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Which public US universities graduate the most funded founders?

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Big revenues, huge valuations and major losses: charting the era of the unicorn IPO Some reassuring data for those worried unicorns are wrecking the Bay Area A lot of students attend public universities to lessen the financial burden of higher education. At last tally, tuition and fees at American public colleges and universities averaged around $6,800 a year, per the federal govern...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Education, California, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Economy, United States, Private Equity, Michigan, West Coast, Illinois, East Coast, University Of California, Federal Government


Showcase Highlights Cybersecurity Startups

Capital Factory is hosting a Cybersecurity Showcase, which will be a day of programming focused on Cybersecurity and technologies within the space including: blockchain, AI and many other related fields. This event will feature a pitch showcase displaying some of our top cybersecurity companies at Capital Factory. It’s no secret that here at Capital Factory we strive to support and promote all significant developments in tech. It’s an exciting time, particularly in Texas, to witness the rapid ...
Tags: Startups, Startup, Tech, Cybersecurity, Austin, Entrepre


Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. Let’s take a quick moment to catch up. Last week, I wrote about an alternative to venture capital called revenue-based financing and before that, I jotted down some notes on one of VCs’ favorite spaces: cannabis tech. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @K...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Articles, Los Angeles, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, President, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Sam Altman, Starbucks, Louisiana, Getaround, Huawei


Review: The Vuze XR handheld camera makes it dead simple to create VR videos

HumanEyes‘ Vuze XR is a rare breed of camera. It’s pocket-sized, shoots in VR, 360, and 5K formats, and it costs around the same as an entry-level DSLR. What really sets it apart, however, is how easy it is to use. I love VR. And the thought of making my own glorious, fully immersive, 180-degree family vacation videos that we can watch on our headsets – like the VR videos on YouTube – fills me with joy. But I’m neither a filmmaker nor a professional photographer. There’s only a handful of consum...
Tags: Startups, Photography, Tech, Creativity, Virtual Reality, Plugged


How to see another company’s growth tactics and try them yourself

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor How do you hire a great growth marketer? How do startups actually get their content marketing to work? Every company’s online acquisition strategy is out in the open. I...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Column, Media, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Strategy, Seo, Tech, Hack, Adsense, Photo Sharing, Growth


CFIUS Cometh: What this Obscure Agency Does and Why It Matters to Your Fund or Startup

Evan J. Zimmerman Contributor Evan J. Zimmerman is an entrepreneur, investor, and writer. He is the Chairman of Jovono and Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative technology council. He is a partner and director in Mighty Mug/Mighty Products, Inc, and chairman of Brush Up Club, an innovative oral health company. On January 12, 2016, Grindr announced it had sold a 60% controlling stake in the company to Beijing Kunlun Tech, a Chinese gaming firm, valu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Column, Asia, Congress, Washington, Finance, Government, Senate, China, Softbank, Defense, Tech, Hack, Policy


Livekick raises $3M to use live video for one-on-one training

Livekick, a startup that gives customers access to one-on-one personal training and yoga from their home (or hotel room, or elsewhere), is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. The company was founded by entrepreneur Yarden Tadmor and fitness expert Shayna Schmidt. Tadmor said that with all his travel for work, his fitness routine “really eroded,” so he contacted Schmidt and asked her to train him remotely — they’d connect via FaceTime, he’d mount his phone at the gym and she...
Tags: Health, Startups, Funding, Tech, Livekick


Why Luckin’s ultimate target may not be Starbucks

Starbucks plans to double its store count in China to 5,000 in 2021 and Luckin, a one-year-old coffee startup, is matching up by aiming to reach 4,500 by the end of this year. Luckin’s upsized $651 million flotation has brought American investors’ attention to this potential Starbucks rival in China, where the Seattle giant controlled over half of the coffee market as late as 2017. But as soon as you make your first purchase with Luckin, you realize its ultimate goal may not be to topple Star...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Finance, Social, Startups, TC, 7-eleven, China, Coffee, Courier Services, Drinks, Food, Food And Drink, Luckin, Luckin Coffee, Seattle


