Coldewey

Buildings under construction are a maze of half-completed structures, gantries, stacked materials, and busy workers — tracking what’s going on can be a nightmare. Scaled Robotics has designed a robot that can navigate this chaos and produce 3D progress maps in minutes, precise enough to detect that a beam is just a centimeter or two […]

By lilviss
FMyLife

Today, I found maggots in the ketchup on my sausage. Too bad I had already eaten half of it. FML

Price insurance platform Stable protects farmers from price volatility
Kate Clark

From a Southwest England farmer’s son comes a risk management platform, Stable, a solution as simple as car insurance designed to protect farmers around the world from pricing volatility. Using Stable, food buyers ranging from owners of a small smoothie shop to Coca-Cola employees can insure thousands of agricultural commodities, packaging and energy products. Led […]

Clideo promises an easy way to make shoppable videos
Anthony Ha

Clideo says it can help marketers reach consumers in a smarter way, by making videos shoppable via an “interactive overlay.” CEO Michele Mazzaro (who previously worked as an executive at Ki Group and in mergers and acquisitions at KPMG Italy) said these videos are meant to address a larger issue: “Businesses are failing in communicating […]

Nodle crowdsources IoT connectivity
Frederic Lardinois

Nodle, which is competing in the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield this week, is based on a simple premise: What if you could crowdsource the connectivity of smart sensors by offloading it to smartphones? For most sensors, built-in cell connectivity is simply not a realistic option, given how much power it would take. A few […]

Larry Page’s secret war on the flu
Arman Tabatabai

Now that Larry Page has stepped down as CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, he could be following in Bill Gates’s footsteps and tackling global health challenges.

Inovat modernizes tax reimbursement for streamlined international shopping
Darrell Etherington

If you’ve ever traveled to Europe and purchased something, you’re either likely aware that you can get the Value-Added Tax (VAT) reimbursed once you depart since it’s actually only intended for taxpaying residents of the country wherein its charged. Whether or not you actually bother to get your VAT reimbursement might depend on how convenient […]

Hawa Dawa monitors air quality block-by-block to help cities make decisions
Greg Kumparak

If city governments had a block-by-block understanding of their city’s own ever changing air quality, how might it impact the decisions they make? Thats the concept behind Hawa Dawa, the first company pitching today in the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield. Hawa Dawa combines data sources like satellites and dedicated air monitoring stations to build […]

Accel and Index back Tines, as the cybersecurity startup adds another $11M to its Series A
Steve O'Hear

It was just a couple of months ago that Tines, the cybersecurity automation startup, raised $4.1 million in Series A funding led by Blossom Capital, and now the Dublin-based company is disclosing an $11 million extension to the round. This additional Series A funding is led by venture capital firm Accel, with participation from Index […]

Twitter will now preserve JPEG quality for photo uploads on web
Darrell Etherington

Twitter is changing the way it processes uploaded images, and the new way of doing things will be much-appreciated by any photographers sharing their work on the platform. Twitter engineer Nolan O’Brien shared that the platform will now preserve JPEG encoding when they’re uploaded via Twitter on the web, instead of transcoding them, which results […]

Wefox, the Berlin-based insurtech, raises $110M Series B extension at a $1.65B pre-money valuation
Steve O'Hear

Wefox Group, the Berlin-based insurtech startup behind the consumer-facing insurance app and carrier One and the insurance platform Wefox, is disclosing $110 million in a second tranche of Series B funding. Sources tell TechCrunch that this gives the company a pre-money valuation of $1.65 billion. WeFox Group declined to comment on the financials. The Series […]

By anyagrande
FMyLife

Today, I was brushing my teeth. My mum walked in and exclaimed "oh that is the toothbrush I used to clean the toilet!". Thanks for putting it back in the toothbrush holder, mum. FML

Electric vehicle startup Nio lays off 141 employees at its North American headquarters
Catherine Shu

Electric vehicle startup Nio is laying off 141 people at its North American headquarters. According to a filing from Employment Development Department of California, the employees at its San Jose office received notice on December 6. Nio, whose global headquarters are in Shanghai, announced last month that it is partnering with Intel’s Mobileye to develop […]

Give someone the …….. of the doubt
italkyoutalk

Can you complete this English phrase? It means “to choose to trust someone, even though you are not sure if they are telling the truth”. Give someone the………..of the doubt a) reason b) truth c) benefit d) difference The answer is below!↓   Answer: c) benefit Give someone the benefit of the doubt!

Carsome raises $50M for its used-car sales platform in Southeast Asia
Manish Singh

Carsome, a Malaysia-based marketplace for trading used cars, has closed a new $50 million financing round to fend off its rivals and grow its business in Southeast Asian markets. The new financing round, dubbed Series C, was funded by MUFG Innovation Partners (MUIP), the corporate venture capital arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi […]

By jswag2004
FMyLife

Today, I finally got the guts to ask out my crush. She said yes and I was really happy. Then I woke up. FML

Zetwerk, an 18-month-old Indian B2B marketplace for manufacturing items, raises $32M
Manish Singh

Zetwerk, an Indian business-to-business marketplace for manufacturing items, has closed a significantly large financing round as it scales its operations in the nation and also helps local businesses find customers overseas. The 18-month-old startup said on Wednesday it has raised $32 million in a Series B financing round led by Lightspeed and Greenoaks Capital. Zetwerk […]

By okthen
FMyLife

Today, I finally made a move on the guy I've been crushing on for years...by getting so drunk that I puked in his lap. FML

Daily Crunch: Away’s CEO is stepping down
Anthony Ha

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Away CEO is stepping down in light of reports of toxic culture Steph Korey is stepping down from her role as […]

An iOS bug in AirDrop let anyone temporarily lock-up nearby iPhones
Zack Whittaker

Apple has fixed a bug in iOS 13.3, out today, which let anyone temporarily lock users out of their iPhones and iPads by forcing their devices into an inescapable loop. Kishan Bagaria found a bug in AirDrop, which allows users to share files between iOS devices. He found the bug let him repeatedly send files […]

Is your startup protected against insider threats?
Zack Whittaker

We’ve talked about securing your startup, the need to understand phishing risks and how not to handle a data breach. But we haven’t yet discussed one of the more damaging threats that all businesses large and small face: the insider threat. The insider threat is exactly as it sounds — someone within your organization who has […]

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