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London’s mayor announces £1.6M clean tech incubator

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a clean tech incubator aimed at sparking a new startup cluster in the UK capital focused on helping to foster the development of low-carbon and clean-tech products which are aimed at tackling the causes and effects of climate change. Among the issues the mayor wants London-based businesses to contribute ideas […]

Let’s meet in Columbus this week

 It’s a bit short notice but I’ll be in Columbus this week and I’d love to meet you all on Thursday at 5pm at the Wolf’s Ridge Tap Room. You can RSVP here. There is limited space so please pick up a ticket early. We’ll have a quick pitch-off in preparation for Disrupt SF and […]

OwnLocal acquires Wanderful, a local deal startup backed by newspaper giants

OwnLocal has acquired Wanderful Media, brining two companies focused on local advertising and deals together. OwnLocal works with local newspapers to turn traditional print ads into digital campaigns. Wanderful, meanwhile, operates Find&Save, a website and app that brings the newspaper deals and coupons online. So there are some obvious similarities. The big reason for the […]

Unpacking Pinterest’s $150M Series Whatever

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: In a slightly surprising move, Pinterest raised $150 million from private investors this week. The round is notable for a few reasons: The company is widely tipped to be heading for an early 2018 IPO. […]

Let’s meet in Warsaw in July

Just in time for Disrupt SF I’d like to invite you all to a micro meet-up in Warsaw on July 4. We’ll be holding it at Campus Warsaw, 33C Ząbkowska, 03-736 Warszawa, Poland. The fun starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm with some after-event drinks nearby. The winner of the pitch-off will get a […]

Acast introduces programmatic ads to its podcast platform

Acast says it’s time for podcasts to embrace programmatic advertising. With its publishing and monetization tools, Acast has already moved beyond the generally low-tech state of podcast advertising — think of many podcasts still play the same outdated ads when you download old episodes — but launching a marketplace for programmatic (i.e., automated algorithmic) ad-buying […]

Andy Rubin’s Essential has reportedly raised $300 million

Hype hasn’t been an issue for Andy Rubin’s new hardware startup, Essential. Speculation has been circling the Android founder’s next move since he unceremoniously parted ways with Google. Funding, it seems, hasn’t really been a problem, either. Bloomberg is reporting that the nascent smartphone maker has raised $300 million to bring its technology to the […]

Spektral raises $2.8 million for development of AI-powered green screen technology

The augmented reality acquisition space is hot — Facebook, Snap, Apple and others are throwing money at teams and technologies that promise to increase user engagement. Spektral, a Danish startup, is the latest venture-backed visual effects company setting its sights on the massive space. Spektral is announcing a $2.8 million round today from Litecap and […]

Revolut takes venture debt from Triplepoint Capital before ‘impending large equity round’

Revolut, the rather noisy London fintech startup that offers a card and current account features, coupled with low currency exchange, has taken venture debt from U.S.-based Triplepoint Capital, according to a regulatory filing. The amount remains undisclosed, though I understand the financing is to see the company through to a much larger Series B round […]

London-based Trint raises $3.1M for AI-driven transcription service

London-based Trint, a startup co-founded by Emmy-winning journalist Jeff Kofman, is tackling a paint-point I know all too well: the time it takes to transcribe an interview (or any audio) accurately. To solve this particular problem the company is employing machine learning and speech-to-text technology to automate transcribing, but — perhaps crucially — outputting the […]

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