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06-12-2017

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Alleywatch

  • The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 12/5/17
    by AlleyWatch on 2017-12-05 at 18:06Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 12/5/17. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings. […]

  • How Do You Help People Appreciate That Crypto Is The Biggest Thing To Happen In The History Of Humanity?
    by Lou Kerner on 2017-12-05 at 16:27I use the term“Crypto” to describe the totality of what’s now possible via the “technologies” blockchain, cryptocurrency, smart contracts and decentralization. On June 29th, 2017, I saw the “Crypto Light”, by which I mean, one instant I saw the world one way, and in the next instant, my whole view of the world changed. One […]

  • 10 Strategies For Leaders To Drive Disruptive Change
    by Martin Zwilling on 2017-12-05 at 15:27How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution. They consistently take bold steps to stay ahead of the curve, often contrary to […]

  • The 15 Largest US Startup Funding Rounds of November 2017
    by Reza Chowdhury on 2017-12-05 at 14:47Armed with some data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the 15 largest rounds in the US during the month of November.  I have included some additional information such as industry, company description, round type, location of the startup, total equity funding raised, and date of funding to further the analysis. To maintain a focus on […]

  • 5 Tools That Will Change the Way You Hire Without Costing a Dime
    by Michael Overell on 2017-12-05 at 13:27Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? In the startup community, we’re seeing a parade of underdog disruptors trying to change the way people work and live. And while we as consumers benefit from disruptive innovation and the competition it brings, we also love to see startups supporting one another. I’ve been studying and working in recruitment […]

  • This NYC Startup Just Raised $2.1M To Ensure the Finance Industry is Well Informed
    by AlleyWatch on 2017-12-04 at 19:27The investment community and Wall Street is dependent on access to information.  Access to the right information in a timely manner makes a significant difference and this difference can result in both the losses and gains of fortunes, every second more crucial than the one before it.  Serving this market is Accern, a real time […]

  • The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 12/4/17
    by AlleyWatch on 2017-12-04 at 17:07Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 12/4/17 including TWO previously undisclosed fundings. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings. […]

  • 10 Top Revenue Models Drive Viable Businesses Today
    by Martin Zwilling on 2017-12-04 at 16:27I was mentoring some graduate students at a local university recently, and I sensed again that profit seems to be a dirty word these days to many aspiring entrepreneurs. I’m certainly not a fan of customer rip-offs, but even non-profits have to be cash-flow positive, or have deep pockets, to help anyone for long. Every […]

  • 7 Strategies for Getting People to Invest in Your Business
    by YEC on 2017-12-04 at 15:27These entrepreneurs answer the similar question how do I get people to invest in my business? […]

  • The November 2017 NYC Venture Capital and Early Stage Funding Report
    by Reza Chowdhury on 2017-12-04 at 14:27Today, I take a look at the state of venture capital and angel funding during the month of November, both in New York and nationally. Analyzing some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, we break down the national aggregate statistics for all funding deals by stage of funding (Seed, Series A, Series B, and […]

  • The Advantage of Four Legs
    by Oliver Mitchell on 2017-12-04 at 13:27Shortly after SoftBank acquired his company last October, Marc Raibert of Boston Dynamics confessed, “I happen to believe that robotics will be bigger than the Internet.” Many sociologists regard the Internet as the single biggest societal invention since the dawn of the printing press in 1440. To fully understand Raibert’s point of view, one needs to […]

  • #NYCtech Week in Review
    by AlleyWatch on 2017-12-02 at 21:27With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space. We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech News this week including the fundings, exits, and events. […]

The Times of Israel

FinSMEs

  • Alcide Raises $5.2M in Seed Funding Round
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-06 at 12:25Alcide, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based cloud workload protection platform, raised $5.2m in seed funding. The round was led by Intel Capital and Elron. Led by Ranny Nachmias, CEO and Co-Founder, and Gadi Naor, CTO and Co-Founder, Alcide has emerged from stealth mode launching an universal network security platform designed to meet the needs of today’s […]

  • Intuit to Acquire TSheets, for $340M
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-06 at 12:10Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), a Mountain View, CA-based provider of innovative financial management solutions such as QuickBooks® and TurboTax®, among others, is to acquire TSheets, a provider of a platform for small and medium businesses, self-employed, and accountants to automate time tracking and scheduling for them and their workers. The transaction is valued at approximately […]

  • General Atlantic Announces Eight Promotions
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-06 at 10:50General Atlantic, a New York, NY–based global growth equity firm, announced eight promotions. In particular: – Wai Hoong Fock and Paul Stamas have been promoted to Managing Director, – Pierre Samec has been promoted to Operating Partner, – Luis Cervantes, Christian Figge, David George, Anna Golynskaya, Shaw Joseph, and Melis Kahya have been promoted to […]

  • Kyump Raises €2.4M in Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-06 at 10:30Kyump, a Paris, France-based marketplace for used cars, raised €2.4m in funding. The round was led by Breega Capital with participation from Kima Ventures, 123 Investment Managers, and angel investors Yannis Yahiaoui and Edouardo Ronzano. The company will use the new funds to increase its product development and hiring efforts, as well as expand its […]

  • Idagio Raises €8M in Series A Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-06 at 10:19Idagio, a Berlin, Germany-based classical music streaming service, raised €8m in Series A funding. Backers included Tengelmann Ventures, Mülheim/Ruhr, btov Partners, and a number of angel investors. The company will use the funds to continue to expand operations and business reach. Led by Till Janczukowicz, founder and CEO, Idagio provides a classical music streaming service […]

