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Shujaa Delivery aims to compete with Aramax, DHL and others

On-demand delivery is a coveted service in traffic-congested Nairobi. Enter Shujaa Delivery, a Nairobi-based door-to-door delivery and courier service for businesses that uses motorcycles instead of cars. Tracy Mulei, founder and CEO of Shujaa Delivery, decided to start the company after she had a bad experience with a delivery rider, she told TechCrunch. “The main thing we are solving is inconsistency with riders,”…

Scrivener writing app gets a huge update

As ancient as the art of writing is, there is a bit of a shortage when it comes to truly excellent writing applications. Scrivener is one of the few, and today, the app has gotten a major update. Scrivener works for both professional writers and hobbyists, giving an assortment of options for whatever kind of writing suits you, from screenwriting…

DreamQuark beefs up financial services through artificial intelligence

Meet DreamQuark, a French startup that want to help banks, insurance companies and asset management firms for all their artificial intelligence needs. DreamQuark crunches your data, creates models based on machine learning and lets you apply those models on all past and future data points. Many banks still rely on COBOL code to compute all sorts of financial operations. COBOL…

How to talk about cryptocurrency at the holiday dinner table

You’re sitting down to a nice meal and your aunt, always one step ahead, mentions she wants to start investing in Bitcoin. You freeze, a drip of gravy plopping off the ladle. It’s your time to shine. RSS.Bitcoin Daily Bitcoin videos twitter You got this. First, you know that the state of crypto is very, very good. This has been…

Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool

In a time where every startup seems to be using machine learning to sift through massive amounts of data, Scalyr is a cloud-based service that is taking a different approach. It has built a tool the founder claims can sort through massive amounts of log data at lightning speed when compared to conventional logging tools — and it doesn’t require…

Monzo’s latest round included £11M in secondary as founding employees partly cash in

Earlier this month, U.K.-based challenger bank Monzo announced that it had raised a further £71 million in a round led by Goodwater Capital, giving the startup a post-money valuation of £280 million. However, what wasn’t reported at the time was that the round included £11 million in secondary investment, meaning that only £60 million entered the company’s balance sheet and…

Fintech startup Glint de-cloaks to offer a multi-currency account and card that supports spending gold

London-based Glint has been pretty stealthy about what it planned to offer, despite several funding rounds and a vague description that it wanted to a create new “global currency” based on gold. Well, today the fintech startup is finally de-cloaking with a staggered launch of its multi-currency account, app and card that does indeed let you store your money in…

Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets. The media company is partnering with French startup Molotov so that French viewers can watch Cheddar from all their devices. Cheddar first launched 18 months ago. Unlike many new media companies, the startup has been…

Pact Coffee founder steps down as CEO as London startup looks to B2B for growth

Pact Coffee, the U.K. subscription service that delivers freshly roasted “specialty coffee” to your door, has seen a change of leadership as the company plans to focus more on the B2B side of its business. After 5 years running Pact, TechCrunch understands that founder Stephen Rapoport has stepped down from his role as CEO and instead will act as Chairman…

Ello Again… | TechCrunch

Remember Ello? It would like you to know it is not dead. It is now a place for creative types. Let me explain. RSS.Bitcoin Daily Bitcoin videos twitter The social networking platform splashed onto the tech scene promoting itself as an ad-free rival to Facebook. Soon millions of people (including yours truly) signed on just to see what all the…

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