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Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Apttus Enjoys A $108M Round As Business Grows In Leaps And Bounds

6 minutes ago
 Just a couple of years ago Apttus, a quote-to-cash SaaS company built on top of, had a couple of hundred employees. Today it has 900 and projects more than a 1000 by the end of the year. And it’s not hiring all of those bodies for nothing. The company’s year-over-year growth is in the 60 percent range. While not willing to provide an exact figure, it claims to have… Read More by Ron Miller

Used Car Retailer, Shift, Raises $50 Million In Round Led By Goldman Sachs

1 hour 6 minutes ago
 With $50 million in new funding, the online used car marketplace Shift is hoping to drive off the stereotypes and outrace the stigma associated with buying used cars. Read More by Jonathan Shieber

PayPal Launches PayPal.Me, A Simpler Way To Request Money Using Your Own Personalized URL

2 hours 6 minutes ago
 PayPal today is launching a new take on peer-to-peer payments with the debut of a platform it’s calling PayPal.Me. For the first time, PayPal customers will be able to set up their own user profiles which are associated with a personalized URL (e.g., which can then be shared with others via text, over email, on instant messenger, via social media, or anywhere else, as… Read More by Sarah Perez

Apply to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London NOW

3 hours 36 minutes ago
 Vacation month is coming to a close in Europe and not a moment too soon. Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London. If you’re new to the whole “Battlefield” thing, let’s clear a few things up. The Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition.Three times per year, the Battlefield takes place at TechCrunch Disrupt, where… Read More by Sam O'Keefe

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Twins, Plans ‘Limited’ Time Off Work

5 hours 20 minutes ago
 Marissa Mayer is expecting twins, but the Yahoo CEO and former Google executive isn’t planning to take a significant break from work during or after her pregnancy. Read More by Jon Russell

LinkedIn Messaging Gets Long Overdue Revamp, Adding GIFs, Emojis And Stickers

6 hours 52 minutes ago
 If you’re anything like me or most people I know, you almost certainly have a profile on LinkedIn but you probably never (ever ever) use its messaging service. Well, LinkedIn hopes that by adding stickers, GIFs and other such things you might change your mind. Read More by Jon Russell

CatchThatBus Lands $1.5M For Mobile Bus Ticketing In Southeast Asia

7 hours 31 minutes ago
 CatchThatBus, the startup behind a mobile app that covers bus booking and information in Malaysia and Singapore, has closed a $1.5 million bridge round ahead of a planned Series A raise and expansion across Southeast Asia. Read More by Jon Russell

IDG Ventures Closes on $120 Million for Its Third Fund

 IDG Ventures, an early-stage venture firm that was among the first VC outfits to plant its flag in San Francisco instead of Silicon Valley, has raised $120 million for its third and newest fund, according to cofounders Phil Sanderson and Alex Rosen. The two longtime VCs came together with a third partner, Pat Kenealy, in 2008; their previous fund closed with $100 million. IDG Ventures is… Read More by Connie Loizos

Messaging Firm Line Introduces A Launcher App For Android Devices

 Line, the Japanese messaging company, has continued with its policy of launching new apps and services after it released an Android launcher app. Read More by Jon Russell

Federal Agent Pleads Guilty To Obstruction And Money Laundering In Silk Road Case

 U.S. Secret Service special agent Shaun W. Bridges of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty today before the U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California to obstruction and money laundering that occurred during the Silk Road case. He will be sentenced on December 7, 2015. “Mr. Bridges has now admitted that he brazenly stole $820,000 worth of digital currency… Read More by John Biggs

Watch This Guy Fly In A 54-Propeller Super Drone

 Flying drones are all the rage right now. The latest DJI Phantom is smoking hot. But sitting in your very own one and flying it? That’s uncharted territory…until now. Check out this dude in the UK hovering above the earth in a contraption with “54 counter-rotation propellers and six grouped control channels with Hobbyking stabilization.” It’s hard to tell just… Read More by Drew Olanoff

Ashley Madison Says Business Is Booming

 If you felt bad for the folks who work at “discreet encounter” site Ashley Madison, don’t. They’re just fine, apparently. According to this lovely press release, the company behind Ashley Madison, Avid Media, has had “hundreds of thousands of morons who want their info stolen people sign up for the service” since the hack heard round the world. Tons of… Read More by Drew Olanoff

The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors

 Despite the attention over the past year, the lack of diversity in tech — both in race and gender — has not markedly changed. Only 3 percent of tech CEOs are women, and just 15 percent of startups have at least one female founder. Most agree that something needs to be done, but much of the attention is misplaced into a caricature. What’s missing? The role of women as angel… Read More by Kristi Zuhlke

Samsung Announces The Samsung Gear S2, Now More Round

 Samsung has just announced their new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2. The watch is unique in that it has a round rotating bezel – the thing on the edge of the crystal – in addition to two buttons on the side for home and back. It runs Samsung’s Tizen OS, an system used by Samsung in their original Gear models. Samsung, however, isn’t announcing compatibility today… Read More by John Biggs

Google’s Self-Driving Car Tests Continue In Austin, Sans Humans (And Don’t Worry, It Can Handle Deer)

 Google announced in July that it’d be taking its self-driving car test on the road…to beautiful Austin. It has done just that, and the company looks to be expanding the tests it’s doing as well. Texas is the fifth state to legalize the self-driving technology. According to Google, the tests are now involving those little tiny two-seat “Google Cars” and this time… Read More by Drew Olanoff

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