Category Archives for Startups

Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics gets $11.5 million to create a mainstream robot for the home

 Hardware startup Misty Robotics has a daunting task ahead of it. The Boulder-based company is working on a robot aimed at mainstream consumers for employment in the home and office. But Misty certainly has a solid foundation, as a spinoff of robotic toy maker Sphero, coupled with an $11.5 million Series A led by Venrock and Foundry Group. The new company employs about half a dozen former… Read More

‘All roads do lead back to Shenzhen,’ according to Indiegogo’s Sandy Diao

 Shenzhen has been called China’s Silicon Valley (or at least one of its Silicon Valleys). A panel on hardware startups at TechCrunch Shenzhen took a stab at explaining why.
“There’s a new startup model coming out of Shenzhen,” said Eli Harris, whose startup Ecoflow is building the River Mobile Power Station. The city’s history as “the land of OEM… Read More

Qunar co-founder Fritz Demopoulos says startup success in China requires a 10-year commitment

 Fritz Demopoulos, who co-founded Chinese travel portal Qunar and now makes early-stage startup investments through Queen’s Road Capital, said that if he had a single piece of advice for founders looking to pursue their “China dream,” it boils down to one word: “Commitment.”
Demopoulos was interviewed on-stage at TechCrunch Shenzhen, which we organized with TechNode. Read More

Nestlé leads $77M round for healthy meal startup Freshly

Freshly Freshly has raised a big funding round from a big name — the U.S. division of food and beverage giant Nestlé. Co-founder and CEO Michael Wystrach has pitched the startup as a way to get healthy, on-demand meals. That doesn’t mean you order from Freshly every time you want to eat — instead, you get one delivery  of all your meals for the week. Then, when you’re hungry,… Read More

Microsoft launches a new AI startup program at Station F in Paris

 Microsoft is rethinking its strategy when it comes to startup acceleration in Paris. The company is going to focus on artificial intelligence. This will lead to a new program for AI startups at Station F.
Microsoft has had a startup accelerator in the Sentier neighborhood for a few years now. When Station F opens at the end of June, the company is going to focus exclusively on artificial… Read More

Time Warner will spend $100M on Snapchat original shows and ads

 Time Warner and Snap Inc. have announced a new deal that will bring increased ad spending and the development of new made-for-Snapchat shows. People familiar with the deal tell TechCrunch that it is valued at about $100 million spent over the next two years. The newly created shows will span a variety of genres, including scripted drama, daily news shows, documentaries and comedy. The shows… Read More
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