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How email apps launched some of the most innovative ideas in software

Capiche is a secret society for SaaS power users, building a new community of people who care about software to make the SaaS industry more transparent, together. This article was written by Matthew Guay, Capiche‘s founding editor and former senior writer at Zapier. The problems with email were there from the beginning. You’d be reading documentation, see something to improve, and wish you could tell the author. For MIT’s programming staff in 1965, that idea led to the invention of email. “A new...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Mit, Design & Dev, Syndication, Matthew Guay Capiche


How does your driving speed affect your car’s emissions?

Every car has an optimal speed range that results in minimum fuel consumption, but this range differs between vehicle types, design and age. Typically it looks like this graph below: fuel consumption rises from about 80km/h, partly because air resistance increases. But speed is only one factor. No matter what car you are driving, you can reduce fuel consumption (and therefore emissions) by driving more smoothly. This includes anticipating corners and avoiding sudden braking, taking the foot off ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Shift


The Whoop fitness band transformed me from sleepy boy to fit boy in two months

Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, where we go into too much detail and geek out on all things related to pedal-powered gadgets. With all the cycling tech on the market — like power meters, heart rate monitors, Zwift, smart trainers — it’s easy to think that you just need to ride more and ride harder to get fitter. But that’s not necessarily the best approach. With all this tech we should actually be training, and recovering, smarter.  I say recovering, beca...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Zwift, Plugged, Riding Nerdy


How the web hosting server location can affect your SEO strategies

It can be a pretty difficult task to pick the right web hosting provider for location based like UK, USA, ASIA. Think about it, there are so many web hosting companies on the market that offer the same service at similar prices. For this reason, it’s important to get it right the first time. When considering the available options, you need to be concerned about the server location. This is because it can affect your site’s page ranking. This article will explain how server location can have an i...
Tags: Google, Usa, UK, Sales, Tech, UK USA ASIA


Lemonade and Accolade open sharply higher as public markets rally

Despite today’s bucket of plus-and-minus economic data, stocks are heading higher in regular trading. And among the shares rising the most are today’s two venture-backed IPOs: Lemonade and Accolade. TechCrunch wrote this morning that the firms’ aggressive IPO pricing arcs boded well for the IPO market itself, that investors were willing to price growth-y shares of unprofitable companies with vigor, which could help other companies looking at the public markets get off the sidelines. Then the two...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ipo, Tech, Accolade, Lemonade, Yahoo Finance


The great stink in software pipelines

Greg Law Contributor Share on Twitter Greg Law is the co-founder and CTO at Undo.io, a software failure replay platform provider. It’s the summer of 1858. London. The River Thames is overflowing with the smell of human and industrial waste. The exceptionally hot summer months have exacerbated the problem. But this did not just happen overnight. Failure to upkeep an aging sewer system and a growing population that used it contr...
Tags: Work, Startups, Column, Developer, Tech, Software, SaaS, Machine Learning, Software Development, Devops, Cto, Software Engineering, Agile Software Development, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Market Analysis


Pioneering CRISPR researcher Jennifer Doudna is coming to Disrupt

Jennifer Doudna, a woman whose work has triggered the explosion in innovation in the field of synthetic biology and has given researchers around the world a way to program and reprogram the living world, will be speaking at Disrupt in September. From her positions as the Chancellor’s Chair Professor in the University of California, Berkeley’s Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology Departments and a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institutes and professor at the University of California...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Tech, Hawaii, Watson, Biotech, Crispr, Sequoia, Impossible Foods, Roelof Botha, Editas Medicine, Jennifer Doudna, Gladstone Institutes, James Watson, Mike Cannon Brookes


Ultimate Guide to Be Successful at Remote Sales

As the world enters a new normal, remote working is becoming the most common way to get things done. And the sales sector is no exception to this. Working from home doesn’t have to be an arduous task. If set up in the right way, it can be a fun, productive, and dynamic experience. When managing remote sales teams, there are plenty of ways to be successful. It may need a few tweaks to the work life you are used to. But, follow this ultimate guide, and you can help your remote sales team to be the...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Tech, Sam, Forbes, Right Now, EMEA, Sam O Brien


Get your pitchdeck critiqued by Accel’s Amy Saper and Bessemer’s Talia Goldberg at Early Stage

