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Mobility startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018

In the realm of rapidly evolving technologies, mobility is without doubt one of the fastest-moving. And that’s why we’re searching for up to five of the most promising early-stage mobile tech startups to apply as a TechCrunch Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on 29-30 November.

Whether you’re focused on drones, autonomous vehicles, sensors, apps, security or some other mobile magic, you’re on the forefront of a revolution, and we want to hear about it. What’s more, if TechCrunch editors (a very picky bunch if ever there was one) choose your startup as a TC Top Pick, you’ll get to exhibit for free in Startup Alley — to thousands of influential technologists, investors and potential collaborators and customers. The deadline to be considered is 28 September, so don’t wait — apply to be a TC Top Pick today.

What’s so great about exhibiting in Startup Alley? It’s the land of opportunity. Here’s what Luke Heron, CEO of TestCard.com — an at-home urine test company that combines smartphone technology and traditional snail mail to deliver a medical test experience at home — had to say about his experience.

“TechCrunch uses a curation process regarding the companies it accepts, so being in Startup Alley — among all these other fantastic startups — has a hugely positive impact when you’re fundraising. We just closed $1.7 million in funding. The TechCrunch crew is fantastic — the lifeblood of the startup scene.”

If you’re chosen as a TC Top Pick, you’ll receive one free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package, which includes a one-day exhibit space, three Disrupt Berlin Founder Passes, access to CrunchMatch (our free investor-to-startup matching platform), access to the Disrupt press list and a chance to be selected as one of the Startup Battlefield Wild Card companies (and compete in our $50,000 startup-pitch competition).

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November, and the TC Top Pick application window closes on 28 September. Don’t miss this opportunity to put your mobile startup in front of Europe’s most influential tech and investment movers and shakers. Get moving and apply right here.


Source: TechCrunch

The Fantastic Beasts 2 audiobook reveals new details about Harry Potter movies – CNET

A new Audible audiobook about upcoming The Crimes of Grindelwald movie is narrated by Fantastic Beasts actor Dan Fogler.
Source: CNET

How to preorder the Apple Watch Series 4 – CNET

Get ready for Apple’s latest wearable.
Source: CNET

Wireless carriers say they're ready for Hurricane Florence – CNET

Generators have been topped off, portable cell towers are in position and dedicated public safety networks are ready to go.
Source: CNET

NASA is ready to launch a satellite that shoots lasers at the Earth – CNET

The satellite shoots 10,000 laser pulses at the Earth every second, taking measurements every 2.3 feet to paint a laser landscape of the planet.
Source: CNET

Nintendo reveals Animal Crossing coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019 – CNET

Animal Crossing fans, your pleas have been heard.
Source: CNET

Bezos promises Amazon HQ2 decision will be announced by year's end – CNET

Amazon CEO isn’t offering any hints though.
Source: CNET

This $3,000 OnePlus 6 is the most Luxurious OnePlus around – CNET

The Hadoro custom phone comes at a cost, but looks totally badass.
Source: CNET

Golden Gate Ventures closes new $100M fund for Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Golden Gate Ventures has announced the close of its newest (and third) fund for Southeast Asia at a total of $100 million.

The fund hit a first close in the summer, as TechCrunch reported at the time, and now it has reached full capacity. Seven-year-old Golden Gate said its LPs include existing backers Singapore sovereign fund Temasek, Korea’s Hanwha, Naver — the owner of messaging app Line — and EE Capital. Investors backing the firm for the first time through this fund include Mistletoe — the fund from Taizo Son, brother of SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son — Mitsui Fudosan, IDO Investments, CTBC Group, Korea Venture Investment Corporation (KVIC), and Ion Pacific.

Golden Gate was founded by former Silicon Valley-based trio Vinnie Lauria, Jeffrey Paine and Paul Bragiel . It has investments across five markets in Southeast Asia — with a particular focus on Indonesia and Singapore — and that portfolio includes Singapore’s Carousell, automotive marketplace Carro, P2P lending startup Funding Societies, payment enabler Omise and health tech startup AlodokterGolden Gate’s previous fund was $60 million and it closed in 2016.

Some of the firm’s exits so far include the sale of Redmart to Lazada (although not a blockbuster), Priceline’s acquisition of WoomooLine’s acquisition of Temanjalan and the sale of Mapan (formerly Ruma) to Go-Jek. It claims that its first two funds have had distributions of cash (DPI) of 1.56x and 0.13x, and IRRs of 48 percent and 29 percent, respectively.

“When I compare the tech ecosystem of Southeast Asia (SEA) to other markets, it’s really hit an inflection point — annual investment is now measured in the billions. That puts SEA on a global stage with the US, China, and India. Yet there is a youthfulness that reminds me of Silicon Valley circa 2005, shortly before social media and the iPhone took off,” Lauria said in a statement.

A report from Google and Temasek forecasts that Southeast Asia’s digital economy will grow from $50 billion in 2017 to over $200 billion by 2025 as internet penetration continues to grow across the region thanks to increased ownership of smartphones. That opportunity to reach a cumulative population of over 600 million consumers — more of whom are online today than the entire U.S. population — is feeding optimism around startups and tech companies.

Golden Gate isn’t alone in developing a fund to explore those possibilities, there’s plenty of VC activity in the region.

Some of those include Openspace, which was formerly known as NSI Ventures and just closed a $135 million fund, Qualgro, which is raising a $100 million vehicle and Golden Equator, which paired up with Korea Investment Partners on a joint $88 million fund. Temasek-affiliated Vertex closed a $210 million fund last year and that remains a record for Southeast Asia.

Golden Gate also has a dedicated crypto fund, LuneX, which is in the process of raising $10 million.


Source: TechCrunch

How to download iOS 12 on your iPhone right now – CNET

You don’t have to wait until Sept. 17.
Source: CNET

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