Investors pour $2 million more into booze marketplace Drizly

DrizlyDelivery Boston-based Drizly used to be known as the on-demand delivery app for alcohol. More recently, the company evolved into a marketplace that helps brick-and-mortar liquor stores to connect with and sell to customers nearby through web and mobile commerce. The Drizly app shows shoppers different prices on the beer, wine and liquor that they’re looking for at local shops, along with… Read More

Everything we know so far about Uber’s sexual harassment scandal

uber-everywhere Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti’s story of sexual harassment and HR complicity at the company has drawn a lot of attention from the outside world as many relate to her frustrations and the broader systemic culture of sexism that manifests itself across the tech industry. In the days since Rigetti published her account, decisions have been made both inside and outside of… Read More

DARTdrones pitches Shark Tank to build a flight school for drone pilots

SHARK TANK - "Episode 818"- In a special episode featuring millennial entrepreneurs, one will make the deal that takes the award-winning "Shark Tank" across the $100 million threshold of deals made in the Tank, on "Shark Tank," airing FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.. (ABC/Michael Desmond)
MARK CUBAN, DAYMOND JOHN, KEVIN O'LEARY, LORI GREINER, ABBY SPEICHER (DARTDRONES), ROBERT HERJAVEC Entrepreneurs who pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank typically make packaged goods and apparel. Occasionally, the high tech breaks through. XCraft, the company behind the PhoneDrone Ethos, scored a rare investment from all of the judges on the ABC show last spring, for example. And tonight, drones are once again flying “in the Tank” as DARTdrones seeks funding to build… Read More

Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

IMG_9233 Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcement today: It’s raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it’s acquiring another startup, Cola. Layer makes it easy for businesses to add messaging capabilities to their  iOS, Android and web products — customers include Trunk Club, Staples and Udacity.… Read More

Thistle launches meal kits to make nutritious baby food at home

Thistle Baby sends pre-measured ingredients and recipes to parents who want to make their own baby food. Food delivery startup Thistle was never been in the business of making meal kits, those boxes of pre-measured ingredients and recipes to help customers cook at home. The startup’s married cofounders, Ashwin Cheriyan and Shiri Avnery, thought that prepared meals, ready-to-heat or raw and ready-to-eat, were a better fit for their busy customers. Meal kits, they said, felt like time… Read More

Revcontent acquires Rover for better content recommendation tech

newspapers Revcontent, a self-funded company powering content recommendations for publishers like Forbes and The Atlantic, has acquired Rover.
That’s not Rover the pet-sitting marketplace, but rather the content discovery app formerly known as Flipora and Infoaxe. CEO John Lemp told me that Revcontent is paying “north of $30 million” in cash and stock for the acquisition, which he… Read More

DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

markus-spiske-207946 Like all great programmers I get most of my code from StackOverflow questions. Can’t figure out how to add authentication to Flask? Easy. Want to shut down sendmail? Boom. Now, thanks to all the code on the Internet, a robot can be as smart as a $180,000 coder. The system, called DeepCoder, basically searches a corpus of code to build a project that works to spec. It’s been used… Read More

This is your last chance to buy tickets to the Miami Meetup + Pitch-off!

meetups Tonight is the night! The Miami Meetup + Pitch-off kicks off at 6pm and this is your last chance to get in on the fun! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then please let me explain: The Meetup + Pitch-off is a regional event we hold to get to know the local community. As part of the program, we’ll be joined on stage by ten startups. Each of these startups will have… Read More