Author: Matt Burns

Only one more day to apply to Startup Battlefield Africa

TECHCRUNCH Alright, sub-Saharan African startups, you’re really good at procrastinating. But if you want to get in on our inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa, the time to act is now. Seriously. Right now. Tomorrow is the last day to submit an application to the Battlefield, so be sure to get over to our application page right now and get your application in. The application page can be found here. As a reminder, startups can apply to one of three categories: social good, productivity and utility or gaming and entertainment. As long as your company fits into one of these categories and you...

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The final 75 tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

TECHCRUNCH The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. The deck around August Capital’s office is large but cannot hold all of Silicon Valley, so tickets are very limited and released on a rolling basis. It’s $90 to attend. About the Summer Party at August Capital July 28, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Menlo Park, CA Get tickets here, $90 based...

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Franklin Robotics’ Tertill wins the pitch-off at TC Sessions: Robotics

TECHCRUNCH We’re pleased to report that a so-called Roomba for weeds, Franklin Robotics’ Tertill, won the TC Sessions: Robotics pitch-off. Because if there’s a task that should be relegated to a robot, it’s weeding a garden. For winning the pitch-off, Franklin Robotics was awarded an exhibit table in Disrupt SF’s Startup Alley. “We actually tried to get away from the circular shape for a while,” CEO Rory MacKean told TechCrunch ahead of the pitch-off appearance at TC Sessions: Robotics. “We want something that’s robust and rugged, with a rectangular shape. We wanted to make it look like a tractor: four-wheel...

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This is the last week to apply for Startup Battlefield Africa

TECHCRUNCH We gave you an extension, but if you’re part of a startup in sub-Saharan Africa, the time to act is now. You have just five more days to put together an application to TechCrunch’s inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa, so it’s time for you to drop everything else you were doing and apply today. We’re excited to be partnering with Facebook to bring our illustrious startup competition, the Startup Battlefield, to Nairobi, Kenya later this year. The Battlefield will feature several prominent startups from the region, each looking to be crowned the most promising startup in sub-Saharan Africa. As a reminder,...

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Deadline to sign up for Startup Battlefield Africa extended by one week

TECHCRUNCH All right, startups in sub-Saharan Africa, you can now breathe a little easier. We’re giving you a one-week extension, and you now have until next Friday, July 21, to apply to TechCrunch’s inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa. We’re excited to be partnering with Facebook to bring our illustrious startup competition, the Startup Battlefield, to Nairobi, Kenya later this year. The Battlefield will feature several prominent startups from the region, each vying to be crowned the most promising startup in sub-Saharan Africa. As a reminder, startups can apply to one of three categories: social good, productivity and utility or gaming and entertainment. As...

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Vizio files $100M lawsuit against LeEco

TECHCRUNCH Last summer LeEco announced it intended to purchase the US-based TV maker Vizio for $2 billion. The deal fell in March through amid a myriad of problems surrounding LeEco including a major cash crunch. Allegedly the deal including a $100 million buyer termination fee and now Vizio has filed suit in a California court to collect payment. Vizio claims that in liue of paying Vizio the fee, the Chinese company offered to set up a joint distribution deal, which would have included paying Vizio $40 million up front, $10 million after the new deal closed with the remaining...

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LeEco delays payroll until August due to ‘financial constraints’

TECHCRUNCH Some LeEco employees in China will not get paid until August. According to an official statement provided to TechCrunch, Leshi Holdings, LeEco’s holding company has decided to postpone July’s payroll until August 10th. This is at least the third time this year LeEco has delayed paying some of its workers. Right now, it seems only employees in China will not get a paycheck into August. Sources in LeEco say the company has not yet announced delaying paying US workers though in the past it reportedly did so without telling employees. Gizmodo and Bloomberg points to two separate incidents...

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There are now more tickets available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

TECHCRUNCH The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. The deck around August Capital’s office is large but cannot hold all of Silicon Valley, so tickets are very limited and released on a rolling basis. It’s $90 to attend. About the Summer Party at August Capital July 28, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Menlo Park, CA Get tickets here, $90 based...

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