  • Investment Firm Revolution Launches $150M Fund
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-06 at 10:09Washington DC-based venture capital firm Revolution has launched a $150m fund. Investors in Rise of the Rest Seed fund include entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos, Sara Blakely, Tory Burch, Dan Gilbert, Ted Leonsis, Sheila Johnson, Joe Mansueto, Sean Parker, Eric Schmidt, Howard Schultz, Romesh Wadwhani, and investors and executives Jim Breyer, Ray Dalio, John Doerr, Henry Kravis, […]

  • Robocath Raises €1.7M in Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-06 at 09:57Robocath, a Rouen, France-based company that designs and develops innovative robotic solutions for the treatment of vascular diseases (heart attacks, strokes, etc.), received an additional €1.7m in funding. Backers included: – Crédit Agricole Innovations et Territoires (CAIT), an innovation fund managed by Supernova Invest, which invested €1.25m, and – Cardio […]

  • Continuum Security Secures €1.5M in Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-05 at 23:44Continuum Security, a Madrid, Spain-based cybersecurity company, secured €1.5m in funding. The round was led by Swanlaab Venture Factory with participation from JME Venture Capital and Sonae IM. The company intends to use the funds to strengthen its international growth strategy and further develop its sales and R&D teams. Founded and managed by Stephen de […]

  • Merkata Smart POS Raises Series A Funding Round
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-05 at 23:24Merkata Smart POS, an Ekaterinburg, Russia-based provider of small retail business solutions optimizing supply chain and in-store inventory processes, raised a Series A funding round of undisclosed amount. The round was led by FinSight Ventures. The company intends to use the funds to expand its client support, sales and marketing efforts. Founded in 2015 by […]

  • Greenlight Planet Raises $60M in Debt and Equity Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-05 at 23:13Greenlight Planet Inc., a provider of off-grid solar products and solar financing for underserved populations around the world, raised $60m in debt and equity funding. The round was led by Apis Partners, with participation from Eight Roads Ventures and Bamboo Capital Partners. Debt investments included new disbursements from Deutsche Bank and Global Partnerships, as well […]

  • Stateless Raises $1.4M in Seed Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-05 at 19:32Stateless, a Boulder, CO-based network-as-a-service tech startup, raised $1.4M in seed funding. The round was led by Speedinvest, with participation from EVO Venture Partners, Techstars, PV Ventures, Service Provider Capital and other angels. The company intends to use the funds to grow its platform. Co-founded by Murad Kablan and Eric Keller, Stateless has developed a […]

  • Nexenta Raises $20M in Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2017-12-05 at 19:23Nexenta, a Santa Clara, CA-based provider of an Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) platform, raised $20m in funding. The round was led by SoftBank Corp. with participation from Javelin Venture Partners, SV Booth Investments, SAB Capital, Lake Trail Capital, TRB Equity, and Tarkan Maner. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its global […]

SmartCompany

  • What retail chain Steinhoff’s accounting troubles mean for Australia
    by Glenn Dyer on 2017-12-06 at 05:42One of Australia’s largest retail chains is now enmeshed in claims of accounting irregularities. For months now, the management of South Africa-based (but German listed) retailer Steinhoff have rejected stories of accounting problems, but Tuesday evening it surprised by revealing that chief executive, Markus Jooste, was resigning, and that new information had surfaced regarding […]

  • Regtech startup Checkbox to represent Australia at Startup World Cup: “Bring it on”, say the founders
    by Dominic Powell on 2017-12-06 at 04:09An Aussie startup will be jetting off to San Francisco to represent the country in one of the world’s biggest startup events after winning the annual pitching competition at last week’s StartCon conference in Sydney. And the founders think they’ve got a pretty good chance of taking out the top prize. “I’ve got a ton […] The post Regtech startup Checkbox to […]

  • In the face of disruption, how change-ready is your business?
    by SmartCompany on 2017-12-06 at 01:48Driverless cars, drone deliveries, lab-grown meat, every surface a solar panel, gene technology that eliminates disease with a snip of our DNA. The future is everywhere, offering opportunity and threatening disruption – so why don’t we plan for it better? It can be surprising how strongly people cling to past practices in the face of […] The post In the face of disruption, how […]

  • Parklets are growing in popularity and small businesses can help make them happen
    by The Conversation on 2017-12-06 at 01:21As councils across Australia strive to enhance their liveability, parklets are proving popular among city communities. And small businesses have a role to play. The post Parklets are growing in popularity and small businesses can help make them happen appeared first on SmartCompany. […]

  • Made a mistake during product development? Customers are fascinated by accidents, so be up front
    by Martin Kovacs on 2017-12-06 at 01:15Companies could potentially engage better with cutsomers by being transparent about product design and manufacturing mistakes, recent research shows. The research, conducted by Yale assistant professor of marketing Taly Reich, along with Boston University’s Daniella Kupor and the University of Georgia’s Rosanna Smith, points to a consumer preference for products made by mistake […]

  • ATO commissioner takes aim at tax agents who “lead taxpayers” to dodgy deductions
    by Emma Koehn on 2017-12-06 at 01:02ATO Commissioner Chris Jordan has accused tax agents of asking clients questions that “lead taxpayers to a deduction”, as the one-year anniversary of last year’s ATO outages approaches. The post ATO commissioner takes aim at tax agents who “lead taxpayers” to dodgy deductions appeared first on SmartCompany. […]

