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Firms backed by Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Gates have funded an electric motor company that slashes energy consumption

Sometimes the smallest innovations can have the biggest impacts on the world’s efforts to stop global climate change. Arguably, one of the biggest contributors in the fight against climate change to date has been the switch to the humble LED light, which has slashed hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions simply by reducing energy consumption in buildings. And now firms backed by Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Gates are joining investors like Amazon and iPod inventor Tony Fadell to ...
Tags: Amazon, Energy, TC, Real Estate, Robert Downey Jr, California, China, US, Articles, Tech, Ipod, United States, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Paris, Bill Gates, Computing

Maestro nets $15 million for its interactive commerce, community and engagement tools for livestreams

Making money on livestreams has never been easier thanks to a suite of tools from the Los Angeles-based startup Maestro, which just nabbed $15 million in financing to grow its business. As video commerce becomes the norm and entertainers, brands, businesses, and franchises of all sizes and stripes look to cut out the middle man, the array of services on offer from Maestro may be the scissors these entities need to cut the cord. The company has already worked with names as diverse as the Golden S...
Tags: TC, Technology, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Website, Companies, United States, Katy Perry, Sony, Musicians, Evans, Louisiana, Twitch, Sony Music Entertainment, Shopify

Offering a service that prioritizes the highest-paying gigs in the gig economy, Stoovo raises funding

Semih Korkmaz and Hantz Févry launched Stoovo in 2019 as a way to help gig workers make the best use of their time. Févry, who immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti, knew first hand the struggles that come with part time work from his days as a student at Stonybrook University. While there bouncing from job to job, Févry would feel the sting associated with hidden fees, unkept promises, and variability of part-time labor. The time at Stonybrook was also when Févry got his first taste of entrepreneur...
Tags: Google, TC, Uber, Hong Kong, Europe, Employment, Articles, Tech, Banking, Economy, University, United States, Seattle, 500 Startups, Haiti, Gig

Atlanta startups have another venture fund to tap as Silicon Road Ventures closes on $31 million

Atlanta startups can now add another name to their rolodexes of venture firms operating out of the Big Peach with the close of Silicon Road Ventures new $31 million fund. Silicon Road invests across the U.S. from its base in Atlanta, the firm said with a focus on e-commerce, retail, and consumer packaged goods. The firm said it’s focused on in-store retail and technology for shoppers, the multi-channel commerce world, supply chain and logistics technologies and financial technologies and payment...
Tags: TC, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Tech, Atlanta, Walmart, Supermarkets, E-commerce, United States, Retail, Private Equity, Napa, Retailers, Startup Company, Macy

Has a startup finally found one of food science’s holy grails with its healthy sugar substitute?

A little less than three years ago at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View, Calif. the founders of a young company hailing from Cambridge, England addressed a crowd of celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs at Y Combinator’s August Demo Day promising a revolution in food science. Over the years, the event has become a relatively low-tech, low-budget showcase for a group of tech investors and billionaire industry insiders to take a look at early stage businesses that could be their next...
Tags: Food, TC, Y Combinator, Europe, Chef, New York, Colorado, California, China, India, New York City, Tech, European Union, Taiwan, United States, United Kingdom

Everdrop raises $21.8m Series A round led by Felix Capital for its dissolvable cleaning tablet

It’s almost too simple. You get a tablet made of household chemicals that can be dissolved in water which can become a cleaning spray for the kitchen, glass and bathroom, with no need to ship the water it is dissolved into because it literally comes out of your tap. That was the premise of Munich-based startup everdrop and it’s been a hit not just with consumers, but also with investors. It’s now raised an €18m ($21.8m) Series A funding round led by Felix Capital, with participation from HV Capi...
Tags: Cleaning, TC, Europe, US, Tech, Chemistry, Munich, United States, Laundry, Dishwasher, Honest Company, Felix Capital, Lowe, David Lowe, D2C, David Fischer

