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    Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday


     Tile, one of the best known item-tracking gadgets out there, has laid off some 30 people and reportedly froze the potential hires of another 10, TechCrunch has learned. This comes less than a year after the company raised a $25 million B round last May. The layoffs are reportedly due to disappointing sales over the holidays. Read More

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:57:43 +0000

    AI voice assistant developer Rokid raises $100M Series B extension to build its US presence


     Rokid, a Chinese startup that makes an AI voice assistant and smart devices, just raised a Series B extension round led by Temasek Holdings, with participation from Credit Suisse, IDG Capital and CDIB Capital. The size of the round was not released, but a source familiar with the deal told TechCrunch that it is $100 million. Read More

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:00:07 +0000

    Snap Inc. lays off at least two dozen amid slowed user growth and engagement


     Snap Inc. has laid off at least two dozen people across several divisions within the company, according to The Information, which first reported the news. Snap has since confirmed these layoffs, which largely affect those on the content teams in the New York and London offices. Read More

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:09:09 +0000

    Enzyme.com wants to make FDA compliance easier for startups


     The FDA approval process can be like navigating a minefield for health startups hoping to get through regulations and begin selling to the American public. YC company Enzyme.io hopes to help these small businesses by automating the process for them. Biomedical engineer Jared Seehafer came up with the idea through his own experience consulting with health companies. Read More

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:14:02 +0000

    Fortnite Battle Royale gets an updated map


     Fortnite, which has topped 50 million players, has released an update to the game in the form of version V.2.2.0. The patch is significant in that it brings a long-awaited update to the Battle Royale map. Fortnite Battle Royale quite literally takes a page out of the PUBG playbook. In it, 100 players are dropped into a map, where they loot for gear and try to take down the competition. But… Read More

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:27:06 +0000

    Group Nine Media hires Stacy Green as its first chief people officer


    Dodo office Group Nine Media has hired Stacy Green to lead its human resources team. The company was created at the end of 2016 by the merger of Thrillist, The Dodo, NowThis and Seeker. CEO Ben Lerer said that at the time, he assumed there would be a “Lego-like” process of combining the best teams from each organization — and since Thrillist had the largest HR staff, it seemed natural… Read More

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:41:41 +0000

    Birch raises $1 million to help you reap the best credit card rewards


     Birch Finance, a TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 Battlefield alum, has raised a $1 million seed round from AGP Miami, Kevin Johnson, the former CEO of Ebates and Frank Azor, founder of Alienware. The plan is to grow Birch Finance’s user base and increase its opportunities for monetization. Birch Finance aims to help people make the most of the credit cards in their wallets by telling them… Read More

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:36 +0000

    Audience data provider Eyeota raises $12.5M


     Eyeota is looking to sell audience data to advertisers around the world, and it’s announcing that it’s raised $12.5 million in Series B funding for further growth. The company was actually founded back in 2010, but it didn’t raise its Series A until two years ago. CEO Kevin Tan admitted that the company had been “difficult for early-stage investors to wrap their head… Read More

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:27 +0000

    Ledger raises another $75 million to become the leader in cryptocurrency hardware wallets


     Ledger just raised an impressive Series B round of $75 million (€61 million), led by Draper Esprit. The startup already raised a $7 million round last year. But the cryptocurrency mania probably made it easy to raise more money. If you have more than a bit of money in cryptocurrencies, chances are you’ve heard about Ledger wallets. The French startup has been designing some of the… Read More

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:18:25 +0000

    Company builder Entrepreneur First is expanding to Berlin


     Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered company builder that invests in individuals “pre-team, pre-idea” to help create new technology startups, is continuing to expand internationally. Following adding an outpost and program in Singapore, in addition to London, the so-called talent-first investor is setting up shop in Berlin, kicking off its first German program this April. Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:30:35 +0000

    Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything


     Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. Co-founder Stuart Landesberg started the company in 2014 after working with retail brands during his time as an investor at TPG. He noticed how limited… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:45:47 +0000

    The Ocean Solutions Accelerator will nurture companies looking to keep our planet blue


     You can’t swing a cat in the Bay Area without hitting some startup accelerator or another, but it can be hard to find one with a mission. That’s the easy part with the Ocean Solutions Accelerator, a new program that aims to help advance startups in tech and conservation relating to… you guessed it, the big blue. They’re now accepting applications for their first wave… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:28:58 +0000

    Sketchfab launches a store to become a stock photo site for 3D models


     Sketchfab just launched a store so that you can buy and sell 3D models and reuse them in commercial projects. This is a major new feature for Sketchfab, which has become one of the biggest repositories of 3D models on the web. It feels like Sketchfab is becoming a sort of stock photography site, except that it’s all about 3D models. While Sketchfab already has 2 million 3D models on… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:20:21 +0000

    Arkadium brings its interactive content to the Associated Press


     The Associated Press is partnering with Arkadium to use InHabit, an interactive content tool launched last year. Arkadium’s goal for InHabit is to automatically add interactive polls, quizzes and games into relevant stories, hopefully making those stories more engaging in the process. The technology was initially designed for sports content, so the AP is starting its integration on its… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:52:11 +0000

    Sweatcoin lets you earn crypto for working out


     Want a way to workout and earn some coin? Sweatcoin has risen to the top of the App Store for helping folks get something more than just a glow for taking those daily steps. The startup says it has accumulated more than 5 million users in the past year and increased revenue by 266 percent in the last quarter. There are more than 2 million weekly active users on the app, and growing, making it… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:04 +0000

    Revolut launches geolocation-powered travel insurance


     Fintech startup Revolut is launching international medical and dental insurance. You can subscribe using the company’s app for £1 per day or more depending on the options. But the best part is that you can set it up and forget about it as Revolut uses your device’s location data to automatically turn insurance coverage on and off. By default, insurance coverage costs £1 per day… Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:01:00 +0000

    Curve, the fintech that connects all your cards to a single card and app, gets full consumer launch


     Curve, the London fintech startup that offers a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage your spending, is finally launching to U.K. consumers. Up until now, the service remained in beta and was only officially available to business users. Read More

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:52 +0000

    DigitalOcean gives you more RAM and storage for the same price


     Cloud hosting company DigitalOcean is launching some new price offerings today. In particular, the company is also upgrading its basic $5 droplet instances with better specs for the first time in years. Five years ago, DigitalOcean offered something quite revolutionary. Before today, you could pay $5 per month and get a server with 20GB of SSD storage, 512MB of RAM and 1 CPU core. But… Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:01:56 +0000

    Forest raises $3.7 million for its administration interface to rule them all


     French startup Forest just raised a $3.7 million seed round (€3 million) from Connect Ventures and Xavier Niel, with Taavet Hinrikus also participating. Pietro Bezza and Jean de La Rochebrochard are joining the board of the company. The startup first started in the eFounders startup studio. I already wrote about the startup back in May. The vision hasn’t changed at all. Forest still… Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:29:13 +0000

    Instacart acquires Toronto-based Unata


     Instacart has today announced the acquisition of Unata, a Toronto-based company that offers a platform for both grocers and consumers to interact digitally. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unata’s product, unlike Instacart’s, is a white-label grocery platform, letting grocers anywhere create apps and websites for consumers to order products, complete with coupons,… Read More

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:01:18 +0000