WeWork and Techstars are buddying up, the organizations announced today. Techstars, the global accelerator program responsible for companies like ClassPass, Sphero and Digital Ocean, will be bringing its program into the WeWork community by running its curriculum at WeWork locations in Toronto, Boston, Kansas City, and New York City. As a part of the deal, Techstars alumni will now get a discount on WeWork workspace. Techstars portfolio companies often stay in the accelerator space following the…"Techstars alums will now get discounted WeWork space"
Hopper, a top-ranked travel app that helps you figure out the best time to fly to save money, is today expanding its price prediction service to hotels. The company claims its price tracking technology is able to save users $34 per night, on average, when booking a hotel room through its service, or up to $90 per night in the best cases. The Hopper application is already one of the better flight search tools on…"Hopper expands its price prediction technology to hotels, initially in NYC"
With over four million listings across more than 65,000 cities worldwide, Airbnb has not just upended the global hospitality industry — it has inadvertently created an industry within an industry: demand for services that help hosts manage their properties efficiently and professionally. It’s a hot space, for sure. GuestReady, a one-year-old contender based in London, has pulled in $3 million in new funding as it looks to grow its presence in Europe and Asia. The round —…"GuestReady, a service for Airbnb hosts to manage their property, raises $3M"
As Slack moves more and more into trying to become a go-to tool for workplace collaboration — especially in the face of competition from Atlassian and other incumbents — it has to first make sure it has the table stakes down. Today, the company is looking to take another step in that direction as it starts rolling out an updated screen sharing feature that allows users to mark up, edit, scroll and work together on a…"Slack looks to make screen sharing at work more interactive"
DoorDash CFO Mike Dinsdale has left the company less than a year after he joined, TechCrunch has learned. The food ordering and delivery startup is actively looking for a replacement. Dinsdale, who joined DoorDash last October, has been gone from the company for about four months. He is now gearing up to join Gusto, formerly known as ZenPayroll, according to a source familiar with Dinsdale’s situation. “Over the past year, Mike helped us build out…"DoorDash CFO leaves less than one year after joining"
Current announced today it has raised $5 million in Series A funding for its debit card aimed at kids that parents can control with an app. The company first introduced its Visa debit to the market in May. Kids can use the card to shop in stores or online using funds from their own bank account linked to the card, after receiving a digital allowance from mom or dad. The new round was led by QED…"Current raises $5M for its debit card for teens that parents control with an app"
Last year, Google released a fun app that let curious kids perform a handful of science experiments by monitoring light, sound and motion using a smartphone. Following some feedback, the app has been updated with a more open-ended approach, allowing kids to simply record and annotate the world around them. (It’s also on iOS now.) “We heard from teachers that it would be even more useful if the app could take notes and make observations for science…"Google revamps Science Journal app with new sensors and iOS support"
The team behind Microsoft’s Edge browser launched a new open-source tool today that lets you check your website — or really any other website if you’re so inclined — for potential performance and security issues. Sonar, as the project is called, is a linting tool and site scanner with a focus on helping developers build better, faster and more secure websites. It’s available both as a web service that’s hosted by Microsoft and as a command-line tool for…"Microsoft’s Sonar lets you check your website for performance and security issues"
Taking on a giant like the $15 billion research firm Nielsen is no easy task. But tucked away in Southeast Asia, Snapcart is a two-year old company that is making progress by shining light on the black box that is consumer spending in emerging markets. Founded by CEO Reynazran Royono, who previously worked as a consultant for Procter & Gamble and Boston Consulting, the startup uses the humble receipt to track consumer spending with deeper clarity than is currently done in Southeast…"Snapcart raises $10M to shed light on consumer spending in emerging markets"
Today, Google is starting to seed to devs a new developer beta (8.1) of Android Oreo. The big highlight here is the new Neural Networks API, which brings hardware-accelerated inference to the phone for quickly executing previously trained machine learning models. Bringing these calculations to the edge can bring a lot of utility to the end user by reducing latency and load on the network, while also keeping more sensitive data on-device. This can come in handy…"Google introduces Neural Networks API in developer preview of Android 8.1"