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Early-stage founders: Beat the clock & buy a $79 Founder pass to TC Disrupt 2021

If you’re an early-stage founder, you’d be wise to make TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (September 21-23) your must-attend virtual destination. It’s the OG of tech startup conferences, draws more than 10,000 attendees from around the world and features some of the most gifted, visionary minds and makers across the entire tech spectrum. Cash-strapped founders in the early innings of their startup love to save money, and we get it in a big way. That’s why our Founder pass is the perfect choice for you. Ri...
Tags: TC, Business, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Private Equity, Advisors, Founder, Startup Company, Startup Alley, Felicia Jackson, Joel Neidig, TechCrunch Disrupt 2021, Anirudh Murali, Watch the Startup Battlefield


Early bird savings on passes to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 end this week

Tick tock, early-stage startup fans: If you plan to attend TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (September 21-23), time is running out to score a pass to the world’s leading conference dedicated to tech startups — for less than $100. The early bird sale ends this week, so buy your pass here before the deal expires on July 30 at 11:59 pm (PT). And if you’re part of the tech startup ecosystem — or aspire to be — why the heck wouldn’t you dive headlong into three days dedicated to the art and science required t...
Tags: TC, Business, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Pfizer, TechCrunch, Founder, Startup Company, Sahin, Michael McCarthy, Mayfield Fund, BioNtech, Verizon Media, Ursheet Parikh


Untitled Ventures joins the scramble for Russian & Eastern European startups with a $118M warchest

Sorry Mr. Putin, but there’s a race on for Russian and Eastern European founders. And right now, those awful capitalists in the corrupt West are starting to out-gun the opposition! But seriously… only the other day a $100 million fund aimed at Russian speaking entrepreneurs appeared, and others are proliferating. Now, London-based Untitled Ventures plans to join their fray with a €100 million / $118M for its second fund to invest in “ambitious deep tech startups with eastern European founders.” ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Europe, Usa, London, Money, Putin, Republicans, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Tech, Cyprus


Pink Floyd drummer invests in Disciple Media, a platform aimed at the creator economy

Much has been made of the rise of the “creator economy” in the last year. With the Pandemic biting, millions flooded online, looking for a way to make money or promote themselves. The podcasting world has exploded, and with it platforms like Patreon, Clubhouse, and many others. But the thorny problem remains: Do you really own your audience as a creator, or does the platform own you? Companies like Mighty Networks, Circle and Tribe have tried to address this, giving creators greater control than...
Tags: Android, TC, Europe, Social Networks, Youtube, Marketing, Tech, Ceo, Software, Pink Floyd, United States, Computing, American Idol, Salesforce, Chairman, Patreon


Employee mental health platform Oliva raises $2.2M pre-seed round led by Moonfire Ventures

Just as many other employee services have gone digital, so too is mental health. In the consumer space there are growing startups like Equoo, but the race is now on for the employee. And since telemedicine has gone digital and video-based, so too is mental health provision. A number of companies are already playing in this space, including Spill Chat, On Mind, Lyra Health, Modern Health, Ginger and TalkSpace For Business. Oliva’s take on this is not to create a marketplace or pre-recorded videos...
Tags: Health, Amazon, TC, Europe, UK, US, Tech, Spain, Mental Health, Disability, United States, United Kingdom, Suarez, Talkspace, Telemedicine, Booking.com


4 common mistakes to avoid as a first-time business founder

Don't hire your friends unless you're willing to risk losing the friendship. Getty Images Heather R. Morgan is a tech entrepreneur, surrealist artist, and investor in SaaS companies. While scaling her company to success, she says she learned what mistakes founders should avoid. Be prepared for the hard work to continue, bolster your personal brand, and don't hire friends. See more stories on Insider's business page. When I was only 23, I started my company by myself, with n...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Startup, CMO, Mistakes, Time Management, Prioritization, Firing, Hiring, Founder, Nordic, Don, Inc, Contributor, Startup Founders, Heather R Morgan


Real estate platform Casafari raises $15M to allow PE to buy single-family homes at scale

