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Old-school social networks Tagged and Hi5 bought by MeetMe for $60M


Like bizzaro Facebooks, Tagged and Hi5 launched in 2004 to help you meet new people instead of connecting you with friends you already know. Through social games and paid dating features, they earned a surprising amount of revenue despite being relatively unknown. Tagged bought Hi5 in 2011 before branching ..

How the M14 Industries Dragons’ Den deal collapsed


“Hello, I’m John. I’m from M14 Industries and we are a dating company,” explained John Kershaw as he stepped onto the set of the BBC television show Dragons’ Den. The Manchester-based startup was pitching its dating and social app-building platform for an investment of £80,000 for 15 percent ..

GeoPost acquires delivery startup Stuart


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 ..

Hubble raises $16.5 million to deliver affordable daily contact lenses


A subscription commerce startup that sells its own brand of daily disposable contact lenses, Hubble, has raised $16.5 million in a new round of venture funding just five months after having launched its service publicly. One might say the deal happened in the blink of an eye for the startup, which is incorporated ..

Arkadium’s InHabit adds interactive content to any story, starting with sports


Arkadium is launching a new product called InHabit, which can automatically introduce polls, quizzes and games that are tailored to each article. When we’ve written about Arkadium in the past, we’ve talked about them as a casual gaming company, but CEO Jessica Rovello told me her team has become ..

Spotify acquires audio detection startup Sonalytic


Streaming music service Spotify announced this morning it has acquired a company called Sonalytic, makers of an audio detection technology that can identify songs, mixed content and audio clips, as well as track copyright-protected material, and aid in music discovery. These features line up with services ..

Meet Flippy, a burger-grilling robot from Miso Robotics and CaliBurger


Flipping burgers is a hot and greasy job. Slips, trips, burns and cuts are common hazards associated with the work. But global demand for burgers is tremendous. Top burger chains racked up more than $75.5 billion in annual sales in 2016. To help keep human cooks out of harm’s way while fulfilling ..

Current wants to digitize your kid’s allowance with an app and a debit card


Who carries around cash anymore? The answer? Parents, who still need to hand out allowance and pocket money to their kids. That’s where Current comes in. Current is the latest company out of Expa, and was built by Stuart Sopp. Sopp told TechCrunch that he built Current out of a personal need — he has […]

Meet the startups that just pitched at EF\u2019s 7th Demo Day in London (and our top picks)


Company builder and early-stage investor Entrepreneur First’s Demo Day for its seventh London cohort has just taken place. The event, held in Kings Cross, saw 18 newly outed startups pitch their wares onstage to investors, press and other actors in the European tech scene. But before I give a rundown ..

GeoVisual Search from Descartes Labs makes the Earth searchable


Scavenger hunts just got significantly more tactical with Descartes Labs’ new GeoVisual Search. Finding shipping containers, runways and even parking lots on a global scale is no problem with the free tool made available today. Descartes Labs is a geospatial analytics startup based in Los Alamos, ..