• Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech Crunch Network

    Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech

    The FDA is currently considering clinical trials for a drug that would delay aging. The idea of extending human longevity is a controversial one, with some arguing for immortality and others arguing that a lifespan into the mid-70s is perfectly adequate. So is the drug good or bad? As an investor in science and technology, this is a non-trivial question for me. Read More

  • Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore

    Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore

    Yahoo just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire style-focused community Polyvore. In a blog post about the deal, Yahoo’s senior vice president of publisher products Simon Khalaf highlighted “Polyvore’s expertise on community-driven experiences and retailer-supported commerce” and wrote that the deal “will accelerate Yahoo’s digital… Read More

  • Is This Flying Car Company For Real?

    Is This Flying Car Company For Real?

    We’ve been promised a flying car for as long as I can remember. From The Jetsons to Back To The Future, we’ve been sold this dream for years and years. Owning something that starts out on the ground and ends up flying through the air is something I want to experience before I kick the bucket. Read More

  • Boston’s WTF/LOL Problem

    Boston’s WTF/LOL Problem

    Well, that was embarrassing. Following months of piss-poor communication and a chaotic planning process, Boston’s bid to be the U.S. entry for the 2024 Olympics finally died this week like Britain’s rule over the colonies. The city that once brought the Industrial Revolution to the people now finds itself unable to build a venue for beach volleyball, or you know, housing or… Read More

  • How To Speak Startup, Part Deux

    How To Speak Startup, Part Deux

    Given the massive influx of capital that we are currently enduring in Silicon Valley, TechCrunch has decided to take another crack at the lexicon of the moment to help everyone understand just what people mean when they say things that make you want to snag them by the hair and give them a noogie. Following our previous entry, this list is an expansion — we are here to help, after all. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Tesla, Windows 10, Top Gear, And OUYA

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Tesla, Windows 10, Top Gear, And OUYA

    August is nearly upon us, which means news is slowing. But that hasn’t stopped car companies from racing away with the news, including Tesla’s introduction of Ludicrous Mode (which we haven’t stopped talking about), and the old Top Gear crew signing with Amazon for a new show. Meanwhile, Microsoft launched Windows 10, and Razer bought OUYA out in an all-cash deal. This… Read More

  • YC-Backed Locent Lets Businesses Sell Products Via Text Message

    YC-Backed Locent Lets Businesses Sell Products Via Text Message

    Launching out of the Summer 2015 Y Combinator batch, Locent is an e-commerce platform powered entirely by text messages. One of the biggest challenges for online retailers is shepherding customers through a lengthy checkout process. By providing businesses with a custom, text-enabled phone number, Locent turns the checkout process into just a text message. Read More

  • Asana Wants To Get Better About Diversity, And This Is Its Plan

    Asana Wants To Get Better About Diversity, And This Is Its Plan

    Asana, the team productivity software that’s raised $38.2 million from high-profile investors like Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz, just got called out on Twitter for its lack of diversity. Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz (pictured above) was quick to respond and he handled it well. In fact, he says Asana is actively working to create a more diverse workforce. Here’s the tweet… Read More

  • YC-Backed GrowSumo Helps Businesses Grow Sales Through Partner Programs

    YC-Backed GrowSumo Helps Businesses Grow Sales Through Partner Programs

    Partner programs can be a big source of revenue — for example, channel sales account for 80 percent of Cisco’s revenue. Now a startup called GrowSumo is working to make those programs easier to manage, particularly for businesses that don’t have Cisco’s resources. GrowSumo is part of the current batch of startups at incubator Y Combinator. Co-founder Bryn Jones told me… Read More

  • Uber Reportedly Raises New Funding Round, Now Valued At Over $50 Billion

    Uber Reportedly Raises New Funding Round, Now Valued At Over $50 Billion

    Uber just closed a new round of funding that will value the company at more than $50 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper says that Uber has raised close to $1 billion in the round, which brings total equity financing to more than $5 billion. The WSJ reported that investors in this latest round include Microsoft and Indian media company Bennett, Coleman, and… Read More

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