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Lookiero, the online personal shopping service for clothes and accessories, has announced it has closed a $19 million funding round led by venture capital fund MMC Ventures with support from existing investor All Iron Ventures, and new investors Bonsai Partners, 10x and Santander Smart. Founded in 2015 by Oier Urrutia, Lookiero combines the knowledge of […]

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Global research and advisory firm Aite Group has launched a new report called The Payments Transformation Race: Criteria for Success, commissioned by Icon Solutions. Based on a global survey of senior executives at the world’s top-tier banks, it reveals that high costs, low margins and increasingly commoditised business models are eroding payment profits, resulting in […]

More View New research shows 65% of banks struggle with payment profitability workspace

Amazon must be pretty happy after tonight’s primetime Emmy Awards, where its shows “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” dominated the comedy categories. “Fleabag” did particularly well, winning the big award for Comedy Series, as well as additional awards for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Phoebe Waller-Bridge, pictured above), Writing for a Comedy Series […]

More View Amazon’s ‘Fleabag’ wins four Emmys, including best comedy series workspace

It makes lazy people like me work out. That’s the genius of the Peloton bicycle. All you have to do is velcro on the shoes and you’re trapped. You’ve eliminated choice and you will exercise. Through a succession of savvy product design choice I’ll break down here, Peloton removes the friction to getting fit. It’s the […]

More View How Peloton made sweat addictive enough to IPO workspace

If you’re at all familiar with esports, chances are you’ve heard of 100 Thieves. The esports org, founded by Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, has grown over the past couple years into an absolute powerhouse of esports and a household name for those who follow gaming. Which is why we’re thrilled to have Nadeshot and 100 Thieves […]

More View 100 Thieves’ Nadeshot and Scooter Braun are coming to Disrupt workspace

“Terrace House” (a co-production between Netflix and Fuji Television) is back, and it hasn’t changed much since we reviewed it last year. As with previous seasons, “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020” features six cast members (three men and three women, mostly in their twenties) who all live in a house together. Rather than manufacturing competition or […]

More View Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’ is still the most soothing reality show around workspace

According to a new WSJ report, certain members of WeWork’s seven-person board, which includes cofounder and CEO Adam Neumann, are planning to pressure Neumann to step down and instead become We’s non-executive chairman. The move, says the outlet, “would allow him to stay stay at the company he built into one of the country’s most […]

More View As Adam Neumann reportedly faces pressure to step down, it’s looking like a fight for life between WeWork and SoftBank workspace

We might have just completed a full-day program devoted completely to enterprise at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise last week, but it doesn’t mean we plan to sell that subject short at TechCrunch Disrupt next month in San Francisco. In fact, we have something for everyone from startups to established public companies and everything in between along […]

More View TechCrunch Disrupt offers plenty of options for attendees with an eye on the enterprise workspace

iFixit has disassembled Apple’s new iPhone models, which tells us more about the differences with last year’s phones. iFixit shot a live-stream video of the iPhone 11 Pro teardown and wrote a guide for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The first major difference is that the batteries in the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 […]

More View iPhone 11 Pro teardown reveals smaller logic board, larger battery workspace

Last week someone knocked out 5% of world oil production with a small swarm of drones and cruise missiles, and in doing so, inaugurated “a change in the nature of warfare globally,” to quote The Independent. These were relatively crude drones, too. Let’s pause a moment to imagine what happens if and when sophisticated autonomous […]

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Hey all. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about Apple’s aggressive moves to change the gaming market. […]

More View Week in Review: Is a new golden age of piracy around the corner? workspace

As Facebook prepares to launch its new cryptocurrency Libra in 2020, it’s putting the pieces in place to help it run. In one of the latest developments, it has acquired Servicefriend, a startup that built bots — chat clients for messaging apps based on artificial intelligence — to help customer service teams, TechCrunch has confirmed. […]

More View Facebook has acquired Servicefriend, which builds ‘hybrid’ chatbots, for Calibra customer service workspace

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a 35-year-old billionaire who keeps refusing to sit in front of international parliamentarians to answer questions about his ad business’ impact on democracy and human rights around the world, has a new piece of accountability theatre to sell you: An “Oversight Board“. Not of Facebook’s business itself. Though you’d be forgiven […]

More View Meet Facebook’s latest fake workspace

Alchemist Accelerator, a startup incubator which focuses on enterprise companies, held a demo day yesterday for its 22nd batch. Each company got 5 minutes to tell a theater full of investors who they are, what they’re building, and why they might be the best to build it. We saw companies working on everything from industrial […]

More View Here are the 22 companies from Alchemist Accelerator’s Demo Day XXII workspace

Aicha Evans, CEO of self-driving startup Zoox, is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in just two short weeks. Evans came on board to Zoox earlier this year following the unexpected firing of co-founder and former CEO Tim Kentley-Klay in August. At the time of the announcement, Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson told […]