  • Dick Smith: Don’t be mistaken, Amazon will “slowly strangle” and “destroy” Aussie retailers
    by Emma Koehn on 2017-12-06 at 00:45Prominent Australian businessman Dick Smith says those underwhelmed by the launch of Amazon Australia don’t understand the power of the global retailer. The post Dick Smith: Don’t be mistaken, Amazon will “slowly strangle” and “destroy” Aussie retailers appeared first on SmartCompany. […]

  • This is the number one way to engage your staff
    by Sue-Ellen Watts on 2017-12-06 at 00:29The most common question I am asked as chief executive and founder of HR consulting firm wattsnext is ‘how do I increase performance in my business?’. Most business owners I speak to think their staff are great but believe they could be better. Usually the first place HR professionals and business owners look to solve […] The post This is the number one way to engage your staff […]

  • Comedy, war, and jazz chickens: Here are Bill Gates’ top five summer reading recommendations
    by Dominic Powell on 2017-12-06 at 00:13As the days get warmer and Aussie entrepreneurs start to form their summer reading stacks, Bill Gates has released his list of five book recommendations. The post Comedy, war, and jazz chickens: Here are Bill Gates’ top five summer reading recommendations appeared first on SmartCompany. […]

  • Name-and-shame website for dodgy employers launches, but does Australia really need one?
    by Emma Koehn on 2017-12-05 at 23:40Concerns about underpayments in the hospitality sector have been big news in 2017. From cases involving high-profile celebrity chefs to those in fast food franchises, there’s been no shortage of examples of employees being underpaid their entitlements this year. But is a union-backed website for naming and shaming employers the best way to ensure workers […] The post Name-and-shame […]

Crowdfund Insider

  • Phenomenal Growing Season: Kabbage Extends $4 Billion+ to 130,000+ US Small Businesses
    by Erin Hobey on 2017-12-06 at 13:00Kabbage, Inc., a global financial services, technology and data platform serving small businesses, has extended over $4 billion to more than 130,000 small businesses, serving the largest customer base than any online small business lender. These landmarks represent an approximate 30-percent increase in total funding… Read More The post Phenomenal Growing Season: Kabbage Extends $4 Billion+ to […]

  • Supply vs. Demand: Bitcoin Tops $12,000
    by JD Alois on 2017-12-06 at 02:47In a volatile world, volatility is king and Bitcoin has it. The worlds most popular cryptocurrency has pushed above $12,000 for the first time during a roller coaster ride over the past few weeks. At last glance, Bitcoin was trading at over $12,300. The  24… Read More The post Supply vs. Demand: Bitcoin Tops $12,000 appeared first on Crowdfund Insider. […]

  • Things May Get Easier for Smaller Banks as Senate Banking Committee Moves forward with S.2155
    by JD Alois on 2017-12-06 at 00:13The “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” was approved by the Senate Committee on Banking today in a legislative move that may improve the environment for much beleaguered banking industry – most profoundly smaller banks. S.2155 found bipartisan support as the bill was… Read More The post Things May Get Easier for Smaller Banks as Senate Banking […]

  • LendingClub will Hold Live Investor Meeting on Thursday
    by JD Alois on 2017-12-05 at 23:54LendingClub (NYSE:LC) has gone from Wall Street darling to Wall Street dog. Since the IPO at the tail end of 2014, shares in the largest marketplace lending platform in the US have struggled to regain its offer price of $15 a share. If you are… Read More The post LendingClub will Hold Live Investor Meeting on Thursday appeared first on Crowdfund Insider. […]

  • ICOs: The Dual Token Conundrum
    by Howard Marks on 2017-12-05 at 21:04It is clear that the SEC is going to do an enforcement action against a number of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and the people who are selling utility tokens to investors for Bitcoin or Ether cryptocurrencies. Most ICOs are conducted by companies that have not… Read More The post ICOs: The Dual Token Conundrum appeared first on Crowdfund Insider. […]

  • Veeqo Returns to Seedrs For Ninth Time; Quickly Raises £200,000 Funding Target
    by Samantha Hurst on 2017-12-05 at 20:55Less than one year after successfully securing £1,227,995 through its eighth equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, UK-based software company Veeqo has launched its ninth funding round and quickly raised its initial £200,000 funding target from nearly 75 investors. As previously reported, Veeqo helps online retailers… Read More The post Veeqo Returns to Seedrs For Ninth Time; […]

  • Wealth Migrate Continues Global Expansion By Opening Two New International Offices
    by Samantha Hurst on 2017-12-05 at 20:29Real estate investment marketplace platform Wealth Migrate announced on Tuesday it has continued its global expansion by opening additional offices in the UK and UAE. According to Wealth Migrate, the new locations add to its current operations in Hong Kong, China, the U.S., Australia, and South… Read More The post Wealth Migrate Continues Global Expansion By Opening Two New International […]

  • First Kickstarter Official Employee Cassie Marketos Returns to the Crowdfunding Giant’s Team; Appointed Vice President of Community Strategy
    by Samantha Hurst on 2017-12-05 at 19:02On Tuesday, Kickstarter announced its first official employee, Cassie Marketos, has returned to its crowdfunding team and is now its Vice President of Community Strategy. According to the funding portal, in the newly created role, Marketos will focus on the development of Drip, a tool for artists and creators… Read More The post First Kickstarter Official Employee Cassie […]

