Weekly Roundup

Startup-Buzz Weekly Round-Up

Startup-Buzz Weekly Round-Up

It’s a Sunday morning; time to do a quick round-up of posts published on Startup-buzz media last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with the entire buzz!

FUNDING – Checkout which startups raised funds

New York Based Computational Genomics Startup; Phosphorus Has Raised $10 Million – New York Based Computational Genomics Startup; Phosphorus Has Raised $10 Million by First Mark Capital.

Prospsera Develops Crop Monitoring System, Raises $7 Million Funding – Prospera is a Tel Aviv-based ag-tech startup. Recently, this startup raised $7 million in new venture funding. Moreover, Bessemer Venture Partners led the Series-A funding round.

Voonik raises another $3 million from Temasek-backed InnoVen Capital – The new funding will be consumed by marketing costs of advertising campaigns, especially towards the television commercials.

Startup Lets You Buy And Sell Unwanted Gift Vouchers – Recently, Zeek received a funding of $9.5 Million in Series B round, which was led by Scale-Up Venture Capital.

Ford Backs Zoomcar In Series C – Recently, Bangalore-based self-driving car rental startup Zoomcar raises $25 million in Series C round of funding, which was led by renowned American automaker Ford Motor Company.

Student Deal Startup, BigDeal, Secures Investment From EVC Ventures –  In its Pre-Series A round of funding, student deal startup, BigDeal, has raised around $100,000 from EVC Ventures.

First Mobile Banking Service For Small Businesses Raises $2M Of Seed Funding – Tide was founded by George Bevis (CEO) in early 2015.Tide is under an e-money license, not banking license. The service does not charge any annual, monthly or setup fee.

Government to invest Rs. 200 Cr for scaling up existing incubators – Recently, NITI Aayog said that the Government is going to identify 10 incubators out of the 200 incubation centers already existing. Subsequently, it will invest Rs. 200 crore on scaling up their capacity.

Roomi Raises $4 Million in Seed Funding – Roomi is an alternative to craigslist. It has recently gained around $4M in seed funding led by DCM Ventures making it to $6m in total.

Roadies Fame, Rannvijay Singh Invests in IStyleYou – IStyleYou is Rannvijay’s second investment. The first one was made in Liftiee, an app for car and bike pooling.

Startup For Personalized Shopping For Kids – Rachel Blumenthal, the founder, and CEO of the startup raised a seed investment of $7 million from General Catalyst, Forerunner Ventures, and LAUNCH.

Ecommerce Startup 10i gets backed by Nandan Nilekani – Nilekani is the sole investor of this e-commerce startup, who is pouring about Rs. 25- 30 crore.

 

ACQUISITIONS – Checkout all startup acquisition and mergers news.

First Myntra, Now Jabong- Flipkart Takes Them All – Flipkart has acquired yet another fashion e-tailer, Jabong, from Global Fashion Group.

Flipkart CFO Funds Cyber Security Startup, Lucideus -In recent times, this cyber security startup received funding from Flipkart CFO, Mr. Sanjay Baweja. However, the funding amount remains undisclosed.

Quikr Acquires Online Hiring Platform Hiree – Quikr will get access to Hiree’s products like Video Resume on the supply side and Walk-In Management solution on the demand side. This will ultimately help to boost Quikr’s offerings.

 

INNOVATION – Startup news on most innovative product or service.

Flying River Taxis in Paris to Avoid Traffic Congestion – In order to overcome the problem of busy traffic jam in the city of Paris, two entrepreneurs, Anders Bringdal and Alain Thebault, are developing Sea Bubbles– an egg-shaped river shuttle that will eventually fly above the river,

Mercedes-Benz’s First Fully Electric Heavy Transport Truck – Mercedes-Benz has revealed it’s prototype of first fully electric heavy transport truck. It is named as Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck.

Microsoft’s New AI Camera App Is Better Than What Your iPhone Is Offering – With its latest AI-based camera app, Pix, Microsoft could well render the existing iPhone camera app obsolete.

Startup Develops A Technology To Charge Phones Using Radio Waves – The idea is to repurpose a phone’s screen into an energy harvesting antenna to absorb and reuse its own wasted radiated power and extend battery life by 30%, which can almost last for a day.

Startup Develops A Device To Test Your Eyes On SmartPhone – New York-based startup Smart Vision Labs launches a smart, self-guided device that allows users to test its own vision with the help of a smartphone.

Google-Backed Chinese Startup Launches Smart Watch In Direct Competition With Apple – The new smart watch can respond to questions asked in English and it can also order pizzas, call an Uber and search restaurants for you.