Luckin leaves bitter aftertaste, now trading below IPO price

In the first few days following Luckin Coffee’s initial public offering, the stock chart for LK looked like a roller coaster. Now it’s looking more like a freefall. The Chinese Coffee chain successfully completed its highly anticipated offering roughly a week ago, raising over $550 million after pricing at $17 per share, the high end of its $15-$17 per share range. Luckin was met with a warm reception from the markets, with the stock skyrocketing roughly 20% to a greater than $5 billion market c...
Tags: Apps, Asia, eCommerce, Finance, Food, Startups, Initial Public Offering, IPO, Luckin Coffee, Stock Market, Valuation


Download Diagnosis – How To Remedy A Slow Connection

In today’s fast-paced world, we rely on speedy and reliable wireless internet connection for our work and social needs. To the modern user of the World Wide Web, there is nothing more frustrating than slow internet speed or a connection which frequently drops out. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to speed up your home or business internet. Read on to find the easy ways to remedy a slow connection. 1. Restart and Reset. When experiencing slow internet connection , your fi...
Tags: Startups, Internet, Broadband, Wifi, Others


This tiny flashing kit can break your bad online security habits

The number of cyber attacks is estimated to have risen by 67% over the last five years, with the majority of these data breaches being traced back to human error. The potential risks of such attacks are vast and can have a serious impact on both organizations and individuals. But protecting ourselves against cyber security threats can be extremely complicated. Not only is the technology we use on a daily basis getting more complex, but attackers are constantly finding new ways to bypass security...
Tags: Security, Syndication, Tech


Boston Tech Watch: Robin, Markforged, Air Force AI & CozyKin

The Air Force and MIT partner on AI research. Meeting room tech raises more dough. “Autopilot” for 3D printers. And robot companies teaming up to fill your next ecommerce order. Read on for more of what went down this week in Boston tech news.—Robin Powered, a Boston startup building workplace desk- and meeting room-booking software, closed a $20 million Series B funding round led by Tola Capital and joined by previous investors Accomplice and FirstMark Capital and new investor Allegion Venture...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, New York City, Trends, Tech, Cisco, Childcare, It, Cybersecurity, Mit, Vc, Materials, Venture Capital, 3d Printers, Ai


Scoop Partners with Bedrock to Bring Carpooling Service to Detroiters

Scoop, the app-based carpooling service headquartered in San Francisco, landed in Detroit this week and will now facilitate rides for residents living in seven Motor City ZIP codes that encompass downtown, Midtown, Corktown, and neighborhoods to the immediate east and west of downtown.When Scoop enters a new market, its approach involves partnering with a local employer to build an initial network of carpoolers made up of both drivers and riders. As other companies sign up to partner with Scoop...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Software, Innovation, Mobility, Detroit, Carpooling, Ridesharing, Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans, National blog main, National top stories, San Francisco blog main


GitHub rolls out Patreon-esque feature to let you tip open source developers

GitHub, one of the largest respositories for hosting open source software, has added the ability to financially support developers through recurring monthly payments. The feature is called GitHub Sponsors, and works similar to funding platforms like Patreon. This allows you to sponsor the work of developers and content creators by paying them a monthly donation. Open source software is essential in pushing technology forward. However, creating open source code isn’t exactly lucrative, so some de...
Tags: Design & Dev, Tech


Review: Brilliant’s smart home controllers are the antidote for smart-speaker hell

My home is inundated with smart speakers. I’ve got Echo Dots aplenty, Google Minis to spare, and enough third-party voice-assistant devices to reproduce Plugged’s Bluetooth speaker symphony. And that’s not even getting into all the other “smart” gear I have. I need help. We were promised smart homes by science fiction, and then guaranteed they were just around the corner by tech’s biggest companies. And then we were disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, smart speakers are amazing technology. You can...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Plugged, Tech


