PixTeller makes designers (almost) obsolete

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-10-29-17-am PixTeller is a unique little service. Created by a Romanian web designer, Alexandru Roznovat, it is a sort of instant design studio with plenty of ready-made templates so you can create clever Instagram memes or fun book cover designs in a few seconds. After creating an account you’re presented with dozens of pre-made designs that are fairly innocuous. You can select a Facebook header,… Read More

UK’s Nutmeg pulls in an extra £12m for its Series D from Taipei’s Fubon bank

nutmeg Hit UK FinTech startup Nutmeg has raked in another $14.6m (£12m) for its Series D round, bringing the total to $51m (£42m). The £12m comes from the Taipei Fubon Bank, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s second largest financial services firm. Last month it announced a £30m raise led by Convoy, Hong Kong’s largest listed independent financial advice firm and existing backers including… Read More

Brain-training app Peak sells majority stake to French publisher Hachette

active brain Something of a sleeper hit, the makers of Peak — a subscription-based service specifically designed to entertain a user while simultaneously exercising their cognitive skills — have sold a majority stake to French publisher Hachette Livre. Created by London-based app company Brainbow, Peak has been downloaded over 15 million times and was named Best App in 2014 by Apple, while… Read More

EU court rejects data retention law, throwing cold water on UK’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’

shutterstock_139834159 The highest court in Europe today ruled that “general and indiscriminate” data retention directives contravene European Union law — dealing a significant blow to governments and organizations who have been pushing for stronger surveillance and data collection, and giving a boost to privacy advocates in the process. More specifically, European Court of Justice threw… Read More

Bringing Europe together at The Europas, London, 13 June, 2017

europas11 It’s time to mark your diaries for June 13, 2017 for The Europas Tech Conference & Awards TechCrunch is the exclusive media partner for the one-day event which takes a different approach to the usual events (tickets). As well as main stage speakers and panels, the ‘special sauce’ of The Europas is the small, intimate breakout sessions where delegates can deep-dive into… Read More

Disrupt London was the biggest yet: 2,300 people, 2.5M video views, 150 press

disrupt london 2015 There’s few of reasons why TechCrunch Disrupt (sign up here to get news about the next one) is so effective for startups. The combination of breaking news on stage and brand new companies in the Battlefield competition draws in the media and investors. And investors can easily walk a curated hall of new startups in Startup Alley, knowing that we have worked hard to bring the best and… Read More

Price f(x) raises €4M Series A for pricing optimization SaaS

https://www.pricefx.eu Price f(x), a pricing optimization SaaS, has raised €4 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Prague-based Credo Ventures, and London-based Talis Capital. Noteworthy, this is the first outside funding the European startup has taken since it was founded six years ago and despite being profitable for the last three of those. Read More

OS builder Thundersoft buys UI maker Rightware for $68M to expand in automotive

screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-10-41-36 Thundersoft, a company out of China that designs operating systems for drones and other connected devices, has made an acquisition to drive deeper into automotive technology: it has paid €64 million ($68 million; RMB471 million) for Rightware, a company out of Helsinki that develops graphical user interfaces for connected devices, with a special focus on automotive: its Kanzi product… Read More