Kleeen raises $3.8M to make front-end design for business applications easy

Building a front-end for business applications is often a matter of reinventing the wheel, but because every business’ needs are slightly different, it’s also hard to automate. Kleeen is the latest startup to attempt this, with a focus on building the user interface and experience for today’s data-centric applications. The service, which was founded by a team that previously ran a UI/UX studio in the Bay Area, uses a wizard-like interface to build the routine elements of the app and frees a comp...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Software, President, SaaS, App-store, Business Intelligence, Switch, Operating Systems, Mobile App, Bay Area, NeoTribe Ventures, Co-founder, Matt Fox

Maple launches with $3.5 million in funding to become the SaaS backoffice for the family

Much of our daily lives have been transformed in one way or another by technology – and often through intentional efforts to innovate thanks to the advent of new technology. Now more than ever, we rely on shared collaboration platforms and digital workspaces in our professional lives, and yet most of the changes wrought by tech on our home and family lives seem like the accidental effects of broader trends, rather than intentional shifts. Maple, a new startup launching today, aims to change that...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Social, Food, Startups, TC, Business, Publishing, Family, America, Tech, Companies, Platform, President, Machine Learning, Api

Ag monitoring startup Flurostat merges with soil carbon expert Dagan to form Regrow

Flurostat and Dagan, two startups that both are tackling the monitoring and management of agricultural inputs and outputs for a better understanding of the role sustainable agriculture can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, have merged and are launching a package of services under a new brand, Regrow. The merge, announced yesterday, will create a company that combines Flurostat’s data driven agriculture management services with Dagan’s soil biogeochemical modeling technology, the compan...
Tags: Food, TC, Microsoft, Articles, Tech, Carbon, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Machine Learning, Greenhouse Gas, Crunchbase, Salas, Carbon Sequestration, Dagan, Co-founder, Flurostat, William Salas

Y Combinator company Axle Health is bringing on-demand home testing services to telehealth providers

While usage of telehealth services have surged during the COVID-19 epidemic, there are some times when health professionals need to be around in person to conduct diagnostics tests. To help those telehealth companies bridge that gap is Axle Health, a company currently enrolled in the latest cohort from the Y Combinator accelerator. “In terms of the professionals that we send in home, they’re phlebotomists, NAs, RVNs, and RNs as well,” said Axle co-founder Connor Hailey. In a sad reflection of th...
Tags: TC, Uber, Y Combinator, Technology, Articles, Tech, Telemedicine, Science and Technology, Zocdoc, Hailey, Telehealth, Co-founder, COVID, Axle Health, Connor Hailey, Adam Stansell

Bringing jobs and health benefits, BlocPower unlocks energy efficiency retrofits for low income communities

Retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient and better at withstanding climate change induced extreme weather is going to be a big, multi-billion dollar business. But it’s one that’s been hard for low-income communities to tap, thanks to obstacles ranging faulty incentive structures to an inability to adequately plan for which upgrades will be most effective in which buildings. Enter BlocPower, a New York-based startup founded by a longtime advocate for energy efficiency and the jo...
Tags: Energy, TC, New York, Obama, NYC, Washington, White House, Articles, Barack Obama, Tech, Georgia, Chicago, Brooklyn, United States, President, Energy Efficiency

Atlassian launches a whole new Trello

Trello, the Kanban board-centric project management tool acquired by Atlassian in 2017, today launched what is likely one of its most important updates in recent years. With significantly more than 50 million users, Trello is one of the most popular project management tools around ,and in many ways, it brought digital Kanban boards to the mainstream. That focus doesn’t change with today’s release, but the team is now adding a slew of new board views and new capabilities to the individual cards t...
Tags: Google, TC, Business, Tech, Software, Head, Atlassian, Trello, Kanban, Web Applications, Pryor, Youtube Google, Co-founder, Michael Pryor Trello, Atlassian Pryor

