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Opendoor competitor Knock raises $400M – TechCrunch

Opendoor competitor Knock raises $400M – TechCrunch Home trade-in platform Knock has brought in a $400 million investment to accelerate a national expansion and double its 100-person headcount. Foundry Group has led the Series B funding round in New York-based Knock, with participation from Company Ventures and existing investors RRE …

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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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Bowery Valuation raises $12 million more to automate the real estate appraisal process – TechCrunch

Bowery Valuation raises $12 million more to automate the real estate appraisal process – TechCrunch Bowery Valuation, a New York-based company that we told you about last year, has raised $12 million in Series A funding for its tech-enabled real estate appraisal platform. The 3.5-year-old raised the capital from Corigin …

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WeWork rebranding won’t work – TechCrunch

WeWork rebranding won’t work – TechCrunch The company formerly known as WeWork has rebranded as the We Company — although a better name for its network of on-demand office spaces for the newly incorporated and nominally employed; co-living spaces for the same Easyjet-set; and educational and coding services could be “House …

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For SoftBank, no majority stake in WeWork as it scales down talks from a new $16 billion investment to $2 billion – TechCrunch

For SoftBank, no majority stake in WeWork as it scales down talks from a new $16 billion investment to $2 billion – TechCrunch Several weeks after it was reported by the WSJ that two of the biggest investors in SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund vehicle were cool on its planned $16 …

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HQ2 fight continues as New York City and Seattle officials hold anti-Amazon summit – TechCrunch

HQ2 fight continues as New York City and Seattle officials hold anti-Amazon summit – TechCrunch The heated debate around Amazon’s recently announced Long Island City “HQ2” is showing no signs of cooling down. On Monday morning, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) hosted a briefing in which labor …

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The False Promise Blockchains Will Revolutionize Real-World Assets

The False Promise Blockchains Will Revolutionize Real-World Assets Farzam Ehsani is co-founder and CEO of VALR.com, a digital asset trading platform. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  In 2018, as cryptocurrency prices declined, the corporate-blockchain-marketing machine continued to hum unabated. Corporates continued to issue press …

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12 Markets Decentralization Can Actually Improve (And why)

12 Markets Decentralization Can Actually Improve (And why) Kyle Samani is a Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital, a thesis-driven cryptofund that invests in tokens reshaping entire sectors of the global economy. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  Over the last 20 years, a lot of …

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The limits of coworking – TechCrunch

The limits of coworking – TechCrunch It feels like there’s a WeWork on every street nowadays. Take a walk through midtown Manhattan (please don’t actually) and it might even seem like there are more WeWorks than office buildings. Consider this an ongoing discussion about Urban Tech, its intersection with regulation, …

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