• Microsoft Accelerator Launches New Program For Late Stage Startups In India

    Microsoft Accelerator Launches New Program For Late Stage Startups In India

    As we have been writing, startup accelerators in India’s nascent ecosystem are beginning to seek more mature, late stage companies to work with. The latest to join this trend is Microsoft Ventures, which announced its Summer 2014 batch for the Indian accelerator today. Of the 16 startups selected, six will be part of Microsoft’s new Accelerator Plus program, aimed at helping… Read More

  • Tech Industry, Activists Talk Past Each Other At The Crunchies

    Tech Industry, Activists Talk Past Each Other At The Crunchies

    Inside San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall was a packed hall with hundreds of tech’s well-to-do in ties, slacks and cocktail dresses for the so-bad-it’s-good awards show, The Crunchies. Outside, there were about 50 protesters, beating drums and awarding toilet plungers as trophies to activists posing as Ron “The Con” Conway and Marissa Mayer for “The… Read More

  • Congratulations, Crunchies Winners! Kickstarter Wins Best Overall Startup

    Congratulations, Crunchies Winners! Kickstarter Wins Best Overall Startup

    It was a night for the ages. At the 7th Annual Crunchies Award show, Kickstarter beat out CloudFlare, Snapchat, Twitter and Uber, and walked away with the Crunchie for Best Overall Startup. Chris Sacca won the Crunchie For Angel Of The Year, Dropbox’s Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi won Founder of the Year, and Tinder took home Best New Startup. At the start of the show, John Oliver… Read More

  • Kickstarter Wins The 2013 Crunchie For “Best Overall Startup” By Leveling The Maker Playing Field

    Kickstarter Wins The 2013 Crunchie For “Best Overall Startup” By Leveling The Maker Playing Field

    It’s not often that a startup changes the way the world works, but Kickstarter has done just that. The crowdfunding site had a banner 2013 and has won the Best Overall Startup award at this year’s Crunchies.  The category was packed with strong contenders. CloudFlare is a silent partner to the modern content delivery system of the Internet. Snapchat is a young but powerful entry… Read More

  • Dropbox’s Cloud Storage Kings Drew Houston And Arash Ferdowsi Win Founder Of The Year Crunchie

    Dropbox’s Cloud Storage Kings Drew Houston And Arash Ferdowsi Win Founder Of The Year Crunchie

    You know you’re doing something right when Silicon Valley rock stars are ditching cushy jobs at Google and Facebook to join your startup. This year’s Founder Of The Year Crunchie goes to the talent magnets at Dropbox, CEO Drew Houston and CTO Arash Ferdowsi. From an MIT dorm room to rejecting huge acquisition offers and their second San Francisco office they just leased, Drew and… Read More

  • Peter Fenton Named “VC Of The Year” At The Crunchies

    Peter Fenton Named “VC Of The Year” At The Crunchies

    Benchmark’s Peter Fenton just won the award for VC of the Year at the Crunchies. Fenton is probably best-known for backing and continuing to serve on the board of Twitter, which went public last year. He’s also an investor/board member at Yelp, New Relic, Hortonworks, Zuora, and Polyvore, among others. (If that didn’t keep him busy enough, he also serves as a board member for… Read More

  • Early Twitter Investor Chris Sacca Wins Crunchie For Angel Of The Year

    Early Twitter Investor Chris Sacca Wins Crunchie For Angel Of The Year

    In the year in which Twitter went public, it’s hard to bet against one of the company’s earliest and most influential investors. Which is why it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Lowercase Capital founder Chris Sacca has won this year’s Crunchie for Angel of the Year. Sacca put some of the earliest money into Twitter, betting on the micro-blogging platform during… Read More

  • Edward Snowden’s NSA Revelations Win Crunchie For Biggest Social Impact

    Edward Snowden’s NSA Revelations Win Crunchie For Biggest Social Impact

    Tonight at the Crunchies, Edward Snowden’s massive leak of NSA material won the Biggest Social Impact category. Besting rivals like Code.org and CrowdTilt, Snowden’s successful efforts to demask the mass surveillance undertaken by the National Security Administration on both global and United States citizens has ignited a worldwide discussion surrounding privacy and the proper role… Read More

  • Oculus Rift Takes Home The Crunchie For Best Hardware Startup

    Oculus Rift Takes Home The Crunchie For Best Hardware Startup

    It’s hard for me to imagine a hardware startup that is more exciting, more fascinating, and that has more potential to ripple out into a million amazing things than Oculus and their Rift virtual reality headset. Many of you, it seems, would agree. After weeks of voting, our readers and this community have chosen Oculus VR as the Best Hardware Startup of the year. As has been said many… Read More

  • Snapchat Wins ‘Best Mobile Application’ At The 2013 Crunchies, Award Disappears In 10 Seconds

    Snapchat Wins ‘Best Mobile Application’ At The 2013 Crunchies, Award Disappears In 10 Seconds

