All posts by: Keith

GeoPost acquires delivery startup Stuart

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GeoPost, the international subsidiary of the French Groupe La Poste, has acquired “last-mile” delivery startup Stuart. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, though it should be noted that GeoPost already held a 22 percent stake in the French startup, having led its €22 million Series A round in late ..

NBCUniversal invests $500 million in Snap

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NBCUniversal is now the only U.S. media company that has an official stake in Snap. Today, NBC Universal (which is a unit of Comcast) revealed that it invested $500 million in Snap as a strategic investment partnership during yesterday’s IPO. Snap shares popped 44 percent in the first day of trading. ..

Let’s meet at the March Micro-Meetup in New York!

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In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique ten pitches on March 13th at 7pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 4th Floor. This is an informal pitch-off but the two best teams […]

Motorola does the unthinkable and unveils gadget concepts

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The gadget world is stale and boring now. Phones look the same. Action cameras copy GoPro, headphone companies copy Beats. Most electronic companies are overly cautious about going to far. Vaporware can kill momentum. Yet today Motorola threw its arms in the Spanish air and said fuck it. During its Mobile ..

Disney has quietly acquired tech and assets of MakieLab, a startup that 3D printed dolls

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MakieLab, a London-based startup that 3D printed and sold custom dolls, has officially shuttered, with a partial exit to Disney. TechCrunch understands that the U.S. entertainment company acquired MakieLab’s tech and assets as early as July last year, a story that I have tried but failed to nail down ..

Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

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Here’s one more app you can delete from your iPhone: that QR code and barcode scanner you only occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do the job instead. The app now includes built-in scanning functionality, which you can access either via 3D Touch ..

Listen to Monzo founder on building a ‘smart’ bank, fintech bubble and turning down acquisition offer

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Yesterday I caught up with Tom Blomfield, co-founder and CEO of “challenger” bank Monzo. The startup is building a digital-only bank, or “smart bank,” as Blomfield calls it, and last August was granted a U.K. banking licence “with restrictions” by the U.K. regulators FCA and PRA, as it prepares ..

Powur’s Jonathan Budd talks about the future of solar power

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Jonathan Budd sees solar power as a money-making opportunity. His new company, Powur, essentially lets people add solar to their homes with no upfront costs. While there isn’t much technology in his solution he does have some interesting ideas about the future of solar. In this podcast we talk about ..

Alan and PayFit hook up so that your health insurance and payroll work together

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Two French startups liked each other so much that they’re now starting to see a future working together. PayFit wants to modernize the good old paychecks in France, while Alan wants to turn health insurance into software-as-a-service. If your company plans on using both, those two services now have ..

Hugo Barra is leaving his position as head of international at Xiaomi after 3.5 years

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is losing its head of international and primary English-language spokesperson Hugo Barra after he announced his exit from the company. Former Android executive joined Xiaomi 3.5 years ago, in what was then a major coup, so his exit naturally raises questions about why he is departing. ..