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Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone

It feels like Number26 opened its doors yesterday, but the young startup just raised a $10.6 million Series A round (€10 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, with Daniel S. Aegerter and existing investors Earlybird and Redalpine also participating. This represents Valar Ventures’ second …

Peter Thiel

PopSlate: When a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Is Just the Beginning

After a successful Indiegogo campaign, startup's founders spent another two years bringing their product to market.<p>Inventors Yashar Behzadi and Greg Moon won over investors with their idea for a smartphone case that would act as a second screen — displaying images and useful information at a glance.<p>…

Iotera Raises $1 Million For Its Super Simple GPS Tracking Device

Iotera, a U.S.-company that produces GPS devices with months of battery life, has closed a $1 million seed funding round led by ZenShin Capital Partners.<p>Crunchfund*, Startup Capital Ventures, String Ventures, EarlyMarket and Rubicon Venture Capital also participated in the round. Iotera raised a …

Layer, Which Lets Developers Add Messaging To Any App, Launches To Public

Layer, the company making it possible for developers to add rich messaging capabilities to their apps without having to build their own infrastructure from the ground up, is today making its service available to the public, following its beta period that began with its TechCrunch Disrupt win back …

Connect Tiny Devices To The Internet With Spark's Electron

For $3 a month, you can get a whole megabyte of data!<p>Tiny computers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi have helped jumpstart the Internet of Things by making it easy to bring connectivity to virtually anything. But while short-range networking via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth is readily accessible, …

Arduino

Shift Messenger Makes It Easy For Workers To Swap Hours

Anyone who has worked a retail job knows what a pain it is to take time off. You usually have to find someone to cover your shift and, unless you’ve managed to arrange your schedule in advance, that often entails panicked texts and phone calls to co-workers. A new startup called Shift Messenger …

GuideSpark Raises $22.2M To Create Customized Videos That Make HR Less Tedious And Confusing

GuideSpark, a startup that helps human resources teams communicate with the rest of the company, announced today that it has raised $22.2 million in Series C funding.<p>CEO Keith Kitani told me that GuideSpark works with HR to create videos and interactive content covering things like employee …

Wooplr Lands $5 Million For Its Fashion Discovery Service In India

Wooplr, a startup that is aiming to ignite social commerce in India, has closed a $5 million Series A funding round from Helion Ventures to expand its team and grow across the country.<p>Bangalore-based Wooplr started out as a social network for sharing fashion photos, but it has evolved into a …

Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

A new video messaging app, Pop, founded by Josh Nguyen, who previously ran product at both Tumblr and Flickr, is launching today to make video messages as easy to send as traditional SMS. Using a simple, one-screen interface, Pop connects with your phone’s address book and lets you send out a short …

Wearable banana shows your heart rate and is still edible (sort of)

Cleverly folding in this weekend's Tokyo Marathon with the current appetite for fruit-named wearables, here's some advertising silliness from fruit moguls Dole: the wearable banana. Underneath the skin, there's an array of LEDS that beam out enough red light to scroll lap-time times, the runners' …

Grabble Closes $1.8M Angel Round For Its Tinder-like Fashion Shopping App

Various startups out there are trying to create either an Instagram or Tinder for fashion, ultimately leading the buyer towards a purchase. This is the Holy Grail and you will easily uncover a multitude of companies trying to achieve something along these lines, even though the approaches and …

Backed By $4 Million, Bevy Debuts A Photo And Video Storage Solution The Whole Family Can Share

Families today often have more photo-taking devices than family members, which has led to the problem of people having massive numbers of photos and videos, none of which are properly organized and shared. A Boston-based startup called Lineage Labs, launching today and backed by $4 million in seed …

Peter Thiel-backed Instapray app passes the 30 million prayer mark

In a lot of ways, the Internet is kind of a downer: haters, click bait, porn, celebrity gossip, trash talk, leaked nude photos, hostile YouTube comments, tweeting trolls. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said just last week that harassment on Twitter has become so out of hand that his company will make a …

Peter Thiel

Rocket Internet Puts $586M Into Delivery Hero, Buys 9 Other Food Startups

Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based e-commerce group that went public last year, is making some major consolidation moves in the food delivery business. It has acquired a 30% stake in Delivery Hero (a rival to Rocket’s FoodPanda), and it has purchased the holdings of seven other food delivery …

