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India’s logistics aggregator Shiprocket raises $13M to expand overseas

By 3 months ago

Shiprocket, a New Delhi-based logistics aggregator that works with direct-to-consumer sellers including several social media influencers, has raised $13 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its platform overseas. Silicon Valley-based investment firm Tribe Capital led Shiprocket’s Series C financing round. Innoven Capital and existing investor Bertelsmann India Investments also participated…

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Los Angeles-based Frame launches mental health gateway for a pandemic-stricken generation

By 3 months ago

The story behind Frame, the startup aiming to be the nation’s gateway into the world of therapy and mental wellness, seems like a tailor-made story of American entrepreneurial success. Its co-founders, Kendall Bird and Sage Grazer, ran their first business in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles years ago, selling out their entire inventory…

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Daily Crunch: Target acquires Deliv’s delivery tech

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Target makes another acquisition, social platforms struggle with a “Plandemic” conspiracy video and Boston Dynamics’ robot Spot encourages social distancing. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 8, 2020. 1. Target to acquire same-day delivery tech from Deliv Target, which already owns on-demand delivery service Shipt, is in the process of acquiring technology assets from same-day […]

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NBCUniversal makes its content and ads more shoppable with a new Checkout experience

By 3 months ago

NBCUniversal is introducing a new way to incorporate commerce into the viewing and reading experience, which it calls NBCUniversal Checkout. The new product is part of the company’s One Platform ad offering. As demonstrated for me yesterday, it allows the readers of articles and viewers of videos on NBCUniversal properties to click on a featured product,…

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Coronavirus: Firms ready to restart within three weeks

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption Are employees prepared for the return to work? Most firms believe they could be ready to restart business with just three weeks’ notice.That’s according to the latest British Chambers of Commerce Coronavirus weekly survey of firms.BBC News talked to companies in five different sectors to find out how prepared…

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Coronavirus could push consumers away from influencers and toward streaming TV

By 3 months ago

Jay Prasad is chief strategy officer for LiveRamp TV, a data-connectivity platform leveraged by brands and their partners to deliver exceptional experiences. As the nation struggles with a pandemic and economic uncertainty, fundamental shifts in consumer habits are leading marketers to rethink existing strategies and budgets allocated to influencers and streaming TV. These significant shifts…

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Sam Altman backs ‘video-first’ dating app Curtn

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As the quarantine dramatically transforms social and romantic lives, a new dating app advised by Grindr founder Joel Simkhai and former YC chief Sam Altman is aiming to capitalize on the skyrocketing popularity of video chat. CEO Brenden Strauss hopes his NYC-based startup Curtn can approach video calling in a mindful way during a time…

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7 VCs discuss how COVID-19 is changing the media startup landscape

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It might be time to stop relying on ad revenue The world has changed dramatically since May 2019 when we last surveyed venture capitalists about the trends they were seeing in media, entertainment and gaming. Since then, COVID-19 and the resulting physical distancing measures have created plenty of demand for companies helping to inform and […]

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Google and Facebook must pay media for content reuse, says Australia

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The Australia government has said it will adopt a mandatory code to require tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay local media for reusing their content. The requirement for them to share ad revenue with domestic publishers was reported earlier by Reuters. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg published an opinion article in The Australian Friday,…

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Quibi is the anti-TikTok (that’s a bad thing)

By 3 months ago

It takes either audacious self-confidence or reckless hubris to build a completely asocial video app in 2020. You can decide which best describes Quibi, Hollywood’s $1.75 billion-funded attempt at a mobile-only Netflix of six to 10-minute micro-TV show episodes. Quibi manages to miss every trend and tactic that could help make its app popular. The…

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UK tech job vacancies fall 31% in less than 4 weeks, according to job site data – so who is still hiring?

By 3 months ago

As the coronavirus crisis continues, hiring data is emerging that paints a mixed picture for U.K. tech, which, in the preceding months and years, has been stuck on a growth trajectory of up and to the right. That appears to have changed almost over night. According to numbers shared exclusively with TechCrunch from job sites…

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Facebook will stream a virtual graduation ceremony featuring Oprah and Miley Cyrus

By 3 months ago

As dates for reopening the country are continually pushed back, virtually every aspect of life has been disrupted. Holidays, birthdays, weddings and funerals have begun to be virtualized in order for attendees to maintain social distances. It’s an inevitability the class of 2020 has no doubt been dreading for months. Here’s some consolation from Facebook: […]

The Europas Awards goes virtual: Votes, workshops, pitches, networking, live awards & DJs

By 3 months ago

The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is doing what everyone in tech has done before: pivoting! Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be ‘going virtual’ on an amazing new platform, to be unveiled. (OK, but not VR – just yet!). A percentage of proceeds from the event will be donated to charities across Europe…

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Indie Bookstores Are Fighting to Survive the Pandemic. A New Movement May Have the Answer

By 3 months ago

Earlier this winter, the year-old bookstore Organic Books in Albuquerque, N.M., was finally finding its footing. “We were establishing ourselves in the community, and going gangbusters,” Kelly Brewer, the store’s co-owner, tells TIME. Her cautious optimism was reflective of the prevailing mood among many independent bookstores across the country. Sales were increasing; events were selling…

The Europas Awards goes virtual: Votes, workshops, pitches, networking, live awards & DJs

By 4 months ago

The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is doing what everyone in tech has done before: pivoting! Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be ‘going virtual’ on an amazing new platform, to be unveiled. (OK, but not VR – just yet!). A percentage of proceeds from the event will be donated to charities across Europe…

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