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Adyen confirms an IPO in Amsterdam, valuing the payments giant at $7B-$11B

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

The floodgates are definitely open for IPOs in the tech world right now, and the latest is coming out of Europe. Adyen, a company that powers payments for large and smaller e-commerce merchants and others, has said that it plans to publicly list on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange, keeping the company’s financial future close to where Adyen itself was founded and is based rather than taking it to the US markets as some other European unicorns, like Spotify, have opted to […]

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Disrupt Berlin 2-for-1 passes go live next week: Sign up today

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

Achtung, meine Damen und Herren! Dust off your German, hop on a plane, a train or the Autobahn and join us, along with thousands of tech founders, makers, innovators, investors and early-stage startups, at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. Better yet, join us at our most affordable price. On May 30 at 12pm CEST / 6am EDT we’re offering a limited number of two Innovator passes for just €695. Sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll send you an email letting […]

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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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Microsoft and Publicis unveil Marcel, an AI-based productivity platform for the ad giant

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

Microsoft under CEO Satya Nadella has refocussed to double down on enterprise, artificial intelligence and cloud services, and today the company took the wraps a new project for advertising giant Publicis that shows how it is leveraging all three to expand its business. At an event in Paris, the CEOs of the two companies unveiled Marcel, a new platform comprised of multiple apps using AI, social networking mechanics, voice recognition, predictive analytics and more aimed at getting Publicis’ 80,000 employees […]

Executives from Israel’s entrants into the flying car business are landing on our stage in Tel Aviv

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

Of all of the visions of the future that have been rolled out over the years, perhaps none have had as persistent a hold on the imagination as flying cars (well… maybe jetpacks… But flying cars are right up there). As these technologies move from the realms of the plausible to the probable, they’re finding a launching pad in the Israeli startup scene. At our upcoming conference in Tel Aviv you’ll hear from two of the designers of our grand […]

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Facebook is updating how you can authenticate your account logins

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

You’ll soon have more options for staying secure on Facebook with two-factor authentication. Facebook is simplifying the process for two-factor verification on its platform so you won’t have to give the company your phone number just to bring additional security to your device. The company announced today that it is adding support for third-party authentication apps like Duo Security and Google Authenticator while streamlining the setup process to make it easier to get moving with it in the first place. […]

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Square brings its Stand for iPad tablets to the UK

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Square, the company that provides payments and other business services to merchants, is today taking another step in its gradual expansion outside of the U.S. Stand — one of Square’s key pieces of hardware, turning an iPad into a point of sale system — is launching in the U.K. It will sell for £64 (+VAT) and will be sold alongside existing products that Square offers in the U.K. — Square Reader, its Point of Sale app, Instant Deposit, Virtual Terminal […]

Apple reportedly partners with Volkswagen for self-driving employee shuttles

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Apple has decided to work with Volkswagen for some of its self-driving car efforts, The New York Times reported today. The plan, according to the NYT, is to turn some of Volkswagen’s T6 Transporter vans into autonomous shuttles for employees. However, this project is reportedly behind schedule and taking up much of the time of Apple’s autonomous driving team. According to the NYT, Apple’s lengthy talks pertaining to partnerships with manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz have ended. A Volkswagen T6 […]

How [and why] I invest in startups

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Ashton Kutcher Contributor Share on Twitter Ashton Kutcher is an actor and investor. He is the co-founder of Sound Ventures. A lot of people ask me how I choose to invest in startups. Stage? Revenue metrics? Sector? I’m not proactively funding at different stages. I’m proactively funding brilliant people trying to solve hard problems. Focusing on this simple goal of identifying and enabling amazing entrepreneurs to create a better tomorrow is the crux of my investment strategy. My startup investment […]

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Tinder Places tracks your location to help you find matches

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Tinder will now help you find matches with those people you may cross paths with in your day-to-day life. As promised earlier, the company today is announcing the launch of a new location-based feature that will narrow down your list of potential dating prospects to those who hit up your same bar for after-work drinks, or who stop by your favorite coffee shop for their daily caffeine fix, or who work out at your same gym. Yes, that’s right – […]