Author: Mike Butcher

Look out Berlin! TechCrunch Disrupt returns in November this year

TECHCRUNCH TechCrunch is bringing Disrupt back to Europe for the sixth time, and we’re delighted to announce that Berlin, the urban heartland of Europe’s startup scene, will once again be Disrupt’s host city in 2018. Save these Disrupt Berlin dates in your diary: 29-30 November 2018 If you ask,  “Why Berlin?” the answer is simple. Not only is Berlin still Europe’s most affordable capital for founders, it’s also an international hub, thanks to the vibrant startup scene there.  Our Disrupt events in Berlin have attracted participants from more than 50 countries, including all the European Union members and the...

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Day One Ventures launches fund which wraps VC and PR into one

TECHCRUNCH There is a clutch of new VC funds launched in the US every year, and but when you look at the stats around new funds started by women they are pretty dismal. A cursory glance at the figures from last year reveals that out of 153 funds founded in the US last year, only four were founded by women, and only two have gone on to raise money. Furthermore, women account for only seven percent of the partners at the top 100 venture firms. So it’s to be celebrated when a new fund is established by a woman...

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Highsnobiety secures $8.5M from Felix Capital to woo millennial males

TECHCRUNCH Highsnobiety has come a long way. What began as a sneaker passion blog in 2005 now attracts upwards of 9 million visitors monthly to its site containing news and analysis of high fashion, streetwear and culture. The site has attracted a highly influential audience of young, educated and affluent, mainly millennial male, readers. These are the hard-to-reach people even social media isn’t that great at, at this point. So it’s not a huge surprise that it’s attracted new investment. It’s now secured $8.5 million in funding led by the UK-based VC Felix Capital. The new investment will go...

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Hey Crypto Valley! Come to the TechCrunch Zug Meetup, January 29th

TECHCRUNCH I guess it had to happen sooner or later. TechCrunch has decided to get to the bottom of the Crypto and Blockchain boom by heading to one of its main geographical centers. Since welcoming the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings with open arms, Zug, the Swiss Canton just outside of Zurich, has come to be known as “Crypto Valley”. So… that’s where you’ll find a team of TechCrunch people later this month. Zug isn’t just a regulatory haven where startups file paper work and leave. It’s fast turning into a location where Blockchain startups are actually massing, eager...

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GardenSpace robot takes the heavy-lifting out of gardening, and puts the fun back in

TECHCRUNCH A lot of people dream about growing their own vegetables at home, but just don’t have the time to maintain one. You’ve got to know how much each plant needs watering, how to space them out and how to keep pests out. For non-experts it’s a daunting prospect. That’s where a new robot launched out of Australia on Kickstarter could be of service. GardenSpace is a static robot which can automatically water plants based on their need, taking the heavy lifting out of back-yard gardening and allowing you to concentrate on the fun of growing your own food...

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Flintu’s SideKick is an everyday carry which could save you and your smartphone

TECHCRUNCH As Australia’s startup ecosystem experiences a resurgence, it’s hardware startups are getting in on the act. Despite Sydney being around the same flight time from Shenzhen (in China, the hardware capital of the world), as San Francisco, it’s handily in the same time zone. This means Australia’s hardware startups are leveraging that advantage more and more – and suffering less jet lag than their US cousins. One new hardware startup to emerge recently has been Flintu. The founders came up with the idea for their first product, the Sidekick, when their phones died during a backpacking holiday. They...

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Berlin-based Yoga startup Asana Rebel raises $6.5M led by e.ventures, La Famiglia

TECHCRUNCH Today, Yoga is known worldwide as an attractive way of staying healthy and fit. However, there remains a psychological barrier for many people confused by what style of yoga they want to do (Kundalini, Vinyasa, Bikram, …?) and how it matches with their aims, (back pain, flexibility, lose weight etc). The market is also dominated by many small Yoga studios which vary in quality. Surely there’s an app which has sorted all this out by now? Well, kinda. There are many, many fitness apps and a handful of decent yoga apps. Cody is the most notable, while FitStar...

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SingularityNET’s Ben Goertzel has a grand vision for the future of AI

TECHCRUNCH SingularityNET, is an ambitions project to create a decentralized marketplace for AI, has raised a lot of money in its token sale. In around 20 seconds after opening the sale to the public, it sold out of the whole amount of available tokens (the AGI token), bringing the total to $36 million. However, a startup raising a lot of money in a token sale is not really of interest to me. This is part and parcel of this crazy unregulated, crypto word these days. But was IS interesting to me is what SingularityNET actually is. Dr. Ben Goertzel,...

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