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Apple is opening an online store in India this year, and a physical store in 2021

At its annual shareholder meeting, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, said the company is planning to sell iPhones in India through its own online store this year. He also added that the first Apple store in the country will open in 2021. According to reports last August, the company was originally planning to inaugurate its physical store this year in Mumbai. While Cook didn’t provide a timeline for the launch of the online store, TechCrunch noted last month that the tech giant could start the service by Q...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Cook, India, Tim Cook, Mumbai


Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US response to the COVID-19 outbreak

In an early-evening press conference, President Donald Trump tapped Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has spread through Europe, Asia and Latin America. The new coronavirus strain, which has infected about 81,000 people around the world and killed 3,000, has already wrought havoc on the global economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned yesterday that the U.S. will likely not be able to escape the spread of the virus. “It’s no...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Europe, Usa, Congress, California, Cdc, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, US, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, The New York Times


A look at Made Renovation, which just raised $9 million in seed funding to zero in on bathroom remodels

Made Renovation, a new, San Francisco-based company, thinks it has found a profitable way to help homeowners get done something that busy general contractors in the Bay Area won’t otherwise make time for, which is bathroom remodels. Why they typically pass on these: they have too many entire homes, or, at least, entire floors, to build for affluent regional homeowners who’ve kept the construction industry buzzing for years. It’s a problem that founders Roger Dickey, who previously co-founded ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Real Estate, California, San Francisco, Tech, Marketplaces, Gigster, Felicis Ventures, Founders Fund, Bay Area, Bathrooms, Chestnut Street, Marina, Dickey, Sagar Shah


Grab your ticket: Only one week to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

It’s T-minus one week to the big day, March 3, when more than 1,000 startuppers will convene in Berkeley, Calif. for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020. We’re talking a hefty cross-section representing big companies and exciting new startups. We’re talking some of the most innovative thinkers, makers, researchers, investors and influencers — all focused on creating the future of these two world-changing technologies. Don’t miss out on this one-day conference of interviews, panel discussions, Q&A...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, California, Disney, Events, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, San Jose, Robotics, Eric Migicovsky, Berkeley Calif, Dror Berman, Zetta Venture Partners, Jocelyn Goldfein, FarmWise, Sebastien Boyer


Google now supports five new languages on Translate

Google today revealed it was adding five languages to Google Translate, thanks to the support of its Translate Community. Now you can finally translate things from Kinyarwanda, Odia, Tatar, Turkmen and Uyghur. As Google Translate software engineer Isaac Caswell was quick to add, these are the first languages it’s added to Translate in four years, and brings the total number of languages it supports up to 108. It also added that the ability to speak these languages will enable you to communicate ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Siberia, Rwanda, Kinyarwanda Odia Tatar, Isaac Caswell, Odisha Tatarstan


Chicago’s M1 Finance, a consumer-focused fintech platform, reaches $1B under management

Eagle-eyed readers will recall that we mentioned M1 Finance earlier today in our look at a few trends in the fintech industry. We’re back with the firm this afternoon as it has a bit of news that’s worth discussing. Chicago-based M1 Finance announced today that it has reached the $1 billion assets under management mark, or AUM. Reaching AUM thresholds provides useful milestones that we can use to track the progress of various players in the fintech and finservices worlds. M1 is an interesting co...
Tags: Startups, TC, Finance, Tech, Chicago, Robinhood, Barnes, AUM, Brian Barnes, M1 Finance, Fintech CAC


Lerer Hippeau leads $6M investment in Pinterest-like digital asset manager Air

When it comes to the so-called “consumerization of the enterprise,” a workplace tool that looks an awful lot like Pinterest seems like it would be the trend’s final form. Brooklyn-based Air is building a digital asset manager for communications teams that aren’t satisfied with more general cloud storage options and want something that can show off visual files with a bit more pizazz. The startup tells TechCrunch that they have closed a $6 million seed round led by Lerer Hippeau. RedSea Ventures,...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Startups, TC, Facebook, Pinterest, Tech, Brooklyn, Air, Lerer Hippeau, Ben Lerer, Recent Funding, Airtable, RedSea Ventures Advancit Capital WndrCo, TechCrunch Air, Shane Hegde


