Nested, the online estate agent that makes home sellers ‘chain-free’, raises further £120M

Nested, the London-based “data-driven” estate agency that provides a cash advance to help you buy a new home before you’ve sold your old one, has raised a further £120 million in funding. The new round is a mixture of equity and debt: £20 million and £100 million, respectively. Leading the …

The paradox of how routines can help us be more productive and creative

Former US president Barack Obama famously had a wardrobe full of identical suits. As a world leader, life presents more than enough big decisions – Obama’s reasoning was that it made sense to minimise the complexity of the small decisions. Artists are often thought of as rather different. Francis Bacon, for …

How to supercharge productivity using Microsoft Office 365 tools

Microsoft Office 365 provides a suite of feature-rich programs that seamlessly integrate within a company ecosystem. Whether you’re new to Office 365 tools, switching from another enterprise service, or a seasoned user, it’s always helpful to brush up on specific tips and tricks that can increase your everyday productivity. Office 365 …

Inside VW, Mobileye’s deal to launch a autonomous ride-hailing service in Israel

In the world of autonomous vehicles, the news comes in repetitive short bursts with formulaic precision: Company X is launching a robotaxi fleet/test program in city Y by [insert date]. These announcements are promptly forgotten until the first self-driving vehicles are spotted, an accident occurs, or a new partner joins …

Reseller marketing strategies created for the end goal

Your business was born out of your passion and interest in an industry where you are an expert. Whether you are serving a new yoga studio, doctor’s office or restaurant, it was similarly launched because of the owner’s love and expertise for exercise, medicine or food. If someone mentioned online …

IBM Research develops fingerprint sensor to monitor disease progression

IBM today announced that it has developed a small sensor that sits on a person’s fingernail to help monitor the effectiveness of drugs used to combat the symptoms Parkinson’s and other diseases. Together with the custom software that analyses the data, the sensor measures how the nail warps as the user grips …

Morgan Stanley — which is underwriting Uber’s IPO — is denying reports that it marketed a short-selling product to Lyft investors

It’s getting bare-knuckled out there again in the ride-hailing wars. According to a report earlier today from The Information, newly public Lyft threatened Morgan Stanley with legal action earlier this week, demanding in a letter that the powerful investment bank stop marketing a short-selling product that it believed was disrupting …

CMU’s robotic arm attaches to a backpack to lend a helping hand

Carnegie Mellon’s Biorobotics Lab is probably best known as the birthplace of the modular snake robot. Initially designed to squeeze into tight spots for search and rescue missions and infrastructure inspections, the lab’s snake robot has given rise to an army of different projects, and at least one Pittsburgh-area startup. …

Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment

The idea that social media can be harmful to our mental and emotional well-being is not a new one, but little has been done by researchers to directly measure the effect; surveys and correlative studies are at best suggestive. A new experimental study out of Penn State, however, directly links …

SF judge denies Lime’s request to block electric scooter deployment

A judge today denied Lime’s request for a temporary restraining order that would block Skip and Scoot from deploying their electric scooters in San Francisco on Monday. This means San Franciscans will be able to use electric scooter services again first thing next week. Following the SFMTA’s decision to grant …

Xavier Niel unveils new Freebox with Alexa, Devialet, Sigfox, Netflix

Iliad, the telecom company behind Free, just unveiled a new Freebox at a press conference in its office. This is somewhat significant news for French startups as French billionaire Xavier Niel is also a startup investor through Kima Ventures, the owner of Station F and the creator of a school …

Wunderlist creators raise $19 million for Pitch, a next-gen collaborative presentation platform

In June 2015, news emerged that Microsoft had snapped up German startup 6Wunderkinder, creators of the popular productivity app Wunderlist. Fast-forward three years, and a triumvirate of the startup’s original founders are back in the mix with a brand new pitch called, well, Pitch. Founded out of Berlin in January of this …

Majority of staff would quit if employer failed to meet their learning needs

The vast majority (98 percent) of UK employees think learning is essential in deciding to stay or leave their employer, yet new research claims that three quarters (75 percent) of companies don’t have a learning culture and 66 percent don’t have a digital learning strategy. The research from Bridge in …

Using Facebook and Instagram ads to grow your franchise’s presence online

In 2018, social media marketers saw organic reach on Facebook decline to as little as 2 percent of their total audience. Still, Facebook and Instagram remain the highest trafficked online platforms. In fact, one out of every minute spent online on a mobile device is spent on Facebook or Instagram. …

Second Home closing in on new £20M funding round to bring its ‘creative workspace’ to more locations

Second Home, the “creative workspace” company co-founded by Rohan Silva, a former tech and startup policy advisor for then British Prime Minister David Cameron, is closing in on a new funding round, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the London startup has secured £20 million in investment from Boston-based investor …

Businesses pledge to work towards mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting

The government is being encouraged to implement mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting when it announces the outcome of its ‘Ethnicity pay reporting’ consultation, which closed in January. Pre-empting that, fifteen companies have signed a commitment today to work towards mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting. Signatories include the Bank of England, …