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Gameday lets you play daily fantasy sports inside Facebook Messenger

Fantasy sports, and probably to an even greater extent daily fantasy sports, can be intimidating. You’re usually playing for real money, and potentially going up against people who spend countless hours researching statistics to craft the perfect lineup.<p>Gameday, a startup part of Y Combinator’s …

Apps

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Brazil’s First Agtech Accelerator Program Pulse Seeking Startups

The country's first agtech program is sponsored by Raízen, Brazil’s largest producer of sugarcane ethanol and third-largest energy company, along …

Startups

What BMW’s Corporate VC Offers That Regular Investors Can’t

In 2012, one of us — Gregor Gimmy, a California-based serial entrepreneur and former IDEO consultant — accepted a new role at BMW’s corporate R&D headquarters. Gimmy’s task was clear but highly demanding: to reimagine the way BMW innovates.<p>At the time, BMW had no dedicated, company-spanning unit to …

Startups

Professional romance novelists can write 3,000 words a day. Here’s how they do it

Writing is not a sexy business. It’s not a rare butterfly that floats down and gently kisses you on the nose with a brilliant idea that conjures a hurricane of cash. It’s frustrating, and it’s lonely, and for most people, it doesn’t pay.<p>But one genre consistently makes it work. Romance writers who …

Creative Writing

This startup is solving a huge problem for over 45 million video gamers, and it's growing like crazy

Citron is joking, but he's on to something: The new Nintendo Switch console requires players to use a separate app on their phones if they want to voice chat with their teammates. It's a frustrating hurdle that's turning people off to otherwise well-received games like "Splatoon 2."<p>Meanwhile, …

Startups

Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 21st class

Another season, another group of startups presenting as part of 500 Startups’ 21st demo day. This time around, 29 companies pitched on stage at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. We noticed strong trends in healthcare focused businesses as well as startups tackling international markets …

Startups

Aviva and Founders Factory are betting on these five fintech startups for artificial intelligence, blockchain and virtual reality expertise

Aviva is betting on virtual reality, artificial intelligence and blockchain when it comes to technology.<p>The insurer has unveiled the first five …

Wunderman Partners With Founders Factory

WPP digital and CRM agency Wunderman has entered into a partnership with startup incubator and accelerator firm Founders Factory.<p>Wunderman said the …

Pandascore is a data provider for your favorite e-sports competitions

Pandascore turns e-sports matches into sets of data that can instantly be manipulated or archived for later. When you watch a basketball game on TV, the screen is filled with stats while the game is still going on. And if you’re missing a match, you can also access all this data from a browser on …

eSports

Y Combinator Has Gone Supernova

<b>If the casting director</b> of the TV show “Silicon Valley” were asked to produce a canonical example of an applicant to Y Combinator’s incubator …

Startups using a university to go global

One thing I especially love about my job is the ability to build international links that can both support campus entrepreneurs looking to expand …

Silicon Valley

Scaling Up - How Venturespring Ignite Aims To Give Startups Access To Corporate Resources

Variations on the corporate accelerator theme continue to emerge into the UK’s business support ecosystem.<p>A case in point is Venturespring Ignite. Launching its first cohort this September, it is, on the face of it, simply a six week accelerator program, designed to introduce tech startups in …

Startups

I’ve Raised A Billion In VC Funding—Let Me Help You With That Pitch

LegalZoom CEO John Suh’s secret formula: three compelling points, delivered in 60 seconds or less.<p>I’ve raised around a billion dollars in funding from venture capitalists and have been an angel investor in dozens of companies, so I’m not surprised when founders ask me for pitching advice. Having …

Entrepreneurship

10 Valuable Entrepreneurial Insights From Y Combinator

No idea amounts to anything without sound planning and skilled execution.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Y Combinator is a firm that advises startups and invests in the ones holding promise. Last month, the YC community hosted a two-day demo featuring 103 different …

Startups

Accelerator vs. Incubator: Which Is Right for You?

