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Last day to snag early bird passes to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021

Don’t miss your chance to experience TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 — the startup world’s must-attend event of the season — for less than $100. Why not get the best ROI of your time while simultaneously learning about the latest industry trends and mining for opportunities that can take your startup to new levels of success? Disrupt takes place on September 21-23, but the early-bird deal expires today, July 30 at 11:59 pm (PT). Buy your Disrupt 2021 pass now and save. Let’s talk about what you’ll exper...
Tags: TC, Money, Finance, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Mining, United States, HashiCorp, TechStars, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Coinbase, TechCrunch, Duolingo, Mar Hershenson, Startup Company

Tenderly raises $15.3M to help Ethereum developers ship decentralized apps faster

Blockchain infrastructure startups are heating up as industry fervor brings more developers and users to a space that still feels extremely young despite a heavy institutional embrace of the crypto space in 2021. The latest crypto startup to court the attention of venture capitalists is Tenderly, which builds a developer platform for Ethereum devs to monitor and test the smart contracts that power their decentralized apps. Tenderly CEO Andrej Bencic tells TechCrunch his startup has closed a $15....
Tags: TC, Technology, Finance, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Cryptography, Serbia, Andreessen Horowitz, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Decentralization, Accel

Zuck Confirms Facebook's Smart Glasses Will Be Its Next Stab at Hardware

It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Facebook’s collaboration with Ray-Ban on a pair of augmented reality glasses. But in comments during an earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that no, he hasn’t forgotten about the device. It’ll actually be the company’s next hardware release.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Glasses, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Samsung, Articles, Eyewear, Augmented Reality, Razer, Science and Technology, Mixed Reality, Oppo

European Investment Fund puts $30M in Fabric Ventures’ new $130M digital assets fund

Despite their rich engineering talent, Blockchain entrepreneurs in the EU often struggle to find backing due to the dearth of large funds and investment expertise in the space. But a big move takes place at an EU level today, as the European Investment Fund makes a significant investment into a blockchain and digital assets venture fund. Fabric Ventures, a Luxembourg-based VC billed as backing the “Open Economy” has closed $130 million for its 2021 fund, $30 million of which is coming from the E...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, Technology, China, US, Articles, Tech, Eu, European Union, Mysql, Paypal, United States, Computing, European Commission, Rpx

European Investment Fund puts $30M in Fabric Ventures’ new $120M digital assets fund

Despite their rich engineering talent, Blockchain entrepreneurs in the EU often struggle to find backing due to the dearth of large funds and investment expertise in the space. But a big move takes place at an EU level today, as the European Investment Fund makes a significant investment into a blockchain and digital assets venture fund. Fabric Ventures, a Luxembourg-based VC billed as backing the “Open Economy” has closed $120 million for its 2021 fund, $30 million of which is coming from the E...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, Technology, China, US, Articles, Tech, Eu, European Union, Mysql, Paypal, United States, Computing, European Commission, Rpx

Ethereum Founder Donated $1 Billion to Fight Covid in India, but Only $20 Million Has Been Spent

The co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain, Vitalik Buterin, donated roughly $1 billion in a Shiba Inu-themed cryptocurrency to a covid-19 relief fund in India in May 2021. So far, according to Bloomberg, just $20 million or roughly 2% of the original commitment has made it to its donation.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, India, Narendra Modi, Articles, Bloomberg, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Science and Technology, Blockchain, Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, Vitalik Buterin, Cointelegraph, Shib, Sandeep Nailwal

BioNTech founder Uğur Şahin and Mayfield’s Ursheet Parikh are coming to Disrupt

It’s hard to argue that any technology company has had a greater impact in the past decade than BioNTech, the mRNA-based therapeutics pioneer behind the world’s most widely-used COVID-19 vaccine. Developed in record time in partnership with Pfizer, thanks to an existing partnership to work on immunization for the common flu, BioNTech’s mRNA inoculation is without a doubt one of the biggest medical innovations of the past century. BioNTech co-founder and CEO Uğur Şahin isn’t stopping there, of co...
Tags: TC, Technology, Hiv, Articles, Events, Tech, Ceo, Medical Research, Dropbox, Seth Rogen, Illness, Pfizer, Cloudflare, Malaria, Coinbase, Life Sciences

