• Cooking Site And Online Shop Food52 Picks Up $6 Million More

    Cooking Site And Online Shop Food52 Picks Up $6 Million More

    Crowdsourced cooking and commerce site Food52 has extended its runaway a bit, picking up $6 million in additional funding in a round that’s being characterized as the company’s “Series A-1.” The round is led by Alex Zubillaga of investment firm 14W, who is now joining Food52’s board. Other investors include the Scripps Network Interactive (the parent company… Read More

  • Phraseboard Keyboard For iOS 8 Lets You Tap Once To Type Pet Phrases

    Phraseboard Keyboard For iOS 8 Lets You Tap Once To Type Pet Phrases

    If you frequently find yourself typing out the same pet phrases on your phone when texting or composing emails then point your fingers at this new keyboard app for iOS 8. Read More

  • This Political Video About Tech And SF’s Schools Is Too Depressingly Real

    This Political Video About Tech And SF’s Schools Is Too Depressingly Real

    I’m normally loathe to talk about political ads, but this is actually a good idea. Sf.citi, which is a Ron Conway-backed non-profit intended to represent tech companies at a civic level within San Francisco, is trying to get startups to “adopt” city public schools. They make a one-year minimum commitment to volunteer resources and time to match whatever a principal says… Read More

  • Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

    Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

    Online consignment shops operate in a crowded market these days with a range of stores offering everything from eBay-like, peer-to-peer sales of clothes bought at The Gap and Target to high-end stores where luxury goods are authenticated, approved and sold on your behalf. One company making a dent on the latter side of that spectrum is Shop-Hers, a marketplace for luxury goods boasting… Read More

  • The Ostrich Pillow Mellows Out With Mini Version

    The Ostrich Pillow Mellows Out With Mini Version

    Once upon a time, in a world that wasn’t already made more bizarre by the existence of things like Yo or Cuddlr, a few guys decided to launch the Ostrich Pillow on Kickstarter. Back then, in 2013, it was one of the weirder things to come through the TechCrunch inboxes. Read More

  • The “Impossible” Projection Watch Hits $1.4 Million In Crowdfunding

    The “Impossible” Projection Watch Hits $1.4 Million In Crowdfunding

    In what I suspect will result in a refrain of “I told you so” from multiple parties, the crowdfunding for the Ritot projection watch – a watch that projects the time and other data on your wrist using a low-throw projector – has closed. The project raised $1.4 million on Indiegogo after extensive chatter about nonexistent prototypes and problematic founder… Read More

  • Popcorn Time Finally Comes To iOS
  • Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow

    Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow

    Front is the front desk of your company. Whenever someone sends an email to your contact@, jobs@ or support@ email addresses, the email will appear in your team member’s Front accounts. Then, instead of forwarding the email, creating group emails and forgetting to CC someone, it works like a modern task manager. You can assign an email to someone, comment, get notifications and more. Read More

  • Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage

    Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage

    Students whose school use Google Apps for Education will soon be able to store as many files in their Google Drive folders as they like. Earlier this year, Google launched Drive for Work, its premium $10/month version of Google Drive with unlimited storage and a couple of additional enterprise features. Today, the company announced that is bringing unlimited storage to Google Apps for… Read More

  • Hipcamp Cooks Up $2M Seed To Get People Camping

    Hipcamp Cooks Up $2M Seed To Get People Camping

    In today’s connected world, with phones ringing and buzzing and emails constantly flowing in, unplugging and getting back into nature for a few days each year should be a required activity. Turns out, however, that finding a campsite based on any specific search criteria is a horrible process. That’s where Hipcamp comes in. The company has just raised a $2 million seed round led… Read More

  • Parrot’s New Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Perfect For Hipsters

    Parrot’s New Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Perfect For Hipsters

    Parrot is better-known for its drones, but the company just announced brand new high-end headphones, the Zik 2.0. They are colorful, feature-packed and different. You can tweak sound settings for each and every different song so that they sound closer to the perfect sound for your ears. In other words, it’s a hipster’s dream. Like its predecessor, the Zik 2.0 is a Bluetooth pair… Read More

