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The Best Fashion Apps You Need to Download ASAP (They’re All Free!)

Apps to help you with every aspect of fashion, from shopping for new items to styling your old ones.
Tags: Apps, Technology, College, College Life, Fashion Tips


Facebook-backed Unacademy acquires PrepLadder for $50 million

Indian online learning platform Unacademy said on Tuesday it has acquired Chandigarh-based startup PrepLadder for $50 million as the Facebook-backed edtech giant scouts for deals to expand its presence in the country. PrepLadder, which employs about 150 people, offers courses aimed at medical students. The two-year-old startup, which never raised any capital from external investors, has more than 80,000 subscribers, said PrepLadder co-founder Deepanshu Goyal. “Unacademy and PrepLadder are wor...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, Youtube, India, Tech, Economic Times, Chandigarh, Gaurav Munjal, Byju, Munjal, Unacademy, Deepanshu Goyal Unacademy, Whitehat Jr


As Q3 kicks off, four more companies join the $100M ARR club

Welcome back to our $100 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) series, in which we take irregular looks at companies that have reached material scale while still private. The goal of our project is simple: uncovering companies of real worth beyond how they are valued by private investors. 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. It’s all well and good to get a $1 bill...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Apps, Education, Tech, Upgrade, SaaS, ARR, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Zeta Global, Extra Crunch, 100M ARR club, Snow Software


Chinese online learning app Zuoyebang raises $750M

Zuoyebang, a Beijing-headquartered startup that runs an online learning app, said on Monday it has raised $750 million in a new financing round as investors demonstrate their continued trust in — and focus on — Asia’s booming edtech market. U.S. investment firm Tiger Global and Hong Kong-based private equity firm FountainVest Partners led the six-year-old startup’s Series E financing round. Existing investors including SoftBank’s Vision Fund, Sequoia Capital China, Xiang He Capital, Qatar ...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Hong Kong, Education, China, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Beijing, Tencent, Qatar Investment Authority, Baidu, Tiger Global, Mary Meeker, Zuoyebang, Reuters


Indian startups diversify their businesses to offset COVID-19 induced losses

E-commerce giant Flipkart is planning to launch a hyperlocal service that would enable customers to buy items from local stores and have those delivered to them in an hour and a half or less. Yatra, an online travel and hotel ticketing service, is exploring a new business line altogether: Supplying office accessories. Flipkart and Yatra are not the only firms eyeing new business categories. Dozens of firms in the country have branched out by launching new services in recent weeks, in part to ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, Instagram, Education, Entertainment, India, Tech, Walmart, Zomato, Logistics, Mumbai, New Delhi, Flipkart


Indian edtech giant Byju’s in talks to acquire Doubtnut for more than $125M

Byju’s is in advanced stages of talks to acquire Doubtnut, a two-year-old education learning app, as the Indian edtech giant looks to expand its reach in smaller cities and towns in the world’s second largest internet market. Three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that the acquisition offer from nine-year-old Byju’s values the younger startup between $125 million to $150 million. The talks haven’t finalized yet and its terms could change or the deal could fall apart, the sources ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, New Delhi, Mary Meeker, TechCrunch, Byju, Sequoia Capital India, Byju's, Unacademy, India Byju


Mary Meeker’s Bond backs Indian online learning startup Byju’s

Indian online learning startup Byju’s has added one more high-profile name to the list of its backers: Bond. In a statement on Friday, Bangalore-based Byju’s said it had raised an undisclosed amount from the VC fund co-founded by Mary Meeker. The first-female founded VC firm’s check valued the nine-year-old Indian startup at $10.5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. TechCrunch reported early last month that Byju’s was in talks with some investors to raise as much as $400 mil...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, Qatar Investment Authority, New Delhi, Bond, Mary Meeker, Oyo, Byju, Byju's, Raveendran Byju


Zigazoo launches to be a ‘TikTok’ for kids, surpasses 100,000 uploads and downloads

