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Announcing the TechCrunch Battlefield of Sub-Saharan Africa agendaAnnouncing%20the%20TechCrunch%20Battlefield%20of%20Sub-Saharan%20Africa%26nbsp%3BagendaStartup Battlefield Africa confettilshitch

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:00:28 +0000

(image)  TechCrunch and Facebook are collaborating to bring TechCrunch’s very first Startup Battlefield to Nairobi, on October 11. The pitch-off competition will feature startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors and founders, as well as TechCrunch editors, will serve as judges to pick the winners in… Read More(image)

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Crunch Report | iOS 11 Now Available to DownloadCrunch%20Report%20%7C%20iOS%2011%20Now%20Available%20to%26nbsp%3BDownloadtitohamze

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:00:05 +0000

iOS 11 is now available to download, First Miso Robotics flipping burger installed in a restaurant and Stack Overflow’s salary calculator. All this on Crunch Report. Read More(image)

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Meet the six finalists at the Disrupt SF Startup BattlefieldMeet%20the%20six%20finalists%20at%20the%20Disrupt%20SF%20Startup%26nbsp%3BBattlefieldtechcrunch disrupt cup battlefieldanthha

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:00:04 +0000

(image)  We’ve just watched 22 startups take the stage as part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF, where they showed off their technology and answered tough questions from expert judges. We’ve winnowed them down to the following six finalists, who will be presenting for a whole new panel of judges. At the end of the day, one of them will take home the Battlefield Cup… Read More(image)

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Electric scooter maker Gogoro raises $300 million for growthElectric%20scooter%20maker%20Gogoro%20raises%20%24300%20million%20for%26nbsp%3BgrowthgogoroJon

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:18:53 +0000

(image)  Electric scooter maker Gogoro has closed a massive $300 million Series C round to expand its service. The company has sold scooters in its native Taiwan since 2015, and it Europe it offers them on a short-term rental basis. That’s in Berlin, Germany, and Paris, France, where Gogoro provides a combined 1,600 scooters for an on-demand sharing service that’s operated by… Read More(image)

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Boundless helps you navigate the US immigration labyrinth for your partnerBoundless%20helps%20you%20navigate%20the%20US%20immigration%20labyrinth%20for%20your%26nbsp%3Bpartnerboundless-147A3559mike-butcher

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:10:20 +0000

(image)  Boundless is a Seattle based startup addressing the enormous issue of applying for immigrant status in the US. Founder Xiao Wang came to the US over when he was young from China. “My family spent five months of rent money on immigration lawyers because we just didn’t know how to do it and didn’t know any better. And this is an experience that’s repeated by millions… Read More(image)

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Onēva expands platform for child and elder care, housecleaningOn%C4%93va%20expands%20platform%20for%20child%20and%20elder%20care%2C%26nbsp%3Bhousecleaningtcdisrupt_sf17-oneva-2431roofkatie

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:46:18 +0000

(image)  Trust is one of the most important aspects of selecting a caregiver and Onēva believes that it has a vetting process that’s better than the rest. The San Francisco-based booking platform for elder, child and special needs care, screens its applicants with fingerprinting technology and FBI background checks as well as reference checks and interviews. Onēva touts a 6% acceptance rate. It… Read More(image)

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Tomorrow looks to make it easier to draw up plans for a will and life insuranceTomorrow%20looks%20to%20make%20it%20easier%20to%20draw%20up%20plans%20for%20a%20will%20and%20life%26nbsp%3Binsurancetomorrowmatthewlynley

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:33:17 +0000

(image)  Talking about filling out a will and setting up life insurance is probably one of the more sensitive subjects you’ll tackle as you get older — but Dave Hanley says it’s something that a lot of people end up dodging altogether. That’s why he started Tomorrow, a company that makes it easier to set up life insurance and how assets and guardianship are divvied up. Rather… Read More(image)

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What working on Pebble taught me about building hardwareWhat%20working%20on%20Pebble%20taught%20me%20about%20building%26nbsp%3Bhardwarecalm-hardwareshieberj

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:30:19 +0000

(image)  Building hardware is fun but tough. We worked on Pebble for a full four years before we launched on Kickstarter in 2012. We went on to sell over $230 million worth of Pebbles, or just over 2 million watches. While it wasn’t our top goal to sell to Fitbit last year, I’m grateful that they’re continuing to work on low-power, fun, hackable smartwatches. Startups in general are… Read More(image)

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Verbal common sense will prevent AIs from harvesting kings and unlocking orangesVerbal%20common%20sense%20will%20prevent%20AIs%20from%20harvesting%20kings%20and%20unlocking%26nbsp%3Borangeslanguage-botdevin

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:28:05 +0000

(image)  If I hand you an apple, you know from experience that it isn’t something you can drive. And the tree it came from can’t be woven, or its seeds bandied. You know that’s nonsense, but AIs don’t have the benefit of years spent navigating the world, and as such have no real idea as to what you can do with what — but a little common sense could be coming their way. Read More(image)

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Here are the best ARKit apps for iOS 11 you should try right nowHere%20are%20the%20best%20ARKit%20apps%20for%20iOS%2011%20you%20should%20try%20right%26nbsp%3BnowApple ARkitfitztepper

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:26:50 +0000

(image)  Apple just released iOS 11 to the public, and a big feature is ARKit, the company’s SDK that lets developers easily create cool augmented reality apps. Even though Apple announced ARKit a few months ago, there aren’t a ton of good options available right now to test out AR on your phone. But we’ve found a few good ones that will at least let you see the potential of… Read More(image)

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Poshtel launches an international network of luxe pop-up shipping container suitesPoshtel%20launches%20an%20international%20network%20of%20luxe%20pop-up%20shipping%20container%26nbsp%3Bsuitesposhtel-147A3527taylortechcrunch

