After $10m of 2017 revenues, Genius raises $15m funding round
Genius – the company formerly known as Rap Genius – has enjoyed a new prominence in the last year thanks to its ‘Behind the Lyrics’ partnership with Spotify, which pops up lyrics and other information on-screen as...
March 6, 2018
Ticket search engine TickX raises £3m funding round
British startup TickX is a ticketing search engine, aggregating listings from other ticketing firms, growing to a catalogue of more than 125k events. Now it has raised a Series A funding round of £3m, led by investment firm...
March 5, 2018
Tencent leads $115m round for Indian music service Gaana
Indian streaming service Gaana has raised a $115m funding round led by Chinese tech firm Tencent, as it sets its sights on growing to 200 million active users in the next three years. That would be a sharp rise from the...
February 28, 2018
Report claims 46% of ICOs from 2017 are already defunct
Fears that the mania for blockchain startups and initial coin offerings (ICOs) are a bubble will hardly be assuaged by a new report published by news site Bitcoin.com. “Tokendata, one of the more comprehensive ICO trackers,...
February 26, 2018
‘Shapeshifting’ startup AI Music closing £5m funding round
British artificial-intelligence music/tech startup AI Music is raising £5m of funding, as it prepares to launch its first product. The company has developed technology capable of “shapeshifting” songs, using AI to remix...
February 1, 2018
Online audio-mastering startup CloudBounce to launch ICO
Drag’n’drop audio-mastering startup CloudBounce is joining the blockchain bandwagon, with plans to launch an initial coin offering (ICO). The company, which competes with services like Landr, announced its plans tonight...
February 1, 2018
17% of VC-backed startups have at least one woman as a founder
A study conducted by CrunchBase has found that only 17% of startups receiving their initial round of venture funding in 2017 had at least one woman as a founder. What’s more, that percentage has stayed static since 2012,...
January 16, 2018
Messaging app Telegram goes blockchain with own cryptocurrency
Telegram has become the second major messaging app (after Kik) to explore blockchain technology, including its own cryptocurrency. TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to launch the ‘Telegram Open Network’,...
January 9, 2018
AR and VR startups raised more than $3bn in 2017
Augmented and virtual reality companies raised more than $3bn of funding in 2017 according to research firm Digi-Capital, which claims that half of that investment happened in Q4 alone. However, a handful of companies...
January 8, 2018
The search for the next music/tech giants (#SlushMusic)
2017 has been a fascinating year for digital music, from the growth in paid streaming to a wave of new accelerators and initiatives to help talented music startups get up and running. A pair of sessions at the Slush Music...
November 28, 2017
Investment fund EQT takes 40% stake in Epidemic Sound
Swedish alternative-investments firm EQT has taken a 40% stake in production-music company Epidemic Sound, whose CEO Oscar Höglund we interviewed earlier this week about this summer’s ‘fake artists’ controversy. The...
November 22, 2017