  • Overbond Names George Harrington Head of U.S. Business Development
    by Samantha Hurst on 2017-12-05 at 18:19Overbond Ltd., a capital markets platform for primary bond origination and fixed income deal execution, announced on Tuesday it has appointed George Harrington as its Head of U.S. Business Development. According to Overbond, Harrington is a seasoned Debt Capital Markets professional, having held senior executive roles… Read More The post Overbond Names George Harrington Head of U.S. […]

  • Funding Circle Has Originated Over £3 Billion in Loans Since Platform Launch
    by JD Alois on 2017-12-05 at 17:30Funding Circle, the UK based online lender focusing on SMEs, has topped an important milestone having surpassed £3 billion on lending since launch in 2010.  Funding Circle has been rather quiet on the accomplishment beyond noting it on their UK home page where it states 30,986 UK… Read More The post Funding Circle Has Originated Over £3 Billion in Loans Since Platform […]

Tech.eu

  • Medical robotics startup Robocath raises €1.7 million
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-06 at 14:24French robotics startup Robocath has raised €1.7 million in funding led by the Supernova Invest-managed fund Crédit Agricole Innovations et Territoires (CAIT), which invested €1.25 million. Cardio Participation and a number of business angels also joined in the round. This adds to the €4.7 million the company raised in May of this year. The startup […] The post […]

  • ForceManager raises $12 million for its mobile sales assistant app
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-06 at 08:00Spanish CRM software company ForceManager has raised $12 million in Series B financing led by AXA Strategic Ventures. Nauta Capital, Sabadell, SIE, and Histemi also participated in the round. ForceManager, based in Barcelona, develops an AI-based sales assistant app for managing and entering data collected on the field. The company claims its system, which operates […] The post […]

  • Spanish cybersecurity firm Continuum raises €1.5 million in funding
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-05 at 13:02Continuum Security, a cybersecurity company based in Spain, has raised €1.5 million from Swanlaab Venture Factory with participation from JME Venture Capital and Sonae IM. The company will further develop its cybersecurity platforms by investing in more research and development. It creates enterprise-level solutions for companies to monitor software vulnerabilities at application design […]

  • Classical music streaming service Idagio raises €8 million
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-05 at 11:39Idagio, a classical music streaming service, has raised €8 million in a Series A round from Tengelmann Ventures, Mülheim/Ruhr, btov Partners, and a number of angel investors. Classical music is not well-served in the current digital streaming landscape, said Till Janczukowicz, CEO of the German company. “Search criteria such as composer, work, conductor, orchestra, soloist […]

  • A chat with Julia Reda, Pirate Party MEP, on digital surveillance and corporate lobbying in Europe
    by Alexander Saeedy on 2017-12-05 at 09:40Tech.eu recently met with Julia Reda, an Member of the European Parliament for Germany’s left-leaning Pirate Party (Piratenpartei Deutschland). Founded in 2006, the German Pirates seek to harness today’s digital revolution to build an open-information society where copyright and intellectual property rules are loosened and made more flexible. While they have been swept out of […]

  • CRM software company NGDATA raises $19 million in Series C round
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-05 at 09:37Belgian-based NGDATA, a CRM software company, has raised a Series C round of $19 million led by HPE Growth Capital with participation from Idinvest Partners, Pamica, SmartFin Capital, Capricorn Venture Partners, and Nausicaa Ventures. Its product, Lily, is used by marketers in industries like telecoms, financial services, and hospitality to gather and analyse customer interaction […] The […]

  • Contentful raises $28 million in Series C funding for its content management system
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-04 at 12:22Germany’s Contentful has raised $28 million in a Series C round led by General Catalyst Partners with participation from Benchmark Capital, Balderton Capital, and Point Nine Capital. Contentful develops a content management system (CMS) for app developers and content creators. The company plans on investing the money in further product development, such as adding more […] The post […]

  • Holiday rental management platform TravelNest raises £3 million in seed funding
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-04 at 09:00Edinburgh-based travel tech startup TravelNest has raised £3 million in seed funding from Pentech, Mangrove Capital Partners, Frontline Ventures, and former Skyscanner COO Mark Logan. TravelNest is a central platform for holiday rental hosts to manage all of their advertising in one place, providing a dashboard on the ads’ data and the property’s performance. The […] The […]

  • These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week
    by Robin Wauters on 2017-12-03 at 20:45These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week The post These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week appeared first on Tech.eu. […]

  • Finland’s Grundium raises €2 million from Chinese firm Ascend Capital Partners
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-12-01 at 12:36Finnish company Grundium, which is making portable microscope scanners for healthcare and other industries, has raised €2 million from Chinese investors Ascend Capital Partners. The investment was announced at Slush in Helsinki and marks Ascend Capital Partners’ second investment in a Finnish startup today, following its announcement backing Fimmic this morning. Grundium develops a […]

StartupJuncture

  • Bundles receives 600.000 euro funding to expand subscription model
    by Sabine de Witte on 2017-12-05 at 15:06Bundles, who made name selling clean clothes on a pay-per-wash basis, raised funding and is willing to use it to expand its services to other IoT applications supporting the circulair business model. Informal investors support circulair and holistic business model Bundles started in 2014, collaborating with classic washing machine manufacturer Miele, paid for by every […] The post Bundles […]

  • Dutch Startup News: Quantib, iWelcome, Cheapcargo, Abel, CashWijzer
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-12-04 at 20:13What happens in the startup scene in The Netherlands right now? Find out in another Dutch startup news update! News & Updates Cheapcargo acquired by PostNL The online comparison website CheapCargo for sending and transporting packages and portfolio company of Peak Capital has been acquired by PostNL. Financials details about the acquisition have not be […] The post Dutch Startup […]