Just a Spotify used VC and PE backing to acquire the assets of the music industry so that we must now all rent our music via subscription, rather than own it for life, so a PropTech startup plans to follow a similar strategy for single-family homes. Casafari, a real estate data platform in Europe based out of Lisbon, Portugal, has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Prudence Holdings in New York. But, crucially, it has also secured a $120 million “mandate” from Geneva-based privat...
Tags: Startups, TC, Spotify, Europe, New York, Technology, Money, France, Finance, US, Investment, Spain, Ceo, Economy, United States, Italy


Women’s social network Peanut launches microfund StartHER to invest in pre-seed stage startups

Peanut, the maker of a social networking app for women, is entering into the investing space with today’s launch of a microfund called StartHER. As the name implies, the new fund will focus on investing in women, as well as other historically excluded founders “of all ages, life stages, ethnicities and sexual orientations,” the company says. In particular, StartHER aims to tackle the difficulties specific groups have in raising their first capital — something typically referred to as the “friend...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Funding, Tech, Investing, Vc, Venture Capital, Kennedy, Founder, Startup Company, Female Founders Fund, Michelle Kennedy, Duggal, Femtech, Anu Duggal


This advertising expert grew an audience of 500,000 followers on his own media platform - here's what he says is key to staying consistent and going viral

Jack Butcher says prioritizing and maximizing his time and creativity helped his business to grow. Jack Butcher Jack Butcher is the founder of Visualize Value, a $1M per year product business and media platform. During a live Q&A with readers of The Profile, he discussed new fatherhood and growing his business. As a creative, he says it's important to find people to collaborate with and be inspired on daily basis. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jack Butcher spent 10 y...
Tags: Media, Interview, Advertising, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Jack, Fatherhood, Q&a, Founder, Nordic, Dieter Rams, NFT, CEOs, Celia, Contributor


5 tips for using your professional expertise to launch a profitable business

Professionals can turn academic expertise into a business if they're willing to take risks. 10'000 Hours/Getty Images More trained professionals are turning their academic expertise into businesses, says entrepreneur Cohin Kakar. You don't need formal business training to be able to identify consumer demands and needs in your specialty. Once you're an expert in your craft, plan your business venture carefully but also be willing to take risks. See more stories on Insider&#...
Tags: Work, Business, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Entrepreneur, Trends, Strategy, Cbs, Founder, Nordic, Bajaj, Contributor, Contributor 2019, Cohin Kakar, Akash Bajaj, Marina Del Ray CA


Atomic-backed Jumpcut uses data to advance diversity in film

Jumpcut founder Kartik Hosanagar is a professor at the Wharton School, but about ten years ago, he spent his summer in an unlikely way: he wrote a screenplay. Set in India, his script garnered some interest from producers, but no one took the plunge to fund a film by a first-time Indian director. Now, films featuring diverse casts are gaining traction – this year, Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color, and only the second woman ever, to win the Academy Award for Best Director. At the previo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Chuck, Hollywood, Media, Buzzfeed, Youtube, India, Funding, Disney, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Netflix, Asia Pacific, Sony, Cbs


Tezlab CEO Ben Schippers to discuss the Tesla effect and the next wave of EV startups at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As Tesla sales have risen, interest in the company has exploded, prompting investment and interest in the automotive industry, as well as the startup world. Tezlab, a free app that’s like a Fitbit for a Tesla vehicle, is just one example of the numerous startups that have sprung up in the past few years as electric vehicles have started to make the tiniest of dents in global sales. Now, as Ford, GM, Volvo, Hyundai along with newcomers Rivian, Fisker and others launch electric vehicles into the m...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, China, Articles, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, AV, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Fitbit, Self-driving Cars


Synctera raises $33M Series A to pair fintechs with banks

Synctera , which aims to serve as a matchmaker for community banks and fintechs, has raised $33 million in a Series A round of funding led by Fin VC. The raise comes just under six months after the fintech raised $12.4 million in a seed round of funding. New investors Mastercard and Gaingels also participated in the latest round, which included follow-on investments from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Diagram Ventures, SciFi Ventures and Scribble Ventures. Several angel investors put money i...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Finance, Funding, Articles, San Francisco, Startup, Tech, Diversity, Economy, Canada, Venture Capital, Bank, Api