More View Zoox CEO Aicha Evans to talk self-driving cars at Disrupt SF 2019 workspace

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy news pertaining to startups and venture capital. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I profiled an e-commerce startup Part & Parcel. Before that, I wrote about Stripe’s grand plans. Remember, you can […]

More View Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service workspace

Back in January, Blackstone — the investment firm whose assets under management surpassed a jaw-dropping half a trillion dollars earlier this year — quietly began piecing together a new, growth equity platform called Blackstone Growth, or BXG. Step one was hiring away Jon Korngold from General Atlantic, where he’d spent the previous 18 years, including […]

More View Want to crush competitors? Forget SoftBank, Blackstone suggests; it can write $500 million checks, too workspace

Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open-source developer removing a couple of key pieces of software from the project, bringing down some parts of Chef’s commercial business. Chef intends to […]

More View Chef CEO says he’ll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests workspace

We’re going to try something new at Disrupt this year, based on the great response we’ve been getting to our startup how-to coverage. We’re going to put service provider experts on our Q&A stage, where you can talk to them directly in-person about key topics like growth, fundraising and recruiting. To help kick off this […]

More View Get advice on the latest growth tactics from Demand Curve at Disrupt SF workspace

Matchstick Ventures, a seed-stage firm that says it invests in “rapidly growing, yet underserved startup ecosystems,” announced this week that it has raised $30 million for its second fund. That’s a lot more money than the firm’s $5 million seed round. This time, Matchstick says it will write initial checks of around $500,000, and in […]

More View Matchstick Ventures raises $30M to back startups in the northern US and the Rockies workspace

The FAA has warned against equipping your drone with weapons such as flamethrowers and handguns. But can a nail gun really be considered a weapon — that is, outside of Quake? Let’s hope not, because roboticists at the University of Michigan have made a roofing drone that uses that tool to autonomously nail shingles into […]

More View Take cover, it’s a drone with a nail gun! workspace

John Maeda has been a professor at the MIT Media Lab, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, designer partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins and most recently served as the head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic. So perhaps it’s no surprise that he made another big leap with his latest job, […]

More View Publicis Sapient’s John Maeda explains how big companies can think like startups workspace

Less than 24 hours after YouTube announced that it would be changing its creator verification process, CEO Susan Wojcicki admitted that the news hasn’t gone over very well. “To our creators & users – I’m sorry for the frustration & hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification,” Wojcicki tweeted. “While trying to […]

More View YouTube CEO says it ‘missed the mark’ with verification overhaul workspace

Security is in everything, it’s everywhere and it’s everyone’s responsibility. What part are you playing? At TechCrunch Disrupt SF on October 2-4, we’re proud to have onstage some of the smartest security executives and highest-ranking officials ready to talk shop. Security will be front and center of Disrupt SF, with our panels and experts ready […]

More View Here are the security sessions you can’t miss at Disrupt SF workspace

It’s been another hard week at MIT. Our campus has been divided by revelations of inappropriate fundraising, coverups, and the harboring of far too many tech geniuses who seemingly put their own interests and careers over the safety of women, among other marginalized groups. As a chaplain to students and faculty at the Institute, but […]

More View ‘Am I as brave as I think I am?’ MIT Media Lab student Arwa Mboya on the aftermath of a scandal workspace

On Sundays in October, Tinder is launching in its dating app an “interactive adventure” called “Swipe Night” that will present a narrative where users make a series of choices in order to proceed. This sort of choose-your-own-adventure format has been more recently popularized by Netflix and others as a new way to engage with digital […]

More View Tinder’s interactive series ‘Swipe Night’ could bring a needed boost to user engagement workspace

In November 2020, America will go to the polls to vote in perhaps the most consequential election in a generation. The winner will lead the country amid great social, economic and ecological unrest. The 2020 election will be a referendum on both the current White House and the direction of the country at large. Nearly […]

More View Ten questions for 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer workspace

Walmart is planning to pull electronic cigarettes from its stores. “Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam’s Club U.S. locations,” a company spokesman said in an email. “We will complete our exit after […]

More View Update: Walmart is pulling electronic cigarettes from store shelves workspace

Amazon today is introducing a new perk for Prime members: free mobile game content. The company, which already offers Twitch Prime benefits through its subsidiary, will now give its Prime members various in-game items for PUBG Mobile, the popular battle royale title from Tencent. The items launching today include an exclusive Infiltrator Mask, Infiltrator Jacket, […]

More View Amazon Prime adds free mobile game content to its perks, starting with PUBG Mobile workspace

Facebook has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps connected to its platform which it suspects may be collecting large amounts of user profile data. That’s a sharp rise from the 400 apps flagged a year ago by the company’s investigation in the wake of Cambridge Analytica, a scandal that saw tens of millions of Facebook […]

More View Facebook has suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps suspected of hoarding data workspace

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