All posts by Mike Butcher

ABBYY’s new version of TextGrabber is a super useful OCR and translation app

ABBYY has been being doing optical character recognition software since forever, but it’s now brought its software to mobile. If you want to capture text and make it actionable (click on links or ping out to map directions) this is an extremely useful app. Its new ABBYYs TextGrabber 6.0 for iOS has just gone live on the Apple App store and it has real-time recognition capabilities and… Read More

MyTutor raises £3M Series A led by Mobeus to attack UK tutor market

 The online tutoring market in the US is well-developed. Varsity Tutors raised $50m; Wiseant $20m; sold to IAC and InstaEdu was recently bought out. So it makes sense that this model would be big in other markets. This is the thinking behind MyTutor, a London-based edtech company that connects school pupils to high-performing university students for one-to-one, online… Read More

Arduino developers get extra support as Codeanywhere acquires Codebender

 Codeanywhere, a cross platform cloud IDE for creating web apps and sites has acquired Codebender, another cloud IDE that enables users to develop for Arduino devices. This is Codeanywhere’s first acquisition and financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Codebender and its additional services and will continue to operate and be supported… Read More

FinalPrice raises $4M for subscription-based travel booking platform

 Look out HotelTonight. Oh, and, Expedia, Skyscanner, Hopper and a few others. Coming out of LA there is a new kid on the block. FinalPrice, a new subscription-based travel app, has today both launched and announced its $4 million fund-raising from Almaz Capital, Sistema VC and private investors. For an annual $99 charge, the offer here is that users get access to “the best… Read More

Creator of Elvie to discuss hardware’s new wave at Disrupt Berlin 2017

 Disrupt Berlin 2017 is a few short months away, and we’re thrilled to begin announcing this year’s crop of extraordinary speakers. Chiaro CEO Tania Boler started the company out of a belief that advances in sensor technology and connected devices can help break down stigma and change the lives of women everywhere. Chiaro’s first product, the Elvie Kegel exercise tracker,… Read More

The hottest tech startups of 2017 rocked London at The Europas Awards

 This week The Europas Startup Conference and Awards once again pulled together the best startups in Europe for a day of conversation, networking and partying. The conference day is rounded out by the evening awards where the hottest startups in Europe are honoured, based on the merged votes of 10,000 people in the industry and 30+ judges. You can check out all the pictures on Flickr here,… Read More

Thriva raises £1.5M from angels, Seedcamp, 500 and LCIF to scale blood testing

 When I gingerly held the little spring-loaded plastic device which would shortly be hurtling an extremely sharp needle towards my finger at a rate of knots, I wondered momentarily about Theranos. Here was a company led by a turtle-necked founder who’d promised angels would dance upon a pin, thus writing your future. Or, perhaps more accurately, the world upon a small spec of blood on a pin. Read More

Chill out — Russia’s Skolkovo project attempts a re-boot with a new venture fund

 “Everyone should take a chill pill” raged Russian President Vladimir Putin during his session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum last week. He was of course referring to the storm of controversy surrounding the alleged ties between Russia and the Trump Whitehouse. But Putin’s outburst reflects a wider Russian frustration. The narrative about Russia’s… Read More