  • Fortino Capital Partners starts new fund and raises €125M for Fortino Growth II
    by Sabine de Witte on 2017-12-01 at 11:55The new fund Fortino Growth II, as the fund is called, has a final target of €200M to help scale-ups in the Benelux grow. Fortino Growth II The fund received support from private investors, entrepreneurs and a few institutional businesses like BNP Paribas. Fortino Capital I holds a €80M fund and currently holds 13 companies […] The post Fortino Capital Partners starts new fund […]

  • AI analytics startup Quantib raises €4.5M for better diagnoses
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-11-28 at 13:33Rotterdam-based AI startup Quantib has raised 4.5 million euro in a round led by Holland Venture and InnovationQuarter. Quantib develops machine learning medical imaging applications that allow physicians and researchers to make more accurate diagnoses more efficiently. The investment allows the starup to bring new ML applications to the market and expand internationally. Quantib, founded […]

  • iWelcome raises series C from international investors
    by Sabine de Witte on 2017-11-28 at 10:20The Amersfoort based startup lands a series-C to accelerate international growth, led by the Dutch Connected Capital and German Capnamic Ventures. Fuel growth and build consumer trust iWelcome is Europeans leading Identity & Access Management as-a service (iDaaS) vendor and the series C attracted Connected Capital and Capnamic Ventures on top of existing shareholders. The […] The post […]

  • Dutch Startup News: more scaleups, e/d/t global, WDCD, Niaga, ARmazing, PYS
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-11-27 at 10:41What happens in the startup scene in The Netherlands right now? Find out in another Dutch startup news update! News & Updates Number of startups that grow into million-euro- scale-ups increases  Justin Jansen, professor of corporate entrepreneurship at the University of Rotterdam announced last week that the number of startups that manage to advance into […] The post Dutch Startup […]

  • Present Your Startup 2017 winners: Maester, Tinkr and Stagefinder.nl
    by Sabine de Witte on 2017-11-24 at 12:44Yesterday were the Present Your Startup 2017 finals, six startups battled their way through the quest for investment and a record amount was raised live on stage! Winner Maester received 410k on stage From the finalists, Maester, the e-learning platform for corporates, raised the impressive amount of 410.000 euro investment on stage. 40.000 euro was […] The post Present Your Startup 2017 […]

  • e/d/t/Global: the foundation launches today, supporting emerging deep tech
    by Sabine de Witte on 2017-11-22 at 13:58Today is the soft launch of the e/d/t/Global foundation, initiated by serial-entrepreneur, investor and emerging technology enthusiast Ton van ’t Noordende. We spoke to him about the idea behind it. About e/b/t Global Ton, you are one of the most active people in the Dutch startup community, as an investor at Keadyn, founder of Angel […] The post e/d/t/Global: the foundation launches […]

  • Health tech startup Xeltis raises €45M for polymer heart vale
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-11-21 at 10:16Dutch-Swiss health biotech startup  Xeltis has raised €45 million euro in an over subscribed C round to further the development of its polymer-based heart valve replacement technology. Ysios Capital led the round. Existing investor, LSP, Kurma Partners and VI Partners also participated. The Dutch life sciences investment firm, Life Sciences Partners (LSP) is one of […] The post […]

  • Dutch Startup News:  Xsens, MyTomorrows, Green Basilisk, ASI, too much money
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-11-20 at 11:25What happens in the startup scene in The Netherlands right now? Find out in another Dutch startup news update! News & Updates mCube acquires motion Enschede-based technology scaleup Xsens MEMS motion sensors technology provider mCube has acquired Enschede-based motion-tracking technology startup Xsens from ON Semiconductor. Xsens will maintain the Xsens brand and will continue to […] […]

Inc42

  • Meet The 70 Startups That Raised Funding Under Fund Of Funds
    by Meha Agarwal on 2017-12-06 at 14:11When PM Narendra Modi announced the $1.5 Bn Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS) in January 2016, for many it was just another promise on paper. But, the hopes and aspirations of several young entrepreneurs of India got an uplift, when on June 22, 2016, the Union Cabinet actually approved the fund and designated SIDBI […] The post Meet The 70 Startups That Raised Funding Under Fund Of Funds […]

  • VCs Can Bring Much More To The Table For Startup Entrepreneurs Than Just Capital: K Vaitheeswaran
    by Shweta Modgil on 2017-12-06 at 13:49Imploring VCs to show patience in order for the Indian startup entrepreneurs to delve deep into local Indian problems and create solutions that deliver value to the customer, K Vaitheeswaran kickstarted the 18th annual Asian Venture Capital Journal (AVCJ) India Forum in Mumbai yesterday. Vaitheeswaran, widely hailed as the father of Indian ecommerce having founded the […] The post VCs […]

  • The 9 Indian Unicorns Are Leading The Job Postings With 90% Share
    by Team Inc42 on 2017-12-06 at 09:57The year 2017 has been a year of disappointment for Snapdeal, the online marketplace which has gown down because of the culmination of a series of errors by its co-founders and its largest investors. However, according to a recent report released by Indeed, a job posting site in India, it has been revealed that Snapdeal […] The post The 9 Indian Unicorns Are Leading The Job Postings With […]

