CMU finds that even bad robot trash talk can throw you off your game

CMU finds that even bad robot trash talk can throw you off your game

A commons tactic in both amateur and professional sports – and even in competitions as mundane as a casual board game night – is trash talk. But the negative effect of trash talk may have less to do with the skill of the repartee involved, and more with just the Read more…

Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains $120M from Chinese investors

Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains $120M from Chinese investors

Africa focused fintech startup OPay has raised a $120 million Series B round backed by Chinese investors. Located in Lagos and founded by consumer internet company Opera, OPay will use the funds to scale in Nigeria and expand its payments product to Kenya, Ghana and South Africa — Opera’s CFO Read more…

SoftBank Vision Fund’s Carolina Brochado is coming to Disrupt Berlin

SoftBank Vision Fund’s Carolina Brochado is coming to Disrupt Berlin

SoftBank’s Vision Fund has single-handedly changed the game when it comes to tech startup investment. And that’s why I’m excited to announce that SoftBank Vision Fund investment director Carolina Brochado is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. Carolina Brochado isn’t a newcomer when it comes to VC investment. She’s worked Read more…

Relocating Indonesian capital will impact nation’s startup ecosystem

Relocating Indonesian capital will impact nation’s startup ecosystem

Hugh Harsono is a former financial analyst currently serving as a U.S. Army officer. More posts by this contributor Why the world’s first smart highway will most likely be in China Why the future of Chinese e-commerce is in its rural areas Recently reelected, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced a desire Read more…

Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play

Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about how SoftBank is screwing up. Before that, I noted All Raise’s expansion, Uber Read more…

Sam Altman’s bet against Slack

Sam Altman’s bet against Slack

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex broke the discussion into two main themes. The first dealt with early-stage companies, and the second, as you can imagine, later-stage affairs. Don’t worry, we don’t get to Read more…

Latin America Roundup: Uber acquires Cornershop, Softbank invests in Buser, Olist

Latin America Roundup: Uber acquires Cornershop, Softbank invests in Buser, Olist

Sophia Wood is a principal at Magma Partners, a Latin America-focused seed-stage VC firm with offices in Latin America, Asia and the U.S. Sophia is also the co-founder of LatAm List, an English-language Latin American tech news source. Brazil continued to churn out unicorns this month, with Curitiba-based Ebanx becoming Read more…