ShapeMeasure’s smart tool and robotic cutter let contractors measure once and cut never

As much as we’d all like to believe that our houses are built with perfectly square angles and other highly regular measurements, that’s rarely the case — which makes remodeling complex and tedious. ShapeMeasure hopes to alleviate that pain with a device that automatically measures a space and a robotic mill that cuts the required lumber precisely to size, shortening and easing the process by huge amounts. Founder Ben Blumer, who was exposed to the art of building and repair early by his father,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Robotics, Shenzhen, Noël, Hax, CNC, Blumer, Shapemeasure, Ben Blumer, Noel Joyce HAX


Cartesiam helps developers bring AI to microcontrollers

Cartesiam, a startup that aims to bring machine learning to edge devices powered by microcontrollers, has launched a new tool for developers who want an easier way to build services for these devices. The new NanoEdge AI Studio is the first IDE specifically designed for enabling machine learning and inferencing on Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers, which power billions of devices already. As Cartesiam GM Marc Dupaquier, who co-founded the company in 2016, told me, the company works very closely w...
Tags: Startups, Internet Of Things, Technology, Developer, Tech, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Ram, Computing, Machine Learning, ARM Holdings, Linux, Curie, Cartesiam, NanoEdge AI Studio, Marc Dupaquier


Clearview AI’s law enforcement client data stolen in massive breach

“Security is Clearview’s top priority.” Tor Eklund, attorney for Clearview AI. Clearview AI, the dubious startup that’s cozied up to the US law enforcement community with its facial recognition software, has managed to crap the metaphorical bed by allowing an intruder to exploit a security flaw and make off with its entire client list. The exact nature and source of the breach remains unknown at this time. The company says it’s patched the vulnerability and insists its servers were not accessed....
Tags: Security, Startups, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, ClearView, Tor Eklund, Neural, Clearview AI, Clearview AI Clearview


YC just published a 70-page Series A guide so founders don’t tank their own prospects

This morning, Y Combinator is publishing a 70-page Series A guide based on its work with 190 YC companies over the last couple of years. It’s part of an initiative launched in 2018 to help these alums understand how Series A rounds work — and how to make them work to their advantage. The program is led by YC partner Aaron Harris, with whom we talked at the program’s launch and who we caught up with again earlier this week to find out what’s in the guide, and why — given the many related posts...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Series A, Paul Graham, Bay Area, ARR, Bridgewater Associates, Startup School, Aaron Harris


Facebook’s Libra Association adds crypto prime broker Tagomi

$28 million-funded crypto startup Tagomi will be the newest member of the Libra Association that governs the Facebook-backed Libra stablecoin, TechCrunch has learned. A formal announcement of Tagomi joining was slated for Friday or next week. Tagomi offers a platform that helps large traders and funds easily access cryptocurrency markets. The news comes days after Libra added Shopify, a reversal of dwindling membership after major partners like Visa, PayPal, and Stripe dropped out late last y...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Finance, US, Tech, Eu, Payments, Libra, Shopify, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Union Square Ventures, Campbell, Jennifer


SXSW Pitch Finalist: Passbase

Passbase Co-Founders: Felix Gerlach, Mathias Klenk and Dave McGibbon The Forrest Four-Cast: February 26, 2020 Passbase is tackling a huge and essential challenge: how to build a secure, private, and convenient digital world.One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Passbase is an off-the-shelf identity verification solution that allows developers, with just a few lines of code, to confirm the identity of users through a combination of liveness detection, one-to-one facial comparison, and foren...
Tags: Google, Startups, New York, Enterprise, Labor, Startup, Data, Earth, Mars, Bob, Musk, Sxsw, Trump, Robert Reich, Hugh Forrest, Tim Urban


Deep learning advances are boosting computer vision — but there’s still clear limits

This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI. Since the early days of artificial intelligence, computer scientists have been dreaming of creating machines that can see and understand the world as we do. The efforts have led to the emergence of computer vision, a vast subfield of AI and computer science that deals with processing the content of visual data. In recent years, computer vision has taken great leaps thanks to...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Neural


