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misterb&b hits the equity crowdfunding trail to expand into hotels

Homosexuality is illegal in a third of the planet, and in eight countries, it is punishable by death. In the febrile atmosphere of today’s politics, hate crime incidents in the US increased by 17% between 2016 to 2017, according to the FBI. Over 20 of those incidents were crimes against an individual’s sexual-orientation — the largest increase since 9/11. Similar hate crime statistics have increased in the UK and several other western countries. It’s strange and saddening to think that men, wome...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, UK, Collaborative Consumption, US, Tech, Barcelona, Fbi, Lgbtq, Joel Simkhai, Ventech, Jost, Recent Funding, Wefunder


Zeus raises $24M to make you a living-as-a-service landlord

Cookie-cutter corporate housing turns people into worker drones. When an employee needs to move to a new city for a few months, they’re either stuck in bland, giant apartment complexes or Airbnbs meant for shorter stays. But Zeus lets any homeowner get paid to host white-collar transient labor. Through its managed ownership model, Zeus takes on all the furnishing, upkeep, and risk of filling the home while its landlords sit back earning cash. Zeus has quietly risen to a $40 million revenue...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Real Estate, New York, Finance, Funding, US, San Francisco, United States, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Nfc, Mumbai


Big data AI startup Noble.AI raises a second seed round from a chemical giant

Noble.AI, an SF/French AI company that claims to accelerate decision making in R&D, has raised a new round of funding from Solvay Ventures, the VC arm of a large chemical company, Solvay SA. Although the round was undisclosed, TechCrunch understands it to be a second seed round, and we know the company has closed a total of $8.6 million to date. Solvay was previously an early customer of the platform, prior to this investment. The joint announcement was made at the Hello Tomorrow conference in P...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Paris, Solvay, Solvay SA, Recent Funding, Noble.AI, Solvay Ventures, Noble AI 's Universal Ingestion Engine, Matthew C Levy, Stéphane Roussel Solvay Ventures


Passbase is building a full stack identity engine with privacy baked in

Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600k in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins, EY; as well as seed fund investment from Chicago-based Upheaval Investments and Seedcamp. The 2018-founded Silicon Valley-based startup — whose co-founder we chatted to briefly on camera at Disrupt Berlin — is building what it dubs an “identity engine” to simplify identity verification online. Passbase offers a set of SDKs to developers to...
Tags: Apple, Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Identity, Identity Management, Stanford, US, Tech, Authentication, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Airbnb


AI photo startup Polarr raises an $11.5 million Series A

Bay Area photography startup Polarr announced this morning that it has raised an $11.5 million Series A. The new round of funding, led by Threshold Ventures with participation from Pear Ventures and Cota Capital, brings the startup’s total funding to around $12.5 million, according to the latest Crunchbase figures. At the moment, the company is probably best known for its photography app for iOS and Android, which utilizes machine learning and AI to improve image editing. The company says it...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Photography, Samsung, Qualcomm, Cota Capital, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Apple, Polarr, Pear Ventures, Recent Funding, Borui Wang, Threshold Ventures


Sketch, maker of popular design tools, just landed $20 million in Series A funding from Benchmark in its first outside round

You’ve probably noticed: design has become central for many businesses that might have once considered it an afterthought. Indeed, with sales and marketing so thoroughly optimized at this point — and companies wondering how else to trounce the competition — there’s now a race afoot for numerous startups looking to become the Salesforce of design. InVision is one of them. Just three months ago, the design collaboration startup raised $115 million in Series F funding at a $1.9 billion valuation. M...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Europe, Design, Adobe, Netherlands, Portugal, Sketch, Mac App Store, Benchmark, Invision, Figma, SA, Pieter Omvlee, Puttagunta


Funerals are tough. Ever Loved helps you pay for them

Alison Johnston didn’t plan to build a startup around death. An early employee at Q&A app Aardvark that was bought by Google, she’d founded tutoring app InstaEDU and sold it to Chegg. She made mass market consumer products. But then, “I had a family member who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I thought about how she’d be remembered” she recalls. Inventing the next big social app suddenly felt less consequential. “ I started looking into the funeral industry and discovered that there w...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Education, Funerals, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Payments, Memorial, Social Capital


