• Creator monetization and CRM startup Pico raises $6.5M

    21 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Pico , a New York startup that helps online creators and media companies make money and manage their customer data, announced today that it has launched an upgraded platform and raised $6.5 million in new funding.
    In a statement, the startup's co-founder and CEO Nick Chen said Pico helps creators with their two biggest problems - “how to make money more easily and how to get to know your audience better” - while also giving them control over their two most important assets, namely “your brand and the relationship to your audience.”
    The company provides a long list of different tools...
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  • How to pivot your startup, save cash and maintain trust with investors and customers

    How to pivot your startup, save cash and maintain trust with investors and customers

    21 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    A few years ago, founder Sean Lane thought he'd achieved product-market fit.
    Speaking to attendees at TechCrunch's Early Stage virtual event, Lane said Queue, a secure digital check-in tablet for hospital waiting rooms that reduced wait times by uniting and correcting electronic medical records, was “selling like hotcakes.” But once Lane realized it would only ever address one piece of a much bigger market opportunity, he sold off the product, laid off two-thirds of the people affiliated with it and redirected the employees who were left.
    Lane explained that what he really wanted to build...
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  • Grocery startup Mercato spilled years of data, but didn't tell its customers

    21 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    A security lapse at online grocery delivery startup Mercato exposed tens of thousands of customer orders, TechCrunch has learned.
    A person with knowledge of the incident told TechCrunch that the incident happened in January after one of the company's cloud storage buckets, hosted on Amazon's cloud, was left open and unprotected.
    The company fixed the data spill, but has not yet alerted its customers.
    Mercato was founded in 2015 and helps over a thousand smaller grocers and specialty food stores get online for pickup or delivery, without having to sign up for delivery services like...
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