The art of the pitchdeck. Few things are more critical to the success of startups seeding capital. And make no mistake, it is an art. At TechCrunch Early Stage, our two-day virtual event focused on giving entrepreneurs all the resources they need to build incredible, high-growth early stage companies, we have plenty of content dedicated to the pitchdeck. From a session on how to think like a PM for VC pitch success led by Lo Toney, to a session on how to time your fundraising sprint led by Jake ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, Jeff Clavier, Accel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Early Stage, Bessemer, Lo Toney, Charles Hudson, Talia Goldberg, James Alonso, Cyan Bannister, Adam Zagaris, Jake Saper


QuestDB nabs $2.3M seed to build open source time series database

QuestDB, a member of the Y Combinator summer 2020 cohort, is building an open source time series database with speed top of mind. Today the startup announced a $2.3 million seed round. Episode1 Ventures led the round with assistance from Seedcamp, 7percent Ventures, YCombinator, Kima Ventures and several unnamed angel investors. The database was originally conceived in 2013 when current CTO Vlad Ilyushchenko was building trading systems for a financial services company and he was frustrated by t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Silicon Valley, South America, Databases, Cto, Marc Andreessen, US EU, QuestDB


Growth capital investor Kennet raises $250M fund, backed by Edmond de Rothschild

Venture capital is “not the only fruit” for entrepreneurs, as the often quieter ‘Growth Capital’ can also see great returns for entrepreneurs who prefer to retain a lot of ownership and control but are also willing to bootstrap over a longer period in order to reach revenues and profits. With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing millions of people online, tech investors of all classes are now reaping the dividends in this accelerated, Coronavirus-powered transition to digital. Thus it is that Kennet Pa...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, US, Tech, Investment, Ceo, Economy, United States, United Kingdom, Venture Capital, Edmond, UK Europe


7 ways design and development teams can work better together

If you’re a designer or a developer you know this story all too well: designers create a beautiful prototype or set of wireframes and ‘throw them over the fence’ to the developers. As the developers find that bits and pieces of the designs are either too labor-intensive or simply impossible to implement, the original designs slowly evolve during each sprint.  What starts out as the Tesla of designs gets turned into a practical Subaru, with all the safety features and no-frills… or it ends up loo...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Tesla, Design & Dev


To Gmail, Black Lives Matter emails are ‘promotions’

As protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement continue around the United States, Gmail is treating emails from advocacy and political groups referring to racial justice issues like marketing emails. The Markup analyzed hundreds of emails sent to a test Gmail account from more than 200 candidates and organizations from across the political spectrum from whom we’d signed up to receive communications. Of the emails referring to racial justice received since George Floyd was killed in Ma...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication, George Floyd, United States Gmail


High-flying IPOs for Lemonade and Accolade may encourage other unicorns to go public

If you’d predicted in late March and early April that Q3 would kick off with a wide-open IPO market and receptive investors, I doubt anyone would have believed you. If you suggested that valuations would look pretty good as well, you might even have been laughed at. And yet, here we are. The Exchange is a daily look at startups and the private markets for Extra Crunch subscribers; use code EXCHANGE to get full access and take 25% off your subscription. Yesterday Lemonade and Accolade pri...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, United States, IPO market, Accolade, Exit, Lemonade, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, IPO Boutique


Meet BukuWarung, the bookkeeping app built for Indonesia’s 60 million “micro-merchants”

In Indonesia, there are about 60 million “micro-merchants,” typically small store owners who sell food and other staple items, and have close relationships with their customers. Many often extend informal lines of credit to shoppers, but much of their financial tracking is still done with pen and paper ledgers. Chinmay Chauhan and Abhinay Peddisetty, the co-founders of BukuWarung, want to digitize the process with a financial platform designed especially for small Indonesian businesses. Their go...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Tech, Financial Services, Carousell, Fintech, SMEs, Chauhan, Bookkeeping, Gustaf Alstromer


Tesla battery cooling fault coverup heats up as feds get involved

The US highways traffic safety authority (NHTSA) is reportedly looking into claims that Tesla covered up faults with its Model S battery cooling system and knowingly sold vehicles that weren’t up to spec. This is according to a new report from the LA Times, that itself was spurred on by an exclusive investigation by Business Insider that claimed to have uncovered evidence that Tesla was knowingly selling potentially dangerous vehicles. BI’s original article purported that from 2012, Tesla shippe...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Shift, Nhtsa, LA Times