Citadel ID raises $3.5M for API-delivered income and employment verification

This morning Citadel ID announced a combined $3.5 million raise for its income and employment verification service. The startup provides an API to customer companies, allowing them to rapidly verify details of consumer employment. The capital came from a blend of venture firms and angels. On the firm side, Abstract and Soma VC were in there, along with ChapterOne. Brianne Kimmel put capital in as well, according to the startup. And denizens with work histories at companies like Zynga (Mark Pincu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Business, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Companies, United States, Zynga, Computing, Private Equity, Human Resources, Lending, Stripe, Twilio, Mark Pincus

UpEquity raises $25 million in equity and debt for its cash-pay mortgage lending service

With a stated goal of aligning the mortgage industry with consumer interests, Austin-based UpEquity has raised $25 million in equity and debt funding to expand its business. Chief executive Tim Herman started the mortgage lending company to take advantage of what he saw as inefficiencies in the $2 trillion U.S. housing market. Existing financial services and property technology companies treat the symptom and not the cause of market inefficiencies, said Herman. The company makes free cash offe...
Tags: TC, Florida, Real Estate, Texas, Money, Colorado, Navy, California, Finance, Boston, Tech, Economy, Austin, United States, Bank, Mortgage

Mate Fertility is aiming to create a franchise of fertility clinics open to everyone

Mate Fertility, the new Los Angeles startup launching today with $2.8 million in financing, has a mission to create a more inclusive network of family planning services for people struggling with the high cost and low availability of fertility clinics around the country. Founded by serial entrepreneur Oliver Bogner and his brother Gabriel, Mate was born from both brothers’ struggles with trying to start a family. For Oliver, that was when he and his partner were looking at IVF as a way to screen...
Tags: TC, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Austin, Fertility, Pennsylvania, United States, Arkansas, Healthcare, Portland, Egg Freezing, Reproduction, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ivf

Launching Panoramic Ventures, Atlanta’s BIP Capital adds a new partner and plans $300 million new VC fund

The Atlanta-based BIP Capital has a new name for its venture capital operations (Panoramic Ventures); a new partner (Paul Judge); and is launching a $300 million new fund in its bid to plant a flag as the premier venture fund among the rising startup cities across the country. Miami may have grabbed headlines recently as a new hub for venture capital and technology startups, but like other cities across the Southeast it’s lacked venture funds of a significant size since the early days of the dot...
Tags: Energy, TC, New York, Money, Entrepreneurship, La, Finance, Boston, America, Tech, Atlanta, Economy, United States, Digital Media, Venture Capital, New Orleans

Iteratively raises $5.4M to help companies build data pipelines they can trust

As companies gather more data, ensuring that they can trust the quality of that data is becoming increasingly important. An analytics pipeline is only as good as the data it collects, after all, and messy data — or outright bugs — can easily lead to issues further down the line. Seattle-based Iteratively wants to help businesses build data pipelines they can trust. The company today announced a $5.4 million seed funding round led by Google’s AI-centric Gradient Ventures fund. Fika Ventures and e...
Tags: Google, Developer, Articles, Tech, Data, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology, Seattle, Business Intelligence, Atlassian, Syncplicity, Sdk, Mixpanel, Thompson, Data Processing

23andMe set to go public via a Virgin Group SPAC merger

Genetics testing and genome research company 23andMe is set to go public via a merger with special purpose acquisition corp (SPAC) VG Acquisition Corp, a vehicle set up by Richard Branson and his company Virgin Group. The transaction is expected to result in 23andMe having around $984 million in cash available at close to spend on product development, hires and other growth strategies, and will value the company at around $3.5 billion, close to the total cited by an earlier report detailing the ...
Tags: Health, TC, California, Tech, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Biotech, 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki, Nyse, SPAC, Wojcicki, Co-founder, Richard Bransons, Special-purpose Acquisition Company, Virgin Group SPAC

Urban-X launches its latest cohort as the world catches up to the accelerator’s climate thesis

