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Pebble founder launches Beeper, a universal chat app that works with iMessage and others

Decades ago, a software program called Trillian introduced a way for internet users to interact with multiple IM networks, like ICQ, AIM and MSN Messenger, in a single window. Now, Pebble founder and Y Combinator Partner Eric Migicovsky is revisiting this concept, but this time with a focus on centralizing access to modern-day chat applications. Through the newly launched app, Beeper, users can connect with 15 different messaging services, including WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Instagram and Twit...
Tags: Apple, TC, Apps, Messenger, Y Combinator, Craigslist, Imessage, Messaging, Tech, Sms, European Commission, Messages, Pebble, Chat, Chat Apps, Messaging Apps


Curtsy, a clothing resale app aimed at Gen Z women, raises $11 million Series A

Curtsy, a clothing resale app and competitor to recently IPO’d Poshmark, announced today it has raised $11 million in Series A funding for its startup focused on the Gen Z market. The app, which evolved out of an earlier effort for renting dresses, now allows women to list their clothes, shoes and accessories for resale, while also reducing many of the frictions involved with the typical resale process. The new round was led by Index Ventures, and included participation from Y Combinator, prior ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Y Combinator, Marketplace, Shopping, Funding, Clothing, Tech, Usps, Index Ventures, Oates, Gen Z, Poshmark


Want a job in tech? Flockjay pitches its sales training service as an on-ramp to tech careers

“Most people don’t even know that a job in tech sales is even a possibility,” says Shaan Hathiramani, the founder and chief executive of Flockjay, a company offering a tech sales training curriculum to the masses. Hathiramani sees his startup as an onramp to the tech industry for legions of workers who have the skillsets to work in tech, but lack the network to see themselves in the business. Just like coding bootcamps have enabled thousands to get jobs as programmers in the tech business, Flock...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Microsoft, Entrepreneur, Georgia, Netflix, Harvard, United States, New Jersey, Computing, Will Smith, Salesforce, Fast Company, Denver, Serena Williams


Gainful raises $7.5M for personalized sports nutrition

Gainful, a startup offering personalized subscriptions to protein powders and hydration products, is announcing that it has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. COO Eric Wu, who founded the company with CTO Jahaan Ansari, told me that Gainful began with his own experience experimenting different protein powders and eventually finding the combination that worked best for his goals and dietary needs. “In my personal experience, trying to find a protein powder can be a very overwhelming experie...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Sacramento Kings, Tech, Golden State Warriors, Coo, Cto, Wu, Eric Wu, Courtside Ventures, Dean Kelly, Gainful, BrandProject, AF Ventures, Jahaan Ansari, AF Ventures Round13 Capital Barrel Ventures


YC-backed Blabla raises $1.5M to teach English through short videos

Short, snappy, entertaining videos have become an increasingly common way for young people to receive information. Why not learn English through TikTok-like videos too? That was what prompted Angelo Huang to launch Blabla. Originally from Taiwan, Huang relocated to Shanghai in 2019 to start Blabla after working in Silicon Valley for over a decade. A year later, Blabla was chosen as part of Y Combinator’s 2020 summer cohort. The coronavirus had begun to spread in the U.S. at the time, keeping mil...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Education, China, Southeast Asia, Funding, Tech, Taiwan, Shanghai, Tencent, Silicon Valley, Telefonica, Latin America, Yc, Huang


Business trip platform TravelPerk buys YC-backed rival NexTravel

Barcelona-based TravelPerk has scooped up US-based rival NexTravel as the pandemic drives consolidation in one of the sector’s hardest hit by COVID-19. It’s not disclosing how much it’s shelling out for NexTravel, which has some 700 customers globally and has processed around 300,000 trips since being founded back in 2013, but says the deal is its largest acquisition to date — with the aim of beefing up its business in the US. (Also today it’s announcing a partnership with Southwest Airlines tha...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Y Combinator, Europe, US, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Harry, Southwest Airlines, Consolidation, Meir, MASLOW, Travel Startups, TravelPerk, Avi Meir


