The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded

Young man with dreadlocks working as barista Many of us have tried new services, like online food ordering, subscription meals and signing with your finger on a tablet-based point-of-sale system; but the reality is that we are still in the early phases of restaurant industry disruption. I believe that’s about to change. Read More

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Announcing the startups pitching in the TC Pitch-off in Seoul!

TC Meetup pitch off USE TechCrunch is coming to Seoul next week for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off, and today we’re proud to announce the startups participating in the pitch-off. These companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. First place wins a table in the Startup Alley at TC Disrupt London. Second place gets two tickets to… Read More

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Klout’s Joe Fernandez is back with Joymode, an equipment rental startup with a focus on experiences

Joymode Joymode is a startup for people who want to do fun things like host a backyard movie night or go on a camping trip — but don’t necessarily want to buy all the requisite equipment, especially if they’re only going to use it once. The company was founded by Joe Fernandez, Waynn Lue and Keith Walker. Fernandez previously founded social influence startup Klout and sold it to… Read More

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Time Out acquires events discovery and booking platform YPlan for as little as £1.6M

YPlan YPlan, the events discover and booking platform, has been acquired by publicly-listed media company Time Out Group for an initial price of £1.6 million — significantly less than the approximately £31 million that the London startup had raised. The acquisition is an all-stock deal too. Read More

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Talking diversity, going global at the TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul

You might have already read about our forthcoming TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul next week. But what you might not know is that we’re integrating more content into the program so you can hear from some of the most intelligent minds in the industry. As per usual, we’ll be holding the TC Pitch-off, where 10 companies will have exactly 60 seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of… Read More

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Opternative sues South Carolina for the right to give online eye exams there

Opternative Test Photo Telehealth startup Opternative filed a suit against South Carolina today over a law that bars consumers there from getting a prescription for new glasses or contacts with an online eye exam. Technically, the lawsuit is a constitutional challenge to the state’s statute. As TechCrunch previously reported, Opternative’s app generally allows users to take an eye exam from the comfort… Read More

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Slack’s rapid growth slows as it hits 1.25M paying work chatters

slack-dau-paid-oct16 Slack is still growing fast, about 33% in daily users and paid seats in the last 5 months. But not as fast as before, when it saw 50% DAU growth and 63% paid seat growth in the 5.5 months from December 15th to May 25th. This aligns with rumors TechCrunch has heard about a slight dip in customer retention at Slack, as the casual, GIF-filled workplace chat app can get noisy and distracting… Read More

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Online VC FundersClub launches Network Search to better connect its 18,000 members

Abstract 3D network in future Network effects in venture capital are no joke. Sure, people want to close rounds with brand name funds like Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz because they validate startups. But perhaps more importantly, companies become more likely to succeed after closing high profile rounds because of their newfound access to the friends and connections of prominent investors. Alex Mittal, CEO of… Read More

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Cardiogram raises $2 million to predict heart health issues using wearables

Cardiogram's heart health screening app. Health tech startup Cardiogram has raised $2 million in a seed round led by the a16z Bio Fund for an app that screens users’ cardio health and gives them help improving or maintaining it. The company started out with an Apple Watch integrated app, initially. But it is ultimately planning to be a “device agnostic” business, and to make its app utilizable with all manner… Read More

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Securly raises $4 million to put guard rails on the internet for K-12 students

schoolbus Thanks to the Childrens’ Internet Protection Act, schools in the U.S. that provide internet access to their students must also generally use web filtering systems that block them from accessing obscene or harmful content online. The law, enacted originally in 2000 and updated in 2011, left school districts’ IT departments scrambling to adapt enterprise solutions that were built… Read More

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