  • Startup Policy Rundown: Tax Benefits For Startups, Maharashtra To Get Startup Policy
    by Suprita Anupam on 2017-12-06 at 09:5550+ startup policies and schemes have been introduced by the Government of India in the recent years. And, India is now the third largest startup ecosystem in the world, yet none of its cities be it Bengaluru, Hyderabad or Mumbai could make it to the top 10 startup ecosystems in the world. Not even on […] The post Startup Policy Rundown: Tax Benefits For Startups, Maharashtra To Get […]

  • Swiggy Onboards Vishal Bhatia As The CEO Of New Supply Business
    by Sukanya Mukherjee on 2017-12-06 at 06:42With global investment giants Softbank and Tencent looking to lead massive investment rounds in Swiggy, the Bengaluru-headquartered foodtech platform has doubled down in its efforts to get ahead of competition by strengthening its upper management. As per its official statement, the startup has appointed Vishal Bhatia as the CEO of the New Supply business line, […] The post Swiggy Onboards […]

  • Starting Bitcoin & Cryptoassets Journey? Here Are A Few Resources
    by Pankaj Jain on 2017-12-06 at 06:31I was first introduced to Bitcoin by Vaishali when it was around $30 per BTC. Like most people, I brushed it off as another open source project trying to solve digital payments that was likely to fail. When BTC reached $100 a few months later, I thought maybe it was time to learn about Bitcoin and blockchain. […] The post Starting Bitcoin & Cryptoassets Journey? Here Are A […]

  • Flintobox Raises $7 Mn In Series A Funding Round Led By Lightbox
    by Meha Agarwal on 2017-12-06 at 05:43Chennai based Flintobox has raised $7 Mn in a Series A funding round led by early-stage venture capital firm Lightbox. Existing investors Globevestor, Ashwin Chadha, Asian E-Commerce Alliance and Mauj Mobile also participated in this round among others. The development was confirmed by a Flintobox spokesperson. Flintobox is an educational subscription ecommerce startup designed to […] The […]

  • RBI Reiterates Its Concerns Over Bitcoins And Cryptocurrencies
    by Suprita Anupam on 2017-12-06 at 05:12After Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley made it clear that the centre doesn’t recognise the use of Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies as a legal affair, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reissued its warning pertaining to cryptocurrencies. In its statement, released on December 5, 2017, RBI said, “Attention of members of public is drawn to […] The post RBI […]

  • LetsVenture To Explore Key Trends in AgriTech And India 2 At LetsIgnite Mumbai
    by Sukanya Mukherjee on 2017-12-06 at 04:49Driven by the desire to bring change and make a lasting social impact, entrepreneurs work unceasingly to realise the true potential of their vision and business ideas. Often times, however, the lack of deep pockets and competition from bigger, more heavily-funded players act as roadblocks for startups on their way to success. This is where […] The post LetsVenture To Explore Key Trends in […]

  • Hyperlocal Services App Dunzo Raises $12 Mn Funding From Google
    by Meha Agarwal on 2017-12-05 at 09:27Chat-based hyperlocal services app Dunzo has raised $12 Mn funding from Google against a minority stake in the startup. The deal has been done under the search giant’s Next Billion Users (NBU) push. Existing backers Blume Ventures and Aspada have also participated in the funding round as per an ET report. This is Google’s first […] The post Hyperlocal Services App Dunzo Raises […]

  • Former CCD CEO Naresh Malhotra To Launch a $7.76 Mn Early Stage Fund
    by Team Inc42 on 2017-12-05 at 08:46Naresh Malhotra, former CEO of Cafe Coffee Day has floated a $7.76 Mn (INR 50 Cr) early stage fund. Monika Rao (Cofounder, Family Doctor) and Mukund Rao (Founder, DerivIT) have been onboarded as the lead investors in the fund. The family fund will majorly focus on early-stage tech startups working in the artificial intelligence space. […] The post Former CCD CEO Naresh Malhotra To Launch a […]

  • Paytm Payments Bank To Invest $466 Mn To Build 10K Customer Touchpoints
    by Meha Agarwal on 2017-12-05 at 07:32Paytm Payments Bank has committed to invest $466.5 Mn (INR 3000 Cr) in next three years to create a network of 10K offline consumer banking touchpoints. The aim is to expand its offline distribution network by allowing trusted local partners to act as potential cash-in and cash-out points and other related banking activities. The announcement […] The post Paytm Payments Bank To Invest $466 […]

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  • Watch Pitch@Palace Global live right here
    by TechCrunch Staff on 2017-12-06 at 17:00 The Duke of York will be at St. James’s Palace today for #pitchatpalace Global. Pitch@Palace Global brings together entrepreneurs from 2017 Pitch@Palace events that took place in Africa, China, Singapore, Australia, United Arab Emirates and Mexico. Watch the live stream above starting at 5:30 p.m. GMT/9 a.m. PT. Read Mor […]

  • Latest Google Sheets release helps automate pivot table creation
    by Ron Miller on 2017-12-06 at 17:00 The spreadsheet gurus in your organization know how to use pivot tables to pull meaningful insight out of a morass of numbers. It has been what separated those folks from the rest of us, but Google is out to democratize the pivot table in the latest version of Google Sheets announced today. Google is achieving this by adding some artificial intelligence under the hood. The new […]

  • Blockchain browser Brave makes push to reward content makers and YouTubers
    by Jon Russell on 2017-12-06 at 16:00 Brave, the blockchain-based browser initiative that raised $35 million in an ICO earlier this year, is making its first major move to build an ecosystem that rewards publishers in a new kind of way. One of the selling points of Brave is that it uses its token (BAT, Basic Attention Token) to disrupt the current financial norms of online publishing. The company wants to reward users for […]

