Airbnb’s plan to compromise with cities as regulatory challenges pile up

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  The Airbnb logo is displayed on a computer screen on August 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) Airbnb looks to be making a key strategy change with regards to its global lobbying efforts. After a failed lawsuit that made the company little progress in the State of New York, Airbnb is rallying behind an age old political tool — the compromise. Any good negotiation comes with table strategy. In Airbnb’s case, this takes the form of a prescriptive list of policy… Read More

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Pebble’s story, from Kickstarter sensation to Fitbit acquisition

peb_feat Pebble has had a long, one might say rocky road. As one of the earliest and biggest crowdfunding successes, it showed the potential and perils of hardware startups that were increasingly having to scale from back-of-napkin idea to a global operation almost overnight. Read More

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Udgivet i Crowdfunding, fitbit, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Pebble, smartwatches, Startups, TC, Wearables

What the drone industry wants from the FAA and Trump

battle-drones The commercial drone industry in the U.S. hasn’t heard much from the President-elect about his plans for rulemaking that will impact their business and global competitiveness. Last month, Associated Press broke the story that Trump is interested in privatizing air traffic control, wresting that responsibility from the Federal Aviation Administration and handing it to a nonprofit… Read More

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Harvesting next-gen technologies for the farm

Photo: Getty Images/Francois De Heel/Photolibrary It’s entirely possible — even probable — that the evolutionary, cutting-edge developments in the 21st century world of agriculture over the past few years have slipped under your radar. Fair enough, you’re busy. We get that. But that doesn’t mean that a massive and relatively stealthy disruption isn’t happening as we speak. Read More

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CNote looks to upend traditional savings with the help of good timing

Illustration of paper notes and coins on yellow background Believe it or not, the money you have in your savings account right now is probably losing you money. In today’s economy, inflation outpaces the interest rates that banks pay to encourage saving money — this makes penny pinching less prudent than many might think. Catherine Berman, a former Managing Director at Charles Schwab and founder of a new YCombinator Fellowship backed… Read More

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Ruvento raises new seed fund to invest in hardware across Singapore, China and the U.S.

Behind The Scenes At CERN The European Organisation For Nuclear Research Today, Ruvento is announcing a new $25 million seed fund for hardware startups in need of capital from Singapore, China and the U.S. The fund, managed by Slava Solonitsyn and Alex Toh, will write 70 percent of its checks between $100k and $500k. The rest of the capital will be reserved for follow-on investments of up to $2 million. Ruvento is not the first investor to take a… Read More

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And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London 2016 is… Seenit

img_4275 Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win £40,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down… Read More

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Facebook Workplace announces enterprise collaboration app platform

facebook-workplace Facebook will compete directly with Slack through a full-fledged new collaboration app platform built atop its pay-per-user enterprise communication product Workplace. Exclusively announced on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London, the Facebook Workplace platform will support integration with apps for CRM, file sharing, email, calendars and more. By allowing clients’ IT teams to… Read More

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Citymapper will start monetizing in 2017

azmat-yusuf-citymapper Citymapper founder and CEO Azmat Yusuf took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London to talk about the future of cities and Citymapper. Now that the startup works in dozens of cities, it plans to start monetizing in 2017. While Citymapper is a mobile star in Europe and most people living in big cities are using it every day to use public transportation, it has been a long ride. Originally,… Read More

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Partech Ventures closes its $107 million seed fund

Partech Shaker French VC firm Partech Ventures announced that they closed their seed fund of $107 million (€100 million) for early stage startups. Partech Entrepreneur II is focusing on seed rounds, and the firm plans to invest in 80 different startups. The firm already announced the creation of the seed fund 18 months ago. At the time, Partech had $65 million (€60 million) under management. So it looks… Read More

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