Kim-Mai Cutler

Kim-Mai Cutler
Kim-Mai Cutler is a technology journalist who has worked for Bloomberg, VentureBeat and The Wall Street Journal. Before she joined TechCrunch, she led mobile coverage at Inside Network, a six-person media startup that was acquired by WebMediaBrands in 2011 for $14 million in cash and stock. She specializes in covering gaming, distribution and monetization of mobile applications and venture financing. She attended UC Berkeley and was editor of the student paper The Daily Californian. She has lived in London, New York, Buenos Aires and Hanoi and speaks Spanish and some conversational Vietnamese. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Activists Challenge SF’s Google Bus Program On Environmental Grounds

    Activists Challenge SF’s Google Bus Program On Environmental Grounds

    San Francisco city supervisors and affordable housing activists butted heads again over a new pilot program to manage tech commuter shuttles from Silicon Valley-based companies like Google and Facebook. A handful of activist groups say that the new pilot program, which charges tech companies $1 per stop, must undergo environmental review. That would involve a lengthy legal process that could… Read More

  • Google Bus Protests Get Colorful Ahead Of Hearing On City Shuttle Program

    Google Bus Protests Get Colorful Ahead Of Hearing On City Shuttle Program

    Oh San Francisco. Just a month after Google agreed to give $6.8 million to support free rides for low-income youth on the city’s public transit system, activists are out again in force. They staged a protest ahead of a city vote on whether a pilot program to manage tech commuter shuttles is exempt from environmental review. Activists blocked a bus at 24th and Valencia, this time… Read More

  • Airbnb Says It Will Start Collecting Hotel Taxes In San Francisco

    Airbnb Says It Will Start Collecting Hotel Taxes In San Francisco

    Airbnb said it will start collecting San Francisco’s 14 percent hotel tax on behalf of hosts today. The move counters critics who’ve claimed that the company has willfully dodged taxes to get ahead of traditional competitors in the hotel industry. But as Airbnb has grown up and is now poised to command a possible $10 billion valuation from private investors, they’ve said… Read More

  • Stripe Starts Testing Bitcoin Payments

    Stripe Starts Testing Bitcoin Payments

    In another validation of the bitcoin space, YC’s biggest payments company, Stripe, said it has started to test bitcoin and ACH payments with a select number of users. They didn’t disclose who they’re partnering with, so it appears that they might be going their own way on this. Two of their better-known and funded competitors for processing merchant payments using bitcoin… Read More

  • Candy Crush Maker King Prices Shares At $22.50, Puts Valuation At $7B

    Candy Crush Maker King Prices Shares At $22.50, Puts Valuation At $7B

    In the most anticipated gaming IPO of the last few years, Candy Crush Saga maker King priced its shares at $22.50 in an offering that will raise $326 million for the company and value it at slightly more than $7 billion. Shares will trade for the first time tomorrow. That valuation will put King at nearly four times its trailing annual revenue of $1.88 billion. The vast majority of that… Read More

  • Facebook’s $2B Oculus Deal Happened Over The Last Five Days

    Facebook’s $2B Oculus Deal Happened Over The Last Five Days

    Facebook’s deal to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion happened relatively quickly and the negotiations were hammered out over the last five days during the industry’s Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, according to sources familiar with the deal. Mark Zuckerberg had been by Oculus’s Southern California offices just once before to hang out earlier this year. He played with… Read More

  • Payward Raises $5M From Hummingbird To Fund Kraken Bitcoin Exchange

    Payward Raises $5M From Hummingbird To Fund Kraken Bitcoin Exchange

    The implosion of Mt. Gox is just every other Bitcoin exchange’s gain. Payward, which runs the alt-coin exchange Kraken, said it just raised a $5 million Series A round. Hummingbird Ventures, which is based out of Europe, led the round. Other angels included Trace Meyer and SecondMarket founder Barry Silbert. Kraken is a platform that serves bitcoin along with a number of other… Read More

  • Marc Andreessen: “My Prediction Is That The Libertarians Will Turn On Bitcoin.”

    Marc Andreessen and Balaji Srinivasan, two of bitcoin’s biggest bulls in the venture capital industry, stepped up their rhetoric against skeptics of the crypto-currency today at the Coin Summit conference in San Francisco. Addressing Warren Buffett, who recently called bitcoin a “mirage” and warned investors to stay away from it, Andreessen joked that the “track record… Read More

  • Vicarious Grabs A Huge, New $40M Growth Round To Advance Artificial Intelligence

    Vicarious Grabs A Huge, New $40M Growth Round To Advance Artificial Intelligence

    Vicarious, a San Francisco-based company that developed technology to solve Captcha queries last fall, just raised a big new $40 million round from investors including Joe Lonsdale’s Formation 8, Mark Zuckerberg, Vinod Khosla and Peter Thiel. Zuckerberg invested personally while others like Dustin Moskovitz and Ashton Kutcher invested through their funds. Aydin Senkut’s Felicis… Read More

  • YC-Backed One Degree Is A “Yelp For Social Services” That Helps Low-Income Families

    YC-Backed One Degree Is A “Yelp For Social Services” That Helps Low-Income Families

