Puerto Rico turns to tech and entrepreneurialism to revitalize the economy
 Puerto Rico is steeped in more than $70 billion of debt that has been accruing for the better part of a decade. As part of its new economic development plan, Puerto Rican officials are looking to technology and entrepreneurship to revitalize the economy, attract its bright minds back to the island and solve the sustainability problems bedeviling the commonwealth. 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 ...
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is now Snapchat’s chairman
 Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, will be stepping down from the company in order to serve as chairman on Snap (the makers of Snapchat), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lynton’s name may sound familiar with respect to Snap. During his time at Sony Entertainment, he oversaw the company suffer a massive breach — which also included a trove of leaked emails… Read More ...
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is now Snapchat’s chairman
 Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, will be stepping down from the company in order to serve as chairman on Snap (the makers of Snapchat), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lynton’s name may sound familiar with respect to Snap. During his time at Sony Entertainment, he oversaw the company suffer a massive breach — which also included a trove of leaked emails… Read More ...
App.net, the ambitious project to build a better Twitter, is finally dead
 Aiming for the stars and not quite making it, the ambitious App.net has finally officially shut down. Its timely rise and fall comes as highly symbolic as its once rival, Twitter, continues to struggle, years later, with monetization, content management and harassment. Today’s announcement of its closure isn’t hugely surprisingly since App.net had been in… Read More ...
Article recommendation startup ZergNet adds sponsored links, but promises to remain “content only”
 ZergNet pitches itself as a higher quality alternative to content recommendation widgets like Taboola and Outbrain. Now co-founder and CEO Reggie Renner is planning to become a bigger source of revenue for ZergNet publishers with the launch of what itthe company calling its Content-Only Monetization Platform. Before this launch, ZergNet’s main selling point to publishers was helping… 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 ...
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 ...
Unable to fund production of its camera drone, Lily will shut down and refund customers
 Lily, the autonomous camera drone that sold a whopping $34 million in preorders, has announced they are shutting down. In an email sent to customers about an hour ago, the startup says that they were unable to raise an additional round of funding which would have allowed them to start production of the drone. So they announced that they will be winding down the company, and offering an… Read More ...
Hello Egg puts a friendly voice-powered cooking assistant in your kitchen
Alexa is going to at least own the living room, and there’s a good bet that it’s going to own the whole home. But that’s not stopping RnD64, a small company building a small little black voice-powered black egg, from trying to get in the kitchen first. Hello Egg works as a cooking assistant, with a few extra flourishes — like a friendly little eye to keep you company on… Read More ...
Hello Egg puts a friendly voice-powered cooking assistant in your kitchen
Alexa is going to at least own the living room, and there’s a good bet that it’s going to own the whole home. But that’s not stopping RnD64, a small company building a small little black voice-powered black egg, from trying to get in the kitchen first. Hello Egg works as a cooking assistant, with a few extra flourishes — like a friendly little eye to keep you company on… Read More ...
Hello Egg puts a friendly voice-powered cooking assistant in your kitchen
Alexa is going to at least own the living room, and there’s a good bet that it’s going to own the whole home. But that’s not stopping RnD64, a small company building a small little black voice-powered black egg, from trying to get in the kitchen first. Hello Egg works as a cooking assistant, with a few extra flourishes — like a friendly little eye to keep you company on… Read More ...
gigrove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms
 Bootstrapping London-based startup gigrove is looking to carve out a niche in the collaborative consumption space as a matching platform for digital workers with itchy feet, and startups with a spare room and pressing skills need. Which is all very zeitgeisty in these digital nomad/citizen of nowhere times. 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 ...
UK spy agency-backed cyber security incubator picks first seven startups
 A GCHQ-backed startup incubator has opened its doors in the UK, announcing its first cohort of seven startups participating in the three month accelerator program (see below for the list of teams). 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 ...
Events app maker DoubleDutch downsizes again, lays off 40 percent of staff
 DoubleDutch, a startup providing mobile apps and analytics for events and conferences is downsizing again. The company has just announced another round of layoffs, affecting roughly 40 percent its workforce, TechCrunch learned and DoubleDutch confirmed. Around 70 positions were eliminated, including those in senior leadership roles. DoubleDutch’s CFO, CCO, VP of Customer Success and… 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 ...
WTF is a funding round?
 You see it on TechCrunch all the time: company X raised $X million at $X valuation. But if you don’t work in venture capital or finance, you might not know what all this means.  So, we’ll break it down for you. Why are startups getting the money? Investors are giving the startup money in exchange for an ownership stake.  They are hoping that the share price will go up… Read More ...
And the winner of Hardware Battlefield 2017 is… Siren Care
 These companies had a very special CES experience as they all pitched in front of multiple groups of judges on stage at the Sands Expo. The startups were competing for $50,000 and being named the winner of the Hardware Battlefield. After many deliberations, our judges narrowed the list down to four finalists: wearable device for pregnant mothers Bloomlife, smart sensors for construction… Read More ...