Category Archives: Start-Up

Upload exec tasked with turning things around at the troubled VR startup has already quit | #VentureCanvas

Lucas Matney | TechCrunch Startups


 The executive tasked with building back community trust in Upload, the VR startup shaken by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee earlier this summer, has quit less than six weeks after officially announcing she had joined the team as COO, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. Anne Aloha Ward joined as COO of Upload, which runs co-working spaces in its LA and SF offices as well as… Read More

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Upload exec tasked with turning things around at the troubled VR startup has already quit | #VentureCanvas

Lucas Matney | TechCrunch


 The executive tasked with building back community trust in Upload, the VR startup shaken by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee earlier this summer, has quit less than six weeks after officially announcing she had joined the team as COO, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. Anne Aloha Ward joined as COO of Upload, which runs co-working spaces in its LA and SF offices as well as… Read More

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Source: Upload exec tasked with turning things around at the troubled VR startup has already quit

Mapping the blockchain project ecosystem | #VentureCanvas

Josh Nussbaum | TechCrunch


 It’s easy to miss the forest for the trees without a comprehensive view of what the proverbial forest looks like. As a result, here’s a compiled a list of all of the decentralized blockchain-based projects that I have been following, and was able to dig up through research, along with recommendations from friends in the ecosystem. Read More

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Netflix’s original content costs are ballooning | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


 Netflix today once again showed that its subscriber growth is on a tear — especially its growth internationally — but a note in the report may indicate one of the biggest challenges the company faces going forward. Netflix took home 20 Emmy awards this year, and that’s thanks to its enormous investments in original content. Shows like “Stranger Things,”… Read More

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Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern Australia | #VentureCanvas

Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch


 It’s been a while since we last heard from Project Wing, X‘s moonshot drone delivery project. But after a few fallow months, the team posted an update today and it looks like the project has made quite some progress. Alphabet’s X unit is now testing the Project Wing drones in southeastern Australia, where its flying machines are making deliveries right to people’s… Read More

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Traction on Demand, Axonify among GPTW’s best workplaces in tech list | #VentureCanvas

Aeman Ansari | Beta Kit


Great Place To Work, a company that recognizes the world’s best workplaces, announced its 2017 list of Canada’s Best Workplaces in Technology.

A few of the companies mentioned in the recently released list include Burnaby-based Traction On Demand, Waterloo-based Axonify, Toronto-based Wave, and Toronto-based BlueCat, which wassold to a US private equity company earlier this year for $400 million.

GPTW outlined key attributes that they found in the companies on this year’s list, including strong employee communication, caring for employees, and empowering employees to do good work.

“The digital revolution is redefining not only how we work, but who our competitors are. The ‘tech sector’ no longer exists. We are all tech firms.”

“Each of the organizations named on our Best Workplaces in Technology list has been successful in creating a high-trust culture that supports employees and empowers them bring their best to work, driving superior results for the whole organization,” the GPTW report reads. “Over 95 percent of employees at these winning organizations agree their workplace is great and 93% are willing to give extra to get the job done. And the proof is in the pudding – these same organizations collectively averaged 40 percent growth last year.”

GPTW compiles these lists based on feedback from more than 300,000 employees working in GPTW-certified organizations across Canada. Employees are asked to complete an anonymous Trust Index survey, which includes questions about transparency of communication, degree of collaboration, quality of benefits programs, opportunity for professional development, and support for work-life balance. For the organization to become GPTW certified, 70 percent of the feedback has to be positive.

Along with the list, GPTW also showcased a recent study conducted by Paris-based Capgemini Group that identified outdated company culture as the number one barrier to digital transformation. “Regardless of industry, the digital revolution is redefining not only how we work, but who our competitors are. Some experts are now musing that the ‘tech sector’ no longer exists,” GPTW said. “We are all tech firms, and companies that are slow to accept this new reality will find themselves in the crosshairs of disruptive startups or shareholders who will force the issue.”

This year’s list — and the ongoing work at GPTW — attempts to take a closer look at what’s working in tech companies in Canada and around the world, and how these strategies can encourage digital transformation in all organizations and all industries.

See the full list here.

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Source: Traction on Demand, Axonify among GPTW’s best workplaces in tech list

Moving Inventory: Funding To Auto Commerce Companies Continues To Soar | #VentureCanvas

Alyce Ge | CBInsights


The hype surrounding autonomous driving is reaching mainstream consciousness, while OEMs have been exploring new car ownership models in light of explosive growth in ride-hailing services.

