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Revolut now has a million customers for its banking alternative

03:41 | Nov 24th, 2017

Fintech startup Revolut has reached a big milestone. The company now has over a million customers across Europe two years and a half after launch. The company says that customers have saved $160 million in foreign exchange fees compared to a traditio...Show More
Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices

04:24 | Nov 23rd, 2017

French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn’t use Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK — the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices....Show More
Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

03:04 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets. The media company is partnering with French startup Molotov so that French viewers can wat...Show More
Tap tap tap

09:41 | Nov 22nd, 2017

We are now walking through a media desert. While access to content is astronomically high, the content that we read is dead, lifeless, and derivative. Yes, I see the irony in posting my criticism of the state of online media on, well, online media, b...Show More
Shadow upgrades its cloud computer for gamers and opens signups to everyone

04:25 | Nov 22nd, 2017

French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, announced at a press conference that it is launching new offers, updating specifications and the ability to become a client and buy a subscription without any waiting list. Shadow is a gaming PC in the...Show More
How to talk about cryptocurrency at the holiday dinner table

05:59 | Nov 21st, 2017

You’re sitting down to a nice meal and your aunt, always one step ahead, mentions she wants to start investing in Bitcoin. You freeze, a drip of gravy plopping off the ladle. It’s your time to shine. You got this. First, you know that the state of cr...Show More
Ello Again…

05:02 | Nov 21st, 2017

The battle for control of data could be juststarting Remember Ello? It would like you to know it is not dead. It is now a place for creative types. Let me explain. The social networking platform splashed onto the tech scene promoting itself as an ad-...Show More
Criteo founder raises $19 million for ride-sharing app Less

02:51 | Nov 20th, 2017

Criteo has long been named as one of the most successful French startups, quickly reaching unicorn level and even going public in the U.S. Former Criteo CEO Jean-Baptiste Rudelle is now launching a new startup called Less with Romain Niccoli, Florent...Show More
Drivy launches its car rental marketplace in the UK

02:34 | Nov 17th, 2017

French startupDrivyis expanding to another European country. This time, the company is launching in the U.K. For now, the service is mostly live in London and it’s slowly going to expand across the U.K. throughout 2018. The company has been somewhat ...Show More
N26 adds Apple Pay support in France, Spain, Italy and Finland

01:46 | Nov 16th, 2017

Fintech startup N26 just launched Apple Pay support in European countries where Apple already launched Apple Pay. Starting today, you can now add your N26 card to the Wallet app if you live in Spain, Italy and Finland. The feature has been live in Fr...Show More
Senate plans disastrous tax on vesting that could kill stock compensation

04:47 | Nov 15th, 2017

A proposed tax that charges people as their startup equity vests instead of when they cash it out and actually have money to pay the taxes could wreck how tech companies recruit talent. And the industry doesn’t have much time to mobilize to get this ...Show More
These are the US startups that Russian investors are backing

05:40 | Nov 14th, 2017

Those businesses may have little in common, but one shared thread is that U.S. startups in these sectors have all secured large funding rounds led by Russia-based investors. They’re not alone. Over the past seven years, Russia-based strategic and ven...Show More
Uber gives top riders a 24/7 ‘Premium Support’ hotline

04:12 | Nov 10th, 2017

If something scary or infuriating happens with your Uber, sending an email to support doesn’t always cut it. And if you’ve ridden thousands of miles withUber and paid them boatloads over the years, you might expect better service. You’re always just ...Show More
Revolut is applying for a European banking license to become a true bank

02:37 | Nov 9th, 2017

It’s hard to believe that fintech startup Revolut still doesn’t have a proper banking license. Many users will tell you that Revolut’s electronic wallets already feel like traditional bank accounts with an IBAN and a payment card. But the startup is ...Show More
ChartMogul grabs $2.2 million to build the financial dashboard of your subscription business

03:36 | Nov 8th, 2017

What do you do when you want to create a software-as-a-service startup but it feels like everything has been built already? You build a product that helps existing SaaS startups. That’s what ChartMogul is currently doing with its subscription analyti...Show More
Beheld is a new startup that lets you scan, send, and print yourself

