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  • Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect

    Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect

    The Trump administration may rescind or indefinitely delay the International Entrepreneur Rule, widely regarded as the U.S. version of a startup visa. Overseen by the Department of Homeland Security, the rule is intended to “increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the United States.” Read More

  • Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

    Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

    Snapchat’s newest feature, Snap Map, is based on its latest acquisition, social mapping startup Zenly. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has bought Zenly for between $250 million and $350 million in mostly cash and some stock in a deal that closed in late May. Snapchat will keep Zenly running independently, similar to how Facebook lets Instagram run independently. Read More

  • Founder’s Corner: Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff on growing a business Crunch Network

    Founder’s Corner: Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff on growing a business

    Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team has launched the second season of its podcast, Founder’s Corner, with lessons from today’s premier founders and CEOs. We will be speaking with some of the top executives in tech. Read More

  • Snap copied location sharing app Zenly to build Snap Map

    Snap copied location sharing app Zenly to build Snap Map

    Snap just announced a brand new feature today called Snap Map, which lets you view your friends on a map in real time and browse stories around you. If this sounds familiar, it’s because French startup Zenly has been working for years on a location sharing app so that you can see what your friends have been up to. According to multiple sources, Snap approached Zenly late last year about… Read More

  • Argentina’s government is wooing entrepreneurs with a new law Crunch Network

    Argentina’s government is wooing entrepreneurs with a new law

    Despite years of economic uncertainties and the lack of a proper legal framework to help promising startups obtain capital, Argentine entrepreneurs are building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. The country is home to many of Latin America’s biggest startup success stories, and with the introduction of one new law, the pathway to success is about to get a whole lot easier. Read More

  • Growbots raises $2.5M for its machine learning-based sales automation platform

    Growbots raises $2.5M for its machine learning-based sales automation platform

    Growbots uses machine learning to provide sales teams with the right leads to kickstart their outbound sales process. The service, which argues that its product can save each member of a sales team a few days of work every month, today announced that it has raised a $2.5 million funding round from Buran VC, Lighter Capital and a number of angel investors. This brings the company’s… Read More

  • Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky and Airbnb growth lead Gustaf Alstromer join Y Combinator

    Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky and Airbnb growth lead Gustaf Alstromer join Y Combinator

    Y Combinator is officially adding three new team members to its roster this morning. Gustaf Alstromer, formerly product leader of Airbnb’s growth team, is joining YC as a partner. Meanwhile Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky is taking a visiting partner role and Jocelyn Robancho is coming on board to assist with organizing YC’s startup batches. Though Alstromer and Migicovsky… Read More

  • Pinterest’s camera search Lens gets a new look

    Pinterest’s camera search Lens gets a new look

    Pinterest’s camera search tool, Lens, is getting a makeover today with some updated including the ability to zoom in and out and tap to focus, and making it easier to search with Lens from photos they’ve already taken. Lens is very much a move to try to collapse the distance between the experience within Pinterest the app (or site) and the real world. Users point their camera… Read More

  • Rinse raises $14M in Series B funding to bring its laundry pick-up nationwide

    Rinse raises $14M in Series B funding to bring its laundry pick-up nationwide

    Rinse, the San Francisco-based dry cleaning and laundry delivery service, has closed a $14M Series B round of funding. This comes after a $6M Series A last year, meaning the startup has now raised about $23.5M in three rounds. The round is being led by Partech Ventures, with participation from existing investors including Javelin Ventures, Arena Ventures, Accelerator Ventures, and… Read More

  • Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

    Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

    Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good reason: as a future where trucks are run autonomously becomes ever clearer, the sensors and software behind that is going to have to be able to keep up. One company, Samsara, is working on just those kinds of sensors and products to… Read More

  • Twist is Slack without the annoying distractions

    Twist is Slack without the annoying distractions

    When Slack implemented threaded conversations, it seemed like the holy grail for internal communications. Slack finally lets you talk about multiple things in separate conversations. But Slack remains a real-time messaging service at heart, so threads don’t feel native. It works well for many teams, but some companies would prefer something a bit more asynchronous and focused. At the… Read More

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