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The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1

Electric vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers, and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from presitigious startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. But with over 200 startups presenting across 2 stages and 2 days, it’s tough to keep track. You can check out our write-ups of all 85 startups that launched on Demo Day 1 here, and come back later for our full index and picks from Day 2. B...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Hardware, Enterprise, Education, Microsoft, Developer, Navy, US, Tech, Air Force, EVs


This YC-backed startup preps Chinese students for US data jobs

In recent years, data analysts have gone from optional to a career that holds great promise, but demand for quantitative skills applied in business decisions has raced ahead of supply as college curriculum often lags behind the fast-changing workplace. CareerTu, a New York-based startup launched by a former marketing manager at Amazon, aims to close that talent gap. Think of it as Codecademy for digital marketing, data analytics, product design and a whole lot of other jobs that ask one to spot ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Y Combinator, Asia, New York, Education, China, US, Tech, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Mountain View, Social Network, Shopify


WI Watchlist: Foxconn Fund, UW Accelerator, MSOE A.I. Hall & More

It’s time to catch up on Wisconsin innovation news:—Jason Franklin will manage the Wisconn Valley Venture Fund, a $100 million fund formed last August by Foxconn Technology Group and three leading Wisconsin businesses and organizations: Advocate Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual, and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI). Foxconn, a Taiwanese manufacturing giant, has said it’s building a massive (and controversial) electronics factory in southeastern Wisconsin.Franklin is a University of Wisconsin-Madi...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Education, Trends, Tech, It, Vc, Software, Healthcare, Nvidia, Wisconsin, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Cleantech, Foxconn, Life Sciences


Newsela raises $50M to expand a content repository for K-12 learning that replaces traditional textbooks

As schools continue to look for new ways to cut costs while at the same time reboot their curriculum to better tap new innovations and improve understandings of how children learn, e-learning startups are attracting attention, both from educators and the VCs that fund them to fuel growth. In the latest development, Newsela — which has created a platform that packages together different third-party content like primary-source documents, news articles and more to help teachers and students learn a...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Education, Microsoft, Gross, India, Funding, US, Tech, Netflix, Tencent, General Atlantic, Pearson, Kleiner Perkins, E-learning


Funerals are tough. Ever Loved helps you pay for them

Alison Johnston didn’t plan to build a startup around death. An early employee at Q&A app Aardvark that was bought by Google, she’d founded tutoring app InstaEDU and sold it to Chegg. She made mass market consumer products. But then, “I had a family member who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I thought about how she’d be remembered” she recalls. Inventing the next big social app suddenly felt less consequential. “ I started looking into the funeral industry and discovered that there w...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Education, Funerals, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Payments, Memorial, Social Capital


Who are the next billion users and what do they want?

Entrepreneurs and tech executives are widening their gazes outside of developed nations for their next source of growth. Ubiquitous cheap phones and increasingly affordable phone plans such as Jio in India are helping another billion users join the internet. What do those users want though, and how are they the same and different than existing internet users? That’s the subject of a critical book by Payal Arora, entitled The Next Billion Users: Digital Life Beyond the West. The compact thesis en...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Europe, New York, Education, California, Government, India, Tech, Infrastructure, West, Netherlands, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Detroit, Wall


Three imperatives for educators to get more women in tech

Melissa Kaufman Contributor Melissa Kaufman is the executive director of The Garage at Northwestern. She is a former Googler, startup veteran and entrepreneur. She is a committee member of ChicagoNEXT, a member of P33 and a venture partner at Chicago Ventures. Women in tech. In addition to turning up nearly two billion Google search results, those three words are music to the ears of every informed CEO or human resources manager across the U.S. And while most e...
Tags: Google, Column, Education, Tech, Diversity, Chicago, Dartmouth, Whitney Wolfe, Women In Tech, Gender Gap, Society of Women Engineers, Melissa Kaufman, Chicago Ventures Women, Lilia Kogan


Intel Reveals Ideas on Promoting AI in U.S. as Chinese Growth Looms

Even as the executive order President Trump issued last month on artificial intelligence furthered the conversation about a developing national strategy for the sector, it was met with certain criticism. A common complaint was that the plan won’t implement itself.“The administration’s American AI Initiative includes all of the right elements; the critical test will be to see if they follow through in a vigorous manner,” Jason Furman, who helped compile a report on AI for the Obama administratio...
Tags: Startups, Technology, Education, Obama, Climate Change, President Obama, Government, Immigration, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends, Startup, Tech, Legislation, Intel, IP


