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Bitwise Investments raises $4M to launch its crypto index fund

 Last month San Francisco-based Bitwise Investments announced a passively managed index fund comprised of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. The fund rebalances once a month, and all assets are held in cold storage. Essentially its a

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Germany’s Penta is a new digital bank account for startups and SMEs

 Germany’s Penta is the latest European startup to throw its banking wares into the ring. The burgeoning company is launching a new digital bank account targeting SMEs.Read More

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Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

 High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault c

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Soylent co-founder Rob Rhinehart steps down as CEO

 After an eventful (and sometimes challenging) year for Soylent, co-founder Rob Rhinehart announced today that he will resign as the meal replacement shake company’s chief executive officer. That position will be taken over by Bryan Crowley, the

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Babierge might just be the answer to your baby gear travel nightmares

 Traveling with a baby for the holidays? First you’ve got your own gear to worry about, then a stroller, something for the baby to sleep in, a baby carrier, toys, snacks, a diaper bag, possibly a car seat and whatever else the plane might allow

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Max Levchin’s Affirm raises $200 million at a nearly $2 billion valuation

 Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing, is getting some financing of its own. The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it’s raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla

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N26 partners with Younited Credit to launch credit offering in France

 German startup N26 is now live in 17 European countries, but many features first launched in Germany and never made their way to other markets. The startup is slowly expanding core features to other key markets. That’s why the company is partne

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Zyper thinks ‘micro influencers’ are the future of online advertising

 Advocacy marketing — the idea of getting existing customers to talk about your company and its products — is nothing new, but as marketing spend has shifted online, a number of startups have tried to figure out ways of making it more sca

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Paris asks Airbnb to delist 1,000 apartments

 The city of Paris’ officials told the AFP that they have asked Airbnb and competing platforms to comply with new regulation. The Mayor’s Office has flagged around 1,000 apartments that are not registered with the city. Since December 1st

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Menlo Security secures $40 million Series C to keep malware at bay

 Menlo Security, a startup with a unique approach to protecting your company from malware and phishing attacks, announced a $40 million Series C round today. Menlo protects customers by never letting employees access an actual website or email containi

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Why gear rental marketplace Lumoid shut down

 Lumoid, a tech gear rental startup is no longer in business and its founder Aarthi Ramamurthy is moving on to Facebook. The startup launched as just a “crazy idea,” when it came out of Y Combinator four and half years ago, Ramamurthy wrote

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How tax changes may impact US startups

 In an effort to envision how the pending tax bill might affect U.S. startups and their investors, Crunchbase News reached out to tech industry taxation experts. We touched the M&A climate, tax treatment of interest expenses and whether rising co

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Why is bitcoin’s price so high?

 Bitcoin’s price has risen stratospherically, a fact that leaves many minor players in the market with massive gains and many bigger players millionaires. But is this a bubble? Are the gains real? And are the bitcoin whales in for a sad Christma

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Netflix posts trailers for each episode of Black Mirror Season 4, plus a release date

 Netflix has been teasing the next season of Black Mirror at an excruciatingly slow pace. But now, we have everything we need to emotionally prepare for Season 4, including a release date. Yesterday, Netflix released the full Season 4 trailer, finally

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Instagram is testing a standalone app for direct messaging

 Instagram has changed a lot since its acquisition by Facebook in 2012. The original premise was so simple. Beautify your photo and share it to your friends in a couple clicks. Like your friends photos with a simple scroll and a double-tap. Now, Instag

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PullRequest pulls in $2.3M seed round led by Google’s Gradient Ventures

 PullRequest, a Y Combinator Summer 17 graduate, announced a $2.3 million seed round today led by Google’s new AI fund, Gradient Ventures. The Slack Fund, Fika Ventures, Defy Ventures, Lynett Capital, FundersClub and Joe Montana’s Liqu

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Echofin is Slack for financial professionals

 Historically, financial organizations have watched forlornly through the front window while startups have adopted new and cool tools like Slack, Twitter, and Convo. Now they can join in the fun with something called Echofin. You can imagine the produc

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Syte.ai’s new API makes visual search accessible to more online fashion retailers

 Earlier this year, Syte.ai, which develops visual search technology for fashion brands, raised $8 million from investors including top Asian tech firms NHN, Line Corp. and Naver. Now it’s unveiling a new API that makes adding visual search acce

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Chattermill raises £600K to use ‘deep learning’ to help companies make sense of customer feedback

 Chattermill, a London-based startup that uses ‘deep learning’ to help companies make better sense of customer feedback, has raised £600,000 in seed funding. Backing comes from Entrepreneur First — Chattermill is an alumni of the

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Intuit’s ‘rise of the rest’ M&A strategy means large paydays outside the Valley

 This morning, Frederic reported that Intuit has acquired TSheets, a time-tracking service, for $340 million. That’s one of the highest prices that Intuit has ever paid for an acquisition, roughly equal to the cost of the company’s acquis

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Rico-owned Henchman acquires Jinn’s app, will rebrand to ‘new on-demand concierge’ early next year

 Jinn, the London on-demand delivery startup that shut down and was put into administration after being unable to pay creditors, has found a buyer for some of its assets.Read More

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Wandelbots wants to reinvent the way we program robots

 Wandelbots has accomplished a lot for a startup that was founded officially only two weeks ago – the German company focuses on solving a key problem in robotics, using wearable technology and over two years of experience researching and designi

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Trillium aims to shield your high-tech car against cyberattacks

 Cars these days are basically computers with wheels, and as with other computers, you’ll probably want to make a few changes to protect against cyberthreats. Trillium, presenting today at Disrupt Berlin’s Startup Battlefield, is looking

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AISpotter uses computer vision to make coaches’ jobs easier

 Watching video playback of a game’s key moments is an important part of coaching — but according to the team at AISpotter, it can also be tedious and time-consuming. That’s why they’re working to automate the process. AISpo

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Nexto replaces boring audio guides with tourism games

 What if you could play with landmarks instead of just touring them? Nexto is turning audio guides into games to make sightseeing more interactive. Launching today as part of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin‘s Battlefield competition, Nexto is partnerin

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Skimlinks CEO to European startups: Don’t waste your time chasing US VCs at first

 Alicia Navarro, the CEO and co-founder of Skimlinks, offered some key advice to early-stage entrepreneurs attending the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017 conference this morning – and that’s to not waste time trying to woo U.S. investors

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Watch the first day of Disrupt Berlin LIVE right here!

 Disrupt Berlin 2017 starts right now! Today, we’ll be hearing from industry leaders like Moia CEO Ole Harms, Slack CTO Cal Henderson, AngelPad’s Thomas Korte and Uncork Capital’s Andy McLoughlin. Plus, we’re kicking off the

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