Zone7 raises $2.5 million seed round to predict injury risk for athletes

Zone7, the company using data and analytics to identify the potential for injuries with athletes, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. The company monitors athletes’ performance to determine when they need to be rested to avoid the potential for career-threatening injuries. The company’s technology has managed to attract investors including Resolute Ventures, UpWest, Amicus Capital, Dave Pell, PLG Ventures, along with athletes like National Basketball Association star Kristaps Porzingis. Tea...
Tags: Startups, TC, Israel, Sports, Tech, National Basketball Association, Einstein, Resolute Ventures, Porzingis, Eyal, Recent Funding, MLB La Liga Champions League MLS, Tal Brown, Eyal Eliakim, Raanan Bar Cohen, Kristaps Porzingis Teams


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


Biotech AI startup Sight Diagnostics gets $27.8M to speed up blood tests

Sight Diagnostics, an Israeli medical devices startup that’s using AI technology to speed up blood testing, has closed a  $27.8 million Series C funding round. The company has built a desktop machine, called OLO, that analyzes cartridges manually loaded with drops of the patient’s blood — performing blood counts in situ. The new funding is led by VC firm Longliv Ventures, also based in Israel, and a member of the multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Group. Sight Diagnostics said it was aft...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, UK, Israel, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Leukemia, Italy, Food And Drug Administration, Machine Learning, Fda


Asteroid is building a human-machine interaction engine for AR developers

When we interact with computers today we move the mouse, we scroll the trackpad, we tap the screen, but there is so much that the machines don’t pick up on, what about where we’re looking, the subtle gestures we make and what we’re thinking? Asteroid is looking to get developers comfortable with the idea that future interfaces are going to take in much more biosensory data. The team has built a node-based human-machine interface engine for macOS and iOS that allows developers to build interactio...
Tags: Startups, TC, Hardware, Tech, Indiegogo, Augmented Reality, Andreessen Horowitz, Asteroid, Recent Funding, Saku Panditharatne, Panditharatne, VR Panditharatne


C2A raises $6.5M for its in-car cybersecurity platform

Cars are now essentially computers on wheels — and like every computer, they are susceptible to attacks. It’s no surprise then that there’s a growing number of startups that are working to protect a car’s internal systems from these hacks, especially given that the market for automotive cybersecurity could be worth over $900 billion by 2026. One of these companies is Israel’s C2A Security, which offers an end-to-end security platform for vehicles, which today announced that it has raised a $6.5 ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Israel, Tech, CMO, Cisco, Artificial Intelligence, Transport, Self-driving Cars, Prevention, Hailo, Permira, Computer Security, Michael Dick, ICV, Turo


Reddit confirms $300M Series D led by China’s Tencent at $3B value

Last week TechCrunch reported that Reddit was raising $150 million from Chinese tech giant Tencent and up to $150 million more in a Series D that would value the company at $2.7 billion pre-money or $3 billion post-money. After no-commenting on our scoop, today Reddit confirmed it’s raised $300 million at $3 billion post-money, with $150 million from Tencent. The deal makes for an odd pairing between one of the architects of China’s Great Firewall of censorship and one of America’s most lawle...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, China, Funding, America, Tech, Policy, Xi Jinping, Tencent, Reddit, Fidelity, Conde Nast, Cnbc


Extend Fertility banks $15M Series A to help women freeze their eggs

Fertility services are raising venture cash left and right. Last week, it was Dadi, a sperm storage startup that nabbed a $2 million seed round. This week, it’s Extend Fertility, which helps women preserve their fertility through egg freezing. Headquartered in New York, the business has secured a $15 million Series A investment from Regal Healthcare Capital Partners to expand its fertility services, which also include infertility treatments, such as in vitro and intrauterine insemination. The co...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Health, Startups, Facebook, Spotify, New York, Buzzfeed, Ebay, New York City, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Venture Capital, Infertility, Edison, SAN FRANCISCO Most


Lime raises $310 million Series D round led by Bain Capital Ventures and others

Lime just announced it has raised a $310 million Series D round. Led by Bain Capital Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Fidelity Ventures, GV and IVP, the round values Lime at $2.4 billion. “This new investment demonstrates the fundamental strength of our business and the increasingly rapid adoption of Lime,” Lime CEO Toby Sun wrote in a blog post. “The new funds will give us the ability to expand into new markets, enhance our technology, strengthen the team and pilot new opportunities. We will a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Sun, IVP, Bain Capital Ventures, Electric Scooters, Lime, Toby Sun, Recent Funding, Lime Lime, U S Lime


Reddit is raising a huge round near a $3 billion valuation

Reddit is raising $150 million to $300 million to keep the front page of the Internet running, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. The forthcoming Series D round is said to be led by Chinese tech giant Tencent at a $2.7 billion pre-money valuation. Depending on how much follow-on cash Reddit drums up from Silicon Valley investors and beyond, its post-money valuation could reach an epic $3 billion. As more people seek esoteric community and off-kilter entertainment online, Reddit continues to gr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, China, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Tencent, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Conde Nast, Sam Altman


