Bazillion Beings are AI-driven bots that have to earn their keep… or die

Back in March Microsoft CEO Nadella announced “Bots are the new apps” while The Economist calls chat bots “the next frontier”. So that’s the hype taken care of but what does a bot-driven world look like, especially in the context of the Artificial Intelligence that’s theoretically supposed to drive them? Bazillion Beings, a company exhibiting in Startup Alley… Read More

Here’s your chance to get into TechCrunch’s AI Pavilion at Disrupt London for free

AI Pavilion TechCrunch Disrupt London According to one estimate, there are roughly 900 tech companies working in the AI field, covering everything from business intelligence to finance and security. The AI gold rush started in 2014 with a flurry of deals into AI companies. Last year there were some 300 deals into AI companies according to CB Insights and in the UK alone, companies like Ravelin, Signal and Gluru raised seed rounds.… Read More

Here’s your shot at free exhibit space at TechCrunch’s Healthtech Pavilion at Disrupt London

HealthTech Disrupt London While Europe’s technology ecosystem is growing, there’s sometimes a view that it lags behind the U.S. for HealthTech or Health 2.0, or whatever you want to call it. But that’s basically bullshit. While Europe has been a slow starter, it’s catching up very fast. There are many new EU-based health-tech companies, and a brief analysis of CrunchBase shows that while the U.K. Read More

Supermodel Natalia Vodianova joins Disrupt in London to talk about digital philanthropy

nat TechCrunch Disrupt in London is beginning to appear over the horizon. We’ve already announced that Accel’s Sonali De Rycker and Atomico’s Niklas Zennström will be on our stage. Today we’re delighted to say that we’ll also be joined by world-famous supermodel Natalia Vodianova. The Russian model, philanthropist and occasional film actress is well-known for her… Read More

Paypal brushes-off request from Palestinian tech firms to access the platform

Dan Schulman, Paypal Some people might be wondering why a hashtag to do with Paypal has been blowing up on twitter in the last two days. The #PayPal4Palestine hashtag has been making waves on social media after 43 companies and organizations in Palestine published an open letter to Paypal asking for the payment platform to work there. The move came only after PayPal ignored their requests for a formal meeting.… Read More

Motoring community DriveTribe secures $6.5M from 21st Century Fox

drivetribe2 DriveTribe, the vertical online community for motoring fans to be launched by former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, has now secured $6.5 million (£4.9 million) from 21st Century Fox. The move comes less than three weeks after the announcement of its $5.5 million Series A funding, led by Breyer Capital and Atomico. The site expects to launch in November 2016… Read More

Blowing up on Kickstarter, Hello brings video conferencing and security to any TV

hello2 The $6.7 billion telepresence and video communication category hasn’t evolved much since we were introduced to Cisco and Polycom. At the same time Smart TVs are making video conferencing easier. But it’s still not that easy. Hello is a new startup addressing this space — created by two former refugees from the war in Kosovo — which has now passed it’s… Read More

Sonali De Rycker and Niklas Zennström join TechCrunch Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

disruptLONDON2016Green_466x269 TechCrunch Disrupt London is happening once again this December and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak. The two-day conference runs December 5 to 6 in the Olympic Village’s Copper Box Arena and features Startup Alley and Startup Battlefield where one startup will take home £30,000. You can buy early-bird tickets… Read More

Post-Brexit, German shopping service Outfittery raises $22M round led by UK’s Octopus

Outfittery Outfittery, a curated shopping service for men’s clothing, has raised $22 million in a new funding round led by London and New York-based VC firm Octopus Ventures. The so-called “U-Start Club” also joined the round — they are an Italian group of investors which incorporates several family offices tied to the fashion industry in the country. You’d expect Italian… Read More

TechCrunch Tirana Meetup — Come meet us, Monday Aug 8

Tirana_from_South After an impromptu meetup in Prizren, Kosovo, where I met with local startups, I’m heading to Tirana, Albania where I’ll be holding an informal TechCrunch Meetup. Sign up here to get details soon on the details. There is also a Facebook event page. It will be on the evening of Monday Aug 8. I’ve been impressed with the growing tech scene in the Balkans, and it’s clearly… Read More