Roboflow raises $2.1M for its end-to-end computer vision platform

Roboflow, a startup that aims to simplify the process of building computer vision models, today announced that it has raised a $2.1 million seed round co-led by Lachy Groom and Craft Ventures. Additional investors include Segment co-founder Calvin French-Owen, Lob CEO Leore Avidar, Firebase co-founder James Tamplin and early Dropbox engineer Aston Motes, among others. The company is a graduate of this year’s Y Combinator summer class. Co-founded by Joseph Nelson (CEO) and Brad Dwyer (CTO), Robo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Technology, France, Cloud Computing, Tech, Arkansas, Computing, Dropbox, Calvin, Nelson, Hackathon, Firebase, Data Mining, Owen


Niantic buys competitive gaming platform Mayhem

Pokèmon Go creator Niantic has acquired a small SF gaming startup building a league and tournament organization platform to help gamers create their own communities around popular titles. Mayhem was in Y Combinator’s winter 2018 batch and went onto raise $5.7 million in funding according to Crunchbase. Other backers include Accel, which led the startup’s Series A in 2018, Afore Capital and NextGen Venture Partners. The startup’s focus has shifted quite a bit since its initial YC debut, when...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Y Combinator, Tech, Companies, Augmented Reality, Accel, Startup Company, Crunchbase, Exit, Niantic, NextGen Venture Partners, Afore Capital, VISOR, Ivan Zhou


Tappity raises $1.3M for its interactive and educational video library for kids

When kids today want to learn about a new topic they’re interested in, they’ll often turn to YouTube. But the quality of the educational content on the platform can be hit or miss, depending on what specific videos kids happen to come across. Tappity, a digital educational startup now backed by $1.3 million in seed funding, aims to offer an alternative. Its video library offers entertaining and interactive live-action videos kids enjoy, while also ensuring the content itself is aligned with curr...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Y Combinator, Family, Science, Kids, Education, Parents, Stem, Tech, Chad, Bill, Edtech, PANGEA, Cto


Bandit ML helps e-commerce businesses present the most effective offer to each shopper

Bandit ML aims to optimize and automate the process of presenting the right offer to the right customer. The startup was part of the summer 2020 class at accelerator Y Combinator . It also raised a $1.32 million seed round in September from YC, Haystack Fund, Webb Investment Network, Liquid 2 Ventures, Jigsaw Ventures, Basecamp Fund, Pathbreaker Ventures and various angels — including what CEO Edoardo Conti said are 10 current and former Uber employees. Conti (who founded the company with Lion...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Funding, Tech, Walmart, Shopify, Bandit, Conti, Uber Amazon, Bandit ML, YC Haystack Fund Webb Investment Network Liquid, Edoardo Conti, Lionel Vital, Joseph Gilley


VergeSense raises $12M Series B for its workplace analytics service

VergeSense, a startup that uses machine vision to help businesses better understand how their office spaces are being utilized, today announced that it has raised a $12 million Series B funding round led by Tola Capital. Including the company’s $9 million Series A round, which it raised earlier this year, VergeSense has now raised a total of $22.6 million. Previous investors include JLL Spark, Allegion Ventures, MetaProp, Y Combinator, Pathbreaker Ventures and West Ventures. Given the COVID-1...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Articles, Tech, Cisco, Artificial Intelligence, Telus, Ryan, Roche, Dan Ryan, Tola, Quicken Loans, Tola Capital, VergeSense, Pathbreaker Ventures, Allegion Ventures


H1’s Linkedin for the healthcare industry raises $58 million

The idea sounds almost too simple. Create a version of Linkedin that’s specifically for the healthcare industry, where professionals can find out not just who has what credentials, but also learn about the research those professionals are conducting and the specialties they have. In the middle of a global pandemic, when industry insiders are all trying to find out who is an expert in particular fields of medicine that are most impacted by a novel virus spreading like wildfire around the world, t...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Europe, US, Linkedin, Tech, Companies, United States, Healthcare Industry, Recruitment, IVP, Menlo Ventures, Pharmaceutical, Menlo, Greg Yap


