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

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

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

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

Terminal makes it easy for companies to open international offices | #VentureCanvas

John Mannes | TechCrunch Startups


 Born out of a frustration with recruiting within the peninsula-trapped City of San Francisco, Terminal is a platform allowing companies to tap into talent abroad. Starting with campuses in Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal and Vancouver, the startup aims to plant physical flags in as many of the world’s global talent centers as possible. Terminal is being run by… Read More

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Source: Terminal makes it easy for companies to open international offices

Substack helps writers turn blogs and newsletters into subscription businesses | #VentureCanvas

Anthony Ha | TechCrunch Startups


 Substack is looking to help writers make money in a way that CEO Chris Best described as “diametrically opposed to the broader Internet news model.”
In other words, while large digital media companies are chasing “a lot of engagement, a lot of clicks and eyeballs,” Best (who was previously co-founder and CTO at Kik) said Substack has built subscription tools for… Read More

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Source: Substack helps writers turn blogs and newsletters into subscription businesses

We Heart It says a data breach affected over 8 million accounts, included emails and passwords | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch Startups


 We Heart It, an image-sharing site used by 40 million teens as of a couple of years ago, is informing users their personal data may have been compromised. The company was alerted to a possible security breach last week that involved over 8 million accounts, it said on Friday. The breach took place a few years ago and includes email addresses, usernames and encrypted passwords for We Heart… Read More

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Source: We Heart It says a data breach affected over 8 million accounts, included emails and passwords

The keys to your house belong to startups | #VentureCanvas

Alex Wilhelm | TechCrunch Startups


 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 a… Read More

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Source: The keys to your house belong to startups

My new favorite Twitter habit is saving me so much heartache | #VentureCanvas

Jordan Crook | TechCrunch Startups


 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. Happier.… Read More

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Source: My new favorite Twitter habit is saving me so much heartache

Games developer Supersolid raises $4M Series A round led by Index Ventures | #VentureCanvas

Mike Butcher | TechCrunch Startups


 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’. It was created by a team of highly experienced mobile and social games veterans with backgrounds in EA, Playfish, Glu and Macrospace. That turns out to be… Read More

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Source: Games developer Supersolid raises $4M Series A round led by Index Ventures

Airbnb’s home-hotel hybrid will open in Florida next year | #VentureCanvas

Jordan Crook | TechCrunch Startups


 While Airbnb continues to grow its number of hosts and guests on the platform, sending the hotel industry into a frenzy, landlords and building owners don’t share the same enthusiasm for the home-sharing platform as Airbnb users. But the company has a new plan that gets each party on board with home-sharing. The company is collaborating with development firm Newgard Development Group… Read More

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Source: Airbnb’s home-hotel hybrid will open in Florida next year

Social commerce startup Meesho gets $3.4M Series A to build a reseller network in India | #VentureCanvas

Catherine Shu | TechCrunch Startups


 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 led… Read More

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Source: Social commerce startup Meesho gets $3.4M Series A to build a reseller network in India

Steve Wozniak announces tech education platform Woz U | #VentureCanvas

Jordan Crook | TechCrunch Startups


 Steve Wozniak, the Apple cofounder who changed the world alongside Steve Jobs, has today announced the launch of Woz U, According to the release, Woz U will start out 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… Read More

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Source: Steve Wozniak announces tech education platform Woz U

Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator | #VentureCanvas

John Biggs | TechCrunch Startups


 Building a token sale is at once quite simple – you build a token and sell it – 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, until now, an expensive crew to build your smart contract. CoinLaunch, a project by repeat entrepreneur Reuven Cohen, aims to reduce… Read More

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Source: Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator

Omnyway raises $12.75M to connect advertising and mobile commerce | #VentureCanvas

Anthony Ha | TechCrunch Startups


 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. That includes loyalty programs, coupons and what CEO Ashok… Read More

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Source: Omnyway raises $12.75M to connect advertising and mobile commerce

In-office medical advertising startup Outcome Health reportedly misled advertisers | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch Startups


 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. The startup installs screens in doctors’ offices free of charge and then runs… Read More

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Source: In-office medical advertising startup Outcome Health reportedly misled advertisers

After raising $16M in funding, CastBox plans to fix podcast discovery | #VentureCanvas

Catherine Shu | TechCrunch Startups


 More people than ever before 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.” The podcast player for iOS and Android, which has raised $16 million in funding so far, is launching a new audio search… Read More

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Source: After raising $16M in funding, CastBox plans to fix podcast discovery

CarHopper raises $1.5 million to let travelers rent ultra luxurious cars | #VentureCanvas

Jordan Crook | TechCrunch Startups


 The sharing economy continues to bear fruit. CarHopper, a platform for luxury car rental, has raised a $1.5 million seed round to expand to new markets. CarHopper started out as a peer-to-peer platform for luxury car owners — think Lexus, Mercedes and BMW all the way up to Ferrari and Rolls Royce — to rent out their rides to others. But in its infancy, the company realized that… Read More

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Source: CarHopper raises $1.5 million to let travelers rent ultra luxurious cars

LocalGlobe-backed BuffaloGrid lets people charge their smartphone in off-grid locations | #VentureCanvas

