Watch Pitch@Palace Malaysia Demo Day right here

pitch-at-the-palace-logo TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Pitch@Palace Malaysia this Tuesday, June 27 9am MYT, 6pm PT. Established by The Duke of York, Pitch@Palace offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business in front of an audience of influencers. Pitch@Palace Malaysia aims to provide a platform to showcase Malaysian Entrepreneurs, connecting them to local and international networks with… Read More

Compass pivots, raising $1 million to zero in on e-commerce analytics

compass red pants Compass, a 5.5-year-old startup that had raised $3.7 million from investors for its business monitoring and intelligence service, is getting out of the crowded business of field of benchmarking startups and instead zeroing in what it sees as a far more underserved market: it’s helping e-commerce businesses grow their revenue. The San Francisco-based company just closed $1 million in… Read More

Live.ly shoots to the top of the App Store

live.ly-ios Live.ly, the newly released live streaming app from musical.ly, has now secured the top slot in the Apple App Store. That puts live.ly above Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Google Maps and Instagram. Live.ly finished rolling out last Thursday and the app has already received over 500,000 downloads, the company tells TechCrunch. The app lets people broadcast what they are doing in real… Read More

Ancera raises $8.9 million for tech to prevent food poisoning and recalls

Ancera employees at the company's Branford, Connecticut lab. A startup based in Branford, Connecticut, Ancera Inc. has raised $8.9 million in Series A funding for technology that helps food producers detect contaminants faster than other methods will allow. The company’s mission is to prevent food waste, recalls or worse, the spread of food-borne illnesses, said Ancera CEO and founder Arjun Ganesan. Investors in the deal included: Glass Capital… Read More

Meet Articoolo, the robot writer with content for brains

No Content There is great writing. And there is content. And at this juncture in the internet’s evolution it seems very plain, Dear Online Reader, that you are mostly being served a tsunami of content — accelerated into your attention trough by click-dependent digital business models that require a steady stream of word fodder to engage eyeballs long enough to ambush them with ads… Read More

Mobile shopping startup PredictSpring raises $11.4M

PredictSpring PredictSpring, a startup that helps brands and retailers build mobile apps, announced today that it has raised $11.4 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Nitin Mangtani has said that one of his goals is to help businesses create truly native mobile experiences that make it easy for consumers to shop. Customers include Calvin Klein, Cole Haan and Nine West, and the company says… Read More

Four things to know about the FAA’s rules about commercial drone usage

Drone The rules for commercial drone usage released last week by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) left some unanswered questions on the table. We discussed some of these with Thomas Gemmell, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and the co-leader of the drone team at the law firm Husch Blackwell in Chicago. The rules, which concern unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds… Read More

Blue Origin breaks ground on new facility to develop orbital rockets

Artist rendition of Blue Origin orbital rocket facility / Image courtesy of Blue Origin In an email to Blue Origin fans this morning, founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company broke ground on their orbital vehicle manufacturing site in Florida. At 750,000 square feet, the new custom-built facility is designed to be large enough to accommodate manufacturing, processing, integration, and testing of orbital rockets. To put that size in perspective, SpaceX’s rocket facility… Read More

Google+ turns 5 and is somehow still alive

google-plus-5-years People who love Google+ sure love Google+. That hasn’t changed since Google first launched what at the time seemed like a credible Facebook competitor back in June 2011. If you’re a Google+ fan, today is a day to celebrate: Against all odds, your favorite social network turned five today. For everybody else, the fact that Google+ is still online may come as a surprise. The number… Read More