• Fundraising Acceleration Is The New VC Investment Thesis

    Fundraising Acceleration Is The New VC Investment Thesis

    There was a quite a jolt on Friday from the news that Slack, a company whose eponymous enterprise communications platform was first publicly launched this year, raised $120 million in new venture funding from KPCB and Google Ventures. Even more eye-popping was the valuation: $1.12 billion. Although Slack pivoted from an earlier incarnation as a games company called Tiny Speck, such a growth… Read More

  • Google’s Copresence Looks Like A Cross-Platform AirDrop

    Google’s Copresence Looks Like A Cross-Platform AirDrop

    Google has a new service in the works that could allow users of Android devices to share media with others nearby, even if those users are rocking iOS devices like iPhone and iPads instead of gadgets running Google’s mobile OS. The so-called Copresence feature, revealed by an Android Police source digging around in the latest Google Play Services APK, would allow devices to use… Read More

  • Salesforce’s Service Cloud 1 Is A Wearable Technology Trojan Horse

    Salesforce’s Service Cloud 1 Is A Wearable Technology Trojan Horse

    Imagine a scenario in which an oil rig worker suddenly hears an alarm sound from somewhere on the rig. The adrenaline rush begins and the worker knows he has to move fast. The sound of the siren is not a clear signal as to where the trouble is, but the smartwatch on his wrist indicates exactly where to go and what needs to be done to fix the problem. As he works to fix it, each step is… Read More

  • Two Worlds Colliding: How LinkedIn Could Take On Salesforce

    Two Worlds Colliding: How LinkedIn Could Take On Salesforce

    Today’s B2B sales and marketing folks struggle with the overwhelming number of channels for finding and reaching new leads. The customer “funnel” continues to expand as buyers do more of their own research before raising their hand to connect with a sales rep. But imagine if you could make the funnel taller by identifying leads when they’re just browsing your site… Read More

  • Talk Isn’t Cheap As Investors Pour Cash Into Collaboration And Intelligence Tools

    Talk Isn’t Cheap As Investors Pour Cash Into Collaboration And Intelligence Tools

    Investors and innovators have been trying to develop better tools for groups to communicate, collaborate, and make decisions for the better part of a decade. As businesses become increasingly global and engage more remote workers, the need for collaboration tools becomes more pronounced. Read More

  • The Future Of French Robotics

    The Future Of French Robotics

    French robotics can boast of several innovative robotics startups, entrepreneurs and researchers. But robots aren’t ubiquitous in the French industry, which has experienced steady decline in the past decades. Couldn’t robotics help? Read More

  • Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg On Reinvention

    How To Reinvent A $38 Billion Company

    With its illustrious 138-year history, its 114,000 global workforce and its $38 billion dollar market cap, you’d think that the Swedish tech giant Ericsson would be secure as the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. But no. As Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg confesses, every morning while brushing his teeth, he thinks to himself: “Today I need… Read More

  • The Potential Of Beacon Technology

    The Potential Of Beacon Technology

    After indoor positioning with Wi-Fi, beacon technology is a massive step forward in ambient context identification, which is why this technology is all the buzz of late. Beacons allow for background positioning and detection, giving new power to a phone that can make it truly “smart.” Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Eating the World

    Gillmor Gang: Eating the World

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Thursday, October 30, 2014. A good news week, disguised as mobile, Facebook, and notifications eating the world. Just beneath the surface, the power of micro-communities lurking. Read More

  • The Challenge Of Connecting The Unconnected

    The Challenge Of Connecting The Unconnected

    Every time we return to or sign up for an Internet service (e.g. Facebook, Google, Gmail, YouTube, etc.), we rely on what UX experts call a “mental model” for navigating through the choices. A mental model is essentially a person’s intuition of how something works based on past knowledge, similar experiences and common sense. So even when something is new, mental models help… Read More

  • San Francisco’s Short-Term Rental Solution

    San Francisco’s Short-Term Rental Solution

    After two-and-a-half years of intense policy discussion and countless hours of public testimony, this week Mayor Ed Lee signed into law legislation I authored that will for the first time regulate short-term rentals in San Francisco. This legislative process was a test of whether or not we could find a reasonable solution to a policy issue posed by the new tech economy — and I… Read More

  • Why Is It Bad For Tech To Eat Jobs?

    Why Is It Bad For Tech To Eat Jobs?

    Most jobs suck. Yours probably doesn’t–after all, you’re a member of the highly educated, cutting-edge TechCrunch demographic–but most jobs, almost by definition, are done by people coerced by the fear of not having enough money into doing work they mostly don’t want to do. We should be ecstatic about the prospect of robots doing that work for us. Shouldn’t we? Read More

  • Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

    Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

    In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, LeTote, Massdrop, Pebble, Peek, Poshmark, The Hunt, Tophatter, Touch of Modern, Trendalytics, Udemy and Urban Remedy. Over dinner and drinks these executives discussed the factors making e-commerce cool again for investors… Read More

  • Microsoft Band Demo

    Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

    Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things. And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Band. Read More

  • Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too

    Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too

    With the latest expansion of its content recommendation tools, startup Contextly isn’t just pointing visitors to relevant articles, but videos and products, too. Co-founder and CEO Ryan Singel (a former editor at Wired) told me that this is “doubling down” on the company’s current strategy. Read More

  • Google Hunts Cancer, Microsoft Releases Fitness Tracker, Kim Kardashian

    CrunchWeek: Google Hunts For Cancer, Microsoft’s Fitness Band, And Kim Kardashian Goes To A Tech Conference

    Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I discuss Google[x]‘s new nanoparticle project to hunt down cancerous cells, Alex shows off his shiny new fitness tracker from Microsoft, and the scary comments we received after Kim Kardashian showed up at a tech conference. Also, Happy Halloween! We all put on cat ears just for you. Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Between the portal to hell opening in our comments section, Elon Musk’s AI demons, and metallic 3D printed guns, it’s been a scary Halloween week here at TechCrunch. We give you our best stories of the week (10/25-10/31). 1. During an interview at an MIT symposium, Elon Musk answered a question that took an unexpected turn. When asked about his views on artificial intelligence… Read More

  • The Orange Chef Prep Pad | One Lap

    One Lap: The Orange Chef Preps At Full Speed

    Every industry is ripe for disruption, and food preparation is no exception. Traditional recipes are static and driven by standard portion sizes. With experience, a good chef knows how to properly modify recipes according to objectives of taste and healthiness. But this process today is driven by intuition based on years of experience cooking and learning what works and what doesn’t. Read More

  • Lyft’s Former VP Of Ops Stephen Schnell Defects To Uber

    Lyft’s Former VP Of Ops Stephen Schnell Defects To Uber

    Uber’s putting that $1.2 billion in funding to good use poaching execs from its top competitor. After hiring former Lyft COO Travis VanderZanden earlier this month, Uber has now scored Lyft’s former VP of Operations Stephen Schnell to work on international supply growth, according to Schnell’s LinkedIn. Bloomberg reporter Serena Saitto tweeted about the move earlier. Read More

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