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Tips For Finding Success As A Female Engineer

It was apparent from the first time I took a computer programming class in high school that it was one of the few subjects that really excited me. Initially, it was just an option I was trying out, but I soon knew that engineering was what I wanted to major in and pursue for my lifelong career. The …

Silicon Valley

Amid A Collapsing Economy, Greek Entrepreneurs Band Together To Keep Business Going

Greece went to the brink this week. And the country’s entrepreneurs wasted no time in stepping into action.

Failing to reach an agreement with its creditors to extend the deadline to pay back a $1.7 billion IMF loan on July 1, the country missed its payment. It is unlikely that Greece, unhappy with …


John Sculley And David Steinberg Explain How Zeta Interactive Works with Big Brands to Track Engagement

Last week we had a chance to sit down with the founders of Zeta Interactive, an online marketing service — which isn’t the first company that brought CEO David Steinberg and former Apple CEO John Sculley together.

Zeta Interactive focuses on using data-mining and analytics to basically track where a …

John Sculley

Smigin Is a Foreign Language Tool That Doesn’t Make You Sound Like A Tourist

If you’ve ever tried to learn a foreign language, you probably know that most existing methods focus on aspects of the language that aren’t very helpful in everyday life. For example, newcomers to a language are often first taught the names of animals or colors, words that aren’t normally …


An Interview With Blue Apron CEO Matt Salzberg

Blue Apron, the NY-based startup that delivers weekly pre-portioned ingredients and recipes to your home, has been cooking over the past year. The company recently announced that it had surpassed 1 million meals shipped monthly, putting estimated yearly revenue at $120 million. And if that weren’t …


Venture Investment In Healthcare Declines Through Q2 After Record 2014

After a record-breaking year of growth in 2014, venture capital investors in healthcare seem to have settled into a groove. They invested roughly $2.8 billion in healthcare technologies through the second quarter of 2015, down from $3.3 billion over the same period last year, according to a study …

Venture Capital

After 55 Million Downloads, Dots Gets A Major Upgrade

Dots, the incredibly basic but addicting mobile game created by gaming studio Playdots, is getting its first major upgrade in over a year.

Dots now features three new themes: Space, Mod Synth, and Desert. There’s also a custom “Designer” option if users prefer to select their own dot and background …


Geniac Raises £22M From Grant Thornton To Offer ‘Office As A Service’

Here’s one from left left. Geniac, which operates in the rarified world of “business management” platforms, has raised £22 million from Grant Thornton UK, a big provider of assurance and tax advise. To date, Geniac has been in beta.

The London-based Geniac was founded by ex-Accenture consultants …

United Kingdom

Fatigue Science Lets Pro Sports Teams Track Their Athletes’ Sleep

As wearable activity trackers get increasingly smart and complex, Fatigue Science is measuring one thing and one thing only — how we sleep.

Fatigue Science’s Readiband looks very similar to a Fitbit or Nike Fuelband. It has a 3D accelerometer that tracks movement, impact, velocity, speed and …


In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience

All the buzz this week may be about the launch of Apple Music, but another popular streaming music application, SoundCloud, has also now rolled out a notable update to its mobile application. The update – which delivers new features including related tracks, shuffle, direct playlist editing, and …

Apple Music

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, 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 …


Trash-Focused Rubicon Global Hires Its First CTO

Rubicon Global, a startup helping customers find money-saving, environmentally-friendly ways to handle their waste and recycling, is announcing the hire of its first chief technology officer — Phil Rodoni, previously vice president of software at Esurance.

Atlanta-based Rubicon doesn’t haul trash …


Media Server Company Plex Hacked – Forum Servers Affected, But Payment Info Safe

Plex, a popular application that lets users organize and stream their media collections across devices, has been hacked. However, the attackers were only able to compromise the servers hosting the company’s forums and blog – not account information or users’ financial data, the latter which Plex …

Media Server

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

Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides …


Twitter Pushes Ads With A New Button Atop Mobile Users’ Profiles

Twitter’s latest push to monetize its service has led to the rollout of a new “Twitter Ads” button, which is now prominently appearing on user profile pages on both the iOS and Android client applications. The newly added button, which some users may have initially mistaken as a shortcut to Twitter …

Mobile Advertising

Prince Won’t Stream 4 U (Unless You’re On Tidal, Or Maybe Google Music)

Call it the Taylor effect: it looks like another high-profile musician is sharpening his arrows to take aim at how streaming music services pay artists. Music from the artist currently known as Prince has been pulled from Spotify and Rdio. And Deezer — where at the time of writing Prince’s music is …

Google Music

A Third Classification of Worker? Don’t Count On It

Of late, there’s been a steady drumbeat of accusations that on-demand startups are unfairly wringing profits out of independent contractors. The concern: No one is withholding their taxable wages for them, they aren’t being given health care, and they have almost none of the same protections as …


Here’s How Microsoft Will Release Windows 10

After some general market confusion and bad headline writing, Microsoft this morning detailed how it will roll out Windows 10 to testers, consumers, and large-scale customers.

