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Slack off. Send videos instead with $11M-funded Loom

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many emails can you replace with a video? As offices fragment into remote teams, work becomes more visual, and social media makes us more comfortable on camera, it’s time for collaboration to go beyond text. That’s the idea behind Loom, a fast-rising startup that equips enterprises with instant video messaging tools. In a click, you can film yourself or narrate a screenshare to get an idea across in a more vivid, personal way. Instead of scheduling a v...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Enterprise, Mac, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Khan, Jared Leto, Upfront Ventures, Slack, Kleiner Perkins, Shahed Khan


Listen up, Apple: This is our wishlist for the (rumored) 16-inch MacBook Pro

A report emerged this weekend with rumors of a new Apple laptop lineup. If analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is right — and he’s hands-down the most reliable source of information about Apple’s supply chain — then we could see a new MacBook Pro that’s between 16 and 16.5 inches. Kuo noted that an “easy to upgrade” Mac Pro will land in 2019, as well as a 13-inch MacPro with a 32GB RAM option. It currently maxes out at 16GB, while the 15-inch version does support 32GB. But let’s stick to what’s important here:...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Opinion, Macbook, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo


GenCure Plans Adult Stem Cell Lab at San Antonio “Innovation Center”

San Antonio—GenCure, a subsidiary of life sciences nonprofit BioBridge Global, expects to open a biomanufacturing laboratory this year at a new “innovation center” that’s being developed by VelocityTX in San Antonio.GenCure is a regenerative medicine-focused organization that accepts and stores bone marrow and umbilical cord blood, which it uses to produce adult stem cells for research. BioBridge plans to lease 21,000 square feet of space for GenCure at the new four-acre VelocityTX complex, whi...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Science, Technology, Funding, Entrepreneur, Trends, Startup, Tech, Tax, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Incubator, Innovation


The VR revolution is already here — and it isn’t gaming

Reports of the death of virtual reality are greatly exaggerated. In fact, far from dying, the VR industry is poised for explosive growth in the near-term according to analysts. Modern VR headsets arrived less than three years ago. But to hear pundits talk, you’d think the technology’s already reached its developmental zenith. Upon closer inspection, it turns out these people are usually referring to VR as a gaming platform. Condemning VR, on that basis, is like saying the robotics industry is a ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality


Orai raises $2.3M to make you a better speaker

Orai, a startup building communication coaching tools, is announcing that it’s raised $2.3 million in seed funding. CEO Danish Dhamani said that he co-founded the company with Paritosh Gupta and Aasim Sani to address a need in his own life — the fact that he was “held back personally and professionally” by lackluster “communications skills and public speaking skills.” Dhamani said he attended Toastmasters International meetings hoping to improve those skills, where he concluded that he could bui...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Apps, Funding, Tech, Comcast, Philadelphia, Comcast Ventures, Nancy Duarte, Orai, Lift Labs, Dhamani, Paritosh Gupta, Aasim Sani


Cybersecurity 101: Five settings to secure your iPhone or iPad

iOS 12, Apple’s latest mobile software for iPhone and iPad, is out. The new software packs in a bunch of new security and privacy features you’ve probably already heard about. Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of the new settings and lock down your device. 1. Turn on USB Restricted Mode to make hacking more difficult This difficult-to-find new feature prevents any accessories from connecting to your device — like USB cables and headphones — when your iPhone or iPad has been lock...
Tags: Apple, Security, Startups, Gadgets, Mobile, Privacy, Lists, Ios 12, Cybersecurity 101


EF raises $115M new fund, aiming to create another 300-plus startups in the next three years

Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered “talent investor” that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, has raised a new fund of its own to continue scaling globally. The $115 million first close was led by a number of leading (mostly unnamed) institutional investors across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including new anchor LP Trusted Insight. A number of well-known European entrepreneurs also invested. They include Taavet Hinrikus (co-founder...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, London, Berlin, US, Tech, Paris, Reid Hoffman, Jk Rowling, SEC, Silicon Valley, Mountain View