Urban-X, the accelerator launched by the venture capital fund Urban US and BMW’s MINI subsidiary to invest in companies that primarily address sustainable and resilient living in the cities of the future, has launched its latest cohort. This ninth cohort of companies are coming to market at a time when the world’s largest investors are embracing the thesis that Urban-X and its parent firm have espoused for years. Put simply: the climate is changing and there will need to be technological solutio...
Tags: TC, US, Articles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Resilience, Machine Learning, Bmw, Dc, Singularity, Dorothy, Ac, IRR, Urban X, Ecommerce Platform, Co-founder

Gowalla raises $4 million from GV and Spark for its AR social app

The newly resurrected Gowalla wants to realize its mobile dreams from the early-aughts in an augmented reality world, and they’ve raised some new funding to make it happen. The AR startup tells TechCrunch that it has raised $4 million in seed funding co-led by Google’s venture arm GV and Spark Capital. Other investors include Niantic, Upside Partnership, Otherwise Fund, Capital Factory, Form Capital and a host of angels like April Underwood, Leah Culver, Jason Calacanis, John Lilly, Scott Belsky...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Technology, Tech, Software, Dave, Williams, Computing, Augmented Reality, Foursquare, TechCrunch, John Lilly, Jason Calacanis, Dennis Crowley, Spark Capital

Heights raises $2M for its subscription supplements aimed new ‘braincare’ category

New wellness startup Heights is formally launching this week, focusing on a category it describes as ‘braincare’. The startup will market “ultra high quality, sustainable plant-based supplements that feed your brain” based on what it says is scientific data. It has raised a $2 million Seed funding round (£1.7M) via the Seedrs crowdfunding platform, with the round also including the institutional investor Forward Partners. Angel investors include Tom Singh (founder of New Look), Damian Bradfield ...
Tags: Health, TC, Europe, England, Nutrition, Tech, Customers, Designer, Insomnia, Manchester United, United Kingdom, Healthcare, New Look, Disease, Food And Drink, Chris Smalling

Google open sources Tilt Brush VR software as it shuts down internal development

As Facebook and Apple begin to fire up more projects in the AR/VR world, Google has spent the last year shutting down most of their existing projects in that space. Today, the folks at Google announced they had ended active development of Tilt Brush, a VR painting app that was one of virtual reality’s early hit pieces of software. The app allowed users to use virtual reality controllers as brushes to construct digital sculptures and environments. While the company will not be pushing any new upd...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Technology, Tech, Spokesperson, Digital Media, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Tilt Brush, Skillman Hackett, Co-founder, Drew Skillman, Patrick Hackett, Annddd

‘Slow dating’ app Once is acquired by Dating Group for $18M as it seeks to expand its portfolio

Five-year-old ‘slow dating’ app Once has been acquired by the Dating Group, one of the largest companies in the dating world, for $18 million in cash and stock. Dating Group has 73 million registered users across a range of portfolio fatting apps including Clémentine Lalande, co-founder and CEO of Once, will continue leading the company under a 2-year agreement. Fellow Co-founder Jean Meyer retained a stake in the company after departing two years ago. Once has 9 million users on its...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tinder, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Dating, IAC, Bumble,, Social Software, Clementine, Co-founder, Lalande, Dating Group, Clémentine Lalande

Forsaking funding at a $1 billion valuation, Solugen preps a new green chemical product and a big 2021

Late last year, Solugen, a startup using synthetic biology to take hydrocarbons out of the chemicals industry, decided against pursuing a new round of funding that would have valued the company at over $1 billion, TechCrunch has learned. Instead, the Houston-based bio-manufacturing company raised an internal round of roughly $30 million from existing investors and continued working on its latest project — a new bio-based manufacturing process for a high-value specialty chemical that can act as a...
Tags: Food, TC, China, Oil, Articles, Tech, Tesla, United States, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Manufacturing, Houston, Chemicals, Synthetic Biology, Zymergen, Ginkgo Bioworks, Impossible Foods

