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With a $16M Series A, Chorus.ai listens to your sales calls to help your team close deals

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
Just about everyone can benefit from an extra ear listening in at the right time. And while an ear dedicated to helping me remember the items my housemate asked me ...

Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories

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2 mentions5 days ago
Dating app Tinder is looking to get into video. The company announced today it’s acquiring an L.A.-based startup called Wheel, which had developed a social network for sharing “video stories” ...

LG"€™s Watch Style and Sport are the first two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
After months of waiting, Android Wear 2.0 is finally upon us. And it’s arrived with two ambassadorsin tow – both designed by LG. The Watch Style and Sport are two ...

What happens when you dump the App Store?

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2 mentions1 week ago
In what amounts to one of the purest and most interesting experiments in assessing value of Mac OS’s App Store the founder of Rogue Amoeba posted a description of what ...

BuildDirect opens its freight-shipping platform

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Over the last few years, BuildDirect developed a name for itself as an online store for home improvement products (think flooring and roofing materials, bathtubs, etc.). One issue with selling ...

Disney cuts ties with PewDiePie, YouTube’s top star, over anti-Semitic clips

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Disney has cut ties with YouTube’s most popular star after he posted a series of videos featuring anti-Semitic clips and messages. PewDiePie has 53 million subscribers on YouTube, is part ...

Theranos might be on life support

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2 mentions4 days ago
It probably comes as no surprise Theranos, the blood testing technology company once worth billions, is struggling to survive. A new report from the Wall Street Journal says the company ...

Trump supporters boycott Meetup after company creates #Resist groups, makes its politics known

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Meetup, the site that helps people organize get-togethers like hiking trips and cooking classes, is taking a very solid political stance in the face of the new administration’s policies here ...

Data shows a downward demographic spiral for Republicans

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3 mentions1 week ago
Since taking the presidency by surprise back in November, the Republican Party has been salivating on the unexpected opportunity laying before them — control of the White House and both ...

Twitter’s head of diversity is leaving and its chief HR officer has already left

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Twitter’s VP of diversity and inclusion Jeffrey Siminoff is leaving the company at the end of the month and its chief human resources office Renee Atwood has already left, TechCrunch ...

PayPal buys TIO Networks for $233 million

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2 mentions7 days ago
PayPal has agreed to buy bill payment management company TIO Networks for $233 million. The deal will allow PayPal to gain access to a market of customers who pay their ...

Here’s the 20th batch of 500 Startups companies

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500 Startups’ last class will be presenting next week, which means the firm is already underway getting another new class up and running. The majority of the startups in the ...

GOAT raises $25m more to expand its mobile sneaker marketplace

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
The secondary market for collectible shoes continues to grow, leading investors to pump more funds into companies serving sneakerheads. Taking advantage of both trends, Los Angeles-based GOAT has raised another ...

Co-founder conflict

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4 mentions2 days ago
Here’s how it felt in the weeks before I resigned from my last startup: I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. Resting pulse at 120. I had reached a point where ...

Icebreaker.vc wants to help Finland’s “pre-founders” make the switch to startup life

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Icebreaker, a new €14 million VC fund based in Helsinki, is de-cloaking today with a remit to back early-stage startups and what it calls “pre-founders”. The latter are described as ...

Mulberrys is an on-demand laundry startup hoping to clean up where others have washed out

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2 mentions6 days ago
On-demand laundry has proven a tough business for some. Washio folded up its business last year, selling its assets into competitor Rinse. At the time Washio’s founder Ajay Prakash told ...

Hootsuite acquires AdEspresso as it moves into paid content, social ads

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Hootsuite, the startup and platform that lets marketers manage company’s interactions across a range of social media networks, is getting into the business of paid content. Today, it is announcing ...

VCs swipe left on dating apps

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2 mentions7 days ago
The romance between venture capitalists and dating startups appears to have hit a rocky patch. VC investment in the space declined over the past year, with smaller average rounds and ...

What software engineers are making around the world right now

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A new study published by the data science team at Hired, a jobs marketplace for tech workers, shows why it’s becoming harder for software engineers to afford life in San ...

Amazon launches Chime, a video conferencing and communications service for business

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Amazon has taken the wraps off of its own Skype competitor. Chime is a new video conferencing and communications from AWS that’s focused on business users. Beyond VoIP calling and ...

Radar launches out of Expa Labs to power location services for app developers

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3 mentions6 days ago
Developers have Stripe for payments, Mixpanel for analytics, and Twilio for communications, but what about location. That’s where Radar comes in. Radar was founded by Nick Patrick, former Foursquare and ...

The Warby Parker of hair color, Madison Reed, scores new funding and a CMO

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Hair color startup Madison Reed is on a tear. Over the past year, the San Francisco-based company quietly raised $13 million in new venture funding, landed its products on the ...

Car startup Beepi sold for parts after potential exits to Fair, and then DGDG, broke down

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4 mentions3 days ago
Yet more developments for Beepi, the used car marketplace that had raised $150 million but then went bust: the company has completely shut down and has been sold off in ...

Amazon hints at Prime sales in latest filing

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Amazon Prime has driven growth for the e-commerce company for years now. But Amazon has traditionally been cagey about disclosing too many details regarding the popular service. In a 10-K ...

IBM wants to bring machine learning to the mainframe

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2 mentions6 days ago
IBM wants to bring machine learning to its traditional mainframe customers, and eventually to any technology with large data stores hidden behind a company firewall in what IBM calls a ...

Dubai plans to introduce flying drone taxis as early as this summer

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A growing number of companies are looking at the viability of airborne, autonomous taxis as a way to ease urban congestion and transportation woes, but the city of Dubai could ...

Greycroft announces $250 million growth fund

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Greycroft Partners, the venture firm co-founded by industry veteran Alan Patricof, is announcing their second growth equity fund. They will have about $250 million in capital to deploy, an increase ...

Pitch@Palace 7.0

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Pitch@Palace 7.0 will take place on Tuesday 25th April, 2017. Applications for Pitch@Palace 7.0 are now open. Click below to submit your application. The Theme for Pitch@Palace 7.0 is Human ...

John Podesta talks email hack, fake news and Russia

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Until October, John Podesta was most known as a diehard Democratic campaigner who worked in the White House under Bill Clinton and served as the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ...

Rothenberg Ventures is going back to its same old Rothenberg Ventures

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Mike Rothenberg, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who took a reputational nose dive last year after several allegations came out against the way he was running his firm, is feeling ...

Former Uber engineer says company ignored repeated reports of harassment

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Susan Fowler, a former site reliability engineer for Uber and current engineer at Stripe, accused the company of rampant sexual harassment and human resources negligence in a blog post published ...

Jaguar launches in-car payments at Shell gas stations

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2 mentions7 days ago
In a first for in-car convenience features, Jaguar is teaming up with Shell to launch a new payment feature that lets you use Apple Pay or PayPal (with Android Pay ...

Zendesk plans to join tech industry amicus brief opposing Trump’s immigration order

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Nearly 100 companies filed an amicus brief stating their opposition to President Trump’s immigration ban on Feb. 5. Zendesk intends to join those companies in a court filing this afternoon,

Shopify CEO attempts to defend continued hosting of Breitbart’s online store

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Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke penned an open letter in response to the ongoing barrage of communication being received by himself and other Shopify employees about their continued decision to host ...

Google Maps lets you save and share favorite places with launch of Lists

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Google Maps is today rolling out a new feature to all users on iOS and Android devices that will allow you to make lists of places that you can star,