Something magical happens if you google Rihanna and your birthday

Seriously. Do it. Go to Google.com, type in “Rihanna (your DOB),” you’ll get… a picture of Rihanna taken on the anniversary of your birth. To Rihanna fans (me), seeing her in a fabulous and perfect outfit IS magic — because it’s on my personal birthaversary, it makes me feel like the outfit was styled just for me, and Riri is on her way to celebrate my birthday party because she’s my best friend.  Here’s mine by the way: I spent at least five minutes thinking about what this outfit says about my...
Tags: Google, Startups, Music, Rihanna, RiRi, Distract


Monetization Tips For Digital Publishers

For anyone who owns or runs a website the questions that is invariably on their lips is, “How do I make it profitable?” Sadly, there is no simple answer to this question. If there was then everybody would be doing it and it doesn’t take much experience to know that digital publishing is not the pathway to instant wealth. The real key is in driving user numbers. The bigger the audience size the more you can do. It really is that simple. Because each page that is viewed is worth a few cents, the ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Australia, Wikipedia, Sydney, Online Publishing, Others, Taboola, Digital Publishing, Digital Publishers


This video game lets you throw tampons at ‘menstrual haters’ and I love it

We live in a world where periods are seen as something to be ashamed of, even though women have had them since the dawn of time. Many blame the menstruation taboo on a lack of general education, but “Tampon Run” is gamifying periods in a bid to normalize the most normal thing to happen to women. Created and built by teens Sophie Houser and Andrea Gonzalez during a Girls Who Code summer program in 2014, Tampon Run hopes to encourage discussion around the taboo in an accessible and approachable wa...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Tech, Tampon Run, Sophie Houser, Andrea Gonzalez


Rapid7, Raytheon, Recorded Future Join Cyber Madness in Boston on April 8

It takes a healthy imagination to pinpoint all the cybersecurity risks baked into today’s Internet-connected, cloud-managed, Web-hungry world—let alone even start to plan for the vulnerabilities, attack strategies, and potent defenses for the future.On April 8, Xconomy is bringing together experts from Boston and beyond to dig into how companies have solved specific problems in security—defending against a cyber attack, securing network data, applications, or critical infrastructure, conducting...
Tags: Security, Startups, Boston, Events, Trends, Tech, It, People, Cybersecurity, Vc, Software, Venture Capital, Ey, Raytheon, Mitre, Back Bay


Thumbtack now offers benefits to independent contractors

The gig economy has been under much scrutiny as of late due to the way it pays — or, skirts around paying — its independent contractors. Thumbtack, a platform for finding professionals to do anything from home maintenance do DJing a party, is now offering benefits to some of its independent contractors. “In a time where it feels like all the stories are about some tug of war between labor and a platform, I hope what this highlights is that there are opportunities for working together and to find...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, California, Tech, Talent, Thumbtack, Gig Economy, Alia, Zappacosta, Marco Zappacosta, National Domestic Workers Alliances Lab


SendBird snags $52M Series B to expand messaging API tool

SendBird, a San Francisco area startup, helps developers add messaging to their apps with a couple of lines of code. It’s an idea similar to Stripe for payments or Twilio for communications. Today, the company announced a $52 million Series B investment. The round was led by Iconiq Capital. Existing investors Shasta Ventures, August Capital, Y Combinator, and Funders Club also participated. Today’s investment brings the total raised to over $70 million, according to Crunchbase. Y Combinator is c...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Developer, Messaging, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Glu Mobile, Kim, APIs, Developer Tools, John Kim, Sendbird, NBA Yahoo Sports, Iconiq Capital Existing, Shasta Ventures August Capital Y Combinator


EU’s proposed upload filters suck and Youtube’s ‘child pornography’ snafu shows why

YouTube just backtracked its inexplicable decision to delete three popular Pokémon Go channels — Trainer Tips, Mystic7, and Marksman — for violating the platform’s rules against sexualizing minors. All the channels were completely innocent of any wrongdoing and the incident raises serious questions about automated review of content — something that needs to be answered ahead of the EU‘s upcoming Copyright Reform. In case anyone at @TeamYouTube is taking notes on today's mishap, CP stands for Com...
Tags: Google, Startups, Europe, Eu