Miami-based Ironhack raises $20 million for its coding bootcamps as demand for coders continues

Ironhack, a company offering programming bootcamps across Europe and North and South America, has raised $20 million in its latest round of funding. The Miami-based company with locations in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris and Sao Paulo said it will use the money to build out more virtual offerings to compliment the company’s campuses. Over the next five years, 13 million jobs will be added to the tech industry in the U.S., according to Ironhack co-founder...
Tags: TC, Europe, Web Development, Mexico, Berlin, Tech, Barcelona, European Union, Companies, United States, Paris, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Miami, South America, Siemens

Twitter’s vision of decentralization could also be the far-right’s internet endgame

This week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey finally responded publicly to the company’s decision to ban President Trump from its platform, writing that Twitter had “faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance” and that he did not “feel pride” about the decision. In the same thread, he took time to call out a nascent Twitter-sponsored initiative called “bluesky,” which is aiming to build up an “open decentralized standard for social media” that Twitter is just one part of. Researchers involved with ...
Tags: Google, Android, Social, TC, Twitter, Technology, Social Networks, Washington, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Encryption, United States, President, Computing, Jack Dorsey

Weber acquires smart cooking start-up June

Outdoor cooking industry leader and famed Kettle grill-maker Weber has acquired June, the smart cooking startup founded in 2013 by Matt Van Horn and Nikhil Bhogal. While financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Weber has confirmed that June will continue to operate as its own branded wholly owned by Weber-Stephen Products, and will continue to both sell and develop the June Oven and related products. Meanwhile, June co-founder Nikhil Bhogal will take on a role as SVP of Technology and Conn...
Tags: Apple, Energy, Kitchen, Food, Cooking, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Ceo, President, M&a, Hobbies, Grilling, Barbecue

Plant-centered prepared food delivery startup Thistle raises $10.3 million

Eating less meat is the easiest way for anyone to lower their carbon footprint and the prepared food delivery startup,  Thistle , has just raised $10.3 million to make that choice even easier for consumers.  The company delivers plant-based full menus (with meat options available for customers that want them) for its customers along with a range of juices and sides. That pitch of making tweaks to customer behavior for more conscious consumerism and healthy eating was enough to attract Series B...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Food, TC, Diets, Articles, Tech, East Coast, Thistle, Chief Operating Officer, Shiri Avnery, Powerplant Ventures, Co-founder, Managing Partner, Alumni Ventures Group, Avnery

Dedicated commercial human in-space operations are coming sooner than you may realize

If you’ve ever heard someone refer to the idea of ‘working in space,’ you’d be forgive for thinking they were describing a science fiction plot. But the number of humans actively working beyond Earth’s atmosphere – and living significant chunks of their lives there, too – is about to start growing at a potentially exponential rate. Given how small that population is now, the growth might look slow at first – but it’s happening soon, and plans are in place to help it start ramping up quickly. The...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Vice President, Mars, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Space Station, Chief

Poland’s GeneMe secures €5.2M seed funding for its rapid COVID-19 test

GeneMe, Poland-based biotechnology company with a COVID-19 test, has secured a €5.2M round of seed funding led by Robin Tombs, co-Founder of Yoti and previously of Gamesys, and other angel investors. The startup has developed and patented a universal protein (polymerase) for RT-LAMP testing, which allows the production of highly accurate, rapid, molecular genetic COVID tests. It has three molecular NAAT COVID-19 tests: FRANKD, SAVD, and ICED. FRANKD is CE IVD-approved and FDA EUA-applied, and it...
Tags: TC, Europe, Biology, Tech, Ceo, Britain, United Kingdom, Poland, Fda, Biotechnology, Virgin Atlantic, Co-founder, Yoti, COVID, FDA EUA, Robin Tombs co Founder of Yoti

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