Author: Mike Butcher

What next? Oh yes, turning a luxury car into a non-fungible token

TECHCRUNCH We’ve seen more than one project use the immutability of blockchain to verify important physical things. So, for instance, a pioneer in the space, Verisart, has brought blockchain certification of high art to leading galleries worldwide, and other players are now entering this growing market. Codex Protocol is a new startup also putting art on the blockchain. The benefits are obvious: reducing the possibility that an artwork could be fake to near-zero. This is an incredibly powerful idea, especially at the high end of the commercial spectrum. A relatively new idea is to take blockchain to the car...

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Lifebit raises $3M to scale-up AI-powered analysis of DNA data

TECHCRUNCH Making sense of DNA data is a two-step process, namely the biochemical-sequencing of the DNA and the analyzing and extracting insights from the sequenced DNA data. As of today in 2018, the first part of this process is now almost fully automated requiring minimal human intervention. Even sequencing costs have dropped below $1,000 and soon they will reach $100, according to the industry. The second part of the process, however, is a long way from being automated because it’s very complex, time-consuming and requires highly specialized experts to analyze the data. Now a startup plans to address this...

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The Great British Hack-Off hackathon against Brexit is on this weekend

TECHCRUNCH Prizes of up to £1,000 are up for grabs at Great British Hack-Off summer festival hackathon, an event designed to supercharge the campaign to lobby for a ‘people’s vote’ on Brexit with the option to remain in the EU. The event is aimed at engineers, designers, UX experts, data scientists, social media influencers and experts. Anyone interested can apply to attend the event via this form. In a 2-day intensive, overnight “hackathon” on the weekend of July 21-22, the aim will be to connect people with their decision makers and MPs about their concerns for jobs, services and...

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Pieter van der Does of Adyen joins us at Disrupt Berlin in November

TECHCRUNCH TechCrunch Disrupt coming back to Berlin on 29-30 November 2018. We’re delighted to announce that Pieter van der Does, CEO and co-founder of European online payments giant Adyen, will be joining us on stage. A leading expert with over 15 years experience in the payments industry, Pieter van der Does was CCO before co-founding Adyen in 2006. Since then Adyen has grown from a startup into a global operation, averaging double-digit annual growth since 2007. It recently IPO’d. Prior to Adyen Pieter was Chief Commerce Officer at Bibit, building the payment service provider into a global player before...

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The Great British Hack-Off summer festival hackathon will aim at Brexit

TECHCRUNCH It’s very hard to know what the effects of Brexit are “on the ground”. Local news no longer has much of a business model to concentrate on specific subjects or campaigns. Social media is a mess of local facebook groups which only locals can see. MPs often ignore email / online campaigns from constituents. The Great British Hack-Off aims to address this. In a 2-day intensive, overnight “hackathon” it aims to get a groundswell of interest in helping to improve local communities and economies and connect people with their decision makers. It will be held by Tech For...

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The Winners of The Europas Awards 2018 show Europe’s startup power

TECHCRUNCH Yesterday The Europas, the European Tech Startup Awards and Unconference once again held its annual jamboree in London, throwing together an afternoon of deep-dive panel discussions on the hottest topics in tech, a “Pitch Roulette” session of early-stage startup pitches, and a glittering Awards ceremony, honouring the hottest startups, unicorns founders, investors and blockchain projects in the European ecosystem. [embedded content] The awards are based on thousands of votes glean from a round of public voting, combined with industry judges drawn from founders and investors. The photos from the night will shortly be up online. To keep the...

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The hottest investors at The Europas, & your specially discounted ticket

TECHCRUNCH In partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, features smaller breakout sessions on key subjects for startups, followed by a glittering awards show for the hottest startups in Europe, based on voting by expert judges and the industry itself. Plus loads of networking opportunities with investors, and the super-fun Pitch Rolette pitch competition. Just some of the investors coming to The Europas this Tuesday, July 3, in London include: Alliott Cole, Octopus Ventures Andrei Brasoveanu, Accel Partners Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Seedcamp Damir Bandolo, Columbus Capital Eileen Burbidge, Passion Capital Eze Vidra, Reimagine Ventures George McDonuagh, KR1 (Blockchain/Crypto) Jamie...

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Cyber startup Baffin Bay Networks takes in $6.4M funding led by EQT

TECHCRUNCH For a long time, it has been hard to buy a cloud-first security platform that delivers full-stack security in a single data path. Current market solutions offer a “one trick pony”, leaving companies with overly complex routing setups or abnormal latency of traffic to get a solution that fulfills their needs. Swedish cybersecurity startup Baffin Bay Networks thinks it has the answer, with distributed “threat protection centers” which interfere with the traffic before it reaches its customers’ services and removes any potential threats. It has today announced the closing of a $6.4 million Series A round. The investment...

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