Roblox buys digital avatar startup Loom.ai

Roblox announced today that it’s buying a digital avatar startup called Loom.ai. Purchasing a company that has focused singularly on creating more realistic human avatars is an interesting play for a gaming platform that has made such an impact by building experiences that tend to cast realism to the wayside. We covered the company’s $1.35 million seed round back in 2016. The company brought in additional seed funding since then, scoring $5.9 million in total capital raised. The startup’s inv...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Films, Tech, Snapchat, Avatar, Computing, Virtual Reality, Samsung Ventures, Online Games, Mobile Applications, Roblox, Bitstrips, Bitmoji, Snap Inc, Zach Coelius


A Slack channel for Y Combinator founders who moved from San Francisco to Austin had to be capped at 150 because 'there were too many people'

Katie Canales/Business Insider A portfolio company of VC firm Initialized created a Slack channel designated for Y Combinator founders who relocated from San Francisco to Austin, according to a tweet posted by a partner at the firm. The Slack channel had to be capped at 150 members because there were so many people who had fled San Francisco and made the move to Austin. The news is another piece of a growing pile of evidence that tech talent is leaving the San Francisco Bay Area during th...
Tags: Y Combinator, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, News, Drew Houston, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Wall Street Journal, Slack


Twitter acquires screen-sharing social app Squad

Today, Twitter announced that it is acquiring Squad and that the team from the screen-sharing social app will be joining Twitter’s ranks. Squad’s co-founders, CEO Esther Crawford and CTO Ethan Sutin, and the rest of the team will be coming aboard inside Twitter’s design, engineering, and product departments, Twitter tells us. Crawford specifically notes that she will be leading a product in the conversations space. What isn’t coming aboard is the actual Squad app, which allowed users to share...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Twitter, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Snapchat, Software, Computing, Editor, Venture Capital, Vine, Squad, Operating Systems, Cto, Real Time Web


GetAccept raises $20M Series B, led by Bessemer, to expand its sales platform for SMBs

Last year all-in-one digital sales platform GetAccept raised a $7 million Series A funding. The platform, which wraps-in video, live chat, proposal design, document tracking and e-signatures, has now raised $20 million in Series B funding, led by Bessemer Venture Partners, as the company expands its platform aimed at SMBs. The funding comes as the pandemic means SMBs have largely shifted to remote and so has their digital sales process. Last year the funding was led by DN Capital, with partic...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Spotify, Europe, Tools, California, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, United States, Showpad, Bessemer Venture Partners, Docusign, Bessemer, Partner


WorkRamp raises $17M to ramp up its enterprise learning platform

Remote learning and training have become a large priority this year for organizations looking to keep employees engaged and up to date on work practices at a time when many of them are not working in an office — and, in the case of those who have joined in 2020, may have never met any of their work colleagues in person, ever. Today one of the startups that’s built a new, more user-friendly approach to creating and provisioning those learning materials is announcing some funding as it experiences...
Tags: Y Combinator, Enterprise, Education, Funding, Tech, Paypal, Salesforce, Intercom, Lee, LMS, Peloton, Corporate Training, OMERS Ventures, Eugene Lee, Kahoot, Learning Management System


Agricultural biotech startup Boost Biomes adds a strategic investor in Japan’s Universal Materials Incubator

Boost Biomes, the Y Combinator-backed developer of microbiome-based bio-fungicides and bio-pesticides for agricultural applications, has added $2 million in funding and picked up a new strategic investor in Japan’s Universal Materials Incubator. To date, Boost Biomes has raised over $7 million in financing to support the development of new products like its biofungicide developed from the micro-organisms that live in the soil in a symbiotic relationship with the plants. The work that Boost does ...
Tags: Food, TC, Y Combinator, Japan, Articles, Tech, Microbiome, Biotechnology, Boost, Life Sciences, Umi, Viking Global Investors, Yara, Jamie Bacher, Yota Hayama


