Author: Mike Butcher

Waze co-founder Uri Levine joins the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup + Pitch-off, June 28

TECHCRUNCH The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv is drawing closer and we’re super excited to start announcing our speakers for the event. We’ve already announced some guests will be joining our stage for fireside chats. Today we’re delighted to announce Uri Levine co-founder of Waze will be speaking. Uri Levine is a passionate serial entrepreneur and disruptor. He co-founded Waze, the world’s largest driving traffic and navigation app, with more than 250M drivers around the globe, which was acquired by Google on June 2013 for more than $1.1 billion. After Waze, he co-founded and is acts as...

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Chaos as global IT failure takes out all British Airways flights out of London

TECHCRUNCH British Airways has a problem. It’s new IT system has completely crashed five times inside a year, and today it added a sixth global crash to the roster. All flights from Heathrow and Gatwick have been cancelled until at least 6pm in London tonight, affecting all BA flights globally. The airline is asking passengers not to come to the airports. The system failure also took out the BA website for two hours. Travellers at airports serviced by BA are predictably flooding the company’s Twitter account with complaints. The airline has said it has found no evidence of a...

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Pickle is a TaskRabbit-style app for Generation Z

TECHCRUNCH Share economy startups which allow someone to ‘share’ their labour or skills have proliferated over the last few years. Even simple ‘share your skills’ communities with no commercial model have appeared such as Impossible. Now these companies are joined by Pickle, a peer-to-peer mobile app that enables users to do ‘jobs’ for one another. Founder Daneh Westropp decided to create the app after running away from home and school at the age of 15 and realising that young people are often looking for ways to sustain themselves and make themselves independent. Users simply say what they want or...

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Octopus Ventures hits 10, with an international push and a healthy rack of exits

TECHCRUNCH Back in the mists of 2014 we revealed how one of the UK’s most active venture investment funds operated. To this day Octopus Ventures continues to rub shoulders with the most active institutional VC funds at the early stage, even though it’s technically an evergreen fund attached to the stock market. It’s backed hits like LoveFilm, Zoopla through to IPO, Graze as well as Secret Escapes and SwiftKey which sold to Microsoft. Then there was Evi to Amazon, and Magic Pony to Twitter, and Rangespan (Google) and Vision Direct (Essilor). It’s even in that hipster music startup Sofar...

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Harry Stebbings and more join #PathFounders at #TheEuropas, June 13, London

TECHCRUNCH In partnership with TechCrunch, PathFounders is the exclusive, invitation-only, event for startup Founders at The Europas Conference & Awards. With this, Founders get a special ‘founders and investors only’ half-day, on the day before The Europas (which they also join, for the whole thing), where they have dedicated sessions on building their company, fund-raising and also get to pitch their company in front of some of Europe’s key investors. Here’s the agenda: PATHFOUNDERS • PITCHES: Founders, short pitches with slides• How to build your brand – Harry Stebbings of 20 minute VC• Growth-hacking workshop – by Growth Tribe•...

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Just some of the investors you’ll run into at #TheEuropas, June 13, London

TECHCRUNCH In partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, is a different kind of tech startup event which features smaller breakout sessions on key subjects for startups, as well as main-stage speakers and panels. It’s also very different, in that there’s no “off-limits speaker room” at The Europas, so attendees can mingle easily with VIPs and speakers. What that means for early stage startup founders is that you can go right up to them and talk. And that’s going to be even easier than just looking for a name badge, because the dedicated networking app for attendees will also allow you to check what they look like as well as arrange meetings. You can grab tickets here. Even better, there’s a special VIP event on June 12, PathFounders, specifically geared to fund-raising startups and investors. This day features special programming, and the chance to pitch your startup in front of angels and VC investors. Because the conference and awards are supported by TechCrunch all attendees will get deep discounts to TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin, later this year. The Europas conference is followed by a glittering awards for the hottest startups in Europe, based on voting by expert judges and the industry itself. But key to it all is the people who come. So here for you we present a list of just some of the investors who are...

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Fanduel investor Pentech raises new £88M fund for more early stage startups

TECHCRUNCH You know it’s spring when VC funds start to announce their new fund raises. But it’s buoying to see a mid-sized fund appears which over the years has been highly geared towards early stage startups, just starting out on their journey. Pentech has closed its third fund, saying it was oversubscribed at £88 million, surpassing the original target fund size of £70 million. The new fund, which is double the size of Pentech’s previous fund, will invest in early stage software companies across the UK at series A and pre-series A. LPs include the British Business Bank under...

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Berlin’s Frontier Car Group lands $22M to disrupt emerging markets car sales

TECHCRUNCH European founders, adept at launching startups which cross many international borders are fast ganging a reputation for launching in emerging markets. In countries where markets are often still very chaotic, there remains a host of opportunities. That’s evidenced by the news today that the Frontier Car Group, which builds and runs marketplaces for used cars in emerging markets, has closed a $22 million investment, which was co-led by Balderton Capital, EchoVC+ and TPG/Satya. Also included was NEA, Partech Ventures and “a few large global family offices” according to their statement. Frontier now has operations in Chile, Mexico, Nigeria,...

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