November 19, 2019 News Magazine

Month: May 2019


Teams autonomously mapping the depths take home millions in Ocean Discovery Xprize

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

There’s a whole lot of ocean on this planet, and we don’t have much of an idea what’s at the...

Slack narrows losses, displays healthy revenue growth

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

Workplace messaging powerhouse Slack filed an amended S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday weeks ahead of...

Facial recognition startup Kairos settles lawsuits with founder and former CEO Brian Brackeen

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

Facial recognition startup Kairos, founded by Brian Brackeen, has settled its lawsuit with Brackeen following his ouster from the company...

Only 72 hours left to save an extra €200 on Disrupt Berlin 2019

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

The shot clock on serious savings is running out. You have just 72 hours left to sign up for the...

Groupon cofounder Eric Lefkofsky just raised another $200 million for his newest company, Tempus

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

When serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky grows a company, he puts the pedal to the metal. When in 2011 his last company, the Chicago-based coupons site Groupon, raised $950 million from investors, it was the largest amount raised by a start-up, ever. It was just over three years old at the time, and it went public later that same year. Lefkofsky seems to be stealing a page from the same playbook for his newest company Tempus. The Chicago-based genomic testing and data analysis company was founded a little more than three years ago, yet it has already hired nearly 700 employees and raised more than $500 million — including through a new $ 200 million round that values the company at $3.1 billion. According to the Chicago Tribune, that new valuation makes it — as Groupon once was — one of Chicago’s most highly valued privately held companies. So why all the fuss? As the Tribune explains it, Tempus has built a platform to collect, structure and analyze the clinical data that’s often uno..

Groupon cofounder Eric Lefkofsky just raised another $200 million for his newest company, Tempus

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

When serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky grows a company, he puts the pedal to the metal. When in 2011 his last...

Daily Crunch: Leap Motion waves goodbye

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered...

Targeted ads offer little extra value for online publishers, study suggests

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

How much value do online publishers derive from behaviorally targeted advertising that uses privacy-hostile tracking technologies to determine which advert...

Diving deep into Africa’s blossoming tech scene

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

Jumia may be the first startup you’ve heard of from Africa. But the e-commerce venture that recently listed on the NYSE is definitely not the first or last word in African tech. The continent has an expansive digital innovation scene, the components of which are intersecting rapidly across Africa’s 54 countries and 1.2 billion people. When measured by monetary values, Africa’s tech ecosystem is tiny by Shenzen or Silicon Valley standards. But when you look at volumes and year over year expansion in VC, startup formation, and tech hubs, it’s one of the fastest growing tech markets in the world. In 2017, the continent also saw the largest global increase in internet users—20 percent. If you’re a VC or founder in London, Bangalore, or San Francisco, you’ll likely interact with some part of Africa’s tech landscape for the first time—or more—in the near future. That’s why TechCrunch put together this Extra-Crunch deep-dive on Africa’s technology sector. Tech Hubs A foundation for Afri..

Diving deep into Africa’s blossoming tech scene

May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

Jumia may be the first startup you’ve heard of from Africa. But the e-commerce venture that recently listed on the...