Dan Olsen leads a product-market fit masterclass for the Startup Alley+ cohort

Yes Virginia, there are advantages to exhibiting in (the sold-out) Startup Alley at TC Disrupt 2021 . Out of all the early-stage startups ready to exhibit on September 21-23, Team TechCrunch hand-picked 50 to form the Startup Alley+ cohort. Startup Alley+ is a VIP experience designed to help founders grow their business and increase their opportunities right now in the run-up to Disrupt. Hold up: Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and network with all the innovative startups you’ll f...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Uber, Business, Entrepreneurship, Virginia, Articles, Tech, Walmart, Author, Economy, Box, Dan Olsen, TechCrunch, Startup Company, Startup Alley

German startup Aleph Alpha raises $27M Series A round to build ‘Europe’s OpenAI’

With Microsoft now being an investor in OpenAI the field now more open for new insurgents into the open-source AI arena. Now a German company hopes to take on the next AI mantle and produce something akin to the success of the GPT-3 AI model. German AI startup Aleph Alpha has now raised €23 million / $27 million in a Series A funding co-led by Earlybird VC, Lakestar, and UVC Partners. Following a seed round of €5.3 million from LEA Partners, 468 Capital, and Cavalry Ventures in November 2020, Al...
Tags: TC, Europe, Microsoft, Germany, US, Articles, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Api, Jonas, Lakestar, Openai, Samuel

Peppy, a B2B health platform for menopause, fertility, raises $10M Series A led by Felix Capital

When it comes to health issues like menopause, fertility, pregnancy, and even early parenthood, the data tells us that people typically turn to search engines and social media for advice to ask about symptoms or concerns they have. They tend not to go to a medical practitioner, in the first instance. The suggestion, therefore, is that there is plenty of room for startups to fill that gap This is effectively the verticalisation of the model first pioneered by startups like KRY, Babylon Health, an...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Technology, London, Articles, Social Media, Tech, NHS, United Kingdom, BNP Paribas, Reproductive Health, Menopause, Telemedicine, Felix Capital, Pepe

Court orders US Capitol rioter to unlock his laptop ‘with his face’

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered a man accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6 to unlock his laptop “with his face” after prosecutors argued that the laptop likely contains video footage that would incriminate him in the attempted insurrection. Guy Reffitt was arrested in late January, three weeks after he participated in the riot, and has been in jail since. He has pleaded not guilty to five federal charges, including bringing a firearm to the Capitol grou...
Tags: Security, Politics, Law, Washington, Articles, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, United States, Washington Dc, Password, New Jersey, Lawyer, Laptops, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U S Supreme Court

Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies

Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a new carve-out in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to hold platforms liable for algorithmically-promoted health misinformation and conspiracies. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Medicine, Congress, White House, Articles, Social Media, Tech, President, Reddit, Vaccination, Amy Klobuchar, Department Of Justice, Biden, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission

An Autonomous Drone Just Beat a Professional Racing Pilot for the First Time

Unlike auto racing, in drone racing the pilots aren’t subjected to debilitating G-forces, which means the races can take place at impossibly fast speeds. So fast, in fact, that autonomous drones have always lagged behind those piloted by humans who benefit from split-second reflexes. But that’s no longer the case.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Articles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drone, Robotics, Nascar, Science and Technology, Embedded Systems, Drone Racing, Emerging Technologies, Avionics, Autonomous Aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

UK’s Mindtech raises $3.25M from In-Q-Tel, among others, to train CCTV cameras on synthetic humans

Imagine a world where no one’s privacy is breached, no faces are scanned into a gargantuan database, and no privacy laws are broken. This is a world that is fast approaching. Could companies simply dump the need for real-world CCTV footage, and switch to synthetic humans, acting out potential scenarios a million times over? That’s the tantalizing prospect of a new UK startup that has attracted funding from an influential set of investors. UK-based Mindtech Global has developed what it describes ...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Technology, London, Virginia, US, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Machine Learning, Cctv

Tune in today to watch Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) Global Finals

It’s not too late to enjoy an epic pitch-off of global proportion. The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) Global Finals start today, July 22 at 9:00 am (PT). Register here for free, get instant access and tune in to see seven phenomenal startups — each one tackling some of the world’s most daunting social and environmental challenges. The day also includes a keynote address from Beth Bechdol, the deputy director-general, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and five panel dis...
Tags: TC, Climate Change, Articles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United Nations, Musicians, FAO, Agtech, Harman International, Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, XTC, Bill Tai, Charles River Ventures, Beth Bechdol, Managing Partner

