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Meditation app Simple Habit raises $10 million Series A

Meditation app Simple Habit raises $10 million Series A

Five-minute meditation app Simple Habit announced today that it has raised a $10 million Series A, led by Foundation Capital. The round brings the developer’s total funding up to $12.5 million, following a $2.5 million seed last year. The Shark Tank alum has been kicking since 2016, the result of CEO and co-founder Yunha Kim’s […]

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Smule raises $20M, with plans to expand India operations

Smule raises $20M, with plans to expand India operations

App maker turned music social network Smule has raised another $20 million. The latest round follows a $54 million raise in May of last year, led by Tencent, intent on helping the company expand Asia operations. This time out, funding is arriving via Times Bridge, the VC wing of India media conglomerate The Times Group. […]

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Rylo scores $20 million for its clever camera tech

Rylo scores $20 million for its clever camera tech

You may recall Rylo from this time last year, when the imaging startup launched a creative take on the 360 camera. The company’s been fairly quiet in the six months since it launched some new software tricks, but a new round of funding should help the company take some key steps toward spreading the gospel. […]

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Flutterwave and Ventures Platform CEOs will join us at Startup Battlefield Africa

Flutterwave and Ventures Platform CEOs will join us at Startup Battlefield Africa

Startup Battlefield is returning to Africa this December. TechCrunch will be hitting Lagos, Nigeria, bringing with it our Battlefield competition and a day’s worth of panel discussions, focused on topics facing the city’s startup scene. Iyin “E” Aboyeji We’ve already announced a pair of speakers for the event and and are excited to add a […]

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Wingly is carpooling for private planes

Wingly is carpooling for private planes

Don’t call Wingly the “Uber of the Sky” — Wingly co-fonder Emeric de Waziers would like to nip that little misinterpretation in the bud as the French startup looks to expand into the U.S. If anything, the startup’s mission is more akin to carpooling for small aircrafts, helping pilots fill up empty seats in small […]

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Here are the five startups participating in Betaworks LiveCamp

Here are the five startups participating in Betaworks LiveCamp

Betaworks this morning revealed this list of five startups participating in its fourth Camp accelerator program. Launched in 2016, the program brings together a collection of young companies united under a single theme. This time out, things are focused on live-streaming, for a program fittingly titled, LiveCamp. Betaworks settled on the topic based on the […]

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Starry CEO Chet Kanojia will discuss the future of home networks at TechCrunch Disrupt SF

Starry CEO Chet Kanojia will discuss the future of home networks at TechCrunch Disrupt SF

Starry wants to change the way the home internet is delivered. Founded in 2014, the Boston-based startup takes an innovative approach to the space by beaming broadband speed internet through the air, using millimeter waves. The company’s novel technique has drummed up great interest during its four years of existence, offering the potential to circumvent […]

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Alphabet invests $375 million in Oscar Health

Alphabet invests $375 million in Oscar Health

Google parent Alphabet has invested $375 million in next-gen health insurance company, Oscar Health. Google has been a longtime supporter of the six-year-old New York company, having previously invested in Oscar through its Capital G investment wing and Verily health and life sciences research wing. “Alphabet has invested in Oscar over many years and has […]

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Enterprise barcode scanner startup Scandit raises a $30 million Series B

Enterprise barcode scanner startup Scandit raises a $30 million Series B

“Augmented reality for enterprise” is the sort of phrase that surely hits all of the right neurological pleasure centers for VCs. No surprise, then, that Scandit just raised a $30 million Series B, in a round led by GV (née Google Ventures) and NGP Capital. That joins a previous $13 million raise for the Zurich-based […]

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Mayfield Robotics ceases production of Kuri robot amid a questionable future

Mayfield Robotics ceases production of Kuri robot amid a questionable future

In a letter to backers today, Bay Area-based Mayfield Robotics said it was “crushed” to announce that it has ceased manufacturing of its home robot, Kuri. The note finds the Bosch-backed business grappling with an uncertain future, as it pauses all operations and re-evaluates its future. Launched in 2015, as part of Bosch’s Startup Platform, […]

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