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With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals – TechCrunch

With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals – TechCrunch Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue …

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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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Circle raises $110, VCs hunt liquidity, and the Vision Fund’s possible twin – TechCrunch

Circle raises $110, VCs hunt liquidity, and the Vision Fund’s possible twin – TechCrunch Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today Matthew Lynley, Connie Loizos and I were joined by Semil Shah, the founder of seed-stage fund Haystack and venture …

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BRD crowdraises $32 million to build financial services into a mobile crypto wallet – TechCrunch

BRD crowdraises $32 million to build financial services into a mobile crypto wallet – TechCrunch Crypto wallets can’t remain crypto wallets for long. There is so much competition and so many scammers that value-added features like financial services are de rigueur. BRD knows this quite well and is putting $32 …

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Southeast Asia’s Carro raises $60M for its automotive classifieds and car financing service – TechCrunch

Southeast Asia’s Carro raises $60M for its automotive classifieds and car financing service – TechCrunch Carro, an automotive classifieds service and car financing startup based in Singapore, has closed a $60 million Series B round to scale its business in Southeast Asia. The deal was co-led by SoftBank Ventures Korea, …

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The UK and USA need to extend their “special relationship” to technology development – TechCrunch

The UK and USA need to extend their “special relationship” to technology development – TechCrunch The UK and the USA have always had an enduring bond, with diplomatic, cultural and economic ties that have remained firm for centuries. We live in an era of profound change, and are living with technologies set …

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This three-axis tourbillon movement is a 3D printed marvel – TechCrunch

This three-axis tourbillon movement is a 3D printed marvel – TechCrunch The three-axis tourbillon is one of the most complex watch complications in the world. Originally based on a design by watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, this type of tourbillon – literally “whirlwind” – rotates the balance wheel of a watch in …

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South African tech and media conglomerate Naspers made $2.2 billion from Flipkart sale – TechCrunch

South African tech and media conglomerate Naspers made $2.2 billion from Flipkart sale – TechCrunch Naspers, the South African tech and media conglomerate, continues to have an incredibly hot hand when it comes to global tech investment. Famous for owning a huge chunk of the Chinese Internet powerhouse, Tencent and a …

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Ran Krauss and Yariv Bash, leaders at two of Israel’s hottest drone startups, are joining us in Tel Aviv – TechCrunch

Ran Krauss and Yariv Bash, leaders at two of Israel’s hottest drone startups, are joining us in Tel Aviv – TechCrunch Yariv Bash, the chief executive of drone delivery startup Flytrex, wants to make drone delivery “as easy as using your iPhone“. Flytrex chief executive Yariv Bash Meanwhile, Ran Krauss, …

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Southeast Asia’s ShopBack moves into personal finance with its first acquisition – TechCrunch

Southeast Asia’s ShopBack moves into personal finance with its first acquisition – TechCrunch Singapore-based e-commerce startup ShopBack came on the radar when it raised $25 million last November, and now the company is making its first acquisition. ShopBack said today it has picked up Seedly, a fellow Singaporean startup that offers a …

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