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LaunchKit team heads to Google and open-sources its tools for helping devs launch their apps

The team behind LaunchKit, a set of tools that helps developers launch their apps, is heading to Google and joining the Developer Product Group.<p>It doesn’t look like LaunchKit’s products are moving over to Google, so the team decided to open-source its products and make them available on GitHub. …

Apps

The 35 Prettiest Places in London

These shots of England's capital city will make you want to book a flight ASAP.<p><i>On Thursday June 23, 2016, more than 30 million people in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. There are</i> <i>a lot</i> <i>of people</i> <i>unhappy</i> <i>with</i> <i>the decision</i><i>, but if Britain believes it can stand on its own, we thought</i> …

16 incredible rooftop bars to visit around the world this summer

Hong Kong

On-demand sales force Universal Avenue closes $10M Series A

Universal Avenue, the Stockholm-headquartered startup that lets companies access a local sales force on demand, has closed a deal of its own.<p>The company has raised $10 million in fresh Series A funding, adding to the $5 million “extension” to its seed round a little under a year ago and bringing …

Furniture resell marketplace Move Loot is getting acquired

Move Loot, the online secondhand furniture marketplace that offered a full-service pickup, delivery, storage and listing service for buyers and sellers, has been having a lot of issues recently. The company claims that an acquisition is in process and will complete in a few weeks, but declined to …

Mobile crowdsourcing company BeMyEye raises €6.5M and acquires French competitor LocalEyes

London-based BeMyEye, one of a number of ‘mobile crowdsourcing’ apps that lets companies pay to have people carry out mobile tasks, such as photographing in-store promotions to ensure that are actually happening, has raised €6.5 million in Series B funding.<p>And, perhaps in recognition that the space …

realworld

BitPagos uses the blockchain to enable credit for online payments in emerging markets

The world is familiar with bitcoin being used for many things. Online payments, long-distance remittance, even a substitute for gold. But what about credit? Not so much — and that’s where BitPagos, a startup competing in the Battlefield pitch competition at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, wants to …

How To Have The Perfect California Road Trip

Each year, millions pack up their bags, get in their cars, and head to the Pacific Coast Highway to see some of the most beautiful sights in the …

Global Smartphone Market Forecast

BI Intelligence<p>The global smartphone market is expected to slow considerably over the next few years. Despite a record-setting holiday quarter, 2015 was likely the last year of double-digit growth for smartphone shipments.<p>Mature markets were at the heart of this year’s deceleration. Adoption has …

Payments Ecosystem - Research & Business Opportunities

BI Intelligence<p>The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.<p>But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate …

Tripping.com sees non-hotel lodgings draw “420-friendly” travelers

A search engine that lets travelers find and book a stay in non-hotel lodgings, Tripping.com, has detected a burgeoning “budbnb” trend in Colorado.<p>San Francisco-based Tripping.com aggregates vacation rental listings from the likes of HomeAway, Booking.com, VRBO and other sites, and shows travelers …

Hospitality

How Le Wagon is quietly becoming a major coding bootcamp in Europe

Slowly but surely, French startup Le Wagon is becoming a leading coding bootcamp in Europe. Not only the company is executing quickly and expanding to a bunch of new cities, but Le Wagon is also refining its approach to coding bootcamps by using technology as much as possible.<p>Le Wagon started in …

Sorted offers a new take on the standard To Do list app

A new application called Sorted launches today to offer a better, faster and more efficient way to manage your tasks via your mobile phone. Yes, it’s <i>another</i> To Do list application. Do we really need such a thing? The answer to that question may be subjective, but a small team of developers in Hong …

Apps

ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school.<p>Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the …

Venture Capital

The 13 cheapest destinations for a beach holiday in Europe

The 10th annual survey is based on the total cost of 10 typical holiday expenses in 20 European beach resorts, ranked from the most to the least expensive.<p>Holiday items considered in the survey include a cup of coffee, suncream, insect repellant, and a three-course meal with a bottle of wine for …

