• CrunchBase Launching New Events Section

    CrunchBase Launching New Events Section

    CrunchBase, the business graph to TechCrunch’s business laugh, is launching a new feature here at Disrupt Europe in London. It’s a new events section that old CrunchBase is rolling out with some snazzy new features. “With CrunchBase events, anyone in the community can add information about an event,” says CrunchBase president and my ex-boss Matt Kaufman. Read More

  • Movile, Brazil’s Answer To Rocket Internet, Backs Mobile Ticketing Co. CinePapaya With $2M

    Movile, Brazil’s Answer To Rocket Internet, Backs Mobile Ticketing Co. CinePapaya With $2M

    Brazilian internet conglomerate Movile is pushing deeper into consumer investments in Latin America through a $2 million investment in mobile movie ticketing company, CinePapaya. The company says it will use the funds to enter new markets, hire new staff, and increase product innovation as part of the Movile network of companies. The Peruvian-based company has expanded to Chile, Colombia… Read More

  • The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into… Read More

  • The Midwest Is On Track For Its Strongest Year In Startup Investing As “The Rest” Rises

    The Midwest Is On Track For Its Strongest Year In Startup Investing As “The Rest” Rises

    From Chicago’s city of big shoulders to the new businesses bolstering Detroit’s renaissance; in Cleveland and Cincinnati and Kansas City and St. Louis, startup economies are flourishing across the Midwest. The proof is in events like Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour, a whistle-stop paean to entrepreneurship whose first leg wrapped up over the summer. Case just finished… Read More

  • #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    I’ve refrained from talking about GamerGate because the entire thing has been so baffling. The hysteria and name-calling seemed counter-productive and, as a veteran of many flame wars (see BlackBerry, Notion Ink, and Palm) I saw all the signs of a tempest in a teapot that was run through forums and IRC channels and dedicated to putting down dissenting views in favor of… Read More

  • Getting a Picture of the European Tech Landscape

    How The European Tech Ecosystem Is Shaping Up

    A group of important ecosystem builders took the stage at Disrupt Europe to give us a picture of the European tech landscape. The common thread was about the current state of the ecosystem compared to five years ago. Things have changed dramatically — and in a good way. Carlos Eduardo Espinal from Seedcamp, Rohan Silva from Second Home, Tine Thygesen from Everplaces, and Jason Whitmire… Read More

  • Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    I rarely like to focus on military robots but this video is fascinating. It talks about the SWARM program, a system for controlling multiple boats in a body of water and ensuring they don’t crash into each other and can easily swarm on another ship as needed. These boats, which are connected via software called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, can be armed but… Read More

  • Fab Was Burning Through $14M/Month Before Its Layoffs And Pivot

    Fab Was Burning Through $14M/Month Before Its Layoffs And Pivot

    Jason Goldberg, the co-founder of Fab.com, says that the design marketplace was burning through $14 million per month at its peak before it went through a drastic round of layoffs and decision to pivot the business. Speaking at our Disrupt London conference, he said that the startup’s decision to pivot was inevitable after the company didn’t raise as much money as they had… Read More

  • Gmail For Android Will Soon Support Yahoo Mail, Outlook And Other Email Services

    Gmail For Android Will Soon Support Yahoo Mail, Outlook And Other Email Services

    Use email? Own an Android device? Not a fan of Gmail? There’s good news coming your way. Google is preparing a major update for Gmail for Android that will, among many things, finally handle email accounts from other service providers, such as Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and AOL [mandatory disclaimer: AOL is, of course, the owner of TechCrunch]. That’s according to the sleuths… Read More

  • Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

    Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

    Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, and shipping on Google’s new Nexus hardware, but a newly discovered Easter Egg in the build is already available in the developer preview. The hidden, fun feature in Android 5 is accessible via the Settings menu, with repeated tapping on the Android version number listing, and gives users the chance to play through an Android Lollipop-themed version… Read More