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TechCrunch Live: Join execs from Roblox, SuperAwesome, and Fingerprint tomorrow at 11:15am PDT to discuss kids media

With large majorities of all children (70% in the U.S. and U.K.) staying home from school during the COVID-19 crisis, use of digital media properties popular with kids has soared. Screen time among kids in the U.S. is up 50% according to research by SuperAwesome . This adds momentum to a space that has already been rapidly evolving amid greater protections on children’s data privacy, increasing popularity of gaming, the rise of subscription bundles, and the influence of independent content cre...
Tags: TC, London, Media, US, Tech, Fingerprint, Superawesome, Roblox, Craig Donato, Nancy MacIntyre Co, Dylan Collins Co


Five CEOs on their evolution in the femtech space

Rae Witte Contributor Share on Twitter Rae Witte is a New York-based freelance journalist covering music, style, sneakers, art and dating, and how they intersect with tech. You can find her writing on i-D, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Forbes, among others. More posts by this contributor Nike is making footwear to improve athletes’ efficiency for the Tokyo Olympics With new Fit technology, Nike calls ...
Tags: TC, Column, New York, Texas, Tech, Nike, Thailand, Tokyo, Laura Dern, Renée Zellweger, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lioness, Hayward, Cora, OB GYN, Klinger


SpaceX’s first operational version of Dragon successfully ends its 20th and final mission

SpaceX has been resupplying the International Space Station (ISS) since it began flying cargo missions on behalf of NASA in 2012. Now, the version of the Dragon capsule that SpaceX first employed to fly those missions is retiring, after one of the spacecraft based on that design splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday afternoon, having returned from the ISS. This marks the completion of CRS-20, the 20th Commercial Resupply Services mission that SpaceX has flown for NASA. The Dragon had be...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Iss, Demo, Aerospace, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, CRS, SpaceX Dragon


Google Cloud makes it cheaper to run smaller workloads on Bigtable

Cloud Bigtable has long been Google Cloud’s fully-managed NoSQL’s database for massive, petabyte-sized analytical and operational workloads. At $0.65 per hour and node, it was never a cheap service to run, especially because Google Cloud enforced a minimum of three nodes per cluster for production workloads. Today, however, it is changing that and you can now run Bigtable production workloads on just a single node. “We want Bigtable to be an excellent home for all of your key-value and wide-colu...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud Computing, Tech, Computing, Nosql, Data Management, Sla, Cloud Infrastructure, Apache Software Foundation, Product Manager, Google Cloud, Apache Cassandra, Bigtable, Sandy Ghai, Bigtabe


Mobile website builder Universe raises $10M from GV as it ventures into commerce

A startup that has framed itself as an Instagram for websites is now squaring up against Shopify as it nabs new funding from Google’s venture capital arm. Brooklyn-based Universe has just closed a $10 million Series A from GV. The funding round was well in the works before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold stateside, nevertheless, CEO Joseph Cohen definitely sounded relieved to have everything signed. “Hopefully, it’ll take some weight off their shoulders that may have been there otherwise,” said ...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Brooklyn, Universe, Shopify, Greylock, Cohen, Joseph Cohen, Siegler, M G Siegler, Javelin Venture Partners General Catalyst


GV’s M.G. Siegler on portfolio management, crisis fundraising and his latest investment

The pandemic crisis has pushed entrepreneurs and investors into unknown territory. Google’s GV just led a $10 million investment in Universe, a low-friction website builder that’s venturing into the world of commerce. Mobile website builder Universe raises $10M from GV as it ventures into commerce The investment was in the works before the COVID-19 pandemic hit America in force, but things were finalized for the Brooklyn startup in late March. I chatted with M.G. Siegler, a general partner...
Tags: Google, TC, America, Tech, Brooklyn, Universe, G Siegler, Siegler


Investor survey results: Upcoming trends in social startups

Voice-based social networks and gaming as a new form of identity were amongst the top emerging trends in consumer social startups, according to an Extra Crunch survey of top social tech investors. Meanwhile, anonymity and dating apps with a superfluous twist were spaces where investors were most pessimistic. Extra Crunch assembled a list of the most prolific and well-respected investors in social. Many have funded or worked for the breakout companies changing the way we interact with other peopl...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Social Networks, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Marketplaces, CRV, Investor Surveys, Investor Survey, Moore Justine Moore


Shippo raises a $30M Series C after posting rapid 2019 growth

Early this afternoon Shippo, a shipping software and services company, announced that it has closed a $30 million Series C. The funding round roughly doubles the capital that the firm has raised to-date, from a little over $29 million to just under $60 million. The round, however, wasn’t put together recently. As is often the case with funding events, Shippo raised its capital a while back and is only announcing it now. According to its CEO, Laura Behrens Wu, her startup started raising its S...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Wordpress, Tech, Paypal, Adyen, Shopify, Union Square Ventures, Shippo, Braintree, Bessemer, Catherine Stewart, Laura Behrens Wu