Blockchain startup Propy plans first-ever auction of a real apartment as a collectible NFT

We previously wrote about Propy using blockchain technology to smooth real-world real estate sales by introducing the concept of smart contracts. Propy was the first blockchain startup to make that work. Now the company is pushing the boundaries again, by auctioning a real apartment as an NFT. Although one might want to brush this aside as a stunt, the event is designed to make the point that it could well be done legally. And, by golly, they are going to try. The auction will be of the NFT atta...
Tags: TC, Europe, Real Estate, Usa, Articles, Tech, Ukraine, Ceo, Cryptography, United States, Auction, Crypto, Bank, Banksy, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains


Echelon exposed riders’ account data, thanks to a leaky API

Image Credits: Echelon (stock image) Peloton wasn’t the only at-home workout giant exposing private account data. Rival exercise giant Echelon also had a leaky API that let virtually anyone access riders’ account information. Fitness technology company Echelon, like Peloton, offers a range of workout hardware — bikes, rowers, and a treadmill — as a cheaper alternative for members to exercise at home. Its app also lets members join virtual classes without the need for workout equipment. But Jan...
Tags: Health, Security, Facebook, Technology, Tech, Vulnerability, Software, United States, Computing, Api, Software Testing, Cyberwarfare, Founder, Computer Security, Martin, Munro


4 ways to get to know your target audience before launching a side hustle - and actually get them to buy into your product

Entrepreneur Jen Glantz says knowing your audience is key to launching a side hustle. Gaby Deimeke Jen Glantz is an entrepreneur and founder of the company Bridesmaid for Hire. She says studying your customer base is key before launching a side hustle or small business. Use social media to engage with your target audience and ask for feedback on products and services. See more stories on Insider's business page. One of the biggest mistakes people make when starting a side hustle is tha...
Tags: Facebook, Small Business, Careers, Entrepreneurs, Trends, Strategy, Founder, Nordic, Growing A Business, Jen Glantz, Side Hustles, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019, Bridesmaid for Hire, Gaby Deimeke Jen Glantz, Linkedin Groups Slack


France’s SOS Accessoire raises £12M to help people repair their home appliances themselves

SOS Accessoire, a French startup that helps people diagnose and repair their home appliances, has raised €10M/$12M in a funding round led by ETF Partners. The round was joined by Quadia, Starquest, and Seed for Good. There is now a growing home repair market, powered by startups like this, which allow people to save money, but also reduce waste, and ultimately help the environment. Around 80% of home appliances get replaced instead of repaired, creating an enormous environmental problem. At the ...
Tags: TC, Europe, France, Tech, European Union, Founder, Partner, Accessoire, ETF Partners, Olivier de Montlivault, Spareka, SOS Accessoire, Remy de Tonnac


‘Pure’ nutritional supplements startup Feel closes $6.2M investment, led by Fuel Ventures

Earlier this year we covered the launch of Heights, a new supplements startup in an increasingly hot category. Feel, is a year-old UK startup with another twist on this world: pure nutritional supplements. It’s now closed a $6.2 million investment, led by Fuel Ventures, with participation from TMT Investments, Sova VC, Richard Longhurst (founder of LoveHoney.com) and Igor Ryabenkiy (founder and GP of Altair Capital). Feel founder Boris Hodakel says he spun his startup up after looking at the UK’...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Tesco, Ceo, United Kingdom, Founder, Startup Company, Feel, Vitamins, Mark Pearson, Richard Longhurst, Altair Capital, Managing Partner, Fuel.Ventures


Pearpop raises from The Chainsmokers, Alexis Ohanian, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Mark Cuban, Marshmello, and Snoop Dogg