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:20:17 +0000

(image)  Launching on the Disrupt 2017 Startup Battlefield stage, the Danish startup Poshtel is really, really into shipping containers. And with good reason. The modular, industrial train car-esque structures are a versatile idea for the near future of housing, from providing permanent homes for the houseless to giving backpackers on a budget somewhere to crash for a night. While Poshtel sounds… Read More(image)

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M8 wants your friends to be the matchmakerM8%20wants%20your%20friends%20to%20be%20the%26nbsp%3Bmatchmakertcdisrupt_sf17-m8-2391roofkatie

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:10:48 +0000

(image)  Forget algorithms. M8 is a dating app that’s powered by human matchmakers. And these aren’t just any matchmakers, they’re your friends! M8 is unveiling its concept for a different dating app at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Battlefield competition in San Francisco. Read More(image)

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Olfaguard is an electronic nose for smelling pathogens in food factoriesOlfaguard%20is%20an%20electronic%20nose%20for%20smelling%20pathogens%20in%20food%26nbsp%3Bfactoriestcdisrupt_sf17_olfaguard-3492sarahbuhr

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:47:48 +0000

(image)  Mitigating risk of food-borne illnesses can be a costly and time-consuming business for food manufacturers — but one that is necessary. With what it calls an electronic “sniffer,” Olfaguard, a new Toronto-based startup, is working to reduce the time it takes food manufacturers to discover food-borne pathogens like Salmonella and E. Coli in the food we buy. Read More(image)

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By integrating with lenders and carriers, Matic makes it easier to buy homeowner’s insuranceBy%20integrating%20with%20lenders%20and%20carriers%2C%20Matic%20makes%20it%20easier%20to%20buy%20homeowner%26%238217%3Bs%20insurancematicsarahintampa

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:37:24 +0000

(image)  Matic, a company that wants to make the process of finding the right homeowner’s insurance easier and more efficient, is launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt. If you’ve ever shopped for homeowner’s insurance, you know the process can be challenging, especially for first-time home buyers who aren’t familiar with coverages, how they vary, or why they should pick one… Read More(image)

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Lilu’s compression bra aims to help nursing mothers pump more milk fasterLilu%26%238217%3Bs%20compression%20bra%20aims%20to%20help%20nursing%20mothers%20pump%20more%20milk%26nbsp%3Bfastertcdisrupt_sf17-lilu-2467sarahintampa

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:26:31 +0000

(image)  A startup called Lilu took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco to show off their prototype bra designed to help breastfeeding mothers pump milk more efficiently, and hands-free. The device, which is meant to be worn over or even attached to a standard nursing bra, utilizes a built-in compression mechanism that simulates the breast massage that some mothers perform to help… Read More(image)

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Augmedics is building augmented reality glasses for spinal surgeryAugmedics%20is%20building%20augmented%20reality%20glasses%20for%20spinal%26nbsp%3Bsurgeryaugmedics-147A3438romaindillet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:12:49 +0000

(image)  Meet Augmedics, an Israeli startup working on augmented reality headsets for surgeons performing spinal surgery. The company is participating in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Computer assisted surgery systems are nothing new. Plenty of surgeons look at a screen while performing an operation. But Vizor is something new. Instead of making you look away from your patient,… Read More(image)

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Benchmark principal Kris Fredrickson leaves for another firmBenchmark%20principal%20Kris%20Fredrickson%20leaves%20for%20another%26nbsp%3Bfirmm o n e y t r a i lmdickey

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:48:23 +0000

(image)  Amidst all the drama happening between former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Benchmark, Kris Fredrickson has left his role as principal at Benchmark to join Coatue Management, Recode reports. Benchmark has since confirmed Fredrickson’s departure on Twitter. 1/ Thrilled for @krisfredrickson to join Coatue as Partner. Terrific opportunity. Grateful for all Kris has done for @benchmark!… Read More(image)

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Future astronauts could ‘feel’ alien ground with new space bootsFuture%20astronauts%20could%20%26%238216%3Bfeel%26%238217%3B%20alien%20ground%20with%20new%20space%26nbsp%3Bbootsnasa-moonwalketherin

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:09:33 +0000

(image)  New technology developed by Draper labs could help astronauts actually feel the ground beneath them. The product in question is a boot, outfitted with sensors and feedback motors that generate tactile response based on what they detect. You may not have worn space boots in the past, but they’re very similar to any standard heavy boot – albeit likely heavier or at least thicker… Read More(image)

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A bunch of Amazon customers were told about a purchase on their non-existent baby registriesA%20bunch%20of%20Amazon%20customers%20were%20told%20about%20a%20purchase%20on%20their%20non-existent%20baby%26nbsp%3BregistriesAmazon expanding in Eastern Europesarahbuhr

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:00:16 +0000

(image)  Something weird is going on over at Amazon. It seems the online retail giant is randomly telling some customers about purchases on their baby registry. The problem is these customers say they don’t have a baby registry — and some don’t even have a baby. Read More(image)

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Citizen’s controversial crime tracker expands to SF, picks up $12 million from SequoiaCitizen%E2%80%99s%20controversial%20crime%20tracker%20expands%20to%20SF%2C%20picks%20up%20%2412%20million%20from%26nbsp%3BSequoiaScreen Shot 2017-09-19 at 1.15.20 PMtaylortechcrunch

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:47:55 +0000

(image)  The app formerly known as Vigilante isn’t going away. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, the crime tracker now known as Citizen announced that its parent company Sp0n has raised a $12 million Series A round led by Sequoia Capital. Paired with the funding news, Citizen, previously exclusive to New York City, will open its crime-conscious geogates to San Francisco. Read More(image)

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