    When Rey Faustino migrated from the Philippines to Southern California as an eight-year-old, he saw his family hustle to make ends meets in their new homeland. “I grew up in a working-class family and I watched my family struggle for resources,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that other kids and families didn’t have to go through the same ordeal.” So while… Read More

  • Facebook Security Director, Amazon BD Director Join Bitcoin Startup Coinbase

    Facebook Security Director, Amazon BD Director Join Bitcoin Startup Coinbase

    Ryan McGeehan has recently announced on Facebook, fittingly, that he is leaving his role at Facebook as its Director of Security Incident Response, and taking up a security-related role at Coinbase. His job, according to his posting, will be to “build [Coinbase's] security program.” Read More

  • On The Eve Of GDC, An M&A Wave Hits the Gaming Industry

    On The Eve Of GDC, An M&A Wave Hits the Gaming Industry

    Unity and Applifier, the Kontagent and Playhaven merger, Zynga’s half-billion dollar deal to buy NaturalMotion, Kabam and Phoenix Age. A nice, little consolidation wave is floating through the gaming industry after a relatively quiet year for acquisitions among companies in the U.S. and Europe. What’s changed? It depends on which part of the industry you’re looking at. Half… Read More

  • Sherpa’s Shervin Pishevar’s First $100K Cyrus Prize Goes To Dropbox Co-Founder Ferdowsi

    Sherpa’s Shervin Pishevar’s First $100K Cyrus Prize Goes To Dropbox Co-Founder Ferdowsi

    Shervin Pishevar was just six years old when the bombs from the Iran-Iraq War started to fall in 1980. His father, a high-ranking television executive, felt the family was in danger during the Iranian Revolution and so they left for the U.S. where he ended up driving taxis to make ends meet. But in America, the Pishevars persevered, and then they prospered. Now Shervin Pishevar, who was one… Read More

  • A Very Flappy Crowdtilted Journalism Experiment

    A Very Flappy Crowdtilted Journalism Experiment

    Two weeks ago, I did a small experiment. I put a campaign on Crowdtilt to raise money to go to Vietnam and talk to Dong Nguyen, the creator of the sleeper hit Flappy Bird. At the absolute peak of the game’s hype, Nguyen pulled it from the store and vanished. He said he couldn’t handle the pressure anymore. The idea to do this came from James Beshara at CrowdTilt, who reached out… Read More

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    TeselaGen Is Building A Platform For Rapid Prototyping in Synthetic Biology

    TeselaGen Is Building A Platform For Rapid Prototyping in Synthetic Biology

    As the costs of DNA sequencing and synthesis drop precipitously, a host of computer science-meets-biotech startups are cropping up in Silicon Valley. TeselaGen, which makes middleware for biotech labs that want to quickly design and iterate on new DNA constructs, is building tools that will help researchers set up and manage wetware experiments and interpret data from lab equipment. They… Read More

  • Finalists In VC Bill Tai’s New Startup Contest Will Pitch Branson On Necker Island

    Finalists In VC Bill Tai’s New Startup Contest Will Pitch Branson On Necker Island

    Extreme hobbies lead to extreme places. Bill Tai, the partner at Charles River Ventures who took up kitesurfing and turned it into a multi-annual gathering of Red Bull athletes and entrepreneurs called MaiTai, is taking it to the next level. He’s launching the third in a series of startup competitions that scout for teams from around the world. This time, the top 10 finalists will get… Read More

  • Iddiction Launches A New App Discovery Platform, Xplode

    Iddiction Launches A New App Discovery Platform, Xplode

    Iddiction, an app developer and marketing platform backed by $4 million in funding, just launched a new app discovery network called Xplode. It’s a bottom bar that sits in apps across the network. When you tap it, a menu of other apps pops up. The company, which had been running an App-O-Day product that promoted one app at a time, is shifting into this new model. They’re not… Read More

  • Daylight Reinvents The Experience Of Art Photography On The iPad

    Daylight Reinvents The Experience Of Art Photography On The iPad

    Daylight, an immersive iPad app dedicated to art photography, has been a decade in the making. The company’s founder Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff first built a bi-annual magazine about 10 years ago dedicated to documentary photography. “It was meant to bridge the gap between the more conceptual concerns of fine art and artists, and then the more sociopolitical concerns of… Read More

  • NASDAQ Finally Launches Its Market For Privately-Held Companies

    NASDAQ Finally Launches Its Market For Privately-Held Companies

    Just as the JOBS Act kick-starts bigger markets for shares of privately held companies, NASDAQ is launching its own entrant in the field. The U.S. stock exchange, which hosts tech companies like Apple, Google and Facebook, is finally opening its private company marketplace to let growth-stage companies tap institutional investors for capital and employee liquidity. They’re part of a… Read More

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    Bioinformatics Startup Recombine Raises $3.3M For Genetic Testing

    Bioinformatics Startup Recombine Raises $3.3M For Genetic Testing

    Recombine, a bioinformatics startup out of New York, has just raised $3.3 million to conduct carrier screening for expectant parents. The round was led by FirstMark Capital. Recombine is part of a new wave of startups that marry computer science with the wealth of data that is emerging out of ultra-low-cost sequencing. Carrier screening tests help parents understand whether they’re at… Read More

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