• As Box IPO Surges, Startup Community Reacts

    As Box IPO Surges, Startup Community Reacts

    Box’s IPO was never a normal deal. When Wall Street cooled to tech IPOs last year, especially involving firms that are subscription-based with high customer acquisition costs, the Box offering became the canary in the Wall Street coal mine. The general consensus was that if Box succeeded, other firms could follow, allowing Silicon Valley and its attached investor class to breathe… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Microsoft HoloLens

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Microsoft HoloLens

    This week, Microsoft announced the HoloLens, which is a super nerdy, AR-based face computer. As is our custom, the fellas got together to discuss the new hardware, and the conversation feels a lot like destiny. Nerds talking about nerd gear. Arguments ensue. Jokes flow. This is definitely one worth listening to. We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets… Read More

  • YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

    YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

    “Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of Bluesmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere. Saez-Gil’s Y Combinator-backed startup makes these hardshell suitcases. It can locate, lock and weigh your belongings from an app on your smartphone. Read More

  • What We Didn’t See From Wearables At CES

    What We Didn’t See From Wearables At CES

    At CES this year, we saw everything from stickers that tracked heart rates on babies to virtual reality headsets that didn’t make you throw up. Talk of the Apple Watch took a backseat, but wearables were a hot topic in sunny Las Vegas. Back in the drizzly reality of winter in Cincinnati, we’re contemplating how wearables will seriously make the leap in 2015. Read More

  • Pinterest Goes After The Male Demographic With Debut Of New Search Filters

    Pinterest Goes After The Male Demographic With Debut Of New Search Filters

    Pinterest this afternoon announced a change to its site’s search settings, which will now introduce search results that are personalized to your interests, based on whether you’re interested in products for men or for women. This setting is based on the gender you previously selected for your account when signing up for the service, the company tells us. Read More

  • New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders

    New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders

    The newest pre-launch build of Windows 10 is now available for Windows Insider program members to download and install, and this edition brings a lot of features Microsoft showed off at its special Windows 10 preview event earlier this week. The most notable addition may be Cortana coming to the desktop, giving Windows PCs some of the virtual assistant smarts that Microsoft originally debuted… Read More

  • YC-Backed Pomello Helps Teams Determine Whether Job Applicants Will Fit In

    YC-Backed Pomello Helps Teams Determine Whether Job Applicants Will Fit In

    Y Combinator-backed Pomello wants recruiting to be more about getting new employees who will get along with the rest of the team rather than pushing fancy perks and competing on pay. At least, that line of thinking is what got co-founders Catherine Spence and Oliver Staehelin talking while they were at Stanford Business School. With backgrounds in product management and recruiting… Read More

  • Pachyderm Wants To Be The Data Processing Tool For The Docker Generation

    Pachyderm Wants To Be The Data Processing Tool For The Docker Generation

    If you’ve collected a large amount of data that you want to analyze, the go-to method for years has been to follow a programming paradigm called MapReduce, typically using Apache’s Hadoop framework. It’s a tried and true process, but it isn’t simple: Hadoop, which is mostly written in Java, has a reputation for being difficult. Companies that want to get serious about… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics To Bolster Its Analytics Services

    Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics To Bolster Its Analytics Services

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Revolution Analytics, an open-source analytics company with a strong focus on the highly popular R programming language for statistical computing. Microsoft says that it made this acquisition “to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.” The two companies did not… Read More

  • Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy

    Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy

    You may be fancy and everybody already knows this, but does your portfolio reflect that? Kredo, a new portfolio app, will help you and those around you find out just how fancy you are. Created by Lukas Dryja and Tyler Rooney, Kredo was built after the pair realized their artist friends had no online portfolios. A good, custom website cost money so they decided to bootstrap a cheap solution. It… Read More

  • Shout Offers A New Take On Location-Based Social Networking By Ditching Anonymity

    Shout Offers A New Take On Location-Based Social Networking By Ditching Anonymity

    A new application called Shout is offering a twist on location-based mobile social networking, with a newly launched app that lets you post messages shared with those in your immediate vicinity, or even citywide. The idea is similar in some ways to the popular anonymous social app Yik Yak, which also lets you post things to be shared with those nearby, except for a key difference: On Shout… Read More

  • What Do Uber, Zenefits And Public Health In A Kenyan Slum Have In Common?

    What Do Uber, Zenefits And Public Health In A Kenyan Slum Have In Common?

    The old saw about effective management goes, “You get what you measure.” Today, whether you call it growth hacking or business intelligence, successful large corporations and lean young startups have become fanatical about measuring their customers. The leaders of the pack – like Uber (which collects data on the supply and demand of their riders and drivers) and Zenefits… Read More

  • FilterEasy Raises $1.2 Million To Help You Remember To Change Your Home’s Air Filter

    FilterEasy Raises $1.2 Million To Help You Remember To Change Your Home’s Air Filter

    When was the last time you changed your home’s air filter? If you’re like me and the majority of other homeowners across the U.S., this routine home-maintenance task is easy to forget because filters are only changed every few months or so. But the costs of not changing the filter are high: reduced air quality, higher energy bills and, over time, dirty air filters can even… Read More

  • 13 Questions With Bre Pettis

    13 Questions With Bre Pettis

    Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. Read More

  • Box Skyrockets 50% To More Than $21 Per Share In First Minutes As A Public Company

    Box Skyrockets 50% To More Than $21 Per Share In First Minutes As A Public Company

    Bam. Today Box opened at around $20.50, far above its $14 IPO price, giving the company a valuation of around $2.5 billion. The company was valued at just under $1.7 billion at $14 per share. Box picked up $175 million in the transaction. It is worth noting that the gap between Box’s last private valuation — $2.4 billion — and its IPO valuation will likely be completely… Read More

  • iSwapp Is A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Swapping Your Unwanted Stuff

    iSwapp Is A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Swapping Your Unwanted Stuff

    Craigslist, ever extant, still lumbers like some forgotten Jurassic leviathan in the fading light of classified ads. But what’s that rustling in the hedge? Why it’s iSwapp, a clever solution to person-to-person commerce that encourages buyers and sellers to meet at a neutral location as soon as the whim hits. Founded by Christopher Hall, Mohammed Mosayed, Nahid Hassan, and Juan… Read More

  • Voting For The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards Closes Next Week

    Voting For The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards Closes Next Week

    We need you to vote for the Crunchies. It’s important. Every year TechCrunch and VentureBeat join together to celebrate the best technology and startups of the previous year. But you, our dear readers, decide who wins. Vote below. As last year’s host John Oliver noted so astutely, the Crunchies are “like the Nobel Prizes being given out, if Nobel Prizes were given out in… Read More

  • GoPro Teams Up With The NHL To Bring Action Cams To Live Hockey Broadcasts

    GoPro Teams Up With The NHL To Bring Action Cams To Live Hockey Broadcasts

    I’m Canadian so I get to bring you the following news: GoPro is partnering with the NHL and NHLPA to incorporate GoPro footage into live broadcasts of professional hockey games. The team-up marks the first time GoPro is partnering directly with a major pro sports league, and will use the company’s recently introduced Live Broadcast Solution built in tandem with Vislink. The… Read More

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