Pitch TechCrunch during Mobile World Congress at our Meetup on Feb 28

sagrada familia, aerial barcelona Hey Barcelona! Here’s a reminder! TechCrunch is holding a Mini-Meetup during Mobile World Congress, on Tuesday Feb. 28. We will hold a “Pitch-Off” of startups at the event. Grab tickets here. You can apply to pitch your Barcelona-based startup here. We’ll select approximately 10 great Barcelona-based startups to explain to our panel of VCs and TechCrunch editors in… Read More

UK’s Hellocar secures £1M to to disrupt UK car buying market

dsc_1205 Hellocar, a new car buying website out of the UK, has secured a £1m investment round. The round was led by JamJar Investments, the Innocent Drinks founders’ venture capital fund, and Alex Chesterman, founder and CEO of Zoopla Property Group. Henry Lane Fox, part of the founding team behind lastminute.com and CEO of Founders Factory, will join the Hellocar board as a Director. The… Read More

Cinemood secures $2.5M for its mini-projector with kid-friendly content built in

ciinemood_cover_bear_01 While creating content for kids on tablets has been largely the preserve of smash games like Clash of Clans, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and another way may be to wrap it in hardware. That’s the thinking behind the Cinemood, an appealing, portable mini-cinema projector which comes bundled with content, and number of other features, for young kids. It’s now raised… Read More

Smart SMB bank Tide comes out of the gate with bags of features

Many startups in FinTech are attempting to disrupt the banking world with consumer-focused apps, but the real prize and the most lucrative is going to be in the small business space. Especially since Main Street / High Street banks don’t really care enough about small businesses as they are small fry compared to much of the rest of the business. UK startups Tide, out of the UK, is doing… Read More

AirTree, Australia’s largest VC, lures two new tech players from overseas

james-cameron-web-105 After a spending while on a sort of technological ‘walkabout’, Australia is experiencing something of a mini-tech boom. For a long time the biggest thing you could name out of the country was Atlassian. Now other startups are joining the roster, and VC investment is ticking up. The latest sign of this is the news that local VC AirTree Ventures​ has added UK-based VC James… Read More

Apple has allegedly begun removing Iranian iOS apps from the App store

Iranian Flag Reports coming out of Iran suggest that Apple has allegedly started removing iOS apps originating from the country’s startups and developers. Prior to this, Apple had, in a limited manner, opened up its App Store to Iranians in September 2016 and appeared to be gradually lifting some of the limitations, periodically, since then. According to credible tech news site Techrasa, the… Read More

Lighthouse secures $1.25M seed round to capitalise on boom in workplace IoT

tablet-heat-map We tend to think of robots disrupting the world of work by looking like us. In fact it’s rarely the case. The combination of sensors and IoT are going to have a far-reaching impact in our workplaces and will happen much faster than The Terminator. Thus, it’s interesting to note the news today that Australian startup Lighthouse.io has closed AUS$1.25 million in a seed funding led… Read More

Meet TechCrunch at Davos

The logo of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is seen on the building of the Davos Congress center as the sun sets on January 29, 2011 in Davos. Some 2,500 political and industry leaders are gathered in the small alpine village for the forum, which ends on January 30. (Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) The World Economic Forum — held in the mountain village of Davos, Switzerland every year — is increasingly attended by technology companies. And this year the theme of ‘responsible governance’ for the WEF conference is clearly going to be high on the agenda, especially in the era of ‘fake news’ and Brexit. Software might be ‘eating the world’… Read More

Salesforce’s Marc Benioff joins Valley notables backing Gaza’s first ever coding academy

gaza1 Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff today joined an increasing number of Silicon Valley luminaries who are backing the first ever coding academy to be created in Gaza, Palestine. In doing so they are putting their stamp of approval on a wider initiative to develop Palestine’s technology sector, which lags behind Israel’s highly developed startup and VC ecosystem. Benioff joins… Read More

UK’s Nutmeg pulls in an extra £12m for its Series D from Taipei’s Fubon bank

nutmeg logo Hit UK FinTech startup Nutmeg has raked in another $14.6m (£12m) for its Series D round, bringing the total to $51m (£42m). The £12m comes from the Taipei Fubon Bank, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s second largest financial services firm. Last month it announced a £30m raise led by Convoy, Hong Kong’s largest listed independent financial advice firm and existing backers including… Read More