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Filecoin Presale Raises $52 Million Ahead of ICO Launch

San Francisco-based startup Protocol Labs has sold $52 million in a token pre-sale ahead of an initial coin offering launch next week.

Bitcoin

Markets are strong, but big startup M&A deals just aren’t happening

Public markets are riding high, and many big tech acquirers are flush with cash. However, it’s a very dull year for big acquisitions of private technology companies.<p>Seven months into 2017 and we’ve seen just one big unicorn M&A deal: Cisco’s $3.7 billion purchase of AppDynamics. And that was back …

Venture Capital

How to Create a Winning Investor Pitch-Deck

According to the latest study of 200 startup pitch decks by DocSend, investors spend an average of <b>3 minutes and 44 seconds</b> reading one deck.<p>That’s …

Startups

Kleiner Perkins Shuts Down Its Seed Venture Fund

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers shut its seed investing program, a two year-old effort to get the venture capital firm back into the potentially …

Venture Capital

Carspring, a London and Berlin startup that lets you buy a used car online, raises £5M Series B

Carspring, the London and Berlin used car buying platform founded by Rocket Internet, has picked up £5 million in Series B funding. Backing the round are Rocket Internet itself, along with Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund, which offers media in the form of TV advertising in return for equity. In …

Startups

GE buys Israeli-Japanese 'Internet of Things' startup for $40 million

Firm develops tools for developing apps without writing any computer code: Customers include Toyota, Motorola and Fujitsu

Internet of Things

Wysa, mental health chatbot receives $1.3 million funding

Mental health <b>chatbot</b> Wysa on Saturday announced that it has raised a total of $1.3 million in seed funding from early stage investment firms Kae …

Chatbots

The Female-Founded Companies That Get Funded (Infographic)

In 2016, only 16 percent of funded startups were led by female founders.<p>While more and more women are becoming founders and CEO, we still have a ways to go for gender parity in business.<p>In 2016, approximately 3,033 U.S.-based companies secured funding (seed, series A and series B). Unfortunately, …

Startups

Carwow, a UK startup that helps you buy a new car, raises $39M Series C

Carwow, a platform that helps you buy a new car, has closed $39 million in Series C funding. The round was led by new investor Vitruvian Partners, with existing investors Accel Partners and Balderton Capital also participating. At today’s exchange rate it brings total funding to approximately $62.6 …

Startups

Startup veteran founder/investor Wendy Tan White joins BGF Ventures

If there are some noticeable gaps in the European venture scene, the first is there is still a small number of European entrepreneurs who have built products <i>and</i> scaled <i>and</i> exited <i>and</i> then went on to become investors, relative to the size of the market.<p>The second is the dearth of VCs genuinely …

Startups

Why Tech Investors Love ICOs—and Lawyers Don’t

When Brave, a privacy-­focused Internet browser company, decided to raise money this May, it could have gone a traditional route by borrowing money …

Bitcoin

The 29 coolest female startup founders in the UK

The UK is one of the best-funded tech ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley thanks, in part, to its diversity.<p>There are more women than ever founding their own tech startups in the UK, defying barriers like the huge gender gap in computer science, the fact that most European firms have all-male …

Startups

Who Needs A Hospital, When This Self-Driving Doctor Comes To You?

A new concept called Aim brings the doctor to you, in a self-driving car.<p>Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange …

Health Care

How to Determine What Your Company's Burn Rate Should Be

Use these pointers to know your risk tolerance.<p>One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable "burn rate" is. That is, how much should your company be willing to lose in cash every month as you make investments …

Sony soft-launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony’s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s spent time with Lego’s educational initiatives — it’s a set of blocks, sensors, motors and …

Oscar Health is headed back to New Jersey and branching out to Ohio and Tennessee

Oscar Health seems to be expanding rather than shrinking in the next year. Despite worries that the Affordable Care Act wasn’t working out for health insurance companies, Oscar has filed to expand in 2018, adding the states of Ohio and Tennessee, expanding in Texas and California and heading back …

11 chatbots created at Y Combinator’s online startup school

Recently Sam Altman from Y Combinator announced a new online Startup School. It’s a 10-week massively open online course (MOOC). The idea is to teach everyone how to start a startup and help them along the way with guidance from people who’ve started companies.<p>Startup School will have guest …

Chatbots

Soldo, a London fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, raises $11M led by Accel

Soldo, the London-based fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, first launched for consumers and since tailored to businesses too, has raised $11 million in Series A funding. Venture Capital firm Accel led the round, with participation from Connect Ventures, InReach Ventures, …

Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good reason: as a future where trucks are run autonomously becomes ever clearer, the sensors and software behind that is going to have to be …

Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leads

Businesses usually spend lots of time and money trying of attract potential customers. Now a startup called Riley aims to help them prioritize those sales leads.<p>Riley was part of the winter class at Y Combinator. (In fact, CEO Daniel Ahmadizadeh said he and his co-founder Helson Taveras applied …

Mastercard wants to speed up chip-and-pin transactions with new tech in card readers

Less time in the checkout line<p>On Friday, Mastercard announced that it is partnering with payment processing companies Verifone and Global Payments to help speed up chip and pin transactions at stores by incorporating its M/Chip Fast technology into checkout terminals.<p>While chip and pin cards are …

Apple adds 'dark data' startup to its AI roster

Apple has acquired data intelligence company Lattice.io, according to a TechCrunch report Saturday.<p>Lattice.io uses machine learning to transform "dark data" such as unstructured text and images into structured data for use by traditional data analysis tools. Founded in 2015, Lattice.io was born out …

Artificial Intelligence

Will 1 Of These 5 Issues Sink Your Startup?

What keeps you up at night?<p>For business owners, the list can be long, simply because operating a business brings with it so many uncertainties. One of every 5 establishments started in 2014 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) didn’t make it a year. Almost half of those started …

Entrepreneurship

Here's What's Really Holding Virtual Reality Back

Virtual reality has much potential, but it has to overcome a few crucial challenges to go mainstream.<p>The virtual reality (VR) market, which is …

IBM Predicts Demand For Data Scientists Will Soar 28% By 2020

• Jobs requiring machine learning skills are paying an average of $114,000. Advertised data scientist jobs pay an average of $105,000 and advertised data engineering jobs pay an average of $117,000.<br>• 59% of all Data Science and Analytics (DSA) job demand is in Finance and Insurance, Professional …

Big Data

Backed by Chinese gov, Silk Ventures is a new $500M fund to invest in European and U.S. ‘scale-ups’

European and U.S.-based tech ‘scale-ups’ with Asia ambitions, rejoice. Outing today is a new $500 million VC fund from Silk Ventures, and backed in part by the Chinese government.<p>It plans to invest across all stages from Series-A upwards, and says that, although it will remain open to tech startups …

Plug and Play Indonesia is starting its first round. These 11 startups made it in.

Plug and Play Indonesia’s first batch of startups was announced today. Photo credit: Tech in Asia.Plug and Play Indonesia announced its first batch …

Startups

14 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …

Startups