Student-led accelerator Envision is shaking up which startups get funded

Meet Envision, a new startup accelerator. The group, built and run by a collection of students and recent graduates, just closed the application process for its first cohort of startups. Its goal isn’t merely to find some companies and give them a boost, however. According to Annabel Strauss and Eliana Berger, two co-founders of Envision, it’s to shake up the diversity stats that we’ve all come to know. “We started Envision because we believe in a future where womxn, Black, and Latinx founder...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Diversity, Silicon Valley, Berger, Ryan Hoover, Envision, Strauss, Alexia Tsotsis, Lerer Hippeau, Techcrunch Include, Rough Draft Ventures, Annabel Strauss, Eliana Berger


MIT removes huge dataset that teaches AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

MIT has taken offline a massive and highly-cited dataset that trained AI systems to use racist and misogynistic terms to describe people, The Register reports. The training set — called 80 Million Tiny Images, as that’s how many labeled images it’s scraped from Google Images — was created in 2008 to develop advanced object detection techniques. It has been used to teach machine-learning models to identify the people and objects in still images. As The Register’s Katyanna Quach wrote: “Thanks to ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Katyanna Quach


San Francisco now has the 3rd-most billionaires of any city in the world, beating out London, Moscow, and Beijing

San Francisco is now the third city in the world with the most billionaires, per a new Wealth-X report. The tech hub gained two billionaires in 2019, bringing its total billionaire count to 77. San Francisco beat out cities including London, Moscow, and Beijing. New York is No. 1, with 113 billionaires. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. San Francisco's pool of billionaires has ballooned just a bit more in the past year, according to a new report. The Wealth-X Billionaire Cen...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, New York, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Kiwi


Unpacking how Dell’s debt load and VMware stake could come together

Last week, we discussed the possibility that Dell could be exploring a sale of VMware as a way to deal with its hefty debt load, a weight that continues to linger since its $67 billion acquisition of EMC in 2016. VMware was the most valuable asset in the EMC family of companies, and it remains central to Dell’s hybrid cloud strategy today. As CNBC pointed out last week, VMware is a far more valuable company than Dell itself, with a market cap of almost $62 billion. Dell, on the other hand,...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Finance, Tech, Michael Dell, M&a, Dell, Cnbc, EMC, Vmware, Dell-emc Deal, Constellation Research, Holger Mueller, Extra Crunch


Extra Crunch is now available in Greece, Ireland and Portugal

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added Extra Crunch support in Ireland, Portugal and Greece. That adds to our existing support in Europe as we are already in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the U.K. Portugal’s 10 million citizens are no strangers to startup investment, with the country totting up 813 to date, according to Crunchbase. Notably, of that total, 113 have been announced in 2020 thus far. That means that in 2020, despi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Media, Greece, Microsoft, Boston, Tech, Ireland, Portugal, Venture Capital, Aws, Payments, Havok, Greece Ireland, Greece Portugal


AR 1.0 is dead: Here’s what it got wrong

The first wave of AR startups offering smart glasses is now over, with a few exceptions. Google acquired North this week for an undisclosed sum. The Canadian company had raised nearly $200 million, but the release of its Focals 2.0 smart glasses has been cancelled, a bittersweet end for its soft landing. Many AR startups before North made huge promises and raised huge amounts of capital before flaring out in a similarly dramatic fashion. The technology was almost there in a lot of cases, but the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Wearables, Hardware, Developer, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, North, App-store, Magic Leap


Insurtech unicorn Lemonade raises IPO range ahead of debut

Ahead of its expected IPO pricing later today, SoftBank -backed insurtech startup Lemonade has raised its expected price range. After initially targeting $23 to $26 per share in its debut, Lemonade now intends to sell its equity for $26 to $28 per share. The Exchange is a daily look at startups and the private markets for Extra Crunch subscribers; use code EXCHANGE to get full access and take 25% off your subscription. The new range boosts Lemonade’s expected value, a boon for insurtec...
Tags: TC, MetroMile, Money, Finance, Ipo, Softbank, Tech, Initial Public Offering, Lemonade, Market Analysis, Insurtech, The Exchange, David Spreng, Extra Crunch, Runway Growth Capital, Root Kin MetroMile Hippo


