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Farfetch acquires CuriosityChina to expand its social media efforts on the Mainland

Farfetch  — the e-commerce startup that works with some 900 high end fashion boutiques and labels to present and sell clothes, shoes, accessories and jewellery online, and we and others have heard is gearing up for a $6 billion IPO — is making an acquisition to double down China, one of the fastest-growing markets for luxury goods. It’s acquiring Curiosity China , a marketing firm that specialises in leveraging social media — specifically, WeChat — to target users and sell goods. It already works with some 80 brands that are also customers of Farfetch to help them use WeChat channels and accounts to reach would-be customers. It also offers CRM and a few other services. The plan will be to incorporate Curiosity China into Farfetch’s “Black & White” white-label API, which essentially allows boutiques to integrate their stock into Farfetch’s purchasing and logistics platform, or use that engine to sell its goods on their own sites. This will now give them the option also to use the API to run campaigns in China. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. This is Farfetch’s third acquisition, the other two being UK boutique Browns and Style.com. Farfetch also said it is buying all of the company’s tech and all of its employees and founders are coming on board. Judy Liu, a co-founder of CuriosityChina, will become Farfetch’s managing director for China; another co-founder, Alexis Bonhomme, is taking on the role of VP commercial, China; and the third co-founder, Arthur Shui, will become head of technology for the Chinese operation. Farfetch’s acquisition of CuriosityChina underscores a few interesting trends currently underway in the market: the rise of the Chinese consumer, the ongoing challenges to target those consumers if you are from outside China, and the rise of social media as a popular marketing and sales channel. The luxury market was worth €262 billion in 2017, according to analysis from Bain, with customers from China accounting for 32 percent of that amount (shopping both in China and abroad).

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Goodwall gets $10.8M to expand its ‘LinkedIn for students’

Goodwall , a US-focused student and graduate professional network which aims to connect young people with college and employment opportunities, has closed a $10.8 million Series A funding raise. The round was led by Randstad Innovation Fund , a strategic corporate VC fund that focuses on recruitment, and Swiss private equity firm Manixer. Additional investors include Francis Clivaz, Zurich Cantonal Bank and Verve Capital Partners. The 2014 founded startup says it will be using the new funding to grow the professional network, which has a core demographic of 14-24 year-olds, and more than one million members at this stage. “Our main initiative with this round of funding is hiring new talent in New York to support our expansion,” says  Taha Bawa, co-founder and CEO . “The funding will be used to grow our product team to provide better features for our two demographics: Highschool and college students. We are growing our sales team as well, to handle the demand that enterprises have shown in our talent.” “The United States is our current focus and will continue to be the focus throughout 2018. We will be growing with our students and serving them in college,” he adds. “ We intend to widen the appeal to the college/post-grad segment by focusing on driving value in terms of being found easily (via a mobile-first experience) by the companies that are interesting to them, whether they be startups or larger companies, for internships or first jobs. Beyond this, as with high school students, we will provide current college students the ability to connect and support each other.” Goodwall’s business model is based on generating  revenue from colleges and enterprises looking to recruit students on the platform.  For its target young people, the pull is an online platform where they can connect with fellow students and try to get ahead by showcasing their skills and experience, networking, and learning about education and employment opportunities. Goodwall says it matches its college student and graduate users to employers for job and internship opportunities, while its high school students get connected to colleges and scholarships. The startup is competing with traditional college and larger job boards but Bawa argues that its matching process offers an advantage to employers because it’s screening candidates so they get more relevant applications, rather than scores of irrelevant ones which they then have to sift themselves. The platform generally offers employers a way to source, connect and engage with a pool of motivated students and graduates — with employers able to pay Goodwall to get their brand in front of the types of students or recruits they’re looking for. “The typical Goodwall user is an English speaking, aspirational go-getter that is either college-bound or in college,” says Bawa. “Goodwall does not aim to only serve the 1% in terms of grades and achievements, though we have many students in this category, from Robotics Fairs winners to Olympic Champions

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PlayVS CEO Delane Parnell to talk high school eSports at Disrupt SF

The gaming world is evolving at a rapid clip. No longer is the idea of the lonely gamer a reality. Twitch and Discord have brought gamers together and given everyone the opportunity to see just how talented some of these young players are. Meanwhile, publishers and eSports organizations have built out an infrastructure. But there is plenty left to do, and PlayVS founder and CEO Delane Parnell is well aware of this. We’re amped to announce that Parnell is joining us at TC Disrupt SF in September to talk about how high school esports could pave the way for even more growth in this industry. PlayVS is a startup that has partnered with the NFHS to bring esports to the high school level, providing infrastructure around scheduling, refs, rules, and state tournaments. Not only does this allow high school students to get extracurricular experience doing what they love (playing video games), but it offers a new way for esports orgs and colleges to look at the bright young talent coming up through the ranks. PlayVS launched in April after securing its partnership with the NFHS. Through this partnership, the company will be able to bring organized esports to more than 18 states and approximately 5 million students across 5,000 high schools. The company has since raised $15 million in Series A , and the inaugural season begins in October of this year. We’re absolutely thrilled to get the chance to sit down with Parnell to discuss the launch of the platform and hear about how high school esports could set the tone for the industry as a whole. Passes to Disrupt SF are available here at the Early Bird rate until July 25 .

