• Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    Knob-twiddlers take note: Wavepot is a cool new way to program some hot EDM beats in the privacy of your bedroom/techno cave. Designed to be a live, programmable digital audio workstation (at this point it’s more of a digital signal processor), the website lets you program music and sound the way you’d program a web page or simple app. You set up the parameters, add various… Read More

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    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More

  • Sam Altman On His Inaugural Batch Of Companies As Y Combinator’s New Head

    Sam Altman On His Inaugural Batch Of Companies As Y Combinator’s New Head

    “A lot of people ask what’s different this time,” said Sam Altman, who took over Y Combinator from Paul Graham at the beginning of the year. “But the main thing I’m trying to do is keep things running the same way. YC is on this unbelievable trajectory.” Today’s Demo Day marks the first batch of companies that Altman has shepherded through the… Read More

  • YC Demo Day Session 4: Product Hunt, Aptible, One Codex, Traction, Shout, And Others!

    YC Demo Day Session 4: Product Hunt, Aptible, One Codex, Traction, Shout, And Others!

    Are you excited? This year’s Y Combinator Summer Demo Day is finally coming to an end, which brings us to the best part of the day — that is, the part that includes beer and networking. But before we go, here’s the last group of companies to be unveiled as part of the program. Read More

  • YC Demo Day Session 3: UPower, Edyn, Craft Coffee, Immunity Project, And More

    YC Demo Day Session 3: UPower, Edyn, Craft Coffee, Immunity Project, And More

    The crowd of founders, investors, and press has finished eating lunch here at Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Demo Day (quinoa, salad, some kind of beef stew thing, soda, and beer, FYI) and we’re back in the saddle for the third of four sessions of startup pitches. We’re halfway through a historically big day as far as YC Demo Days go: There are 75 startups pitching onstage today… Read More

  • Liam Casey, AKA Mr. China, Will Join Us At Disrupt SF

    Liam Casey, AKA Mr. China, Will Join Us At Disrupt SF

    I am personally pleased to announce that Mr. China himself, Liam Casey, will appear on our TechCrunch Disrupt stage to talk about the rising tide for hardware startups. Casey has spent the last two decades in Shenzhen, China where he has become the go-to supplier for almost every major hardware manufacturer on the Fortune 100. He will talk to me about gear, gadgets, and his new accelerator… Read More

  • Apple’s Valuation Nears Record Highs

    Apple’s Valuation Nears Record Highs

    Apple’s shares closed today at $100.53, a record high, provided that you adjust the company’s former heights for its recent split. The technology firm had a previous, adjusted closing high of $100.30. However, its record intraday high — again taking into account its split — was a skyscraping $100.72. So, Apple has traded for more than it closed at today, but its final… Read More

  • The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future
  • YC Demo Day Session 2: Helion, BitAccess, uBiome, Fixed, And More

    YC Demo Day Session 2: Helion, BitAccess, uBiome, Fixed, And More

    Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 Demo Day is in full swing here at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The room is packed with investors and press, the coffee is flowing, people in startup t-shirts are pitching, and a team of us TechCrunch writers are hunched over our laptops taking notes on each company that takes the stage. There will be four sessions in total today, and… Read More

  • Former Obama Campaign Manager To Lead Uber’s Political Crusade

    Former Obama Campaign Manager To Lead Uber’s Political Crusade

    After taking Obama to the White House in 2008, David Plouffe will lead Uber’s campaign to bring its driving services to new cities. Uber hired Obama’s former adviser and campaign manager to direct the company’s global policy and political activities, communications and branding efforts. The company has reportedly been looking to hire a top political strategist since earlier… Read More

  • YC-Backed Ravti Wants To Digitize The HVAC Industry

    YC-Backed Ravti Wants To Digitize The HVAC Industry

    Ravti co-founder Alex Rangel walked into TechCrunch with a stack of crumpled yellow slips in his hand. “This is what the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning industry still looks like,” he said, showing me a stack of papers with unintelligible scrawl. But Rangel and his co-founder Chris Ginter want to make managing HVAC units easier for property owners by marking equipment… Read More

  • The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

    The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

    The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly out of battery. And I had a revelation: I’d rather have a dead phone within reach than be even a few feet away from it as it charges across the room. It’s pathetic, I know, but absolutely true. Enter the noPhone. Read More

  • YC Demo Day Session 1: Gingko Bioworks, Bikanta, Checkr, WalkSource, ClearTax, And More!

    YC Demo Day Session 1: Gingko Bioworks, Bikanta, Checkr, WalkSource, ClearTax, And More!

    We’re at the the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to see the startups in the Y Combinator Summer 2014 class pitch their wares to investors and the press. There will be four sessions in total today, and we’ll be writing up a post for each. This is the largest number of startups that YC has ever had as part of its batch, so bear with us! Read More

  • Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

    Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

    If you’ve been eyeing the Philips Hue connected lighting series with keen interest but are also unwilling to spend the big bucks the current series demands, now’s your chance to get on board: Philips has kicked off pre-orders for the Hue Lux line of bulbs, including individual units and a starter kit including two bulbs and a base. The Lux trades programmable colors for a cheaper… Read More

  • Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft

    Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft’s Board

    Steve Ballmer is out at Microsoft. In a public exchange of letters, the former Microsoft CEO announced that he is stepping down from the software company’s board, effective immediately. Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for his service to the firm, and for his “support” during his early days as CEO. Read More

  • OhMiBod & Autoblow 2 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Sex Toys

    This episode of Fly or Die, focused on two different sex toys, may seem straightforward, but John and I actually learned a lot. We realized that not all sex toys are created equal, especially when you’re weighing sex toys for girls against those for boys. Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Traction Is A Marketplace Connecting Brands With Freelance Marketers

    Y Combinator-Backed Traction Is A Marketplace Connecting Brands With Freelance Marketers

    A new startup called Traction says it’s giving brands an alternative to the traditional marketing model — instead of working with agencies, Traction has created a marketplace for finding the best marketing specialist for a given campaign. Traction is part of the current batch of startups incubated at Y Combinator, i.e., the one that’s taking the stage at today’s Demo Day. Read More

  • Tom Daschle’s Son Raises Half A Million To Remake Ruck.us Into The Kickstarter Of Local Politics

    Tom Daschle’s Son Raises Half A Million To Remake Ruck.us Into The Kickstarter Of Local Politics

    Political startup Ruck.us has raised half a million dollars and made a major switch from the political social network it started out as back in 2011 to a local political fundraising platform. The site went through a reboot after it didn’t get the votes needed to make a social play over the last few years. It did, however, figure out a larger need in local politics – a free way… Read More

  • Google Launches Photo Sphere Camera App On iOS

    Google Launches Photo Sphere Camera App On iOS

    Google has just launched a new photo application for iOS users called Photo Sphere Camera, which allows you to take 360-degree photos, then publish them to Google Maps or other social networks. The app is an expansion of a feature that was previously available via Google’s Android operating system, and shipped on the Nexus-branded smartphones. Read More