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By Robert Scoble | News about and for startups and their founders kept by Robert Scoble, futurist at Rackspace, Mike McCue, Flipboard's cofounder, and Hillel Fuld, journalist in Israel's tech scene. Updated in 2015.

Slack Wins A Crunchie For Fastest Rising Startup

Slack is growing up and to the right and as such a rapid climber won a Crunchie last night for Fastest Rising Startup at TechCrunch’s 9th annual awards show. Slack also claims to have a more diverse workforce than any other startup and smartly chose to send four of its engineers – all of them black …

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Woo lets you find a new job on your terms — anonymously

Finding a new job is exciting, but there are a lot of variables at stake. A new platform named Woo wants to help you answer questions hanging over your head, before you even accept your offer.

The aim of Woo is to allow tech workers to gauge their value, especially in a new job market. Its research …

Human Resources

This New App Lets Blind People Livestream

The new ZCast podcasting app by Zula offers a simple to use interface that is providing the visually impaired with access to livestreaming.

Visually impaired people face serious challenges when it comes to social applications; a large portion of today's content is image or video-centric, and …

Driving Analytics Startup Zendrive Circles $13.5 Million Series A

Zendrive, a startup that uses smartphone sensors to measure drivers’ behavior, has raised $13.5 million in Series A funding led by Sherpa Capital, with participation from Nyca Partners, Thomvest Ventures, and earlier backers First Round Capital, BMW i Ventures, Fontinalis Partners. Tad Montross, …

Analytics

Thumzap Scores $3M To Let You Pick Up Your Kid’s Online Shopping Bill

Thumzap — presuming it can get decent traction with online sellers and app developers — is a pretty neat idea. The U.S.-registered startup, with R&D out of Tel Aviv, has developed a payments platform that reduces the friction for teens, who might not otherwise have a means of paying, to shop online.

Online Life

Microsoft Is Acquiring London’s AI-Driven SwiftKey For $250M

Microsoft is understood to be acquiring London-based SwiftKey, the startup which employed artificial intelligence to create a ground-breaking predictive smartphone keyboard, according to sources. The Financial Times is reporting that the deal is “around $250m”. TechCrunch understands the figure is …

Microsoft

This startup wants to bring super-fast wireless internet to your home, and it sounds incredible

A new startup is launching a product that promises to bring superfast, wireless internet to your home.

Starry, a company founded by the former CEO of …

Wireless

ParkWhiz Acquires BestParking, Announces $24M Raise

On-demand parking apps may not be the most glamorous of startups; they’re mainly all about access. In addition to announcing its largest raise to date, ParkWhiz announced an acquisition today that will bring its customers, particularly those in the New York market, even greater access.

The …

Parking

New app turns your iPhone into mobile podcasting studio

You don’t need a high-frequency antenna or FCC license to be a broadcaster in the 21st century. Anyone can have a podcast – well, that is, anyone with the technical know-how and money for equipment, such as a good microphone, to produce their work.

A company called Zula wants to eliminate what might …

iPhone

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FreedomPop Raises Another $50M, Launches “Free” Global Data Hotspot And SIM

FreedomPop, the startup disrupting the businesses of traditional mobile carriers by giving people ways to use mobile devices free of any charges, is today adding another sizeable round to its coffers. The company has raised $50 million to continue its global rollout beyond its home market of the …

Startups (UK)

Glassbreakers Raises ~$2 Million For Its Diversity And Inclusion Software

Glassbreakers, the mentorship platform for women and enterprise software solution for scaling inclusion efforts, has raised $1.98 million from Social Leverage, bringing its total funding to ~$3 million. The new funding will enable Glassbreakers to further invest in the development of its …

Diversity

PolicyGenius Raises $15 Million For Its Online Price Comparison Insurance Brokerage

Brooklyn-based PolicyGenius has raised $15 million in a new round of funding to expand its price comparison insurance brokerage service.

Increasingly, old line industries are coming online, and insurance, one of the last holdouts, is no different.

Founded by a former McKinsey consultant who worked …

Brokerage

Singtel Innov8’s New Program Seeks Startups Tackling Business Problems

Asian telecom giant Singtel has introduced a new program aimed at increasing its interaction with tech startups worldwide.

We’ve all seen some startups that chase ‘problems’ which seem fairly frivolous, and that’s the polar opposite of this new strategy. Innov8 Connect, which is run by Singtel’s …

Venture Capital

Insurance Brokerage App FinanceFox Raises $5.5M Led By Salesforce Ventures

Like Knip, FinanceFox is another startup founded in Switzerland that is moving the insurance brokerage process online. Its mobile app lets you manage of all your existing insurance and get advice regarding gaps in your coverage or ways to save money on your insurance requirements going forward.

