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Badi gets $30M for AI-aided room rentals – TechCrunch

Badi gets $30M for AI-aided room rentals – TechCrunch Should you let AI help you pick your roommates? Barcelona-based urban room rental startup Badi thinks so, and it’s just closed a $30M Series B funding round less than a year after a $10M Series A — suggesting algorithm-aided matchmaking is resonating …

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These activists are hacking housing problems in NYC using apps and data

These activists are hacking housing problems in NYC using apps and data There are 1.2 million people living in “deficient” housing in New York City and now these coders are making easy-to-use, intuitive apps designed to give tenants a fighting chance against unscrupulous landlords. The post These activists are hacking …

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Why you need a supercomputer to build a house – TechCrunch

Why you need a supercomputer to build a house – TechCrunch When the hell did building a house become so complicated? Don’t let the folks on HGTV fool you. The process of building a home nowadays is incredibly painful. Just applying for the necessary permits can be a soul-crushing undertaking …

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Celebrity funds from Jay Z, Will Smith and Robert Downey Jr. are backing a life insurance startup – TechCrunch

Celebrity funds from Jay Z, Will Smith and Robert Downey Jr. are backing a life insurance startup – TechCrunch Ethos, the company that bills itself as making life insurance accessible, affordable and simple, has officially come out of stealth with an $11.5 million investment led by on of the world’s …

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Photos on social media can predict the health of neighborhoods – TechCrunch

Photos on social media can predict the health of neighborhoods – TechCrunch The images that appear on social media – happy people eating, cultural happenings, and smiling dogs – can actually predict the likelihood that a neighborhood is “healthy” as well as its level of gentrification. From the report: So …

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Shared housing startups are taking off – TechCrunch

Shared housing startups are taking off – TechCrunch Notice any commonalities? Yes, the startups listed are all based in either New York or the San Francisco Bay Area, two metropolises associated with scarce, pricey housing. But while these two metro areas offer the bulk of startups’ living spaces, they’re also …

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Parasitic Pods in New York City are Floated as a Solution to Homelessness

In an example of truly thinking in three dimensions, architects around the globe are beginning to envision housing in a different way. Dubbed “vertical land,” developers are essentially utilizing scaffolding and three-dimensional printing to build homeless shelters on the windowless sides of existing buildings. It’s a controversial and drastic step …

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