Borderlands 3 bridges the gap between citizen science and blockbuster games

The Borderlands series has long-offered players a chaotic loot scramble of explosive cel-shaded cartoon violence and intricately-tuned shooting that leaves anything that isn’t the fun part on the cutting room floor. It’s like the gaming equivalent of a very large, very rich dessert—and what if, by eating dessert, you could also make the world better? Imagine. Borderlands 3 publisher 2K and developer Gearbox Software is elevating the series’ latest game to lofty new ideals with a new in-game expe...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Science, Tech, Research, UC San Diego School of Medicine, Randy Pitchford, Gearbox Software, Borderlands, Borderlands Science, McGill University the Microsetta Initiative


NASCAR retains sponsors for esports series as Bubba Wallace loses his

NASCAR drivers can now lose real-world sponsors for conduct in virtual competition. That’s what happened to Bubba Wallace on April 5 when he rage-quit a race in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational — a substitute for the sport’s live rubber-to-pavement action during the COVID-19 pandemic. As live audience sports organizations have paused playoffs and closed stadiums, NASCAR has found traction in an esports alternative to keep racing and sponsorships going through the coronavirus crisis. ...
Tags: TC, Coca-cola, Video Games, Massachusetts, America, Tech, Spokesperson, Driver, Nascar, TechCrunch, Anheuser Busch, Wallace, Bristol Motor Speedway, Fox Sports, GEICO, Clint Bowyer


Hims launches group therapy services as first foray into broader mental health initiative

Hims, the startup consumer health brand providing out-of-pocket physician services online, has launched group therapy services through its Hims and Hers brands as part of an initial push into mental health services. The company first began exploring opportunities to expand into the mental health category around eight months ago, and accelerated its pace to respond to increased consumer demand cery aused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health and wellness has become a huge business opportunit...
Tags: Health, TC, Articles, Tech, Meditation, Mental Health, Acne, Depression, Diabetes, Disability, Healthcare, Telemedicine, Erectile Dysfunction, Forerunner Ventures, University Of Southern California, Carroll


Spot & Tango, with $4.2 million in seed funding, launches UnKibble

Spot & Tango, the D2C pet food brand, has today announced the launch of a new line of pet food called UnKibble. Alongside the announcement of the launch, the company has also closed on a $4.2 million seed funding round led by Guild Capital. Spot & Tango launched 2018 with a line of fresh, wet dog-food recipes. Competing with Farmer’s Dog, Spot & Tango developed customized meals for pups using fresh ingredients fine enough for human consumption, taking into account the dog’s weight, age, breed an...
Tags: TC, America, Tech, Rice, Breuer, Guild Capital Spot Tango, Russell Breuer


Spot & Tango, with $4.2M in seed funding, launches UnKibble

Spot & Tango, the D2C pet food brand, has today announced the launch of a new line of pet food called UnKibble. Alongside the announcement of the launch, the company has also closed on a $4.2 million seed funding round led by Guild Capital. Spot & Tango launched 2018 with a line of fresh, wet dog food recipes. Competing with Farmer’s Dog, Spot & Tango developed customized meals for pups using fresh ingredients fine enough for human consumption, taking into account the dog’s weight, age, breed an...
Tags: TC, America, Tech, Rice, Breuer, Guild Capital Spot Tango, Russell Breuer


Continuous delivery pioneer CircleCI scores $100M Series E

CircleCI, an early adherent to the notion of continuous delivery when it launched in 2011, announced a $100 million Series E investment today. It comes on top of a $56 million round last July. The round was led by IVP and Sapphire Ventures. Under the terms of the deal, Cack Wilhelm will be joining the CircleCI board. Jai Das from Sapphire will also be joining the board as an observer. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $215 million, according to the company, with $156 million comin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Devops, IVP, Sapphire, CircleCI, Sapphire Ventures, Rose, Jim Rose, Continuous Delivery, Jai Das


With $8 million to consolidate Amazon’s top marketplace sellers, Perch makes its first deals

After raising $8 million in November to roll up top Amazon marketplace companies, the new Boston-based startup Perch has begun putting that money to work in its first few deals. The brainchild of Chris Bell, formerly Wayfair’s head of logistics and a Bain & Co. principal, Perch is pretty well-positioned to serve as unifier of a bevy of disparate products in one nest. The company’s recent acquisition include brands selling a sand anchor for beach umbrellas (Beachr), a waterproof apron fo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, New York, Ge, America, Tech, Companies, AT&T, General Electric, Bell, Analyst, Spark Capital, Wayfair, Chris Bell, Amazon Basics, Industries