However, despite these trends — and despite used car marketplace Beepi’s very public failure earlier this year — deals and funding in the traditional auto commerce sector are still making a strong showing. CarGurus‘ strong IPO highlighted companies working with the existing retail ecosystem, and we’ve also explored a few of these startups previously with our compare companies tool.

Deals to vehicle sales, financing, and leasing startups in 2017 have already exceeded total deal activity last year, while funding is also on track to exceed 2016 levels — in part due to the rise of car sales platforms abroad.

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Netflix crushes its own expectations for subscription growth again | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


Reed Hastings Netflix is still on its rounded-up-to-pretty-great run as it continues to add more and more subscribers, and once again is outstripping its own estimates for growth. Today the company said it added 5.3 million new total subscribers, with 850,000 coming in the U.S. and 4.45 million coming from international markets. Netflix is spending very aggressively on original content, and so far it looks… Read More

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Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run | #VentureCanvas

Josh Constine | TechCrunch Startups


 Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently as it’s done with Instagram and WhatsApp. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 4 million daily active users in the past 9 weeks with its app that lets people anonymously answer kind-hearted… Read More

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Source: Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run | #VentureCanvas

Josh Constine | TechCrunch


 Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently as it’s done with Instagram and WhatsApp. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 4 million daily active users in the past 9 weeks with its app that lets people anonymously answer kind-hearted… Read More

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Source: Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


 Google today is rolling out a revamped version of its longtime Security Checkup feature – a service that helps users make sure their Google accounts are safe by checking those items that could impact your account’s security. This includes connected apps, connected devices, account permissions and other things. Now, Security Checkup will be improved by offering more personalized… Read More

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Source: Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account

Silenced by “free speech” | #VentureCanvas

Josh Constine | TechCrunch


 There’s a fundamental incongruency between being pro ‘free speech’ and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it too. And it can’t be solved by a little more transparency or by hoping average citizens will do the right thing. The principle of free speech on which the United States was… Read More

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Teams from over 32 countries attend Ethereum hackathon in Waterloo | #VentureCanvas

Aeman Ansari | Beta Kit


ETHWaterloo hackathon — which calls itself the world’s largest Ethereum hackathon — hosted its inaugural competition this weekend.

The event, run by a volunteer group of hackers and Ethereum enthusiasts, developed what organizers and participants hope will be the future of decentralized technology over 36 hours.

The hackathon brought together 400 attendees from over 32 countries across the world. During the course of the event, hackers were mentored by leaders in the cryptocurrency industry like Joseph Poon, founder of the Lightning Network; Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin; and Ryan Zurrer, a Partner at Polychain Capital.

On Sunday, at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the top eight teams pitched their projects to their peers and a panel of judges. In the end, the winners were awarded 1,000 tokens of their choice.

The top eight teams selected this year were:

  • Happy ENS, a DNS server able to resolve .eth addresses in any browser, without any third-party plugins
  • Third eye, a platform for developers to audit smart contracts.
  • TrustUs, a simple platform to get started with smart contracts
  • Pocket, a gamification platform created to educate children about the value of currency and developing good saving habits
  • Provt, an application offering an easier way to safely download and verify files on the blockchain
  • Congruence, a tool that allows the exchange of service tokens for healthcare and insurance providers.
  • Rufflet, a tool that provides contract information and shows deeper insights to how methods are being used over a period of time
  • MetaMask Brave Integration: added support for the MetaMask extension into the Brave browser, allowing the Brave browser to run ÐApps

Photo credit Ben Arnon

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The end of oversharing | #VentureCanvas

John Biggs | TechCrunch


 The early 2000s were the era of user-generated content. Companies like Associated Content and Shareasale rewarded content producers richly – one friend of mine made millions on YouTube in 2004 because he was one of the few serial content producers on the platform. The future was going to be broadcast in all of its gritty glory. Bloggers would win forever and ever. The voices of the… Read More

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Airbnb eyes expansion with affiliate program for sites with 1M+ users, new API | #VentureCanvas

Ingrid Lunden | TechCrunch


 While Expedia and Priceline roll out ways to encroach on Airbnb’s space with their own private home listings for travellers, the $31 billion venture-backed Airbnb is also looking at new ways to boost its own traffic and bookings. Airbnb is now rolling out a new call for affiliate partners, where high-traffic sites with over 1 million visitors can embed Airbnb property listings and… Read More

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This NYC Startup Just Raised $7.5M to Ensure Diversity in Hiring | #VentureCanvas

AlleyWatch | AlleyWatch


Diverse teams outperform non diverse ones by 35%.  African Americans are 16% less likely to get invited to job interviews.   The largest search engine in the world only employees only 1% African American in its tech staff and only 2% of that tech staff is Hispanic. Yet, 57% of employees think their companies should be […]