Point to launch new challenger bank with rewards on debit card purchases

Meet Point, a new challenger bank in the U.S. that has been available as a private beta for the past year. Today, the company is announcing new fundraising — later this month, the company is launching a major new version of its service and opening its doors to everyone. There’s a waitlist for now. Point is a consumer banking app combined with a debit card. The company wants to reproduce the experience of credit cards but with debit cards, thanks to rewards and a point-based system. There’s no cr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Spotify, Finance, Tech, Netflix, Point, Fintech, Mastercard, Valar Ventures, Challenger Bank, FDIC, Chime, Radius Bank, Neobank, PayPal Points


Point launches new challenger bank with rewards on debit card purchases

Meet Point, a new challenger bank in the U.S. that has been available as a private beta for the past year. Today, the company is launching a major new version of its service and opening its doors to everyone. But you’ll have to get an invite to get in at first. Point is a consumer banking app combined with a debit card. The company wants to reproduce the experience of credit cards but with debit cards thanks to rewards and a point-based system. There’s no credit check when you sign up. The st...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Spotify, Finance, Tech, Netflix, Point, Fintech, Mastercard, Valar Ventures, Challenger Bank, FDIC, Chime, Evolve Bank Trust, Neobank, PayPal Points


VCs see much to like in Democrats’ $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act

“The Moving Forward Act reads like a $1.5 trillion validation of our fund’s thesis — that upgrading cities and related infrastructure is key to fighting the existential threat of climate change and improving lives,” said Stonly Baptiste, co-founder and partner at venture capital fund Urban Us. Democrats in Congress are wrestling with the twin problems of mass unemployment and a long-delayed need to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Now, with just 124 days until the election, the party ...
Tags: TC, Congress, Washington, Government, Senate, America, Tech, Renewable Energy, Policy, Infrastructure, House, Venture Capital, Cleantech, Baptiste, Market Analysis, Rob Day


Portfolio companies of startup studio eFounders have raised $148 million this year

European startup studio eFounders has looked back at the first half of 2020 to share some metrics about its portfolio companies. The startup studio that is focused on building software-as-a-service enterprise startups has now launched 25 companies in total. Those startups have raised $148 million in 2020 alone. You may remember that the portfolio of eFounders reached a total valuation of $1 billion late last year. After those new funding rounds, the consolidated valuation of eFounders compani...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Tech, France Newsletter, Aircall, Front, eFounders, Equify, Thibaud Elzière


Portfolio companies of startup studio eFounders have raised $148M this year

European startup studio eFounders has looked back at the first half of 2020 to share some metrics about its portfolio companies. The startup studio that is focused on building software-as-a-service enterprise startups has now launched 25 companies in total. Those startups have raised $148 million in 2020 alone. You may remember that the portfolio of eFounders reached a total valuation of $1 billion late last year. After those new funding rounds, the consolidated valuation of eFounders compani...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Tech, France Newsletter, Aircall, Front, eFounders, Equify, Thibaud Elzière


Minneapolis-based VC shop Bread & Butter focuses on its own backyard

While many investors say sheltering in place has broadened their appetite for funding companies located outside major hubs, one firm is doubling down on backing startups in America’s heartland. Launched in 2016 by Brett Bohl, The Syndicate Fund rebranded to Bread & Butter Ventures earlier this month (a reference to one of Minnesota’s many nicknames). Along with the rebrand, longtime Google executive and Revolution partner Mary Grove joined the team as a general partner and Stephanie Rich came ab...
Tags: Health, Google, Food, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Minnesota, Minneapolis, America, Tech, Venture Capital, Revolution, Agtech, Mary Grove, Market Analysis, Bohl


Contrary Capital wants to invest in the next big tech mafia

Contrary Capital, which has raised money from Tesla, Reddit, SoFi and Twitch, knows a thing or two about how to work with tech’s brightest mafias. Now it wants to invest in them, before anyone else. The San Francisco fund and accelerator, which traditionally invests in student entrepreneurs, is betting on the idea that the best founders are early-career employees first. Today Contrary Capital is publicly launching its next big bet: Contrary Talent, a new arm within the fund that will invest a...
Tags: Startups, TC, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Venture Capital, Reddit, Twitch, SoFi, Triplebyte, HBCU, Facebooks, Contrary Capital, Eric Tarczynski, Tarczynski, Tesla Reddit SoFi



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