Salesforce releases myTrailhead, a customizable training platform

Salesforce has been using the notion of trailblazers as a learning metaphor for several years, since it created a platform to teach customers Salesforce skills called Trailhead. Today, the company announced the availability of myTrailhead, a similar platform that enables company to create branded, fully-customizable training materials based on the Trailhead approach. It’s worth noting that the company originally announced this idea at Dreamforce in November, 2017, and after testing it on 1...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Education, Training, Tech, Salesforce, Online Learning, Dreamforce, Trailhead, myTrailhead


Ex-Google CEO: New MIT College Could Help Shrink A.I. Talent Gap

Eric Schmidt believes we’re entering an era where artificial intelligence will underpin most facets of human life. But we don’t yet have enough people with the right skills to build that future.Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and former executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL), argues that the A.I. talent shortage is the most pressing challenge facing the industry today. Estimates of the current global number of skilled A.I. researchers and professionals differ, rangi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Jobs, Talent Gap, Education, Boston, Trends, Tech, It, People, Mit, Software, Machine Learning, Talent


ClassDojo, an app to help teachers and parents communicate better, raises $35M

Messaging apps have become the de facto way that many people today keep in regular contact with each other, and that trend has also found its way into the classroom. ClassDojo, a startup that has built a platform for teachers and parents to communicate small and big updates to each other, today is announcing that it has raised $35 million in funding. The Series C — which is  being jointly led by GSV (behind Spotify, Lyft, Dropbox) and SignalFire (which has backed Grammarly, Zume, Lime), and also...
Tags: Social, Apps, UK, Education, Microsoft, US, Tech, Uae, Cto, Dom, Lynda, Chaudhary, ClassDojo, GSV, Hemant Taneja, Spotify Lyft Dropbox


Online learning startup Skill-Lync promises India’s mechanical engineers a job, or their money back

You might hear stories that TechCrunch favors venture-backed companies, or will only write about startups that have raised from certain VCs. Well, I can tell you that is totally untrue. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Speaking for myself, I really enjoy talking to successful bootstrapped companies. Raising money can be a validation, but it certainly isn’t a measure of success in itself… with more money comes increased responsibilities. That’s an unusual preamble, but it sets the ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Education, Youtube, India, Articles, Tech, United States, Lync, Online Education, Startup Company, Osmo, Iyengar, Topper


Sebastian Thrun initiates aggressive plan to transform Udacity

“I’m a fighter.  I believe in our people, I believe in our mission, and I believe that it should exist and must exist.” Sebastian Thrun is talking animatedly about Udacity, the $1 billion online education startup that he co-founded nearly eight years ago. His tone is buoyant and hopeful. He’s encouraged, he says over an occasionally crackly phone call, about the progress the company has made in such a short time. There’s even a new interim COO, former HP and GE executive Lalit Singh, who ...
Tags: Google, TC, Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Ge, Education, China, Tech, CMO, Hp, Banking, X, Canada, Middle East, North America


Amazon to fund computer science courses in over 1,000 US high schools

Amazon’s recent investments in NYC educational initiatives will continue, despite the company pulling its HQ2 plans for the area. But the company isn’t stopping there. Today, Amazon announced it will bring computer science courses to more than 1,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The classes, which are funded through Amazon’s Future Engineer program, will reach tens of thousands of students nationwide. The Future Engineer program’s goal is to bring computer scienc...
Tags: Amazon, Students, Education, US, Tech, District Of Columbia, Classes, Bureau of Labor, Today Amazon, Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer Amazon, Edhesive, Computer Science and AP Computer Science


Software Startup Portfolium Acquired by Salt Lake City’s Instructure

The software of Portfolium, a San Diego startup that hosts online portfolios for students trying to showcase their achievements to potential employers, is set to join the portfolio of Utah educational software company Instructure.Instructure (NYSE: INST) has agreed to acquire privately held Portfolium. No financial terms of the deal, which was announced Tuesday, were disclosed.Founded in 2014 by CEO Adam Markowitz, Portfolium sells academic institutions access to what it calls its ePortfolio ne...
Tags: Deals, Utah, Education, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, Tech, Higher Education, SaaS, Venture Capital, San Diego, M&a, Salt Lake City, Bridge, Merger, Financing


