New startups like Mytime want to pay for your attention and time in cryptocurrency

 The debate about the effects social networks like Facebook and Twitter have on us as human beings goes one. Indeed, just this week Facebook co-founder Sean Parker said “The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?… God only… Read More

Meet TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher at Web Summit on Tuesday

 Two Minute Techcrunch! Since it’s impossible, as a journalist, to crawl around all the stands at Web Summit, I thought it would be easier to sit in one place and meet people there! Thus, you will get the chance to meet me (Mike Butcher) and pitch me your company for 2 MINUTES at Web Summit on Tuesday. Details of where and when will be sent by email. Right now, it will probably be… Read More

Averon closes $8.3M funding to make your smartphone the key to ID online

 Because of the threat of cyber attacks, sign in and identity verification procedures are becoming utterly cumbersome. There’s no “identity” layer to the internet (until there is a mainstream Blockhain solution perhaps?). However, using signalling and data packets, and the SIM/eSIM chips already found in smartphones, you could make this much easier. It would also require no… Read More

TechHub’s new NYC site brings London startups Revolut, Aire, Cronofy, Callsign

 Co-working and startup office leviathan WeWork continues to expand in London. It’s latest accounts show that it has £2 billion of lease commitments in the UK (25 offices in London and two in Manchester) over the next 25 years, indicating it is upbeat about the prospects of the city post-Brexit. However, rival office space provider Regus is less bullish, issuing a property warning… Read More

What happens when two product design gurus talk about mobile?

 It’s not possible in the modern world to avoid in the mobile platform, and we’ve famously seen the rise of mobile-only startups like Instagram, which for many years didn’t even have a website. It’s highly appropriate therefore that we cover what its like to launch and scale mobile products at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia (Nov. 16 in Sydney). To… Read More

BridgeU raises $5.3m to close the gap between education and industry needs

 Students deciding on their next phase in higher education face a daunting choice and a array of options. Most schools have zero capability to deal with sifting 40,000 undergraduate courses in the UK, alone. Why not apply big data to the problem and create an ‘adaptive learning platform’ which actually helps students make these crucial decision, based on real data.
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Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint, has unfinished business with AI

 This year marks the 10th anniversary of Mint’s win at the first ever TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competition (back then – lost in the mists of time – it was known as TechCrunch 40). But what is less known about founder Aaron Patzer is that he’s one of the pioneers of AI. Now based in the Southern Hemisphere, he’s coming to speak at Techcrunch Battlefield… Read More

AI-powered customer marketing platform Ometria raises $6M Series A

 Ometria, a customer marketing platform which says it’s “AI-powered” has raised $6m in Series A funding. US-based Summit Action led the round, along with an investment syndicate backed by individuals with roles inside some key retailers. Ometria has now raised a total of $11m to accelerate the development of its customer marketing platform, which, it claims, enables retailers… Read More

AI-powered customer marketing platform Ometria raises $6M Series A

 Ometria, a customer marketing platform which says it’s “AI-powered” has raised $6m in Series A funding. US-based Summit Action led the round, along with an investment syndicate backed by individuals with roles inside some key retailers. Ometria has now raised a total of $11m to accelerate the development of its customer marketing platform, which, it claims, enables retailers… Read More