02:49 | Nov 7th, 2017

Kat Kinkead and Peter Weijmarshausen met at their old company, Shapeways. Weijmarshausen recently stepped down as CEO and was looking for something cool to do when he and Kinkead realized that the most popular application of 3D scanning and printing ...Show More
N26 is launching its bank in the UK in 2018

03:52 | Nov 6th, 2017

Fintech startup N26 is announcing yet another international expansion move. The company plans to launch its bank of the future in the U.K. at some point during the first half of 2018. As N26 already has a German banking license, the company can also ...Show More
Zapier makes it easier for teams to collaborate on their app workflows

01:34 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Earlier this year, Zapier launched a $250/month teams plan for its workflow automation service. Today, it’s adding some long-requested functionality to this that will make it easier for teams to collaborate. This comes in the form of shared folders, ...Show More
Tuurnt lets people pay you to party

02:19 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Do you like to party? Do you like money? Friend, have I got a startup for you. Tuurnt is based on the concept of rent parties, parties folks used to hold to pay rent at the end of the month. The idea is simple: plan the party, announce a cost, and le...Show More
People with chronic illnesses and disabilities get their own media channel with The Mighty

06:40 | Nov 1st, 2017

There’s a corkboard in the kitchen at the office of The Mighty, the social network for people with chronic illnesses, mental health disorders and disabilities, which has pictures and letters from many of the site’s thousands of contributors and reade...Show More
Kenzie Academy is an ambitious project to bring tech jobs to Middle America

13:13 | Oct 31st, 2017

The most logical thing to do when you decide to step back from your successful startup, which didn’t end up in the deadpool like the other 99 percent, is to take some time off. Appreciate things. Enjoy the fact that years of work paid off, literally....Show More
Station combines all your messy web apps into a single app

03:41 | Oct 30th, 2017

Meet Station, a startup that was created by startup studio eFounders. Station has been working on the only work app you need. It combines all the services you need into a single window and handles notifications and documents better than a normal brow...Show More
MrOwl wants to be your new sharing platform

02:49 | Oct 27th, 2017

MrOwl is a new app by Arvind and Becky Raichur that lets you store, sort, and share data. What kind of data? All of it. The app is what would happen if a social network had a baby with Evernote. Users can create public or private stores of data – thi...Show More
N26 announces plans to launch in the US by mid-2018

04:22 | Oct 26th, 2017

European fintech startup N26 has plans to expand beyond Europe. The company’s co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf is announcing today at the Money20/20 conference that N26 is going to launch in the U.S. around mid-2018 and has hired a handful of people...Show More
TransferWise changes fees for GBP transfers, introduces complicated flat transaction fees

04:58 | Oct 25th, 2017

Fintech startup TransferWise has built a solid reputation when it comes to transparency. The startup just announced new fees for transfers initiated from the U.K. And it’s quite hard to understand if transfers are going to be cheaper or not after the...Show More
Winnow raises further $7.4M for its smart kitchen tech that reduces commercial food waste

03:14 | Oct 24th, 2017

Winnow, the U.K. startup that has developed smart kitchen tech to help commercial kitchens reduce food waste, continues to be on a roll. It counts the likes of IKEA, Compass Group, and AccorHotels as customers, and estimates its 600-plus clients are ...Show More
Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

02:55 | Oct 23rd, 2017

While you’ve already got Yelp and other apps to help you figure out where to eat, Truffle is designed specifically for sharing recommendations with friends and other people you know. A new update should make that sharing even easier. The big addition...Show More
Vine’s founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show app

05:27 | Oct 19th, 2017

“It’s a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new.” That’s how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire meets Facebook Live. At 3p...Show More
Strava launches posts to bring athletes back for everything else beyond their workouts

07:56 | Oct 18th, 2017

When you walk upstairs at the Strava offices over on Third Street in San Francisco, you’ll find boards as tall as your typical human. They’re covered with images — screenshots of Instagram posts, comments and a whole lot of paper cutouts of other soc...Show More
My new favorite Twitter habit is saving me so much heartache

05:28 | Oct 17th, 2017

It quenches a thirst. It soothes a weakened, battered piece of my psyche. It repairs my wounds and unleashes me, more powerful, into my day. It fulfills the saddest, most regrettable pieces of myself. It may also be a habit that you want to pick up. ...Show More