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The headphone jack lives!

Reports of the headphone jack’s death are greatly exaggerated. Or more accurately, premature. All of the latest versions of Samsung’s Galaxy phones are equipped with a 3.5mm port, bucking the trend set by Apple and followed by Google. While the headphone jack might eventually die, right now, in 2019, it’s alive and could be a major selling point for the four versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10. Apple ditched the 3.5mm jack back in 2016 with the introduction of the iPhone 7 and some of us still ha...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Samsung, Smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S10 Apple


Keith Rabois joins Founders Fund amid transition at the firm

Longtime investor Keith Rabois is joining Founders Fund as a general partner, the firm let us know today. He brings its total number of partners to nine. According to Founders Fund, Rabois will invest across sectors and stages, like all members of its investment team. The move is wholly unsurprising in ways, though the timing seems to suggest that another big fund from Founders Fund is around the corner, as the firm is also bringing aboard a new principal at the same time —  Delian Asparou...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Stanford, Senate, Tech, Paypal, Venture Capital, Peter Thiel, Square, Donald Trump, Max Levchin, Yelp, David Sacks, Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Sean Parker


QuizUp founder launches Teatime, a mobile gaming platform with built-in video chat

At the end of 2016, Plain Vanilla founder Thor Fridriksson left the company he founded with the intent to take at least a year off of work. His product QuizUp, a social trivia game that raised more than $40 million and said it had more than 100 million users, never truly found a way to monetize. After a few missteps, including a proposed TV deal that eventually got cancelled, Plain Vanilla was acquired by Glu Mobile for a deal reportedly valued at $7.5 million. Fridriksson was only a few week...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Apps, Tech, Glu Mobile, QuizUp, Teatime, Facebook Gmail, Thor Fridriksson, Plain Vanilla, Fridriksson, Gunnar Holmsteinn Johann Thorvaldur Bergthorsson, Ymir Finnbogason, Hyperspeed


MLG co-founder Mike Sepso joins 100 Thieves board of directors

Mike Sepso has joined the board of directors for 100 Thieves, an esports and content creation brand. Sepso co-founded Major League Gaming in 2002, bringing the first true semblance of infrastructure to competitive gaming. MLG became the biggest independent esports league in the world, and played a big part in the evolution of esports as we know it today. In fact, MLG secured the first televised esports series ever with NBC sports, and eventually launched its own esports streaming platform. MLG w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Nbc, Drew Houston, Halo, Tech, Justin Bieber, Silicon Valley, Tbs, Sequoia Capital, Activision Blizzard, Marc Benioff, Dan Gilbert, Braun, Major League Gaming


MLG cofounder Mike Sepso joins 100 Thieves board of directors

Mike Sepso has joined the board of directors for 100 Thieves, an esports and content creation brand. Sepso cofounded Major League Gaming in 2002, bringing the first true semblance of infrastructure to competitive gaming. MLG became the biggest independent esports league in the world, and played a big part in the evolution of esports as we know it today. In fact, MLG secured the first televised esports series ever with NBC sports, and eventually launched its own esports streaming platform. MLG wa...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Nbc, Drew Houston, Halo, Tech, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Silicon Valley, Tbs, Sequoia Capital, Activision Blizzard, Marc Benioff, Dan Gilbert, Braun


Timing and why we’re all VCs

Timing is the single most valuable skill of the modern economy, but I would argue its’s the least understood and also the least practiced. Capitalism is fundamentally about timing, since market competition is about finding opportunities before others. When should you start a company? What company should you start? When should a VC invest? When should you join a company? When should you switch industries? When should you back a candidate for public office? Every single one of our professional dec...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Japan, Indonesia, California, La, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, US, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Bloomberg, Infrastructure


Resooma launches Resooma Bills to help ‘generation rent’ manage household expenditure

Resooma, the U.K. accommodation booking platform, is entering the fintech and utilities space with the launch of Resooma Bills, a new product to help “gen rent” manage household expenditure. The Cardiff, Wales-based company’s core offering is an accommodation marketplace primarily targeting students and other renters aged 18-30. Previously trading under the brand name of University Cribs, Resooma was founded in 2014 by Jack Jenkins, Dan Jefferys and Christian Samuel as a solution aimed specifica...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Airbnb, Tom, Cardiff Wales, Jenkins, Sky TV, Acasa, Spotahome, Resooma, University Cribs Resooma, Jack Jenkins Dan Jefferys, Christian Samuel


