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JobToday inks $35M media-for-equity deal with European broadcasters

Job finder app, JobToday, has inked a new media for equity deal worth $35 million. The Luxembourg-based startup is one of several European players seeking to switch CV-style recruitment for blue collar jobs to an faster, app-based interface that returns results based on location and lets potential recruits and employers connect over mobile chat. Rivals include CornerJob, Jobandtalent, inploi and Gig, to name […]

The Kairos Society, an organization for young entrepreneurs, has raised its own venture fund

The Kairos Society isn’t just trying to bring the next generation of entrepreneurs together — it’s investing in their companies, too. The organization today announced a seed fund called Kairos Society Ventures, and the portfolio already includes Abaris (which offers a private-sector alternative to social security), Brazilian education startup Me Salva, Colombian transporation startup Mi […]

Kidizen raises $3.2M for a kids’ clothes resale app with a social twist

Kidizen, a marketplace for secondhand children’s apparel, has raised $3.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced today. The funding was led by Chicago-based Origin Ventures, who backed the startup following its over 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2016, which has allowed the business to reach over a quarter million registered users across the U.S. Also […]

Scoot wants to expand its electric scooter operations globally with a white label service

San Francisco-based electric scooter sharing network Scoot tells TechCrunch it plans to share its backend software with third-party scooter operators in congested cities around the world. The idea, as Scoot’s VP Mike Waltman explained it, is to allow those in other cities who have vehicles to hook into Scoot’s backend operation system, allowing them to also […]

Udacity adds robotics and digital marketing Nanodegree programs, 21 new hiring partners

Today at the inaugural Udacity Intersect conference, the online education startup announced new robotics and digital marketing variants of its popular Nanodegrees — an effort to expand its corpus of  21st century skills-based courses. In addition to the new degrees, Udacity is adding 21 new hiring partners spanning the automotive, defense, tech, hardware and telecommunications industries. And […]

AccelFoods fund for food and beverage innovators reaches $35 million

An accelerator and fund that backs innovative food and beverage companies, AccelFoods, has added $15 million to its second fund, according to founding partners Jordan Gaspar and Lauren Jupiter. AccelFoods has backed brands making products that range from edgy to adorable. Examples are Exo, which makes protein supplements and bars from crickets (yes the insects), Four Sigmatic which […]

Tutoring startup Toot launches into twin policy storms around education and immigration

Earlier this week, as President Donald Trump was readying his second attempt to block immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, two entrepreneurs — a refugee from Iran and the daughter of an Iranian immigrant, were laying the groundwork for the launch of their business aiming to transform educational access. The dichotomy between the founders of Toot, […]

Latch tools up with second smart access product for offices, apartment blocks

New York-based smart lock maker Latch, which targets the enterprise market, selling its locks plus a subscription digital entry management service to building owners wanting to offer value-add services to their tenants, is announcing its second product. The Latch R, which is going up for pre-order now, is a reader-style electronic access product designed for areas such as apartment […]

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