First, scale: Microsoft said in its blog post this morning that there are now 5 million Windows Insiders, up from 3.7 …

Microsoft Windows

When The Disrupted Push Back

We tend to think of disruption as kind of a passive activity. The determined upstart enters the market and the established business doesn’t give it a second thought. Then ever so slowly before it can even react, the industry suddenly realizes it’s lost control.

In most cases, the incumbent tries the …


Prêt d’Union Grabs $34 Million For Its Online Credit Marketplace

French startup Prêt d’Union just raised $34 million (€31 million) from Eurazeo, Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet as well as its existing investors. Prêt d’Union is a European online credit marketplace that matches lenders and borrowers without any financial institution in-between. You can call it a sort of …

Lending Club

Anki Will Ship The Second Generation Of Its Robotic Slot Cars On September 20

Think of Anki Overdrive as slot cars for the smartphone age. With upgrades, achievements and characters, it’s a perfect marriage of smartphones with physical toys. The system debuted two years ago and the company has steadily upgraded the system since. But today, the company revealed the ship date …


Gozoomo Gets $5M To Make Buying Used Cars In India Easier

When Arnav Kumar started looking for his first car, he was determined to buy a used one to save money. The process of sorting through online listings and trying to figure out which were legitimate was so tedious that he gave up after a day. To save other buyers from the same headache, Kumar founded …


Harvard Reveals It Had An IT Breach In June Impacting 8 Colleges And Administrations

A seventeenth-century university has become the victim of a twenty-first-century crime. Harvard University on Wednesday announced that on June 19, it discovered a breach in the IT systems of its Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration, currently impacting eight different schools and …


HomeToGo, The European Metasearch Engine For Holiday Rentals, Raises €6M

HomeToGo, the European ‘metasearch’ engine for holiday rentals, has raised €6 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is DN capital, and Acton Capital Partners, adding to the €2 million previously raised from various angel investors.

The Berlin-based startup says the new capital will be used …


Your.MD Scores $5M For Its AI-Driven Health Assistant

Your.MD is on a mission to improve the way we seek health-related, namely self-diagnosis, information online. If you’ve ever tried to google your symptoms, you know it’s not for the faint hearted. The U.K. health startup wants to change that via its ‘smart health assistant’ app for …


Xiaomi Sold 34.7M Smartphones In First Half Of 2015, Up 33% Year-On-Year

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today confirmed that it sold just shy of 35 million phones in the first half of this year.

Xiaomi, which is valued at $45 billion and is the world’s third largest exporter of phones, this week expanded into Brazil and is thought to have a slate of other international …


One Weird Trick To Help Greece

It’s hard enough being a startup without the financial collapse of your country to contend with.

For those in Silicon Valley who are used to Uber being worth more than 40x the debt payment that Greece just missed, capital controls — which are just what they sound like — are an alien concept. But …


Rakuten Acquires Tokyo-Based Travel Startup Voyagin

Rakuten not only runs Japan’s largest e-commerce site, but also one of its leading online travel agencies, booking over 3.8 million hotel nights each month.

Now the company is expanding its horizons beyond hotels and flights with the acquisition of Voyagin, a Tokyo-based tour planning startup.

The …

China Travel

Enterprises Don’t Have Big Data, They Just Have Bad Data

PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel commonly harps on the tech community for overusing buzzwords like “cloud” and “big data.” He’s not the only one who’s been saying this, but the message still doesn’t appear to be sinking in with most enterprises.

Companies often tout all their …

Big Data

SuperDuper Is An App That Aims To Find Less Expensive Matches To High-End Nail Polish

Certain high-end nail polish colors have almost a cult-like following on the Internet. Devotees scour the web and share tips and links via Pinterest, beauty blogs and Reddit discussions in pursuit of the perfect match to that limited edition Olivia Palermo Red Hutch or Christian Louboutin’s …

Miss Piggy