  • Lytro’s ‘living pictures’ cease to live
    by Devin Coldewey on 2017-12-06 at 15:46 As part of its move away from consumer gear towards professional cinema hardware, Lytro has killed off the site that once hosted “living pictures,” still photos taken with its cameras that could be refocused after the fact. This will turn a handful of those pictures, where they had been embedded on the web over the past few years, into empty frames. Read Mor […]

  • Gomer is a soft robot that can bother your cat
    by John Biggs on 2017-12-06 at 15:31 If there’s any sort of trend in robotics this year it’s soft hands. Robots with soft pincers are quite useful in picking up – and not breaking – objects and now you can enjoy a soft-handed robot at home. The robot is called Gomer and it’s available now on Indiegogo. The little robot had an expressive face and a big claw on top. You can play games with Gomer […]

  • Looks like HQ Trivia is coming to Android
    by Greg Kumparak on 2017-12-06 at 15:15 HQ Trivia — the twice-a-day live streamed trivia game built by the founders of Vine — continues to be a big thing. Recent games have had upwards of 200,000 players per session, each hoping to go home with the cash prize (or, at least, a share of it) for answering every question right. And yet… it’s iOS only. Type “HQ Trivia” into Google, and […]

  • Oath and Mozilla are suing each other after Firefox switches back to Google search
    by Brian Heater on 2017-12-06 at 15:13 Firefox’s default search engine has become the subject of a hotly contested legal battle, a few weeks after Mozilla announced it would be moving from Yahoo to Google. Yahoo’s new parent Oath filed a complaint against Mozilla in a California court on December 1, alleging a breach of contract. Now Mozilla has filed a counter complaint, stating that the switch back was in line with […]

  • ClassPass will soon help you break a sweat at home with ClassPass Live
    by Jordan Crook on 2017-12-06 at 15:00 ClassPass is today introducing a new layer to its business with ClassPass Live. Taking a hint from Peloton, ClassPass is now letting users work out at home through live-streamed classes. The company has purchased a studio in Industry City, along with a production team, so that folks can enjoy all the benefits of heart-rate training without ever leaving their house. ClassPass has also […]

  • Inflect raises $3M seed round to make buying internet infrastructure easier
    by Frederic Lardinois on 2017-12-06 at 15:00 Inflect, a startup that wants to make it easier for businesses to buy their own internet infrastructure, today announced that it has raised a $3 million seed funding round. The service, which is still in preview, provides business with the necessary data to make their purchasing decisions when they go out and look for their own data center space, networking services and exchange… […]

  • With the Los Angeles tech scene exploding, CrossCut Ventures raises $125 million to invest
    by Jonathan Shieber on 2017-12-06 at 14:05 CrossCut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed investment firm has just closed its fourth (and largest) fund with $125 million in new cash. It’s been a long road for the firm’s three co-founders, who have been investing in Los Angeles since 1997. In that time they’ve seen the city’s technology scene evolve in fits and starts, but now, with companies like Snap, […]

  • Pokémon GO’s gameplay will soon change based on the real world weather around you
    by Greg Kumparak on 2017-12-06 at 14:00 A bunch of new Pokémon are coming to Pokèmon Go this week – but that’s not the only big change on the way. Pokémon Go will soon be aware of the real world weather around you, with a number of things in the game adapting accordingly. I spoke to Niantic’s Archit Bhargava and Matt Slemon about the new system, which they refer to as “dynamic […]

  • PerceptIn has raised $11 million to help robotic vacuums and self-driving cars see
    by Brian Heater on 2017-12-06 at 14:00 PerceptIn’s been operating mostly behind the scenes since launching in March of last year. Even so, the company has managed to raise a decent chunk of change in its mission of helping improve robotic vision. The startup’s raised a total of $11 million in all, including a seed round of ~$2 million last year and an $8 million Series A in 2017. Read Mor […]

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  • Mozilla countersues Oath over Firefox switch from Yahoo to Google
    by Paul Sawers on 2017-12-06 at 12:31It looks like Mozilla is heading to court for a showdown with Yahoo Holdings and Oath over an alleged breach of contract. Yahoo Holdings and Oath, the company that runs the Yahoo search engine and which is owned by Verizon, filed a complaint against Mozilla on December 1 at the Superior Court for California, after Mozilla&nbs […]

  • Fetch Robotics raises $25 million to automate warehouses
    by Paul Sawers on 2017-12-06 at 10:19Fetch Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup that’s bringing robots and a supporting cloud-based software system to industrial environments, has raised $25 million in a series B round of funding led by Sway Ventures, with participation from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and SoftBank’s SB Group US. Founded in 2014, San Jose-based Fetch Robotics develops […]

  • Facebook’s shiny happy Year in Review tries to make you forget the misery of 2017
    by Chris O'Brien on 2017-12-06 at 09:39Social media in 2017 sucked. Liberal or conservative, places like Facebook were the frontline in a non-stop battle over politics, sexual harassment, fake news, gun violence, and the general idiocy and despair of modern life. Naturally, this creates a bit of a quandary for the folks who put together Facebook’s annual Year in Review. I&nbs […]

  • Apple’s Tim Cook optimistic that apps pulled from Chinese App Store will return
    by Reuters on 2017-12-06 at 09:08(Reuters) — Apple is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the U.S. tech giant’s Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday. Cook, speaking at the Fortune Forum in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, also stressed that he&nbs […]

