• The Napwell Knows When You Are Sleeping, Then Coaxes You Awake

    The Napwell Knows When You Are Sleeping, Then Coaxes You Awake

    Is this the year of the sleep mask? Napwell thinks so. The Boston-based company is creating a napping mask that allows you to grab some shut-eye and wake up gently as lights inside the mask slowly rouse you from your slumber. Read More

  • The Soloshot Is A Robotic Cameraman For Your Video Selfies

    The Soloshot Is A Robotic Cameraman For Your Video Selfies

    Sometimes you just need a robotic cameraman at your side and when you do, the Soloshot is the gadget for the task. Just set it up, strap on a wristband, turn on your video camera and go surf, bike or ski. As long as you’re within about 2,000 feet of the device, it will automatically track all of your movements and capture them for posterity (or your next YouTube hit). Read More

  • Microsoft Declines To Name New CEO In 2013, Promises New Leader In “Early” 2014

    Microsoft Declines To Name New CEO In 2013, Promises New Leader In “Early” 2014

    Today Microsoft published a short blog post from John Thompson, a member of its board and the chair of its search committee for its next CEO. The entry stated that from an initial pool of 100 candidates, Microsoft narrowed to 20, a figure that has since shrunk, and that the board expects to make a choice in the “early part of 2014.” This pushes back against the narrative that… Read More

  • Unitus Raises New $3.3M Fund To Back Startups That Fight Poverty In India

    Unitus Raises New $3.3M Fund To Back Startups That Fight Poverty In India

    Unitus Seed Fund, which invests in for-profit startups in India to help people at the bottom of the economic pyramid access basic necessities, has raised its second fund of $3.3 million. The new fund, called Unitus Seed Fund India, has been approved by India’s market watchdog SEBI to raise up to $9-12 million from local investors, making it the first such seed-stage impact fund in… Read More

  • With Another $6M, Maxwell Health Is On A Mission To Be The Operating System For Employee Benefits

    With Another $6M, Maxwell Health Is On A Mission To Be The Operating System For Employee Benefits

    For companies of all sizes, particularly small businesses, managing benefits can be a serious headache. With health insurance being pushed online by Obamacare and healthcare as a whole plodding its way into the digital era, a new generation of companies has popped up that’s looking to make it easy not only to manage health insurance, but a business’ entire fleet of benefits… Read More

  • Read Snowden’s Appeal For Political Asylum To Fight The NSA From Brazil

    Read Snowden’s Appeal For Political Asylum To Fight The NSA From Brazil

    Notorious National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to move to the land of sunny beaches and micro-bikinis. In an open letter in the Brazilian newspaper Floha de Sao Paulo, Snowden argues that “permanent political asylum” would enable him to help the Brazilian government investigate unwanted spying from foreign governments. “If a mother in Porto Alegre calls… Read More

  • Forget Drones: Sphero Will Deliver Your Packages With Amazon Ground

    Forget Drones: Sphero Will Deliver Your Packages With Amazon Ground

    Amazon made waves with its Amazon Air drone delivery concept, and a video of a recent test flight really brought that concept to life. Now robotics startup and iPhone-enabled toy maker Sphero has a concept of its own to reveal, complete with a shot-for-shot remake of the original video by the online e-commerce giant – they call it Amazon Ground. Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires PeerCDN As It Builds Out Its Content Strategy

    Yahoo Acquires PeerCDN As It Builds Out Its Content Strategy

    Content delivery network provider PeerCDN has been acquired by Yahoo, the company has informed TechCrunch, in a deal the terms of which were not disclosed. The startup revealed its project earlier this year, which is based on real-time communication tech WebRTC and which makes it possible for visitors to sites to do things like chat via text or video while browsing without any additional software. Read More

  • Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With GGV Capital’s Glenn Solomon, Revolution’s David Golden, And Manatt’s Peter Csathy

    Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With GGV Capital’s Glenn Solomon, Revolution’s David Golden, And Manatt’s Peter Csathy

    We have a busy week in the TechCrunch TV studio for our Ask A VC show. This week, we have a group of all-star guests, including GGV Capital’s Glenn Solomon, Manatt’s Peter Csathy, And Revolution’s David Golden on the set, separately. As you may remember, you can submit questions for our guests either in the comments or here and we’ll ask them during the show. Read More

  • This Is The Year Of The Makers

    This Is The Year Of The Makers

    We are at a turning point in terms of gadget manufacturing. The heavy hitters in hardware – the Sonys, the Samsungs, the LGs – are stuck in the mire of slow innovation. We haven’t heard much out of that camp this year – they’re keeping CES plans under wraps – but I suspect we’ll see a few big TVs and some thin laptops and a nice fridge or two and… Read More