Blackmoon to ICO its blockchain-based platform for tokenized investment funds

 As the Blockchain and Crypto world gathers pace, vehicles to allow for the creation, promotion and management of crypto investment funds are growing. The Iconomi Digital Assets Management Platform enables users to invest and manage various digital assets. Meanwhile, Melonport is building a blockchain protocol for digital asset management, initially built on the Ethereum platform. This is… Read More

Taxify launches in London, acquiring a cab firm to scale and discounting prices

 London’s long-suffering Black Cabs have yet another competitor to deal with, alongside Gett, and Uber. Estonian start-up Taxify has launched this week in the UK capital, after previously concentrating on emerging markets in eastern Europe and Africa. It’s signed up 3,000 private hire taxi drivers by simply acquiring a taxi company which already holds a licence, City Drive Services. Read More

Online hate crime to be treated the same as face-to-face crime in the UK

 Sometimes the most obvious solutions might be the best. While the US wrings its hands over what to do with online haters and abusers on social media, other countries have a more direct approach: throw the book at them. That’s effectively the UK’s new approach, which will now treat online ‘hate crime’ as seriously as offences carried out in real life. The UK’s… Read More

Welltory packs a lot of science into its app to measure your stress levels

 There’s a lot of talk about the quantified self, but one of the grey areas remains working out your levels of stress. Usually this requires hardware devices. Now a New York based startup thinks it’s come up with an approach based on a specially developed algorithms and machine learning using simple heartbeat readings taken with a smartphone app. Welltory (iOS, Android) has also… Read More

Startup hub builder Factory plans gargantuan new campus in Lisbon

 This year Lisbon is roaring along with noted startups like Uniplaces, Aptoide, Farfetch, Seedrs and Unbabel putting the Portuguese capital on the map. Vast annual startup conference Web Summit arrived last year with 53,000 people, and entrepreneurs and investors have been increasingly eyeing-up the city as a viable alternative to equally cheap Berlin, especially since the government allowed… Read More

SF-based Grabr grabs $2.6M to scale its traveller-driven shopping community

 Grabr, an SF-based platform with a convenient way for people to buy international goods, has secured a $2.6M funding round led by SignalFire. FF Angel (Founders Fund’s early stage investment vehicle), Global Founders Capital and multiple angel investors including Diana Moldavsky and Charles Songhurst also participated. Grabr plans to use the cash to scale up its operations and… Read More

Australia’s Expert360 raises $10M for its freelance consultant marketplace

 Freelance workers and consultants make up a third of the US workforce, but that figure is expected to approach 40 per cent according to some studies. And we know how big the overall gig economy is going to become. Thus, marketplaces which meet that need are going to continue to grow. Hence, this is probably why Expert360, an online marketplace to access and manage freelance consultant talent… Read More

Amid a tough field, Vyking.io wins the TechCrunch London Pitch-Off

 Well the TechCrunch London Meetup + Pitch-Off in London is over for another year, and this one was arguably the best vintage ever in terms of quality of startups and the sheer enthusiasm from the attendees! Hundreds of startups entered the competition, creating a very competitive field. We packed out the Old Truman Brewery in East London with over 500 people, to hear the pitches of the… Read More

Mangrove raises $170M for its new fund to invest in Europe and Israeli startups

Luxembourg-based Mangrove Capital Partners, one of Europe’s leading early stage venture capital firms, has raised $170M for its latest “Mangrove V Fund” to invest across Europe and Israel. The fund matches its previous funds, and, says the firm, was completed inside two months with 90 per cent coming from returning investors. Mangrove has been one of Europe’s most… Read More

TechCrunch London Pitch-Off: Here are the startups who’ll pitch!

On 19 July we’re hosting the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off in London, in partnership with Unbound. — and it’s going to be great! Tickets are still available, so grab yours today. You’ll get to see 10 companies pitching and fiercely competing for first place. These startups will have exactly one minute to pitch their product (with no slides) to a panel of local VC… Read More