Like many parents, Zigazoo founder Zak Ringelstein worries about his children’s screen time. His worries only grew when COVID-19 led to school shutdowns and kids came home to a world of remote learning. Now, as lockdowns extend, Ringelstein is learning to embrace screen time as a way to sneak education and entertainment into his kids’ digital diet. Ringelstein, the former founder of UClass (acquired in 2015), launched Zigazoo, which he describes as a “TikTok for kids.” Zigazoo is a free app wher...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Education, Youtube, Tech, New York Times, Michelle Obama, Vox, Edtech, American Federation Of Teachers, Zak Ringelstein, Ringelstein, Tiktok


Classplus raises $9M to grow its Shopify-like platform for teachers and coaching centers in India

An India-based startup that has built a Shopify -like platform for coaching centers to accept fees digitally from students, and deliver classes and study material online has received the nod — and capital — from a number of high-profile investors. The business-to-business startup, called Classplus, said on Monday that it has raised $9 million in its Series A financing round led by RTP Global, a prolific investor in early stage startups. Existing investors Blume Ventures, Sequoia Capital India’...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Narendra Modi, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Shopify, Blume Ventures, Kirill Kozhevnikov, RTP Global, Classplus, Mukul Rustagi, Rustagi


Google Play adds a ‘Teacher Approved’ section to its app store

Google today is making it easier for families to find quality educational apps with the addition of a new “Teacher Approved” section to Google Play. All apps found in this section are vetted by a panel of reviewers, including more than 200 teachers across the U.S., and meet Google’s existing requirements for its “Designed for Families” program. That program requires apps to meet government regulations around data collection and ad targeting, and also limits the types of ads that can be displayed...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, School, Kids, Families, Learning, Education, Parents, Children, Tech, Teachers, Georgetown University, Sandra Calvert, National Center for Education Statistics This


6 Apps to Get Into (Again) While You’re Stuck Inside

Forget social media for a second -- there are better ways to spend time on your phone.
Tags: Productivity, Apps, Fitness, College, College Life, Study Tips


Babbel makes its language learning app free for all US students

Babbel, the Berlin-based paid language learning app, today announced that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is making its service available for free to all K-12 and college students until the end of the term. Previously, the company offered a similar deal for students in Italy, the U.K., Germany, Spain and France. The service currently offers courses for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian and English. Student...
Tags: TC, Apps, Education, France, China, Germany, Berlin, US, Tech, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Duolingo, Babbel, Language Learning


10 Covid-busting designs: spray drones, fever helmets, anti-virus snoods

Companies the world over are directing their ingenuity at the fight against the coronavirus. Here are the front-runners, from sanitising robots to a 3D-printed hospital wardDesigners, engineers and programmers have heard the klaxon call. The last few weeks have seen a wave of ingenuity unleashed, with both garden-shed tinkerers and high-tech manufacturers scrambling to develop things that will combat the spread of Covid-19.Many of their innovations raise as many questions as they answer, though....
Tags: Apps, South Korea, Science, Design, Technology, Education, China, Research, UK News, World news, Culture, Architecture, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Art and design, Research and development


Facebook Messenger provides governments, agencies with free developer tools to combat Covid-19

Big tech has been making a huge effort to mobilize its power to help people work better together to battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — whether it’s creating search and information portals or making sure the most authoritative voices are surfacing above the noise, or gathering compute power to supercharge research efforts to find vaccines. Today, it is the turn of Facebook: the company announced a number of initiatives around Messenger, its messaging platform with 1.3 billion users, to hel...
Tags: Health, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Education, Developer, Messaging, Hack, Pakistan, Facebook Messenger, Argentina, Un, Hackathon


The best educational apps for Android and iOS

Looking to learn something new or fill in some gaps? Here are some great educational apps for Android and iOS.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Education, Trends, Best Of, Buying Guides, Tier 4


Torch & Everwise merge into affordable exec coaching for all

While companies might pay for a CEO coach, lower level employees often get stuck with lame skill-building worksheets or no mentorship at all. Not only does that limit their potential productivity, but it also makes them feel stagnated and undervalued, leading them to jump ship. Therapy…err…executive coaching is finally becoming destigmatized as entrepreneurs and their teams realize that everyone can’t be crushing it all the time. Building a business is hard. It’s okay to cry sometimes. But the b...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Post, Leadership, Enterprise, Education, Executive Coaching, Tech, Mental Health, Reddit, M&a, Talent, Garry Tan, Sequoia, Exit