To …

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Ily Aims To Be The New Home Phone That Keeps Your Family Connected

If you’re a parent who’d like to do a better job keeping in touch with your kids when you’re not a home, then a forthcoming product called Ily might be the answer.

Ilan Abehassera, founder and CEO of Ily-maker Insensi, has talked about his vision before, but today he’s demonstrating Ily onstage at …

Kids

Under New CEO, Sisense Raises $50M - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ

Less than a year after replacing its CEO, Sisense Inc. has raised $50 million for technology that speeds and simplifies the analysis of large, complex data sets so that businesses can make faster decisions, adding hundreds of customers last year, the company said.

The Series D round was led by …

Venture Capital

PushDoctor, The U.K. Video-Based Doctor Service, Scores $8.2M Series A

PushDoctor, the U.K. ‘on-demand’ service that enables you to have a video consultation with a doctor, has raised $8.2 million in funding — money it plans to use to develop the data side of its offering to improve the way it integrates with other healthcare providers and to significantly bolster …

Startups

Brain Game App Lumosity To Pay $2 Million Fine For ‘Deceptive Advertising’

Feds say they "preyed on consumers"

Lumos Labs, creators of popular ‘brain training’ app Lumosity, will pay $2 million to settle charges that they deceived consumers with unfounded claims, which include protecting against Alzheimer’s disease and helping users perform better at schools.

As part of the …

The Brain

Movinga, The European Online Removals Startup, Picks Up $25M Series B Round Led By Index

Movinga, the online removals startup that claims to be a leader in its native Germany but also operates in numerous other European countries, such as Austria, Switzerland, U.K., France and Italy, has picked up $25 million in Series B funding.

The round is being led by Index Ventures, with …

Startups

Audi Leads $28M Investment In Rental Startup Silvercar

Silvercar, a startup rethinking the auto rental experience in airports, already seems pretty tied to Audi — after all, every vehicle that Silvercar rents out is a silver Audi. Now the companies are deepening that relationship with a $28 million Series C investment.

Audi led the round, with the …

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Bringg Raises $5 Million So Any Business Can Offer An Uber-Like Experience

If on-demand is the future of delivery, a startup called Bringg aims to help established businesses better compete with the likes of Amazon and Uber going forward. The company has now raised $5 million in Series A funding to further develop its web and mobile platform that businesses to move into …

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Vroom Raises $95M And Acquires Texas Direct Auto In Its Quest To Bring Car-Buying Online

People seem to be comfortable buying an ever-growing number of things online, but are they ready to purchase their cars that way? Vroom says they are, and it’s making a couple of big deals to move forward with that vision.

The New York City-headquartered startup is announcing that it has raised $95 …

Texas

Textio, A Startup That Analyzes Text Performance, Raises $8M

Textio CEO Kieran Snyder took a quantitative approach to how language worked in her linguistics studies. And when she and her co-founder Jensen Harris were leaving Microsoft to start a new company, it was only natural that it would be centered around language in some way.

That’s how Textio, a …

Natural Language Processing

SimilarWeb Buys Quettra To Move Deeper Into Mobile Analytics And Big Data

Yet more consolidation is happening in the world of analytics. Today Israeli web analytics and traffic measurement startup SimilarWeb announced that it has acquired Quettra, a provider of mobile analytics and measurement tools founded by Ankit Jain, the former head of search and discovery in the …

Big Data

Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson Talks Platforms And Profits

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson sat down with our own Frederic Lardinois to talk platforms, carriers and money.

Lawson, after making a pitch about what Twilio does, detailed the back history of the company. As you might have guessed, the idea for the unicorn was born of a …

Everwise, A Mentoring Matchmaker, Raises $8 Million

Everwise, a New York-based company whose online service connects executives willing to volunteer their time with people looking for mentorship — from new entrepreneurs, to budding sports coaches, to people looking to rise through the ranks of Fortune 500 companies — is taking the wraps off the …

Gilead Sciences

Sequoia Invests $13 Million In A Seed Round For Lemonade, Which Is Looking To Transform Insurance

In one of the largest seed investments in the firm’s history, Sequoia Capital is committing to a $13 million round for Lemonade, a company that’s looking to bring the idea of peer-to-peer personal insurance to the U.S.

There is perhaps no industry more universally reviled than the insurance industry …

Insurance

Video News Startup NowThis Raises $16.2M Led By Axel Springer

NowThis just announced that it has raised $16.2 million in Series D funding.

The round was led by German media company Axel Springer — which, in addition to previously investing in the startup’s $6 million Series C, recently bought Business Insider and invested in Thrillist. Previous backers Oak …

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