Databricks raises $250M at a $2.75B valuation for its analytics platform

Databricks, the company behind the Apache Spark big data analytics engine, today announced that it has raised a $250 million Series E round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Coatue Management, Microsoft and NEA, also participated in this round, which brings the company’s total funding to $498.5 million. Microsoft’s involvement here is probably a bit of a surprise, but it’s worth noting that it also worked with Databricks on the launch of Azure Databricks as a first-party service on the platform, so...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Big Data, Funding, Artificial Intelligence, Delta, Machine Learning, Ai, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Databricks, Apache Spark, Nea


Aurora Solar’s computer-generated installation maps pull in a $20M Series A

Solar installations are becoming a no-brainer for anyone with a roof in much of the country. But getting an estimate on how much it would cost and how much juice it would generate can be complicated and time consuming. Aurora Solar has made an automated process for doing this, and attracted $20 million in funding as a result. A big part of the uncertainty anyone has about getting solar installed is the upfront cost and return on investment. An on-site visit may cost hundreds, or thousands for a ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Funding, US, Tech, Automation, Solar, Solar Power, GreenTech, Lidar, Hopper, Cad, Pear, Aurora, Solar Cells, Aurora Solar


Knotch raises $20M to help marketers collect data about their content

Knotch announced yesterday that it has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates, with NEA’s Hilarie Koplow-McAdams joining the Knotch board of directors. Rob Norman, the former chief digital officer of ad giant GroupM is also joining the board. “Brands have a desire to understand the effectiveness of their digital content across all channels, a gap that hadn’t been filled before Knotch,” Koplow-McAdams said in a statement. “Our conviction aroun...
Tags: Startups, Advertising Tech, Venture Capital, Switzerland, Nea, Data Management, New Enterprise Associates, Groupm, Rob Norman, Knotch, Hilarie Koplow McAdams, Recent Funding, Knotch Koplow McAdams, Anda Gansca, Gansca, JP Morgan Chase AT T Ally Bank Ford Calvin Klein


Petal raises $30m from Valar to bank the unbanked with credit cards

Credit cards are a relatively new invention that have entered into something of an innovation rut. Reward programs seem stale, mobile apps remain mired in early-2000s UX paradigms, and all too often, critical financial decisions (and their expensive associated fees) are hidden like booby-traps for users. Little wonder then that consumers are fed up with their credit card providers. Worse, credit cards are not accessible to millions of people, whether due to a lack of credit history, immigration ...
Tags: Credit Cards, Fundings & Exits, Startups, New York, Gross, Finance, Tech, Silicon Valley, Valar Ventures, Unbanked, Petal, Afore Capital, RiverPark Ventures, Valar, Jason Gross, Recent Funding


YC-backed Oxygen raises seed to bring digital banking to freelancers

Few things are easy in our financial system if you don’t have regular employment. It’s hard to prove (regular) income, which makes applying for a credit card or personal loan much more difficult and time-consuming. That’s particularly tough, since freelancer income is variable, and these sort of income smoothing tools can be critical to make ends meet. Despite those challenges, freelancing is the new normal: if current trends hold true, a majority of the workforce in America could be freelancers...
Tags: Startups, Finance, America, Tech, Egypt, Oxygen, Berkeley, Ahmed, Yc, Bay Area, Virginia Tech, Cynthia Chen, Haas School of Business, Recent Funding, Digital Horizon Capital, Hussein Ahmed


Trust & Will closes first electronic will in the US (plus $2m investment)

No one likes to think about death (least of all startup founders), but wills, trusts and estate planning are crucial for ensuring that your material assets get passed to whatever people or organizations you care about. Yet, few processes are more paper-driven than the legal process of getting your affairs in order. Finally, the estate planning industry itself is getting its digital affairs in order. San Diego-based Trust & Will, a startup that guides users through the process of creating lega...
Tags: Google, Startups, Microsoft, Finance, China, Boston, US, Tech, Beijing, Venture Capital, Tencent, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Bing, Wall Street Journal


Humio raises $9M Series A for its real-time log analysis service

Humio, a startup that provides a real-time log analysis service for on-premises and cloud infrastructures, today announced that it has raised a $9 million Series A round led by Accel. It previously raised its seed round from WestHill and Trifork. The company, which has offices in San Francisco, the U.K. and Denmark, tells me that it saw a 13x increase in its annual revenue in 2018. Current customers include Bloomberg, Microsoft and Netlify . “We are experiencing a fundamental shift in how comp...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Storage, Enterprise, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Information Technology, United Kingdom, Denmark, Kafka, Accel, Network Management, Unix, U K, SCHMIDT