  • Barry Bonds Discovers Glassing

    Barry Bonds Discovers Glassing

    Urban Dictionary might be adding a new definition to the word “glassing.” Former Major League Baseball left fielder Barry Bonds sent out a tweet and an Instagram of himself sporting a pair of Google glasses yesterday while looking off into the distance and holding a cup of coffee. The message starts with “I’m glassing.” However, Bond’s tweet is not an… Read More

  • Apple Rubs Elbows With The Fashion Elite For Paris Apple Watch Event

    Apple Rubs Elbows With The Fashion Elite For Paris Apple Watch Event

    Apple is at Paris Fashion Week, hosting a special event for the Apple Watch at Collette, a high-end boutique shop in France. This is the first time Apple has revealed its device in person to the public, after a press preview held in September for the wearable. Apple still isn’t letting anyone get their hands on fully functional prototypes, but the display of the anticipated gadget is… Read More

  • General Catalyst Commits $10M To Startups In Stripe’s Payments Ecosystem

    General Catalyst Commits $10M To Startups In Stripe’s Payments Ecosystem

    Another bout of news is coming from the world of online payments: General Catalyst has announced a new, $10 million initiative — called the GC Stripe Platform Fund — to help its portfolio company, payments startup Stripe, continue to scale up: GC will invest in interesting startups that are powered by Stripe’s network, and startups that are building ways of extending the… Read More

  • With $3.5 Million In New Funding, Expensify Targets Concur Customers

    With $3.5 Million In New Funding, Expensify Targets Concur Customers

    Expense management startup Expensify is hoping to win over some new customers thanks to SAP’s acquisition of competitor Concur. To do that, it’s making it free for Concur customers to switch to its platform, and also offering a way for its competition’s users to leverage its products when submitting expenses into Concur. Read More

  • Forza Horizon 2 Review: A Driving Game That Could Even Win Over People Who Hate Driving Games

    Forza Horizon 2 Review: A Driving Game That Could Even Win Over People Who Hate Driving Games

    Let me start by saying I’m not a fan of most driving games. Any Gran Turismo title has left me cold, and aside from Mario Kart, Rad Racer and San Francisco Rush, I’ve mostly been content to let the genre alone. So reviewing Forza Horizon 2 was not among my top asks for this season’s crop of new games. The launch Forza title for Xbox One left me nonplussed, and I’d… Read More

  • Payment Network Dwolla Picks Up A Strategic $9.7M Led By CME Group

    Payment Network Dwolla Picks Up A Strategic $9.7M Led By CME Group

    On the same day that eBay announced that it plans to spin off its payments business PayPal, a smaller payments competitor has quietly announced another round of funding to continue building out its own platform. Dwolla — the startup that is disrupting payments services by giving users an independent platform to pay each other and avoid high money transfer and bank payment fees… Read More

  • Ebay’s Dark Binary Star Is Finally Exploding

    Ebay’s Dark Binary Star Is Finally Exploding

    eBay hasn’t been a big deal since Beanie Babies. Back when an auction was the coolest thing on the web and real-time JavaScript countdown timers were all the rage, eBay’s main draw was a sort of theatre of commerce aimed at the bored and competitive. You, too, could win a genuine fake quartz Rolex or a broken Barney Rubble bank if you put in the time. The auction/commerce… Read More

  • Atlantic.Net Launches $0.99/Month SSD-Based Servers To Challenge DigitalOcean

    Atlantic.Net Launches $0.99/Month SSD-Based Servers To Challenge DigitalOcean

    The price of cloud hosting is quickly trending downward and the latest evidence for this comes from Atlantic.Net, a hosting service that’s been around since 1994. The company is launching a $0.99 per month VPS service today that comes with 256MB of RAM, 10GB of SSD storage, 1TB of outbound bandwidth and a choice of using Linux or FreeBSD as the operating system. Previously, the company… Read More