Steve O'Hear | TechCrunch Startups


 BuffaloGrid, a London and New Delhi startup that recently picked up backing from LocalGlobe and Kima Ventures, offers something akin to mobile phone charging as a service in remote parts of the world that are either without electricity or where power supply is sporadic. Read More

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Source: LocalGlobe-backed BuffaloGrid lets people charge their smartphone in off-grid locations

Two global investors will talk token sales at Disrupt Berlin | #VentureCanvas

John Biggs | TechCrunch Startups


 Token sales, also called ICOs, are the new normal when it comes to early stage cash. Originally envisioned as a way to create new and unique rails for payments, customer interaction, and peer-to-peer networking the token is now both an integral part of most companies and a great way to fund a great (or awful) idea. This year in Berlin we’ll be joined by Zoe Adamovicz of Neufund… Read More

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Source: Two global investors will talk token sales at Disrupt Berlin

SonicCloud raises $4M to bake a hearing aid into phone calls through an app | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch Startups


 One night in Larry Guterman’s freshman year, he was at a loud party in a gym — and ended up with what he says was “ferocious” ringing in his ears afterward. But trip after trip to an audiologist, he said, came up without helpful results even though his hearing seemed to be headed south. Then, one day, he said he picked up the iPhone and listened to the speakers.… Read More

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Source: SonicCloud raises $4M to bake a hearing aid into phone calls through an app

Kudos wants to be a gentle introduction to social media sharing for kids | #VentureCanvas

Catherine Shu | TechCrunch Startups


 Just as pre-teens in the 1990s were warned away from dialing 1-900 numbers, kids now need to learn how to navigate social media responsibly. Kudos, an app for kids aged eight to 13 with around-the-clock moderation, positions itself as a safe introduction to social media that also teaches its young users, some of whom were born before the first iPhone was released, how to be “good… Read More

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Source: Kudos wants to be a gentle introduction to social media sharing for kids

Watch every panel and session from Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 | #VentureCanvas

Travis Bernard,Yashad Kulkarni | TechCrunch Startups


 On October 11, TechCrunch and Facebook hosted Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The Startup Battlefield pitch-off competition featured startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors and founders served as judges to pick the winners in each category as well as an overall winner. We also had… Read More

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Source: Watch every panel and session from Startup Battlefield Africa 2017

FastPay acquires media payments company AnchorOps | #VentureCanvas

Anthony Ha | TechCrunch Startups


FastPay AnchorOps FastPay has acquired AnchorOps in a deal that brings together two businesses focused on media financing. FastPay’s model revolves around lending money to digital media companies, helping them deal with cashflow issues as they wait to get paid by advertisers. AnchorOps, meanwhile, has built invoicing and payments software for those media companies. In the acquisition announcement, CEO… Read More

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Source: FastPay acquires media payments company AnchorOps

Ross Intelligence lands $8.7M Series A to speed up legal research with AI | #VentureCanvas

John Mannes | TechCrunch Startups


 Armed with an understanding of machine learning, Ross Intelligence is going after LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for ownership of legal research. The startup, founded in 2015 by Andrew Arruda, Jimoh Ovbiagele and Pargles Dall’Oglio at the University of Toronto, is announcing an $8.7 million Series A today led by iNovia Capital with participation from Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund,… Read More

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Source: Ross Intelligence lands $8.7M Series A to speed up legal research with AI

NumberAI raises $1.6M to make business landline numbers smarter | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch Startups


 The phone number is probably one of the most important identifying numbers in your life — it’s how people reach out and get in touch with you outside of Facebook, Google, and whatnot. But the landline phone number, especially for small businesses, has basically gone nowhere in years. That’s where NumberAI and Tasso Roumeliotis’ team come in. The company launched to… Read More

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Source: NumberAI raises $1.6M to make business landline numbers smarter

Lori Systems wins Best of Show at Startup Battlefield Africa | #VentureCanvas

Romain Dillet | TechCrunch Startups


 Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win $25,000 and an all-expense paid trip for two persons to San Francisco to compete in TechCrunch’s flagship event — Disrupt SF 2018. Our… Read More

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Source: Lori Systems wins Best of Show at Startup Battlefield Africa

MioTech gets $7M to build artificial intelligence based tools for wealth managers in Asia | #VentureCanvas

Catherine Shu | TechCrunch Startups


 MioTech, a financial tech startup with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, has raised $7 million in Series A funding to develop artificial intelligence based software for investment managers. The round was led by Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Hong Kong business tycoon Li Ka-shing, with participation from returning investor Zhenfund. Read More

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Source: MioTech gets $7M to build artificial intelligence based tools for wealth managers in Asia

eShares raises $42 million to manage equity compensation and investments | #VentureCanvas

Katie Roof | TechCrunch Startups


 eShares wants to be the platform for all things equity.
From cap table management to secondary transactions, eShares’ software helps businesses like Slack, Flexport and Funding Circle keep tabs on their shares.
The startup is raising a $42 million Series C, led by Menlo Ventures and Social Capital. Matt Murphy from Menlo Ventures and Arjun Sethi from Social Capital will be joining the… Read More

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Source: eShares raises $42 million to manage equity compensation and investments