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Adecco Group acquires recruiting startup Vettery for $100M

12 hours 42 min ago
 The Adecco Group, a global HR services firm headquartered in Switzerland, announced today that it has acquired Vettery. The financial terms were not disclosed, but a source with knowledge of the deal told us that the price was a little over $100 million. (It’s not clear how much of that is cash versus stock.) Read More
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Tenor hits 12B GIF searches every month

13 hours 44 min ago
 David McIntosh’s startup Tenor builds a GIF keyboard — but he actually hopes you’ll spend as little time searching on it as possible. Instead, Tenor’s aim has been to collapse the amount of time it takes you to find a GIF you like and send it to a friend. Read More
Categories: Business News

Edtech company Kidaptive raises $19.1 million for its adaptive learning platform

14 hours 25 min ago
 Edtech startup Kidaptive, an adaptive-learning company that begin its life with a suite of curriculum-focused iPad games for kids, announced today it has closed on $19.1 million in Series C funding, in a round led by Formation 8 and Korean education company Woongjin ThinkBig. Read More
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Hypergiant helps big brands look beyond the AI buzzwords

15 hours 7 min ago
 Artificial intelligence and machine learning are phrases that get tossed around a lot these days, to the point where they’re starting to seem meaningless. Ben Lamm has seen the problem firsthand at his chatbot startup Conversable — so he founded a new startup called Hypergiant to work with large brands and enterprises to address what he described as “this hunger for pragmatism… Read More
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xMatters snares $40 million Series D led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing

15 hours 43 min ago
 When a crisis happens and your system is down, it’s easy for panic and chaos to ensue. Large companies use a range of tools to monitor system health, and finding the source of the problem and ensuring the proper personnel are involved is not always easy. That’s where xMatters comes in. It acts as an uber monitoring tool allowing you to understand the source of your problem and… Read More
Categories: Business News

Tandem launches a credit card that offers cashback and no fees when spending abroad

2018, February 20 - 9:11pm
 Tandem, the U.K. challenger bank that recently acquired the banking arm of the famous Harrods department store partly in order to get its banking license back on track, has launched its first banking product: a credit card that offers cashback on every purchase and no exchange fees when spending abroad. Read More
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Homie raises $4M to help London’s ‘Generation Rent’ find their next property

2018, February 20 - 5:00pm
 Another nascent proptech startup targeting ‘Generation Rent’ is London-based Homie, which might best be described as a concierge-style service that promises to save Londoner’s time, hassle and money when going in search of their next rental property. Today the company is disclosing that it has raised a further $4 million in Seed funding in a round led by Connect Ventures. Read More
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Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities

2018, February 20 - 5:18am
 Zoning codes are a century old, and the lifeblood of all major U.S. cities (except arguably Houston), determining what can be built where and what activities can take place in a neighborhood. Yet as their complexity has risen, academics are increasingly exploring whether their rule-based systems for rationalizing urban space could be replaced with dynamic systems based on blockchains,… Read More
Categories: Business News

Life sciences startup Avro aims to deliver drugs to children and the elderly through skin patches

2018, February 20 - 5:12am
 Avro, a life sciences startup in Y Combinator’s current batch, is banking on a method to deliver medications to populations unable to swallow or chew — it will administer them through the skin. Starting with allergy medications, the startup is developing skin patches that release drugs commonly used in seasonal allergies for children. The patches can deliver a variety of drugs. Read More
Categories: Business News

Kidtech startup SuperAwesome is now valued at $100+ million and profitable

2018, February 20 - 1:32am
 Tech companies are scrambling to catch up to the fact that kids have joined a web originally built for adults, and are using it the way adults do — by liking and commenting, sharing, clicking through on personalized recommendations and viewing ads. But the tech underpinning apps and sites built for kids can’t operate the same way it does for adults. Enter SuperAwesome. Read More
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Molly wants to use your online presence to create an automated knowledge base

2018, February 20 - 1:00am
 Isn’t it frustrating when you ask a friend a question knowing that these specific answers are certainly already accessible on social media? The problem is no one wants to spend an hour combing through their friends’ social media pages (or worse, monitoring them 24/7), so we just end up asking them directly. Molly wants to fix this. Read More
Categories: Business News

Join me for an evening of crypto with writers Paul Vigna and Michael Casey

2018, February 20 - 12:06am
 I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, onstage with me next week at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I’d love for you to come. You can RSVP here. It’s happening on February 28 at 7pm and will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote… Read More
Categories: Business News

Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-DC Hyperloop

2018, February 20 - 12:03am
 A 29-minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well may be. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor. Read More
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NBA all-star Baron Davis wants to prep athletes and entertainers for the startup game

2018, February 19 - 6:57pm
 Last Saturday in his suite at the London West Hollywood, two-time NBA all-star Baron Davis was providing assists of a different kind. In front of a gathering of entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, designers, musicians and members of the Los Angeles investment community and business elite, Davis was putting on a show designed to encourage, educate and inspire collaboration. Read More
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South Korea aims for startup gold

2018, February 19 - 3:45am
 Back in 2011, when South Korea won its longshot bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the country wasn’t widely recognized as a destination for ski and snow lovers. It wasn’t considered much of a tech startup hub either. Fast forward seven years and a lot has changed. Read More
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Digital nomads are hiring and firing their governments

2018, February 18 - 4:30am
 The nation state has survived wars, plagues, and upheaval, but it won’t survive digital nomads, not if people like Karoli Hindriks have something to say about it. Hindriks is the founder of Jobbatical, a platform that allows digital nomads to find work in other countries and helps with the logistics of getting there. The company also embodies a new world of highly-skilled, global… Read More
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Sqreen wants to become the IFTTT of web app security

2018, February 18 - 3:50am
 French startup Sqreen recently launched a Security Hub with dozens of plugins to put you in control of the security of your web app. In many ways, it feels like enabling tasks on popular automation service IFTTT. Sqreen participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield and Y Combinator’s current batch. The vision of the product hasn’t changed. Sqreen lets you protect your… Read More
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Montana-based mapping startup onXmaps raises a round of funding fit for Big Sky Country

2018, February 17 - 10:16am
 A mapping startup based in Missoula, Mont., which allows users to download sophisticated offline topographic maps outlining public and private lands and a number of other features geared towards hunting, fishing and camping, has pulled in its first major outside funding. onXmaps has closed a $20.3 million Series A round led by Summit Partners. Bessemer Venture Partners, Millennium… Read More
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Uber is reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asian business to Grab

2018, February 17 - 3:50am
 Uber is preparing to sell its Southeast Asian business to Grab in exchange for a stake in the Singaporean ridesharing company that has a big presence in that region, according to a new report from CNBC. Read More
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Online estate agency Home Made raises £850K seed at £4.3M post-money valuation

2018, February 17 - 2:56am
 Home Made, which is focused exclusively on London lettings for properties in the £500,000-plus range, has raised £850,000 in seed funding. The round is led by private equity firm Tethys Equity and is said to give the young company a £4.3 million post-money valuation. Read More
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