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Productboard raises $1.3 million to help product teams prioritize what to build next

Productboard, the makers of a product management system that helps to organize user research and prioritize development tasks, has raised $1.3 million in seed funding to further its business. The round was co-led by Index Ventures and Credo Ventures, and included participation from Spread Capital. The service only officially launched last month at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, following its beta testing period where it was already being used by …

Applications are open for Hardware Battlefield at CES

We’re back. Hardware Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premier hardware startup event and is returning to the world’s largest consumer electronic show. Applications are now open until November 3 at 9pm PT. Submit your application here to compete for free demo space at the Consumer Electronics Show, a $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield series, but with a few small …

Capital One acquires online price tracker Paribus

Capital One is making another acquisition in the fintech space, this time snatching up the price tracking service Paribus, which helps online shoppers get automatic refunds when prices dropped on items they purchased. Deal terms were not disclosed, but the acquisition involves bring both the team and the technology itself to Capital One. Launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015, Paribus’ idea was to automate the process …

These are the six finalists in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 Startup Battlefield

Over the last two days, over 5,000 attendees (along with hundreds of thousands of people tuning in online) have watched 25 companies duke it out for the right to call themselves the Startup Battlefield Winner at Disrupt SF 2016. These are the six companies that remain: BlazingDB BlazingDB lets you run SQL queries on a database, using GPUs to do the heavy lifting for incredible …

Myki rolls out a password manager that locks all your info away on your phone

Everything is getting hacked to the point that it’s getting kind of ridiculous — and everyone needs to have secure passwords. The trouble, however, is making them tough to crack and also being able to remember them. That’s led to a blossoming ecosystem of password management services like OnePassword. But if you ask Antoine Vincent Jebara and Priscilla Elora Sharuk, that’s not going far enough. Instead …

Lucy wants to make it easier for expectant parents to find and book support services

Lucy, a Bay Area startup, which was founded this January and launched its beta today, reckons it’s found an underserved not-so-niche market to target: expectant parents. The team presented on stage today here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, after being lifted from startup alley as the day’s wildcard battlefield company. Lucy offers a marketplace focused on helping expectant families find support services. Specifically it’s for pregnant women in the third and fourth trimester, so pre-birth …

BlazingDB uses GPUs to manipulate huge databases in no time

Gathering petabytes of data about your customers is cool, but how can you take advantage of this data? BlazingDB lets you run high-performance SQL on a database using a ton of GPUs. The company is introducing a free community edition of its solution on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in our Battlefield competition. If you’ve been running complicated SQL queries, chances are it took so …

Announcing the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield competition judges

Startup Battlefield is back. In just a few short weeks, TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition will kick off at Disrupt SF and we’re excited to announce the judges tasked with determining which company will take up the Disrupt cup and $50,000. This year the competition features 23 young companies vying for attention and funding. Each will have 6 minutes to impress their panel of judges in a …

FireChat brings private group chat to its off-grid messaging service

FireChat, the messaging service from Disrupt Battlefield finalist Open Garden that allows you to chat with people around you even when there is no regular Internet connection, is getting a major update today. This new version of FireChat introduces private group chats on top of its existing private one-on-one chats and public chatrooms. These private groups can include up to 50 people and work like regular messages in FireChat. You …