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The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1

Electric vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers, and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from presitigious startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. But with over 200 startups presenting across 2 stages and 2 days, it’s tough to keep track. You can check out our write-ups of all 85 startups that launched on Demo Day 1 here, and come back later for our full index and picks from Day 2. B...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Hardware, Enterprise, Education, Microsoft, Developer, Navy, US, Tech, Air Force, EVs


Y Combinator bets on the booming podcast industry

Podcasts are exploding in popularity and Y Combinator, the startup accelerator known for its long list of unicorn graduates, is throwing its support behind a business tackling the podcast monetization problem. Among its latest and largest-ever cohort is Brew, a subscription-based app complete with original content. Though Brew’s founders, Jijo Sunny, Madhavan Ramakrishnan, Aleesha John and Joseph Sunny, call Brew the “Netflix for podcasts,” the app differs from Luminary, which made headlin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Podcasts, Entertainment, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Netflix, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Trevor Noah, Himalaya, Justine, Kerala India


YourChoice Therapeutics is developing unisex, non-hormonal birth control

The options available to women who want to avoid getting pregnant today are bad. Most, like the widely used birth control pill, feed man-made estrogen and progestin hormones to women, which are capable of causing a number of awful side effects. YourChoice Therapeutics — a startup launched by a team of Berkeley researchers, including two experts in sperm physiology and sperm-egg interactions — dreams of producing a unisex, non-hormonal alternative to existing contraceptives. The company has raise...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Drugs, Cancer, Tech, Contraception, Berkeley, Birth Control, Nurx, Pill Club, YourChoice Therapeutics, Akash Bakshi, Nadja Mannowetz


Meet the 19 startups in AngelPad’s 12th batch

AngelPad just wrapped the 12th run of its months-long New York City startup accelerator. For the second time, the program didn’t culminate in a demo day; rather, the 19 participating startups were given pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with venture capital investors late last week. AngelPad co-founders Thomas Korte and Carine Magescas did away with the demo day tradition last year after nearly a decade operating AngelPad, which is responsible for mentoring startups including Postmates, Twitte...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, Accelerator, Twitter, Utah, Japan, Real Estate, Berlin, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Adidas, Tesla, MoPub


Bottomless has a solution for lazy coffee addicts

If you’re like me, you let out a heavy sigh every month or so when you reach out and unexpectedly find an empty bag of coffee. Bottomless, one of the 200-plus startups in Y Combinator’s latest batch, has a solution for us caffeine addicts. For a $36 annual membership fee, a cost which co-founder Michael Mayer says isn’t set in stone, plus $11.29 per order depending on the blend, Bottomless will automatically restock your coffee supply before you run out. How? The startup sends its members an int...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Coffee, Food, Drinks, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Nike, Portland, Food And Drink, Seattle


San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: ResMed, Alexandria GradLabs & More

Spring has sprung, and it’s shaping up to be another busy season for San Diego’s life sciences community. As we head into the weekend, crossing our fingers that the seemingly endless rain showers will be replaced by our usual sunshine, here’s a quick rundown of some recent news developments.—ResMed (NYSE: RMD) acquired a South Korea-based medical equipment provider, the company said Friday. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.The acquisition of privately held HB Healthcare comes less ...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, South Korea, Trends, Tech, San Diego, Biotech, Life Sciences, Genentech, Roche, Resmed, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, National blog main, San Diego blog main, San Diego top stories, ResMed NYSE


Y Combinator president Sam Altman is stepping down amid a series of changes at the accelerator

Sam Altman, the well-known president of the prolific Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, is stepping down, the firm shared in a blog post on Friday. Altman is transitioning into a chairman role with other YC partners stepping up to take on his day-to-day responsibilities, as first reported by Axios. Sources tell TechCrunch YC has no succession plans. YC’s core program is currently led by chief executive officer Michael Seibel, who joined the firm as a part-time partner in 2013 and ass...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Articles, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, President, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Mountain View, Graham, Chairman, Advisor


WellSaid aims to make natural-sounding synthetic speech a credible alternative to real humans

