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Kuang-Chi invests $5 million in SkyX, a maker of drones to monitor oil and gas pipelines

2 hours 58 min ago
 Shenzhen-based Kuang-Chi Group is investing $5 million in SkyX Systems Corp., according to the drone tech startup’s founder and CEO Didi Horn. A former fighter pilot with the Israeli Air Force, Horn started SkyX in 2015 to help public and private companies monitor energy infrastructure from on high, using increasingly powerful drones and big data analytics. Read More
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Mavin Motion says it can improve app engagement by making marketers more timely

3 hours 58 min ago
 As mobile developers and publishers wrestle with how to keep users engaged with their apps, Mavin Motion co-founder and CEO Shailesh Nalawadi said it’s time for new strategies. Read More
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Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

6 hours 21 min ago
 Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better than another than try to write it out for them.… Read More
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Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown says VCs need to ask harder scientific questions

6 hours 50 min ago
 Impossible Foods has raised more than $200 million to make a burger engineered from plants that tastes at least as good as ground beef. The company’s many backers are hoping to disrupt the massive “animal products” industry with food that is appealing, affordable and produced in an environmentally sustainable way. Read More
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Feast It lets you book ‘street food’-styled catering for your next corporate or social event

2017, May 22 - 11:40pm
 London-based Feast It, an online marketplace that lets you book ‘street food’-styled catering for your work or social event, has picked up $440,000 in seed funding. Read More
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Echodyne homes in on $29 million to give drones and self-driving cars ‘radar vision’

2017, May 22 - 10:10pm
 Autonomous vehicles all need sensors that can help them detect and avoid objects in their environment. And to operate at high speeds, these sophisticated machines need to identify objects ahead precisely, and early enough, that they can avoid crashing into them. Existing systems have included light ranging and detection systems and cameras, primarily. But the effectiveness of both LiDAR and… Read More
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CornerJob bags $19M to keep growing its blue-collar hiring platform

2017, May 22 - 8:02pm
 Barcelona-based blue-collar recruitment app CornerJob has closed a $19 million Series C. The new financing will be used for product development, says CEO David Rodriguez, as well as bolstering its position in “strategic markets” and expanding into some new ones. Read More
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Shipamax raises $2.5M for its cloud software platform for the bulk shipping industry

2017, May 22 - 6:00pm
 Shipamax, a London-based startup and recent graduate of Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, money it plans to use to continue building and marketing its cloud software platform for the bulk shipping industry. Leading the round is Cherubic Ventures, with participation from AME Cloud, and FF Angel. Read More
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Plum bets on Facebook Messenger as the place to manage your finances

2017, May 22 - 5:31pm
 Plum is one of a number of fintech startups reimagining how we manage our finances online, in the form of an AI-driven or ‘smart’ chatbot. However, unlike competitors that exist primarily as standalone apps, the London startup (for now, at least) has decided to bet big on Facebook Messenger. Read More
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MakeLoveNotPorn’s Cindy Gallop talks about the future of love

2017, May 22 - 2:05am
 On this week’s Technotopia I interviewed Cindy Gallop, the outspoken TED speaker and found of MakeLoveNotPorn. Cindy worked tirelessly to bring SexTech and FemTech out of the shadows and she’s bringing all her attention to bear on the creation of technology that will bring us closer together and make us happier – something few founders think about. Gallop believes that the… Read More
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Check out the Destiny 2 gameplay trailer

2017, May 22 - 12:36am
 As we inch closer to E3, games are top of mind. The Destiny 2 gameplay trailer was finally released earlier this week, which you can check out below. But as Forbes pointed out, there is still a hint of mystery and a dash of disappointment when it comes to the Destiny 2 PC port. For one, Destiny 2 for PC is not officially slated for the same September 8 release date as its PS4 and Xbox One… Read More
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The bizarre naming trends that modern startups follow

2017, May 21 - 3:00am
 Startups put great effort into finding the perfect name. Ideally, it should be short, memorable, descriptive, and easy to pronounce. Names that meet all the criteria are commonly taken, however, so most founders find a compromise. They settle on a creative misspelling, add a word or just string together sounds they like. In the end, the hope is that a well-named startup will have an easier… Read More
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A new era for startup investing in Latin America

2017, May 20 - 2:00am
 Startups in Latin America are using creative solutions to address not just local but also global problems. For investors outside the region, the prospect of working with these startups can appear attractive, yet complicated. Investing in early-stage startups in Latin America can present challenges; however, time and time again I’ve found it can be well worth the effort. Read More
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Away nears 100K stylish suitcases sold as it raises $20M

2017, May 20 - 2:00am
 What do people actually want in luggage? A phone charger, unbreakable exterior, and maximum packing space at a resonable price is what Away discovered. So it built a line of sleek but expansive polycarbonite suitcases equipped with battery packs, and sold them direct-to-consumer. Now after selling nearly 100,000 suitcases and generating $20 million in revenue, Away has raised a $20 million… Read More
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Kickstarter launches tools for creators, because hardware is hard

2017, May 19 - 7:02am
 Kickstarter and its crowdfunding brethren have played a pivotal role in the hardware revolution of the past decade. But even now that developers have a wide range of democratizing tools at their disposal, hardware is, as ever, hard. Today the service launched Hardware Studio, a new suite of tools aimed at helping developers navigate the choppy waters of hardware development. Read More
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The Farmer’s Dog, a customized pet food subscription service, scoops up $8.1 million

2017, May 18 - 4:56pm
 The Farmer’s Dog wants to fill the bowls of canines everywhere with fresh food made especially for them. Based in New York City, the startup plans to expand its dog food delivery service after closing a $8.1 million Series A round led by Shasta Ventures. Returning investors Forerunner Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and SV Angel also participated. Read More
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Patreon doubles in a year to 1M paying patrons and 50K creators

2017, May 18 - 4:52pm
 Patreon’s novel idea of fans just directly paying the artists they love is having its hockey stick moment. Patreon tells TechCrunch that in a year, it’s doubled the number of monthly active paying patrons to 1 million, and the number of active creators to 50,000. It’s now on track to pay out $150 million to creators in 2017, which would make its 5% cut equal $7.5 million… Read More
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And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY 2017 is… RecordGram

2017, May 18 - 6:47am
 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 $50,000 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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With MIXhalo, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger aims to deliver studio-quality sound at live events

2017, May 18 - 6:45am
 Most of you have probably been to concerts where the sound sucked, where all of the music was blown out and you couldn’t make out a single word of the lyrics. Now, you might have had a great time regardless (concerts are funny that way), but bad sound isn’t exactly a selling point. It can be particularly frustrating if you’re seeing a musician you love playing your… Read More
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Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

2017, May 18 - 1:41am
 Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain. But it’s not enough to just ask what the survival rate of companies is from round to round. Read More
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