Startups

Got sick kids? Take their temp with Wishbone and your phone

Image copyright Joywing Tech.With both of my kids now in high school, it’s been a long time since the days of taking a crying baby’s temperature. I …

Personal Data

Meet the Startup That Wants to Deliver Your Deliveries (Video)

Parcel is Uber for missed deliveries before you miss them.<p>If you live in a big city these days, there’s a delivery startup for everything: groceries; weed; and even meals from restaurants that don’t offer their own delivery.<p>Now there’s a startup called Parcel that — wait for it — wants to deliver …

Gumroad Launches Gumroad Library for Android

E-commerce service Gumroad today announces the Gumroad Library for Android app, the counterpart to its iOS app launched last September.<p>“As we see more and more creators focusing on content best consumed by mobile devices (in addition to music, books, and films, we’re seeing tons of Gumroad creators …

iOS Apps

Lift Digital raises $1M to connect fitness trainers and clients

The consumer health tech business is moving toward a more high-touch approach to making people healthier. Instead of just providing people with step counts and caloric burn, some companies are now building platforms to provide more personalized training.<p>Case in point is Lift Digital, which operates …

Exercise

As soon as one "Uber for weed" startup gets cut down, another grows in its place

The 'Uber for weed' market is here to stay<p>It was only a matter of time before someone spun the "Uber for __" wheel and landed on WEED. More and more states are voting in favor of legalization. Congress recently instructed the feds to back off medical marijuana. Peter Thiel's venture capital fund …

Cannabis

Pond5 Kicks off its Public Domain Project with 80,000 Photos, Videos and Sound Clips

Finding royalty-free video, photos and sound clips may be getting a little easier following the news that Pond5 is releasing a huge number of items into the public domain.<p>Announced today, the Pond5 Public Domain Project has been conceived with content “specifically for media makers,” Pond5 said. …

Winston Churchill

Piper Announces New Piper NV Home Monitoring System With Night Vision For $269

The home security industry once dominated by complicated, expensive systems is in for a rude awakening. Piper, Canary and Scout are all offering affordable options to keep an eye on your home’s safety, and Piper just announced a new system equipped with night vision called the Piper NV.<p>The Piper NV …

Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others

A company offering a marketplace where consumers can buy and sell their unused gift cards, Raise.com, announced this morning it has taken in a sizable $56 million round of Series B funding, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The additional funding, which brings the company’s total outside …

Shifts Is A Beautiful Mobile Calendar App Designed For Shift Workers

While there’s no shortage of mobile calendaring applications on today’s App Store, most are designed to serve the needs of office workers who need to carve out time for things like conference calls or meetings. A new calendaring app called Shifts, launching today on iTunes, is instead focused on a …

FilterEasy Raises $1.2 Million To Help You Remember To Change Your Home’s Air Filter

When was the last time you changed your home’s air filter? If you’re like me and the majority of other homeowners across the U.S., this routine home-maintenance task is easy to forget because filters are only changed every few months or so. But the costs of not changing the filter are high: reduced …

Marijuana tech startups roll out, hit potholes

The fast-spreading, legal cannabis industry may top $10 billion by 2018, and the rush is on to populate it with the same high-quality services found elsewhere.<p>In San Francisco, leading VC-funded delivery app Eaze announced Thursday their first major new market expansion to San Jose.<p>Eaze partnered …

Porch.com Raises $65M Series B Round As It Prepares To Take Its Service Nationwide

Porch.com, the Seattle-based startup that uses a data-driven approach to help homeowners find local professionals for all of their home improvement and repair needs, today announced that it has raised a $65 million Series B round. The round was led by Valor Equity Partners, a firm that has also …

Venture Capital

Shapr raises $3M to connect you with your professional network’s ‘friends of friends’

Judging by the number of apps and services for professional networking, it seems to be just as big of a challenge as dating.<p>Shapr, an iOS and Android app officially launching today, is tapping into people’s existing professional networks to help them make new connections. The company is also …

Quickie Makes Conversations Disappear, Like Real Life

A new app called Quickie, from the developers behind email app Hop, aims to make mobile conversations just like real life by sending messages as soon as they’re created and deleting them as soon as they’re read.<p>The app is touted as a “live messaging app for the next generation” and it keeps it dead …

Apps