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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


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


Reddit acquires Dubsmash

Reddit announced that it has acquired short video platform Dubsmash. The deal’s terms were undisclosed. Dubsmash will retain its own platform and brand, and Reddit will integrate its video creation tools. Its co-founders, Suchit Dash, Jonas Drüppel and Tim Specht, will join Reddit. According to Crunchbase data, the app has raised $20.2 million from investors including Lowercase Capital, Index Ventures, Eniac Ventures, Heartcore Capital and Sunstone Life. Dubsmash is now one of TikTok’s big...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Video, Berlin, Tech, Brooklyn, United States, New York Times, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Steve Huffman, Dubsmash, Crunchbase


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


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


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


Malaysia-based inventory management platform Food Market Hub raises $4 million from Go-Ventures, SIG

Food Market Hub co-founders Anthony See and Shayna Teh Many restaurants still rely on spreadsheets to track their inventory of produce, meat and other ingredients. But using manual methods often results in food wastage and higher costs. Malaysia-based Food Market Hub is a cloud-based platform that connects food and beverage (F&B) outlets directly to suppliers, making it easier to communicate and manage orders. The startup announced today it has closed a Series A round of $4 million from Go-Ventu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Restaurants, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Supply Chain Management, Tech, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Yc, Gojek, FB


Boostrapped Clearfind wants to cut your software spend, for a small fee

Software is eating the world, and that grub can be costly. As the market for enterprise tools and software continues to balloon, organizations are spending more and more on that software across an increasingly complicated and rapidly evolving landscape. That’s where Clearfind comes in. Clearfind was founded (and bootstrapped) by James Layfield and Jocelyn Simons. The startup aims to provide clarity and transparency to organizations looking to buy enterprise software. Over the past two years, Cle...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, SaaS, Yc, Simons, LTV, Layfield, Boostrapped Clearfind, Clearfind, James Layfield, Jocelyn Simons, Sage Quickbooks SAP, Clearfind Clearfind, Clearfind Layfield


Bootstrapped Clearfind wants to cut your software spend, for a small fee

Software is eating the world, and that grub can be costly. As the market for enterprise tools and software continues to balloon, organizations are spending more and more on that software across an increasingly complicated and rapidly evolving landscape. That’s where Clearfind comes in. Clearfind was founded (and bootstrapped) by James Layfield and Jocelyn Simons. The startup aims to provide clarity and transparency to organizations looking to buy enterprise software. Over the past two years, Cle...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, SaaS, Yc, Simons, LTV, Layfield, Clearfind, James Layfield, Jocelyn Simons, Sage Quickbooks SAP, Clearfind Clearfind, Clearfind Layfield, Bootstrapped Clearfind


The gig economy, cannabis and car data are tech-election winners in 2020

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The US is settling in for some new form of national gridlock, but state and local propositions are busy defining how technology businesses will be allowed to work (legally) in the US. Policies on topics as broad as customer usage and employment or as narrow as a drug chemical got the vote across the country. The results provide a blueprint for what yo...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Florida, UK, California, China, Massachusetts, US, Tech, Cnn, United States, SEC


Daily Crunch: Apple announces its next big event

Apple is closing out the year with another big event, Twitter details its plans to fight election-related misinformation and WeWork employees used an embarrassingly insecure printer password. This is your Daily Crunch for November 2, 2020. The big story: Apple announces its next big event Yes, almost everyone’s attention is locked onto tomorrow’s U.S. presidential election, but Apple is giving us an excuse to look beyond November 4 — it’s holding another big event, themed “One More Thing,” on...
Tags: Apple, TC, Spotify, US, Tech, Tim Cook, Bill Murray, Yc, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Murray, Boden, Gabe Newell, Starling Bank, Anne Boden, Daily Crunch, VotingWorks


YC-backed nonprofit VotingWorks wants to rebuild trust in election systems through open source

I know it will come as a shock to you as a reader of the news, but there is an election this week. Well, tomorrow actually. It’s the rare election where the logistics of the election itself seem to be increasingly dominating the discussion. Not since the Florida recount of 2000 have pollsters, analysts and party lawyers been so fixated on the mechanics of ballots. What ballots will be counted? Will the Post Office deliver mail in time? How many drop-off boxes are authorized by county? Will the v...
Tags: Florida, Mississippi, Government, Wikipedia, America, Tech, Post Office, Policy, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Yc, Choctaw County, Pasternack, Ben Adida, Matt Pasternack, Adida


Here’s what’s happening today on day 1 of Disrupt 2020

Welcome to Day One of Disrupt 2020, our biggest Disrupt ever! Over the next five days (cue Star Trek theme), you’ll explore strange new technology, seek out new opportunities and new collaborations. You’ll boldly immerse yourself with the global startup community. There’s still time to register if you haven’t picked up your pass to attend. Just head to our ticket page and sign up! Day one, right. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect today at Disrupt — speakers, breakout sessions, events and ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Garry Tan, Initialized Capital, Yc, Startup Battlefield, Squire, Michael Seibel, Songe, Hans Tung, Anu Hariharan, Reham Fagiri, Howie Liu, Google Play App Store, Disrupt 2020