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Apple may bring FaceID to the iPad – New Kerala

Apple may bring FaceID to the iPad New Kerala ... July 4 : With the iOS 12 beta on the iPad , developers have discovered the AvatarKit which is the framework behind the animated emoji. The framework requires TrueDepth camera sensor, which first made its debut on the iPhone X, Mashable reported. and more »

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Apple may soon bring FaceID to the iPad – Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & Analysis Apple may soon bring FaceID to the iPad Daily News & Analysis With the iOS 12 beta on the iPad , developers have discovered the AvatarKit which is the framework behind the animated emoji. The framework requires TrueDepth camera sensor, which first made its debut on the iPhone X, Mashable reported. Based on the ...

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Here’s the agenda for the TechCrunch Ethereum Meetup on July 7

Our TC Sessions: Blockchain event takes place in Zug, Switzerland, this coming Friday (July 6), but we are also excited to host the TechCrunch Ethereum Meetup the very next day. We are putting on the Meetup with support from the Ethereum Foundation and other members of the Ethereum community, and now we can reveal the agenda for the follow-on event — which will run from 1-6 PM. All tickets for the TC Sessions: Blockchain event are sold out, but we do have an allocation remaining for the TechCrunch Ethereum Meetup. However, attendees of the TC Sessions: Blockchain event who wish to attend the Ethereum Meetup will need to purchase a separate pass. Tickets for the meetup can be purchased  here  — they are priced at 50 CHF plus VAT, that’s around $50 at current rates. TechCrunch Ethereum Meetup, July 7 Agenda 1:00 PM — 1:05 PM Opening Remarks Ned Desmond (TechCrunch) and Aya Miyaguchi (Ethereum Foundation) 1:05 PM — 1:30 PM Keynote Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Foundation) 1:30 PM — 1:55 PM A Governance Discussion Vlad Zamfir (Ethereum Foundation) 1:55 PM — 2:15 PM Intro to Cryptoeconomics Karl Floersch (Ethereum Foundation) 2:15 PM — 2:45 PM Crypto-finance: Exchanges & DExs Vansa Chatikavanij (OmiseGo), Aya Miyaguchi (Ethereum Foundation), Balaji Srinivasan (Coinbase) and Changpeng Zhao (Binance) 2:45 PM — 3:15 PM Community and Funding Joe Lubin (ConsenSys), Aya Miyaguchi (Ethereum Foundation), Cassandra Shi (Ethereum Community Fund), Vivek Singh (Gitcoin) and Jutta Steiner (Parity Technologies) 3:15 PM — 3:35 PM BREAK 3:35 PM — 4:05 PM DApp Panel: What does success look like? Rune Christensen (MakerDAO), Mona El Isa (MelonPort), Roham Gharegozlou (Axiom Zen), Jarrad Hope (Status), Aleksandra Skrzypczak (Golem) and Jinglan Wang (Blockchain Education Network) 4:05 PM — 4:30 PM Research and Sharding Justin Drake (Ethereum Foundation) 4:30 PM — 4:55 PM What’s at Stake? Decentralizing Consensus David Knott (OmiseGo) 4:55 PM — 5:25 PM Tackling Scalability Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Foundation), Karl Floersch (Ethereum Foundation),  Heiko Hees (Raiden), Liam Horne (L4) and Hsiao-Wei Wang (Ethereum Foundation) 5:25 PM — 6:00 PM Proof of Stake Adrian Brink (Tendermint), Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Foundation), Peter Czaban (Web3 Foundation), David Knott (OmiseGo) and Vlad Zamfir (Ethereum Foundation) 6:00 PM FINISH TC Sessions: Blockchain 2018

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PayPal’s Venmo follows Square by officially launching its own MasterCard-branded debit card in the US, following beta tests of a now-discontinued Visa…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : PayPal's Venmo follows Square by officially launching its own MasterCard-branded debit card in the US, following beta tests of a now-discontinued Visa card   —  Venmo today is officially introducing its own debit card in partnership with MasterCard, following beta tests of a Visa-branded debit card last year.

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PayPal’s Venmo follows Square by officially launching its own MasterCard-branded debit card in the US, following beta tests of a now-discontinued Visa…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : PayPal's Venmo follows Square by officially launching its own MasterCard-branded debit card in the US, following beta tests of a now-discontinued Visa card   —  Venmo today is officially introducing its own debit card in partnership with MasterCard, following beta tests of a Visa-branded debit card last year.

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