Google data shows 2-factor authentication blocks 100% of automated bot hacks

Two-factor authentication is annoying. Getting flustered because you have to find your phone and tap on a prompt every time you log into your accounts from a new device is peak first-world problems. But if you ever had any doubt whether it really made you that much safer, Google has the data to dispel that uncertainty. If you’re not familiar with two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification, it’s all about using an extra layer of security to prove the person logging into an account o...
Tags: Google, Insider


China could hurt Apple profits by 29% if it avenged the Huawei ban, says analyst

Trump’s Huawei ban was bad news for China, as it effectively crippled the world’s second-largest smartphone maker from its largest source of income. But China is also very much in a position to retaliate, and Apple – the world’s third-largest smartphone maker – could be among the ones to suffer. Goldman Sachs analysts estimated in a note to investors that Apple could lose 29 percent of its profits if China decided to ban Apple sales in the country to retaliate against the Huawei ban in the US. 1...
Tags: Apple, Insider, Plugged


A peek at legendary architect John Storyk’s design process

John Storyk, the founder of WSDG, an acoustic consulting and A/V integration firm, is a legend in the music world. He’s a world-class architect and acoustic designer whose built recording studios for everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Jay-Z. As someone whose built more than 4,000 audio/video studios, he knows a thing or two about getting a project started, getting over the wall, and seeing a vision come to life. Storyk’s one of those enigmatic and wonderful people with one foot planted firmly in the ...
Tags: Creativity, Design & Dev, Music, Tech


From launch to launch: Peter Beck on building Rocket Lab’s orbital business

Breaking into the launch industry is no easy task, but New Zealand’s Rocket Lab has done it without missing a step. The company has just completed its third commercial launch of 2019, and is planning to increase the frequency of its launches until there’s one a week. It’s ambitious, but few things in spaceflight aren’t. Although it has risen to prominence over the last two years at a remarkable rate, the appearance of Rocket Lab in the launch market isn’t exactly sudden. One does not engineer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Earth, New Zealand, Peter, Devin, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck


From launch to launch: Peter Beck on building an orbital business from scratch

Breaking into the launch industry is no easy task, but New Zealand’s Rocket Lab has done it without missing a step. The company has just completed its third commercial launch of 2019, and is planning to increase the frequency of its launches until there’s one a week. It’s ambitious, but few things in spaceflight aren’t. Although it has risen to prominence over the last two years at a remarkable rate, the appearance of Rocket Lab in the launch market isn’t exactly sudden. One does not engineer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Earth, New Zealand, Peter, Devin, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck


Indian PM Narendra Modi’s reelection spells more frustration for US tech giants

Amazon and Walmart’s problems in India look set to continue after Narendra Modi, the biggest force to embrace the country’s politics in decades, led his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to a historic landslide re-election on Thursday, reaffirming his popularity in the eyes of the world’s largest democracy. The re-election, which gives Modi’s government another five years in power, will in many ways chart the path of India’s burgeoning startup ecosystem, as well as the local play of...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Spotify, Media, Government, China, India, Narendra Modi, US


Automattic acquires subscription payment company Prospress

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and a bunch of other cool things, is acquiring a small startup called Prospress. Among other things, Prospress has developed WooCommerce Subscriptions, a recurring payment solution specifically designed for WooCommerce. Given that physical and digital subscriptions are taking over the e-commerce world, it makes sense that Automattic wants to own WooCommerce Subscriptions. Charging customers on a regular basis is ...
Tags: Startups, Ecommerce, Wordpress, Tech, Shopify, Automattic, Woocommerce, Prospress


Takeaways from KubeCon; the latest on Kubernetes and cloud native development

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois and Ron Miller discuss major announcements that came out of the Linux Foundation’s European KubeCon/CloudNativeCon conference and discuss the future of Kubernetes and cloud-native technologies. Nearly doubling in size year-over-year, this year’s KubeCon conference brought big news and big players, with major anno...
Tags: Startups, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Apps, Europe, Enterprise, Developer, Events, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, M&a, Transcript, Conference, Container


