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  • India reportedly wants to build its own WhatsApp for government communications June 27, 2019
    India may have plans to follow France’s footsteps in building a chat app and requiring government employees to use it for official communications. The New Delhi government is said to be pondering about the need to have homegrown email and chat apps, local news outlet Economic Times reported on Thursday. The rationale behind the move […]
    Manish Singh
  • Warburg Pincus announces new $4.25 billion fund for China and Southeast Asia June 27, 2019
    Warburg Pincus, the private equity fund with over $60 billion under management, is doubling down on Asia after it announced a $4.25 billion fund dedicated to China and Southeast Asia. The firm has been present in China for 25 years, and it has invested over $11 billion in a portfolio of over 120 startups that […]
    Jon Russell
  • Pinduoduo cements position as China’s second-largest ecommerce player June 27, 2019
    Alibaba and JD.com have been in a war over the Chinese e-commerce space for a decade or so, but a third player called Pinduoduo has managed to shake up the duopoly in recent times. The startup, which was founded in 2015 by an ex-Googler and went public on the Nasdaq last July, has further flexed […]
    Rita Liao
  • Taster raises another $8 million for its native food delivery brands June 27, 2019
    If you’re an Instagram user, chances are you’ve encountered a ton of ads for companies trying to sell products directly to consumers, using social networks as storefronts paired with online stores. French startup Taster is doing the same thing with restaurants built specifically for food delivery startups. The startup raised an $8 million funding round […]
    Romain Dillet
  • NTWRK moves into live IRL events June 27, 2019
    NTWRK, is a fascinating experiment in live video shopping for the iPhone set. It’s been described as a blend of QVC and Twitter and Twitch and they just got a new slice of money from investors like Drake and Live Nation to expand into physical events. There’s been a bunch of attempts at this kind […]
    Matthew Panzarino
  • Spotify-owned Soundtrap adds unlimited storage to the free tier of its recording software June 26, 2019
    Soundtrap, the music and podcast software maker that Spotify acquired in 2017, is improving its free tier by adding unlimited storage. Previously, Soundtrap’s free users were limited to storing five projects at a time. In addition to introducing unlimited storage, the company is also more-than-doubling the amount of music available to free users, who now […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Jewelry startup AUrate raises $13M June 26, 2019
    AUrate, a startup selling gold jewelry directly to consumers, announced today that it has raised $13 million in Series A funding. The company’s co-founders Bouchra Ezzahraoui and Sophie Kahn said that AUrate’s prices range from $50 to $3,000, but they’re really aiming for what Ezzahraoui called “this new market sweet spot” of $300 to $500. […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Skubana raises $5.4M for its e-commerce operations software June 26, 2019
    Skubana, a startup promising to help e-commerce business manage what can be a dizzying array of logistical challenges, is announcing that it has raised $5.4 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Defy Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital and FJ Labs. Early Skubana backer Brian Lee — who co-founded The Honest […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Apple hires leading ARM chip designer June 26, 2019
    Apple has clearly spent the last several years dreaming of a world where it didn’t have to rely on third-parties to create its components. The hardware giant has already taken a number of steps in that direction with its own in-house chips, and a recent hire points at an even bigger push. Per his LinkedIn […]
    Brian Heater
  • Vertical market networks, effective startup names, Libra, Carbon, and Sidewalk Labs June 26, 2019
    The next service marketplace wave: Vertical market networks B2B service marketplaces (think translation as a service) are an extraordinarily lucrative startup category. But despite the incredible potential of these platforms to generate outsized returns, many fail. Why? Ivan Smolnikov, the CEO and founder of translation service startup Smartcat, investigates why certain marketplaces seem to grow […]
    Danny Crichton
  • VCs double down on data-driven investment models June 26, 2019
    New efforts could automate the role of an analyst.
    Kate Clark
  • Google launches auto-delete controls for Location History on iOS and Android June 26, 2019
    Google has always argued that the data it collects does more than provide power for its targeted ad empire — it also makes its services more useful. But not everyone thinks that Google should be able to suck up a never-ending stockpile of personal data on its users. Today, Google is taking a step towards […]
    Sarah Perez
  • This new experimental robot gripping arm can ‘taste’ what it touches June 26, 2019
    Okay do you know how we can taste things and that was pretty special? It’s not special anymore, because researchers at UC Davis working with colleagues Carnegie Mellon have developed a way for an experimental soft robotic gripper to ‘taste’ things as well, using bacteria engineered to allow it to detect a specific chemical. The […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Network with CrunchMatch at TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 June 26, 2019
    Ready to tackle the colossus that is enterprise software? Join us and more than 1,000 attendees for TC Sessions Enterprise 2019 on September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. We’re talking founders, technologists and investors digging deep into the challenges facing established and emerging enterprise companies today. Get your […]
    Emma Comeau
  • New tickets available to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party June 26, 2019
    Could you use a little summer startup fun? We’re rolling out our next round of tickets to the TechCrunch Summer Party at Park Chalet, San Francisco’s coastal beer garden. If you want to join your startup peers to eat, drink and be merry, don’t delay. These limited-release tickets will be snapped up before you can say […]
    Emma Comeau
  • Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony pen letter highlighting ‘harm’ from Trump’s tariffs June 26, 2019
    It’s not every day the three biggest competitors in a space join forces to denounced political action. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Trump administration has had this impact on a category. Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony (collectively known as gaming’s “big three) penned a joint letter noting the harm the industry stands to […]
    Brian Heater
  • Reddit quarantines its biggest headache June 26, 2019
    Reddit’s r/The_Donald subreddit has been a lingering issue for the site’s leadership. The community, which was organized in the lead-in to Trump’s presidential run, has come to represent much of the site’s failures in uniformly enforcing content policies. Add in Russian election interference and a dollop of racism, sexism and xenophobia and you have the […]
    Lucas Matney
  • Gender & compensation at VC-backed startups – Where are we today? June 26, 2019
    Compensation is the most intimate way a company can interact with its employees. For far too long, compensation managers and committees have operated behind closed doors, keeping pay guidelines...
    Arman Tabatabai
  • Daily Crunch: SF moves towards e-cig ban June 26, 2019
    The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. San Francisco takes the final steps toward becoming the first U.S. city to ban vaping product sales San Francisco’s Board of […]
    Anthony Ha
  • SF Pride says it won’t exclude Google from the Pride parade June 26, 2019
    Despite Google employees petitioning San Francisco Pride to exclude the company from participating in the Pride parade this weekend, SF Pride says Google will be allowed to march in the parade. Earlier today, about 100 Google employees urged SF Pride to ban the company from participating in this weekend’s Pride parade and drop the company […]
    Megan Rose Dickey