June 2018

Google Assistant’s ‘Continued Conversation’ feature is now live

By | June 21st, 2018|Technology|

Google I/O was awash with Assistant news, but Duplex mystery aside, Continued Conversation was easily one of the most compelling announcements of the bunch. The feature is an attempt to bring more naturalized conversation to the AI — a kind of holy grail with these sorts of smart assistants. Continued Conversation is rolling out to [...]

CivTech Scotland wants to procure what no one knows exists

By | June 21st, 2018|Technology|

Here’s a tale of two organizations. When it comes to banking, I can walk up to an ATM anywhere in the world, slide in a card, hit a couple of buttons, and walk away with cash, often in less than 20-30 seconds. It’s magical, but so quotidian that we easily forget the vast technical infrastructure [...]

Drip Capital helps exporters access working capital

By | June 21st, 2018|Technology|

Drip Capital is raising a $20 million funding round from Accel, Wing VC and Sequoia India. The company is helping small exporters in emerging markets access working capital in order to finance big orders. The startup also participated in Y Combinator back in 2015. Many small companies in emerging markets have to turn down orders [...]

California legislators stealthily ‘eviscerate’ state’s net neutrality bill

By | June 20th, 2018|Technology|

A group of legislators in California have sneakily but comprehensively “eviscerated” the state’s imminent net neutrality bill, removing a huge amount of protections in a set of last-minute amendments. State Senator Scott Wiener called the hostile rework of the bill “outrageous.” California’s net neutrality bill has been cited as an excellent example of what states [...]

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires to donate tech, not just money

By | June 20th, 2018|Technology|

A cell atlas. AI that reads science papers. Personalized learning software. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s $45 billion philanthropy organization wants to build technology that can do good at scale rather than just trying to drown problems in cash. Now 2.5 years after its launch, CZI has finally filled out its tech leadership team. Today CZI [...]

Italian grocery delivery service Supermercato24 picks up €13M Series B

By | June 20th, 2018|Technology|

Supermercato24, an Italian same-day grocery delivery service, has raised €13 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is FII Tech Growth, with participation from new investor Endeavor Catalyst, and current investors 360 Capital Partners, and Innogest. Similar to Instacart in the U.S. and claiming to the leader in Italy, Supermercato24 lets customers order from [...]

Instagram’s “IGTV” video hub for creators launches tomorrow

By | June 20th, 2018|Technology|

TechCrunch has learned that the Instagram longer-form video hub that’s launching tomorrow is called IGTV and it will be part of the Explore tab, according to multiple sources. Instagram has spent the week meeting with online content creators to encourage them to prepare videos closer to 10-minute YouTube vlogs than the 1-minute maximum videos the app [...]

Using tech and $100M, Dr Consulta transforms healthcare for the poorest

By | June 19th, 2018|Technology|

Healthcare delivery is an incredibly complex topic, but one that has a simple truth: health security is key to living a good life, and, ultimately, for developing a strong economy. Unfortunately, billions worldwide suffer from lack of access to even the most basic of medical diagnostics and treatments, since doctors often aren’t available and the [...]

Sneaker market GOAT hires COO Lizzie Francis and makes a play for women sneaker shoppers

By | June 19th, 2018|Technology|

GOAT, the secondary marketplace for sneakers that recently merged with Flight Club, is announcing a new hire. Lizzie Francis will join the company as Chief Operating Officer, coming from Brilliant Ventures where she will remain a managing partner. Francis formerly acted as CMO at Gilt Group and CMO at JustFab.com. She’s been running Brilliant for [...]

ezCater raises $100M as it looks to own office catered meals around the world

By | June 19th, 2018|Technology|

Everyone at the office needs lunch (or in some cases dinner) — but for salespeople trying to entice a potential lead or convince an architect to pick up their project, they might need to use a free meal as a bit of a lure to get them in the room to make that pitch. It [...]