Startups – TechCrunch 14 March 2018

Codementor launches Dev Protocol, which uses blockchain to help developers build their reputations

Dev Protocol is a new project that uses blockchain to give software developers a secure place to build their professional reputations. Created by Codementor, an online mentoring platform and on-demand marketplace for software developers, one of Dev Protocol’s goals is to make the industry a more level playing field. “You can take it from job […]

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Interfaith social network Pray.com raises $14M Series A to add new features to its mobile app

Pray.com, an interfaith social networking app for members of religious communities, has raised a $14 million Series A led by TPG Growth. Previous investors Science Inc. and Greylock Partners also returned for the round, which brings the Santa Monica-based startup’s total funding, including a seed round announced last June, to $16 million. Founded in 2016, […]

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LUS Brands, backed by Y Combinator, wants you to love your curls

Sahar Saidi has had curly hair her whole life, and spent most of that life straightening and treating her hair to try to conform to the media’s idea of beauty. But with the rise of social media, Saidi noticed a trend. People with curly hair were becoming more and more comfortable wearing their hair naturally […]

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Algolia adds search analytics so that you can optimize your search results

Algolia had made a tiny acquisition to complement its product offering. The company is acquiring the technology behind SeaUrchin.IO — the team of two behind this product is not joining Algolia. For those not familiar with Algolia, the startup has developed an impressive search engine API. In just a few lines of codes, you can […]

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Tech Will Save Us raises $4.2M for its tech-focused range of toys, partners with Disney

Tech Will Save Us, the U.K. startup getting kids excited about technology through a range of ‘hackable’ toys, has raised $4.2 million in Series A funding led by Initial Capital. The round also includes Backed VC, SaatchInvest, All Bright, Unltd-inc, and Leaf VC, along with angel investors Chris Lee (co- founder of Media Molecule), Martin […]

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