Percent raises $5M, aiming to become the ‘Stripe for donations’ to good causes

What with the planet collapsing and democracy under constant attack from all quarters – you know, just the usual – one or two members of the global population have, idly or not, wondered if the private sector might want to step up? I mean, as well as shooting billionaires into space. At the same time, even! Luckily, many businesses want to do better. But there are one or two hurdles. Incorporating “purpose” into their digital offering, such as donating to a non-profit at the end of a moving docu...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Australia, US, Articles, Tech, Ceo, United States, Magazines, United Kingdom, Api, David Attenborough, Streaming Services, Nationwide Building Society, Managing Partner

Despite Spread of Infectious Delta Variant, Amazon to Stop Testing Warehouse Workers

The coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. must be over because otherwise, Amazon’s decision to end free testing for warehouse workers might seem rather reckless.Read more...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Articles, Vaccination, Mayo Clinic, Pandemics, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Scott Gottlieb, Rochelle Walensky, Contemporary history, Covid 19 Pandemic In The United Kingdom, Covid 19 Pandemic

NFT market OpenSea hits $1.5 billion valuation

It’s been a wild 2021 for NFT auction marketplace OpenSea. The startup was exceedingly well-positioned in a niche space when NFTs exploded earlier this year seemingly out of nowhere. Since then, the startup has found its user base expanding, the total volume of sales skyrocketing and more investor dollars being thrown at them. The startup announced in March, it had closed a $23 million Series A, and now some four months later, the company tells TechCrunch it has raised another $100 million in a ...
Tags: TC, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Andreessen Horowitz, Ashton Kutcher, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Decentralization, Kevin Durant, NFT, Michael Ovitz, Tezos

Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou is coming to Disrupt

If you spent any time this year desperately trying to figure out what the heck NFTs are, you probably have Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou to thank for that. His startup’s crypto trading card marketplace NBA Top Shot went viral earlier this year with users dropping hundreds of millions of dollars on digital NBA collectibles. At the end of last year, the Top Shot platform was averaging around $20K-30K in digital collectibles sales volume per day. By late February, the platform hit an all-time-h...
Tags: Startups, TC, Articles, Events, Tech, Ceo, Nba, National Basketball Association, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Ethereum, Decentralization, NFT, NFTS, Dapper, Joseph Lubin

An insurtech startup exposed thousands of sensitive insurance applications

A security lapse at insurance technology company BackNine exposed hundreds of thousands of insurance applications after one of its cloud servers was left unprotected on the internet. BackNine might be a company you’re not familiar with, but it might have processed your personal information if you applied for insurance in the past few years. The California-based company builds back-office software to help bigger insurance carriers sell and maintain life and disability insurance policies. It also ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Security, MetroMile, Technology, California, Cloud Computing, US, Articles, America, Insurance, Tech, Social Security, Computing, Vice President, Prudential

FlyMachine raises $21 million to build a virtual concerts platform for a post-pandemic world

As concerts and live events return to the physical world stateside, many in the tech industry have wondered whether some of the pandemic-era opportunities around virtualizing these events are lost for the time being. San Francisco-based FlyMachine is aiming to seek out the holy grail of the digital music industry, finding a way to capture some of the magic of live concerts and performances in a live-streamed setting. The startup hopes that pandemic era consumer habits around video chat socializa...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Entrepreneurship, New York City, Articles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Pandora, United States, Concert, Nashville, Seattle, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems

Exhibit your startup at TC Sessions: SaaS 2021

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is hardly new, but this sector — pretty much the default business model for B2B and B2C startups — just keeps growing along with a rapidly expanding ecosystem. TC Sessions: SaaS 2021, a day-long focused look at the current state and future generations of SaaS, takes place on October 27, and it’s designed to help startup founders, investors and developers keep tabs on this increasingly sophisticated industry. It also provides a huge opportunity for startups to demo th...
Tags: TC, Articles, Tech, B2C, Software, Volvo, TechCrunch, Software As A Service, Startup Company, Business Models, Volvo Cars, Casey Aylward, Sarah Guo, As-a-service, TC Sessions: SaaS 2021, Rachael Wilcox Wilcox

Google CEO Still Insists AI Revolution Bigger Than Invention of Fire

The artificial intelligence revolution is poised to be more “profound” than the invention of electricity, the internet, and even fire, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who made the comments to BBC media editor Amol Rajan in a podcast interview that first went live on .Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Articles, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Chrome Os, Ai, Amol Rajan, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Alphabet Inc, Artificial General Intelligence, Computational Neuroscience, Academic Disciplines, Philosophy Of Artificial Intelligence

