• Stanley Robotics is building robots that can park your car for you

     French startup Stanley Robotics just raised $4 million (€3.6 million) from Elaia Partners, Bpifrance and Idinvest Partners. The company is building giant robots that pick up your car at the entrance of a parking lot and park it for you. If you drive your car to the airport, you know how expensive it can be to leave your car at the airport for a w…[Read more]

  • Warby Parker’s Prescription Check app lets you skip the eye doctor

     Warby Parker wants to get you the right prescription glasses without forcing you to get an in-person eye test. It’s now testing its new Prescription Test app that uses your phone and computer in tandem to adminster a 20-minute series of eye tests, which are then reviewed by a doctor who makes the final call on your prescription. This could let…[Read more]

  • Embrace.io raises $2.5M to track mobile app performance

    Embrace.io team Embrace.io says it can help developers understand the performance of their apps — and determine whether things like bugs or slow load times are actually driving users away. The company just announced that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures, BoxGroup and…[Read more]

  • Meet the 21st batch of 500 Startups companies

     500 Startups’ next batch of accelerator companies is launching now that its previous demo day has wrapped up, this time seemingly having a bit of a wider focus than we’re accustomed to seeing coming out of the firm. This batch, which contains 31 companies, focuses on a range of topics, like VR, healthcare, financial technology and even drones. Rea…[Read more]

  • Twitter is giving brands a new way to promote their chatbots

     Twitter has found its own way to participate in the growing chatbot trend. The company announced today a new feature for advertisers, which allows businesses on Twitter to promote ads designed to pull consumers into personalized experiences within Direct Messaging  – including interactions with chatbots. For example, one brand is running a bot th…[Read more]

  • Vyte makes it easy to invyte people to your calyndyr

     Planning a meeting with me used to take hours. First you must bathe yourself in the ritual Spring of Understanding and then, once completely clean, you must enter the room of Writing Down The Appointment. Once that was complete, I required all those requesting a meeting to complete the three trials including the Making of the Hoagie and the…[Read more]

  • FanDuel investor Pentech raises new £88M fund for more early-stage startups

     You know it’s spring when VC funds start to announce their new fund raises. But it’s buoying to see a new mid-sized fund appear, which over the years has been highly geared toward early-stage startups just starting out on their journey. Pentech has closed its third fund, saying it was oversubscribed at £88 million, surpassing the original target…[Read more]

  • Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search

     In a move that may seem like an early step toward hitting a ridiculously high valuation, Pinterest is now adding to its Lens camera search the ability to recognize complete dishes. Next time you’re at a restaurant and you find something delicious, Pinterest is now going to give you a way to take a quick photo of that dish through its Lens feature…[Read more]

  • Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations

     Instagram Stories wants to be your window into what’s going on around a topic or place right now, so it’s adding a way to search Stories two months after Snapchat did the same. Instagram users can now search for a location or hashtag, and see a Story compiled from Story posts by other users that include that location sticker, hashtag sticker, or…[Read more]

  • Snapchat now lets you create custom stories for groups of friends and family

     Snapchat is adding the ability to create custom stories limited to specific friends, or to direct contacts and their friends within a geofenced area. These new custom stories otherwise operate just like regular Snapchat Stories, but will disappear entirely if no one within the group adds any updates for 24 hours. The custom Story feature is a…[Read more]

  • Zenefits introduces level-funded insurance plans and more mobile updates

     Zenefits, in a further attempt to continue to find its way into small businesses as a human resources management service that can outmaneuver larger and more complex platforms, is releasing a suite of new updates today. Much of these updates revolve around trying to simplify the process of managing an employee base, from benefits to payroll, to…[Read more]

  • Cera is building an AI for social care decision support

     Can AI overhaul the social care system? That’s the pitch underpinning UK home care provider Cera’s plans. The startup has today taken the tiniest baby steps to launch an AI chatbot that it hopes will, at an unspecified point in future, be able to assist carers with recommendations for home care of people with conditions such as dementia. Read…[Read more]

  • Frichti grabs $33.7 million for its meal delivery service

     Food startups are apparently still steaming hot as French startup Frichti just raised a whopping $33.7 million (€30 million). Frichti is currently available in Paris and nearby cities. It handles everything in-house — from cooking to orders and deliveries. Verlinvest and Felix Capital invested in today’s funding round, with existing investors A…[Read more]

  • TransferWise launches ‘Borderless’ account for businesses, sole traders and freelancers

     Having already taken a significant chunk of the international money transfer market away from the major banks, London-headquartered TransferWise has its sights set on the bank account itself. Read More

  • Instagram deters deletion with reversible “archive” option

     When Instagrammers don’t get enough likes or think their posts look boring, they sometimes impetously delete them. But they can later regret this common emergent behavior which also deprives Instagram of monetizable content and your history in images that could keep you locked into the service. So Instagram is rolling out a new feature called…[Read more]

  • Kuang-Chi invests $5 million in SkyX, a maker of drones to monitor oil and gas pipelines

     Shenzhen-based Kuang-Chi Group is investing $5 million in SkyX Systems Corp., according to the drone tech startup’s founder and CEO Didi Horn. A former fighter pilot with the Israeli Air Force, Horn started SkyX in 2015 to help public and private companies monitor energy infrastructure from on high, using increasingly powerful drones and big data…[Read more]

  • Mavin says it can improve app engagement by making marketers more timely

     As mobile developers and publishers wrestle with how to keep users engaged with their apps, Mavin Motion co-founder and CEO Shailesh Nalawadi said it’s time for new strategies. Read More

  • Twitter brings on a new lead for its live video business

     Another new hire for Twitter was announced today, but this one is tied more closely to its big push into live video as part of its efforts to differentiate itself from other platforms. Twitter COO Anthony Noto said today that the company has hired Todd Swidler as its global head of Live Business. Read More

  • Netflix is creating a movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o, thanks mostly to Twitter

     Netflix is about to make all of our dreams come true. It’s turning into a reality what started as a meme about actress Lupita Nyong’o and singer Rihanna playing scammers and computer geniuses. The idea for the movie got its start on Tumblr, when someone posted a photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o at a fashion show in 2014. Read More

  • Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

     Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better than another…[Read more]

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