• An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app. Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a whole startup to power re-engagement emails touting the best tweets you… Read More

  • GoCardless Founder Tom Blomfield’s New Startup Is A “Full Stack” Mobile-First Bank

    GoCardless Founder Tom Blomfield’s New Startup Is A “Full Stack” Mobile-First Bank

    We already knew that GoCardless co-founder Tom Blomfield was working on a new U.K. banking startup, but now, thanks in part to a noisy series of Tweets from investors, developers and the company’s own Twitter account, more details have emerged. Read More

  • Who Will Be Hurt Most When The Tech Bubble Bursts? Not VCs

    Who Will Be Hurt Most When The Tech Bubble Bursts? Not VCs

    Do we have a ticking time bomb on hand? The debate over whether Silicon Valley is sitting on another tech bubble rages on. It is being fueled by many celebrated “unicorns” that have attracted billions of investor dollars at sky-high valuations without demonstrating the returns. Read More

  • Positioning The Next Generation Of Women To Succeed In Silicon Valley

    Positioning The Next Generation Of Women To Succeed In Silicon Valley

    Over the past few months there’s been a lot of discussion about whether women are positioned for success in Silicon Valley. The debate on empowering women in tech ranges from pay equality to increasing the number of women in the boardroom. Still, it’s encouraging to see many women who are driving their own success and supporting each other. There are a lot of positive things that… Read More

  • 365 Million Reasons Why Email Is A Solid Investment

    365 Million Reasons Why Email Is A Solid Investment

    Funding events over the last five quarters have shown investors to be bullish on companies engaged in email. From analytics to infrastructure, advertising to services, and everything in between, the email ecosphere has been infused with $364.5 million in funding. The recent growth of these freshly funded companies underscores how important solid, reliable and measurable email is to startups… Read More

  • Brazil’s $26 Billion Eyewear Industry Moves Online With Lema21 And EÓtica Merger

    Brazil’s $26 Billion Eyewear Industry Moves Online With Lema21 And EÓtica Merger

    The late April merger of, Lema21, an innovative private label startup, and eÓtica, an ecommerce site for prescription eyewear and contacts, is proof that Brazil’s investors are taking a long view toward startup development and not just interested in stamping out their competition. Read More

  • A Food Bubble? Not So Fast

    A Food Bubble? Not So Fast

    Is there a “Food Bubble”? Robyn Metcalfe believes so. In her recent TechCrunch editorial she pointed to recent fundraises by Instacart and Delivroo—reportedly demanding valuations of $2 billion and $100 million on revenues of ~$100 million and $1 million, respectively—as evidence that the kind of irrational exuberance so often found in tech is seeping into food investmen Read More

  • Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

    Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

    Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot. Read More

  • To-Do List: Apply For The TC Pitch-Offs In Austin And Seattle!

    To-Do List: Apply For The TC Pitch-Offs In Austin And Seattle!

    It’s shaping up to be one amazing summer, and the week we’re most excited about here at TechCrunch is the week we hit up the wonderful cities of Austin and Seattle, on June 23 and June 25 respectively. We’ll be hosting the world-renowned TC Pitch-Off in both cities, selecting around ten startups to pitch their products in sixty seconds or less to a panel of local VCs and… Read More

  • The Enterprise Transformation Conundrum

    The Enterprise Transformation Conundrum

    The problem is it’s not an easy undertaking to change the way a large organization operates. Real initiative gets bogged down in politics, hierarchical thinking and institutional inertia. Change requires more than inspiration. It takes hard work — and often the skill of a used car salesman to sell your idea to a reluctant C suite. Some companies have forward-looking leaders who… Read More

  • Meat This New Tinder User

    Meat This New Tinder User

    Before we get too far into this, I want to be fully transparent and disclose up-front that this is weird and mostly irrelevant. Inexplicably, Vimeo user Marcello Gómez Maureira has created a video that shows a piece of meat power-right-swiping through Tinder. The title of the film? “Tender: It’s how people meat.” So, naturally, I love Marcello and this video. A few fun… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Dave's Not Here

    Gillmor Gang: Dave’s Not Here

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 22, 2015. Medium restructures, or does it. Details in Liner Notes and Chat.Center. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Halley Suit Tucker, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @borthwick, @kevinmarks Read More

  • 11 Apple Watch Health Apps That Will Get You Moving

    The Watch marks an interesting time in the wearable fitness space, in particular. Health and fitness trackers like Jawbone Up and Fitbit have dominated much of that space in the last few years. Read More

  • Google Adds Traffic Alerts To Maps

    Google Adds Traffic Alerts To Maps

    Just in time for the hustle-and-bustle of Memorial Day Weekend, Google has added traffic alerts to Google Maps. Google has shown traffic conditions for a while now, but this update actually brings with it explanations as to why various routes will be faster, alerts for a blockage or traffic jam up ahead, and of course, alternate routes to each destination. If/When a traffic jam pops up… Read More

  • What The U.S. Can Learn About Financial Inclusion From The Developing World

    What The U.S. Can Learn About Financial Inclusion From The Developing World

    Financial inclusion — expanding access to financial services to those on the margins — is often advocated as a priority for the developing world. And rightly so: It can increase economic security for the people who need it most and promote economic development where those people live. Read More

  • The Bitcoin Blocksize Blackjack Mining Blues

    The Bitcoin Blocksize Blackjack Mining Blues

    Bitcoin: it’s at a crucially important crossroads; it’s approaching a crisis that threatens its very existence; it has never been more likely to erupt into enormous global importance. Which? Don’t be ridiculous. It is all those things at once, of course, as usual. I only wish I was joking. If you’re dumb enough to judge Bitcoin purely by its exchange rate, you might… Read More

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    Switch App Is Tinder…. For Jobs | Crunch Report

    iOS 9 might improve performance on older devices, Aria will control your smartwatch hands-free, Line app tries music streaming service, Disney's lip sync research algorithm

    Switch App Is Tinder…. For Jobs | Crunch Report
  • Three Reasons Your Term Sheet May Fall Through

    Three Reasons Your Term Sheet May Fall Through

    So you’ve made it past all the VC grilling and received a term sheet. Congratulations! But don’t celebrate just yet. Term sheets are non-binding, and even though they should signify a VC has conviction in investing in you and is ready to move towards closing, they fall through more often than most Founders may expect. Read More

  • TC AppleCast 16: MacBook Redux, iOS 9 And OS X 10.11

    TC AppleCast 16: MacBook Redux, iOS 9 And OS X 10.11

    This week we cover one noteworthy review of the new MacBook by Marco Arment, as well as iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 details. Apple is supposedly tidying up with both OS updates this year, and also making things more pleasant for older device owners, and that’s very good for Tim Cook’s favorite customer satisfaction metric. We also discuss the new $2,000 iMac, as well as the update for… Read More

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