Many things are better said than read, but the best voice tech out there seems to be reserved for virtual assistants, not screen readers or automatically generated audiobooks. WellSaid wants to enable any creator to use quality synthetic speech instead of a human voice — perhaps even a synthetic version of themselves. There’s been a series of major advances in voice synthesis over the last couple years as neural network technology improves on the old highly manual approach. But Google, Apple, an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Accelerator, Media, Barack Obama, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Npr, Gpu, Cto, Natural Language Processing, Allen, Google Apple, Allen Institute


Three Employment Law Tips for Startups and New Business Ventures

Later today, I’ll be speaking to the next group of startups chosen to participate in the Accelerator for Biosciences in Connecticut, or ABCT.  ABCT is a Branford-based program spearheaded by Design Technologies LLC, which supports Connecticut’s aim of being a bioscience hub. It’s an exciting time for new businesses in Connecticut like those chosen to participate in the program. But employment law issues are often an after-thought for startups.  They shouldn’t be. I’ll be talking in more detail ...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Law, Startup, Companies, United States, Connecticut, Contract, Employment law, Biotech, Branford, NDA, Ventures, BioScience, Documentation, Human Resources (HR) Compliance


The Silicon Valley exodus continues

For a long time, it was the norm for founders to haul their hardware to the 3000 block of Sand Hill Road, where the venture capitalists of “Silicon Valley” would be awaiting their pitches. Today, many of the investors that touted the exclusivity of “The Valley” have moved north to San Francisco, where they have better access to top entrepreneurs. Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley institution and to many the lifeblood of the startups and venture capital ecosystem, is the latest to pack up shop. Y...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Y Combinator, Accelerator, South Park, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Venture Capital, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, 500 Startups, True Ventures, General Catalyst


Angel Networks Most Active Texas Investors Since 2010, Report Says

Austin — Two angel networks in Texas have been the most active investors in the state since 2010.The Houston Angel Network leads the list with 145 investments during the past nine years, followed by the Central Texas Angel Network in Austin with 144 deals, according to data compiled by Seattle-based PitchBook. Capital Factory, which runs a co-working space abd accelerator in Austin, and also invests in startups, was third on the list with 97 deals. PitchBook compiled the list ahead of South by ...
Tags: Food, Startups, Uber, Accelerator, Gender, Texas, Technology, Washington, Entrepreneurial, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Race, Women, Trends, Startup, Tech


Women Who Code in Houston, Sam’s Club, Springdale & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Sam’s Club Now, the Dallas-based innovation center where Walmart’s bulk buying business is located, says it has a new scanning technology that can reduce checkout times. The technology, which uses computer vision and machine learning, will be piloted at the Sam’s Club Now store this spring, according blog post by Eddie Garcia, vice president of product and member experience at Sam’s Club. “Rather than having to locate the barcode and scan...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Accelerator, Texas, Funding, Toronto, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Investment, Walmart, E-commerce, IP, People, Sam's Club, Aig


New Funds for ParkHub, Neighborhood Goods, Rabbet, & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—ParkHub, a Dallas startup that is digitizing how and when users pay for parking, raised $13 million in a Series B funding round, according to a press release. The investment round was led by Arrowroot Capital in Santa Monica, CA and is the first institutional money for the startup. Among the startup’s angel investors is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Parkhub, which was founded in 2010, is used at AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys’ home, where ...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Texas, Reese Witherspoon, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, E-commerce, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin, Innovation


HAX launches an accelerator program for senior tech

HAX today announced the launch of an initiative targeted at helping startups advance the state of tech for people over the age of 65. The program was developed in conjunction with Centrica, the energy company behind the newly launched Hive Link, a smart home service for people with elderly family members. The program will invest $250,000 in the startups it selects, including mentoring, office space, education and the like, in exchange for equity in the companies — a pretty standard setup for...
Tags: Accelerator, Hardware, San Francisco, Tech, Centrica, Shenzhen, Hax, Kate Whitcomb, San Francisco Shenzhen


Notley Invests in DivInc Accelerator for Women and People of Color

Austin—DivInc, a nonprofit business accelerator for women and people of color, has received a philanthropic investment from Notley Ventures to expand its accelerator program.DivInc also announced a partnership with Notley that will let the accelerator use services that Notley offers organizations it works with, including finance, operations, marketing, and fundraising. DivInc plans to move into Relay Coworking, which is at Notley’s Center for Social Innovation, a real estate development for non...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Real Estate, Texas, Technology, Trends, Startup, Tech, Investment, Austin, People Of Color, Startup Accelerator, Minorities, Dan Graham, Minority, Notley