Invest in AI’s ethical future

Kriti Sharma Contributor Kriti Sharma is the vice president of AI and Ethics at Sage Group, based in the United Kingdom. Kriti was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017 and the inaugural Recode 100 list of influencers in Technology, Business and Media. I spent a recent Saturday morning talking to a group of grade school kids about artificial intelligence. Many of them had never coded before, let alone heard of AI. During the session, one exercise required...
Tags: Google, TC, Column, Education, Linkedin, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Industry, Infosys, Forbes, Sage Group, Kriti Sharma Contributor Kriti Sharma, United Kingdom Kriti


China tells teachers to quit assigning homework through WeChat

China’s education authorities are about to take some burden off parents with school-aged children. A proposal posted last week by the Department of Education in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang said teachers should be banned from using WeChat, QQ or other mobile apps to assign homework or ask parents to grade students’ assignments. As mobile internet booms in China, phones have become an extension of daily activities, including school practices. Instead of announcing homework in class or han...
Tags: Asia, Learning, Education, China, Tech, Software, Beijing, Tencent, WeChat, Homework, Shenzhen, Zuoyebang, Department Of Education, Zhejiang, NetEase, Ministry of Education


Amazon’s NYC educational investments will continue, despite cancellation of New York HQ2

Amazon’s plans to invest in New York area engineering training programs and other local educational initiatives are not being canceled, despite Amazon’s announcement today that it will no longer open one of its HQ2 locations in New York City. The retailer decided to end its plans for the New York headquarters after significant backlash from local politicians and citizens alike who, as Amazon put it, “have made it clear that they oppose our presence.” The deal Amazon had brokered with New York po...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Education, Cloud Computing, New York City, Tech, Queens, Aws, Nashville, Staten Island, East Coast, Northern Virginia, Advanced Placement AP, Brooklyn Manhattan, City University of New York CUNY, Specifically Amazon


Hired buys Y Combinator grad Py, launches assessment tool

To better measure aptitude of applicants, online career marketplace Hired has acquired Py, which helps companies like Opendoor and Niantic identify talent with app-based interactive courses on Python, iOS development and more. As part of the deal, Hired will launch a new feature called Hired Assessments, leveraging tools from the Py platform, as well as a tiered subscription model. The base-level package, called Hired Essential, will provide enhanced search functionality, tools to help ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Education, San Francisco, Tech, Yale, Grant, Hiring, Dorm Room Fund, Hired, Comcast Ventures, Lo, Niantic, Allan Grant


NYC launches partnership network, “The Grid”, to help grow urban tech ecosystem

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and  CIV:LAB – a nonprofit dedicated to connecting urban tech leaders – have announced the launch of The Grid, a member-based partnership network for New York’s urban tech community. The goal of the network is to link organizations, academia and local tech leaders, in order to promote collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and resources. In addition to connecting member companies and talent, The Grid will host various events, e...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Internet Of Things, Accelerator, Real Estate, New York, Networking, Education, NYC, Finance, Government, New York City, Samsung, Tech, Policy


Microsoft acquires DataSense management from BrightBytes to step up its education play in Azure

One of Microsoft’s oldest and biggest verticals for its Azure cloud business has been education, and today it announced an acquisition that it hopes will help it deepen its reach: it has acquired DataSense — a data management platform that can be used to collect, integrate and report information from across a range of online education applications and services — from an educational technology company called BrightBytes, to integrate the functionality into Azure. DataSense is a master platform th...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Cloud, Education, Microsoft, US, San Francisco, Tech, Insight Venture Partners, Atlanta Georgia, BrightBytes, Bessemer Learn Capital and Rethink Education, Andy Pechacke, Traci Burgess, GM of Education Strategy and Platforms, Steve Liffick


LittleBits lays off employees as it shifts focus toward education

New York City open-source maker startup LittleBits began to lay off staff last month, TechCrunch has learned. The loss of jobs comes as the company looks to shift more focus toward the K-12 market. Education-specific offerings have been lucrative for the company in its eight-year existence, but recent products have found the company embracing licensed products, courtesy of its involvement with Disney’s hardware accelerator. LittleBits confirmed the layoffs as part of an internal restructu...
Tags: Layoffs, Education, New York City, Disney, Tech, Littlebits, Sphero, Personnel, DIY Co


Want Better Tech Employees? Give Students More Data, Educators Say

San Antonio—Developers, analysts, and data scientists: Every tech company needs them, particularly in hot areas like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that computer and IT jobs would grow 13 percent by 2026 from 2016, which is faster than the average of all occupations.Even though there’s demand for workers, educators say the companies that need them are holding back something that would help universities and coding schools train potential employee...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Texas, Technology, Education, Developer, Trends, Training, Startup, Tech, Research, Data, It, Computer, Cybersecurity


