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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
Tend.ai raises $2M for robot arms that operate multiple 3D printers and workshop machines
Back in June, Tend.ai came out of stealth with its versatile system allowing a robot arm to tend to a dozen or more printers, laser cutters, and other modern workshop tools. Now the company has raised $2 million to continue its work, courtesy of True Ventures. Tend.ai’s software allows... Read more
Resolver plans to use AI to make your customer complaint stick
Whenever I receive bad service from a brand, I typically fire off an angry tweet and hope the company or organisation I’m complaining about notices the blue tick next to my name and takes action accordingly. It’s ungracious, makes me look like a bit of a dick, and similar... Read more
Does Gillette know your name?
Sophie Bakalar Crunch Network Contributor Sophie invests in consumer products at Collaborative Fund in New York. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network What innovations are you most excited about right now? My guess is that when you’re scrolling through tech blogs or Product Hunt, you’re... Read more