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Udacity’s latest Nanodegree will teach React

2017, June 21 - 2:03am
 In its quest to reduce persistent skills gaps, Udacity has been designing condensed courses to get students up to speed on trendy topics to improve employment outcomes. The startup’s “Nanodegrees,” as they call them, span VR, robotics, deep learning and other key technical and non-technical skills. Today Udacity is announcing its latest addition to the lineup &#8212… Read More
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The law firm Cooley is updating its packet of startup tips and financing documents

2017, June 21 - 1:21am
 The law firm Cooley is putting out a new package of seed investment documents for public viewing on its “GO” microsite, the firm said today. It’s a way for entrepreneurs and early-stage investors and business owners to access what the firm considers to be best practices for early-stage investment and to streamline the process for committing capital at the seed stage. Read More
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Agentology, the referral network for real estate agents, closes on $4.5 million

2017, June 20 - 11:00pm
 Real estate is one of those industries that has been rather slow on the uptake of technology, which makes a lot of sense. Buying and selling a home is one of the biggest, most personal decisions in a person’s life, and the shift to online browsing, transactions, etc. was bound to take longer than other sectors. Brokers, too, have grown accustomed to their ways and are usually hesitant to… Read More
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Meditation app Headspace hires a new chief business officer

2017, June 20 - 10:00pm
 One of the first times Ross Hoffman met Headspace CEO Rich Pierson when talking about a role running the company’s business, Pierson was not talking a lot about business. Instead, he was peppering Hoffman with questions about himself, telling stories about users, and talking about work ethos. The business questions came later, of course, but that kind of introduction and vetting for a… Read More
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Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics gets $11.5 million to create a mainstream robot for the home

2017, June 20 - 10:00pm
 Hardware startup Misty Robotics has a daunting task ahead of it. The Boulder-based company is working on a robot aimed at mainstream consumers for employment in the home and office. But Misty certainly has a solid foundation, as a spinoff of robotic toy maker Sphero, coupled with an $11.5 million Series A led by Venrock and Foundry Group. The new company employs about half a dozen former… Read More
Categories: Business News

‘All roads do lead back to Shenzhen,’ according to Indiegogo’s Sandy Diao

2017, June 20 - 6:02pm
 Shenzhen has been called China’s Silicon Valley (or at least one of its Silicon Valleys). A panel on hardware startups at TechCrunch Shenzhen took a stab at explaining why. “There’s a new startup model coming out of Shenzhen,” said Eli Harris, whose startup Ecoflow is building the River Mobile Power Station. The city’s history as “the land of OEM… Read More
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Qunar co-founder Fritz Demopoulos says startup success in China requires a 10-year commitment

2017, June 20 - 2:08pm
 Fritz Demopoulos, who co-founded Chinese travel portal Qunar and now makes early-stage startup investments through Queen’s Road Capital, said that if he had a single piece of advice for founders looking to pursue their “China dream,” it boils down to one word: “Commitment.” Demopoulos was interviewed on-stage at TechCrunch Shenzhen, which we organized with TechNode. Read More
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Nestlé leads $77M round for healthy meal startup Freshly

2017, June 20 - 1:11pm
 Freshly has raised a big funding round from a big name — the U.S. division of food and beverage giant Nestlé. Co-founder and CEO Michael Wystrach has pitched the startup as a way to get healthy, on-demand meals. That doesn’t mean you order from Freshly every time you want to eat — instead, you get one delivery  of all your meals for the week. Then, when you’re hungry,… Read More
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Microsoft launches a new AI startup program at Station F in Paris

2017, June 20 - 1:01pm
 Microsoft is rethinking its strategy when it comes to startup acceleration in Paris. The company is going to focus on artificial intelligence. This will lead to a new program for AI startups at Station F. Microsoft has had a startup accelerator in the Sentier neighborhood for a few years now. When Station F opens at the end of June, the company is going to focus exclusively on artificial… Read More
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AimBrain, a startup that uses biometric authentication to fight fintech fraud, raises £4M Series A