Pearpop, the marketplace for social collaborations between the teeming hordes of musicians, craftspeople, chefs, clowns, diarists, dancers, artists, actors, acrobats, aspiring celebrities and actual celebrities, has raised $16 million in funding that includes what seems like half of Hollywood, along with Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six venture firm and Bessemer Venture Partners. The funding was actually split between a $6 million seed funding round co-led by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Soun...
Tags: Android, TC, Hollywood, Instagram, Amy Schumer, Social Media, Tech, Author, Software, Mark Cuban, Alexis Ohanian, Tony Hawk, Kevin Hart, Ashton Kutcher, Black Mirror, TechCrunch


China’s Xpeng in the race to automate EVs with lidar

Elon Musk famously said any company relying on lidar is “doomed.” Tesla instead believes automated driving functions are built on visual recognition and is even working to remove the radar. China’s Xpeng begs to differ. Founded in 2014, Xpeng is one of China’s most celebrated electric vehicle startups and went public when it was just six years old. Like Tesla, Xpeng sees automation as an integral part of its strategy; unlike the American giant, Xpeng uses a combination of radar, cameras, high-pr...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, White House, China, Cloud Computing, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Engineer, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Alibaba


ConsenSys raises $65M from JP Morgan, Mastercard, UBS to build infrastructure for DeFi

ConsenSys, a key player in crypto and a major proponent of the Ethereum blockchain, has raised a $65 million funding round from J.P. Morgan, Mastercard, and UBS AG, as well as major blockchain companies Protocol Labs, the Maker Foundation, Fenbushi, The LAO and Alameda Research. Additional investors include CMT Digital and the Greater Bay Area Homeland Development Fund. As well as fiat, several funds invested with Ethereum-based stablecoins, DAI and USDC, as consideration. Sources told TechCrunc...
Tags: Energy, TC, Technology, Finance, US, Articles, Tech, Spokesperson, Software, United States, Ubs, Jp Morgan, Silicon Valley, Firewall, Andreessen Horowitz, Cryptocurrencies


European tech event mainstays Shift and TOA find new homes, new models, post-COVID

Given the pandemic, huge changes are being wrought in tech events, something which used to be the lifeblood of the industry. Many a startup has pitched to win funding, and many a hackathon has formed teams that went on to greater things. It’s a sad fact that this era is over, at least until the pandemic has fully passed, but this could take some time. Two significant European events have now had to change in order to carry their brands into new realms. European breakout success story Infobip (wh...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Business, Berlin, US, Articles, Tech, Ceo, United States, Croatia, Latin America, Founder, Startup Company, Hellofresh, Unicorn


Saying hello to TechCrunch’s newest podcast: Found

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive, the Equity team sat down not with external investors or founders, but with two of our own. Yes, this week, for the first time Natasha and Alex got to break a little internal news instead of focusing on the world outside. Why did we have Jordan Crook and Darrell Etherington on the show? Because we’re jazzed to add a second startups-focus...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Podcast, Tech, Equity, Alex, Founder, Jordan Crook, Early Stage, Found, Natasha, Darrell Etherington


Bluu Biosciences raises cash to become Europe’s first purveyor of lab grown salmon, trout, and carp

A startup from Europe is joining the race to become the first big provider of lab grown fish. Bluu Biosciences has raised €7 million in a round of financing from investors including Manta Ray Ventures, Norrsken VC, Be8, CPT Capital and Lever VC to compete with a host of startups like BluNalu, Wild Type, and Shiok Meats in a bid to market with a lab-grown fish replacement. The market for sustainable fish is huge and growing. Already, concerns over the effects of overfishing and industrial fish fa...
Tags: TC, Europe, China, Berlin, Articles, Tech, Earth, Fish, Munich, Biotechnology, Founder, Aquaculture, Gary Lin, Fraunhofer Institute, Cultured Meat, Fabich


Bill Gates wants Western countries to eat “synthetic meat”; Meatable has raised $47 million to make it

