Author: Lora Kolodny

DeepScale raises $3 million for perception AI to make self-driving cars safe

According to the World Health Organization, human error causes more than 90% of traffic accidents across the globe. Some 1.25 million people die in.. – TechCrunch

March 21st, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Google.org grants $50 million to nonprofits striving for equal access in education

According to a report from Google.org, the search giant’s philanthropic arm, 74% of students globally have little or no internet connectivity, 221 million.. – TechCrunch

March 21st, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Vinsight gives grape and almond growers a high-tech crystal ball

Farmers know how hard it is to predict yield accurately. High-value crops like grapes or almonds prove particularly challenging. Farmers expect, and settle.. – TechCrunch

March 21st, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform

As any fan of Kitchen Nightmares may know, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, nor is it likely to generate fat margins. Now, a startup.. – TechCrunch

March 21st, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

An eBay for grain-trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A

Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone.. – TechCrunch

March 20th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Y Combinator has a new AI track, and wants startups building ‘robot factory’ tech to apply

Y Combinator Partner Daniel Gross today announced that the accelerator-turned-venture-fund will offer its first “vertical” track exclusively for AI.. – TechCrunch

March 20th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Santa Fe enlists Rubicon Global to curb waste and ramp up recycling

Humans, especially Americans, are kind of slobs. We mess up the Earth by throwing out about 4.5 pounds of garbage per person on average every day. Two-thirds.. – TechCrunch

March 17th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Utilis takes top water innovation prize at Imagine H2O for tech that finds leaks underground

An Israeli tech startup called Utilis has taken top honors at Imagine H2O this year, for technology that can detect underground leaks in underground, potable.. – TechCrunch

March 16th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Carbon moves into high-volume manufacturing with SpeedCell system, and bigger 3D printers

Additive manufacturing startup Carbon is on a mission to help manufacturers and designers cut their costs, waste less energy and materials while speeding up.. – TechCrunch

March 16th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids

Remember when kids could simply play with their toys? They still can. But parents are increasingly spending on toys that are chockablock with tech components,.. – TechCrunch

March 16th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

OceanGate plans an expedition to 3D scan the Titanic

Seattle-based OceanGate Inc. this week announced plans for a manned expedition to study the R.M.S. Titanic, the world’s most famous shipwreck. Fewer than.. – TechCrunch

March 16th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

LimeBike raises $12 million to roll out bike sharing without kiosks in the US

A startup called LimeBike has raised $12 million in venture funding to make Chinese-style bike sharing mainstream in the US. Andreessen Horowitz led the round.. – TechCrunch

March 15th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Baker raises $3.5 million to become a “Salesforce for pot”

As the legal cannabis industry grows in the U.S., competition for customers is heating up. Now, a startup called Baker Technologies Inc. has raised $3.5.. – TechCrunch

March 14th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Evolv raises $18 million for body scanners that don’t cause long lines at security

For a previous generation in the US, the only places where one might worry about the possibility of a mass casualty were “high-value targets,” like.. – TechCrunch

March 14th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

NFL’s Drew Brees backs Waitr to make takeout easy in anytown USA

Food delivery startups abound in the U.S., but few of them deliver to customers in second cities and smaller towns. From early pioneers like Grubhub to newer.. – TechCrunch

March 10th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Chowbotics raises $5 million for salad-making robots named Sally, of course

Chowbotics Inc. has landed $5 million in a Series A round of venture funding to develop what it’s calling food service robots. These are machines designed.. – TechCrunch

March 10th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

AccelFoods fund for food and beverage innovators reaches $35 million

An accelerator and fund that backs innovative food and beverage companies, AccelFoods, has added $15 million to its second fund, according to founding.. – TechCrunch

March 8th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Instacart raises $400 million at a $3.4 billion valuation to deliver groceries on-demand

Grocery delivery startup Instacart has raised approximately $400 million in a new round of venture funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion according to sources.. – TechCrunch

March 8th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

John Deere partners with Kespry to bring drones and aerial data to construction and forestry

Heavy equipment makers Deere & Co., better known as John Deere, have forged a strategic alliance with drone-tech startup Kespry, the companies announced.. – TechCrunch

March 8th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Farmers Business Network cultivates $40 million to help farmers buy seeds at favorable prices

GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and DBL Partners co-led a $40 million investment in Farmers Business Network Inc., the company announced on Tuesday… – TechCrunch

March 7th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Meet Flippy, a burger grilling robot from Miso Robotics and CaliBurger

Flipping burgers is a hot and greasy job. Slips and trips, burns and cuts are common hazards associated with the work. But global demand for burgers is.. – TechCrunch

March 7th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Hubble raises $16.5 million to deliver affordable daily contact lenses

A subscription commerce startup that sells its own brand of daily disposable contact lenses, Hubble, has raised $16.5 million in a new round of venture.. – TechCrunch

March 7th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

Chicago-based Hazel Technologies is on a mission to reduce food waste. The company has developed packaging inserts that, through the magic of basic chemistry,.. – TechCrunch

March 6th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

HowGood raises $4.2 million to guide shoppers to products that match their values

Millennial consumers care about the sustainability of what they buy more than any other generation that came before them. This point is illustrated in studies.. – TechCrunch

March 2nd, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Nearpod raises $21 million to turn mobile devices into a teaching tool rather than classroom distraction

Nearly 80% percent of American adults have smartphones these days, according to Pew Research. And the kids are catching up, studies from the Kaiser Family.. – TechCrunch

March 1st, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Cobalt takes the wraps off its indoor security robots

Palo Alto-based Cobalt Robotics Inc. today introduced a new line of robot security guards for indoor use. The roving robots use the same kind of components.. – TechCrunch

March 1st, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas

The phrase “3-D printer” typically brings to mind devices that churn out plastic objects like jewelry, toys, hardware prototypes or even prosthetics. Now,.. – TechCrunch

March 1st, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Lux Capital closes $400 million fund to back startups “inventing the future”

Lux Capital’s portfolio companies sound like they ripped their product concepts from the pages of science fiction. Among these are self-driving car startup.. – TechCrunch

February 28th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

Investors pour $2 million more into booze marketplace Drizly

Boston-based Drizly used to be known as the on-demand delivery app for alcohol. More recently, the company evolved into a marketplace that helps.. – TechCrunch

February 25th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch

DARTdrones pitches Shark Tank to build a flight school for drone pilots

Entrepreneurs who pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank typically make packaged goods and apparel. Occasionally, the high tech breaks through. XCraft, the company.. – TechCrunch

February 25th, 2017 Tech News, TechCrunch