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Lumineye helps first responders identify people through walls –

Any first responder knows that situational awareness is key. In domestic violence disputes, hostage rescue, or human trafficking situations, first responders often need help determining where humans are behind closed doors. That’s why Megan Lacy, Corbin Hennen and Rob Kleffner developed Lumineye, a 3D printed radar device that uses signal analysis software to differentiate moving […] → Read More

GradJoy is a Y Combinator-backed fintech to help you knock out your student loans –

The right people to solve the trillion-dollar student debt crisis might be the ones who are suffering from it the hardest. If you’re a recent college graduate, there’s a 50% chance you took on debt when you moved off campus. If you’re like the average student borrower, you graduated with $29,800 of loan debt, and […] → Read More

Dataplor raises $2M to digitize small businesses in Latin America –

There’s a gap forming in Latin America between the growing digital food delivery market and the number of businesses in the region that are actually online. Food delivery startups continue to replicate and expand throughout the region, and VCs are channeling mega rounds into them with the hope of capitalizing on consumer online buying trends […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘The Inventor’ offers a compelling overview of the Theranos saga

The story of how blood testing company Theranos rose to prominence, then collapsed following accusations of fraud, is getting told and retold in many forms: There’s reporter John Carreyrou’s book “Bad Blood,” plus an upcoming feature film adaptation starring Jennifer Lawrenc… → Read More

GoTrendier raises $3.5 million to take on Spanish-language fashion marketplaces

Thanks to environmentally conscious young buyers, throwaway culture is dying not only in the U.S., but also in Latin America – and startups are poised to jump in with services to help people recycle used clothing. → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘You’ gives us obnoxious millennials and creepy stalkers

“You” first premiered on Lifetime last fall, but it’s moving to Netflix for its second season, making the show a Netflix Original — and fair game for the Original Content podcast. → Read More

Silicon Valley’s year of reckoning

Tech companies have always branded themselves as the good guys. But 2018 was the year that the long-held belief that Silicon Valley is on the right side of progress and all things good was called into question by a critical mass. → Read More

Brazilian long term rentals service QuintoAndar raises $64M Series C

There’s quite a bit wrong with real estate in Brazil, according to QuintoAndar founder and CEO Gabriel Braga. → Read More

Predictive sales tool People.ai racks up $30M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz

Dirty data means bad business. Yet sales operations are still largely based on incomplete, manually entered activity logging done by sales reps. → Read More

New wave founders are headed to Startup Battlefield Latin America

TechCrunch is thrilled to announce that Rappi co-founder Sebastian Mejia, Enjoie founder Ana McLaren and Konfío founder and CEO David Arana will be joining us on stage at Startup Battlefield Latin America for a panel about new wave startups coming out of the region. What does scaling a delivery sta… → Read More

Nubank’s David Vélez and Cristina Junquiera to speak at Startup Battlefield Latin America

TechCrunch is pleased to announce that Nubank co-founder Cristina Junqueira and co-founder/CEO David Vélez will join us in a fireside chat at Startup Battlefield Latin America on November 8 at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo, Brazil. → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘Sharp Objects’ is a perfect TV mystery

It’s been an awful week in the news, but you know what’s still good? TV — especially “Sharp Objects”, the HBO limited series that aired over the past couple months. → Read More

Inside Planet Labs’ new satellite manufacturing site

Satellite imaging and analytics company Planet is taking the wraps off its new manufacturing space in San Francisco. Founded by ex-NASA employees, Planet is leveraging some of the $183 million in funding it’s amassed to expand. → Read More

The top 10 startups from Y Combinator’s Demo Day S’18 Day 2

59 startups took the stage at Y Combinator’s Demo Day 2 and among the highlights were a company that helps developers manage in-app subscriptions; a service that lets you create animojis from real photos; and a surplus medical equipment reselling platform. Oh… and there was also a comp… → Read More

All 59 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 2

From yeast-grown Cannibinoids to project management software to consumer apps looking to gauge opinions on college campuses, there was quite the wide variety of spaces represented on the second day of pitches from Y Combinator’s Summer 2018 class. As we noted yesterday, B2B software and servi… → Read More

Review: Cult of the Machine at the de Young

Let’s flash back to the Machine Age, the period in American history that gave us the assembly line, the first nonstop transcontinental flight, regular radio broadcasts, and the first robot capable of performing more than 20 movements. These technological advancements inspired a style of art called Precisionism, popularized by big names like Georgia O’Keefe, Charles Sheeler […] → Read More

8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the Day 1 keynote. There will be more to come over the next couple of days, so follow along on everything Google I/O on TechCrunch. Google goes all in on artificial intelligence, […] → Read More

10 big announcements from Day 1 of F8

Day 1 of Facebook’s F8 conference was packed with announcements and updates. Here are 10 big takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote on Day 1. You can find full coverage and analysis of F8 here. 1. Facebook announces a dating feature Your next fling could start on Facebook. The company announced a new set of dating […] → Read More

How MessageBird is staying ahead of consumer’s expectations

The founder of MessageBird shares his experiences in evolving MessageBird to stay ahead of consumer's expectations on the TechCrunch Disruptshow from.. → Read More

The future of commericial drones with Parrot, Sky Futures, and Uavia

Parrot, Sky Futures and Uavia all think that drones can be so much more than birthday toys. Their founders discuss the innovative use cases of commercial.. → Read More