EF raises $115M new fund, aiming to create another 300-plus startups in the next three years

Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered “talent investor” that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, has raised a new fund of its own to continue scaling globally. The $115 million first close was led by a number of leading (mostly unnamed) institutional investors across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including new anchor LP Trusted Insight. A number of well-known European entrepreneurs also invested. They include Taavet Hinrikus (co-founder...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, London, Berlin, US, Tech, Paris, Reid Hoffman, Jk Rowling, SEC, Silicon Valley, Mountain View


Thumbtack now offers benefits to independent contractors

The gig economy has been under much scrutiny as of late due to the way it pays — or, skirts around paying — its independent contractors. Thumbtack, a platform for finding professionals to do anything from home maintenance do DJing a party, is now offering benefits to some of its independent contractors. “In a time where it feels like all the stories are about some tug of war between labor and a platform, I hope what this highlights is that there are opportunities for working together and to find...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, California, Tech, Talent, Thumbtack, Gig Economy, Alia, Zappacosta, Marco Zappacosta, National Domestic Workers Alliances Lab


Slack off. Send videos instead with $11M-funded Loom

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many emails can you replace with a video? As offices fragment into remote teams, work becomes more visual, and social media makes us more comfortable on camera, it’s time for collaboration to go beyond text. That’s the idea behind Loom, a fast-rising startup that equips enterprises with instant video messaging tools. In a click, you can film yourself or narrate a screenshare to get an idea across in a more vivid, personal way. Instead of scheduling a v...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Enterprise, Mac, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Khan, Jared Leto, Upfront Ventures, Slack, Kleiner Perkins, Shahed Khan


Litho is a finger-worn controller for augmented reality, IoT and other ‘spatial’ interactions

I first encountered the founders of Litho, a new hardware and software startup developing a new finger-worn controller, at London’s [email protected] last April. The event sees startups pitch in front of the British royal family and other esteemed guests, and naturally the company’s young founders, 24-year-old Nat Martin (CEO) and 25-year-old Charlie Bruce (CTO), were a little overawed by the occasion, just like many of the other founders pitching that day. However, perhaps unbeknown to them, Litho w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Europe, London, Tech, Cto, Sdk, Bluetooth Low Energy, Martin, Chris Albinson, Turo, Litho, Nat Martin, Charlie Bruce, Litho SDK


Instagram’s fundraiser stickers could lure credit card numbers

Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that commerce is a huge part of the 2019 roadmap for Facebook’s family of apps. But before people can easily buy things from Instagram etc, Facebook needs their credit card info on file. That’s a potentially lucrative side effect of Instagram’s plan to launch a Fundraiser sticker in 2019. Facebook’s own Donate buttons have raised $1 billion, and bringing them to Instagram’s 1 billion users could do a lot of good while furthering Facebook’s commerce strategy. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Charity, Tech, Payments, Philanthropy, Zuckerberg, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Non-profits, Instagrammers


SoftBank and Mubadala grow closer

The Japanese conglomerate SoftBank and Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi state investment company, have a closely intertwined relationship, and it’s one that the two are further cementing. According to the Financial Times, SoftBank has just committed half the capital for a new $400 million fund from Mubadala that aims to back European startups. Industry observers might remember that Mubadala committed $15 billion to SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund as it was first being put together in 2017. Soon after, ...
Tags: TC, London, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, Bloomberg, Venture Capital, Cia, Son, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Masayoshi Son, Shanghai Beijing


GoCardless raises $75M Series E for its recurring payments network and heads to America

Compared to startups born into the frothy London fintech space as it exists today, 2011-founded GoCardless could well be considered a slow burner. However, in more recent years, the nearly 300 person company — headed up by co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi — has undoubtedly stepped on the gas in a bid to become the one stop shop globally for businesses that want to let customers pay via recurring bank payments. A little over a year ago, GoCardless announced that it had raised $22.5 million in f...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Germany, America, Tech, North America, Gocardless, Takeuchi, Hiroki Takeuchi, EMEA APAC, France Australia, Adams Street Partners Google Ventures, Salesforce Ventures Previous


VCs aren’t falling in love with dating startups

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Startup names may have passed peak weirdness Where seed and early-stage funding is growing, contracting or holding steady Some 17 years ago, when internet dating was popular but still kind of embarrassing to talk about, I interviewed an author who was particularly bullish on the practice. Millions of people, he said, have found gratifying relationships online. Were it not for the in...
Tags: Social, TC, Column, China, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, Beijing, Canada, Venture Capital, Dating Apps, Online Dating, Match Group, Ashley Madison, Crunchbase, West Hollywood


