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SoftBank mints QuintoAndar a new unicorn in Latin American real estate tech –

QuintoAndar, the Brazilian real estate technology developer, has secured a massive $250 million Series D led by SoftBank, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to deploy its $5 billion commitment to the Latin American region. The round is the latest sign that startups in Latin America can get money if they’re developing technologies in specific areas […] → Read More

Flat, a Mexican property tech startup, raises $4.6M pre-seed led by ALLVP –

Flat has raised one of Mexico’s largest pre-seed rounds to take the Opendoor real estate marketplace model across the Rio Grande. The company snagged a $4.5 million pre-seed round to expand its business helping homeowners quickly sell their properties in Mexico. The round was led by ALLVP, an active early stage fund in Mexico. California-based Liquid […] → Read More

Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 2 –

After two days of founders tirelessly pitching, we’ve reached the end of YC’s Summer 2019 Demo Days. TechCrunch witnessed more than 160 on-the-record startup pitches coming out of Y Combinator, spanning healthcare, B2B services, augmented reality and life-extending. The full list is worth a gander, you can read about the 84 startups from Day 1 […] → Read More

Here are the 82 startups from day 2 of Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Days –

Team TechCrunch was back for Day 2 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Days where we heard from another massive chunk of startups that are taking disruption very seriously, even if they’re aiming to upend companies that only launched in Y Combinator a few classes ago. The total class of on-record Demo Days launches came […] → Read More

The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1 –

Y Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their pitch to investors today during Day 1 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Day event and we’re here to tell you which startups are […] → Read More

All 84 startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1 –

It’s that time of year, Silicon Valley’s investor technocrati and advice-giving Twitter celebrities descended upon Pier 48 in San Francisco to judge the latest summer batch of Y Combinator startups. TechCrunch was there as well and we were tapping away feverishly as co-founders pitched away to woo investors. There are 197 companies in total in […] → Read More

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