• Why Your Geography Does Not Control Your Destiny

    Why Your Geography Does Not Control Your Destiny

    Editor’s note: Harley Finkelstein is the Chief Platform Officer at Shopify, the Canadian-based company behind the commerce platform that lets anyone sell online and in-store. Follow Harley on Twitter @harleyf
    Now more than ever, geography no longer controls your destiny in the tech world. While fashion centers around cities like Paris and New York, oil and gas around Calgary and… Read More

  • YesVideo’s Legacy Republic Is Building A Freelance Workforce To Digitize Family Photos and Videos

    YesVideo’s Legacy Republic Is Building A Freelance Workforce To Digitize Family Photos and Videos

    YesVideo announced a new initiative today that aims to recruit an army of “Legacy Makers” to help digitize family photos and videos. For those of you who aren’t familiar with YesVideo, the company was founded back in 1999 and focuses on converting videos (in formats like VHS and 8 millimeter film) to digital, then making the content available online and on DVD. With… Read More

  • Box Said To Further Delay Its IPO

    Box, an enterprise-facing cloud storage and productivity company, is said to be further delaying its initial public offering (IPO). The delay could last until its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends after the first month of the new year. This is viscerally unsurprising given that the company has consistently said that it will go public when it makes sense, and that it closed another round of… Read More

  • With A New “Experience Studio”, Echo Aims To Bring Its Social Media Curation To A Broader Audience

    With A New “Experience Studio”, Echo Aims To Bring Its Social Media Curation To A Broader Audience

    Echo is a startup that’s been helping big companies and their agencies create widgets that highlight social media conversations. Now, with the launch of a new product called the Echo Experience Studio, co-founder and Chief Product Officer Chris Saad said the company has expanded its technology and made it accessible to a much broader group of customers, including small businesses… Read More

  • Night At The Roculus Makes Bobbing Your Head To “What Is Love” Funny Again For A Minute

    Night At The Roculus Makes Bobbing Your Head To “What Is Love” Funny Again For A Minute

    The 90s may be over… the pogs stuffed in a box in the garage, the bowl cuts shaved, the grungy hemp necklaces thrown away… But we have virtual reality. We can rebuild it. And, apparently, we’re starting by rebuilding the back seat of the car from Night At The Roxbury. Read More

  • An Immigrant Experience

    An Immigrant Experience

    Editor’s note: Gilles Raymond is the Founder and CEO of News Republic, which offers news from 1,000 licensed content partners worldwide. He previously founded, successfully grew and sold two mobile app companies – IN-FUSIO and Mobilescope. Four times in my life I have been an immigrant: in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Singapore, and currently in San Francisco. Each time I have enjoyed… Read More

  • StartX | Incubated

    Incubated: How StartX Helps Stanford-Affiliated Founders Get Their Companies Off The Ground

    StartX has emerged to help founders from Stanford build their companies. The accelerator seeks to take advantage of all the resources at the university, as well as the wide range of tech companies nearby, to improve the ecosystem of Stanford-affiliated startups. Read More

  • Microsoft Woos Enterprise With Start Button In Windows 10

    Microsoft Woos Enterprise With Start Button In Windows 10

    Microsoft announced Windows 10 the other day. Putting aside the fact they skipped version 9, and all of the jokes that could evoke, the announcement appeared to be one long apology to the enterprise. We’re sorry we dissed you in version 8 and we want to beg you to take us back. And we brought your favorite Start button. Remember, the one you’ve lived with and loved since 1995? Read More

  • Science Inc.’s Refame Connects Influencers With Advertisers On Vine And Instagram

    Science Inc.’s Refame Connects Influencers With Advertisers On Vine And Instagram

    Startup studio Science Inc. is announcing its latest project — Refame, a marketing platform for social apps Vine and Instagram. Science’s approach to startups is pretty diverse — it launches new companies, invests in others, and also acquires teams and products. In this case, it’s launching Refame as part of Science Growth Labs, the organization’s division for… Read More

  • Just Say No To This Sexual Consent App

    Just Say No To This Sexual Consent App

    It’s an oft-trotted-out tech truism that there’s an app for everything. But when a pitch for a smartphone application for sexual consent lands in the inbox, well yes, it can certainly feel like there is indeed an app for everything. Read More