How to read fiction to build a startup

“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were 15, it will tell it to you aga...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Books, Youtube, Fiction, Book Review, Tech, Beijing, Bill Gates, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, South Pacific, Susan Wojcicki, Jeff Bezos


Investor momentum builds for construction tech

Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Austin in January: Cash rich and maturing Although it’s not the sexiest of industries, the hefty construction sector in 2018 attracted not only the attention but, more importantly, the dollars of investors. Historically, the multi-trillion-dollar sector has been sl...
Tags: TC, Column, San Francisco, Tech, Chicago, Austin, Venture Capital, Autodesk, Construction, Greylock Partners, Carter, Nick Carter, Chen, Trimble, Katerra, Mary Ann Azevedo


Steve Jurvetson tells all: about his new $200 million fund, his new partner, his new shopping list, and more

Steve Jurvetson is staging a comeback, disclosing today that his new San Francisco-based, early-stage venture firm Future Ventures, has raised $200 million for its debut fund. “It’s good to be back in the saddle again,” says Jurvetson, whose career was somewhat famously derailed in the fall of 2017 when a former girlfriend wrote a Facebook post, accusing DFJ — the firm Jurvetson cofounded in 1985 — of “predatory behavior.” DFJ said publicly the next day that it was already investigating “indi...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Spacex, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Venture Capital, Tim Draper, Khosla Ventures, Dfj, Carnegie Mellon, Airbus Ventures, Steve Jurvetson, Memphis Meats, Jurvetson, John Fisher


Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has reportedly acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. The company makes voice experience design tools, artificial intelligence to power those experiences, and toys like talking Barbie and Thomas The Tank Engine toys in partnership with Mattel. Founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives, PullString went on to raise $44 mill...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Apps, Hardware, Developer, Entertainment, Siri, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, M&a, Barbie


GoTrendier raises $3.5 million to take on Spanish-language fashion marketplaces

Thanks to environmentally conscious young buyers, throwaway culture is dying not only in the U.S., but also in Latin America – and startups are poised to jump in with services to help people recycle used clothing. GoTrendier, a peer-to-peer fashion marketplace operative in Mexico and Colombia, has raised $3.5 million USD to do just that. And i nvestors are eyeing the startup as the digital fashion marketplace growth leader in Spanish-speaking countries.  GoTrendier, founded by Belén Cabido, is...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mexico, US, Barcelona, E-commerce, Designer, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Silicon Valley, Stella Mccartney, Latin America, Menlo Ventures, Sergio Pérez


As GE and Amazon move on, Google expands presence in Boston and NYC

 this week when Amazon and GE decided to bail on their commitments to build headquarters in the respective cities on the same day. But it’s worth pointing out that while these large tech organizations were pulling out, Google was expanding in both locations. Yesterday upon hearing about Amazon’s decision to scrap its HQ2 plans in Long Island City, New York City Mayor De Blasio had this to say: “Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity. We have the best talent...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Real Estate, New York, Enterprise, Ge, Boston, New York City, Alabama, Tech, Mit, Harvard, Cambridge, Ruth Porat, Bay Area


Opendoor files to raise another $200M at a $3.7B valuation, documents show

The housing market is predicted to cool this year, but the market for startups selling houses? It seems to be heating up. Opendoor, the company that aims to bypass real estate agents and brokers by providing an online platform — by way of a mobile app — for people to buy and sell properties direct, has filed papers in Delaware indicating that it would like to raise around $200 million more, at a valuation of about $3.7 billion. The raise comes just one month after Knock, an Opendoor competitor, ...
Tags: TC, Real Estate, Softbank, Tech, Delaware, Wu, PitchBook, Keith Rabois, Rabois, Opendoor, Eric Wu Opendoor, Wu Ian Wong Justin Ross


Palmetto gets $20 million credit line for its solar and energy efficiency installation marketplace

For homeowners that want to go green, but have trouble figuring out how to do it, Palmetto Clean Technologies has the answer. The company has an army of salespeople to pitch the benefits of solar power and energy efficiency, and will connect would-be clean energy consumers with financing options, installers, and software to monitor and manage their equipment. What Palmetto lacked, until the new $20 million credit line it has received from the utility-backed investment firm, Energy Impact Partner...
Tags: Energy, TC, Tech, Renewable Energy, United States, Venture Capital, Nba, Universe, National Basketball Association, Sustainable Energy, Greycroft, Solar Panel, David Stern, Palmetto, Kemper, Energy Impact Partners