How Google’s Jigsaw think tank is fighting radicalization online

Jigsaw — a tech incubator created by Google — is one of the most important projects working towards countering cyber attacks, censorship, and online extremism. Using AI and machine learning, Jigsaw is tackling political challenges with technology, not policy. One of their most recent projects is the security app Intra, which protects its users from government censorship by passing all browsing queries and traffic through an encrypted connection to a trusted DNS (Domain Name Server). The app has ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Politics, World, Artificial Intelligence, Venezuela, Patricia, Jigsaw, TNW Answers


Antescofo’s Metronaut adds an orchestra when you play music

Meet Metronaut, an app for smartphones and tablets that could change the way you play classical music. The startup behind the app, Antescofo, raised a $4.5 million funding round (€4 million) and has attracted 160,000 downloads. Daphni and OneRagTime are leading the round, with Nobuyuki Idei, Yann LeCun, Sophie Gasperment and Thibault Viort also participating. Metronaut lets you play a music instrument with a professional orchestra playing all the other instruments with you. It isn’t just an audi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Europe, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, France Newsletter, Thibault Viort, Antescofo, Metronaut, Nobuyuki Idei Yann LeCun Sophie Gasperment


Litho is a finger-worn controller for augmented reality, IoT and other ‘spatial’ interactions

I first encountered the founders of Litho, a new hardware and software startup developing a new finger-worn controller, at London’s [email protected] last April. The event sees startups pitch in front of the British royal family and other esteemed guests, and naturally the company’s young founders, 24-year-old Nat Martin (CEO) and 25-year-old Charlie Bruce (CTO), were a little overawed by the occasion, just like many of the other founders pitching that day. However, perhaps unbeknown to them, Litho w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Europe, London, Tech, Cto, Sdk, Bluetooth Low Energy, Martin, Chris Albinson, Turo, Litho, Nat Martin, Charlie Bruce, Litho SDK


Laws can’t keep up with sex robots’ ethical and privacy issues

From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the national conversation about the future of sex and relationships. Behind the headlines, a number of companies are currently developing robots designed to provide humans with companionship and sexual pleasure – with a few already on the market. Unlike sex toys and dolls, which are typically sold in off-the-radar shops and hidden in closets, sexbots may become mainstream. A 2017 survey suggested almost half ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, New York Times, Syndication


HiHello raises $2.5 million to finally fix contact management

HiHello, the latest startup to take aim at business cards with its own digital alternative, has now raised a $2.5 million seed round to continue its efforts in building a better contact management solution designed for the mobile era. The new financing was led by August Capital, K9 Ventures and TenOneTen Ventures, and will see Villi Iltchev from August Capital joining the HiHello board as a result. The now six-month-old startup was dreamed up by K9 Ventures founder Manu Kumar, along with co-f...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Contacts, Linkedin, Tech, Business Cards, Bump, Columbia, Caltech, Kumar, Plaxo, Cardmunch, TenOneTen Ventures, Villi Iltchev, K9 Ventures, Manu Kumar


Google Assistant Actions up 2.5x in 2018 to reach 4,253 in the US

In addition to competing for smart speaker market share, Google and Amazon are also competing for developer mindshare in the voice app ecosystem. On this front, Amazon has soared ahead — the number of available voice skills for Alexa devices has grown to top 80,000 the company recently announced. According to a new third-party analysis from Voicebot, Google is trailing that by a wide margin with its own voice apps, called Google Assistant Actions, which total 4,253 in the U.S. as of January 2019...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Apps, US, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Voicebot Google, Games Fun, Alexa Voicebot


Uganda loses 5 million internet users as a result of Social Media Tax

Half-way through 2018, Uganda introduced a Social Media (OTT) tax which required Ugandans to pay a tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. It turns out, based on released data by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the tax has had a significant impact on the number of internet users in the East Afrikan country resulting in a drop of 3 million internet users over a 3 month period. What is also interesting when one looks at the data relea...
Tags: Startups, Africa, Social Media, Tech, Uganda, UCC, Uganda Communications Commission UCC, Facebook Twitter WhatsApp, Syndication, East Afrikan


