TechCrunch Invades Seattle Tonight!

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The Needle & Rainier Dear city of Seattle, This is a love letter. Because I love you. Wow. Seattle, you're more gorgeous then I remember. — Jordan Crook (@jordanrcrook) June 25, 2015 Which is why I have come to this beautiful town, bringing with me TechCrunch writers Greg Kumparak and Frederic Lardinois, and a full-fledged Pitch-Off. We’ll be hitting Showbox SoDo at 6pm tonight, where ten… Read More

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Matterport Captures $30M To Scan Rooms Into Virtual Reality

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This $4500 camera turns the real world into the virtual one. Today, Matterport’s hardware is a hit with real estate agents. But fueled by the $30 million Series C it just raised, Matterport’s software and partnership with Google’s Project Tango could let you wave your phone around to create VR tours of anywhere you want. For example, here’s Matterport’s VR version… Read More

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Deskdoo Gives You A Virtual Desktop For All Your Business Needs

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Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 1.34.42 PM The vision of a virtual desktop right in your browser has long danced in the heads of IT administrators and most solutions were interesting but underpowered. Now thanks to HTML5, however, it’s a lot easier to recreate a desktop experience in the browser, as Deskdoo proves. Poland-based Deskdoo gives you and your employees a sort of central repository for almost anything. You can… Read More

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French Anti-Uber Protest Turns To Guerrilla Warfare As Cabbies Burn Cars, Attack Uber Drivers

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Uber strike Today’s taxi driver protest is getting out of hand. According to the police, 2,800 taxi drivers are protesting today against UberPOP, the European equivalent of UberX. With UberPOP, everybody can become an Uber driver, and taxi drivers see the service as unfair competition. Yet, this doesn’t really explain why cabbies are now attacking Uber drivers, burning and breaking cars. Read More

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Same-Day Shopping App Curbside Picks Up $25 Million More

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Curbside-Best-Buy-023 Palo Alto-based Curbside, a company offering a mobile app that allows shoppers to buy from local retailers like Target and Best Buy then pick up items at stores without exiting their car, is today announcing the close of $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures, and includes participation from prior investors Index Ventures, Yahoo co-founder Jerry… Read More

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USAA Leads $24 Million Round For Connected Car Platform Automatic

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Automatic, the connected car platform whose sensor and app combination is sometimes referred to as a “Fitbit for your car,” announced this morning $24 million in Series B funding, led by the investment arm at USAA, a top insurance and financial services provider for military families, which today counts 11 million members. Also participating in the round were new investors CDK… Read More

 

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U.K. Push For Better Broadband For Startups

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Image (1) broadbandfccr.jpg for post 346824 U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom has called for more to be done to improve broadband services for startups and SMEs, publishing a report assessing the problem and setting out an action plan to improve broadband provision for businesses with under 250 employees. Read More

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Lost My Name, The Kids “Full-Stack” Personalised Book Publisher, Raises $9M Led By Google Ventures

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Founders1 Lost My Name, the London-based startup behind the hugely popular “The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name”, a personalised picture book for kids, has picked a $9 million Series A round. Google Ventures led the investment, along with Greycroft, The Chernin Group, Allen & Co, and former SunGard President and CEO Cris Conde. Read More

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UK’s Yieldify Raises $11.5M From SoftBank And Google Ventures To Fix E-Commerce Conversions

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e7vengzfpejsnwipq8pu London has emerged as a major hub for digital advertising and marketing, and today one of its faster growing startups is getting some funding to go to the next level. Yieldify, a marketing tech business that has built software to improve and track on-site and email conversions — that is, for e-commerce businesses to keep people shopping, buying and generally interested instead of… Read More

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Translation And Copywriting Platform TextMaster Scores $5M In New Funding

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TextMaster TextMaster, the Belgium startup that offers a platform for content translation, copywriting and proofreading, has raised a new $5 million round of funding, adding to the approximately $3 million previously raised since being founded in 2011. The lead investor is Serena Capital, along with existing backer Alven Capital. Read More

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