A wearable to Help Couples Conceive – Ava, the alum of TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield has come up with a wearable that helps the woman to know the right time to conceive.

Alchema Helps You Make Your Own Homebrewed Cider – Priced at $299; Alchema takes fruits, sugar, water and yeast and turns them into craft cider.

Japanese Startup Develops An Ink As A Substitute For Wires In Electric Circuits – Japanese startup, AgIc develops a pen that allows users to draw an electric circuit for conducting electricity.

ZENCRATE: A Kennel designed to Reduce Anxiety in Dogs – PNP Robotics, a Florida-based startup designed ZENCRATE to express dog’s anxiety through technology.

Israeli Startup Makes Lab Meat Without Killing It – A part of the IndieGogo campaign, an Israeli startup called ‘Supermeat’ comes up with a well-advanced technology that makes the meat using a small chicken tissue in the laboratory, which is a cruelty-free solution for non-vegetarians.

The Impossible Beef Veg Burger Is Here For Your Taste Buds – Momofuku Nishi is a Manhattan-based restaurant serving ‘veg meat burgers’. David Chang (founder of the restaurant) teamed up with Patrick Brown (CEO of Impossible foods).

 

Startup news – Checkout the latest buzz.

Chai Point launches IoT-enabled Tea Dispenser – Unlike the ordinary tea machines, this will provide tea made from natural tea leaves, which proves to be more healthy and stimulating.

Pokédex Offers More Battery and a Pokémon Library – Built in the shape of a mobile case, Pokédex provides an additional 2600mAh battery power to your device thus ensuring your mobile doesn’t die in between your chase. It also offers a catalog of all the caught Pokémon by the Pokémon master.

Taiwan Welcomes SoftBank’s Humanoid Robot, Pepper – SoftBank developed a humanoid, Pepper, some time ago and claims it to be capable of perceiving human emotions.

Modobag’s Rideable Luggage Helps Us To Catch Flight Easily – A Chicago-based startup called Modobag has come up with the rideable suitcase. Now with this suitcase, you can travel through the airport more rapidly and get to the boarding gate without any difficulty.

U.S. Startup, Stripe, comes to India, Hires Ex-Amazon Executive – Anand Balaji, ex- Head of Business Development, Amazon, has been hired by Stripe to help with its foray into the Indian market.

Babajob Announces an Opening for ‘Pokémon Catcher’ – The job description says that you must be physically fit in order to run around the town to catch the Pokemon like Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Pikachu.

Oye Happy: Startup Specializes in Sending Letters to the Indian Army – Oye Happy personally sends customized letters to the Indian soldiers at the Indo-Pak border on Independence Day by trekking the huge Himalayas.

Now Buy Furniture, Lightning, Décor And Tech As You Saw In Movies And TV Series – Ireland-based startup Seen on Set, an online portal offers us to buy furniture, lighting, décor and tech as shown in movies and TV shows.

Food Delivery Startup, Bite Club, Halts Its Operations – While scaling up their business, they faced certain problems repeatedly. So it will solve all those problems and make a fresh come back as a stronger one.

Tinder Launches “Tinder Social” To Let People Date in Groups – With, the launch of Tinder Social, people can now make matches through groups. At the same time; people can plan some outing together, get into the real world and meet some new people.

Uber Co-Founder Launches Real Estate Startup, Haus – Garret Camp, Uber Co-founder, and CEO of Expa Studios unveils its latest project Haus, which is all about playing in the real estate market by buying and selling residential properties along with maintaining transparency in the negotiation process.

Amazon Starts Prime Service For Delivery In India – Indian customers can now enjoy the unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery on lakhs of eligible products available on Amazon.

 

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Chatbots – Revamping Our Interactions With Technology – Remember the last time you were confused about selection on a website and that friendly caring customer service representative solved your query over a chat?

Make Wealth From Waste – We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment and keeping that in mind, some startups are using simple but effective ways to save the environment and prevent devastation in the best way possible.

Overcoming The Gender Bias – Entrepreneurship was considered a male-dominated domain, but today there’s a shift in the tide, women have taken over even in this field.

Strategize For Your Startup With These Lessons From Game Of Thrones – The story line is full of trials, crisis, joy and pain, similar to what one will experience in a startup. So here are some lessons that the members of different houses of the show teach us.

 

Startup-buzz updates for this week have come to an end. Now it’s Time to say Goodbye. See you with another weekly roundup, the following Sunday. Till then, have a great Weekend!

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