Front announces Front Calendar to integrate scheduling with shared inboxes
Romain Dillet

Front, the company that lets you manage your inboxes as a team, acquired Meetingbird last year. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Front is about to roll out its own calendar. This way, you can manage meetings within Front and find time that works for everyone. Integrating emails with your calendar makes a […]

Brava, a smart oven maker with big names attached, just sold to an industrial equipment company
Connie Loizos

Brava had a lot of things working in its favor as startups go. It was founded in 2015 by serial executive John Pleasants, whose past stints have included as co-president of Disney Interactive Media Group, COO of Electronic Arts, and CEO of Ticketmaster. His plans to create a suite of snazzy direct-to-consumer line of smart […]

African logistics startup Lori Systems raises Series A led by Chinese investors
Jake Bright

African on-demand trucking logistics company Lori Systems has raised a Series A round led by Chinese investors Hillhouse Capital and Crystal Stream Capital. Other participating investors included Nigeria and U.S.-based EchoVC, Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen and Nigerian founder Iyinoluwa Aboyeji. Lori Systems is not disclosing the amount of the Series A. DealStreet Asia reported the […]

Huawei calls hackers to Munich for secret bug bounty meeting
Zack Whittaker

Chinese tech giant Huawei has asked some of the world’s best phone hackers to a secret meeting in Munich later this month as the company tries to curry favor with global governments, TechCrunch has learned. Sources with knowledge of the November 16 meeting said Huawei will privately present its new bug bounty program, which would […]

Scanwell Health launches smartphone tests for UTIs in partnership with Lemonaid Health
Jonathan Shieber

Companies continue to refine digital diagnostic tools for in-home healthcare at a rapid clip. The latest to launch is an at-home test for urinary tract infections from the Los Angeles-based startup Scanwell Health. The company was founded by Stephen Chen, who literally grew up in the diagnostics testing business. His family had built one of […]

Adapt, overcome, improvise - FML

Today, I was squeezed through an overly-crowded hallway down to my psychologist's. There, I sat in an overly-crowded waiting room to see him, next to an obese woman and an insane man. I finally entered the smaller-than-a-closet room. My reason for seeing a psychologist? Claustrophobia. FML

Remrise raises $8.2M to deliver tailored, plant-based sleep solutions
Brian Heater

Sleep is big business. Casper, Leesa and a dozen other mattress companies have driven the point home in recent years. It’s something we all want, but none of us are getting enough of. In 2017, sleep aids generated $69.5 billion, globally. By 2023, that number is expected to blow past $101 billion. Remrise is the […]

Instagram Stories launches TikTok clone Reels in Brazil
Josh Constine

Instagram is launching a video-music remix feature to finally fight back against Chinese social rival TikTok. Instagram Reels lets you make 15-second video clips set to music and share them as Stories, with the potential to go viral on a new Top Reels section of Explore. Just like TikTok, users can soundtrack their Reels with […]

Slack Fund, Haystack and CRV invest $4 million in Parabol, the meta-meeting software toolkit
Jonathan Shieber

These days it’s not enough to have meetings. Now tech companies need to have meetings about meetings — and to ensure that this can happen efficiently(?), a Los Angeles company called Parabol has just raised $4 million. Founded in Brooklyn with a workforce that’s mostly virtual, the new-ish company managed to raise cash from three […]

Shame! Shaaaame! - FML

Today, I found out my son kept quiet about having head lice for a week. He's 14. FML

The Dipp, a subscription-only entertainment news startup, is springing to life despite the pandemic
Connie Loizos

There is no shortage of coverage about the sprawling entertainment industry. There is a shortage of coverage for die-hard fans of reality TV shows, according to Kate Ward and Lindsay Mannering. That opening in the market is why the two — former colleagues at the women’s website Bustle, where Ward was the founding editor-in-chief and […]

Popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners
Zack Whittaker

Security researchers have found several popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners by exploiting a weakness that gives accessories access to the phone’s underlying baseband software. Attackers can use that access to trick vulnerable phones into giving up their unique identifiers, such as their IMEI and IMSI numbers, downgrade a target’s […]

Rework Mailbag
Wailin Wong

Jason and DHH are back to answer listener questions on the Rework podcast. In this episode, they discuss whether they prefer reading physical books or the Kindle; talk about providing feedback to rejected job candidates; and imagine a world where Jason and DHH didn’t end up working together.