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MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston | #VentureCanvas

Ron Miller | TechCrunch


 Boston and its surrounding universities are jam-packed with big ideas, but the problem is that many of them never get out of the lab. MIT president Rafael Reif recognized this and decided the city needed an engine to push those ideas and The Engine — part venture capital firm, part business incubator — was born. When smart people are working on hard problems inside a lab, they… Read More

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Source: MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston

MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston | #VentureCanvas

Ron Miller | TechCrunch Startups


 Boston and its surrounding universities are jam-packed with big ideas, but the problem is that many of them never get out of the lab. MIT president Rafael Reif recognized this and decided the city needed an engine to push those ideas and The Engine — part venture capital firm, part business incubator — was born. When smart people are working on hard problems inside a lab, they… Read More

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7 huge business storylines for this quarter’s earnings season | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


 It’s that time of the year again: Earnings season. It’s a finance nerd’s dream, but for the rest of the world, it’s important because some of the biggest technology companies in the world spill their guts to the public. We get to see who’s winning, who’s losing, what’s going wrong and how much Twitter’s monthly active user count dropped. In… Read More

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Source: 7 huge business storylines for this quarter’s earnings season

Gov’t nixes proposed tax change targeting capital gains, will restrict income sprinkling | #VentureCanvas

Jessica Galang | Beta Kit


The federal government is cutting the small business tax rate from 10.5 percent to nine percent by 2019, and confirmed that it is not moving forward with at least one of its three proposed tax changes affecting entrepreneurs.

The announcement was made at a press conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, and Minister of Small Business and Tourism in Stouffville, ON. According to the CBC, the government will not be moving forward with its proposal to limit access to the lifetime capital gains exemption, noting “potential unintended consequences associated with the proposed measures.”

However, the Liberals said they still plan to restrict income sprinkling by January 1, which allows business owners to transfer income to a child or spouse who would be taxed at a lower rate.

In an op-ed on BetaKit, entrepreneur Bruce Croxon said that this will affect partners supporting the business by “holding the home front” while entrepreneurs build the company. Family members that don’t contribute to the business will not be eligible for income sprinkling, though the government has not been specific in how that will be determined.

“It’s not the people who are the problem, it’s the system,” Trudeau said.

The third proposed tax change called for limits on private companies making passive investments unrelated to the company, which would curb the ability of business owners to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.

Liberal backbenchers who were also among critics of the changes were briefed this morning. Morneau has already said that the proposals could see adjustments.

“I feel very, very positive. For the first time in a couple months, I’ve got a bit of a smile on my face,” said Saint John MP Wayne Long. Long was kicked off two Commons committees for voting against the government earlier this month on a Conservative motion calling for further consultations on the proposed reforms.

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Minecraft now lets you export your creations in 3D — but only on Windows 10 | #VentureCanvas

Devin Coldewey | TechCrunch


 Minecraft players will now be able to easily save their in-game creations as 3D models. A new update adds the capability, but it’s among the few features that can only be enjoyed by players on the Windows 10 edition of the game. Read More

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Source: Minecraft now lets you export your creations in 3D — but only on Windows 10

Google Photos gets more pet-friendly | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


walking the dog If you’re a pet owner who uses Google Photos, you’ve probably typed in “dog” or “cat” before in order to surface photos of your furry pal – like anytime someone asks you about your pet, for example, which clearly means they would like to see a picture of Mr. Fluffypants. Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its… Read More

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The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies | #VentureCanvas

Fitz Tepper | TechCrunch Startups


 This year the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has grown from about $13 billion to well over $150 billion, fueled by infusions of capital from all different types of investors. But irregardless of this extreme growth, it’s still very complicated for most people to invest in cryptocurrency. So one startup is launching a private index fund designed to let you passively hold… Read More

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The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies | #VentureCanvas

Fitz Tepper | TechCrunch


 This year the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has grown from about $13 billion to well over $150 billion, fueled by infusions of capital from all different types of investors. But irregardless of this extreme growth, it’s still very complicated for most people to invest in cryptocurrency. So one startup is launching a private index fund designed to let you passively hold… Read More

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Source: The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies

Google Maps now lets you explore your local planets and moons, too | #VentureCanvas

Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch


 Google today announced a fun update to Google Maps that’ll allow you to virtually visit a dozen additional planets and moons in our solar system. The company has added imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons to its lineup and also made it easier to find them in Maps. In total, Google Maps now features imagery of sixteen celestial bodies. It’s worth noting that while Google has… Read More

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Radio group Global acquires US firm AudioHQ to further build its audio ad platform | #VentureCanvas

Jonathan Keane | Tech.eu




UK radio group Global, the owners of Heart and Classic FM, has acquired US company AudioHQ, which will be integrated into its DAX audio advertising platform. No terms were disclosed.

