Freight startup Flexport soars from “unsexy” to $800M valuation

By Josh Constine,Katie Roof Flexport handles the boring logistics of a trillion-dollar business: the tranport of shipping containers around the world. Because the work of freight forwarding seemed so bland, it was long ignored by the tech world. But digitizing the paper work let Flexport speed up shipping so clients keep less inventory on hand…

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Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix

By Anthony Ha There’s a new CEO at TodayTix, though he’s definitely not new to the company — Chairman Brian Fenty is becoming chief executive, while his co-founder (and the previous CEO) Merritt Baer is becoming the Head of Europe. TodayTix sells theater tickets in cities across the United States (including New York, Chicago and…

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London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures closes new $95M fund

By Steve O'Hear London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures, which counts Deliveroo and Showpad in its portfolio, has closed a new $95 million fund to invest in tech startups at the “late Seed and Series A” stage. Read More Source:: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/techcrunch/startups/~3/S–Z6nsUjXg/ Related posts: DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5M Series A Threat Stack snares…

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Zenefits tries a rebrand and hands off insurance brokerage

By Matthew Lynley Zenefits co-founder Parker Conrad was shown the door in February last year, paving the way for then-COO David Sacks to take over the company and try to turn it around. After about a year of working on that, Sacks stepped back and brought in Jay Fulcher as its new CEO, the former…

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DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5M Series A

By Steve O'Hear DogBuddy, a pan-European online marketplace for dog sitting, has closed €5 million in Series A funding, money it plans for further expansion. Backing the London-headquartered startup in this round is existing investor Sweet Capital, the investment fund started by the founders of King.com, and a number of new unnamed private investors. It…

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ClassPass begins testing variable pricing as it expands beyond studio fitness

By Sarah Perez On the heels of its $70 million Series C, an expansion to new markets, and a partnership with Blink Fitness, the popular workout subscription service ClassPass is now beginning to experiment with variable pricing. The test was revealed by new ClassPass CEO Fritz Lanman, speaking on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this…

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And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2017 is… Pi

By Romain Dillet Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored…

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