How to decarbonize America — and the world

Ramez Naam Contributor More posts by this contributor The Ultimate Interface Is Your Brain The Green New Deal has burst onto the American stage, spurring more conversation about – and aspiration for – ambitious climate policy than at any point in at least a decade. I’m glad to see it. Suddenly, climate is on the agenda, and ambitions for climate policy are higher than perhaps at any point in US history. The Green New Deal is a resolution...
Tags: Energy, Startups, TC, Column, Europe, Texas, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, China, Germany, New York City, US, Alabama


3DEN raises $2M to create pay-as-you-go urban spaces

3DEN is building spaces for what it calls the “in-between moments” of your day. The name (pronounced “Eden”) comes from the idea of the “third place” — a space that’s neither home nor work. Founder and CEO Ben Silver told me the idea is to create a space that people can use if, say, they’ve got 45 minutes to fill between meetings, or if they’ve just gotten off a red eye flight and need somewhere to freshen up. Coffee shops, coworking spaces, gyms or hotels might serve some of those functions, bu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, China, Funding, New York City, Tech, Starbucks, Silver, Eden, Invision, Andrew Lee, Hudson Yards, Coworking, Casey Carl, Ben Silver


ChargedUp picks up £1.2M seed to grow its mobile charging network across UK

ChargedUp, a U.K. startup that offers a mobile charging network that takes inspiration from bike-sharing, has closed £1.2 million in seed investment. Leading the round is Sir John Hegarty’s fund The Garage, and the ex-Innocent Smoothie founders fund JamJar. The funding will be used to grow the offering across the U.K. and for international expansion. Founded by Hugo Tilmouth, Charlie Baron, Hakeem Buge and Forrest Skerman Stevenson, ChargedUp has set out to solve the dead mobile phone battery pr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Europe, UK, London, Tech, Telefonica, Spencer, Brent Hoberman, Wayra, John Hegarty, Hugo Tilmouth Charlie Baron Hakeem Buge, Forrest Skerman Stevenson ChargedUp, Tilmouth


Postscript wants to be the Mailchimp for SMS

Email is certainly not dead despite many such exclamations, but there’s no questions that it’s a bloated, seeping hog of a platform that’s incredibly difficult for businesses to develop meaningful relationships with customers on. Postscript, a startup launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class, wants to learn from what email marketing got right and translate that to the next frontier of B2C communications: SMS. It basically wants to be the Mailchimp for texts. “We are witnessing the decay of e...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Eu, Shopify, Postscript, Adam Turner, Alex Beller, UPS Postscript


Boston and NY share high tech losses as Amazon and GE bail on same day

Boston and New York have been sporting rivals for decades, constantly fighting over bragging rights across all four major sports, but today the two cities had something in common neither was probably hoping for. Both had major tech companies back out of massive deals on the same day. It turns out, however, the two cities lost the deals for entirely different reasons. For NY, Amazon wasn’t pleased with the political greeting it received and decided it wasn’t going to be friendly enough for its...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, New York, Ge, Government, Boston, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Ny, Foxconn, Boston Globe, Fort Point, Nortel Networks, Long Island City, Jim Davis


Did New York lose anything with Amazon’s rejection? It’s complicated.

Now that Amazon has said that it’s taking its ball and going home rather than deal with mean, pushy New Yorkers, outside observers are giving off the sense that the city (and its local politicians) are losing out for their recalcitrance. They’re wrong. New York City is running at about a 4.3% unemployment rate — higher than the national average of 3.9%, but a respectable number for jobs. Amazon’s promise of 25,000 jobs (high-paying jobs) may have reduced that number, but there’s no guarant...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Publishing, Real Estate, New York, Technology, Boston, New York City, America, San Francisco, Bloomberg, Software, Queens, Computing


Amazon Moments lets developers reward customers with actual gifts, not just virtual ones

App and web developers are always trying to figure out better ways of keeping their users engaged on their platforms for longer. Today, Amazon is launching a service that it hopes those developers will use to do just that. Amazon Moments — as it is called — will let developers create actions — “moments” — that it wants users to perform, such as watching several episodes of a series if its a streaming service; or taking out a subscription if its a news site — and giving users actual physical g...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Developer, Advertising Tech, Washington Post, Tech, Gifts, Bell Canada, Today Amazon, In-app Rewards, Amazon Moments, Amir Kabbara Amazon, Eero Given Amazon



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