Finch raises $3.5M to build out its HR and payroll-focused API business

The old saw about finding a place where companies still use spreadsheets, and then building a startup to solve the problem, was a good way to dream up new software as a service (SaaS) companies. But the next generation of that idea may be to instead find a place where data is locked, fragmented or both, and build an API to unleash the information. That’s the thesis behind companies that TechCrunch has covered like Noyo, which wants to free health insurance data and raised $12.5 million in Septem...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Tech, PPP, General Catalyst, Zhang, Finch, Parik, Noyo, Jeremy Zhang, Ansel Parikh Zhang, Parikh Zhang


Quell raises $3M to turn home fitness into a game

Do people want their at-home fitness to come in video game form? The incredible popularity of games like Ring Fit Adventure suggests yes. London-based startup Quell thinks it’s just the beginning for this genre, and they’ve raised a $3M seed round to help prove it. At the core of Quell’s gameplay is the “Gauntlet” — a harness, of sorts, that the player slips on to control Quell’s games. As players punch and dodge their way through the world, Gauntlet’s built-in sensors measure things like punch ...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Y Combinator, London, Tech, Kevin Lin, Quell, PC Mac, Peter Cornelius, Emmett Shear AngelList, Josh Hannah, Khosla Ventures Heartcore Social Impact Capital, JamJar Investments Quell co, Doug Stidolph, Cameron Brookhouse


YC-backed LemonBox raises $2.5M bringing vitamins to Chinese millennials

Like many overseas Chinese, Derek Weng gets shopping requests from his family and friends whenever he returns to China. Some of the most wanted imported products are maternity items, cosmetics, and vitamin supplements. Many in China still uphold the belief that “imported products are better.” The demand gave Weng a business idea. In 2018, he founded LemonBox to sell American health supplements to Chinese millennials like himself via online channels. The company soon attracted seed funding fro...
Tags: Health, Google, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Japan, Instagram, China, Funding, America, Tech, Walmart, Alibaba, Silicon Valley, Baidu, Shenzhen, Google Facebook


Okay nabs funding from Sequoia to build performance dashboards for engineering managers

Amid the pandemic, workplace cultures have been turned on their heads, meanwhile investment and growth haven’t slowed for many tech companies, requiring them to still onboard new engineering managers even while best practices for remote management are far from codified. Because of remote work habit shifts, plenty of new tools have popped up to help engineers be more productive, or quickly help managers interface with direct-reports more often. Okay is taking a more observatory route, aiming to g...
Tags: Google, TC, Y Combinator, Leadership, Articles, Management, Tech, Engineer, Github, Sequoia, PagerDuty, Boulanger, Barreto, Okay, Brex Plaid, Antoine Boulanger


YC-backed Heru raises $1.7M to build software services for Latin American gig workers

Given the attention that TechCrunch pays to Y Combinator’s Demo Days, we also try to keep tabs on the same startups as they scale and raise more capital. Yesterday we covered YC Winter 2020 participant BuildBuddy, for example. Today we’re taking a look at Heru, a startup based in Mexico City that is announcing a $1.7 million raise after taking part in YC’s Summer 2019 session. The pre-seed round was led by Mountain Nazca, and participated in by Magma Partners, Xtraordinary Venture Partners, Flou...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Mexico, Tech, Colombia, Mexico City, TechCrunch, Yc, Oyo, Heru, Gig workers, Recent Funding, Mateo Jaramillo, Buildbuddy, Mountain Nazca


Jitsu nabs $2M Seed to build open source data integration platform

Jitsu, a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2020 cohort, is developing an open source data integration platform that helps developers send data to a data warehouse. Today, the startup announced a $2 million seed investment. Costanoa Ventures led the round with participation from YCombintaor, The House Fund and SignalFire. In addition to the open source version of the software, the company has developed a hosted version that companies can pay to use, which shares the same name as the company. Pe...
Tags: Startups, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Twilio, Data Integration, Data Warehouses, Costanoa Ventures, Recent Funding, Jitsu, Peter Wysinski Jitsu