On-demand tutoring app Snapask gets $35 million to expand in Southeast Asia

Snapask, an on-demand tutoring app, announced today that it has raised $35 million in Series B funding. Earmarked for the startup’s expansion in Southeast Asia, the round was led by Asia Partners and Intervest. Launched in Hong Kong five years ago, Snapask has now raised a total of $50 million and operates in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. Its other investors have included Kejora Ventures, Ondine Capital and SOSV Chinaccelerator (Snapask participated ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Education, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Malaysia, Vietnam, Tutoring, OCR


This Note-Taking App Is a Lifesaver For Staying Organized For Class

@cheyanne3378 Organized college life hack!! #college #collegehack #nursingschool #nursing #organized #notes #fyp #foryou #foryoupgae ♬ original sound - cheyannenicrenek Doing well in school usually boils down to one big thing: staying organized. Of course, organization doesn't come as easily to some as it does to others. TikTok user and nursing student @cheyanneicrenek introduced her followers to a genius app called GoodNotes, and there's a reason why her video has already racked up mo...
Tags: Apps, Organization, College, Religion, Cheyenne, Tiktok


Facebook backs Indian education startup Unacademy

Unacademy, one of India’s fastest growing education startups, has just received the backing of a major technology giant: Facebook. The social juggernaut has participated in the four-year-old Indian startup’s Series E financing round, sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. General Atlantic is leading the round, the size of which is about $100 million, the sources said. It wasn’t immediately clear to us exactly how big of a check Facebook has cut, but a source said it was under $2...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, General Atlantic, Ggv Capital, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Facebook India, Gaurav Munjal


Tinder founder funds sex tips app Lover

Want to spice up the bedroom without paying for pills or awkward visits to a sex therapist? A new app called Lover lets you take a sexual personality quiz, explore carnal knowledge tutorials, and discretely figure out which turn-ons you share with your partner. Built by board certified sexual medicine clinical psychologist Dr. Britney Blair, Lover launches today on iOS with $5 million in seed funding from Tinder founder Sean Rad and other investors. “It is strange that there are such taboos aro...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Europe, UK, Education, Tinder, Sean Rad, Sex, Stanford, Tech, Sex Education, Sexual health


India’s Vedantu scores $24M more for its online tutoring service

Vedantu, a Bangalore-based startup that operates a learning app aimed at students aged between 12 to 18, has secured an additional $24 million as part of its Series C financing round as it looks to serve more students and make its brand a household name. The fresh infusion to Series C, which Vedantu unveiled in August last year, was led by Chinese giant GGV Capital. Some existing investors also participated in the round. The $24 million extension broadens the five-year-old startup’s Series C ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ggv Capital, Krishna, Vamsi Krishna, Vedantu, MT Educare, GGV Capital Some, Lakshya Institute


ePharmacy Ro launches doc-approved WebMD rival Health Guide

‘Whatever your symptom, WebMD says you have cancer.’ It’s a long-running joke that underscores the distrust of perhaps the top source of medical advice, stemming from a confusing site clogged with ads that’s been criticized for questionable information and pushing pills from its sponsors. Health Guide is the new medical handbook for the internet where 30% of content is written by doctors and 100% is reviewed by them. On a single clean, coherent page for each condition, it lays out a tl;dr sum...
Tags: Health, Google, Doctor, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Education, Tech, Pfizer, Zero, Rory, Roman, WebMD, Nurx, Ro


Indian education startup Byju’s raises $200M from General Atlantic

Indian education startup Byju’s said on Friday that General Atlantic, an existing investor in the startup, has pumped additional money to join the new ongoing financing round. While the startup did not disclose the size of General Atlantic’s check, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that it had invested $200 million in the new round at a valuation of $8 billion. The announcement today comes weeks after Tiger Global committed to invest about $200 million in the nine-year-old sta...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, Tiger Global, General Atlantic, Byju, Byju's