Uber is entering the ads business
Josh Constine

Uber will become an ad platform, selling space inside its Eats app to restaurants hoping to lure in more food delivery orders. A recent Uber job listing spotted by TechCrunch seeks an Uber Eats Ads Lead “to lead the team and efforts responsible for creating a new ads business that enables eaters to discover new […]

Loop Returns picks up $10 million in Series A led by FirstMark Capital
Jordan Crook

Loop Returns, the startup that helps brands handle returns from online purchases, has today announced the close of a $10 million Series A funding round led by FirstMark Capital. Lerer Hippeau and Ridge Ventures also participated in the round. Loop started when Jonathan Poma, a cofounder and COO and President, was working at an agency […]

Vayyar nabs $109M for its ‘4D’ radar tech, which detects and tracks images while preserving privacy
Ingrid Lunden

The future of the connected home, connected car and connected everything will have a lot of imaging technology at the center of it: sensors to track the movement of people and things will be a critical way for AI brains to figure out what to do next. Now, with a large swing toward more data […]

Take a virtual tour through Rocket Lab’s New Zealand rocket launch facility
Darrell Etherington

Rocket Lab is one of the extremely small group of rocket launch startups that is actually sending payloads to space, and the company sends all of its spacecraft up from a scenic peninsula located on the East Coast of New Zealand. Why? It’s ideally placed for high frequency launch windows, which should help Rocket Lab […]

Compounding time
Jason Fried

I recently started seeing a new therapist. I’ve seen therapists in the past, so that’s nothing new. What is new is the format. Everyone I’ve ever seen in the past, and likely the person you’re seeing (if you’re seeing someone), runs appointments the same way: An hour a week (or every few weeks). One hour.… keep reading

Slite raises $11 million for its internal notes tool
Romain Dillet

French startup Slite has raised an $11 million Series A round led by Spark Capital with existing investors also participating. Slite is a sort of multiplayer Evernote. It lets you collect and organize documentation, create shared documents and build a company handbook. Many companies struggle to keep a single source of truth when it comes […]

Badoo’s Andrey Andreev sells his stake in Bumble owner MagicLab to Blackstone, valuing the dating apps at $3B
Ingrid Lunden

Bumble, the popular and profitable dating and networking app built around the ethos of women calling the shots on how connections get made and developed, has made a deal for some independence of its own. Andrey Andreev, the founder of Badoo, the controversial London-based company that owns a series of dating apps and was the […]

Visa’s Plaid acquisition shows a shifting financial services landscape
Ron Miller

When Visa bought Plaid this week for $5.3 billion, a figure that was twice its private valuation, it was a clear signal that traditional financial services companies are looking for ways to modernize their approach to business. With Plaid, Visa picks up a modern set of developer APIs that work behind the scenes to facilitate […]

Plum, the ‘AI’ money management app, raises $3M more and comes to Android
Steve O'Hear

Plum, the U.K.-based “AI assistant” to help you manage your money and save more, has raised $3 million in additional funding — money it plans to use for further growth, including European expansion. The London company has also quietly launched its app for Android phones, adding to an existing iOS app and Facebook Messenger chatbot. […]

Lawyers hate timekeeping. Ping raises $13M to fix it with AI
Josh Constine

Counting billable time in six minute increments is the most annoying part of being a lawyer. It’s a distracting waste. It leads law firms to conservatively under-bill. And it leaves lawyers stuck manually filling out timesheets after a long day when they want to go home to their families. Life is already short, as Ping […]

Glovo is opening a tech hub in Poland after gobbling a local food delivery rival
Natasha Lomas

Barcelona-based on-demand delivery startup Glovo is beefing up its engineering capacity by opening a second tech hub, its first in Poland — with an initial plan to hire 40 additional engineers and have a total of 50 tech and product experts working predominantly out of its Warsaw office. Glovo says it expects the Polish engineering […]

Valence launches a social network for black professionals
Jonathan Shieber

Over the past two years, as technology companies continued to struggle with diversifying their work forces, Los Angeles-based venture capitalist Kobie Fuller wrestled with how to solve the problem. As a black professional himself, Fuller had experienced the frustrations and isolation that can sometimes come with being the only person in the room who looked […]

Could your startup earn the Wild Card at Disrupt Berlin 2019?
Priya Gupta

We’re just about one month away from opening the doors to infinite early-stage startup opportunity. We’re talking about Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December. But today we’d like to highlight a specific opportunity you might not be familiar with — the Wild Card. Why is this opportunity a big deal? The startup […]

Alpaca nabs $6M for stocks API so anyone can build a Robinhood
Josh Constine

Stock trading app Robinhood is valued at $7.6 billion, but it only operates in the U.S. Freshly funded fintech startup Alpaca does the dirty work so developers worldwide can launch their own competitors to that investing unicorn. Like the Stripe of stocks, Alpaca’s API handles the banking, security and regulatory complexity, allowing other startups to […]

Learn how to raise your Series A at Disrupt Berlin
Kate Clark

Balderton Capital's Suranga Chandratillake, Blossom Capital's Louise Samet and Penta founder Jessica Holzbach are joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin.

‘PigeonBot’ brings flying robots closer to real birds
Devin Coldewey

Try as they might, even the most advanced roboticists on Earth struggle to recreate the effortless elegance and efficiency with which birds fly through the air. The "PigeonBot" from Stanford researchers takes a step towards changing that by investigating and demonstrating the unique qualities of feathered flight.

S’More is a new dating app that looks to suspend physical attraction for something more
Jordan Crook

According to former Chappy Managing Director Adam Cohen Aslatei, “something more” is one of the most common pieces of feedback that dating apps get from their users. That’s where S’More comes in. S’More was founded by Aslatei to provide a dating app to users that goes beyond superficial looks. Here’s how it works: Rather than […]