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MakerBot’s technology of the future grapples with its rocky past
Seated in a chair a few feet away, you still have to strain to hear Nadav Goshen speak. He’s quiet, but thoughtful. And, from the looks of it, slightly nervous. It’s clear that the serial executive isn’t used to the spotlight as he sits down for his first interview... Read more
Chip’s new chatbot app points the way to ‘plugin banking’
When London fintech startup Chip launched late last year, the company’s vision was something a lot more ambitious than a simple ‘micro savings’ app delivered through a millennial-friendly chatbot. Instead, the plan was always to become a fully-fledged banking app that ‘plugs’ into your existing bank accounts and adds... Read more
Blackstorm Labs and Rakuten launch R Games to build high-fidelity HTML5 games
Blackstorm Labs, a startup that’s working to build technology that brings developers tools to get out games and apps more quickly through HTML5, today said it is working with Rakuten to build a new entity called R Games that will serve as a hub for games in Japan and... Read more
Instacart agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit for $4.6 million
On the heels of a $400 million round at a $3.4 billion valuation, Instacart has agreed on a $4.65 million fee to settle a class-action lawsuit around claims that the on-demand grocery delivery startup misclassified its personal shoppers as independent contractors, and also failed to reimburse them for their work expenses,... Read more
The 52 startups that launched at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 1
Today was Y Combinator’s 24th Demo Day, where the accelerator shows off its fresh companies to investors. International, AI, and hardware products were the emergent themes of the 52 companies that launched. “The international tour seemed to work” says YC President Sam Altman, who helped put on ‘Startup School’... Read more
Apollo Box is applying AR to drive lifestyle ecommerce
What is augmented reality good for? Product visualization to encourage online shopping, reckons Santa Clara-based startup Apollo Box, which launched an online marketplace for an eclectic selection of lifestyle products almost a year ago — before spicing up the ecommerce experience with an AR feature called ‘Teleport’. It’s been testing AR... Read more
2017 is the year your startup gets funded
Nathan Beckord Crunch Network 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: How to join the network The turn of the calendar is cathartic for entrepreneurs... Read more
TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio
Over the past two days, 13 startups have taken the stage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. Now our editorial team has finished deliberating with the expert judges (seriously, expert) and chosen four finalists who will be competing for the big prize of $50,000, as well as a trophy that we like to call the... Read more
Here is Faraday Future’s first production car, the FF 91
At a very big event in Las Vegas ahead of CES, Faraday Future held a huge event where it showed off the FF 91 — its first production car — and show off a few of its features. Faraday Future has been in the news a lot lately, but... Read more
The ‘Uber for X’ Fad Will Pass Because Only Uber Is Uber
“Uber for X” has been the headline of more than four hundred news articles. Thousands of would-be entrepreneurs used the phrase to describe their companies in their pitch decks. On one site alone—AngelList, where startups can court angel investors and employees—526 companies included “Uber for” in their listings. As... Read more