In a recent interview discussing Bill Gates’ recent book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster“, the Microsoft and Breakthrough Energy founder (and the world’s third wealthiest man) advocated for citizens of the richest countries in the world to switch to diets consisting entirely of what he called synthetic meat in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Gates’ call is being met by startups and public companies hailing from everywhere from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv, London to Los Angeles, and Berkel...
Tags: Meat, TC, Europe, London, Microsoft, Articles, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Mit, Chicago, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Bill Gates, Netherlands, Amsterdam


Texas Roadhouse founder Kent Taylor reportedly died by suicide after suffering from severe 'post-Covid related symptoms'

Irene Jiang / Business Insider Kent Taylor, who founded Texas Roadhouse in 1993, died Thursday at the age of 65. Taylor's family said he died by suicide after "a battle with post-Covid related symptoms." Louisville's mayor remembered Taylor as a 'kind and generous spirit' who put others first. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kent Taylor, the founder and CEO of Texas Roadhouse, known for his deep care for workers and entrepreneurial spirit, died Thursday at...
Tags: News, Kentucky, Suicide, Restaurants, America, Trends, Obituaries, Retail, Obituary, Kent, Taylor, Jefferies, Founder, Louisville, Glassdoor, Morgan


Texas Roadhouse founder Kent Taylor died by suicide after suffering from severe 'post-Covid related symptoms'

Irene Jiang / Business Insider Kent Taylor, who founded Texas Roadhouse in 1993, died Thursday at the age of 65. Taylor's family said he died by suicide after "a battle with post-Covid related symptoms." Louisville's mayor remembered Taylor as a 'kind and generous spirit' who put others first. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kent Taylor, the founder and CEO of Texas Roadhouse, known for his deep care for workers and entrepreneurial spirit, died Thursday at...
Tags: News, Kentucky, Suicide, Restaurants, America, Trends, Obituaries, Retail, Obituary, Kent, Taylor, Jefferies, Founder, Louisville, Glassdoor, Morgan


Kent Taylor, the 'maverick entrepreneur' who founded Texas Roadhouse, has died at 65

Irene Jiang / Business Insider Kent Taylor, who founded Texas Roadhouse in 1993, died Thursday at the age of 65. Taylor was most recently the board chairman and the chief executive officer. Louisville's mayor remembered him as a 'kind and generous spirit' who put others first. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kent Taylor, the founder and CEO of Texas Roadhouse, known for his deep care for workers and entrepreneurial spirit, died Thursday at age 65, the company ...
Tags: News, Kentucky, Restaurants, America, Trends, Obituaries, Retail, Obituary, Kent, Taylor, Jefferies, Founder, Louisville, Glassdoor, Morgan, University Of North Carolina


Reddit's Wall Street Bets founder signed with a Hollywood talent agency that reps Jessica Alba and Kevin Hart

WallStreetBets Wall Street Bets founder Jaime Rogozinski signed with a Hollywood talent agency, Bloomberg reported. United Talent Agency represents stars like Jessica Alba, Kevin Hart, and Seth Rogen. Hollywood is trying to capitalize on the recent GameStop saga with various movies planned. See more stories on Insider's business page. Reddit's Wall Street Bets founder Jaime Rogozinski signed with a Hollywood talent agency as the entertainment industry looks to capitalize on the G...
Tags: Hollywood, Entertainment, Trends, Markets, Bloomberg, Netflix, Reddit, Seth Rogen, Kevin Hart, MGM, Gamestop, Founder, United Talent Agency, Jessica Alba, Tech Insider, Markets Insider


Cash-and-send fintech start-up Diem raises $5.5M Seed led by Fasanara Capital

Diem, a London, UK-based fintech start-up has raised a seed round of $5.5 million led by Fasanara Capital, and Angel investor Chris Adelsbach, founder of Outrun Ventures. Additional investors include Andrea Molteni (early investor in Farfetch), Ben Demiri (co-chairman at fashion tech PlatformE) and Nicholas Kirkwood (founder of the eponymous brand).  Diem is a debit card with an app affording instant cash access, traditional banking service benefits (debit card, domestic and international bank t...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Money, Ebay, Tech, Cash, Banking, Ceo, United Kingdom, Bank, Fintech, Founder, Debit Card, Farfetch, Bank Transfers