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Japan's SmartHR raises $13.3M led by 500 Startups
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Japan's SmartHR raises $13.3M led by 500 Startups

SmartHR, a startup helping Japanese employers run HR and staffing smarter — because that’s of course its name — has raised a JPY 1.5 billion ($13.3...

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Bringing luxury perks to co-living life, Ollie raises cash to expand
News 5 days ago
Bringing luxury perks to co-living life, Ollie raises cash to expand

As rents continue to soar in America’s most desirable cities, companies like New York-based Ollie (no, not that one… the other one) are angling to...

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Apartment List raises $50 million for home rentals
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Apartment List raises $50 million for home rentals

It’s estimated that over one-third of Americans rent their homes, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. And half of those people...

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Amazon takes on Wish with an “Under $10” selection of products that ship for free
News 6 days ago
Amazon takes on Wish with an “Under $10” selection of products that ship for free

Amazon has quietly launched a new feature that’s seemingly aimed at helping the retailer better compete with discount shopping apps such as Wish...

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Google moves into Shenzhen in latest China expansion
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Google moves into Shenzhen in latest China expansion

A month after announcing plans to open its first AI lab in China, Google is expanding again through a move into Shenzhen. The U.S. tech giant has...

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Instacart acquires Toronto-based Unata
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Instacart acquires Toronto-based Unata

Instacart has today announced the acquisition of Unata, a Toronto-based company that offers a platform for both grocers and consumers to interact...

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Equity podcast: 2017’s top tech acquisitions and what’s in store for 2018
News 1 week ago
Equity podcast: 2017’s top tech acquisitions and what’s in store for 2018

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we took...

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Amsterdam to halve Airbnb-style tourist rentals to 30 nights a year per host
News 1 week ago
Amsterdam to halve Airbnb-style tourist rentals to 30 nights a year per host

City councillors in Amsterdam have decided to reduce by half the number of nights Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments in the city — imposing...

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Goldman clients are giving Cadre $250 million to pour into commercial real estate
News 1 week ago
Goldman clients are giving Cadre $250 million to pour into commercial real estate

Cadre, a three-year-old, New York-based online platform helping accredited investors delve into commercial real estate deals in what it claims is a...

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Robomart is the latest startup to try and unseat the local convenience store
News 2 weeks ago
Robomart is the latest startup to try and unseat the local convenience store

The startup assault on the humble neighborhood store continues to intensify. First came Bodega, the terribly named, and mostly misguidedstartup...

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Researchers can now make neighborhood voting predictions from Google Street View images
News 3 weeks ago
Researchers can now make neighborhood voting predictions from Google Street View images

In a sign that computers will be able to perform image analysis as fluently as text analysis, a group of Stanford-based researchers were able to...

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Amazon did a lot of funky stuff this year and it's paying off
News 3 weeks ago
Amazon did a lot of funky stuff this year and it's paying off

Holy hell, it’s been a year for Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ former-online-bookstore dumped $13.7 billion to buy a bunch of grocery stores, that speaker you...

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Girls Who Code gets a Disney Imagineering boost
News 1 month ago
Girls Who Code gets a Disney Imagineering boost

The room is a raw warehouse space that is partitioned off with curtains, hiding the bulk of it from view. I’m at the back of a group of girls who is..

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Walmart is developing personal shopping services and cashier-free stores
News 1 month ago
Walmart is developing personal shopping services and cashier-free stores

Walmart’s Code Eight, led by Rent the Runway co-founder Jennifer Fleiss, has started testing personal shopping services for moms in New York City,...

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WeWork's Powered By We product is central to 2018 growth strategy
News 1 month ago
WeWork's Powered By We product is central to 2018 growth strategy

WeWork had a big year in 2017. The seven-year-old company opened 90 new locations, doubling its global membership, and expanded into new cities in...

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Giving online retailers a physical returns location nets HappyReturns $8 million
News 1 month ago
Giving online retailers a physical returns location nets HappyReturns $8 million

As online retailers continue to seek out ways to bridge the digital divide between themselves and their customers, Happy Returns, which provides...

