Startups

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: Entrepreneurship is not just about starting businesses. Getting out on the other side, ideally richer than before, is just as important. Unless you’re one of the lucky few who start and take a company public in an IPO,
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For driverless car startups, raising capital seems to happen on autopilot. Investors and acquirers have put billions into the space over the past couple of years in the race for early mover advantage. They’ve shown no desire to hit the brakes lately either, as indicated by a spate of recent deals, including last week’s $450 million
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I’ll be rolling through Oman next week for a conference and I thought it would be fun to see what the region has to offer. I’m holding one of my patented MicroMeetups in Muscat, Oman on Thursday November 9th from 3pm to 6:30pm. We will meet at the Sheraton Oman. There is no RSVP list
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Consolidation continues to dog the world of on-demand startups — literally and figuratively. In the latest development, Vetted, a startup focused on veterinary services, is acquiring VetPronto, an almost identical peer. A few months ago we covered the launch of Vetted, an on-demand veterinary startup that raised $3.3 million from investors like Amplify LA, Sterling.VC
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We’ve seen streaming services focused on art movies, horror movies and comedy (R.I.P. Seeso) — so why not romance? That’s the thinking behind Passionflix, a startup announcing that it’s raised $4.75 million in seed funding. It’s not like romantic comedies are missing from theaters, or from Netflix, but Passionflix co-founder Tosca Musk (she’s a film director
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After months of preparation, startups will gather at St. James Palace in London to compete in the Pitch@Palace pitch-off. TechCrunch will be broadcasting the competition live here beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT. The Pitch@Palace competition has toured a number of cities, including Aberdeen, Bristol and Oldham, giving startups an opportunity to hone pitches and be
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Do you like to party? Do you like money? Friend, have I got a startup for you. Tuurnt is based on the concept of rent parties, parties folks used to hold to pay rent at the end of the month. The idea is simple: plan the party, announce a cost, and let your friends chip
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Silicon Valley is a land of ideation and thinkfluence and Qi drinks with tapioca mushroom protein. In this fourth episode of Bubbleproof, an original mockumentary series on the influence and ignorance of Silicon Valley, we get a closer look at the evolving/devolving relationship between startup founder guru Michael Fertik and venture capitalist David Cowan (who co-wrote
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Not every startup journey starts as sweetly as the road co-founders Ishita Prasad and Maya Balakrishnan took to launching their new company, Polymer — but then again, not every startup takes its inspiration from a chocolate factory. Spun out from the wildly successful (and wildly expensive) bean-to-bar San Francisco chocolate factory Dandelion Chocolate, Polymer quietly raised
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In what the company is calling “a very difficult time for hardware companies in the smart kitchen space,” Tea infusion device startup Teforia is saying it is ceasing operations today, according to its website. The above note about it being hard for hardware companies in the smart kitchen is likely a reference to devices like
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