Atomico Promotes Surgeon-Turned-Vc Irina Haivas To Partner


Bolt raises €50M in venture debt from the EU to expand its ride-hailing business: Ingrid Lunden



Bolt, the billion-dollar startup out of Estonia that’s building a ride-hailing, scooter and food delivery business across Europe and Africa, has picked up a tranche of funding in its bid to take on Uber and the rest in the world of on-demand transportation. T…

Atomico promotes surgeon-turned-VC Irina Haivas to partner: Steve O'Hear



Irina Haivas, the surgeon-turned-VC that joined London-based VC firm Atomico in late 2018 and has already led several investments on behalf of the firm, has been promoted to partner. Her Atomico investments to date include: Healx, the Cambridge, U.K.-based st…

Getsafe, the German insurtech, brings its contents insurance app to UK: Steve O'Hear



Getsafe, the German insurtech that offers home contents insurance via an app, has launched in the U.K., despite an increasingly competitive market for insurance in the country, and the thorny regulatory issue of Brexit. This has seen Getsafe incorporate an in…

Crowdfunded hardware startups are breathing fresh life into music making: Brian Heater



I love music. Seriously, it’s one of the few things that brings solace in this cold, lonely world. Want to go deep on Joni Mitchell, William Onyeabor or Pablo Casals? I’m game. Yes, I worked at multiple record stores years before TechCrunch. Yes, I will alway…

Companies take baby steps toward home robots at CES: Brian Heater



“I think there are fewer fake robots this year.” I spoke to a lot of roboticists and robot-adjacent folks at this year’s CES, but that comment from Labrador Systems co-funder/CEO Mike Dooley summed up the situation nicely. The show is slowly, but steadily, st…

Joby Aviation raises $590 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service: Darrell Etherington



Joby Aviation has raised a $590 million Series C round of funding, including $394 million from lead investor Toyota Motor Corporation, the company announced today. Joby is in the process of developing an electric air taxi service, which will make use of in-ho…

Apple buys edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for a reported $200M: Devin Coldewey



Xnor.ai, spun off in 2017 from the nonprofit Allen Institute for AI, has reportedly been acquired by Apple for about $200 million. A source close to the company corroborated a report this morning from GeekWire to that effect.

Save over $200 with discounted student tickets to Robotics + AI 2020: Emma Comeau



If you’re a current student and you love robots — and the AI that drives them — you do not want to miss out on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020. Our day-long deep dive into these two life-altering technologies takes place on March 3 at UC Berkeley and features…

The US government should stop demanding tech companies compromise on encryption: Zack Whittaker



"If strong encryption is outlawed, only outlaws will have strong encryption."

23andMe co-founder's new startup, Precise.ly, brings genomics to India through Narayana partnerhsip: Jonathan Shieber



Precise.ly, the new genomics startup launched by 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and Aneil Mallavarapu, is taking its spin on direct to consumer personalized genomics to India through a partnership with Naryana Health, one of India’s leading specialty hospital …



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