• The Regulatory Fault Line For Startups Moves To Washington

    The Regulatory Fault Line For Startups Moves To Washington

    For the past few years, the most visible friction between startups and regulatory agencies has been on the local level. Venture capital “unicorns” like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb have been battling municipal regulators and officials as they transform travel, transportation and other industries largely in the purview of local government. But this regulatory “fault line” is… Read More

  • Android’s Smart On-Body Unlock Function Could Eliminate A Longtime Headache

    Android’s Smart On-Body Unlock Function Could Eliminate A Longtime Headache

    Android users are beginning to see an option for on-body detection in version 5.0 and up, which lets you unlock your device once, and then have that unlock grant you continued access without having to re-enter your pin, so long as the smartphone or tablet never leaves your person. It’s just a convenience feature, and one that can be optionally enabled to let you more easily access… Read More

  • WordPress Blocked In Pakistan

    WordPress Blocked In Pakistan

    According to multiple local outlets, WordPress blogs are currently not accessible in Pakistan and pointing the blockage at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). TechCrunch has not been able to confirm that yet. As it stands right now, WordPress.com and blogs hosted by WordPress cannot be reached. Self-hosted WordPress blogs still work. Read More

  • Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups

    Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups

    “I’ve probably revised this investor pitch deck 200 times,” a founder told me recently. She’d met with more than 50 potential investors before closing a seed round last month. This might sound excessive to some, but her experience is not unusual. Entrepreneurs often spend hundreds of hours raising funds from angel and venture capital investors. While these activities… Read More

  • #Katch For Meerkat Auto-Uploads Streams To YouTube With A Hashtag

    #Katch For Meerkat Auto-Uploads Streams To YouTube With A Hashtag

    Buzzy live streaming video app du jour Meerkat does include an option to save your video once you’ve killed the stream — but hey, in the slick environs of frictionless social broadcasting who has time for after-the-fact uploading? So here’s Katch to take the incremental strain out of your post-Meerkat experience via a hashtag-triggered auto-upload. Read More

  • Chutzpah Lessons From The Israeli Startup Scene

    Chutzpah Lessons From The Israeli Startup Scene

    It’s no wonder that with over 4,000 startups in the Greater Tel Aviv area, Israel is ranked 1st in the world for innovative capacity in 2014 by the IMD Global Competitiveness Yearbook. Read More

  • March Madness And Connected Fitness: Who’s Best In The League?

    March Madness And Connected Fitness: Who’s Best In The League?

    March: the month where brackets are set, all-star players and teams are matched up and competitions determine who is best in the league. As the intensity of March Madness is upon us, I’ve been watching another landscape in which, similar to NCAA basketball, players are closely being measured and champions are already being predicted. I’m talking about the connected fitness… Read More

  • From Paralysis To Recovery, Optimization Offers Ports New Tech Remedy

    From Paralysis To Recovery, Optimization Offers Ports New Tech Remedy

    Eight weeks is what the port of Oakland estimated it would take to recover from the paralyzing effects of the west coast port labor disputes. That’s right, as much as eight weeks of delays for domestic car manufacturers to receive parts, grocery stores to receive food and retailers to get their hands on the new Apple Watches. And eight weeks for the U.S. exporters to get their goods… Read More

  • DogVacay's Yappy Hour | SXSW 2015

    DogVacay And Whistle Founders Talk Pet Tech Startups

    I’ve already posted one interview from last weekend’s Yappy Hour event at South by Southwest — my interview with Courtney Dasher, owner of Instagram star Tuna Melts My Heart. But I wasn’t just there to talk about dogs that are big on social media. I also spoke to Aaron Hirschhorn, co-founder and CEO of dog-sitting marketplace DogVacay, and Ben Jacobs, co-founder and CEO… Read More

  • Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    While it can be dangerous to take lessons from television shows or science fiction novels, there’s evidence that as technology advances at breakneck speed, there will be those who are afraid of what’s coming and people could choose sides. To some extent, it’s because technology is always a few steps ahead of society, and we have yet to come to grips with much of… Read More

  • Pao Vs. Kleiner Defense Rests Its Case, Showcasing A Different Side Of The Story

    Pao Vs. Kleiner Defense Rests Its Case, Showcasing A Different Side Of The Story

    Yesterday afternoon, the legal team representing venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers rested its case in the Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins trial, bringing the fourth full week in the courtroom to a close. The end of the trial is now clearly in sight, with only the closing arguments and the jury deliberations remaining. Over the past several days, Kleiner’s head… Read More

  • No Need For Alarm Over Private Company Valuations

    No Need For Alarm Over Private Company Valuations

    With 137% returns in an approximately two year period, there’s logic in mutual funds continuing to throw big dollars into strong IPO candidates, thus significantly inflating valuations. With this encroaching competition it’s not surprising then that VC’s are sending the warning. Read More

  • No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    On Lending Club’s February 2015 quarterly earnings call, an analyst asked CEO Renaud Laplanche a simple question: have you considered getting the loans you’re issuing rated? Renaud had a simple answer: We have, but we won’t. As Renaud said, the marketplace lending platform’s loan grading system, which it illustrates on its website, is in many ways more transparent and… Read More

  • Property Partner Raises £5.2M To Let Anybody Invest In The UK ‘Buy-To-Rent’ Real Estate Market

    Property Partner Raises £5.2M To Let Anybody Invest In The UK ‘Buy-To-Rent’ Real Estate Market

    Property Partner is a London-based startup that lets anybody invest in the ‘buy to let’ market (as it’s called here in the UK) starting from as little as £50. Today the company is disclosing new backing to help expand across the UK and beyond: a £5.2 million Series A round led by Index Ventures. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Meer Mortals

    Gillmor Gang: Meer Mortals

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Meerkat the next shiny object, or the latest addition to the viral puzzle known as user experience in the enterprise and trending on the InterTubes? All I know is, when these streams pop up in some random, chaotic order, we’re once again being schooled in the Art of the Improbable. Plus, the latest G3… Read More

  • Why An Open Salary Policy Always Beats Secrecy

    Why An Open Salary Policy Always Beats Secrecy

    For four years, journalists and entrepreneurs have asked me why we created an open salary policy at my company. Here’s the answer: it prevents evil. Open salary policies mandate truthfulness and ethical behavior in organizations that would otherwise abuse the secrecy. “Transparency” is just a hollow buzzword unless executives are candid about compensation. Read More

  • Nintendo’s Move To Mobile Unlikely To Offer Retro Gamers Much More Than Memories

    Nintendo’s Move To Mobile Unlikely To Offer Retro Gamers Much More Than Memories

    Nintendo’s announcement that it would partner with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA to create games on mobile devices using Nintendo’s intellectual property sounds like a dream come true, but will probably offer little more than muted nostalgia for retro game lovers. Unless you’re one of the nine people who have never owned one of Nintendo’s fleet of hand-held… Read More

  • The Terrible Technical Interview

    The Terrible Technical Interview

    Traditional technical interviews are terrible for everyone. They’re a bad way for companies to evaluate candidates. They’re a bad way for candidates to evaluate companies. They waste time and generate stress on both sides. Almost everyone, if pressed, will admit this. And yet they persist. I humbly suggest that it is time for engineers to start to flatly refuse to participate in them. Read More

  • |LIVE NOW| Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation

    |LIVE NOW| Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation

    If you’re reading TechCrunch right now (you are, by the way), chances are you have at least heard of Meerkat. You may even be simultaneously hoping that you don’t have to fall prey to the new SXSW sweetheart before the trend of live broadcasting is over. But this is no Yo. Sources familiar with the matter tell TechCrunch that Meerkat has closed on a $12 million Series B led by… Read More

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