Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers

A CropX soil sensor is installed in the field. International Farming Corp. and Finistere Ventures have agreed to partner under the moniker Willow Hill Ventures to invest in growth-stage agricultural tech startups. International Farming Corp. owns and manages land that it, essentially, leases out to commercial farmers, helping them maximize the land’s yield and profitability. Finistere Ventures invests in early-stage tech companies… Read More

Jaguar partners with Tile to make sure drivers never leave without their wallets

Automaker Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley startup Tile Inc. to prevent drivers from leaving home, or any other place, without their essential personal items. Tile, which has raised $16 million in total venture funding to-date, makes small, waterproof tags that employ Bluetooth low-energy radio and GPS technology to locate objects to which they are… Read More

Naya Health raises $3.9 million to build a better breast pump

Naya Health's Smart Pump Redwood City-based Naya Health has raised $3.9 million in seed funding to make a breast pump that is sleeker, quieter and more comfortable for moms than the devices already on the market. Investors co-leading the round were Tandem Capital and Bojiang Capital, who were joined by S-Cubed Capital, Astia Angels, Stanford’s StartX and individual angels. According to married co-founders… Read More

The Shade Room is back on Facebook, other media startups still “in jail”

umbrella shade The celebrity gossip and news startup The Shade Room is back on Facebook, the startup announced today, albeit under a new moniker. It’s previous page, which had racked up over 4 million followers was “facebook.com/theshaderoom” and the new profile is “facebook.com/shaderoominc.” The startup said earlier its page had been removed from the Facebook ecosystem without… Read More

PrecisionHawk raises $18 million to bring drones safely into U.S. airspace

A PrecisionHawk drone surveys Hahn Winery in California. Mandatory drone registration and a massive national database of drone owners is already under way in the U.S. But simply knowing who owns what won’t stop unmanned aerial vehicles from collisions or becoming a public nuisance. A Raleigh, North Carolina company called PrecisionHawk Inc. has raised $18 million in a Series C round of venture funding to help companies use drones for… Read More

ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

A teacher builds a "Class Story" using ClassDojo. ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school. Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the school day, means parents are apprised of what their kids are experiencing and how… Read More

NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony and Stuart Goldfarb of Melo 7 Tech Partners to speak at TechCrunch Disrupt NY

melo-goldfarb TechCrunch is excited to announce next month New York Knicks Forward Carmelo Anthony and former NBC and Bertelsmann exec Stuart Goldfarb are speaking together at Disrupt NY. The pair started investing in tech startups together back in 2013 and have so far recorded several wins. The long-time family friends named their investment vehicle Melo 7 Tech Partners after Anthony’s jersey number,… Read More