Deliveroo drivers hold protest in London over possible changes to the way they are paid

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 Just days after Deliveroo, a popular on-demand restaurant food delivery startup in Europe, announced that it had raised another $275 million in funding, a number of the startup’s self-employed couriers in London have been holding a protest over possible changes to the way they are paid. Read More Read more »

Service Protect will automatically detect when your flight is delayed and request compensation

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 Service is an app we’ve covered before – the startup acts as an intermediary between you and businesses where you’ve had bad experiences. So this means whenever your bags are lost by an airline or a restaurant ruins your meal, Service will interface with the business on your behalf to help make things right in the form of a refund, credit, etc. After being in business a year… Read More Read more »

Legion Analytics is building bots to automate your sales pitch

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 Legion Analytics is looking to make your sales team more productive with the help of artificial intelligence. We covered the startup last year when it was part of Y Combinator’s fellowship program and offered to help companies find sales leads. CEO Jamasen Rodriguez told me that the company’s vision has expanded — it’s not just focused on lead generation anymore, but… Read More Read more »

PureLiFi scores £7M Series B to commercialize pulsating light-based Wi-Fi alternative

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 PureLifi, the University of Edinburgh spin out that is developing what it calls ‘LiFi’ technology, an alternative to Wi-Fi that uses modulating LED light as a way of sending data from one LiFi-equipped device to another, has raised just over £7 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Singapore’s state-owned investment firm Temasek, while the startup says the new… Read More Read more »

Zoom.ai believes an automated assistant is the fix for a weighty workload

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 Zoom.ai wants to give managers and others in enterprise a gift that has a very high value in business: Time. Company founder Roy Pereira told me at Montreal’s Startupfest that while tools are making us more productive, we’re also expected to handle more, and that’s causing a growing problem his startup hopes to address with AI. The startup, just six months old, is part of… Read More Read more »

Attention Asian startups: Apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF!

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 Calling startups in Asia and across the world — apply for our Startup Battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco this September! Startups are at the core of what we do here at TechCrunch. Beyond writing about them every day on TechCrunch, they are a hugely important focus of our events whether it’s TechCrunch Shanghai, where our team is right now or Disrupt SF… Read More Read more »

Former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago raises £4.6m to help small businesses get paid

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 Back in November, TechCrunch took a look at former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago, a U.K. fintech startup that was looking to help freelancers and other small business owners get paid on time. Satago started an automated database that lets users see how well (or poorly) companies are at paying invoices in a timely fashion, and has tools such as automated invoices, reminders,… Read More Read more »

Startups and immigration: Myths, lies and half-truths

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 Immigrants play a significant role in job creation, entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem in the U.S. However, the U.S. has a strict immigration policy and has yet to pass the bill for the “startup visa.” For entrepreneurs determined to stay in the U.S. to create or work at a startup, it’s important to learn about the myths, lies and half-truths about startups and… Read More Read more »

FwdForce faces an uphill battle in trying to make crowdfunding more accountable

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 One of the big challenges with crowdfunding is that once the campaign ends, most crowdfunding platforms wash their hands of the process from there on. FwdForce does things differently. It lets anybody submit a pitch for a product they want, and establishes checks and balances to the prototyping and production process. The company says its model will make things more accountable for the backers. Read More Read more »

Meet The Nominees For The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards

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 The 9th Annual Crunchies are almost here. On February 8, pioneering tech startups, entrepreneurs and investors will make their way to San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House for what we like to call the Oscars of startups and technology. They’ll be hoping to win a Crunchie award in one these 12 categories. Read More Read more »