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 Steve O039Hear

Monese, the mobile current account banking app, expands to Europe

Monese, the mobile current account banking app, expands to Europe

You wait all day for a multi-currency account and three come along at once. Give or take a month or so, that’s appears to be the case with news that Monese, the London fintech that offers a mobile banking app and current account, is adding support for Euro accounts. It follows Revolut and Transferwise‘s recently […]

 Steve O039Hear

Diffblue, a University of Oxford spin-out, raises $22M Series A to bring AI to software development

Diffblue, a University of Oxford spin-out, raises $22M Series A to bring AI to software development

Oxford University continues to be a hotbed of AI talent, fuelling not just academic research into AI but also the ambitions of startups and large technology companies alike. The latest Oxford-based AI startup to make headlines is Diffblue, a University of Oxford spin-out that is applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to software development. The young company […]

 Matthew Lynley

Instacart CMO Cheryl Law is no longer at the company

Instacart CMO Cheryl Law is no longer at the company

Instacart CMO Cheryl Law is no longer at the company, TechCrunch has learned. Instacart confirmed the departure. We were tipped off about her departure a bit before the whole Amazon making a $13.7B bid for Whole Foods thing went down. Law joined Instacart at the beginning of the year and was previously the CMO of […]

 Brian Heater

Stayawhile gets $1.5M to target the sweet spot between Airbnb and long-term rentals

Stayawhile gets $1.5M to target the sweet spot between Airbnb and long-term rentals

New York-based startup Stayawhile announced today that it’s scored $1.5 million in seed funding to provide travelers with what founder Janine Yorio refers to as “medium-term housing.” It’s a midway point between your standard hotel/Airbnb stay and a year-plus apartment lease, aimed at vacations and business travelers who’d like to spread out their stay in […]

 John Biggs

Let’s meet in Warsaw

Let’s meet in Warsaw

Just in time for Disrupt SF I’d like to invite you all to a micro meet-up in Warsaw on July 4. We’ll be holding it at Campus Warsaw, 33C Ząbkowska, 03-736 Warszawa, Poland. The fun starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm with some after-event drinks nearby. The winner of the pitch-off will get a […]

 Steve O039Hear

Infarm wants to put a farm in every grocery store

Imagine a future where you go into a grocery store to buy some fresh basil, and, as you traverse the aisle, instead of polythene bags containing mass-produced snippets of the herb that have been flown in from thousands of miles away, in front of you are a stack of illuminated containers, each housing a mini […]

 Brian Heater

Anki’s Cozmo gets a free update aimed at helping kids learn to code

Anki’s Cozmo gets a free update aimed at helping kids learn to code

You can’t throw a rock without hitting a coding toy these days. In just the last couple of weeks both Apple and Sony have announced new initiatives, and now Overdrive-maker Anki is getting in on the action with Code Lab, a simple and free programming language designed to teach kids to code with its Pixar-inspired […]

 Catherine Shu

OMG Digital, the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” raises a seed round of $1.1M

OMG Digital, the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” raises a seed round of $1.1M

Dominic Mensah, Prince Boakye Boampong, and Jesse Arhin Ghansah, the founders of OMG Digital OMG Digital, the Ghana-based media startup dubbed the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” announced today that it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding. Its main site, OMG Voice, already has versions for Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, and the new capital will be […]

 Natasha Lomas

Tesco launches one-hour grocery deliveries in London, powered by Quiqup

Tesco launches one-hour grocery deliveries in London, powered by Quiqup

The grocery delivery wars look set to get cooking… UK supermarket chain Tesco has announced the launch today of a one-hour delivery service in central London called Tesco Now — echoing Amazon’s Prime Now delivery branding. This comes hot on the heels of the news that ecommerce giant Amazon is wading into the bricks-and-mortar grocery […]

 Steve O039Hear

Company builder Entrepreneur First hires ex-Yahoo and Googler as new London head

In a recent conversation I had with a London VC, the topic of Entrepreneur First came up, as we compared notes on how far the company builder has come since its early days when the jury was well and truly out. “What people need to remember,” said the VC, “is EF has been a startup […]

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