Groww, an investment app for millennials in India, raises $30M led by YC Continuity

Even as more than 150 million people are using digital payment apps each month in India, only about 20 million of them invest in mutual funds and stocks. A startup that is attempting to change that by courting millennials has just received a big backing. Bangalore-headquartered Groww said on Thursday it had raised $30 million in its Series C financing round. YC Continuity, the growth-stage investment fund of Y Combinator, led the round, while existing investors Sequoia India, Ribbit Capital and ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Asia, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Flipkart, Bangalore, Yc, Anu Hariharan, Sequoia Capital India, Ashish Agrawal, Recent Funding


Kinspire’s new app helps parents find screen-free activities for kids

A new startup called Kinspire wants to make it easier for parents to find activities to help keep kids occupied — away from a screen. The app, which launches with hundreds of activities vetted by parents and teachers alike, arrives at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has many families continuing to engage in social distancing, cutting kids off from regular playdates and other activities. Meanwhile, millions of schoolchildren are now spending long hours online, engaged in distance learning ac...
Tags: Amazon, Crafts, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Family, New York, Kids, Education, Parents, Children, Tech, Ios Apps, Android Apps, Npr, Denver


At Disrupt, YC’s Anu Hariharan, Initialized’s Garry Tan, and GGV’s Hans Tung will tell you how to raise money in a dumpster fire

As this pandemically perverse year draws to a close, there’s one thing that’s certain. Everything has changed — at least a little bit. The U.S. is still grappling with a virus that it has yet to control and a vaccine, once it’s discovered and proven to be effective will take months to be distributed throughout the population. That means the virtual, socially distanced reality that has become the new normal will remain that way for at least a little bit longer. But what does that mean for startup...
Tags: TC, South Park, Tech, New York Times, Alexis Ohanian, Andreessen Horowitz, Palantir, Garry Tan, Sand Hill Road, Initialized Capital, Yc, Brien, Tan, Continuity Fund, Hans Tung, Anu Hariharan


Daily Crunch: Judge says Apple can’t block Unreal Engine

Epic Games wins a victory against Apple, Fitbit announces a new smartwatch and Microsoft Word adds a transcription feature. This is your Daily Crunch for August 25, 2020. The big story: Judge says Apple can’t block Unreal Engine U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers weighed in on the legal battle between Epic Games and Apple with a mixed verdict. She denied Epic’s motion to restore the popular game Fortnite to Apple’s App Store, but also ordered Apple not to block Epic’s develop...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Los Angeles, Tech, Policy, Netflix, Porsche, Epic, Instacart, Devops, Rogers, Epic Games, Yc


Here are the 98 companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Demo Day 1

Today was part one of Y Combinator’s two-parter Summer 2020 Demo Day, where nearly 100 companies debuted their efforts to the world for the first time. The Summer 2020 batch of companies was the first fully remote YC cohort, with the ongoing pandemic leading the accelerator to take its program entirely virtual. But it was actually YC’s second virtual demo day; as the severity of the pandemic became more clear back in March, YC moved the Demo Day portion of its Winter 2020 class to virtual at ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Python, TC, Y Combinator, Europe, UK, Indonesia, Mexico, India, New York City, Africa, US, Tech, ERP, United States


This YC-backed power couple launched a Patreon alternative for creators that's helped a horror movie actor boost his earnings by 30% during lockdown

Power couple Annie Hwang and Jason Cui built Jemi, a Patreon alternative that landed them a coveted spot in Y Combinator's Summer 2020 batch. Jemi helps creator entrepreneurs to sell merchandise and experiences, such as autographed pictures, 1-on-1 virtual hang outs, and acting classes. So far, they've brought on ex-Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Bumblefoot, Olympic figure skater Karen Chen, and actor Sean Whalen, who is best known for his roles in the horror film 'The People Under the Stairs' a...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Paypal, Netflix, Harvard, Seth Rogen, Patreon, Venmo, Yc, Roach, Whalen, Cui, Hwang, Karen Chen, BluRays, Jemi


Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston shares actionable advice for startup founders

Running a startup accelerator comes with a number of occupational hazards, but “skepticism is the easiest thing to fall into when you’ve seen too many companies,” said Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston, “and it’s the thing you have to avoid the most.” Ralston joined me last week for an hour-long Extra Crunch Live interview where we talked about several topics, including how YC has adapted its program during the pandemic, why he has “never stopped coding” and what he sees changing in tech. ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Entrepreneurship, Events, Tech, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Yc, Don, Ralston, Geoff Ralston, Extra Crunch, Growth and Monetization, Extra Crunch Live, Hunter Walk Kirsten Green


Datafold is solving the chaos of data engineering

It seemed so simple. A small schema issue in a database was wrecking a feature in the app, increasing latency and degrading the user experience. The resident data engineer pops in a fix to amend the schema, and everything seems fine — for now. Unbeknownst to them, that small fix completely clobbered all the dashboards used by the company’s leadership. Finance is down, ops is pissed, and the CEO — well, they don’t even know whether the company is online. For data engineers, it’s not just a recurr...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Enterprise, Tech, Data Science, Yc, Data Engineering, Datafold Datafold, Datafold, Gleb Mezhanskiy, Mezhanskiy


