Tech Roundup: Google confuses NYC with Vegas Casino, Oscar changes tactics and more

February 25, 2016

Namely raises $30M 

New York City-based

raised $30 million in new funding from existing investors. Namely raised their Series C round in June, and the new funding round brings the company’s total to $107.8 million. [Sequoia Capital backs Namely in $30M financing, New York Business Journals]


MakeSpace pulls in $17.5M Series B

The New York-based self-storage company

raised a $17.5 million Series B this week. The round was led by Harmony Venture Partners and Upfront Ventures, with participation of existing investors. The company plans on using the funds to scale operations, grow their team and expand to five new markets this year. [Press Release]


Oscar changes tactics

is changing tactics and will now add an offering of plans with smaller, exclusive networks of health practitioners. This move will enable more competitively priced insurance plans. The plan appears to be working in Texas, where Oscar has acquired 43,000 members in Dallas and San Antonio since launching there last year. [Health Startup Oscar Shifts Course in Bid for Million Customers, Daily News SX]


Google confuses New York City with Vegas casino

When you searched ‘New York’ last week, a mistake in Google’s algorithm turned up a picture of the New York, New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The glitch has since been fixed. [NYC’s iconic skyline was replaced by something strange in a funny Google glitch, Tech Insider]


LinkNYC wifi starts to go live

LinkNYC, the city’s plan to change unused phone booths into wifi hotspots, is officially operating. The wifi on four of the locations along Third Avenue in the East Village were turned on in a test. Another 500 wifi hotspots are expected to be installed by the end of July, with a total of as many as 10,000 planned. I guess we’ll soon know what happens if you pee on a wifi router. [New York’s High-Tech Wi-Fi Phone Booths Are Here, and They Even Make Phone Calls, New York Magazine]


Chainalysis raises $1.6M, makes deal with Europol

New York City-based

raised $1.6 million from Point Nine Capital, Techstars, Digital Currency Group, FundersClub, and Converge Venture Partners. The company also announced that they would be collaborating with Europol to help fight cyber crime related to digital currency. [New York-based cyber crime startup inks deal with Europol, raises $1.6 mln, The Fiscal Times]

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