The acquisition marks Global’s entry into the US market with offices in New York, LA, Chicago, and Detroit and AudioHQ being rebranded under the DAX name. DAX is a digital audio advertising platform used by Global’s properties and, with this purchase, will include clients like SoundCloud and Major League Baseball.

According to Global, the platform will give advertisers access to 160 million people internationally.

“We launched DAX in the UK in 2014 to offer advertisers a simple way to reach the growing number of people consuming digital audio,” explained Stephen Miron, CEO of Global. “In the past three years, demand from advertisers has intensified as the audience has grown and we’ve continued to innovate to keep DAX ahead of the market.”

Entering the US market is a “natural next step” and a “significant milestone”, he added. “AudioHQ is a very impressive business with strong client and publisher relationships and a really great team. DAX has revolutionised the digital audio advertising market in the UK, and we’re confident it will be a huge success in the US.”

AudioHQ’s cofounders, CEO Matt Cutair and chief revenue officer Jeff McCarthy, will retain their stakes in the business and will head up DAX’s US operations. All AudioHQ staff will move to DAX.

As part of its ongoing expansion, Global will also be opening new offices in France and Germany next year.

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North Korea reportedly hacked UK’s Channel 4 over ‘slanderous’ TV series | #VentureCanvas

Jon Russell | TechCrunch


 North Korea’s cyber forces may never top the scalp of hacking Sony, an attack that successfully derailed plans to release a movie viewed as critical of the country, but the totalitarian state also performed a similar hit on British broadcaster Channel 4, it has emerged.
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Startup Roundup for October 16, 2017

Startup News Roundup For The Day

News on startups, entrepreneurship, and funding found around the web, curated for you from various sources. Happy reading!


SmartCompany

  • How to protect yourself in a sharing economy
    by SmartCompany on 2017-10-16 at 09:58If you sublet your apartment on Airbnb to a guest who damages it, will your home and contents insurance cover the damage? Or if you rent your car to a stranger via Australian startup Drive My Car or Car Next Door and it’s stolen, will your comprehensive car insurance cover the loss? These are all […] The post How to protect yourself in a sharing economy appeared first on SmartCompany. […]

  • Australian fintechs are pitching to the RBA to create DAD, Australia’s very own cryptocurrency
    by Angela Castles on 2017-10-16 at 04:50Australian fintech startups are throwing their support behind a proposal to create a government-endorsed Australian cryptocurrency called DAD, or the Digital Australian Dollar. Led by FinTech Australia, a group of startups have submitted cases to the Reserve Bank of Australia and the federal Treasury that highlight the potential benefits of a government-back digital currency. The DAD […]

  • Gary Vaynerchuk on why working incredibly fast matters
    by Martin Kovacs on 2017-10-16 at 04:26Moving at a cracking pace in business should be valued above anything else, says Gary Vaynerchuk. But the serial entrepreneur says many company founders fail to understand how essential their every single minute is in their longer term quest to scale their startup. Instead, in Vaynerchuk’s words, “in the day-to-day they’re slow, and in the macro, […] The post Gary […]

  • Power Ledger raises $34 million in one of Australia’s first successful initial coin offerings
    by Angela Castles on 2017-10-16 at 03:25Perth-based energy trading startup Power Ledger has secured $34 million via an initial coin offering (ICO) in one of the largest successful raises by an Australian startup for this alternative mode of financing. Power Ledger provides a blockchain-based peer-to-peer trading platform that allows households to trade excess solar power in the hopes of making energy […] The post Power Ledger […]

  • The businesses reinventing themselves for a cashless society
    by SmartCompany on 2017-10-16 at 02:46According to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s consumer payments survey, cash is no longer king at the checkout. The RBA reports consumers are using cards more frequently, with the share of cash transactions dropping to 37% of payments last year, down from 69% in 2007. As cash dwindles at the checkout, SmartCompany’s investigation into payment […] The post The businesses […]

  • Little differences make big differences
    by Eve Ash on 2017-10-16 at 01:56“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” This wonderful quote is from entrepreneur and writer, the late William Clement Stone. Stone made numerous observations but I especially like this: “There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference! The little difference is attitude. The […] The post Little differences make big […]