Two-year-old Indian edtech startup Doubtnut raises $15M

Doubtnut, a Gurgaon-based startup that operates an app to help students learn and master concepts from math and science using short videos, has raised $15 million in a new financing round as it looks to serve more people in small cities and towns of the country. The financing round, Series A, was led by Chinese giant Tencent. Existing investors Omidyar Network India, AET, Japan and Ankit Nagori (founder of fitness startup Cure.Fit), and Sequoia Capital India also participated in the round,...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Whatsapp, Gurgaon, Omidyar Network, Gaurav Munjal, Sequoia Capital India, Unacademy, Tencent Existing, Omidyar Network India AET Japan, Doubtnut


Wikipedia now has more than 6 million articles in English

Wikipedia has surpassed a notable milestone today: The English version of the world’s largest online encyclopedia now has over six million articles. The feat, which comes roughly 19 years after the website was founded, is a testament of “what humans can do together,” said Ryan Merkley, Chief of Staff at Wikimedia, the non-profit organization that operates the omnipresent online encyclopedia. The 6 millionth article is about Maria Elise Turner Lauder, a 19th-century Canadian school teacher, tr...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, Science, Education, Wikipedia, Tech, Wikimedia, Jimmy Wales, Marie, Wikipedia Wikipedia, Lauder, Ryan Merkley, Maria Elise Turner Lauder, Rosie Stephenson, SimilarWeb Wikipedia


TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of safety failures and the abuse of power. Whether through malice, naivety, or greed, there was plenty of wrongdoing to sniff out. Led by our security expert Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch undertook more long-form in...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Security, Social, Startups, TC, Transportation, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Elon Musk, UK, Hardware, Education


Indian education startup Byju’s turns profitable

One of India’s biggest tech startups is no longer losing money. Education tech startup Byju’s on Tuesday posted a net profit of $2.8 million on revenue of $188.8 million in the financial year that ended in March this year. During the same period, Byju’s revenue increased to $208 million, from $73.2 million a year ago. The eight-year-old Bangalore-headquartered startup, which was valued at $5.75 billion in its previous financing round earlier this year, said it is on track to double its revenue t...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, Australia, India, Tech, New Zealand, Bangalore, Osmo, Mohit, Byju, Anita Kishore


Gradeup raises $7M to expand its online exam preparation platform to smaller Indian cities and towns

Gradeup, an edtech startup in India that operates an exam preparation platform for undergraduate and postgraduate level courses, has raised $7 million from Times Internet as it looks to expand its business in the country. Times Internet, a conglomerate in India, invested $7 million in Series A and $3 million in Seed financing rounds of the four-year-old Noida-based startup, it said. Times Internet is the only external investor in Gradeup, they said. Gradeup started as a community for students to...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Apps, Asia, Media, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Bangalore, Naspers, Times Internet, Satyan Gajwani, Reliance Jio, Noida, Vedantu


Microsoft accessibility grants go out to companies aiming to improve tech for people with disabilities

The tech world has a lot to offer those with disabilities, but it can be hard to get investors excited about the accessibility space. That’s why Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility grants are so welcome: equity-free Azure credits and cash for companies looking to adapt AI to the needs of those with disabilities. The company just announced ten more, including education for the blind startup ObjectiveEd. The grant program was started a while back with a $5 million, 5-year mission to pump a little mon...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Apps, Education, Microsoft, Toronto, Tech, Disability, Disabilities, Schultz, Schulz, City University of London, Marty Schultz, Mary Bellard, Bellard


Microsoft accessibility grants go out to companies aiming to improve tech for the disabled

The tech world has a lot to offer those with disabilities, but it can be hard to get investors excited about the accessibility space. That’s why Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility grants are so welcome: equity-free Azure credits and cash for companies looking to adapt AI to the needs of those with disabilities. The company just announced ten more, including education for the blind startup ObjectiveEd. The grant program was started a while back with a $5 million, 5-year mission to pump a little mon...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Apps, Education, Microsoft, Toronto, Tech, Disability, Disabilities, Schultz, Schulz, City University of London, Marty Schultz, Mary Bellard, Bellard



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