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TC Tel Aviv begins tomorrow; buy your ticket today

This goes out to all the die-hard procrastinators. We’re just 24 hours away from TC Tel Aviv 2018, our inaugural day-long conference focused on mobility tech. The Israeli startup scene stands at the forefront of this rapidly changing frontier, and we’ve gathered some of Israel’s greatest thinkers, makers and investors to share their insight and expertise. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity. Stop what you’re doing and buy your general admission ticket right now.

Where do your mobility interests lie? If you’re into the future of transportation, don’t miss your chance to hear Uri Levine and Dave Waiser. Maybe you’re all eyes and ears about how cars “see” and “hear.” In that case, be sure to catch the conversation with Omer David Keilaf and Rani Wellingstein. If security issues haunt your waking hours, tune in to be prepared as Yoav Levy and Ami Dotan discuss the future of cybersecurity threats.

That’s just a taste of the content we’ve packed into one stellar day. TC Tel Aviv presents a wide-ranging look at where mobility tech stands now — and where it’s going. Still curious? Check out the full conference agenda.

As if that weren’t enough to keep you busy, be sure to go to Startup Alley (making its Israeli debut), where you’ll find almost 100 early-stage startups. Companies in the Alley go beyond mobility to showcase products, services and platforms from a wide range of tech verticals, including AR/VR, robotics, fintech, biotech, artificial intelligence, blockchain and more. Check out the list of Startup Alley exhibitors.

Procrastinators, the 24-hour clock is running. TechCrunch Tel Aviv takes place June 7, 2018 at the Tel Aviv Convention Center, Pavilion 10. Don’t miss your chance to experience everything TC Tel Aviv has to offer. Go buy your ticket now.


Source: TechCrunch

MoloFinance scores £3.7M seed funding to offer a fully digital mortgage

MoloFinance, a London-based fintech that is developing a “fully digital” mortgage solution, has closed £3.7 million in seed funding. The round is led by Ubon Partners, a Nordic fund specialised in financial services, and will be used to launch the company’s first product release later this summer.

Initially targeting ‘Buy to Let’ mortgages — i.e. people looking to buy property as an investment — while the company works through its regulatory approval process with the FCA, MoloFinance wants to offer an end-to-end mortgage process that is entirely digital and with the ability to give a near-instant decision.

The idea, says the startup, is to provide a frictionless experience for the customer whilst helping to eliminate any unnecessary costs related to the current process. Once FCA approved, MoloFinance plans to begin offering residential mortgages, too.

“The problem is simple: getting a mortgage today is a terrible experience, a painful process, based on obsolete practices, outdated in any other consumer experience,” MoloFinance co-founder Francesca Carlesi tells me. “Just try to compare the 4-6 weeks paper-based process of getting a mortgage with the instant set up of a current account online now available in most challenger banks”.

Carlesi says the status quo is entirely unnecessary as the technology needed to offer something a lot better is already here. Furthermore, customers are more than ready and future generations will expect instant, digital mortgages. “At Molo we are simply making it happen now,” she says.

This has seen the MoloFinance team design a fully digital mortgage journey, where most decisions are automated, most of the information needed is sourced digitally, and where a transparent “robo-advisor” substitutes puts the interest of customers first. “The net result is that we give people what they deserve for the most important financial decision of their life: speed, ease and lower costs,” argues Carlesi.

Similar offerings are already up and running in the U.S. and Australia, but in the U.K. the most disruptive forces, in the form of Habito and Trussle, have taken aim at mortgage brokerage. Carlesi concedes that these companies “have done a great first step” that was hugely overdue and that they can be considered MoloFinance’s closest peers but that the business model is “radically different”.

“We are not a broker, we don’t intend to disrupt the broker market. We are instead focusing on the overall lending process, from beginning to the end, with the goal to make the overall process quick, easy and more convenient and ultimately provide fully digital instant mortgages online. So in short we tried to solve the full problem that customers face today. As solving only one part of it in our view doesn’t solve the problem at all”.

On how MoloFinance plans to generate revenue, Carlesi says the startup will take a small share of the money made from the interest that a customer pays on their mortgage, leaving the majority for its funding partners. It won’t charge customers any unnecessary additional fees (e.g. broker fees, arrangement fees).


Source: TechCrunch

What does leaving the EU’s Digital Single Market mean for UK startups?

What does leaving the EU’s Digital Single Market (DMS) mean for UK startups? No-one actually knows. That’s why three UK VCs are backing an initiative to assess the impact of what leaving the DSM could mean for UK tech startups, if, as is predicted, the UK does leave the EU next year.

