Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a faster internet
 Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator’s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today. The companies ranged from a Stanford AI labs spinout, Eloquent Labs, to the hardware-makers like Amber Agriculture and PubInno, to lots of software-as-a-service and cybersecurity developers, more like you’d expect from an… Read More ...
Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a faster internet
 Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator’s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today. The companies ranged from a Stanford AI labs spinout, Eloquent Labs, to the hardware-makers like Amber Agriculture and PubInno, to lots of software-as-a-service and cybersecurity developers, more like you’d expect from an… Read More ...
Learn how to pitch your startup with Pitchbot.vc
 How much traction? What’s the market size? Who else invested? Are you the target user? These are the questions every investor will ask you, so you better build a business with the right answers and get ready to recite them. That’s what Pitchbot.vc helps you practice. Pitchbot simulates a pitch meeting with an angel, incubator, seed fund, or VC firm. You respond to… Read More ...
Laugh.ly grabs $2.25 million for its stand-up comedy streaming service
 A streaming service for stand-up comedy called Laugh.ly, which publicly launched this past August, has now closed on $2.25 million in seed funding led by New York Angels, the company announced today. Available for both iOS and Android devices, Laugh.ly is the first to offer an extensive library of comedians’ stand-up sets, with content from top names in the biz, including Kevin Hart,… Read More ...
Flipkart backs parenting network TinyStep with $2 million investment
 Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart is in the midst of transition after it welcomed a new CEO this month, but that hasn’t stopped it from investing $2 million in parenting startup TinyStep. Read More ...
Sequoia invests $100 million in Zoom video conferencing service
 Zoom, the cloud video conferencing service, announced a $100 million Series D round, entirely funded by Sequoia. The company also announced a significant update to the product that includes the ability for customers and third parties to build applications on top of the Zoom platform. The company, which was cash-flow positive last quarter, had previously raised $45.5 million. It actually… Read More ...
India’s Practo raises $55M to expand its healthcare platform to more emerging markets
 India-based Practo, a startup that helps consumers locate doctors and healthcare information, has closed a $55 million Series D funding round that will fuel expansion into more emerging markets worldwide. Read More ...
Fraugster, a startup that uses AI to detect payment fraud, raises $5M
 Fraugster, a German and Israeli startup that has developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to help eliminate payment fraud, has raised $5 million in funding. Earlybird led the round, alongside existing investors Speedinvest, Seedcamp and an unnamed large Swiss family office. The new capital will be used to add to Fraugster’s headcount as it expands internationally. Read More ...
Fraugster, a startup that uses AI to detect payment fraud, raises $5M
 Fraugster, a German and Israeli startup that has developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to help eliminate payment fraud, has raised $5 million in funding. Earlybird led the round, alongside existing investors Speedinvest, Seedcamp and an unnamed large Swiss family office. The new capital will be used to add to Fraugster’s headcount as it expands internationally. Read More ...
My 1st Years, a startup that sells personalised gifts for babies and children, raises further £5M
 My 1st Years, a U.K.-based e-commerce startup that offers personalised gifts for babies and children, has picked up £5 million in growth funding. Read More ...
RadPad gets acquired by LandLord Station after nearly shutting down
 Layoffs and an office auction sparked rumors that home rental startup Radpad was on its deathbed last year. After raising over $12 million in funding, hefty legal fees from a “data scraping” lawsuit with Craigslist had put the LA-based startup nearly out of business. But TechCrunch has learned that RadPad has found itself a new home. Dallas-based LandLord Station has purchased them… Read More ...
Daimler leads $17.2M round in rolling delivery drone startup Starship Technologies
 Daimler has led a new $17.2 million funding round in Starship Technologies, a startup created by Skype founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, the WSJ reports. The round will help UK-based Starship expand its efforts to bring rolling drone deliveries to city sidewalks around the world. Starship’s six-wheeled autonomous delivery bought are essential coolers on wheels, keeping contents hot… Read More ...
East Ventures raises $27.5M seed fund for Southeast Asia, its fifth to date
 One of Southeast Asia’s longest-serving seed-stage investors has reloaded its coffers for more deals after East Ventures closed its fifth fund, worth $27.5 million. Read More ...
Roambee adds $3.1M and a partner to help businesses monitor assets in real-time
 Internet of things news in the wake of CES is a bold move, but Roambee isn’t letting the over-saturation of connected everything (hairbrushes!) get in the way of its mission to take the pain out of asset monitoring for businesses. The startup just closed a $3.1 million strategic investment from  Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments and secured a partnership with the group’s… Read More ...
Kuli Kuli raises $4.25 million to make moringa a mainstay in the US diet
 Oakland-based food startup Kuli Kuli has raised $4.25 million in a Series A round of funding to bring moringa, a high-protein plant, to more kitchens in the US according to CEO and co-founder Lisa Curtis. During her time working in Niger for the Peace Corps, Curtis got a taste for the moringa plant, which grows pervasively in tropical climates, and is higher in iron, calcium and protein than… Read More ...
New comer Transmit Security wants to simplify biometric authentication
 Transmit Security, a new security startup that wants to make it easier for developers to implement biometric authentication, came out of stealth today with $40 million in self-funding. With all of the high-profile hacks over the last several years from the DNC to Sony to Target; it’s clear that that we need better ways to prevent unauthorized access to our computer networks. One of… Read More ...
London’s latest events discovery app Revl exits stealth after raising £2.4 million Seed
 After news broke that YPlan had been acquired by Time Out Group for significantly less than the approximately £31 million that the London startup had raised, you’d be forgiven for thinking there would be little appetite for a new events discovery and booking platform. However, that isn’t stopping Revl, a new events marketplace app for iOS, leaving stealth mode today and… Read More ...
PropTiger buys up troubled rival Housing.com in consolidation of India’s top real estate startups
 The saga of Housing.com, once a red-hot tech startup in India, has reached a conclusion of sorts after the company was sold to rival PropTiger in a deal announced this week. Read More ...
Michelin backs motorhome and campervan rental marketplace Campanda
 Berlin startup Campanda, which offers an online booking site for Recreational Vehicles (that’s motorhomes, caravans and campervans, to you and me), has raised €10 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Michelin Travel Partner, the subsidiary of tyre manufacturer Michelin. Previous backers also participated, including Accel, idinvest, Le Peigné, Ringier Digital Ventures,… Read More ...
Sources: Amazon quietly acquired AI security startup harvest.ai for around $20M
 Amazon’s AWS cloud services division quietly acquired cyber security firm harvest.ai last year, TechCrunch has learned. Read More ...