YC-backed BuildBuddy raises $3.15M to help developers build software more quickly

BuildBuddy , whose software helps developers compile and test code quickly using a blend of open-source technology and proprietary tools, announced a funding round today worth $3.15 million.  The company was part of the Winter 2020 Y Combinator batch , which saw its traditional demo day in March turned into an all-virtual affair. The startups from the cohort then had to raise capital as the public markets crashed around them and fear overtook the startup investing world. BuildBuddy’...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Developer, Tech, Mountain View, Yc, Blaze, ARR, Tyler Williams, Bazel, Village Global, Recent Funding, Buildbuddy, Siggi Simonarson


7 Business Thought Leaders You Should Be Following

By Alex Lenox The term “thought leader” gets thrown around a lot these days. It seems like everyone with a LinkedIn page and a podcast is vying for your attention. They want advertising dollars, speaking gigs, and more followers. Perhaps they have potential, but too often, you’ll find most self-prescribed thought leaders are faking it until they make it. So who are the true thought leaders in the business world? And how can you spot them? First off, it has nothing to do with where they went to s...
Tags: Y Combinator, Leadership, New York City, Sales, Creativity, New York Times, Innovation, Nba, Graham, University of Pennsylvania, Grant, Wall Street Journal, Thought Leadership, Marketingprofs, Tim Ferriss Show, Wharton School


YC-backed Cashfree raises $35.3 million for its payments platform

Cashfree, an Indian startup that offers a wide-range of payments services to businesses, has raised $35.3 million in a new financing round as the profitable firm looks to broaden its offering. The Bangalore-based startup’s Series B was led by London-headquartered private equity firm Apis Partners (which invested through its Growth Fund II), with participation from existing investors Y Combinator and Smilegate Investments. The new round brings the startup’s to-date raise to $42 million. ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, London, Finance, India, Funding, Paypal, Payments, Zomato, Shopify, Bangalore


7 Business Thought Leaders You Should Be Following

By Alex Lenox The term “thought leader” gets thrown around a lot these days. It seems like everyone with a LinkedIn page and a podcast is vying for your attention. They want advertising dollars, speaking gigs, and more followers. Perhaps they have potential, but too often, you’ll find most self-prescribed thought leaders are faking it until they make it. So who are the true thought leaders in the business world? And how can you spot them? First off, it has nothing to do with where they went to s...
Tags: Y Combinator, Leadership, New York City, Sales, Creativity, New York Times, Innovation, Nba, Graham, University of Pennsylvania, Grant, Wall Street Journal, Thought Leadership, Marketingprofs, Tim Ferriss Show, Wharton School


Datafold raises seed from NEA to keep improving the lives of data engineers

Data engineering is one of these new disciplines that has gone from buzzword to mission critical in just a few years. Data engineers design and build all the connections between sources of raw data (your payments information or ad-tracking data or what have you) and the ultimate analytics dashboards used by business executives and data scientists to make decisions. As data has exploded, so has their challenge of doing this key work, which is why a new set of tools has arrived to make data engine...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Nea, Datafold


Weather forecasts get an AI update with Atmo as businesses grapple with climate-related catastrophes

“Almost every business on earth is affected by weather,” says Alexander Levy, an investor serial entrepreneur whose latest company is the new weather prediction startup Atmo. The company, which graduated from Y Combinator earlier this year, has recently raised $2 million from Signia Ventures and Sound Ventures for its predictive software, because sometimes businesses do need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Atmo was founded by Johan Mathe, a former Google X employee ...
Tags: Google, TC, Y Combinator, US, Articles, Tech, Renewable Energy, E-commerce, Levy, Berkeley, Atomwise, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Berkeley Calif, Sound Ventures, Alexander Levy, Mathe