How I got banned for life from AirBnB

A few months ago, I received a cryptic message from AirBnB that sounded like something straight out of the Black Mirror episode with Jon Hamm. Dear Jackson, We regret to inform you that we’ll be unable to support your account moving forward, and have exercised our discretion under our Terms of Service to disable your account(s). This decision is irreversible and will affect any duplicated or future accounts. Please understand that we are not obligated to provide an explanation for the action tak...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication, Jon Hamm Dear Jackson


Alan raises another $45 million for its health insurance product

Paris-based startup Alan has raised a Series B round of funding of $45 million (€40 million). Index Ventures is once again leading the round, with partners of DST Global also participating. The company had raised a $28 million funding round only ten months ago. Alan is a software-as-a-service startup tackling a very specific industry — the health insurance market in France — and soon across Europe. The company wants to create a well-designed insurance product with transparent pricing and policie...
Tags: Startups, Europe, France, Tech, Paris, France Newsletter, Alan, DST Global, Index Ventures, Jean Charles Samuelian, Alan With, My Little Paris Le Slip Français Ledger


GoCardless raises $75M Series E for its recurring payments network and heads to America

Compared to startups born into the frothy London fintech space as it exists today, 2011-founded GoCardless could well be considered a slow burner. However, in more recent years, the nearly 300 person company — headed up by co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi — has undoubtedly stepped on the gas in a bid to become the one stop shop globally for businesses that want to let customers pay via recurring bank payments. A little over a year ago, GoCardless announced that it had raised $22.5 million in f...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Germany, America, Tech, North America, Gocardless, Takeuchi, Hiroki Takeuchi, EMEA APAC, France Australia, Adams Street Partners Google Ventures, Salesforce Ventures Previous


How realistic are China’s plans to colonize the moon?

The world is still celebrating the historic landing of China’s Chang’e-4 on the far side of the moon on January 3. Last month, China announced its plans to follow up with three more lunar missions, laying the groundwork for a lunar base. Colonizing the Moon, and beyond, has always being a human aspiration. Technological advancements, and the discovery of a considerable source of water close to the lunar poles, has made this idea even more appealing. But how close is China to actually achieving t...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech, Chang, Syndication


How to read fiction to build a startup

“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were 15, it will tell it to you aga...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Books, Youtube, Fiction, Book Review, Tech, Beijing, Bill Gates, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, South Pacific, Susan Wojcicki, Jeff Bezos


New research shows bees can do math

The humble honeybee can use symbols to perform basic maths including addition and subtraction, shows new research published today in the journal Science Advances. Despite having a brain containing less than one million neurons, the honeybee has recently shown it can manage complex problems – like understanding the concept of zero. Honeybees are a high value model for exploring questions about neuroscience. In our latest study we decided to test if they could learn to perform simple arithmetical ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Syndication


Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s latest cohort too big?

Greetings from Chittorgarh, one of my stops on a two-week excursion through Goa and Rajasthan, India. I’ve been a little too busy exploring, photographing cows and monkeys and eating a lot of delicious food to keep up with *all* the tech news, but I’ve still got the highlights. For starters, if you haven’t heard yet, TechCrunch launched Extra Crunch, a paid premium subscription offering full of amazing content. As part of Extra Crunch, we’ll be doing deep dives on select businesses, beginning...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Y Combinator, Indonesia, Germany, Softbank, Tech, Xiaomi, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Goa, Kpcb, General Catalyst, Patreon


The world’s first smart oral sex toy aims to close the orgasm gender gap

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was founded by ex-TNW European Editor Ben Woods, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.   Cunni, a Hong Kong-based sextech startup, is aiming to close the orgasm gender gap with what it claim...
Tags: Startups, Hong Kong, Tech, Ben Woods, Syndication, Facebook Cunni


Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has reportedly acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. The company makes voice experience design tools, artificial intelligence to power those experiences, and toys like talking Barbie and Thomas The Tank Engine toys in partnership with Mattel. Founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives, PullString went on to raise $44 mill...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Apps, Hardware, Developer, Entertainment, Siri, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, M&a, Barbie



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