Customer communication startup Intercom raises $50M

Intercom, a startup helping businesses talk to their customers, has raised an additional $50 million in funding.<p>Intercom’s products cover everything from website chat to marketing to customer support. When the company raised funding last year, co-founder and CEO Eoghan McCabe (pictured above) said …

UVic scientists developing smart cement that heals, seals cracks

Scientists at the University of Victoria are working to cement their lead in making so-called "smart concrete" that heals and seals cracks, greatly reducing potential infrastructure disasters and extending lifespans of buildings and structures.<p>Civil engineering Prof. Rishi Gupta says his department …

A new accelerator report suggests that independent work is most effective

Today, a $2.3 million private-public partnership called the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) is releasing its first major report, in collaboration with Village Capital, a seed-stage accelerator that operates development programs for early-stage entrepreneurs around the world.<p>Led by the …

Entrepreneurship

Thoughts On Colombia: A Protracted Mileage Run

One of my more humorous friends, upon learning I was in Colombia, offered to pay my ransom should anything go wrong. I was surprised to hear that …

Rocket Internet’s Africa Internet Group raises $326M from Goldman Sachs and others

Fresh from pulling in $83 million from European insurance giant AXA last month, Africa Internet Group (AIG) — the Rocket Internet-backed company behind e-commerce site Jumia — has announced that it has raised a much larger €300 million ($326 million) in fresh funding.<p>That sum includes that …

Goldman Sachs

MWC Revisited: The best phones in Barcelona this year

The booths have been dismantled, the bigwigs have boarded their planes and the doors have been closed. That's a wrap for Mobile World Congress 2016. Now that our team has had a chance to kick back and reflect on the mobile maelstrom we've just waded through, meet the four smartphones (in no …

Mobile Technology

Why Clayton Christensen Is Wrong About Uber And Disruptive Innovation

Alex Moazed Contributor<p>Alex Moazed is the founder and CEO of Applico and co-author of Modern Monopolies: What It Takes to Dominate the 21st Century Economy.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The end of the automotive supply chain<br>• Why SoundCloud Will Be Worth More Than Spotify<p>Nicholas L. Johnson …

Innovation

Eero is the home WiFi solution I've been waiting for

Let's face it: Your home WiFi network probably sucks. Or at least, it sucks enough that you'd much prefer to plug in directly to your router every time you get online. Except, of course, you probably can't. Like a lot of people, you likely have smartphones or tablets that depend on wireless …

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Used car market to be turned upside down by financing deals

The used car market could be revolutionised by personal contract plans, the financing deals that have driven sales of new vehicles to record levels, according to the boss of Britain’s biggest car dealer.<p>Trevor Finn, chief executive of Pendragon, says the way motorists buy second-hand cars is being …

Lockscreen App Slidejoy Gets A Newsy New Feature

Slidejoy, a startup that rewards users for putting news and advertising on their Android lockscreens, has unveiled a more comprehensive newsreading experience.<p>Co-founder Sanghoon Kwak led the development of the new Trends feature, and he said that previously, if you were reading news on Slidejoy, …

Apps

The world's best hotels for spa breaks

So many elements of travel are in the lap of the gods; sun and snow in the right place at the right time; smooth connections from A to B. But there’s one trip you can guarantee: the January guilt trip, accompanied with the post-Christmas sale that cashes in on a detox, diet and booze-free bazaar. …

Software Eats Software Development As Andreessen Invests $10M In App Outsourcer Gigster

Send Gigster your app idea and it sends you back that app. No coding. No hiring. No wrangling freelancers. Just a fundamental shift in how software gets built. That’s why Andreessen Horowitz has led a new $10 million Series A for Gigster just 18 weeks after its launch.<p>The lauded venture firm was …

Project Management

France’s Singular Unicorn BlaBlaCar’s Secret To Scaling Fast Globally

BlaBlaCar pulled in $200 million and spread its ride-sharing platform to 20 countries this year. It now claims 25 million members worldwide. Co-founder and COO Nicolas Brusson told the TechCrunch Disrupt London audience in an onstage interview today at least 50 percent of that growth is from …

startups