    This year’s best mobile app is Snapchat, at least according to the 2013 Crunchies Awards. The ephemeral photo and video messaging app beat out a tough crowd this year, including Mailbox, Tinder, VSCO Cam and WhatsApp. This is Snapchat’s second Crunchie, since it won fastest rising startup last year for its speedy early user growth. Snapchat began in 2011 at Stanford, and the… Read More

  • Bitcoin Wins Best Technology Achievement But Satoshi Doesn’t Show

    Bitcoin Wins Best Technology Achievement But Satoshi Doesn’t Show

    Eyewitnesses at the Crunchies tonight reported seeing a shadowy figure hiding in the eaves of the opera hall, watching the proceedings with a gimlet eye. Perhaps, in light of the Best Technology Achievement going to Bitcoin, Satoshi himself was lurking in the gloom? Read More

  • Watch The 7th Annual Crunchies Award Show Right Here

    Watch The 7th Annual Crunchies Award Show Right Here

    The Super Bowl. The Winter Olympics. The Grammys and the Academy Awards. ‘Tis the season for live spectacles, and as such, I’m pleased to welcome you to the 7th Annual Crunchies Awards where TechCrunch, Gigaom and VentureBeat join together and award the best technology of 2013. Tonight’s gonna be a good night. To start, we have John Oliver hosting, who is sure to delight… Read More

  • Radiator Labs Is Crowdfunding Cozy, A Smart Radiator Cover

    Radiator Labs Is Crowdfunding Cozy, A Smart Radiator Cover

    Radiators are amazingly old technology and steam heat, while oftentimes charming in its anachronism, is also horribly inefficient. Luckily Radiator Labs is working on Cozy, a radiator cover that turns “dumb” radiators into smartphone-controlled climate systems. Read More

  • Here Are The Tech Companies Goldman Sachs Wants You To Meet

    Here Are The Tech Companies Goldman Sachs Wants You To Meet

    The Crunchies isn’t the only star-studded tech event in town this week. On Tuesday Goldman Sachs kicks off its “Technology and Internet Conference” and the attendees read like a who’s who of the industry biggest and brightest public and private companies. Goldman’s tech version of hot-or-not includes presentations from Marissa Mayer at Yahoo; Sheryl Sandberg… Read More

  • If You Watch One Video Of A Robot Playing Air Hockey Today, Make It This One

    If You Watch One Video Of A Robot Playing Air Hockey Today, Make It This One

    As a fan of robots, videos, and pucks, I was mesmerized by this project. It’s a a cool 3D printer hack that allows you to play a robot in a rousing game of air hockey. The system uses a computer vision component to see where the pucks is, send it back to the opponent, and even set up shots when it loses. Read More

  • Let’s Go, New Orleans: We Want You At Our Meetup Next Week

    Let’s Go, New Orleans: We Want You At Our Meetup Next Week

    Hey, NOLA. What’s up? Listen, we have a problem. While we know that Atlanta is a startup hub and we’re already oversold in Georgia and Charleston, we’re having trouble filling seats in your home town. While we’re happy to come down for some hurricanes and dark and stormys, how about we have a few dozen more people show up? Please, buy your tickets today so we can get… Read More

  • Google Wins Right To Lease Moffett Field, Will Restore Hangar One

    Google Wins Right To Lease Moffett Field, Will Restore Hangar One

    Google has long operated its fleet of private jets out of NASA’s Moffett Field thanks to a long-standing deal with the U.S. government, but it looks like it’s ready to expand its presence at the Silicon Valley airfield. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and NASA today announced that Planetary Ventures LLC, a shell company Google occasionally uses for its real-estate… Read More

  • What’s Going On With Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox?

    What’s Going On With Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox?

    Mt. Gox, one of the original Bitcoin trading sites, has shut down its withdrawals system, citing problems related to transaction malleability (more on that shortly). Mt. Gox wrote on their site that this problem has forced them to shut down their withdrawal services: “We apologize for the sudden short notice. All bitcoin withdrawal requests will be on pause, and the withdrawals in the… Read More

  • Tech Billionaires Made Up 75% Of 2013’s Most Philanthropic People Under 50

    Tech Billionaires Made Up 75% Of 2013’s Most Philanthropic People Under 50

    Young tech billionaires gave generously in 2013. Of the 50 top philanthropists compiled by the Chronicle Of Philanthropy, only 4 were under the age of 50 and 3 of those were in the tech industry: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan (Facebook, $992M), Pierre and Pam Omidyar (Ebay, $225M) and Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki (Google, $219M). The one non-techie philanthropist joining their… Read More

  • Microsoft May Dole Out More Free Storage To Users In OneDrive Rebrand

    Microsoft May Dole Out More Free Storage To Users In OneDrive Rebrand

    Microsoft will soon rebrand its SkyDrive cloud storage service OneDrive. The OneDrive splash page currently reads “Coming Soon.” It now appears that there is more to the coming OneDrive rollout than a simple name change. According to leaked screenshots posted by LiveSide, Microsoft will roll out a number of incentives for users in an effort to boost their usage of the service… Read More