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Our favorite pitches from Alchemist Accelerator’s 16th batch

Alchemist Accelerator, known for its specialty in working with enterprise startups, held its 16th demo day at Microsoft’s offices in Mountain View, California. 18 startups pitched ideas ranging from more traditional marketplaces to frontier aerospace technology. Addressing the packed auditorium before the pitches began, Ravi Belani, managing partner at Alchemist, reasserted his core… Read More by John Mannes #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

Read more… announces a token system to get people to join its paid messaging network

Today at Disrupt, CEO and co-founder Balaji Srinivasan outlined his company’s unusual evolution and announced the launch of a new system for kickstarting the site’s user base by incentivizing people with tokens for doing things like signing up, getting verified and performing certain tasks. The company opted to move away from the increasingly popular ICO model because… Read More by Brian Heater #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

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YC wants to let people invest in its startups through the blockchain

ICOs — or initial coin offerings — are emerging as a route for startups to raise money from a wide pool of investors through cryptocurrency networks. Now, one of the biggest and best-known accelerators in the world is mulling a way to use cryptocurrency networks and the blockchain to help get more people involved in backing their cohorts, according to its president. “We… Read More by Ingrid Lunden,Connie Loizos #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

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10x, founded by the ex-CEO of Barclays, raises $46M to take on ancient banking infrastructure

The fintech revolution continues apace, and while many startups are hoping that newer and better tech will help them take business away from traditional banks, today a company has received a large round of funding to help those incumbent institutions better compete. 10x Future Technologies is a startup that has built a ground-up platform that incorporates machine learning, cloud services… Read More by Ingrid Lunden #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

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Here’s why professional sports teams are buying esports teams

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 we sat down with three experts from the esports world to explain why you should start paying attention to the industry. To kick it off, Heather Garozzo, a former competitive Counter Strike player and current Director of Fan Marketing for Team Dignitas, told us what a day in the life of a professional esports player is like. And surprisingly, it’s not… Read More by Fitz Tepper #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

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VC Kirsten Green talks shop — including responding to criticisms of Bodega

Earlier today at Disrupt, Kirsten Green, founder of the early-stage, San Francisco-based venture firm Forerunner Ventures, sat down for a quick conversation about her work. Green has become one of the most sought-after e-commerce investors in the country, thanks to bets on companies like and Bonobos (both sold to Walmart), Dollar Shave Club (sold to Unilever), as well as numerous… Read More by Connie Loizos #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

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Peter Thiel is being considered to chair Trump’s intelligence advisory board

In a fairly epic new Vanity Fair profile, the magazine reports that Peter Thiel is the frontrunner to become the chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), a meta intelligence entity that functions independently from the nation’s spy agencies. The makeup of the board has varied over the years; while some presidents stock it with intelligence experts from the… Read More by Taylor Hatmaker #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

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Rights management and content monetization company HAAWK raises $2.5 million

The music industry has been struggling with the best way to manage digital rights and to make sure that artists get the money they’re due for the songs they write for decades. These days there are tons of companies that are trying to solve the problem of managing, monitoring, and paying musicians for the songs they make. The latest entrant into this competitive marketplace is HAAWK,… Read More by Jonathan Shieber #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

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Bozoma Saint John says Uber didn’t really ‘poach’ her from Apple

Uber’s first-ever chief brand officer, Bozoma Saint John, spoke today at TechCrunch Disrupt about the challenges ahead of her in her new role focused on transforming the Uber brand. The executive, who most recently led the global consumer marketing division for Apple Music and iTunes, had only been working at Uber for a matter of days before embattled CEO Travis Kalanick resigned… Read More by Sarah Perez #TechCrunch #ITNews #tech #news

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Forget what your school says, MIT research proves Wikipedia is a source for science

It turns out Wikipedia is a pretty good source for scientists, even if your biology professor won’t accept it for your term papers. Researchers at MIT and the University of Pittsburgh today released a paper that shows a direct correlation between information made available on Wikipedia and how likely that work is to be referenced in future scientific literature. The core of the researchers’ quest was to determine whether or not a large and easily accessible repository, like Wikipedia, provided a tangible benefit to researchers. The results clearly indicated that it does. Professor Neil C. Thompson, of the Sloan School…This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Wikipedia by Tristan Greene #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

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