CNN preps NewsCo launch by acquiring personalization engine Canopy

Last year, The Information reported that CNN was working on a new digital news service to compete with the likes of Apple and Facebook. Today, some of those plans are taking shape. The Turner-owned news broadcaster has acquired Canopy, an all-purpose content personalisation that uses human curation, on-device machine learning and differential privacy to help readers discover things they actually want to see, while at the same kind keeping personal data private. The startup will become an anchori...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, TC, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Cnn, M&a, Canopy, Turner, Flipboard, Matrix Partners, Whitman, Facebook Today


Target’s Shipt shoppers are walking off work today

Shipt shoppers, which began organizing in February, are staging their first action today. Yesterday, a group of Shipt shoppers, who shop and deliver orders from Target and other stores, announced their plans to walk off today. The walk-off is in protest of the way Shipt has treated its shoppers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice first reported. “Unless you get tested for COVID-19 or you’re half dead, Shipt’s not going to care,” Iowa-based Shipt shopper Angie Kufner tells TechCrunch. Kufner hasn...
Tags: TC, Tech, Iowa, Instacart, Target, Doordash, Kalamazoo, Shipt, COVID-19, Angie Kufner, TechCrunch Kufner, Kufner, Instacart Amazon Whole Foods


CNN has acquired Canopy, a privacy-focused content personalization engine, for its upcoming news platform

Last year, The Information reported that CNN was working on a new digital news service to compete with the likes of Apple and Facebook. Today, some of those plans are taking shape. The Turner-owned news broadcaster has acquired Canopy, an all-purpose content personalisation that uses human curation, on-device machine learning and differential privacy to help readers discover things they actually want to see, while at the same kind keeping personal data private. The startup will become an anchori...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, TC, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Cnn, M&a, Canopy, Turner, Flipboard, Matrix Partners, Whitman, Facebook Today


New Media Ventures creates rapid-response fund for political startups in the COVID-19 era

The decade-old New Media Ventures investment fund, which backs startup businesses and non-profits developing technologies to improve access to government, said it is raising a “Crisis Innovation Fund” aiming to provide matching grants for startups advancing democracy and centering marginalized communities. The fund will offer grants and investments of between $25,000 and $250,000 to entrepreneurs developing businesses and tech-enabled services focused on progressive causes, the fund said. “COVID...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Tech, New Media Ventures, Taren Stinebrickner Kauffman, ActBlue Civics, Blackbaud Crowdtangle


WorkClout shifts focus to manufacturing performance support and raises $2.3M seed

WorkClout, a graduate of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 cohort, announced today that it has shifted its focus from manufacturing automation to manufacturing performance support and has raised a $2.3 million seed round. The funding was led by Spider Capital with participation from Y Combinator, Liquid 2, Soma Capital, Pioneer Fund, Mehta Ventures and several individual investors. When the company launched last year, it was looking at helping customers drive operational efficiency in their proces...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Funding, Training, Tech, SaaS, Manufacturing, Patel, Spider Capital, WorkClout, Arjun Patel, Soma Capital Pioneer Fund Mehta Ventures


How SaaS startups should plan for a turbulent Q2

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. We’ve dug into churn twice in the last week from an expert and data-based perspective. We’ve also spent a good amount of time talking to venture capitalists about how they are approaching today’s turbulent market. This morning we’re adding to both conversations by bringing Menlo Ventures‘ Matt Murphy into the discussion. Murphy spent 16 years at Kleiner Perkins before joining Me...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, SaaS, Matt Murphy, Menlo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Murphy, Churn


Einride demonstrates a single operator controlling multiple of its driverless cargo vehicles

Autonomous electric transportation startup Einride has taken a key step in its mission to deploy autonomous cargo pods on roads for commercial operations. The Swedish startup demonstrated its technology in use with one person remotely operating two pods at once, which is a fundamental part of their vision of multiple pods ultimately being overseen by one person essentially operating as a traffic controller. The demonstration saw an operator oversee and remotely control the two driverless p...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, Coca Cola, Articles, Tech, Controller, Automotive, United States, Automation, Transport, Truck, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Ultra


Austin-based SourceDay closes $12.5 million for its supply chain management software