  • Using voice alone could be the key to greater emotional understanding: Research
    by Martin Kovacs on 2017-10-16 at 01:14Video calling has brought face-to-face interaction to our smartphones and computer screens, however voice-only communication may allow employees or clients to better pick up on the speakers’ emotions, according to a new Yale School of Management study. The study, undertaken by Yale School of Management assistant professor of organisational behaviour Michael Kraus and published in […]

  • Kmart bucks trend to rank number one for discount department store customer satisfaction
    by Martin Kovacs on 2017-10-16 at 00:54Kmart has outpaced all of its key competitors to be the only major discount department store chain to improve its customer satisfaction rating over the course of the past year, according to the latest figures from Roy Morgan Research. Roy Morgan has found customer satisfaction with Kmart was 87.6% in August, with the department store chain […] The post Kmart bucks trend to rank number […]

  • Kaufland searches for local executives … BCA calls for quicker, bigger tax cuts … Aldi’s next ‘special buy’ is a smartphone
    by SmartCompany on 2017-10-16 at 00:51By Dominic Powell and Emma Koehn. German ‘hypermarket’ Kaufland has posted a range of job advertisements seeking talent to join its executive staff as the retailer looks to amp up its presence in Australia. The Australian reports Kaufland has posted roles for executives for property development roles based in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, potentially hinting […] The post […]

  • Small business groups sound urgent warning as ACCC report shows rising power prices place “unacceptable pressure” on customers
    by Emma Koehn on 2017-10-16 at 00:46The consumer watchdog has warned SMEs are facing confusing energy contracts and skyrocketing prices, with small business leaders observing that electricity bills could cause significant problems for the viability of companies amid other cost pressures. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s preliminary report into Australia’s energy market has found higher network costs […]

TechCrunch Startups

  • The keys to your house belong to startups
    by Joanna Glasner on 2017-10-14 at 18:00 Silicon Valley may be the techiest place on earth, but even here, the way people open the front door hasn’t changed much in a century. Most of us still get in by turning a flat metal key in a lock. Visitors ring doorbells, and we peep at them through peepholes. If we’re out, keyless guests are out of luck. If investors have their way, that status quo will look quite primitive in […]

  • My new favorite Twitter habit is saving me so much heartache
    by Jordan Crook on 2017-10-14 at 17:02 I have a new habit. It quenches a thirst. It soothes a weakened, battered piece of my psyche. It repairs my wounds and unleashes me, more powerful, into my day. It fulfills the saddest, most regrettable pieces of myself. It may also be a habit that you want to pick up. You too may find that this simple step into the breach of social engagement online can make you… Fitter. […]

  • Games developer Supersolid raises $4M Series A round led by Index Ventures
    by Mike Butcher on 2017-10-13 at 17:18 Supersolid, a London-based mobile games developer with more than 50 million downloads under its belt, is best known for the smash hit games like Super Penguins, Adventure Town and Pororo Penguin Run. The company has now raised a $4 million Series A investment round, led by Index Ventures. Read Mor […]

  • Airbnb’s home-hotel hybrid will open in Florida next year
    by Jordan Crook on 2017-10-13 at 16:55 While Airbnb continues to grow its number of hosts and guests, landlords and building owners don’t share the same enthusiasm for the home-sharing platform as Airbnb users. But the company has a plan that gets each party on board with home-sharing: they are collaborating with Newgard Development Group to build a 324-unit building in Kissimmee, FL that will be branded as an Airbnb […]

  • Social commerce startup Meesho gets $3.4M Series A to build a reseller network in India
    by Catherine Shu on 2017-10-13 at 15:46 While most of the attention paid to India’s e-commerce boom focuses on big players like Flipkart, there’s another fast-growing sector: people, mostly women, who resell items on social media. Several startups now exist to serve the so-called “housewife reseller” market. One of them, Y Combinator alum Meesho, announced today that it has raised a $3.4 million Series A […]

  • Steve Wozniak announces tech education platform Woz U
    by Jordan Crook on 2017-10-13 at 15:01 Steve Wozniak, the Apple co-founder who changed the world alongside Steve Jobs, has today announced the launch of Woz U. Woz U will start as an online learning platform focused on both students and companies that will eventually hire those students. Woz U is based out of Arizona, and hopes to launch physical locations for learning in more than 30 cities across the globe. Read Mor […]

  • Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator
    by John Biggs on 2017-10-13 at 13:55 Building a token sale is at once quite simple and quite complex. A number of issues crop up immediately, including, but not limited to, the need for an expensive team of lawyers, marketers, social media experts and an expensive crew to build your smart contract. CoinLaunch, a project by repeat entrepreneur Reuven Cohen, aims to reduce the complexity of at least one part of the process. Read […]