Sequoia-backed NEXT gets $97M as investment in logistics heats up

Despite its “unsexy” reputation, the logistics industry is attracting massive investment from venture capitalists. With a fresh $97 million in Series C funding, NEXT joins a fleet of heavily funded logistics platforms, including Flexport, Huochebang and Convoy. The company, which connects shippers and carriers through an online marketplace, raised the capital from Brookfield Ventures, with participation from Sequoia Capital and logistics solutions provider GLP. NEXT declined to disclose the valu...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, California, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Online Marketplace, Logistics, Sequoia Capital, Driver, Flexport, Yan, Lynwood California, Lidia Yan, Omar Hamoui, Recent Funding


Dosh raises $40M on $300M valuation as its cashback app passes $50M doled out to shoppers

When it comes to reaching would-be customers today, one of the biggest investments that brands and retailers will make is in advertising, to the tune of nearly $630 billion globally. Now, a startup called Dosh, which offers cash back on purchases, is announcing that it has raised $40 million to take on the advertising industry, with the pitch that its app provides a more targeted and guaranteed way of getting consumers to bite. The funding — $20 million in equity and $20 million in venture debt ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Advertising Tech, Tech, Sam, Goodwater Capital, Mastercard, Chi Hua Chien, Dosh, Recent Funding, Wuerch, PayPal BAM Capital and Anthem Venture Partners, Ryan Wuerch Dosh, Nike Toms Gap Walgreens Walmart Target Jack


Roger Dickey ditches $32M-funded Gigster to start Untitled Labs

Most founders don’t walk away from their startup after raising $32 million and reaching 1000 clients. But Roger Dickey’s heart is in consumer tech, and his company Gigster had pivoted to doing outsourced app development for enterprises instead of scrappy entrepreneurs. So today Dickey announced that he’d left his role as Gigster CEO, with former VMware VP Christopher Keane who’d sold it his startup WaveMaker coming in to lead Gigster in October. Now, Dickey is launching Untitled Labs, a “sear...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Accelerator, Developer, Montana, Funding, Tech, Zynga, Andreessen Horowitz, Hiring, Vmware, Gigster


FanDuel co-founder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not always for desirable reasons — from nearly the day it launched, to its near merger with rival DraftKings, to its ultimate sale last May to the European betting giant Paddy Power Betfair in a deal that reportedly saw FanDuel’s founders, along with its employees, walk away with at t...
Tags: Startups, TC, San Francisco, Tech, Fanduel, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Griffiths, Griffith, Harrison Metal, Paddy Power Betfair, Harrison Metal Other, David Rogier, Tom Griffiths, Guild Education, Recent Funding


A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors

Bianca Gates is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. As such, she says, after waitressing her way through college at UC Irvine, she was expected to get a safe job with a 401(k) plan and to live with her parents until she was married. Things haven’t gone exactly that way, but one can imagine Gates’s parents feeling pretty satisfied with their daughter’s trajectory nevertheless. The reason: Gates, along with cofounder Marisa Sharkey, are the co...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Instagram, Stanford, China, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tech, Mtv, Venture Capital, Manhattan, Harry, Latin America, Gates, Viacom


Pro.com raises $33M for its home improvement platform

Pro.com is basically a general contractor for the age of Uber and Prime Now. While the company started out as a marketplace for hiring home improvement professionals, it has now morphed into a general contractor and serves Denver, Phoenix San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Today, Pro.com announced that it has raised a $33 million Series B round led by WestRiver Group, Goldman Sach and Redfin. Previous investors DFJ, Madrona Venture Group, Maveron and Two Sigma Ventures also participated. We...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Real Estate, Microsoft, Oregon, Finance, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Portland, San Jose, Portland Oregon, Seattle


Computer vision startup AnyVision pulls in new funding from Lightspeed

While there have been a few massive surveillance startups in China that have raised funds on the back of computer vision advances, there’s seemed to be less fervor outside of that market. Tel Aviv-based AnyVision is aiming to leverage its computer vision chops in tracking people and objects to create some pretty clear utility for the enterprise world. After announcing a $27 million Series A in mid-2018, the computer vision startup is bringing Lightspeed Venture Partners into the raise, closing o...
Tags: Startups, China, Tel Aviv, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Computer Vision, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lightspeed, Anyvision, Recent Funding, Raviraj Jain, TechCrunch Right