Andreessen pours $22M into PlanetScale’s database-as-a-service

PlanetScale’s founders invented the technology called Vitess that scaled YouTube and Dropbox. Now they’re selling it to any enterprise that wants their data both secure and consistently accessible. And thanks to its ability to re-shard databases while they’re operating, it can solve businesses’ troubles with GDPR, which demands they store some data in the same locality as the user it belongs to. The potential to be a computing backbone that both competes with and complements Amazon’s AWS has ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Youtube, Funding, Tech, Andreessen, SaaS, Aws, Andreessen Horowitz, Kubernetes, Matt Cutts


Indiegogo hires Reddit’s Andy Yang as new CEO

Indiegogo has a new chief. Andy Yang will take over for outgoing CEO David Mandelbrot who is stepping down. According to sources close to the company, several other Indiegogo employees are also leaving. Indiegogo has yet to confirm this claim or state the number or reason for their departure. Mandelbrot announced the move on LinkedIn, citing “personal reasons” as the reason he’s leaving. He was at Indiegogo for six years starting as SVP of Operations in August of 2013. Andy Yang comes to Indi...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Tech, Reddit, Indiegogo, General Electric, Yang, Mandelbrot, Andy Yang, David Mandelbrot


EFounders backs Yousign to build a European e-signature company

French startup Yousign is partnering with startup studio eFounders. While eFounders usually builds software-as-a-service startups from scratch, the company is trying something new with this partnership. Indeed, eFounders wants to create all the tools you need to make your work more efficient. The startup studio is behind many respectable SaaS successes, such as Front, Aircall and Spendesk. And electronic signatures are a must if you want to speed up your workflow. Sure, there are a ton of wel...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Enterprise, France, Tech, France Newsletter, France Germany, eFounders, Yousign, U K and Spain Yousign, Thibaud Elzière, Elzière


eFounders backs Yousign to build a European eSignature company

French startup Yousign is partnering with startup studio eFounders. While eFounders usually builds software-as-a-service startups from scratch, the company is trying something new with this partnership. eFounders wants to create all the tools you need to make your work more efficient. The startup studio is behind many respectable SaaS successes, such as Front, Aircall or Spendesk. And electronic signatures are a must if you want to speed up your workflow. Sure, there are a ton of well-establi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Enterprise, France, Tech, France Newsletter, France Germany, eFounders, Yousign, U K and Spain Yousign, Thibaud Elzière, Elzière


Zenkit redesigns its project management app, adds public API and more

There’s no darth of Trello-style project management services, but while the core of Zenkit is exactly that, it’s also far more flexible than most and offers plenty of ways to adjust the service to your style of work (and beyond Kanban). Today, the company is launching version 3.0 of its service and with that, it’s not just putting a fresh coat of paint on the service but also launching a number of new features for end users and developers. With this new version, Zenkit moved to a unified user in...
Tags: Startups, TC, Microsoft, Developer, Tech, Welker, Zenkit, Martin Welker


Hunters.ai raises $4.5M for its autonomous threat hunting solution

Hunters.ai, a Tel Aviv-based startup that built an AI-based threat hunting solution, today announced that it has raised a $5.4 million seed funding round led by YL Ventures and Blumberg Capital. Threat hunting has traditionally been a rather manual practice, where analysts try to actively identify potential threats to their systems. This has always been a very data-driven activity, though, so it’s no surprise that a number of startups are now looking to automate the process. Not all attacks are ...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Nsa, Tel Aviv, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Cyberwarfare, Threat, Blumberg Capital, Computer Security, Partner, Israeli Defense Forces, Schneerson, YL Ventures, Recent Funding


Huawei’s next big challenge is building its own OS

After a bunch of companies stopped trading with Huawei, the company is preparing for life after that. Most important of them all was Google, whose ban means the Chinese tech giant can’t use Android, Google Play Store, Play Services, and apps like Gmail for its upcoming devices. As Ars Technica’s breakdown suggests, Huawei might get by in terms of hardware with the help of its HiSilicon subsidiary, and non-US suppliers. However, building a software system that’ll support the physical assembly is ...
Tags: Google, Startups, US, Ars Technica, Huawei, Plugged



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