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  • Quip?s Subscription-Based Toothbrush Replacement Service (Yes, Really!) Raises Seed Funding
    quip Did you know you’re supposed to replace your toothbrush every three months? Apparently, this is actually the recommended time frame preferred by the ADA, but most consumers just wait until their bristles wear out, or it randomly occurs to them as they’re walking through the dental care aisle at their local store. A startup called Quip, showcasing its service here today at… Read More


  • Vu Digital Translates Videos Into Structured Data
    vu digital Vu Digital is launching new technology to help customers figure out what’s actually going on inside videos, online and otherwise. B. Wade Smith, the company’s vice president of operations and development, said that as more and more online content moves to video, it will become increasingly important to extract data about those videos in a form that’s easy to analyze —… Read More


  • The End of The War on Drugs and The Emergence of The Venture-Backed Cannabis Industry
    When news broke that Founders Fund, the proudly contrarian venture firm helmed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, was going to invest in a major $75 million in Privateer Holdings, a company focused on producing, distributing, and educating consumers about legal marijuana, it opened the floodgates for other investors to barrel in. We’ve since seen startups like Eaze, which just raised… Read More


  • Nikola Labs Launches iPhone 6 Case Which Harvests Electricity From The Air
    Nikola Tesla pioneered the transmission of electricity over wires. Heinrich Hertz proved it could be transmitted wirelessly. But we still use 19th centre technology to power 21st century devices. Nikola Labs — which pitched today on stage after being selected by TechCrunch Editorial and the audience as the ‘Wildcard’ choice from Startup Alley — launched a device… Read More


  • EveryLayer Wants To Help Bring Affordable Broadband Everywhere
    EveryLayer How do the next billion people get online? Few people are offline for lack of interest; in many parts of the world, getting connected is just too expensive. It’s prohibitively expensive as a customer, and it’s prohibitively expensive (and complicated!) as someone looking to start an ISP. EveryLayer, a company competing in this week’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield, wants to… Read More


  • HowFactory Debuts A Better Way To Create Employee Training And Instruction Manuals
    howfactory7 A number of businesses today document their standard operating procedures and other employee training guides in order to more quickly get new workers up to speed. But today for many industries, those documents are created in Microsoft Word and stuck in a binder. A company called HowFactory, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015, believes it has a better way — especially for… Read More


  • Welltwigs? Fertility Tracker Aims To Improve A Women?s Chance To Get Pregnant
    welltwigs2 The reasons for infertility are varied and can be tricky to figure out, but part of that struggle may have to do with timing. Welltwigs is a hardware solution and mobile app launching on the Startup Battlefield stage at Disrupt NY today that helps women conceive by pinpointing the optimum window of fertility within her cycle. Read More


  • Selequity Is A Crowdfunding Platform For Investing In Commercial Real Estate
    selequity14 For those who are looking to invest in real estate, finding good opportunities can be difficult. In commercial real estate, unless you know a property owner or developer, it’s nearly impossible to get your foot in the door. But today onstage at Disrupt NY, a company called Selequity has launched a platform that will make crowdfunding real estate investments much easier. Read More


  • Ron Conway Says Each Engineer Hired Creates Four Entry-Level Jobs
    Robot Jobpocalypse Tech companies aren’t bad for cities, argues SV Angel’s Ron Conway. He says that each time a tech company hires an engineer, they end up hiring four additional entry-level workers to support them. That implies that when startups grow, it’s not just high-skilled computer programmers who benefit. In this talk backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Conway discusses his thoughts on… Read More


  • Nativetap Lets Developers Test On A Variety Of Phones From A Single Tablet
    nativetap2 Startup Battlefield contestant Nativetap.io has built a system that allows developers to test and debug their apps from a single iPad or Android tablet, yet see a pixel-perfect representation of what their app would look like on a variety of devices. Read More


  • Cloudwear Introduces A New Way To Secure Online Accounts
    cloudware1 A company that has developed a new way to secure access to online accounts, Cloudwear, is launching today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Backed by a team whose experience includes building cloud-based applications for Harvard, MIT and the U.S. Department of Defense, Cloudwear’s system enables companies to better determine a user’s location, then lock or grant access based on… Read More


  • Liquidity Launches To Bring Clean Water To Everyone
    liquidity9 Liquidity Nanotech is trying to change the world. But for once, the cliché could actually be applicable. The company is launching today onstage at Disrupt NY 2015 with the Naked Filter, a consumer water bottle with its proprietary water-filtration membrane built-in. Liquidity doesn’t look like an average startup. Built on over 15 years of patented university research, the team is a… Read More


  • Weight Watchers Acquires 5-Minute Fitness App Hot5
    hot5-2 Weight loss company Weight Watchers continues its recent acquisition spree with the purchase of Hot5. The startup will join a couple of other mobile apps Weight Watchers has bought to help its customers get in shape. Hot5 originally launched in August 2013 and moved to a subscription model enabling customers to pay monthly and receive access to a wide range of short fitness videos they can… Read More


  • Case Is An Insanely Secure Hardware Bitcoin Wallet
    Case Bitcoin Wallet You shouldn’t trust anyone with your bitcoins, and Case is well aware of that. Over the past few years, Mt.Gox, Bitstamp and countless other centralized services have suffered serious security breaches. But Case is about to put an end to all this, as this startup has built one of the most secure hardware bitcoin wallets in the world. The startup is launching onstage today at Disrupt NY. Read More


  • Box CEO Aaron Levie On Box?s Multi-pronged Growth Strategy
    Aaron Levie at TechCrunch Disrupt Box CEO Aaron Levie talked about his company’s multi-pronged growth strategies with TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. The strategy involves building access to vertical markets, letting customers and partners build applications on top of Box and embedding Box in applications to take advantage of Box services. The first part of Box’s strategy involves… Read More



 
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