• Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout, a mobile travel application that functions as sort of a mobile concierge, helping you find tours, activities and tickets to local events in select U.S. cities, has closed on $1.8 million in seed funding in order to expand its business to new markets. Currently only live in New York and Los Angeles, the startup says it plans to utilize the funds to reach 12 more cities by… Read More

  • Apply Now For The Austin And Seattle Meetup + Pitch-Offs

    Apply Now For The Austin And Seattle Meetup + Pitch-Offs

    TechCrunch is headed back to Austin and Seattle in late June and we’re looking for a few good startups to pitch at the event. Is that you? Apply below. In past events in both of these cities people have shown up in droves, and with that sort of love we just can’t stay away. The Austin meetup happens on June 23 and Seattle on June 25th. We can’t wait. The goal is to bring… Read More

  • Apple Begins Offering Virtual “Personal Setup” Appointments To New Watch Owners

    Apple Begins Offering Virtual “Personal Setup” Appointments To New Watch Owners

    As a number of early customers will receive their Apple Watch smartwatches today, Apple has also begun to send out email invitations offering “personal setup” appointments that take place via video sessions with an Apple Specialist. The sessions allow customers to learn about their new device and be walked through its features, as well as have the opportunity to ask… Read More

  • Investors Swing For The Fences With $1B In Sports Tech Deals

    Investors Swing For The Fences With $1B In Sports Tech Deals

    From wearable activity trackers to fantasy e-sports, technology is transforming the way athletes train for the game and fans engage with their teams. With all of this momentum VCs are swinging for the fences. Investors have spent over $1 billion in venture deals for sports-related startups over the past year — and everyone wants in on the action. Read More

  • Apple Watch Ad Philosophy

    Apple Watch Ad Philosophy

    Three new Apple Watch ads are hitting today and they stray far from the ascetic materials-oriented introduction spot. All three focus on showing the Watch integrating into regular human life rather than floating on an endless sea of white. These spots emphasize things I’ve noticed about the Watch so far, namely that it’s going to work best when it organically insinuates itself… Read More

  • Watch The First Donut In Space

    Watch The First Donut In Space

    It’s hard to believe that a month ago humans were unable to launch a donut into space. It was March 2015 and the world was in turmoil. Space travel was but a dream for even the richest pastry and we humans would never be able to grasp the concept of – let alone plan the injection of – a pastry in space. How things have changed. Benjamin and Alexander Jönsson are brothers… Read More

  • France To Head Open Government Partnership Only One Year After Joining It

    France To Head Open Government Partnership Only One Year After Joining It

    Over the past two years, France has been a leading country when it comes to open data and open government — and it is paying off. Only one year after joining the Open Government Partnership, France has just been elected to head the Partnership starting in October 2016. I’ve been regularly covering France’s effort in this area as I think it’s an interesting take on… Read More

  • Infosys To Acquire E-Commerce Services Provider Kallidus For $120M

    Infosys To Acquire E-Commerce Services Provider Kallidus For $120M

    Infosys, the India-headquartered consulting and IT firm, is on the verge of making its second significant acquisition of the year after it announced a deal to buy digital e-commerce services provider Kallidus for $120 million. It also made a $2 million investment in an air monitoring startup. Read More

  • Jobscan Helps You Write Better Resumes

    Jobscan Helps You Write Better Resumes

    If you apply for a position at a large company, there is a chance that a human won’t even look at your resume. Many human resources department now use application tracking software (ATS) to help them sift through hundreds of applications. Read More

  • iFixit Apple Watch Teardown Suggests No Internal Chip Upgrades

    iFixit Apple Watch Teardown Suggests No Internal Chip Upgrades

    Today is Apple Watch D-Day for a speedy few early adopters, with Cupertino finally shipping the first batch of its debut wearable to buyers. That means it’s also the day that serial repairers/tenacious teardowners iFixit get to crack open Apple’s latest sealed box and peer inside so we don’t have to. Read More

  • WhatsApp Calling On iOS Is Convenient But The Quality Won’t Blow You Away

    WhatsApp Calling On iOS Is Convenient But The Quality Won’t Blow You Away

    WhatsApp’s new voice calling feature for iOS is decent quality and easy to use, but the experience doesn’t beat dedicated VoIP apps for clarity. At this point, at least. Read More

  • With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    Step by step, Lydia is unveiling its product strategy to handle all your payments. When I last covered the French startup, it was still mostly focused on growing its user base by providing a Venmo alternative for French users. But now, Lydia also lets you pay on e-commerce websites, starting with PriceMinister. The app is now also available on the Apple Watch so that you can just tap on your… Read More

  • India’s UrbanClap Matches Customers With The Best Local Service Providers

    India’s UrbanClap Matches Customers With The Best Local Service Providers

    Based in Delhi, UrbanClap wants to make finding good service providers as easy as, well, clapping your hands. With more than 1,000 service providers currently listed, including individuals and companies, UrbanClap claims to be the largest mobile-based services marketplace in India. The startup, however, aspires to be more than just a listings platform. Read More

  • Say Hello To The Apple Watch

    The Apple Watch has landed, so to speak, with deliveries officially arriving to the first pre-order customers around the world. Apple’s first wearable device has enjoyed one of the longest pre-launch promotional cycles of any of its products, and with good reason – it’s a very different gadget from anything Apple has created before. We’ve had a few days to try out… Read More

  • Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Comcast spent $4.62 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 50 percent from its spending in the same quarter last year. But now the cable giant is reportedly walking away with little to show. Much of Comcast’s spending was aimed at ushering through the company’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and preventing the adoption of strict net neutrality rules. Read More

  • Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M

    Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M

    TechCrunch is hearing from a few sources that GoFundMe, a crowdfunding and fundraising startup, is seeking venture financing after bootstrapping the company since 2008. According to those sources, Accel Partners is in the mix, and one says they may be leading the round. Sources said the valuation is around $500 million, though one source said the valuation could that go… Read More

  • ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob

    ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob

    If you were curious about potential consolidation in the fitness space (which I’m sure you were), look no further than this very article. ClassPass, the subscription service for unlimited monthly fitness classes, has acquired direct competitor FitMob for an undisclosed amount. ClassPass, a company that has raised more than $54 million in the past three years, is a subscription service… Read More

  • IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund was a smaller $1 billion capital pool. I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was raised in a two month period. That matches other notes I’ve received from… Read More

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