  • VR’s marketing conundrum — and how to fix it
    by Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh on 2017-12-06 at 07:11GUEST: Most VR content is built on game engines like Unity. VR creators are placing all their chips on the premium engines such as Unity and Unreal, and that’s because they look to these platforms as their best bet for delivering high-octane experiences. There are, however, big drawbacks to publishing “triple A” immersive content. One is&nbs […]

  • Microsoft launches low-code IoT cloud service out of beta, adds new Azure instances and more
    by Blair Hanley Frank on 2017-12-06 at 05:50Microsoft launched its IoT Central cloud service out of beta today as part of a passel of announcements aimed at providing new functionality to developers using its cloud services to build applications that tap into connected devices, data-intensive processing, and Java tools like Spring Boot. IoT Central is a new service designed to make it&nbs […]

  • Glassdoor: Facebook is consistently the best tech company to work for in the U.S.
    by Emil Protalinski on 2017-12-06 at 04:59Career website Glassdoor today released its 10th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 100 best companies to work for in the coming year. Facebook was crowned as not just the number one tech company to work for in 2018, but the best company to work for, period. This isn’t the first time Facebook&nbs […]

  • EFF pushes for more transparency in patent cases
    by Electronic Frontier Foundation on 2017-12-06 at 03:18In a promising step toward transparency, the Eastern District of Texas (the court that sees many of the nation’s patent cases) recently announced an amendment to its Local Rules that would require parties to file redacted versions of documents that contain confidential information. Previously, parties would file whole briefs under seal, without any public version&nbs […]

  • Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, again
    by Reuters on 2017-12-06 at 01:24(Reuters) — A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major&nbs […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront II should teach publishers to drop the sales pitch
    by Jeff Grubb on 2017-12-06 at 01:10OPINION: Electronic Arts has an authenticity problem, and, in my opinion, it stems from how it talks to us about its games. Star Wars: Battlefront II’s launch was a calamity, and I think EA made it worse with how it communicated to angry fans. Maybe it’s corporate policy or culture (or some other issue), but most&nbs […]

  • Cuseum brings its AR museum tech to Pérez Art Museum Miami
    by Stephanie Chan on 2017-12-05 at 23:57During the Pokémon Go craze, some museums plotted to lure in players by hyping up their usefulness as PokéStops. But Cuseum has found another way to integrate augmented reality with cultural institutions. It partners with museums to create AR apps that supplement the museum-going experience. Most recently, it teamed up with Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)&nbs […]

  • To stop ad-fraud bots like Hyphbot, brands need to give media buyers amnesty
    by Will Luttrell, Amino Payments on 2017-12-05 at 23:10GUEST: Just before Thanksgiving, AdForm uncovered Hyphbot, the largest bot net ever discovered. The scariest part of the discovery for many brand advertisers was that the bot net spoofed billions of impressions of premium content from sites like the Economist and the Financial Times. The FT, which recently reported on its own spoofing discovery, urged publishers&nbs […]

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  • Wall Street hits a lull even as technology stocks gain
    on 2017-12-06 at 16:52(Reuters) – Wall Street turned weary in late morning trading on Wednesday, with a slide in energy stocks and Home Depot offsetting gains in technology sector as investors readjust their stock holdings. […]

  • Britain pushes back date for provisional findings on Sky-Fox deal
    on 2017-12-06 at 16:26LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s competition watchdog will give its initial verdict on Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Sky next month, later than expected, due to the vast number of responses it has received on the deal. […]

  • Exclusive: Ford set for China tie-up with Alibaba to test online, direct auto sales – source
    on 2017-12-06 at 16:24BEIJING (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co is expected to sign as early as Thursday a deal with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd which may allow the U.S. automaker to test selling cars to consumers in China through Alibaba’s online retail arm Tmall, as well as via a new “auto vending machine” store concept, according to a Ford source familiar with the matter. […]

  • German prosecutors begin initial inquiry into BMW diesel emission allegations
    on 2017-12-06 at 16:24MUNICH (Reuters) – Munich prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations made this week by Germany’s main environmental lobby group that a BMW diesel model is fitted with engine software capable of cheating on emissions tests. […]

  • UnitedHealth to buy DaVita primary care unit for $4.9 billion
    on 2017-12-06 at 15:46(Reuters) – The largest U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc will buy DaVita Inc’s primary and urgent care services for $4.9 billion in its second acquisition this year to expand its fast-growing medical group, it said on Wednesday. […]

  • Wal-Mart drops Stores from name to shed brick and mortar image
    on 2017-12-06 at 15:19(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc will be known as Walmart Inc, effective Feb. 1, the world’s largest retailer said on Wednesday, as part of its efforts to rebrand itself as more than a brick and mortar store. […]

  • U.S. unit labor costs decline for two straight quarters
    on 2017-12-06 at 15:03WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. unit labor costs were much weaker than initially thought, declining both in the second and third quarters of this year, suggesting that inflation could remain benign for a while. […]

  • Volkswagen executive faces sentencing in U.S. emissions fraud case
    on 2017-12-06 at 14:12DETROIT (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced in federal court in Detroit on Wednesday for his part in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion. […]

  • Canada scraps plan to buy Boeing fighters amid trade dispute: sources
    on 2017-12-06 at 11:44OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is scrapping a plan to buy 18 Boeing Co Super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U.S. aerospace company, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. […]

  • Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat
    on 2017-12-06 at 11:34(Reuters) – A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. […]

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