• Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

    Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

    Do you value your bikey? Seatylock wantsy to helpy. This Brooklyn-based Kickstarter aims to help cyclists solve two perennial problems: the lack of solid, heavy-duty bike locks that are also portable and the tendency of snarfers to sniff and even steal bicycle seats. The lock itself folds into the specially designed seat and falls out when you take the seat off. You can then wrap the metal… Read More

  • Y Combinator Will Teach A Class On Startups At Stanford This Fall

    Startup accelerator Y Combinator is an undeniably helpful resource for entrepreneurs looking for mentorship through the tough process of building a company. Unfortunately, it’s a very resource-intense program, in that the accelerator’s partners can only devote time to so many startups without being stretched too thin. Read More

  • When It Comes To Lending, Earnest Gives Credit Where It’s Due

    When It Comes To Lending, Earnest Gives Credit Where It’s Due

    Earnest, the online lending service targeting millennial borrowers, is launching a new customized interest rate for its customers. The new product for Millennials allows the company to offer low-interest loans, typically between 4.25% and 5.25% for qualified customers. Interest rates, says Earnest Lending’s chief executive Louis Beryl, “should be about what people deserve to pay… Read More

  • Tune In Tonight To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    Tune In Tonight To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    TechCrunch Radio is coming at you again today, this time with a brand new set of pitch-off companies and an interview with Disrupt Battlefield winner, Alfred Club. If you haven’t heard already, the folks over at Sirius XM are collaborating with us to air a TechCrunch Radio show. In each hour-long episode, John Biggs and I discuss the latest news and chat with folks in the tech industry. Read More

  • YouNoodle Holds Its First Virtual Demo Day, YouNoodle Live

    YouNoodle Holds Its First Virtual Demo Day, YouNoodle Live

    When YouNoodle raised additional funding earlier this year, the company’s CEO Torsten Kolind told me the company was trying to build a data business on top of its startup competition platform. That approach, it seems, has led in a roundabout way to YouNoodle hosting a virtual demo day of its own, dubbed YouNoodle Live. Here’s how you get from startup competitions to data and… Read More

  • TrueAccord Looks To Fix Debt Collection With $5 Million From Khosla Ventures, Max Levchin And More

    TrueAccord Looks To Fix Debt Collection With $5 Million From Khosla Ventures, Max Levchin And More

    The idea for TrueAccord began with a late payment on Ohad Samet’s Macy’s card. It was the end of 2012, and Samet, who was working as the chief risk officer for Klarna, started getting phone calls at random times from a number he didn’t recognize. It was a debt collection agency, and for the first time, Samet was on the wrong side of a due payment. Read More

  • Quidsi Co-Founder Raises An Additional $20M For His New E-Commerce Biz

    Quidsi Co-Founder Raises An Additional $20M For His New E-Commerce Biz

    In less than a year after leaving Amazon, Quidsi co-founder Marc Lore began work on a new startup called Jet.com. Today, the company is officially announcing it has raised an additional $20 million in growth capital from Western Technology Investments, and a $5 million asset-backed facility from Silicon Valley Bank, bringing its Series A round to a total of $80 million at its… Read More

  • Hello, Maker of Sense, Nabs The Technical Head Of The Google Nexus Phone Program

    Hello, Maker of Sense, Nabs The Technical Head Of The Google Nexus Phone Program

    Hello, the startup that smashed its Kickstarter goals by raising $2.4 million for an elegant, spherical sleep sensor called Sense, just poached Scott Bartlett, the technical lead behind Google’s Nexus phone program to be its director of hardware. Notably, Bartlett was one of the people behind the Nexus Q, the failed media player from Google that ended up being a source of design… Read More

  • Microsoft Builds A Mobile Keyboard For iOS, Android And Windows

    Microsoft Builds A Mobile Keyboard For iOS, Android And Windows

    Microsoft has built a universal hardware keyboard for the three operating systems that have large global market share: iOS, Android, and Windows. The new piece of metal, called the ‘Universal Mobile Keyboard,’ will be available in October. The device marks the continuance of the company’s cross-platform efforts, but in something of a new way: The keyboard is hardware, made… Read More