Expanding in Africa, eBay partners with MallForAfrica.com

 American eBay sellers will soon gain access to Africa’s biggest consumer markets. This comes via a new partnership between the U.S. e-commerce giant and...

After oil, Norway looks to startups for economic growth

 Politicians responding to the oil troubles are heeding calls for a new way forward, centered around startups. And the efforts to foster a new...

Pocket Tripod is a credit-card-sized phone holder that fits in your...

 The successful Pocket Tripod is repeating its crowdfunding success from a few years ago, creating an updated, universal version of its incredibly popular credit-card...

Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet launch search for Europe’s best

In an effort to shed more light onto the European startup scene, Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet have collaborated to set up a new...

Engineering management may be the most unnatural act of all

 When it comes to software engineering, that management is best which manages least — to borrow Thoreau’s quip about government. While it’s rarely as...

Silicon Valley comes out in full force behind SF Pride

 This weekend was the annual San Francisco Pride Parade. The event drew over a million spectators and participation from many of the tech world’s most...

Spotify and Apple are staring each other down while flipping the...

 Figuratively, of course. The companies are at it again, and this time it’s not only bothersome to the businesses themselves, but to the end...

Pinterest is launching a way to search for products with your...

 Pinterest today has a new tool for finding things that you might want to buy — and they’ll be things you see in the...

Fujifilm finally updates its smartphone photo printer

 Been a long time coming, but Fujifilm’s finally ready to offer up the sequel to its Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1. Two and half...

Here’s a big list of all the “Ok, Google” commands you’ve...

 The aptly named Ok-Google.io is the big ol’ massive list of “Ok, Google” commands that Google is too proud to build right into Android....

Facebook simplifies confusing chatbots with buttons, not text commands

 “What do I type?” is the big question making chatbots hard to use. So today Facebook Messenger is giving chatbot developers new “Quick Reply”...

Trak is like a Fitbit for sperm

 If you feel the world is in danger of under-population but your fallopian swim team is letting the side down, Sandstone Diagnostics has your...

It’s Not Easy Beating Green: 7 things I learned in my...

My first month at Bazaarvoice is in the books. And given the timing of my start, I had the opportunity to meet the entire...

OK, Europe: It’s your move

 I held the first Warsaw TechCrunch Meetup in 2007 at a pub called Lolek. We were visiting my wife’s parents and I figured I...

Twitter adds stickers to photo uploads, rolls out in coming weeks

 People seem to like editing photos through social media, which comes as no surprise with today’s announcement from Twitter: stickers. Made to be plastered over...

Trulia can now help you find a place to rent near...

 Trulia, the online real estate search engine now owned by Zillow, launched an interesting new feature today that allows you to quickly find rental homes...

Accessibility was all around this year’s WWDC

 Accessibility, conceptually, is much more than just the discrete “accessibility options for people with disabilities”. At its heart, accessibility is about just that: access....

Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist

 PostGhost was a nascent website that archived the tweets of the famous, rich, and important. The site got popular for finding and storing the...

NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of...

 NBC has already hinted at plans to capitalize on the exponential interest surrounding VR by adding the format to its planned wall-to-wall Olympic coverage,...

ProducePay raises $2.5M to bring cashflow to farmers

 ProducePay has raised $2.5 million to solve what CEO Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck said is a major issue for farmers — getting paid in a...

The Twitris sentiment analysis tool by Cognovi Labs predicted the Brexit...

 Cognovi Labs is a new analytics startup that relies on Twitris to take a sample of social media chatter to deduce real-time, large-scale, automated...

The role of telepresence robotics in workforce inclusion

 Let’s pause on the robots-are-taking-over-our-jobs panic for a minute and take a look at how some robots — telepresence robots, specifically — could be...

Your federal government drives innovation by investing in moonshots

 Imagine a future where “moonshots” are part of our everyday reality. Imagine that funding for these innovations comes not from Silicon Valley venture capital,...

IBM and Cisco team up on enterprise collaboration to stave off...

 Earlier this month, IBM and Cisco announced they would work together to integrate IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology into edge routers from Cisco, and today the two...

Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain

 Imagine a washer that autonomously contacts suppliers and places orders when it’s low on detergent, performs self-service and maintenance, and schedules its cycles to...

Blue Origin breaks ground on new facility to develop orbital rockets

 In an email to Blue Origin fans this morning, founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company broke ground on their orbital vehicle manufacturing site...

Mozilla’s Codemoji enciphers your messages with emoji for fun and profit

 ☔ Read that — I dare you. Oh, you can’t? Maybe that’s because I’ve rendered it unreadable with Mozilla’s unbreakable emoji-based cipher, Codemoji! Read...

Network Locum bags $7M to grow its doctor staffing platform

 London-based healthcare startup Network Locum, which has built a staffing platform and workplace management software targeting the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), has closed...

Vivatech concentrates France’s booming tech scene, and its minds

 Over the last 5 years something big happened in France. Perhaps it was the economic crisis which added some much-needed shock-therapy. Perhaps it was...

Ancera raises $8.9 million for tech to prevent food poisoning, and...

 A startup based in Branford, Connecticut, Ancera Inc. has raised $8.9 million in Series A funding for technology that helps food producers detect contaminants...

CARTO makes geographical data visualization and analysis accessible to non-specialists

 CartoDB, a data visualization company founded in Madrid in 2012, changed its name to CARTO to celebrate its new analysis tool CARTO Builder and...

A new sales technology stack is coming

 The sales tech stack is being built as we speak, and it’s happening in lockstep with the move from the one-to-many work of demand...

Four things to know about the FAA’s rules about commercial drone...

 The rules for commercial drone usage released last week by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) left some unanswered questions on the table. We...

Shasta Ventures is raising a $300 million fifth fund

 Shasta Ventures is raising up to $300 million for a fifth fund, shows a new SEC filing that lists managing director Jason Pressman and Rob Coneybeer,...

Virtual and augmented reality need a PG-13 moment

 We’ve passed a significant milestone in consumer adoption of virtual reality and augmented reality — although it’s clear that we’re a few models away...

The hungry consumer and the software pivot

 The internet has become a lonely space, and consumers are hungry for something new. We don’t talk much anymore about new processors, video cards...

Zenefits halves its previous valuation to $2B to head off investor...

 Zenefits is executing a change in its current ownership structure that will increase the overall ownership of the company for late-stage investors, in a move that...

Cruise’s Kyle Vogt will speak about self-driving cars at Disrupt SF

 A few months ago, many people learned about San Francisco-based startup Cruise Automation for the first time. After raising around $19 million and quietly...

Happy Atoms launches to teach kids about the wonders of molecules

 While I absolutely despise most STEM toys I’m going to give Happy Atoms a pass simply because it is aimed at educators and not...

500 Startups tries its hand at a startup studio, 500 Labs

 500 Startups, known for its work as a startup accelerator, now hopes to incubate its own ideas in-house and spin them off into new...

You can’t kill email

 New technology is emerging at ever-increasing speeds, transforming how we communicate, collaborate and manage our day-to-day responsibilities. As soon as we get a strong...
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