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


VelocityTX Lands City Grant for “Innovation Center” Redevelopment

San Antonio — VelocityTX is getting a $750,000 grant and another tax incentive from the City of San Antonio for its redevelopment of a large industrial space that VelocityTX plans to turn into a three-building “innovation center” for tech, life sciences, and other businesses.VelocityTX, which is the innovation arm of nonprofit business development organization Texas Research and Technology Foundation, is rebuilding the complex in four phases over the course of 10 years, and says it plans to spe...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Science, Technology, Funding, Entrepreneur, Trends, Startup, Tech, Tax, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Incubator, Innovation


Mission Edge Taps 10 Businesses for “Social Enterprise” Accelerator

Mission Edge, a nonprofit organization backed by the San Diego Foundation and three corporations, has chosen 10 companies and organizations to participate in a 12-week program intended to improve each entity’s financial performance, and thereby long-term sustainability.Called the Social Enterprise Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL), the program has previously taken place twice. SAIL’s sponsors are wireless giant Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) and automotive software maker Mitchell, both of which are ba...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Small Business, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Incubator, San Diego, Social Enterprise, Qualcomm, Nonprofit, Social Impact, Mitchell, Shark Tank, Ken Davenport, Impact


Startups Platform Grow at Bosch: 3 Paths to Transition an Idea into an Innovation Project

Peter Guse joined Bosch’s Research and Advance Engineering Sector as Innovation Manager in 2009. He co-developed the concept of the Bosch Start-up Platform, Grow, that he heads as founding CEO since 2013. Grow platform Gmbh, as the internal incubator, is the platform for start-ups, and an open space for entrepreneurs inside of Bosch. 1) Hi ...
Tags: Accelerator, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Start-up, Bosch, Incubation, Corporate accelerator, Intrapreneur, GMBH, Grow platform, Peter Guse, Bosch Start


Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching a space industry accelerator in Los Angeles

With the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC and the Israel Aerospace Industries company, Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching an accelerator focused on the space industry in Los Angeles. Already a major hub for the space and aerospace startup industry, with companies like SpaceX, Relativity Space, Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab, Phase Four, and others calling Los Angeles home, the new accelerator will provide another ...
Tags: TC, Accelerator, Spacex, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Companies, David Cohen, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, TechStars, Mentorships, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, SAIC


YC is hosting interviews in New York in a couple of weeks; here’s what you need to know ahead of time

For years, the popular accelerator program Y Combinator has interviewed applicants to its program in the Bay Area, reimbursing teams for their travel expenses. It will continue to do so, but the outfit tells us they are also hosting interviews in New York on February 23rd for the first time, and that plans to interview applicants in both Tel Aviv and Bangalore are in the works. We were in touch yesterday with YC Partner Dalton Caldwell, who heads up admissions for the organization, to get a f...
Tags: Y Combinator, Accelerator, New York, Tel Aviv, Tech, Bangalore, Yc, Bay Area, Dalton Caldwell


Hypergiant in Space, Celltex & Saudi, Siete Foods’ $90M, & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up on the latest innovation news in Texas.—Aeglea Biotherapeutics, an Austin biotech, raised $60 million in a secondary public stock offering Wednesday, according to a press release. The company is developing drugs to essentially starve cancers to death. In 2016, it raised $50 million in an IPO. In 2017, co-founder David Lowe, who led the company from pre-clinical stage, was replaced by Anthony Quinn as interim CEO. The next year, the company named Quinn as its president and permane...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Minneapolis, Drugs, Big Data, Ipo, Cancer, Funding, Toronto, Trends, Startup, Tech, Atlanta, Investment, Cisco


NYC launches partnership network, “The Grid”, to help grow urban tech ecosystem

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and  CIV:LAB – a nonprofit dedicated to connecting urban tech leaders – have announced the launch of The Grid, a member-based partnership network for New York’s urban tech community. The goal of the network is to link organizations, academia and local tech leaders, in order to promote collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and resources. In addition to connecting member companies and talent, The Grid will host various events, e...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Internet Of Things, Accelerator, Real Estate, New York, Networking, Education, NYC, Finance, Government, New York City, Samsung, Tech, Policy


