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Samir Arora unveils Sage Digital, a startup that’s all about accurate location data

Samir Arora unveils Sage Digital, a startup that’s all about accurate location data Samir Arora says it’s time for a new wave of applications that use reliable location data. Arora previously founded Mode Media (which he departed before its shutdown last year, though he remains involved in Mode Media Japan) and NetObjects before that. Today he’s unveiling Sage Digital, the startup that he’s hoping will provide the data for that new wave. Arora said Sage has been in stealth for the past two years, and that his Woodside Incubator has…

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PhoneWagon raises $1.2M to track when marketing campaigns lead to phone calls

PhoneWagon raises .2M to track when marketing campaigns lead to phone calls When it comes to tracking the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns, PhoneWagon CEO Ryan Shank said there’s been a big piece missing for most businesses — namely, how often those campaigns lead to phone calls. Shank has plenty of experience in local marketing, having worked in sales at Yext, then founding Mhelpdesk, which he sold to IAC’s ServiceMagic. And he’s announcing that PhoneWagon has raised $1.2 million in seed funding, led by Birchmere Ventures, with participation from Active…

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Burrow raises $4.3M for its modular sofa

Burrow raises .3M for its modular sofa Burrow, a startup bringing a Casper-style approach to manufacturing and delivering sofas, is announcing that it has raised $4.3 million in seed funding. This might might not sound like the most obvious area for a startup to tackle — unless you’ve had the experience of trying to carry a couch up a twisty flight of stairs, or attempting to squeeze it through a narrow doorway. Burrow’s sofas are delivered in a compact box, and assembly is only supposed to take 10 minutes, no…

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Amagi launches its cloud-based TV delivery platform in the U.S.

Amagi launches its cloud-based TV delivery platform in the U.S. Amagi, a startup trying to rethink the way TV broadcasters deliver their content, is launching in the United States. As a TV viewer, you may not see any big issues with the current broadcast infrastructure, but Amagi says satellite delivery is expensive, time-consuming and limits a broadcaster’s ability to customize their content to different geographies. In contrast, the startup’s Cloudport platform uses cloud infrastructure to deliver the same content. That means that as broadcasters expand globally, they don’t need any…

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Meet the five finalists at the Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield

Meet the five finalists at the Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield Disrupt is back in Berlin, where 15 teams have just taken the stage as part of the Startup Battlefield. Each startup demonstrated their product and answered questions from our expert judges. Afterwards, we narrowed it down to five companies, who will be be competing tomorrow to take home 42,000 Euros and the Battlefield Cup. Tune in tomorrow at 3:10pm Berlin time to watch the finals. Blik Blik aims to modernize the process of knowing what’s in your warehouse, where certain…

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ftcash helps Indian businesses accept cashless payments and loans them money

ftcash helps Indian businesses accept cashless payments and loans them money A Mumbai-based startup called ftcash is helping small businesses in India move beyond cash. In some cases, it’s also providing loans to fund their operations. Co-founder Vaibhav Lodha, who demonstrated ftcash on-stage today at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield, said he first got the idea from his newspaper vendor, who complained that none of his customers seemed to have the cash at home to pay him. The issue was serious enough to create a cashflow problem for the vendor, prompting him…

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AISpotter uses computer vision to make coaches’ jobs easier

AISpotter uses computer vision to make coaches’ jobs easier Watching video playback of a game’s key moments is an important part of coaching — but according to the team at AISpotter, it can also be tedious and time-consuming. That’s why they’re working to automate the process. AISpotter took the stage today in Berlin as part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield. CEO Anri Kivimäki explained that sports teams are already recording a lot of video of their matches (both for broadcast and internal use). Coaches then go through the video manually, or…

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Unicorn Battle uses buzzwords to measure a startup’s ‘unicornibility’

Unicorn Battle uses buzzwords to measure a startup’s ‘unicornibility’ When startup founders pitch at a TechCrunch event, they usually don’t just get on-stage and starting shouting out buzzwords. Today, however, one of the teams at the Disrupt Berlin hackathon really did begin their presentation by rattling off words and phrases like “Internet of Things!” and “bitcoin!!” As they did, a unicorn puppet would pop up on their screen and shout “fuah!” Turns out they were showing off a project called Unicorn Battle. It’s a web app that can listen to…

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Original Content podcast: We ride with the outlaws of ‘Godless’

Original Content podcast: We ride with the outlaws of ‘Godless’ <input type="hidden" name="fallback" value=" This embed is invalid” /> [embedded content] Some big names — including Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Scoot McNairy — donned cowboy hats and mounted horses for Godless, a seven-episode Western on Netflix. Each episode was written and directed by Scott Frank (A Walk Among the Tombstones), while Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) serves an executive producer. But does all that talent add up to a compelling show? That’s what TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha discuss on…

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Dropbox acquires publishing platform Verst, will shut it down on Dec. 21

Dropbox acquires publishing platform Verst, will shut it down on Dec. 21 The team behind Verst is joining Dropbox, in an acquisition that marks the end of the Verst publishing platform. The startup actually started life as DWNLD, a platform that transformed websites into mobile apps. It raised a $12 million Series A led by Grelock Partners before shifting focus to Verst, which launched earlier this year as a blogging platform that has traffic and revenue optimization tools built in. Over the summer, Verst tweaked its pricing and introduced new…

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