  • Omnyway raises $12.75M to connect advertising and mobile commerce
    by Anthony Ha on 2017-10-12 at 23:57 Omnyway announced today that it has raised $12.75 million in Series A funding. Previously known as OmnyPay, Omnyway has built technology around what it calls “augmented digital commerce” — basically, helping retailers stay connected to consumers through their mobile phone during the in-store shopping process. Read Mor […]

  • In-office medical advertising startup Outcome Health reportedly misled advertisers
    by Matthew Lynley on 2017-10-12 at 19:44 Some employees at Outcome Health, which provides advertising for pharmaceutical companies in screens within doctors’ offices, allegedly misled advertisers by charging them for ad placements on more video screens than the company had installed, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Read Mor […]

  • After raising $16M in funding, CastBox plans to fix podcast discovery
    by Catherine Shu on 2017-10-12 at 16:00 More people than ever are listening to podcasts, but as they soon find out, discovering new ones is a cumbersome process that lacks the serendipity users take for granted in other apps. CastBox wants to fix that by becoming “the YouTube of audio.” Read Mor […]

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StartupDelta News

  • Dutch Startup News: Messagebird, VanMoof, InvoiceFinance, QSight IT
    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-10-12 at 09:28What happens in the startup scene in The Netherlands right now? Find out in another Dutch startup news update! News & Updates KPN acquires Dutch cybersecurity company QSight IT Delft-based cybersecurity and cloud consultancy QSight IT has been acquired by… Continue reading → The post Dutch Startup News: Messagebird, VanMoof, InvoiceFinance, QSight IT appeared first on StartupDelta. […]

  • Fintech startup InvoiceFinance raises €6 million to fuel growth
    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-10-12 at 09:18‘s-Hertogenbosch-based startup InvoiceFinance has raised 6 million euro from a group of investors and business angels from the financial industry and Peak Capital. The capital raised will be primarily used for further growth through investments in marketing activities and the… Continue reading → The post Fintech startup InvoiceFinance raises €6 million to fuel growth […]

  • MessageBird raises $60 million series A investment
    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-10-09 at 10:01It’s the biggest investment in history in Europe when it comes to software investments. The money is meant for a global roll-out. World domination for MessageBird?! Cloudcommunication platform aims for global growth The $60m series A round was led by… Continue reading → The post MessageBird raises $60 million series A investment appeared first on StartupDelta. […]

  • Tesla of bicycles startup VanMoof raises €4 million to expand internationally
    by Rohit Gopal on 2017-10-09 at 09:58Amsterdam-based smart bicycles startup VanMoof has raised 4 million euro from Slingshot Capital, also from the Dutch capital. A spokesperson said to the Dutch business news media outlet RTL Z that Slingshot will get a substantial minority share of something… Continue reading → The post Tesla of bicycles startup VanMoof raises €4 million to expand internationally appeared first on […]

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  • After Losing Out To Flipkart During Festive Sale, Amazon Fuels $250 Mn In Amazon Seller Services
    by Sukanya Mukherjee on 2017-10-16 at 12:17Just over three months after pouring $260 Mn (INR 1,680 Cr) into Amazon Seller Services, ecommerce behemoth Amazon has infused another $250 Mn (INR 1,620 Cr) in the India-based seller operations unit to tackle competition from rival Flipkart. The latest investment comes at a time when the US-based company is gearing up to infuse fresh […] The post After Losing Out To Flipkart During […]

  • Global Tech Giant Apple Eager To Enter The Indian Digital Payments Segment With Apple Pay
    by Sukanya Mukherjee on 2017-10-16 at 11:00Following the footsteps of Amazon, Flipkart, WhatsApp, Hike and others, US-headquartered technology company Apple is also looking to enter the booming digital payments space in India with Apple Pay. To that end, the tech giant is reportedly preparing to partner with local players that already have an established presence in the country. In a recent […] The post Global Tech Giant Apple […]

  • India Fintech Forum Selects 20 Global Startups For ‘The India Fintech Awards’ Demo Day
    by Meha Agarwal on 2017-10-16 at 09:59The India Fintech Awards, an initiative of India Fintech Forum has selected 20 startups from seven countries to participate in the Demo Day. The list includes startups from countries such as the US, Israel, Portugal, Belgium, UK, Singapore, and India. The India Fintech Forum is a non-profit initiative that offers a platform for fintech companies […] The post India Fintech Forum Selects 20 […]

