Phononic raises $30 million to rethink refrigeration

snow mountain peak A startup based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Phononic, wants to make refrigeration and temperature control far more efficient, and steadier, than is possible with traditional systems. Instead of relying on vapor compressors, fans, chillers or passive heat sinks, Phononic makes semiconductors that are smaller than a dime, and actively remove heat from the places or… Read More technology news

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All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

y-combinator-logo Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented at today’s Y Combinator startup accelerator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. YC’s increased international outreach efforts are paying off. 30 percent of this batch’s startups came from outside the US. While some were mere copycats of US startups, many brought different approaches… Read More technology news

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Abundant Robotics spins out of SRI to bring apple-picking robots to the farm

shutterstock_227117161 Apples are the second most commonly consumed fruit in the U.S., according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But the way apples are harvested in the orchard hasn’t changed much in the past two centuries. It’s still a manual process, by and large.
Now, SRI Ventures, a kind of startup incubator within the Menlo Park research and development firm SRI International, is… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Powerplant Ventures closes $42 million fund to back “plant-centric” food and tech startups

ZICO Coconut Water and Powerplant VC founder Mark Rampolla. In recent years, venture capital has poured into food companies, from meal kit and grocery delivery services to the makers of environmentally sustainable, or health-promoting food products.
Now, investors and entrepreneurs from tech, food and the restaurant industry have launched a firm, and closed a $42 million debut fund called Powerplant Ventures, to invest specifically in… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Modern Meadow raises $40 million to grow leather without livestock

Andras Forgacs (Modern Meadow) and Dan Widmaier (Bolt Threads) A Brooklyn-based startup called Modern Meadow has raised $40 million to become a top source of leather for the world’s makers of fashion and accessories, luggage, sporting goods, upholstery and furniture. Rather than raising animals to slaughter them and take the skin off their backs in a physically and chemically intensive process, Modern Meadow “biofabricates” its leather… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Comfy raises $12 million for app to end office thermostat wars


The Comfy app is like a remote control for the office. Building Robotics Inc., better known as Comfy, raised $12 million in Series B funding for building automation software that helps companies save energy on office air conditioning while gathering employee-contributed data about the use and occupancy of a workspace.
Emergence Capital led the investment, joined by real estate services company CBRE and Microsoft Ventures.
According to company… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Meet the latest cohort of Acceleprise startups, and the apps they built to make work easier


Michael Cardamone presenting at Acceleprise in San Francisco. Acceleprise, a San Francisco-based accelerator for enterprise tech and software-as-a-service startups, held a Demo Day for its third cohort of companies today. The accelerator invests $50,000 into each startup admitted to its program via convertible note financing, taking approximately a 5 percent stake under a $1 million cap. It admits 8-12 companies per cohort, and invests out of a $3.5… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference


awards3 (1) Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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