Chew on this: These 7 startups are changing the way we eat

Now for something we could all use more of in our lives: quicker and more convenient access to products and delicious (yet surprisingly healthy) foods.  Say goodbye to your ever so creative dinners of croque monsieur (grilled cheese with ham) or consommé avec noodles (cup of instant ramen). This category of Tech5 scaleups is going to whip us into shape by making deliveries quicker, easier, and better for our health — and even the health of our lovable pets. Tech5 2020: On the search for Europe’s...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Business, Tech


Fintech CAC and the Great Credit Card Craze

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re getting two items out of my notebook while sticking to our recent fintech theme (Q1 fintech VC results here and more on investing patterns into the category here). Let’s chat about fintech customer acquisition costs and the rise of card-focused plays inside of the category. For a little context: I’ve been hunting down a story on rising fintech customer acquisition...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Fintech, Coinbase, RAMP, Brex, Finservices


Hasura raises $9.9M Series A to simplify GraphQL for developers

Hasura, a startup working to solve developer problems around connecting to databases when using the open source GraphQL tool, announced a $9.9 million Series A investment today. Vertex Ventures US led the round with participation from SAP.iO Fund and existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and Strive VC. A number of angel investors also participated in the round. The company has raised a total of approximately $11.5 million. GraphQL is an open source tool originally developed at Facebook in...
Tags: Startups, Open Source, Facebook, Developer, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Databases, APIs, Nexus Venture Partners, Gopal, Vertex Ventures, Hasura, Tanmai Gopal, Vertex Ventures US


AI-penned manga Paidon to be published this week

A new manga designed by AI and drawn by a robotic hand will be published in this week’s edition of Japan‘s Morning magazine. The AI developed the characters and plot by studying the works of Osamu Tezuka, known as “the father of manga” and the “Walt Disney of Japan” for creating classics such as Astro Boy and Black Jack before his death in 1989. Humans helpers completed the work by adding details such as clothing and dialogue, the Japan Times reports. The results will be revealed in a story call...
Tags: Startups, Asia, Japan, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Walt Disney, Japan Times, Black Jack, Osamu Tezuka, Neural


Apple won’t let villains have iPhones in movies, Star Wars director says

This tidbit will ruin mystery movies forever, but there you go: Apple strictly forbids filmmakers from putting iPhones (or any of its other products) in the hands of villains — or so says director of Knives Out and Star Wars: Episode VIII, Rian Johnson. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the director divulged that Apple is pretty draconian about how its gadgets are portrayed in movies. “I don’t know if I should say this or not,” Johnson says, giggling. “[Apple lets] you use iPhones in movies […] ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Netflix, Johnson, Vanity Fair, Rian Johnson, Shareables


Indonesian entertainment development company Visinema raises $3.25 million Series A

Jakarta-based entertainment company Visinema will build its animation business and expand into more Southeast Asian markets after raising a $3.25 million Series A led by Intudo Ventures. Returning investors GDP Ventures and Ancora Capital also participated. Founded in June 2008 by CEO Angga Dwimas Sasongko, a director and producer, Visinema produces TV shows, feature films, commercials and other content. Its end-to-end operations allows it to control almost every part of content creation, from c...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hollywood, Entertainment, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Honda, Jakarta, Gojek, Intudo Ventures, Patrick Yip


Twilio 2010 board deck gives peek at now-public company’s early days

Twilio is best known for its communications API, which allows developers to add messaging, voice or video to their apps with just a small slice of code. The company’s tools are used by customers like Lyft, Airbnb, Salesforce, Box and Duke University. The former startup went public in 2016 . Yesterday Twilio’s stock closed at $113.90, giving the company a market cap of about $15.6 billion (after a horrendous week on Wall Street). It’s easy to look at its value (among other measures) and declare ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Twilio, Bessemer Venture Partners, Duke University, Jeff Lawson


Alkymi launches with $5M seed to automate email data extraction

Alkymi, an early stage startup that wants to bring intelligence to highly manual business processes like copying and pasting financial data from emails and attachments, launched today with a $5 million seed investment. Canaan Partners led the round with participation from previous investor Work-Bench. SimCorp also contributed as a strategic investor. Under the terms of the investment agreement, Joydeep Bhattacharyya from Canaan will become a member of the Alkymi board. Company founder and ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entertainment, Funding, New York City, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Financial Services, Canaan, Canaan Partners, Collet, Joydeep Bhattacharyya, SimCorp, Alkymi, Alkymi board Company