Houston Investors Step Up to Bring Tech Innovation to the Energy Sector

Houston—A new crop of investors are backing efforts to support oil-and-gas innovation in Houston—just over three years after the Surge energy accelerator shut its doors.BBL Ventures, a newly formed investment and consulting firm that focuses on energy technologies will next week formally announce an accelerator program at Station Houston next week. The idea, co-founder Patrick Lewis explains, is to buttress the traditional accelerator model with consultancy services, research, and early-stage c...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Cloud, Apps, Accelerator, New York, Texas, Big Data, Funding, Trends, Tech, ExxonMobil, Investment, Analytics, Vc, Software


BP Technology Group, how technology can impact the energy industry out to 2050

Stephen Cook is Chief Commercial Officer, Group Technology at BP since 2017, committed to  commercial deals in technology-related business development, also cultivating and delivering capability in technology strategy, and intelligence. Can you describe the missions of your entity, the Group Technology at BP? Group Technology is BP’s central innovation function, providing joined-up leadership of technology ...
Tags: Accelerator, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Bp, Start-up, Stephen Cook, Group Technology, Incubation, Corporate accelerator, Intrapreneur, BP Technology Group


New Funds for GoCo, CherryCircle, Phynd, Hive9 & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Houston-based human resources software maker GoCo has raised a $7 million Series A round led by ATX Seed Ventures and the investment arm of UpCurve, a maker of technology for small- to medium-sized businesses, the startup reported in a press release.  This latest funding brings GoCo’s total investment raised to $12.5 million since its inception in 2017. GoCo’s previous investors include Salesforce Ventures; Corp Strategics; GIS Strategic...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Boston, Funding, Data Visualization, Wordpress, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Investment, Analytics, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software


Investing, Real Estate, In-Game Ads: Sputnik ATX’s Third Accelerator

Austin—Startup accelerator Sputnik ATX has a picked five startup companies for its newest program, the third Sputnik has run. That includes software makers and entrepreneurs focused on investing, commercial real estate, advertising for gaming, and building websites.Founded in 2017, Sputnik ATX runs two programs annually, selecting a group of five startups that are seeking help with product development, mentorship, sales, and more. The accelerator gives each selected startup $100,000 to particip...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Technology, College, Retirement, Finance, Advertising, Employment, Sales, Trends, Startup, Tech, Investment, Website, App


Rebooted startup program WeWork Labs celebrates its one-year anniversary

It’s been just about a year since the relaunch of WeWork Labs, an accelerator-type program operating under the WeWork umbrella. Since then, it’s grown to 37 locations in 22 cities. And it’s truly international, operating in 12 countries, including Brazil, China, Germany and India. These Labs offices are often — but not always — housed within a larger WeWork space, and, like an accelerator, they offer mentorship and programming. However, WeWork doesn’t take any equity; instead, it simply makes mo...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, New York, Microsoft, New York City, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tech, Shanghai, Manhattan, WeWork, Adler, Vazquez, Barak, Soluto, Dumbo


Entrepreneur First eyes further Asia growth to build its global network of founders

British startup venture builder Entrepreneur First is eying additional expansion in Asia, where its operation is now as large as it is in Europe, as it expands its reach in 2019. But, despite serving a varied mixture of markets, the company said its founders are a fairly unified breed. The Entrepreneur First program is billed as a “talent investor.” It matches prospective founders and, through an accelerator program, it encourages them to start and build companies which it backs with financin...
Tags: Asia, Accelerator, Hong Kong, Europe, Business, London, Berlin, Singapore, India, Entrepreneur, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Paris, Reid Hoffman, Clifford


TX Tech News: Techstars Austin, Essentium, Ontic, & More Startup Funds

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Essentium, maker of a 3-D printing system for manufacturers, has raised $22.2 million in a Series A funding round led by BASF Venture Capital. Materialise, Genesis Park, and previous seed round investors also participated in the deal, according to a press release. The funding will be used by the College Station, TX-based company to pay for additional manufacturing and engineering capabilities, as well as international distribution and sal...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, E-commerce, Analytics, People, Vc, Software, Austin, Innovation, Venture Capital