YC-backed Statiq wants to bootstrap India’s EV charging network

Electric vehicles (EVs) are spreading throughout the world. While Tesla has drawn the most attention in the United States with its luxurious and cutting-edge cars, EVs are becoming a mainstay in markets far away from the environs of California. Take India for instance. In the local mobility market, two- and three-wheel vehicles are starting to emerge as a popular option for a rapidly expanding middle class looking for more affordable options. EV versions are popular thanks to their reduced ma...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Tesla, United States, Electric Vehicles, Delhi, Mumbai, New Delhi, GreenTech, Yc, Better Place


Daily Crunch: Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality

A possible Microsoft -TikTok acquisition is causing plenty of drama, we review Google’s new budget Pixel and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returns to Earth. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 3, 2020. Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality This weekend, Microsoft confirmed reports that it’s in talks to acquire TikTok, the popular mobile video app currently owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It sounds like the outcome of those talks may ultimately have less to do with Microsoft and m...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Spacex, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Policy, Netflix, United States, Treasury, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump


YC-backed Artifact looks to make podcasts more personal

Historically, podcasts have been focused on appealing to as many listeners as possible. But Artifact, a new YC-backed company launching today, has a different idea. It all started when cofounder and CEO Ross Chanin lost his grandfather. He found himself wishing he’d spent more time asking him about his life. At the same time, he was mulling the audio revolution underway in the tech world after having cofounded Reputation.com and serving as COO at Euclid (acquired by WeWork). Over a beer with his...
Tags: TC, Tech, WeWork, Ross, Yc, Cindy, Euclid, George Quraishi, Chanin, Sean Bratches, Eric Kinariwala, Ross Chanin, Qurashi, Moncef Biaz CTO, David Lieb Founder of Bump, Google Photos Sander Daniels


YC is great but this startup turned down YC #ThreadMill

Stepping back, it’s helpful to understand how YC helps companies. I participated in YC S14 as an employee. YC helped us with: Coursework — The basics of starting a company, hiring, fundraising, marketing. Accountability — You’re forced to deliver results every week. Network — I made friends with smart, ambitious founders. Branding — YC is cool. It made it easier to hire, sell customers, etc. Sales Leads — If you sell to startups, YC has a lot of them. Fundraising — Demo Day allowed us ...
Tags: Business, Tech, Yc, Thethreadmill, Twitter Network


Extra Crunch Live: Join our Q&A tomorrow at noon PDT with Y Combinator’s Geoff Ralston

From Airbnb to Zapier, and Coinbase to Instacart, many of the tech world’s most valuable companies spent their earliest days in Y Combinator’s accelerator program. Steering the ship at Y Combinator today is its president, Geoff Ralston . We’re excited to share that Ralston will be joining us on Extra Crunch Live tomorrow at noon pacific. Extra Crunch Live is our virtual speaker series, with each session packed with insight and guidance from the top investors, leaders and founders. This live...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Events, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Sam Altman, Airbnb, Instacart, Coinbase, Yc, Zapier, Ralston, Geoff Ralston, ECL


YC-backed Glimpse helps Airbnb hosts make money through product placement

Glimpse is giving Airbnb hosts a way to make extra money while also supplying their accommodations with new products. The startup was founded by CEO Akash Raju, COO Anuj Mehta and CPO Kushal Negi, who all recently graduated from Purdue University. It’s part of the current batch of startups at accelerator Y Combinator — where, coincidentally or not, Airbnb is the most famous alum. Raju said that he and his co-founders came up with the idea while they were still in school and working with brand...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Advertising Tech, Tech, Airbnb, Yc, Purdue University, Raju, Glimpse, Akash Raju COO Anuj Mehta, Kushal Negi


Athlane looks to connect brands and esports streamers with a fresh $3.3 million in funding

Athlane, the YC-backed company from the Summer ’19 cohort, is today ready to launch with a fresh $3.3 million in capital. Investors include Y Combinator, Jonathan Kraft (New England Patriots), Michael Gordon (President of Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), Global Founders Capital, Romulus Capital, Seabed VC, and more. The startup originally positioned itself as the ‘NCAA of esports’ but, after some time in stealth, has taken a new approach. Athlane is looki...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Y Combinator, Twitter, Entertainment, Funding, Tech, Ncaa, Esports, Red Sox, Yc, Athlane, Liverpool Football Club Global, Athlane Pro, Twitch Twitter Instagram


YC-backed Tango Builder wants to use aerospace engineering to build a house

Housing has been constructed for millennia, and while clearly our modern abodes are ever so slightly better than the elk tents we used to live in, the construction techniques behind housing today haven’t progressed all that much. What has progressed are prices — it’s more expensive than ever to build a modern unit, and that’s just for housing — head over to commercial real estate, and the numbers don’t look much better. For Martin Diz and his team, that’s a problem. Diz is not exactly a lifelong...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Real Estate, California, Mexico, Funding, Tech, Ecuador, Tango, Tracy Young, Plangrid, Yc, Diz, Recent Funding, Martin Diz