Porn sites are designed to keep us hooked — and take all our hard data

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint‘ program here. I’m looking at porn with a woman I met on the internet.  To the left of our Skype video chat, a checkerboard of video stills merge into one single disingenuous orgasm. Bodies grind and groan in their windows, holding positions with dexterous ease. As we scroll and browse the various clips, animated porno Gifs bounce irritatingly in the margins of the screen,...
Tags: Startups, Privacy, Tech, Pornhub, Skype, Syndication


New AI-powered sensor can predict heart failure days before it happens

Scientists have created a prototype of a new AI-powered wearable that could save lives and dramatically reduce hospitalization rates by predicting heart failure days before it happens. The adhesive patch — which is yet to be named — is equipped with a  sensor that monitors the user’s heart rate and rhythm, breathing patterns, sleep quality, body posture, and physical activity. It sends the information via Bluetooth to a smartphone app that uses AI to turn this data into a normal baseline for eac...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, University of Utah Health, VA Salt Lake


Tier Mobility acquires Coup’s electric moped scooters

Tier Mobility operates a scooter service, the kick-scooter-with-a-motor kind. And it has acquired assets from Coup, a now defunct scooter service, the moped kind. Coup shut down late last year, and Tier Mobility plans to take over and start its own shared moped service. To be clear, Coup is over but its mopeds will stick around. As part of the deal, Tier Mobility now has around 5,000 mopeds and a charging infrastructure. It plans to launch its own moped service in Berlin in May. Both the scoo...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Berlin, Tech, Madrid, Gogoro, Scooter, Coup, Berlin Paris, Moped, Tier, Tier Mobility, Lawrence Leuschner


B-Social, the UK fintech building a ‘social bank’, raises additional £7.8M ahead of rebrand

B-Social, the London-based fintech building what it calls a “social bank,” is announcing that it has raised a further £7.8 million in seed funding. Once again the injection of capital comes from “high-net-worth” individuals. They include Rudy Karsan from Karlani Capital, although most of the investors remain undisclosed. It brings the total capital raised by B-Social to £13.25 million, as the company continues the journey to becoming a fully licensed bank. It also plans to re-brand next month...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, Tech, Rudy Karsan, Karlani Capital, Nazim Valimahomed, Valimahomed, B-social


IBM and David Clark Cause announce 2020 Call For Code Challenge

IBM and its partner David Clark Cause today announced the official commencement of the 2020 Call For Code Challenge. The annual contest will focus on climate change this year and begins accepting submissions on March 22. Call For Code, returning for its third year, is a five year developers’ challenge issued by David Clark Cause, IBM, the Linux Foundation, and United Nations Human Rights. Each year the coalition issues a global challenge calling for solutions to some of the world’s largest probl...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Linux Foundation, David Clark, Neural, David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights Each


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


Stonly grabs $3.5 million to make customer support more interactive

Stonly is building a service for customer support teams so that they can share step-by-step guides to solve the most common issues. The startup just raised a $3.5 million funding round led by Accel with business angels also participating, such as Eventbrite CTO Renaud Visage and PeopleDoc founders Jonathan Benhamou and Clément Buyse. The startup isn’t building a chatbot for customer support — chatbots usually don’t understand what you mean and you end up contacting customer support anyway. Stonl...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, New York, Enterprise, Tech, France Newsletter, Dashlane, Accel, Zendesk, Stonly, Eventbrite CTO Renaud Visage, Jonathan Benhamou, Intercom Zendesk Freshdesk, Devialet Happn, David Rostan


New York’s BounceX reaches $100M ARR, rebrands

Welcome to the $100 million ARR club, BounceX. This morning (evening, timezone depending), BounceX, a New York-based marketing technology startup, announced that it has reached the $100 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) threshold, adding its name to our running list of companies that have crossed over into nine-figure revenue while remaining private. BounceX also announced a name change to Wunderkind, a move that its CEO Ryan Urban told TechCrunch signaled “a new chapter” for the firm. S...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, New York, Tech, SaaS, ARR, LTV, Ryan Urban, 100M ARR club, 100 million ARR club, Bouncex, Wunderkind



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