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The intensifying battle for Africa’s burgeoning tech landscape

Startup News - 6 hours 25 min ago
 Long gone are the days when Africa was disparagingly regarded as the White Man’s Burden. Today, Africa is the continent with the youngest demographic in the world, on the brink of a technical renaissance — yet the world’s tech titans are floundering to understand and gain a foothold in this market. Read More
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Eden acquires OrgOrg, a social network for office managers

Startup News - 9 hours 30 min ago
 Eden, the office management and tech support platform, has today announced the acquisition of OrgOrg, a social network for office managers to recommend, discuss, and review vendors and products. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eden founder and CEO Joe DuBey explained to TechCrunch that a growing number of on-boarding clients said that they had originally heard about Eden from… Read More
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Tesla wants to install chargers at the office

Startup News - 11 hours 42 min ago
 Tesla expects to sell 100,000 electric vehicles in 2018. But electric vehicles don’t make much sense unless chargers are easily accessible and convenient. That’s why Tesla is introducing the Workplace Charging program. It will allow offices and business to apply for a Wall Connector to be installed in the company garage or parking lot. And, except for the actual electricity used… Read More
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Split raises $17M for its product experimentation platform

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 9:52am
 Split announced this morning that it’s raised $17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Accel Partners and new investor Harmony Partners. Split has now raised a total of $26.8 million. The startup allows companies to test out new features and deliver them in a targeted way to select groups of users. Co-founder and CEO… Read More
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Bump is a peer-to-peer marketplace for streetwear

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 5:09am
 As the streetwear and sneaker industry continues to explode in popularity, we’re seeing more and more startups popping up to service the industry — all from slightly different angles. Meet Bump, a peer-to-peer take on a streetwear marketplace. Founded six months ago in the U.K. and now part of Y Combinator’s Winter ’18 batch, the startup already has more than 200,000 users. Read More
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Snips brings its privacy-focused voice assistant to cars

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 3:03am
 French startup Snips is announcing two things for its voice assistant SDK. First, the company is showing off an interesting use case in Nuremberg with a Snips-powered voice assistant in a car. Second, you can now build voice assistants in German. Read More
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MyBagCheck lets you drop off your bags anywhere

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 3:01am
 MyBagCheck is a clever system that ensures you’ll be able to spend those extra few hours in a foreign city without having to lug around 50 pounds of Samsonite. The founder, Micah B. Lewis, created the app to allow people who have bags to get those bags picked up and stored during the day, something every traveler would love. The app is self-funded and Lewis spent $60,000 of his own money… Read More
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Airbnb is rolling out a new tier aimed at higher-end travelers

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 2:52am
 Airbnb is rolling out a few new additions to their home-booking system, including new tiers that are aimed at higher-end customers, called Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb. The new Airbnb Plus tier has homes that are verified for “quality and comfort.” The luxury tier, called Beyond by Airbnb, is built around whole trips including hospitality, custom experience and, of course… Read More
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Stealth space catapult startup SpinLaunch is raising $30M

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 2:20am
 What if instead of blasting cargo into space on a rocket, we could fling it into space using a catapult? That’s the big, possibly crazy, possibly genius idea behind SpinLaunch. TechCrunch has learned from three sources that SpinLaunch is raising a massive $30 million Series A to develop its catapult technology. And we’ve scored an interview with the founder after four years in stealth. Read More
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Customer service bot startup Agent IQ announces $6.3 million Series A led by Sierra Ventures

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 2:00am
 If you’ve tried to deal with a bot before you can speak to a human customer service rep, you know how frustrating that process can sometimes be. Sure, there are basic tasks that can free up a human rep to handle the more difficult matters, but it can be exasperating when there is no easy way to talk to a person. Agent IQ, a startup that has developed customer service bots, acknowledges… Read More
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Indigo Fair raises $12M to connect wholesalers with smaller retail outlets with a smarter service

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 1:00am
 Max Rhodes was walking around that weird little parklet in Hayes Valley in San Francisco after taking a break from a five-year stint at Square to figure out what he wanted to do next — and he kept seeing Square registers everywhere. It made him think about the connections between the average product maker and those retailers. That’s what prompted him to start Indigo Fair. Read More
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Robinhood rolls out zero-fee crypto trading as it hits 4M users

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 12:46am
 Coinbase has some serious competition. Today, Robinhood starts rolling out its no-commission cryptocurrency trading feature in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana and New Hampshire. Users there can buy and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum with no extra fees, and everyone can track those and 14 other coins in its sleek app. Read More
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Product Hunt launches no-spam tech news digest app Sip

Startup News - 2018, February 23 - 12:00am
 “We didn’t want to create another app thirsty for attention” writes Product Hunt CEO Ryan Hoover. So instead of a constant stream of fresh stories and alerts, Product Hunt today is releasing what’s essentially a tech industry newsletter in iOS and Android form. Sip distills the day’s big headlines into a set of Twitter Moments-esque slideshows delivered via… Read More
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Proven wants to sell AI distilled custom skincare

Startup News - 2018, February 22 - 11:32pm
 YC-backed startup Proven wants to make it suck less for women to find skincare that works for them. The co-founders are taking what they describe as a “rational, logic-based” approach to figuring out which ingredients might be most appropriate for each individual. Read More
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Anchor’s new app offers everything you need to podcast

Startup News - 2018, February 22 - 11:00pm
 Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community. While in the past, Anchor was carving out a niche for itself in the short-form, social audio space, the new version – Anchor 3.0 – aims to be everything you need to record, edit, host, publish, and distribute a podcast of… Read More
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Feature Labs launches out of MIT to accelerate the development of machine learning algorithms

Startup News - 2018, February 22 - 11:00pm
 Feature Labs, a startup with roots in research begun at MIT, officially launched today with a set of tools to help data scientists build machine learning algorithms more quickly. Co-founder and CEO Max Kanter says the company has developed a way to automate “feature engineering,” which is often a time consuming and manual process for data scientists. “Feature Labs helps… Read More
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Teampay raises $4m so you don’t have to steal your CEO’s credit card anymore

Startup News - 2018, February 22 - 11:00pm
 Few problems are as much of a headache for the modern corporate worker as buying things on the company’s dime. Companies are loathe to hand out credit cards to everyone in the building, but they also want their employees to do your job without having to fill out six forms in triplicate to requisition a pencil. They also want to control spending and track who bought that $2,000 bottle… Read More
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Tel Aviv, TechCrunch is coming back, this time with a conference

Startup News - 2018, February 22 - 5:19pm
 The third time is a charm, Tel Aviv. After holding a Meetup + Pitch-off the last two years in Israel, TechCrunch is returning on 7 June 2018 for a day-long conference. As much fun as networking on a roof facing the Mediterranean Sea is, we’re ready to dig deeper into the tech that is coming out of Israel, focusing on mobility. The mobility industry is ripe for disruption. It is gaining… Read More
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Tinyclues, the AI-driven campaign marketing solution, scores $18M Series B

Startup News - 2018, February 22 - 5:00pm
 Tinyclues, the French startup that offers an intelligent campaign marketing solution that uses AI to help push the right products to the right customers, has closed $18 million in Series B investment. Leading the round is EQT Ventures, with participation from existing backers Alven, Elaia Partners, and ISAI. Read More
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ParkBee closes €5M funding to open up private car parks to public bookings

Startup News - 2018, February 22 - 4:00pm
 ParkBee, a Netherlands-founded startup that lets private car parks monetize underutilized spaces by making them bookable to the public, has picked up €5 million in new funding Read More
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