WashU announces donation from Square co-founder to grow engineering school

Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) announced today that its engineering school received its largest single donation in history. The donation was offered by Square co-founder and WashU alumni Jim McKelvey, for whom the school will be renamed, from the School of Engineering & Applied Science to The James McKelvey School of Engineering. WashU did not disclose the donated amount and historically does not disclose financial information. McKelvey has deep ties to his alma mater. McKelvey’...
Tags: TC, Science, Education, Finance, Funding, Stem, Tech, Engineering, Square, Universities, Computer Science, St Louis, Philanthropy, Jim Mckelvey, Valley, McKelvey


Investing, Real Estate, In-Game Ads: Sputnik ATX’s Third Accelerator

Austin—Startup accelerator Sputnik ATX has a picked five startup companies for its newest program, the third Sputnik has run. That includes software makers and entrepreneurs focused on investing, commercial real estate, advertising for gaming, and building websites.Founded in 2017, Sputnik ATX runs two programs annually, selecting a group of five startups that are seeking help with product development, mentorship, sales, and more. The accelerator gives each selected startup $100,000 to particip...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Technology, College, Retirement, Finance, Advertising, Employment, Sales, Trends, Startup, Tech, Investment, Website, App


Amazon partners with New York colleges on a cloud computing job training program

A day after Amazon detailed plans to fund computer science classes in New York area high schools, in an effort to expand its tech pipeline for its new HQ2 location in Queens, the company this morning announced a second educational initiative that sees it teaming up with New York City and state colleges. Amazon says it will work with LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), the City University of New York (CUNY), and the State University of New York (SUNY) to create a cloud computing certificate prog...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Education, College, Cloud Computing, New York City, Tech, Williams, Queens, Aws, SUNY, CUNY, City University of New York CUNY, State University of New York SUNY, HQ2, New York Department of Labor


Apple unveils new in-store sessions covering photography, Garage Band, health and more

Apple is launching 58 new Today at Apple sessions to beef up its in-store education offerings for people who want to explore Apple’s products. The sessions, which cover video, photography, accessibility, coding, music, health and more, are free to attend and available at all of Apple’s retail stores across the world. For the unveiling, Apple brought a group of reporters to its Apple Park campus in Cupertino last week. Throughout the day, Apple took us through sample Today at Apple sessions ac...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gadgets, Education, Tech, Retail, Cupertino, Angela Ahrendts, Ahrendts, Apple SVP, Labs, Apple Park, Karl Heiselman


Amazon to fund computer science classes in over 130 NYC high schools

Following Amazon’s decision to set up one of its new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, the company announced this morning a plan to fund computer science classes in over 130 New York City area high schools. Specifically, Amazon will fund both introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes across all five NYC boroughs, including over 30 schools in Queens, near its new headquarters. The courses will be supported by the Amazon Future Engineer program, whose stated goal is to bring over...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, New York, Education, NYC, New York City, Tech, Engineering, Queens, Schools, Arlington VA, Advanced Placement AP, Long Island City Queens, Specifically Amazon, Instead Amazon, HQ2


YC-backed Our World in Data wants you to know what’s changing about the planet

News is exhausting. Mexican murders are sky-high. Ebola is ravaging the eastern Congo. China is erasing an entire culture of Islam from its Western hinterlands. That news — negative and intense though it is — can easily occlude the many positive, longer term stories that are fundamental drivers of the world. Africa is reaching new levels of prosperity. Violence around the world is in retreat. Famine is down, a lot. These trends are present, but getting high-quality data around them and correctly...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Media, Education, France, Africa, Tech, Bloomberg, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Non-profit, University of Edinburgh, YCombinator, Yc, Eric Eldon


YC-backed Our World in Data wants you to know that the planet is doing okay

News is exhausting. Mexican murders are sky-high. Ebola is ravaging the eastern Congo. China is erasing an entire culture of Islam from its Western hinterlands. That news — negative and intense though it is — can easily occlude the many positive, longer term stories that are fundamental drivers of the world. Africa is reaching new levels of prosperity. Violence around the world is in retreat. Famine is down, a lot. These trends are present, but getting high-quality data around them and correctly...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Media, Education, France, Africa, Tech, Bloomberg, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Non-profit, University of Edinburgh, YCombinator, Yc, Eric Eldon



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