• SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier

    SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier

    Startups have raised millions of dollars to improve every aspect of the classroom experience, but now there’s one focused on making it easier to actually enroll kids in schools. San Francisco-based SchoolMint, a new company backed with $2.2 million in financing from investors like New School Ventures Fund, Runa Capital, and Crosslink Capital along with education-focused seed… Read More

  • Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

    Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

    What’s going to sell better — the big ol’ iPhone 6, or the friggin’ huge iPhone 6 Plus? The data is really, REALLY early (the phone has only been on the shelves for about 18 hours at this point, after all) — but so far, the 6 seems to be outpacing the 6 Plus by quite a bit. That chart below comes from MixPanel, who is updating every hour. If you’re… Read More

  • The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    The Muse brain-training headband promises to help you reduce stress and anxiety in just three minutes a day. I went with our TechCrunch TV crew to chat with Muse co-founder and CEO Ariel Garten and to try out the tech…which turned into my own, personal calmness competition. Read More

  • Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

    Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

    Oculus‘ headset lets you look around virtual reality but requires integrations with unofficial controllers to move an avatar, fire weapons, or input other commands. But at tomorrow’s Oculus Connect virtual reality conference, sources say Oculus is expected to unveil an official controller or controller industry standard to make it easier for developers to build more complex games. Read More

  • A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them
  • Alibaba IPO, Microsoft Buys Minecraft and Sarah's Manservant

    CrunchWeek: Alibaba’s IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServant

    Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch’s Sarah Burh, Ryan Lawler and myself discussed Alibaba’s massive IPO, Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars, and why Sarah had someone hold an umbrella for her. Read More

  • Alibaba Is the Biggest American IPO Ever

    NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba’s IPO

    We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba’s debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a US-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at $92.70. (After approaching $100, the stock closed at $93.89.) Read More

  • Alibaba Spikes, Yahoo Sags

    Alibaba Spikes, Yahoo Sags

    Alibaba’s IPO touched down today to large success. The company’s shares soared more than 38 percent in regular trading, pushing the valuation of the Chinese e-commerce company north of $225 billion. The success of the offering, however, did not bolster Yahoo, whose stock fell during midday trading, dipping under the $40 mark before partially recovering. Yahoo owns a large stake… Read More