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Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

Jonathan Friedman Contributor<p>Jonathan Friedman is a partner at LionBird Israel and blogs about the Venture Capital Point of View at VCPOV.com.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Erosion Of “Same Round, Same Price”<br>• What To Do If Your Lead Investor Asks For ESOP<p>Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch …

On-Demand Cleaning Startup Hassle Merges With Rocket Internet’s Helpling

The on-demand cleaning space in Europe just got a little less messy. According to multiple sources, the U.K.’s Hassle.com, which also operates in Ireland and France, has been acquired by Rocket Internet’s Helpling. Both companies declined to comment. However, TechCrunch understands that this is now …

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Does God answer prayers? Can God keep the clouds away from your outdoor wedding? Heal your grandmother? Help you find a girlfriend, as I once prayed in my youth? Is history the unfolding of God's providential plan or just, as Arnold Toynbee wrote, "one damn thing after another"?<p>Few people believe …

Rinse Raises $3.5 Million So Millennials Can Continue Getting Other People To Do Their Laundry For Them

Millennials in SF seem to have it made with on-demand everything, including services that will pick up their dirty clothes and wash them so they don’t have to.<p>Rinse, an SF-based on-demand laundry startup, is just the latest to join the ranks of on-demand laundry services like Washio, Laundry …

Blue Apron Confirms New $135 Million Investment Led by Fidelity

Cheddar, cheddar.<p>Blue Apron, the startup that delivers meal kits to homes, has landed a $135 million investment led by Fidelity, the company said this morning. The announcement confirms a <b>Re/code</b> report from May, which said Fidelity was in talks to lead the round at about a $2 billion valuation.<p>Each …

Unbreakable: A Robot That Can't Be Stopped

New research shows that artificial intelligence can use trial and error to finish a job even when a robot's body is damaged.<p>It almost looks like a wounded animal.<p>There’s that little hop in its gait, the way it looks tentative as it springs forward from its haunches, the not-exactly-straight …

Robotics

Ev Williams’ Obvious Ventures Raises $123.5 Million for Its First Fund

Ev Williams, founder of Twitter, Blogger and Medium, has closed his first venture fund according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing today. The fund, Obvious Ventures, raised an OCD-approved figure: $123,456,789. Williams and his partners James Joaquin and Vishal Vasishth unveiled …

Why $11 billion Pinterest thinks it has the 'best kind of business model'

Among the new offerings are "cinematic pins" which are videos that only move when the user scrolls, different ways for advertisers to target users (like by interests, personas, or life stages), and several new pricing options.<p>Instead of just choosing to pay for views or clicks on their Promoted …

Augmented Reality Is Coming To Your Windshield

A holographic heads-up display ships later this year<p>There are heads-up displays out there already that project things like speed or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield. Some of them come directly from the manufacturer, some of them are aftermarket add-ons, but none of them incorporate …

uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound.<p>What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too. While early uBeam …

Tiny Gecko-Inspired Robots Carry Loads Over 100 Times Their Weight

Inventors at Stanford University have created a handful of tiny robots that can carry objects many times their weight, like robotic ants. One bot carries a kilogram (2.2 pound) weight, over 100 times heavier than itself, as it inches up a wall. Another small robot (called "μTug," or "microtug") …

Raising My Beti

I am an Indian-American mother, raising an Indian-American daughter, my <i>beti</i>.<p>In many ways, I have the same fears, doubts and worries as any other mother. But as a first-generation immigrant, it is important to me to raise a daughter who is aware of her ethnic roots. I accept undeniably that my …

Terminator draws closer with shape-shifting liquid metal motor

There are some concepts from sci-fi that really should never, ever see the light of day. The T-1000 -- the murderous robot made of shifting liquid metal -- is arguably one of them, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exhibit some interesting ideas, even if they do seem impossible.<p>Seem, of course, …

Engineering

We've just reached the logical extreme of the 'Uber for X' economy

Mike Chen is talking quickly even though he's tired. Unimaginably tired. It's unclear whether he has been able to sleep at all in the last 72 hours. …

The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups

These household names began as less-than-glamourous solutions to problems.<p>Light-bulb moments don’t happen on command, and brainstorming sessions rarely produce extraordinary results. More often it’s a random remark, event, or memory that sends an entrepreneur down the rabbit hole of innovation. …

Samsung team eyes robots, drones and more

Samsung has created a new, independent team that will focus on developing innovative technology.<p>As reported by the Korea Times, the South Korean electronics giant has established a team, working independently of the firm's units and departments, to focus their efforts on the creation of high-tech …

Mobile

RoboCore Is A Core For Your Robo

Krakow-based RoboCore has just launched on Kickstarter and is looking for a mere $50,000 to help you build better robots.<p>The device is essentially a brain for your robotic projects. It is compatible with LEGO MindStorms and allows you to control multiple servos and sensors. You can also stream …

Peter Thiel: Robots don't threaten middle class jobs

Stop blaming technology for all of society's problems.<p>That's what billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel wants.<p>The co-founder of PayPal and early backer of Facebook (FB) dismissed claims that super smart machines pose an imminent threat to American workers.<p>"Middle class jobs in the U.S. are not …

Jawbone: The trials of a 16-year-old can’t-miss startup

The first thing you notice about Hosain Rahman, CEO of the much-buzzed-about gadget maker Jawbone, are his wrists. A big, hirsute, 38-year-old bear …

60 seconds with a robotic pour-over coffee machine

Coffee enthusiasts know that one of the best ways to brew the caffeinated beverage is via the pour-over method, a meticulous technique that requires a steady hand and precise timing. At coffee shops, baristas have traditionally brewed this style of coffee the old-fashioned way, carefully pouring …

Cute robots make good filmmakers and maybe better companions

<i>What is the last risk you took? Who do you love most in the world? If you died tomorrow, what would you regret the most?</i> Posing those questions to your friends would probably net you a snide rejoinder, and a stranger would walk away in a huff (if you were lucky). Artist and engineer Alexander Reben …

Randstad’s VC Fund Has $60M To Invest In HR Tech Startups Showing Early Traction

A strategic corporate VC fund set up this April by global HR services giant Randstad is looking to invest in startups working on the hard problem of matching people to jobs, and jobs to people, as well as coming up with more effective ways for employers to communicate with and motivate their …

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

Some merchants hope to launch their own mobile payments system next year<p>There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, …

How Emotional Intelligence Landed Mr. Rogers $20 Million

If your project needed $20 million in funding and you had to send someone to appear before the US Senate to get it, would you choose former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer or the beloved children’s television show host Fred “Mr.” Rogers?<p>I imagine most people would choose Ballmer for his energy, …

Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees

Robert Wood says that medicine and agriculture could be transformed by micro and "soft" robots.<p><i>Editor's note: Robert Wood is one of National Geographic's 2014 emerging explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people</i> …