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Blickfeld scores $4.25M seed round to let autonomous vehicles ‘see’

Startup News - 4 hours 30 min ago
 Blickfeld, a Munich-based startup developing a low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system to let autonomous vehicles “see,” has raised $4.25 million in seed funding. Read More
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iAdvize raises $37.6 million for its customer engagement platform

Startup News - 6 hours 29 min ago
 French startup iAdvize raised another $37.6 million (€32 million) from Idinvest, Bpifrance and Quadrille Capital. The company wants to convert casual website visitors into clients. Thanks to iAdvize, companies can track what you’re doing and engage with you to convince you that you should open a bank account, buy a coat or upgrade your subscription. With today’s funding round,… Read More
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Automated video creation startup Wibbitz raises $20M

Startup News - 7 hours 30 min ago
 Wibbitz, which uses artificial intelligence to create short videos based on text news stories, has raised $20 million in Series C funding. The money comes from some of big names in the media world, with Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann) leading the round and participation from The Weather Channel, The Associated Press and TF1.… Read More
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Shift Technology raises another $28 million to prevent fraudulent insurance claims

Startup News - 13 hours 29 min ago
 Shift Technology is raising a Series B round of $28 million from Accel and General Catalyst. Accel had already led the company’s previous round. Existing investors Elaia Partners and Iris Capital are also participating in today’s round. And it seems like the startup has grown quite a lot since my last article. Shift Technology has now processed more than 100 million claims and… Read More
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N26 announces plans to launch in the US by mid-2018

Startup News - 14 hours 29 min ago
 European fintech startup N26 has plans to expand beyond Europe. The company’s co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf is announcing today at the Money20/20 conference that N26 is going to launch in the U.S. around mid-2018 and has hired a handful of people who are already working in New York. Read More
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Heartland startups finally strike back

Startup News - 18 hours 46 min ago
 A year ago the Midwest seemed on the cusp of a renaissance. Small towns and cities from Pittsburgh to Omaha had perfected the YC model of accelerator creation and low-cost/high-impact funding. The ecosystems have cropped up everywhere there is a coffee shop or an artisanal sandwich truck and the idea of “doing a startup” vs. going to work for some corporate behemoth is a well-worn… Read More
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Hearsay acquires Mast Mobile’s tech for adding work numbers and CRM integration on your smartphone

Startup News - 19 hours 30 min ago
 Hearsay Systems is announcing that it has acquired technology and intellectual property from Mast Mobile. The Mast service allowed businesses to manage work and personal numbers on a single mobile phone, and to connect those phones to their customer database. It was backed by Samsung, FirstMark Capital and others. Hearsay, meanwhile, offers marketing and communication tools for the… Read More
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Affirm launches app to break purchases into monthly payments

Startup News - 20 hours 30 min ago
 Affirm is rolling out an app to make it easier to pay for large purchases in monthly payments. The concept has been in beta testing and it is now being made available widely. The company was started by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin.  He believes that his business promotes better fiscal responsibility than traditional credit cards. He says Affirm’s business is different from the… Read More
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Watch the Amazon HQ2 video pitches from Detroit, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philly, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and DFW

Startup News - 2017, October 23 - 11:59pm
 Cities, regions and states are throwing everything at Amazon in the hopes the giant company will pick them to house its second headquarters. Amazon says 238 cities submitted proposals and many cities included sizzle videos in their pitch. Here are the videos from Detroit, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Dallas and Fort Worth. Each are different. Some show building… Read More
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Singapore-based Zuzu gets $2M seed to help small hotels compete with big chains

Startup News - 2017, October 23 - 11:57pm
 Independently-owned hotels sometimes fall through the cracks of the hospitality industry because they struggle to compete with major chains, but don’t belong on Airbnb or HomeAway. Zuzu Hospitality Solutions bridges the gap in Asia by providing essential revenue management and marketing services to small hotels while allowing them preserve their own brands. The Singapore-based startup… Read More
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TransferWise changes fees for GBP transfers, introduces complicated flat transaction fees

