Ruvento raises new seed fund to invest in hardware across Singapore, China and the U.S.

Behind The Scenes At CERN The European Organisation For Nuclear Research Today, Ruvento is announcing a new $25 million seed fund for hardware startups in need of capital from Singapore, China and the U.S. The fund, managed by Slava Solonitsyn and Alex Toh, will write 70 percent of its checks between $100k and $500k. The rest of the capital will be reserved for follow-on investments of up to $2 million. Ruvento is not the first investor to take a… Read More

And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London 2016 is… Seenit

img_4275 Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win £40,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down… Read More

Facebook Workplace announces enterprise collaboration app platform

facebook-workplace Facebook will compete directly with Slack through a full-fledged new collaboration app platform built atop its pay-per-user enterprise communication product Workplace. Exclusively announced on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London, the Facebook Workplace platform will support apps for CRM, file sharing, email, calendars and more. By allowing clients to customize their versions of… Read More

N26 expands its bank of the future to 17 European countries

n261 Berlin-based startup N26 got its own banking license a few months ago. As N26 is building a mobile-first bank without any physical branch, the startup can expand to new countries much more easily. N26 co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf is announcing on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt that the startup is now active in 17 countries across Europe. As a European banking license works across the… Read More

Watch the last day of Disrupt London LIVE right here!

The Startup Battlefield finalists have been announced, but there is still a full day of Disrupt left. We’ll be joined by serial founder Jason Goldberg, Citymapper’s Azmat Yusuf, and Facebook’s Julien Codorniou, among many more. And then we’ll head into the Battlefield finals, where our five finalists companies will battle it out for the ultimate prize: the Disrupt Cup.… Read More

Hacker News calls for “political detox,” critics cry censorship

censorship Can social media even exist without political debate? What about trolls? Hacker News, the social news site run by Y Combinator, is trying to find out.
The head of the Hacker News community since 2014, Daniel Gackle (whose HN handle is “dang”) on Monday initiated a site-wide “Political Detox Week.”
To introduce the temporary ban on political content, Gackle… Read More

OpenAI’s Universe is the fun parent every artificial intelligence deserves

openai-gif Every parent’s worst nightmare is a student spending more time playing video games and surfing the web than studying for school. But the team over at OpenAI believes that a “fun parent” approach could actually bring us all one step closer to the elusive generalized intelligence. Its new tool, Universe, was created to train and measure AI frameworks with video games… Read More

Flutterwave aims to unify Africa’s fragmented payment systems and empower small businesses

flutterwave_logo_diag There’s no shortage of entrepreneurs in Africa, but their ambitions are often hampered by the lack in many countries of reliable and affordable digital payment systems. Moneywave wants to empower individuals and small merchants to take part in the thriving digital economy by letting them accept payment however it’s offered, and receive it instantly in whatever form they choose. Read More