  • Gyanendra Badgaiyan To Head Lobby Group Indiatech Launched By Flipkart, Ola, Others
    by Shweta Modgil on 2017-10-16 at 09:42Former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and economist Gyanendra Badgaiyan has been roped in as the CEO of Indiatech.org, the think-tank and lobby group set up by home grown Internet companies like Flipkart and Ola, as per sources close to the development. After Gyanendra Badgaiyan joins in the next few weeks, the lobby group is […] The post Gyanendra Badgaiyan To Head Lobby […]

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  • CEO of China oncology start-up BeiGene toils to bring drugs to fruition
    by Sarah Dai on 2017-10-16 at 03:35Hard work has taken a toll on John Oyler, and that is ironic considering he is from the health care industry. The 49-year-old American started BeiGene in 2010 in Beijing, an oncology drug maker with a market cap of about US$4 billion and now a Wall Street darling. Its Nasdaq-listed shares have jumped more than 2.1 times this year, or 84.6 per cent since it unveiled a overseas licensing deal of […]

  • The Hong Kong co-working space that wants to be the ‘Apple store’ of cryptocurrencies
    by Andrew Barclay on 2017-10-16 at 00:00Hong Kong has a new addition to its burgeoning co-working office scene: a space dedicated to the trading of digital currencies that comes complete with bitcoin ATMs and which its founder hopes will become a showcase for virtual money as Apple stores are for iPhones and iPads. Genesis Block, located in the city’s Wan Chai district, also aims to change an impression among the public that […]

  • Li Ka-shing shows strong backing for Hong Kong’s fintech sector with MioTech funding
    by Bien Perez on 2017-10-15 at 05:45Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest man, has given his strong backing to the city’s fast-growing financial technology start-up sector by investing in MioTech, a specialist provider of artificial intelligence (AI) for investors. Horizons Ventures, Li’s private investment arm, led a US$7 million Series A funding round for MioTech, one of just a few Chinese tech […]

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  • Draper Esprit will invest $100 million in seed funds around Europe
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-10-16 at 08:16Draper Esprit, the London- and Dublin-based VC firm, has announced that it will invest up to $100 million in seed funds across Europe over the next five years. Thus far, the VC firm has committed to investing in Seedcamp and Episode 1 Ventures and previously invested in equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs and Crowdcube. Draper Esprit […] The post Draper Esprit will invest $100 million in […]

  • These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week
    by Robin Wauters on 2017-10-13 at 14:02These 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. […]

  • Shell acquires Dutch electric vehicle charging network NewMotion
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-10-12 at 14:03Amsterdam’s NewMotion, a provider of electric vehicle charge points, has been acquired by Shell. No terms were disclosed. NewMotion, launched in 2009, is one of the largest networks of electric vehicles charging locations in Europe. Its technology will now be integrated into Shell’s business, including its retail locations around the continent. “We are very pleased […] […]

  • Berlin’s Blacklane acquires airport concierge service Solve
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-10-12 at 12:40Berlin-based professional driver service app Blacklane has acquired airport concierge startup Solve for an undisclosed amount. Solve, originally founded in Las Vegas, was a platform for booking airport concierge services like curbside meet and greet, fast track access through security, and assistance with immigration or flight connections. It is active in 500 airports and will […] The post […]

  • Finland’s HappyOrNot raises $14.5 million for its smiley face feedback data
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-10-12 at 12:00HappyOrNot, a feedback data analytics company, has raised $14.5 million in a Series A round led by Northzone with participation from Australian VC firm AirTree. The Tampere-based company makes customer feedback terminals that you’ve likely seen at airports and supermarkets where customers can select four different smiley faces, from happy to sad, in response to […] The post […]

  • French fintech startup Manager.one raises €2 million
    by Jonathan Keane on 2017-10-12 at 09:27Manager.one, a fintech startup based in Paris, has raised €2 million from angel investors for its online banking platform for entrepreneurs. The fresh round of investment has come from a number of business angels, such as Michaël Benabou, Alain Krzentowski, Didier Rosenberg, and Laurent Dassault. Much of the new funds will be invested in marketing […] The post French fintech […]

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Startup Professionals Musings

  • Romances Are Common At Work, But The Risks Are Great
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-10-15 at 13:30We all have to communicate and collaborate with other people at work, but most of us start out instinctively trying to maintain an emotional distance from others in the work environment. In fact, most employee training courses recommend the distance if the work relationship crosses management levels, and most management policies strictly forbid fraternizing with the team. Yet the 2017 Office […]