Startup News - 2017, October 23 - 11:25pm
 Fintech startup TransferWise has built a solid reputation when it comes to transparency. The startup just announced new fees for transfers initiated from the U.K. And it’s quite hard to understand if transfers are going to be cheaper or not after the change. The company claims that in most cases transfers should be cheaper. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. TransferWise… Read More
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WeWork acquires Flatiron School

Startup News - 2017, October 23 - 10:54pm
 WeWork, the behemoth co-working company valued at $20 billion, has today announced the acquisition of Flatiron School. Flatiron School is a coding education platform that offers both online and offline classes to folks who want a career in the world of tech. The coding academy was launched in 2012 and has raised more than $14 million since inception, according to Crunchbase. The terms of the… Read More
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Nested raises another £36M to help you buy a new house before you sell your old one

Startup News - 2017, October 23 - 10:50pm
 Nested, the U.K. estate agent that provides a cash advance to help you buy a new house before you’ve sold your old one, has raised £36 million in further funding. The round was led by Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital, and brings the less than two year old startup’s total funding to just shy of £50 million. Read More
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Countingup, a startup from founder of Clear Books, raises ​$750K to merge banking and accounting

Startup News - 2017, October 23 - 4:00pm
 Countingup, a new fintech startup from Tim Fouracre, who previously founded cloud accounting software Clear Books, wants to simplify the life of sole traders by reinventing the business bank account. Specifically, Fouracre’s vision is that for one-person enterprises, business banking and accounting software should be merged so that book keeping and filing accounts can be automated. Read More
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Winnow raises further $7.4M for its smart kitchen tech that reduces commercial food waste

Startup News - 2017, October 23 - 8:01am
 Winnow, the U.K. startup that has developed smart kitchen tech to help commercial kitchens reduce food waste, continues to be on a roll. It counts the likes of IKEA, Compass Group, and AccorHotels as customers, and estimates its 600-plus clients are saving 4,300 tonnes of food waste annually through the use of the Winnow system. Read More
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New venture capitalists find strength in numbers

Startup News - 2017, October 23 - 2:32am
 Ian Rountree, the twenty something captain at the helm of Cantos Ventures, an SF-based micro-fund, is characteristic of a new breed of venture capitalists in tech — a group of  small funds looking to go toe-to-toe with some of the valley’s most entrenched seed funds like First Round Capital and SV Angel. Rountree is experimenting with a strategy so antithetical to the venture… Read More
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GitHub’s scandalized ex-CEO returns with Chatterbug

Startup News - 2017, October 22 - 1:47am
 Translation earbuds might eliminate some utilitarian reasons to know a language, but if you want to understand jokes, read poetry, or fall in love in a foreign tongue, you’ll have to actually learn it. Unfortunately, products like Rosetta Stone leave people feeling burned after claiming the process should be easy while never helping you practice talking with a real native speaker. You… Read More
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Sneaker and streetwear reseller Stadium Goods just launched their first app

Startup News - 2017, October 21 - 2:39am
 Stadium Goods, the online (and brick and mortar) marketplace for highly sought after sneakers and streetwear, is launching its first app. Live today to coincide with the startup’s two year anniversary, the first iteration of the app is basically just a mobile marketplace. But Stadium Goods plans to eventually build out this functionality and take advantage of location services and… Read More
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Studio makes running more exciting with coaching, music and competition

Startup News - 2017, October 20 - 8:28am
 Jason Baptiste wants you to run — Studio is all about “turning fitness into entertainment,” while also making sure you get a good workout. Read More
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What washing dishes, driving a truck and working in a cemetery taught me about the power of ‘blue-collar’ software

Startup News - 2017, October 20 - 7:00am
 I work in VC. But it wasn’t long ago that I stocked shelves, drove a truck, washed dishes, waited tables and even hauled dirt at a cemetery. This isn’t the usual route to a job in tech and VC, but it opened my eyes to a corner of the tech world I think has the chance to create the next Salesforce, Oracle or LinkedIn: software targeting those who do their jobs outside corporate offices. Read More
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