The initiative is being led by LocalGlobe but also backed by Index Ventures and Atomico. You can fill out the short survey here.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May previously announced the UK will be leaving the DSM when it formally leaves the EU next year, but, according to sources who spoke to TechCrunch, no industry consultation took place on this decision.

The idea behind the DSM, launched in May 2015 and heavily backed by the UK Government at the time, was to tear down regulatory walls and move from 28 national ‘digital’ markets to a single one. The prediction was that this would contribute €415 billion per year to the EU’s economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

It’s been made one of the European Commission’s 10 political priorities and is made up of three policy pillars, as outlined below:

1. Improving access to digital goods and services
The Digital Single Market strategy seeks to ensure better access for consumers and business to online goods and services across Europe, for example by removing barriers to cross-border e-commerce and access to online content while increasing consumer protection.

2. An environment where digital networks and services can prosper
The Digital Single Market aims to create the right environment for digital networks and services by providing high-speed, secure and trustworthy infrastructures and services supported by the right regulatory conditions. Key concerns include cybersecurity, data protection/e-privacy, and the fairness and transparency of online platforms.

3. Digital as a driver for growth
The Digital Single Market Strategy aims at maximising the growth potential of the European Digital Economy, so that every European can fully enjoy its benefits – notably by enhancing digital skills, which are essential for an inclusive digital society.

Meanwhile, Tech For UK is a new group which has been formed by over 100 UK tech industry leaders to back a ‘people’s vote’ on the terms of Brexit, which an option to remain in the EU. It’s currently canvassing for new supporters.

The group boasts a string of high-profile business leaders from the tech sector, including Martha Lane-Fox, best-known as the co-founder of Lastminute.com, Giles Andrews, one of the founders of peer-to-peer lending pioneer Zopa, and George Bevis, the CEO of Tide Bank. It also features leading venture capital and private equity investors, such as Simon Murdoch, the managing partner of Episode 1 Ventures.

(Interest declared: I’m also backing it).


Source: TechCrunch

Intel is giving away 8,000 retro-inspired Core i7-8086 chips – CNET

No, they won’t be hidden in chocolate bars.
Source: CNET

World's first drive in the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo video – Roadshow

The Mission E doesn’t come out until next year, but we’ve got an early ticket behind the wheel. Join us.
Source: CNET

2020 Porsche Mission E Prototype first drive review: Driving the future – Roadshow

The Mission E won’t hit the road for real until late 2019, but we’ve already had a go. Join us for our early driving impressions of Porsche’s electric future.
Source: CNET

Microsoft announces the Windows Collaboration Display platform for offices

Windows Collaboration Displays are one of the more interesting bits to come out of Microsoft’s Computex keynote today. The company hasn’t released a ton of information about the hardware platform. At first glance, they appear to be similar to Microsoft’s own Surface Hub digital whiteboard offering, but are actually “a non-compute peripheral extending the PC desktop experience to room scale,” according to the company. In other words, they function more along the lines of a large display, rather than a stand alone unit. 

The system is built around Microsoft 365 tools and is designed to work with the company’s software offerings like Office, Teams and Whiteboard. Sensors on the board utilize the company’s Azure IoT spatial intelligence capabilities. There’s a long blog post about that tech over here, but the system essentially uses room measurements to build adaptive models.

“For example,” the company explains, “in an office environment spatial intelligence can enable better management of heating, cooling, and room-booking systems based on how the space is actually used.”

Microsoft has already signed up a couple of third-party hardware manufacturers to build Collaboration Displays, including Sharp (pictured above) and touchscreen display maker, Avocor. The systems will feature both touchscreen and pen inputs, stereo speakers, a camera and a far-field microphone sytem. 

Those products will be available at some point later this year. No word on cost, but Microsoft is promising “low price points,” which likely means they’ll come in under the Surface Hub, which starts at $9,000. 


Source: TechCrunch

Firefox lets you test new features for side-by-side views and customizing colors

Love Firefox? You might love it even more now that you can open two tabs side by side and customize it with colors. Side View and Colors are currently being offered via Mozilla’s Test Pilot program, so why not give them a go?

The post Firefox lets you test new features for side-by-side views and customizing colors appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Incredibles 2 first reactions: A fantastic sequel that matches the original – CNET

It’s been a long time coming for the sequel to Pixar’s unofficial best movie. Some lucky folks have seen it — here are their thoughts.
Source: CNET

AMD's new 32-core second-gen Ryzen chips set to debut in Q3 2018 – CNET

The chipmaker also showed off its upcoming Radeon Vega GPU for workstations that will launch later in the year.
Source: CNET

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