• The Pocket Drone | Hardware Battlefield

    AirDroids Wants To Democratize The Skies With Its Pint-Sized Pocket Drone

    The buzz around drones is undeniable these days — as it turns out, even Martha Stewart uses one to survey her farm — but there still hasn’t been a runaway drone hit that has captured that imaginations of the masses. That’s exactly what a hardware startup called AirDroids is trying to accomplish with the Pocket Drone, a (relatively) inexpensive flying machine… Read More

  • Medypal Raises $400K In Seed Round To Help Patients Buy Affordable Healthcare In India

    Medypal Raises $400K In Seed Round To Help Patients Buy Affordable Healthcare In India

    Commerzpoint Networks, an Indian startup that owns healthcare marketplace Medypal, has raised around $400,000 in seed funding from Unitus Seed Fund. With this funding, Medypal will help patients find trustworthy service providers who will bid against each other for their spend on medical procedures. Medypal will use a “reverse auction” method to ensure that the services are… Read More

  • Tech Angels Cross The $1 Billion Mark In 2013

    Tech Angels Cross The $1 Billion Mark In 2013

    Buoyed by a stronger economy, angel investors companies worldwide poured a record amount of cash into early-stage technology and life-sciences companies, according to data from CrunchBase. Angel investments have been climbing steadily since 2008, CrunchBase data shows, but 2013 represents a new high, with investors crossing the billion-dollar threshold, committing $1.1 billion to… Read More

  • Fin's Gesture Control | Hardware Battlefield

    The Fin Is A Bluetooth Ring That Turns Your Hand Into An Interface

    Smart glasses! Smart watches! Smart… rings? While many in the tech world would agree that wearable devices are the natural next stage of computing, no one has really cracked the code. As much as we geeks love to chat about Google Glass and Pebble watches, no wearable has breached the mainstream and achieved any degree of ubiquity just yet. RHL Vision, a competitor in the TechCrunch CES… Read More

  • Modbot Wants To Make Robotics Easier, More Modular And More Democratic

    Modbot Wants To Make Robotics Easier, More Modular And More Democratic

    The DIY revolution means that people can now print their own 3D models, build their own websites and apps, and even build their own mobile devices and custom computers using things like Raspberry Pi. The Modbot team taking part in this year’s TechCrunch Battlefield at CES 2014 wants to do the same for robotics – not hobby robotics, but serious, full-fledged industrial and… Read More

  • With An Eight-Figure Runrate, Oscar Doubles Down on Health Insurance Through $30M In New Funding

    With An Eight-Figure Runrate, Oscar Doubles Down on Health Insurance Through $30M In New Funding

    Oscar, the New York-based startup in the decidedly unsexy world of health insurance, has just picked up an additional $30 million in funding. Why? Promising numbers in the product’s first 90 days since launch. The company debuted last October just as the federal government and states unveiled new health insurance exchanges where consumers can pick and choose plans in compliance with… Read More

  • Medium Considering Raising $20 Million

    Medium Considering Raising $20 Million

    Medium, Evan Williams’ clean and beautiful attempt at revamping the way people write and read online, is considering raising a venture round according to the rumor mill. We’re hearing that the company, which has been subsisting on angel money apparently, is thinking about finally taking money from VCs. Read More

  • Yahoo News Digest Reviews Get A Boost From Yahoo Employees, Cheerleaders

    Yahoo News Digest Reviews Get A Boost From Yahoo Employees, Cheerleaders

    Some folks out there really, really, really like any app that Yahoo puts out. At least, that’s the picture we get from looking at the recent reviews of its Yahoo News Digest app, introduced yesterday. The app is currently flying high in the charts, and features a 4.5 star rating with 282 massively positive reviews. Taking a closer look at the review listings, many of the people… Read More

  • Are You There, TechCrunch? It’s Me, Jon

    Are You There, TechCrunch? It’s Me, Jon

    If you’re reading this, then you either have very little to do right now, or you care about the inner workings and staffing decisions here at TechCrunch. (I’m sure there could be other reasons, but let’s stick with those two). I’m hoping it’s the latter – that you care about this site and the goings-on around it. In fact, I’m sure you do. The community… Read More