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  • Venture Investors Get Fashion Fever As Early Stage Deals Soar

    21 October 2014, 10:52 am by: Christine Magee

     Editor’s Note: Christine Magee is an analyst for CrunchBase. There’s a brand new dance in venture capital, as investors have gone fashion-mad. After watching JustFab and Gilt Groupe explode into billion dollar companies while Warby Parker raised over…
  • Morten Lund Looks Back At His Past Failures

    21 October 2014, 10:33 am by: Romain Dillet

     Serial entrepreneur and investor Morten Lund joined us on stage with Mike Butcher to look back at his past ventures. Most of them turned out to be failures. Lund is now even famous for declaring personal bankruptcy even though he was one of the first angel…
  • Google Launches USB Security Key Support To Keep Accounts Safe

    21 October 2014, 10:23 am by: Frederic Lardinois

     For the longest time now, Google has recommended that users enable two-factor authentication for their accounts on its platforms (and anywhere else, really). But starting today, it is launching a second — even more secure — method for those who really…
  • Mobile Marketing Company Fiksu Takes On $10M In Debt Funding From Silicon Valley Bank

    21 October 2014, 10:12 am by: Sarah Perez

     Mobile marketing and ad tech company Fiksu announced this morning $10 million in debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank, after a year which saw it hiring 100 new employees, bringing its total headcount to 300, and seeing revenues of over $100 million. The…
  • Bigcommerce and Alibaba.com Announce Site Integration

    21 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Catherine Shu

     Bigcommerce, an online store platform for small-to-medium sized businesses and Alibaba.com announced an integration today that will allow Bigcommerce’s merchants to source goods directly from Alibaba.com through its platform. Read More
  • Microsoft Drops Nokia Name, Sticks With ‘Lumia’ For Windows Phones

    21 October 2014, 8:09 am by: Darrell Etherington

     After a long and complicated relationship that first involved just a close partnership with Nokia handling hardware duties, and then Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s phone-making business during what appeared to be a fairly acrimonious separation, there will be…
  • Apple Patent Hints Remote Unlocking And Trunk Operation Possible For Future CarPlay

    21 October 2014, 7:39 am by: Darrell Etherington

     Apple has secured a new patent that suggests it may add more features and capabilities to its automotive software in the future. The patent, published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), describes a system in which an iPhone acts as an automatic car…
  • Snowflake Computing Emerges From Stealth With $26M In Funding To Modernize The Data Warehouse

    21 October 2014, 7:30 am by: Ron Miller

     Snowflake Computing came out of stealth today and announced $26M in Series B funding. They hope to modernize the data warehouse by creating a cloud-based system that can process both structured and semi-structured data in a single system, giving their…
  • Wonga Investors Still Won’t Comment On Censured Payday Loans Firm

    21 October 2014, 7:02 am by: Natasha Lomas

     A panel of Europe’s top investors has publicly declined to comment on what went wrong at payday loans company Wonga, in the wake of a £220 million write down earlier this month. The investors were taking part in a discussion about the European investment…
  • Magic Leap Secures $542M Led By Google For “Lightweight Wearable” Tech That Merges Physical And…

    21 October 2014, 7:00 am by: Darrell Etherington

     It’s rare that a company can stay relatively secretive while raising a huge amount of funding, but Florida’s Magic Leap has managed that. The startup, led by CEO Rony Abovitz, announced today the close of its $542 million Series B, featuring investors…
  • Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Shares His Vision For The Future Of Bitcoin

    21 October 2014, 5:53 am by: Romain Dillet

     Right after opening its doors to Europe, Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong joined Alex Wilhelm on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe to discuss the future of bitcoin. The conversation covered everything happening right now around bitcoin,…
  • Watch The Disrupt London Live Stream Right Here!

    21 October 2014, 4:12 am by: Jordan Crook

    Today is, sadly, the final day of Disrupt. But though we’re heartbroken that our London conference is coming to an end, we’re thrilled about the content we have in store for you today.…
  • Singapore’s Infocomm Investments Brings Fund To Europe, Invests In Startupbootcamp FinTech

    21 October 2014, 4:00 am by: Steve O'Hear

     Aiming to build a bridge between East and West — specifically, Singapore and London — the Singaporean state-funded VC Infocomm Investments is extending its $200 million fund to European tech startups, including investing in the London-based fintech…
  • GrabTaxi Raises $65 Million To Increase The Competition With Uber In Southeast Asia

    21 October 2014, 12:00 am by: Jon Russell

     You’d be forgiven for thinking that the taxi app war is exclusively a U.S. phenomenon, such is the fierce battle between Uber and Lyft, but similar rivalries are actually ongoing across other parts of the world. The battle is heating up in Southeast Asia…
  • Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M

    20 October 2014, 8:53 pm by: Ingrid Lunden,Sarah Buhr

     Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game. The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll, the cross-platform digital video…
  • Mirantis Scores $100M To Continue Quest To Be Enterprise OpenStack Leader

    20 October 2014, 7:15 pm by: Ron Miller

     Mirantis jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon a few years ago when most companies had never heard of it, and it has ridden the wave as the project has grown increasingly popular with each passing year. Today, the company announced $100M in Series B funding…
  • And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And…

    20 October 2014, 6:18 pm by: Alexia Tsotsis,Matthew Panzarino

     Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference.…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth

    20 October 2014, 6:03 pm by: Darrell Etherington

     During today’s earnings call for Apple’s fiscal Q4 2014, CEO Tim Cook took time to address the iPad’s performance at length. Cook referred to a lot of the general kinds of negative feeling around iPad performance circulating around media and analysts,…
  • In Oakland, A Sign of Some Very High Times

    20 October 2014, 5:58 pm by: Kim-Mai Cutler

     How bad is the commercial real estate crunch in San Francisco and Silicon Valley?…
  • App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36 Percent Year-Over-Year

    20 October 2014, 5:13 pm by: Sarah Perez

     Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple’s cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago. The number was announced alongside news of Apple’s massive…

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