  • Kickstarter Chairman Perry Chen’s Next Act Is The Non-Profit Website Dollar A Day

    Kickstarter Chairman Perry Chen’s Next Act Is The Non-Profit Website Dollar A Day

    After handing over the reins at Kickstarter and assuming the role of chairman at the wildly successful crowdfunding company, Perry Chen’s next online act is launching Dollar A Day, a site aimed at educating the public on the wide world of non-profit giving and volunteering. Dollar a Day began as a mostly volunteer project that Chen started with a few other friends from the tech industry… Read More

  • Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community And Promises Changes To Real Name Policy

    Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community And Promises Changes To Real Name Policy

    After weeks of backlash over Facebook’s real name policy, namely from members of the LGBT community who have had their Facebook pages suspended due to drag names, Facebook has met with members of the community and apologized for any hardship they might have caused. Facebook’s VP of Product Chris Cox made a statement today on Facebook apologizing (on behalf of the company, it seems)… Read More

  • A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    Apparently, navel-gazing about how much time you’re spending on your phone is a thing now. We’ve already seen iOS apps like Moment and Check appear to shame you into self-restraint by alerting you to how many minutes you spend staring at your little screen every day, or how many times per day you pull out your phone and take a look. Now, it’s Android’s turn. A new… Read More

  • Fab’s Jason Goldberg Talks Design And The Art Of The Pivot At Disrupt Europe

    Fab’s Jason Goldberg Talks Design And The Art Of The Pivot At Disrupt Europe

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is taking place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab your ticket right here. A free Hackathon kicks off the event, which you can apply for here. Then, on the following Monday and Tuesday, we’ll have Startup Battlefield and an awesome lineup of speakers and panels. Among them will be Jason Goldberg, co-founder and CEO of design portal Fab, and… Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    Downloading the Windows 10 technical preview? You won’t be able to use it past two weeks after April Fool’s day next year. That’s jolly, because the consumer-facing preview that will follow the current build will be out long before then. But it’s worth keeping in mind: Microsoft is working towards a mid-year release of Windows 10, so the April date is in within that… Read More

  • #GapGate Widens As Samsung Responds Saying Some Space Is To Be Expected

    #GapGate Widens As Samsung Responds Saying Some Space Is To Be Expected

    Korean owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have noticed that their brand new devices sport an unusual feature – a gap between the bezel and the screen that can fit a business card. The Gal Note 4, which hasn’t reached our shores, sold out on launch day. Now the gap appears to be a perfectly normal occurrence. Samsung even addresses the gap in their documentation, noting that… Read More

  • Skylanders Trap Team Review: Good Storytelling And Simple RPG Mechanics Succeed

    Skylanders Trap Team Review: Good Storytelling And Simple RPG Mechanics Succeed

    The ‘Toys to Life’ category has been a much-needed savior for the gaming and toy industry alike, bolstering sluggish sales for both by anticipating a huge demand for real-life action figures that can be ‘brought to life’ for use in digital games. Activision’s Skylanders series pioneered the concept, and the originator is back with Trap Team, a new installment with… Read More

  • Google Drops Compute Engine Prices By 10 Percent

    Google Drops Compute Engine Prices By 10 Percent

    Earlier this year, Google announced massive price drops for all of its cloud computing services that were quickly matched by Amazon, Microsoft and others. Today, during Google’s Atmosphere Live event, the company’s senior VP Urs Hölzle announced yet another — but smaller — round of price drops centered around the company’s Compute Engine cloud computing service. Read More

  • Quantcast Acquires Ad Personalization And Retargeting Company Struq

    Quantcast Acquires Ad Personalization And Retargeting Company Struq

    Quantcast is announcing that it has acquired Struq, a London-based company that offers cross-device retargeting and personalization for advertisers. Quantcast may be best known for its data about Internet traffic, but it seems to have built a thriving ad business as well. The company’s announcement emphasizes the ways in which Struq technology can expand Quantcast’s ad platform… Read More

  • You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Morning, everyone, have some fun: You can download the Windows 10 technical preview here. The new code is only a partial look at the coming operating system, something which Microsoft told TechCrunch again, and again yesterday. It does start to field a perspective at what Microsoft has in mind for its new platform, however: An environment where touch and more traditional mouse and keyboard… Read More