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 ..
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 ..
Startup School will soon be in session at Y Combinator
Y Combinator is improving upon its Fall 2014 Stanford course, How to Start a Startup, with a larger-scale online course called Startup School. Whether you swear by startup bibles like Both Sides of the Table or Zero to One, there’s no denying that Y Combinator, now having backed more than 1,400 ..
Early cancer detection startup GRAIL closes on $900 million in Series B funding
Life sciences startups need a whole lot more cash than most and that’s certainly true for GRAIL, a cancer detection startup trying to figure out a way to find the “emperor of all maladies” much earlier through blood testing technology. The startup, which spun out of genomics company Illumina announced ..
Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million from investors including ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio
As pollution, extreme weather, and over-population threaten the viability of large, outdoor farms, a startup called Bowery Farming Inc. has raised $7.5 million in total venture funding to grow food indoors, even in the middle of a city. The startup’s high-tech approach uses robotics, LED lighting, ..
Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola
Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcements today: It’s raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it’s acquiring another startup, Cola. Layer makes it easy for businesses to add messaging capabilities to their iOS, Android ..
Mobile ad startup Vungle says it’s hit a $300M revenue run rate
Adtech startups like to announce when they’ve hit $100 million in annualized revenue, but Vungle — which focuses on delivering in-app video ads — is doing a bit better than that. It says it’s now reached a $300 million revenue run rate. And while the last three months of the year tend to be the biggest ..
Mulberrys is an on-demand laundry startup hoping to clean up where others have washed out
On-demand laundry has proven a tough business for some. Washio folded up its business last year, selling its assets into competitor Rinse. At the time Rinse’s founder Ajay Prakash told TechCrunch the on-demand model wasn’t the most efficient or economical way to handle the dirty business of cleaning ..
Women Startup Challenge comes to Europe with backing of Craig Newmark
A pitch competition highlighting companies with female founders is crossing the pond for the first time: the next Women Startup Challenge will be held in London on May 3 and open to companies anywhere in Europe. The prize: a cool €50,000. Plus other, unspecified “startup friendly services.” Basically ..
2017 is the year your startup gets funded
Nathan Beckord Contributor Nathan Beckord is the CEO of Foundersuite, a venture-backed startup that makes the leading CRM and investor update tools for entrepreneurs who are raising capital. More posts by this contributor: Tips From The Startup Fundraising Playbook The turn of the calendar is cathartic ..