2017, June 20 - 8:00am
 AimBrain, a London startup that offers “biometric identity” as a service to help fintech companies and other financial institutions fight fraud, has raised £4 million in Series A funding. Read More
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Spotify “Sponsored Songs” let labels pay for plays

2017, June 20 - 5:29am
 A mysterious “Sponsored Content” opt-out setting recently appeared in Spotify, and now the streaming giant has confirmed to TechCrunch what it’s about. Spotify is now testing a new “Sponsored Song” ad unit that a company spokesperson tells us is “a product test for labels to promote singles on the free tier.” Instead of appearing as obvious ad banners… Read More
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Time Warner will spend $100M on Snapchat original shows and ads

2017, June 20 - 4:26am
 Time Warner and Snap Inc. have announced a new deal that will bring increased ad spending and the development of new made-for-Snapchat shows. People familiar with the deal tell TechCrunch that it is valued at about $100 million spent over the next two years. The newly created shows will span a variety of genres, including scripted drama, daily news shows, documentaries and comedy. The shows… Read More
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Hugsy snags $220k to bring its smart baby blanket to market

2017, June 20 - 1:39am
 Hugsy, a Dutch startup that’s developing a ‘smart’ blanket designed to help the care of newborns and premature babies, has raised €200k (~$220k) in seed funding via the Leapfunder European angel investor network. Read More
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Meltwater acquires Hong Kong-based Klarity to boost social media monitoring in Asia

2017, June 20 - 1:00am
 Meltwater, the self-described ‘media intelligence’ company, continues on an acquisition spree. Following the purchase of Oxford Uni spin-out Wrapidity in February, it has acquired Hong Kong-Based startup Klarity to enhance its social media monitoring and analytics capabilities in Asia. Read More
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Wonderschool gets $2M to help solve America’s childcare quandary

2017, June 20 - 12:34am
 In the U.S., childcare presents a nerve-wracking quagmire for parents. It’s expensive—almost a fifth of American families spend more than a quarter of their income on childcare—but that doesn’t mean it’s a lucrative business. In fact, many caregivers make so little that they can’t afford childcare for their own kids and drop out of the workforce.… Read More
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Streaming sports startup FuboTV raises $55 million

2017, June 20 - 12:00am
 To expand its channel lineup and grow its customer base, FuboTV has raised $55 million in Series C funding led by Northzone, with participation from 21st Century Fox, Sky and Scripps Networks Interactive. That brings total funding to $75 million since being founded in 2014. Read More
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UX master Jared Spool evolves our thinking on design maturity and product vision

2017, June 20 - 12:00am
 Jared Spool is the founder of UIE and co-founder of Center Centre. In our 19th episode, he hits on the topics of UX design’s coming of age, the true role design plays in a business, and dives into the details of what his design school is aiming to do differently. When trying to convince executives of the value of design, Spool says the best way to start out is to ask them what problem… Read More
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See you in Warsaw on July 4

2017, June 19 - 9:43pm
 I’d like to invite you all to a micro meet-up in Warsaw on July 4. We’ll be holding it at Campus Warsaw, 33C Ząbkowska, 03-736 Warszawa, Poland. The fun starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm with some after-event drinks nearby. Campus Warsaw is giving us some pizzas and beers but no pierogi. The winner of the pitch-off will get a table at Disrupt SF and the second-place winner will get… Read More
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BrideClick acquires Mode Media

2017, June 19 - 1:53pm
 The Mode Media story refuses to end — following its abrupt shut down last year, the company’s assets have been acquired by wedding-focused advertising company BrideClick. Mode previously operated lifestyle sites including Glam and Foodie, plus a larger ad network that it said reached 144 million unique visitors each month. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but… Read More
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Designing better conversations online

2017, June 18 - 5:00am
 Automattic, MIT Center for Civic Media, and The Mash-Up Americans have been working together to have honest dialogues, build empathy, and help make the world a more inclusive and compassionate place. So far, we’ve laid out the problem and explored our assumptions. In this, our third Design and Exclusion conversation, it’s time to talk about how we engage with one another online.… Read More
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