Category: Fundings and Exits

Inkbox’s short-term tattoos raise $1M from Alison Sweeney, Jeff Probst and more

Inkbox’s two-week tattoos made waves when the company debuted its product on Kickstarter last year – Toronto-based founders Tyler and Braden Handley raised nearly $300,000 for their organic limited-time body art invention, which was a refinement of their original product offering that cut application time to just 10 minutes. A year later, they’ve raised $1 million…

Expedia acquires travel photography community Trover

Online travel agency Expedia has acquired Trover, an app and website where people share their travel photos. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “At Expedia, it’s fair to say we believe in the power of travel,” an Expedia spokesperson wrote in an email to TechCrunch. “It can transform people. So an important part of our job…

Lighter Capital takes a different approach to startup financing

The new world of startup finance is very strange. Private equity is increasingly dipping down to finance startups. Meanwhile, venture capital funds are being forced to use every financial tool imaginable to stay involved in the growing pool of late-stage startups. PWC’s most recent MoneyTree report for Q2 2016 underscores this point. One fund, Lighter Capital, is trying…

CounterCraft bags $1.1M to fire up a security decoy play

Spain-based security startup CounterCraft, founded last September, has closed a €1 million ($1.1M) seed round to accelerate development of a b2b security decoy technology designed to engage hackers and keep them harmlessly occupied while also providing tools to analyze what’s going on. The startup is working on “a variety of techniques, including deception, to lure adversaries into exposing themselves,” is how co-founder and…

Rocket Internet’s GFC backs home care marketplace HomeTouch

HomeTouch, the UK home care marketplace, has picked up £700,000 in new funding in a round led by Rocket Internet’s venture arm Global Founders Capital (GFC). Previous backer Passion Capital also participated, along with various angels, while I’m told the new capital will be used to invest in performance marketing and further product development. Total…

Learn-to-code startup CK targets the Minecraft modding craze

The learn to code space is packed with ideas. But when it comes to what children want to do online, towering over everything else is the build-it-yourself Microsoft-owned Minecraft platform. All lesser virtual, creative playgrounds are doomed to be overshadowed by this pixellated silhouette. Minecraft is clearly great fun for kids, but less great if you’re a startup trying to…