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Feds look to cash in seized bitcoins at record prices
News 1 month ago
Feds look to cash in seized bitcoins at record prices

Federal prosecutors are looking to unload 513 bitcoins seized as part of a drug case in Salt Lake City. They originally belonged to one Aaron Shamo...

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Instacart promotes Sarah Mastrorocco to new position of VP of Business Development
News 1 month ago
Instacart promotes Sarah Mastrorocco to new position of VP of Business Development

Instacart is going through some growing pains right now, with Amazon buying Whole Foods this summer and target picking up Alabama-based Shipt in...

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Lily raises $2M from NEA and others for a personal stylist service that considers feelings, not just fit
News 1 month ago
Lily raises $2M from NEA and others for a personal stylist service that considers feelings, not just fit

One of the reasons recently IPO’d Stitch Fix became so popular among female shoppers is because of how it pairs the convenience of home try-on for...

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Target is buying Alabama-based, same-day delivery service Shipt for $550 million
News 1 month ago
Target is buying Alabama-based, same-day delivery service Shipt for $550 million

Target, America’s other favorite old-line retailer (the one that’s not Walmart, with the arguably better commercials), is buying the Alabama-based...

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Amazon expands same-day delivery and one-day shipping to thousands more cities
News 1 month ago
Amazon expands same-day delivery and one-day shipping to thousands more cities

Amazon announced today it has expanded its same-day delivery and one-day shipping service to thousands more markets across the U.S., just in time...

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Mindspace raises $20 million to launch co-working spaces in the US
News 1 month ago
Mindspace raises $20 million to launch co-working spaces in the US

Co-working startup Mindspace recently raised $20 million as it gears up to launch its first two locations in the U.S. While Mindspace is looking to...

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Nextdoor raised about $75 million to connect neighbors
News 1 month ago
Nextdoor raised about $75 million to connect neighbors

Nextdoor, the neighborhood social networking site raised about $75 million in a funding round, The Information reported, estimating that the...

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A venture firm focused on real estate, Navitas Capital, just raised $60 million
News 1 month ago
A venture firm focused on real estate, Navitas Capital, just raised $60 million

Real estate heavyweights clearly don’t want to be left in the dust by tech startups that see opportunities to do things more efficiently, more...

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Iron Mountain acquires IO Data Centers US operations for $1.3 billion
News 1 month ago
Iron Mountain acquires IO Data Centers US operations for $1.3 billion

Iron Mountain announced today that it’s acquiring the US data center assets of IO Data Centers for a cool $1.3 billion — and the price tag could...

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MishiPay raises £1.6M led by Nauta Capital for its mobile self-checkout technology
News 1 month ago
MishiPay raises £1.6M led by Nauta Capital for its mobile self-checkout technology

MishiPay, a London startup that has built mobile self-checkout technology that promises to put an end to queuing to pay, has raised £1.65 million...

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Compass gets $450M from SoftBank; real estate portal now valued at $2.2B
News 1 month ago
Compass gets $450M from SoftBank; real estate portal now valued at $2.2B

Less than a month after raising $100 million led by Fidelity, real-estate startup Compass is striking while the iron is hot. The company has now...

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Microsoft announces huge expansion to ‘modernize' its Redmond HQ
News 1 month ago
Microsoft announces huge expansion to ‘modernize' its Redmond HQ

Microsoft has announced a massive expansion plan aimed at modernizing its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Unlike fellow Washington-based tech...

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Instacart signs deal with Albertsons
News 1 month ago
Instacart signs deal with Albertsons

Instacart has inked a deal with Albertsons to offer same-day delivery from the grocery store chain. The deal will include 1,800 of Albertsons...

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Optimus Ride will provide self-driving vehicles to Boston community residents
News 1 month ago
Optimus Ride will provide self-driving vehicles to Boston community residents

A new partnership between autonomous driving startup Optimus Ride and release estate developer LStar Ventures will see self-driving vehicle access...

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