Most startups could benefit from being in an incubator, but fewer are a fit for an accelerator.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Often entrepreneurs entering the startup arena are exposed to a completely new business vernacular. Unless these brave souls peddling their new …

Startups

1500+ startups graduate Y Combinator’s first online Startup School

Today is the world’s biggest startup demo day ever, but it’s not happening in Silicon Valley. It’s happening all over the world as 1,584 companies complete Y Combinator’s online Startup School Founders Track program. 797 of them have posted demo videos anyone can watch.<p>That’s out of 2,820 startups …

Startups

Why Don't Investors Fund More Emerging Market Startups?

When you consider that half of global venture capital goes to three U.S. metro areas (New York, Silicon Valley and Boston), and that only 10 percent …

Venture Capital

MailChimp Wants To Solve Every Small-Biz Marketing Challenge (Even Snail Mail)

A company that made its name helping small businesses with email is staking its future on the “small business” part of that proposition.<p>MailChimp did not start out as an enterprise obviously destined to help millions of small companies market themselves via email.<p>Actually, the company was …

Small Business

Former Facebook, Google, and IBM Executives Have Cofounded an Accelerator

Accelerators, while an integral piece of the startup puzzle, are a dime a dozen. With US cities making a bigger push for innovation, these purveyors …

Bank of America

Uber becomes a cautionary tale for startups

Uber's day of reckoning has arrived -- and with it perhaps a moment of truth for all technology startups.<p>Uber unveiled sweeping recommendations on Tuesday following a months-long investigation into its corporate culture. At the same time, CEO Travis Kalanick stepped aside indefinitely to grieve for …

Startups

Corporate Innovation Programs Come in Ten Flavors

Our recent research on Corporate Innovation Programs (download the high level version) found that companies are attempting to act more nimble and …

Innovation

Stockholm is now one of the world’s best cities for startups – and it’s growing faster than the competition

Flickr / Michael Caven - CC2<p>The Nordics are finally represented in the top 20 of the Global Startup Ecosystem Report and Ranking published by Startup Genome. In the 2017 version of the report, Stockholm was ranked the 14th best city for startups in the world.<p>Among the other top contenders it ranked …

Startups

Kip is using data to make therapy better for both patients and therapists

I started going to therapy about five years ago, and it was quite possibly the best decision I ever made. But at times, it was difficult to determine how much progress I was making on a week-to-week or even month-to-month basis.<p>Kip seeks to change that by connecting its users with qualified …

Cognition

Behind Facebook’s new Camera Effects

At F8, Facebook launches it’s augmented reality platform, Camera Effects. Yesterday, the first effects become available inside Facebook’s Camera feature. TechCrunch talked to the team and tested out some of the new augmented reality filters that have been built so far.

Augmented Reality

Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces for typing and skin-hearing

Today at F8, Facebook revealed it has a team of 60 engineers working on building a brain-computer interface that will let you type with just your mind without invasive implants. The team plans to use optical imaging to scan your brain a hundred times per second to detect you speaking silently in …

UC Berkeley

Facebook plans ethics board to monitor its brain-computer interface work

Facebook will assemble an independent Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) panel to oversee its development of a direct brain-to-computer typing interface it previewed today at its F8 conference. Facebook’s R&D department Building 8’s head Regina Dugan tells TechCrunch, “It’s early days . …

Singularity

Korean accelerator SparkLabs expands into China

Beijing on a smog-free day. Photo credit: 06photo / 123RF.Just as international companies – eBay, Groupon, Google – struggle when entering China, …

Startups

Video: How to split equity among co-founders

Four experts – including Y Combinator’s Michael Seibel – give you their advice on four crucial points.This post Video: How to split equity among …

Asia

Brief: E-sports is coming to the Asian Olympics, thanks to Alibaba

• Alisports, the sports affiliate of ecommerce giant Alibaba, announced that it’s partnering with the Olympic Council of Asia to bring e-sports to the …

eSports