• Stitch Labs Raises $3.5M More To Add Predictive Forecasting To Its Inventory Management Platform

    Stitch Labs Raises $3.5M More To Add Predictive Forecasting To Its Inventory Management Platform

    Inventory management startup Stitch Labs has raised another $3.5 million, as the company seeks to accelerate growth and offer more features for its customers. The funding comes from existing investors True Ventures and Costanoa Ventures, which are doubling down on the company after putting in $3.5 million last year. Read More

  • Menlo, Benioff And More Pour $35M Into Flash Virtualization Startup PernixData

    Menlo, Benioff And More Pour $35M Into Flash Virtualization Startup PernixData

    PernixData, a year-old company that has built a platform for flash virtualization, which helps speed up the computing performance of machines, has raised another $35 million in funding. It’s another big funding round for the world of enterprise storage, which has seen a lot of disruption in the move towards cloud services and virtualization. The Series C round was led by Menlo… Read More

  • OrderUp Raises $7M To Build Its Food Delivery Network For Non-Urbanites

    OrderUp Raises $7M To Build Its Food Delivery Network For Non-Urbanites

    One of the big bones of contention with a lot of consumer services from startups is that they tend to focus on urban areas — the idea being that big cities give them a better shot at achieving critical mass and tapping into populations of overworked people with more disposable income. A startup called OrderUp based out of Baltimore is bucking that trend with a food ordering and… Read More

  • Cloud Storage Is Eating The World Alive

    Cloud Storage Is Eating The World Alive

    “Dead man walking.” That is what many in the storage industry are calling IBM’s storage hardware business. But its storage competitors, including EMC or HP, should not be so quick to wave that flag, as they may follow suit before too long. We are already seeing similar trending signs of their downfall. Read More

  • Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

    Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

    The phone-sized tablet — aka the phablet — was born in Asia, so it’s fitting that the region is now apparently driving a trend for talking on even larger slabs of glass and plastic. Analyst IDC says tablets with a screen of 7 inches or larger are increasingly shipping with cellular voice capabilities — and getting increasing traction the Asia/Pacific region… Read More

  • Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Yet more changes for Nokia, the Finnish wireless behemoth that was split apart earlier this year when Microsoft acquired its devices and services business for $7.2 billion. Michael Halbherr, an eight-year veteran of the company, is stepping down as the CEO of Here, Nokia’s mapping and location services division. Here is one of the only mobile-device assets that Nokia held on to in… Read More

  • 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

  • Bio
    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