Nas Academy raises $11 million to help creators build their own MasterClass-like courses

Investors are buying into a creator-led future, and Nas Academy wants to turn that creator influence into a broad network of “virtual universities.” The Singapore startup is building out a platform for creators to monetize their knowledge, giving them the tools to create their own classes and academies that fans can attend online. The platform is founded and led by Nuseir Yassin, a video blogger and influencer whose Nas Daily social media accounts boast tens of millions of followers across platf...
Tags: TC, Finance, Singapore, Articles, Social Media, Tech, Economy, Online Courses, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Patreon, TechCrunch, Startup Company, Yassin, Balaji Srinivasan, Nas Daily, Nuseir Yassin

Mighty Buildings lands $22M to create ‘sustainable and affordable’ 3D-printed homes

Oakland-based Mighty Buildings , which is on a quest to build homes using 3D printing, robotics and automation, has raised a $22 million extension to its Series B round of funding. The additional capital builds upon a $40 million a raise the company announced earlier this year, bringing its total funding since its 2017 inception to $100 million. Mighty Building’s self-proclaimed mission is to create “beautiful, sustainable and affordable” homes. The company claims to be able to 3D p...
Tags: Energy, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Real Estate, Funding, Articles, Startup, Tech, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 3d Printing, Venture Capital, Environmentalism, Recycling, Oakland

Ramp adds merchant ‘blocking’ to corporate credit card

Ask any employee and they’ll tell you one of their least favorite things to do is file expenses. And for companies, the process of managing corporate spend is one of their biggest challenges. Corporate credit cards help ease that pain, so it’s no surprise that the competition between startups in the space is heating up by the day.  One of the fastest growing players in the space is Ramp, a fintech company that earlier this year secured a $150 million debt facility with Goldman Sachs after h...
Tags: Credit Cards, TC, New York, Money, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Articles, Startup, Tech, Economy, Goldman Sachs, Payments, Fintech, Startup Company, Business Models

Cutting out carbon emitters with bioengineering at XTC Global Finals on July 22

Bioengineering may soon provide compelling, low-carbon alternatives in industries where even the best methods produce significant emissions. Utilizing natural and engineered biological process has led to low-carbon textiles from Algiknit, cell-cultured premium meats from Orbillion, and fuels captured from waste emissions via LanzaTech — and leaders from those companies will be joining us on stage for the Extreme Tech Challenge Global Finals on July 22. We’re co-hosting the event, with panels lik...
Tags: Meat, TC, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Manufacturing, Carbon Footprint, LanzaTech, Biotechnology, Jennifer Holmgren, Bioengineering, Cultured Meat, Alternative Protein, AlgiKnit, Orbillion Bio

MSCHF drops tiny action figures of your favorite failed startup hardware

Hardware is hard. You can browse the archives of this site and come up with dozens of bold attempts to make new consumer electronics gadgets work — some of them very close to home . But, like all startups, most hardware companies run into the hard core grind of turning atoms into something worth buying.  To commemorate the hardness of hardware, idea factory/art house MSCHF is releasing a set of 5 that you can buy for $39.99 each or $159.99 for the set. It bills these as ‘iconic failed ...
Tags: TC, Hardware, California, Articles, Supply Chain, Tech, Companies, Theranos, Jibo, Startup Company, Coolest Cooler, Juicero, Mschf, Consumer Hardware

Here's What's in Joe Biden's Sweeping Executive Order on Competition in Big Tech

On Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aiming to encourage competition in the economy—specifically targeting some business practices popular with massive tech firms.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Publishing, Science, Microsoft, Articles, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Competition, Netflix, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Retailers, Department Of Justice, Wall Street Journal

Frontier launches with $2.8M round by NFX, to let low-skilled job candidates book their own interview

Frontier, which bills itself as a “new kind of vertically-integrated jobs marketplace” launches today with a $2.8M investment round led by NFX in the US, and backed by London’s firstminute Capital, FJ Labs, Cyan Banister, Ilkka Pannanen, Alex Bouaziz, Liquid 2 and several other funds and angels. Frontier’s schtick is that it pre-tests applicants, weeds out the best candidates, and then allows them to directly book interviews with the employers, thus saving time and money in the hiring process. B...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, US, Employment, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Recruitment, Burger King, Frontier, Elliot, Cyan-banister, Pete Flint

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