Austin-based SourceDay, which sells supply chain management software, said it raised $12.5 million in its latest round of financing. The company developed software to manage the relationship between companies and the businesses they source raw materials from as part of their direct spending needs. Baird Capital led the round with participation from existing investors including Silverton Partners, ATX Ventures and Draper Associates, the company said. For companies dealing the supply chain shock...
Tags: TC, Tech, Draper Associates, Baird Capital, SourceDay, Silverton Partners ATX Ventures, Joanna Arras Principal, Tom Kieley CEO SourceDay


Firefox gets a refreshed address bar

Mozilla is launching version 75 of its Firefox browser today. As always, there are plenty of bug fixes and changes for developers who write web apps, but the marquee feature of this update is a refreshed address bar. Given how often you likely use the address bar — though these days it’s often more of a search bar than URL bar — that’s prime real estate in any browser and the kind of feature where users will quickly notice any changes. Today’s update brings three major changes to the Firefox ...
Tags: Firefox, Google, TC, Tech, Web Browsers, Software, Mozilla, Web Apps, Video Conferencing, Google-chrome


CyberMDX raises $20M to help improve medical device security

Healthcare security startup CyberMDX has raised $20 million in its latest round of fundraising, the company confirmed Tuesday. The New York-based security company works primarily to secure medical devices and improve hospital network security through its cyber intelligence platform, which manages a hospital’s network-connected assets and devices, and monitors threats in real-time. CyberMDX has become one of the more established cybersecurity startups in the medical space, despite being founded o...
Tags: TC, Europe, New York, Tech, Homeland Security, Medical Device, Cyberwarfare, Computer Security, Medical Devices, Pitango Venture Capital, Sham, Pitango, Information Age, Relyens Group, Qure Ventures CyberMDX, Amir Magner GE


Cloud Foundry Foundation executive director Abby Kearns steps down to pursue a new executive role elsewhere

The Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF), the home of the Cloud Foundry open-source developer platform, today announced that its executive director Abby Kearns is stepping down from her role to pursue an executive role elsewhere. If you’ve followed the development of the CFF for a while, it won’t come as a surprise that its current CTO, Chip Childers, is stepping into the executive director role. For the last few years, Kearns and Childers shared duties hosting the foundation’s bi-annual conference...
Tags: Google, TC, Open Source, Verizon, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Ceo, Computing, Cloud Foundry, Chip, Devops, Linux Foundation, Vmware, Cto, Kubernetes


Taiwan’s government bars its agencies from using Zoom over security concerns

Taiwan’s Executive Yuan issued an advisory on Tuesday barring the country’s government agencies from using Zoom and other video software with “associated security or privacy concerns.” Instead, the government said alternatives, including software from Google and Microsoft, should be considered. Many organizations have been relying on Zoom to holding meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the video conferencing app has also been criticized for security and privacy issues. Maybe we should...
Tags: Google, Security, TC, Asia, Microsoft, Australia, China, New York City, Tech, Taiwan, Zoom, Executive Yuan, Defence Force, Citizen Lab, Eric Yuan, Coronavirus


HubSpot unveils new content management system aimed at marketers

HubSpot, the Boston-based inbound marketing firm, announced today it is launching a standalone content management system designed to make it easy for marketing personnel to add and update content. While content management, in a sense, has been core to HubSpot from the beginning — many companies use their blogging platform, for example — the company built this one from the ground up for marketers, says chief marketing officer Kipp Bodnar. “For me, the marketer owning the website is one of the ...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Boston, Marketing, Tech, SaaS, Content Management, HubSpot, DeFranco, Boston-based companies, Kipp Bodnar, Angela DeFranco, De Franco


Utah’s Podium raises $125M Series C led by YC after reaching $100M ARR

This morning, Utah-based SaaS startup Podium announced that it has closed a $125 million Series C led by Y Combinator’s Continuity fund, with participation from Sapphire Ventures and Alkeon, and Recruit Co. Ltd. Prior investors IVP, GV, Summit, and Accel also took part in the funding event. The new capital values Podium at around $1.5 billion, and brings the company’s known capital raised to just under $218 million. Notably, the venture round wasn’t put together back in Q4 2019 only to be ann...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Utah, Boston, Tech, United States, SaaS, Sapphire, Accel, Sapphire Ventures, Rea, Podium, Silicon Slopes, Eric Rea


Bringg nabs $30M to expand its delivery logistics platform used by Walmart and others

Over the last several years, delivery services have become a key component of how retailers, or anyone selling or distributing products and services, do business. Now, with a global health pandemic in full swing keeping people indoors (and away from physical storefronts), delivery has become an essential must-have if you want your business to stay alive. Today, a startup called Bringg, which helps companies build and run delivery operations, is announcing a growth round of $30 million to meet ex...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Funding, Tel Aviv, Tech, Walmart, Logistics, Delivery, Coke, Sion, Gett, Bringg



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