MoviePass co-founder’s new startup PreShow gives you free movie tickets for watching ads – TechCrunch

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As founding CEO of MoviePass, Stacy Spikes has already changed the way we think about paying for movie tickets. Now he’s pursuing a new approach — providing a free ticket to people who watch 15 to 20 minutes of ads. Spikes told me that when it comes to watching movies outside the theater, there are three basic business models — pay-per-view, subscription and ad-supported. MoviePass brought a subscription approach into theaters, but Spikes (who stepped down as MoviePass CEO in

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WorkClout brings SaaS to factory floor to increase operational efficiency – TechCrunch

WorkClout brings SaaS to factory floor to increase operational efficiency – TechCrunch

Factory software tools are often out of reach of small manufacturers, forcing them to operate with inefficient manual systems. WorkClout, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, wants to change that by offering a more affordable SaaS alternative to traditional manufacturing software solutions. Company co-founder and CEO Arjun Patel grew up helping out in his Dad’s factory and saw first-hand how difficult it is for small factory owners to automate. He says that traditional floor-management tools are expensive

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Trends in seed- and early-stage funding – TechCrunch

Trends in seed- and early-stage funding – TechCrunch

We’ve decided to step back from the breaking news for a minute to conduct a review of seed and early-stage funding trends over the last decade for U.S.-based companies. I’m fairly certain we can all agree that the environment for startups has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, specifically in two major ways: The development of seed funding as its own class and; The expansion of growth stage investing. What we’ve also seen are recent concerns raised about the decline

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WeWork Labs is launching a food tech accelerator – TechCrunch

WeWork Labs is launching a food tech accelerator – TechCrunch

WeWork Labs, the coworking giant’s startup program that relaunched just over a year ago, is announcing a new initiative focused on food and agriculture startups — WeWork Food Labs. Roee Adler, the global head of WeWork Labs, told me that there will be two main pieces to the Food Labs program. First, there will be the space itself, at 511 W 25th in New York City, which Adler described as “a very inclusive workspace” for members who may be in

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Changes at YC, $1.5B more for ride hailing, and Airbnb buys HotelTonight – TechCrunch

Changes at YC, $1.5B more for ride hailing, and Airbnb buys HotelTonight – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We’re back to basics this week with Kate Clark at the helm, Alex Wilhelm in the sidecar, and a stack of venture capital news and happenings to get through. And to make everyone feel included, we kicked off the episode with a roll-call of new VC funds. Then, of course, we dug into the recent news out of Y Combinator . The famed

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Threads emerges from stealth with $10.5M from Sequoia for a new take on enabaling work conversations – TechCrunch

Threads emerges from stealth with $10.5M from Sequoia for a new take on enabaling work conversations – TechCrunch

The rapid rise of Slack has ushered in a new wave of apps, all aiming to solve one challenge: creating a user-friendly platform where coworkers can have productive conversations. Many of these are based around real-time notifications and “instant” messaging, but today a new startup called Threads coming out of stealth to address the other side of the coin: a platform for asynchronous communication that is less time-sensitive, and creating coherent narratives out of those conversations. Armed with $10.5 million

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Item tracking startup Adero is laying off 45% of staff, just weeks after it pivoted – TechCrunch

Item tracking startup Adero is laying off 45% of staff, just weeks after it pivoted – TechCrunch

Pivots can be the making of a startup, helping teams refocus on a good idea when previous things haven’t worked. But sometimes, they are just one more step on a difficult track. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Adero — an Amazon-backed maker of Bluetooth-enabled tracking tags that until last December was known as TrackR — is laying off at least 45 percent of its staff. The cuts come as Adero refocuses on building software instead of hardware products, and attempts to build

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HouseMyDog and Gudog merge in European dog walking roll up – TechCrunch

HouseMyDog and Gudog merge in European dog walking roll up – TechCrunch

Two dog walking and sitting startups are merging: HouseMyDog, the U.K.-headquartered online community that enables dog owners to find and book local trusted dog walkers and sitters, has agreed to join forces with Gudog, a similar offering based in Spain. I understand that HouseMyDog and Gudog will continue to operate under their existing brands for now, but will consolidate into a single brand in “early 2019”. The combined companies also say the roll up creates what they claim is the

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Bird CEO on scooter startup copycats, unit economics, safety and seasonality – TechCrunch

Bird CEO on scooter startup copycats, unit economics, safety and seasonality – TechCrunch

Bird’s electric scooters were on full display at the Upfront Summit in Malibu last week, a two-day event that brings together the likes of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC’s elite.  Not only were a dozen or so brand spanking new scooters available to ride throughout the event but Upfront general partner Mark Suster, an investor in the startup, was seen riding a Bird on stage to the tune of Chamillionaire’s ‘Ridin’ Dirty.’ Plus, Bird founder and chief executive officer Travis VanderZanden

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The Predictive Index brings in $50M to help businesses create winning teams – TechCrunch

The Predictive Index brings in $50M to help businesses create winning teams – TechCrunch

Funding will get you a long way, but people, at the end of the day, are the key to a successful business. The Predictive Index, which develops behavioral and cognitive employee assessments, has raised a $50 million round of growth-stage capital from venture capital firm General Catalyst to help companies choose the right talent. Kirk Arnold, an executive-in-residence at General Catalyst and new Predictive Index board member, led the deal for the VC firm, which says the round is the largest

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