Macron defends the European way of tech regulation

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech at VivaTech in Paris, alternating between French and English. He defended a third way to regulate tech companies, which is different from the U.S. and from China. Macron thinks Europe should have a say when it comes to regulation — and it shouldn’t be just about privacy. Of course, he defended GDPR and online privacy, but he also talked about taxes, cyberbullying, the protection of independent workers and more. What is at stake […]

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Klevio launches its smart intercom and app that lets you open doors remotely

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

Klevio, a smart home startup out of the U.K., is officially launching its first product: a smart intercom system that lets you control your front door lock via an iOS and Android app on your phone and remotely. Dubbed “Klevio One,” the device is designed to be retrofitted to existing electric strike-enabled locks, and also interfaces with intercom systems found on the communal doors of apartment blocks. This, say its makers, means that it is better suited to flats than […]

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Announcing the 15 companies competing in Startup Battlefield Europe

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

TechCrunch scoured all of Europe to find the most innovative and disruptive early-stage startups to launch at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Europe 2018 at VivaTech. And today starting at 9:05 am CET on the TechCrunch homepage you can watch the pitches from the latest 15 Startup Battlefield companies.  Each company will pitch for six minutes on the Pitch B stage at VivaTech, followed by a rigorous six-minute Q&A with esteemed judges from all over Europe. Five companies will be selected to […]

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Revolut adds Ripple and Bitcoin Cash support

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

Fintech startup Revolut is adding Bitcoin Cash and Ripple to its cryptocurrency feature. While cryptocurrency isn’t really Revolut’s focus point, it’s a good way to get started with cryptocurrencies. If you have a Revolut account, you can now buy and hold Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash. Behind the scene, the startup has partnered with Bitstamp to process the transactions. Revolut currently charges a 1.5 percent fee for cryptocurrency transactions. There are currently 100,000 cryptocurrency transactions per day. Compared […]

GUN raises more than $1.5M for its decentralized database system

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

GUN is an open-source decentralized database service that allows developers to build fast peer-to-peer applications that will work, even when their users are offline. The company behind the project (which should probably change its name and logo…) today announced that it has raised just over $1.5 million in a seed round led by Draper Associates. Other investors include Salesforce’s Marc Benioff through Aloha Angels, as well as Boost VC, CRCM and other angel investors. As GUN founder Mark Nadal told […]

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Ring’s Jamie Siminoff and Clinc’s Jason Mars to join us at Disrupt SF

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Disrupt SF is set to be the biggest tech conference that TechCrunch has ever hosted. So it only makes sense that we plan an agenda fit for the occasion. That’s why we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Ring’s Jamie Siminoff will join us on stage for a fireside chat and Jason Mars from Clinc will be demo-ing first-of-its-kind technology on the Disrupt SF stage. Jamie Siminoff – Ring Earlier this year, Ring became Amazon’s second largest acquisition ever, selling to […]

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Hugging Face raises $4 million for its artificial BFF

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Chatbot startup Hugging Face has raised a $4 million seed round led by Ronny Conway from a_capital. Existing investors Betaworks, SV Angel and Kevin Durant are also participating. I already reviewed Hugging Face so I won’t write the same thing again. But the startup has been building a chatbot app with a strong personality for bored teenagers. Instead of focusing on customer support or convenience, Hugging Face is focusing on emotions and entertainment. It’s been available in the App Store […]

If you want to succeed, let fires burn

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Not all problems need immediate solutions.  Entrepreneurs can feel like most of their job is extinguishing metaphorical fires, but spending too much time trying to solve problems can burn the chance for success.  On the second episode of “Masters of Scale,” LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman explains why it’s important to let fires burn.  “Deciding which fires you let burn, and how long you let them burn for, can make the difference between success and failure,” says Hoffman. Better get used […]

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Tempow raises $4 million to improve Bluetooth

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

French startup Tempow has raised a $4 million funding round. Balderton Capital led the round, with C4 Ventures also participating. The company has been working on improving the Bluetooth protocol to make it more versatile. Smartphones, speakers and connected devices all use Bluetooth in one way or another. There are only a handful of Bluetooth chipset manufacturers in the world, such as Qualcomm and Broadcom. While Bluetooth chips have become incredibly efficient as they use much less power than they […]

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Platform.sh raises $34 million to simplify cloud deployment

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

French startup Platform.sh has raised a $34 million funding round. The company wants to help you manage your cloud infrastructure by handling the most tedious part of the job. When you use Platform.sh for your application, the startup is going to handle testing and deployment to your cloud infrastructure. Every time you want to iterate and update your application to a new version, deployment is as easy as a git commit. Partech is leading the round, with Idinvest Partners, Benhamou […]