TechCrunch: This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight

From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it’s possible to create energy from a solar panel, the panels have long been used almost exclusively on rooftops and as part of…

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TechCrunch: Mobile messaging financial advisory service, Stackin, adds banking features and raises cash

When Stackin initially pitched itself as part of Techstars Los Angeles accelerator program two years ago, the company was a video platform for financial advice targeting a millennial audience too savvy for traditional advisory services. Now, nearly two years later,…

TechCrunch: Rakuten’s Viber chat app plans to charge to operate chatbots in controversial move

Viber, the messaging app down by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, is poised to implement a controversial new strategy that will see it charge companies that run chatbots on its platform. The conventional wisdom is to work with content companies to…

TechCrunch: Startups Weekly: Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika

We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists have gone full steam ahead with fundraising efforts, several startups have closed…

TechCrunch: SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service via WeChat

Jake Bright Contributor More posts by this contributor SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service via WeChat Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Forging another link between Africa and China’s digital economies, the…