Guardant Health, a four-year-old, Redwood City, Ca.-based biotech company that sells blood tests to track and potentially detect cancer, has raised a whopping $360 million from investors, bringing its total funding to $550 million.SoftBank led the round, with participation from Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, OrbiMed,...
Apple made news and scored some positive PRearlier this month when the company announced a $1 billion fund aimed at investing in US-based manufacturing. Now its ready to announce the first big investment from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund. New York-based Corning Incorporated will be receiving $200 million from...
As President Trump continues to degrade our democracy and diminish the freedom of the press, Twitters CFO/COO Anthony Noto sees a marketing opportunity. @realDonaldTrump May I suggest questions submitted and answered via Twitter. A perfect record and we distribute to the world not just those with...
The best way to growsales is to better understand sales, but unfortunately thats often easier said than done.Kemvi, a seed-stage startup, is launching out of stealth today to announce DeepGraph, which helpssales teams reach the right potential customersat the right time. The company has closed north of $1...
Continuing its massive spending spree in Europe, the global technology and media investment conglomerate, Naspers, has invested 387 million ($421.3 million) in the online food ordering and delivery business Delivery Hero. The investment, which was made at the companys current valuation of over $3.1 billion (according to a...
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is on a mission.Image: Virginia TechSitting through a commencement speech is a roll of the dice: Your speaker might be boring or condescending, you might be sweltering from the sun or soaked by the rain, you might even be too hungover to care about...
Uber has launched its service in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma, over a month after going public with its expansion plan. With a population of 50 million people andrapidly increasing internet adoption,Myanmar is seen by many tech firms as a market with much growth...
Over the last few years the PGA TOURhas gotten more creativeabout how it keeps fans at home in touch with whats happening on the course. For example, during last years THE PLAYERS Championship they commissioned an iPhone-only photographer to capture professional-quality photos from the course, which greatly cut...
TechCrunch is pleased to bring you 500 StartupsDemo Daytoday, May11th at 12:00pm to 5:00pm PT. As a global seed fund and startup accelerator, 500 Startups invests in various technology around the world. 500 Startups is holding a Demo Day today for their Batch 20 companies. The theme for...
Image: Ambar Del-moralLife may soon get more complicated for anyone flying from Europe to the U.S. The U.S. is reportedly considering an expansion of the March electronics ban, which forbids anyone from carrying a laptop into a plane cabin if they're flying from eight Middle Eastern and African...
Improbable, the London startup that has developed a platform for third parties to build vast virtual and simulated worlds, has landed a stratospheric round of funding to double down on its product and expand its ecosystem of developers. The company, which also has offices in San Francisco, has...
With more than 30,000 clients and $750 million in assets under management,Toronto-basedinvestment platform Wealthsimplecontinues to grow both in its home market and in the U.S. To bolster that growth, the company has raised an additional $37 million ($50 million Candian) in funding from Power Financial. Like other similar...
So let me just say really quick that I really dislike Bitmoji. Pretty much everything about it/them. The one thing thats good about Bitmoji is that the user really can easily customize a representative avatar, which is good for inclusion, even if the results are universally terrible in every...
Chinese internet Tencent has continued its recent investment spree after it backed U.S.-based game studio Pocket Gems to the tune of $90 million. Tencent invested in Pocket Gems back in 2015, when it put in a reported$60 million for a 20 percent stake. This time around the Wall...
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Restaurantsdepend on the sale of alcoholic beverages for 60 percent of their revenue. This means that knowing what happens to liquor after its puton the shelf behind the bar is critically important tobar owners. Today, connected-device startup Nectar is launching a pour spout and stopper equipped with ultrasound...
Kreditech, the German startup backed by Peter Thiel, Rakuten and the IFC thatcreates credit ratings and provides finance to peoplewho may not otherwise have credit histories, has raised another round of funding from one of its strategic partners. PayU, the payments company owned by Naspers that is known...
Paylor's team photo.Image: calbears.comIt was supposed to be everything a player at one of the nation's top college rugby programs dreams of a shot at the national championship. But the dream ended in tragedy for University of California sophomore Robert Paylor. He was paralyzed after a hit in...
Twitter fell apart in 2013 when its growth slowed significantly in the face of competition and copying from Facebook, and users found it too hard to find the best content due to its unsorted reverse chronological feed. Its share price fell 18 percent a quarter later as the...
Lightspeed Venture Partners is having quite a year, between the sale of AppDynamics to Cisco for $3.7 billion on the eve of its IPO (Lightspeed wrote its first check);to the March sale of publicly traded Nimble Storage to Hewlett Packard Enterprise for just north of $1 billion in...