Author: Katie Roof

Why women are coming forward about harassment and discrimination

TECHCRUNCH It’s been the talk of the summer in Silicon Valley. CEOs at Uber and SoFi lost their jobs after whistleblowers came forward, alleging sexism and harassment. Powerful venture capitalists, including Dave McClure from 500 Startups lost their jobs after women, including Sarah Kunst, accused him of making inappropriate advances when seeking a job at his venture firm. Workplace harassment isn’t new, but we’re talking about it more than ever. So what’s inspiring these women to speak up? Kunst, who joined us on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, said that she felt encouraged after watching other women share their stories....

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Onēva expands platform for child and elder care, housecleaning

TECHCRUNCH Trust is one of the most important aspects of selecting a caregiver and Onēva believes that it has a vetting process that’s better than the rest. The San Francisco-based booking platform for elder, child and special needs care, screens its applicants with fingerprinting technology and FBI background checks as well as reference checks and interviews. Onēva touts a 6% acceptance rate. It is not only for caregivers but also for housecleaning, driving and other services. Instead of making the Onēva platform available to all consumers, it’s working with companies like Microsoft to make this an employee benefit. Onēva lets people...

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M8 wants your friends to be the matchmaker

TECHCRUNCH Forget algorithms. M8 is a dating app that’s powered by human matchmakers. And these aren’t just any matchmakers, they’re your friends! M8 is unveiling its concept for a different dating app at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Battlefield competition in San Francisco. With M8, friends can look through dating apps to find the perfect match for their friends. And if they’re successful, they can be rewarded with gifts and more importantly, the satisfaction of finding your best friend a new lover. Stephen Liu, co-founder and CEO said that he had the idea because he and his wife started dating after a friend vouched for him. So he co-founded the platform with his wife, Linda. Mr. Liu says that today’s “online dating is flawed.” He believes “the best matches come from people.” In a world where Tinder matches are based on photos, he believes that a personal written endorsement from a friend will provide so much more. Before founding M8, Mr. Liu founded a luxury lifestyle events company called PrivyCircle.com. He has also worked in the U.S.-China textile business. Mrs. Liu was an art director in the television industry. tcdisrupt_sf17_m8-3507 M8 presents in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 tcdisrupt_sf17_m8-3516 M8 presents in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 tcdisrupt_sf17_m8-3502 M8 presents in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 tcdisrupt_sf17_m8-3512 M8 presents in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017...

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Raise gets $60 million for gift card marketplace

TECHCRUNCH Have you ever gotten a gift card for a store you don’t shop at? Or have you made a purchase and don’t know what to do with the remaining balance? It turns out you can sell and trade unwanted or partially unused gift cards on a marketplace called Raise. If you don’t want a Starbucks gift card, you can sell it or get one for Macy’s. They also have iTunes, Sephora and Home Debut on their list of nearly 400 brands. And with a customer base of two million users who spend an average of $500, Raise has...

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Steve Case’s Revolution backs Resolute Innovation to connect companies with R&D

TECHCRUNCH It can be hard for big companies to keep tabs on all the research and innovation in their industry. The search for the best patents can be both cumbersome and disorganized. That’s the idea behind Resolute Innovation, a startup that aims to connect companies with big ideas. New York-based Resolute is building what they’re calling “technology scouting software,” or a searchable R&D database. From food and beverage to cosmetics to pharmaceuticals to space, the concepts span many categories. Resolute is raising $3.3 million in Series A funding, led by Revolution Ventures, the venture firm created by Tige Savage, David...

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MythQuiz builds Alexa tutor at Disrupt Hackathon

TECHCRUNCH Most people use Amazon’s Alexa to answer their questions, but what about using it to test what you already know? That’s the idea behind MythQuiz, an audio flashcard platform. It was created by physical therapy student Lacey Hineman and her father, engineer Francis Hineman at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hackathon in San Francisco. They were also joined by product manager, Phillip Pang, who they met at the event. With MythQuiz, Alexa “will ask you a question and you have to recall what you learned,” said Ms. Hineman. They hope to partner with universities and online databases to build question sets for...

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Angry Birds IPO expected to value parent Rovio at $1 billion

TECHCRUNCH Remember Angry Birds? Well, apparently enough people are still playing it to justify an IPO. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish parent of the popular smartphone game, is getting ready to go public on the Helsinki Nasdaq in two weeks. And it’s set the price range for an IPO that would value the company at about $1 billion, a lot less than the over $2 billion they were said to be hoping for.  But it will still be a “unicorn” if it goes public at the €10.25 to €11.50 per share that the company is targeting. The IPO will raise about €30...

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CashShield raises $5.5 million to prevent credit card fraud

TECHCRUNCH Over $10 billion is wasted every year due to fraudulent e-commerce charges and that number is growing. This is not only costly and time-consuming for the businesses, but also the credit card companies and customers. But now there are several startups including Signifyd that believe they can use technology to cut down on some of this fraud before it occurs. Another is CashShield, which has been building a big business out of Singapore and counts clients like Alibaba and Razer. Bootstrapped and profitable, CashShield is raising its first round of funding since it was founded in 2008. The...

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