  • 6 Principles For Driving Online Reputation Management
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-10-14 at 13:30Every startup fears that one angry and unfair customer who can jeopardize the business by a negative post on Ripoff Report, Yelp, or one of the hundreds of other consumer complaint and review sites on the Internet. Most entrepreneurs don’t even know how to keep track of what people are saying about them on the web, much less how to respond or remove it. Web reputation management, both […]

  • 7 New Initiatives To Fearlessly Grow Your Business
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-10-13 at 13:30Growth has always been fundamental to business success, but it’s never been more critical than it is now, nor more difficult. Every opportunity is global, but so is the competition. Evolving customer expectations and technology are the norm, forcing every company, from startups to large enterprises, to innovate quickly, despite their fear of change, uncertainty, and doubt. As a long-time […]

  • 10 Winning Entrepreneur Insights That May Surprise You
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-10-11 at 13:30Every aspiring entrepreneur would love to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos, but most have no idea what really sets these guys apart from all the rest. Conventional wisdom has them looking for a painful problem, a very large opportunity, and minimal competitive barriers to entry. In reality, most great entrepreneurs find these necessary, but not sufficient for the big win. They think […]

  • 10 Secrets For Getting More Things Done In Business
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-10-09 at 13:30Every business professional I know faces the challenge of getting more things done on time, and getting the right things done. They all dream of working less, and accomplishing more. Yet I see that most are their own worst enemies. They seem to all fall victim to a common set of mistaken priorities and well-meaning distractions that keep them from exceeding their own objectives. For example, I […]

  • 8 Weak Change Signals That Can Have Explosive Impact
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-10-08 at 13:30When the economy tanks as it did in the last recession, that’s a strong signal that things have to change, and it’s hard to miss. But most of us in business have to deal most of the time with weak signals, or change that is happening in a far more subtle way. These changes can be cultural, like the increasing need to be social, spawning Facebook and a hundred others, or technological, […]

StartupJuncture

  • GitLab raises $20M Series C, adds Matt Mullenweg to board
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-10-10 at 08:42Gitlab, a collaboration and DevOps platform has raised a $20 million Series C round led by GV, the venture arm of Alphabet. Founded in Utrecht in 2014 by Sytse Sijbrandij and Dmitriy Zaporozhets Gitlab, has since raised $45.6 million. GitLab is currently in use by more than 100,000 organization as a git-based open source tool […] The post GitLab raises $20M Series C, adds Matt Mullenweg to […]

  • Dutch Startup News: Messagebird, VanMoof, InvoiceFinance, QSight IT
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-10-09 at 12:51What happens in the startup scene in The Netherlands right now? Find out in another Dutch startup news update! News & Updates KPN acquires Dutch cybersecurity company QSight IT Delft-based cybersecurity and cloud consultancy QSight IT has been acquired by telecom firm KPN. QSight IT turnover of €50 million in 2016. Most notable investor in […] The post Dutch Startup News: […]

  • Fintech startup InvoiceFinance raises €6 million to fuel growth
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-10-06 at 08:56‘s-Hertogenbosch-based startup InvoiceFinance has raised 6 million euro from a group of investors and business angels from the financial industry and Peak Capital. The capital raised will be primarily used for further growth through investments in marketing activities and the recruitment of sales reps. A part of the money will be used for the further […] The post Fintech startup […]

  • Tesla of bicycles startup VanMoof raises €4 million to expand internationally
    by Samir Saberi on 2017-10-05 at 08:39Amsterdam-based smart bicycles startup VanMoof has raised 4 million euro from Slingshot Capital, also from the Dutch capital. A spokesperson said to the Dutch business news media outlet RTL Z that Slingshot will get a substantial minority share of something between 10 and 50 percent in return for its investment (in Dutch). The capital raised […] The post Tesla of bicycles startup VanMoof […]

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Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from the KRACK WiFi vulnerability | #VentureCanvas

Natasha Lomas,Romain Dillet | TechCrunch


 Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef shared a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol. Most devices and routers currently rely on WPA2 to encrypt your WiFi traffic, so chances are you’re affected.
But first, let’s clarify what an attacker can and cannot do using the KRACK vulnerability. The attacker can intercept some of the traffic between your device and your router. Read More

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Source: Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from the KRACK WiFi vulnerability

IBM launches two new services to help businesses move to the cloud | #VentureCanvas

Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch


 IBM today announced two new services that are meant to make it easier for businesses to move their data and applications to the cloud. The company says the IBM Cloud Migration Services and IBM Cloud Deployment Services will make it easier and more affordable to migrate their existing workloads to the public cloud. Cloud Migration Services, as the name implies, helps businesses get ready to move… Read More

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Source: IBM launches two new services to help businesses move to the cloud