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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Frontier Car Group, which builds and runs marketplaces for used cars in emerging markets, raises $22M   —  European founders, adept at launching startups which cross many international borders are fast ganging a reputation for launching in emerging markets.
May 29, 2017, 2:50 AMIn context
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Prumentum Group wants to combine robo-advisor tech with human advice for wealth management, raises $25M Series A, reveals stake in finance advice firm Plancorp   —  A new wealth management startup called Prumentum Group is coming to market with a unique value proposition …
May 28, 2017, 11:30 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
VCs invested over $300M last year in startups building apps, monitoring devices, and services to improve sleep   —  A lot of startups are pitching ways to put us to sleep lately.  In response, investors are perking up and writing big checks.  —  Call it Big Sleep.
May 28, 2017, 7:10 PMIn context
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Despite their disruptive potential for powering infrastructure, it is unlikely that blockchains and cryptocurrencies will gain widespread consumer adoption   —  Cryptocurrencies are booming beyond belief.  Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year.
May 28, 2017, 3:00 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Circle Media, maker of Circle with Disney device that pairs with a Wi-Fi network to give parents control over kids' web access, announces $10M Series A   —  Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney - a device that helps parents enforce their home's internet rules and restrictions …
May 26, 2017, 10:50 AMIn context
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Dan Macklin, co-founder of SoFi, to step down June 6, leaving Mike Cagney as the only remaining co-founder at the company   —  Another one of the co-founders of online lending startup SoFi is leaving the company, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch.  Dan Macklin, who served as VP …
May 25, 2017, 10:15 PMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Twilio launches Functions, which lets developers build communications apps in a serverless environment; first 10K requests free, $0.0001 per extra request   —  Twilio is getting into the serverless game today with the beta launch of Twilio Functions.  Like other so-called “serverless” …
May 25, 2017, 4:35 PMIn context
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Judge orders Uber to hand over to Waymo unredacted term sheet with Otto   —  Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ordered Thursday that Uber needs to hand over to Waymo, by the end of the day, the full, unredacted term sheet between Uber and Otto.  Corley ultimately decided there was no basis …
May 25, 2017, 2:40 PMIn context
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Lyft begins offering luxury cars, labelled Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV, in Chicago, LA, NYC, SF, and San Jose with plans to add 15+ more   —  Lyft is getting into the higher-end ride hailing game with Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV.  These are black car offerings similar to the service …
May 25, 2017, 1:45 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Instant Articles to begin supporting Google AMP and Apple News format, after several publishers pulled out of the platform due to poor ad revenue   —  One of the problems publishers face today in making their content more readable on mobile devices is that there are multiple, competing formats available for this purpose.
May 25, 2017, 12:25 PMIn context

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