• Solve Your BendGate Woes With This 3D Printed iPhone Case

    Solve Your BendGate Woes With This 3D Printed iPhone Case

    Did your surprisingly tight pants bend your iPhone 6 Plus? Did your bony butt ruin your iPhone 6? Did you place your iPhone into a vice and bend it with pliers? 3D printing can help! This pre-bent iPhone 6 case is available on Shapeways and costs $19.99. The creator, Fernando Sosa, is offering the case in multiple colors including Bent Blue, Pressure Purple, and OMG Orange. Sosa is famous… Read More

  • Amid Crackdowns, Protestors In Hong Kong Take To Tech To Publicize #OccupyCentral and #OccupyHK

    Amid Crackdowns, Protestors In Hong Kong Take To Tech To Publicize #OccupyCentral and #OccupyHK

    Amid reports of a crackdown by the Chinese Government on social media outlets like Instagram in mainland China to suppress distribution of images of student protests in Hong Kong, the hashtag #OccupyCentral has become one of the top trends on Twitter. Images like this: Mongkok, shopping area of Hong Kong. Occupy by protesters. No riot police here. #OccupyCentral #OCLP #OCLPHK… Read More

  • Taking A Ride With The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 Chronograph

    Taking A Ride With The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 Chronograph

    Luminox is best known for their no-nonsense three-handed quartz models with unique Tritium tubes on the hands. These amazingly bright and compact watches are popular with military and police. But what about WWII era fighter pilots? Who will build a watch for them? Now the company has their back. The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 (let’s just call it the P-38 Chrono) is a brand new… Read More

  • The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

    The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school. The first successful transfer of genetic… Read More

  • How To Survive And Thrive In A Funding Round

    How To Survive And Thrive In A Funding Round

    Editor’s note: Tomer Tagrin is a co-founder of Yotpo, a social reviews platform for e-commerce websites.  When my co-founder Omri Cohen and I started Yotpo, a reviews and marketing solution for e-commerce, raising funding was new to me, like it is for most first-time founders. Three rounds and $13 million in funding later, I’ve learned a lot about the process. First of all… Read More

  • Enterprise App Marketplaces Respond To Pain Points In Corporate IT

    Enterprise App Marketplaces Respond To Pain Points In Corporate IT

    Enterprise application marketplaces have grown significantly in number and stature in recent years. This trend has emerged as a response to developers in corporate IT departments who are stifled by lengthy procurement processes, locked into long contracts and highly restricted when it comes to deploying exciting products offered by startup vendors. Read More

  • The Open VC

    The Open VC

    Ten years ago I became a venture capitalist, first with Village Ventures and now at Greycroft Partners. I spent the previous ten years as an entrepreneur. So, equal time on both sides of the table. My chief observation from the past twenty years is that venture capital firms understand much more about the start up’s they invest in than the start up’s understand about the… Read More

  • Tinder And Evolutionary Psychology

    Tinder And Evolutionary Psychology

    Mobile dating application Tinder has been criticized heavily due to its appearance-based matchmaking process, which many consider so shallow and superficial that it could only be used to facilitate casual sex. However, the app’s popularity continues to grow at an extraordinary rate: it is currently available in 24 languages and boasts more than 10 million active daily users. It was… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Five Card Stud

    Gillmor Gang: Five Card Stud

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. The Gang handicaps some new startups from Ray Ozzie and the Anybody But Facebook crowd. Talko may be an enterprise play in consumers’ clothing, but Ello gets plenty of press but on clear reason for investing in a Web app in the Age of Mobile. There’s some buyer remorse on… Read More

  • Shoutout Aims To Be The Simplest Way To Share Photos With Friends

    Shoutout Aims To Be The Simplest Way To Share Photos With Friends

    Shoutout is a new iOS app offering what co-founder and CEO Philip Golbraikh calls “visual texting.” The idea, basically, is to create an environment where people don’t worry about the quality of their photos and instead treat them as “a visual representation of your message” — this is what I’m doing, this is what I’m seeing, and so on. Read More

  • 11 Emoji Apps To Keep You Busy Emoting All Weekend

    What’s better than trying to guess if Drake got a high five tat or a prayer emoticon tat? A whopping 11 awesome emoticon apps, that’s what. Here’s our guide to help you find the ones that will help you up your texting game all weekend long. Read More

  • Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter

    Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter

    Kano Computing, a startup that plays in the learn to code space by adding a step-by-step hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi single-board microcomputer to make hacking around with code and learning about computational thinking child’s play, has shipped all the hardware kits in its first batch of crowdfunded orders and pre-orders. That’s around 18,000 kits in all… Read More

  • Don’t Dismiss Developers

    Don’t Dismiss Developers

    Danny Crichton recently asked TechCrunch readers if developer-focused startups will ever find investors. It’s a debate that surfaces frequently in technology circles, with camps emerging on each side. On one hand, we find the “middleware analogists” — those who equate “selling to developers” to “peddling middleware,” which is code for… Read More

  • The Internet’s Missing Link

    The Internet’s Missing Link

    When the web was originally designed, its creators aspired to include a way to transfer value. According to the HTTP standard, error code 402 was “reserved for future use” and was labeled “Payment Required.” Just as we needed a way to freely share information, we needed a way to freely exchange value. Implementing a standardized payment protocol was a natural fit. But… Read More

  • We Have Entered The Golden Age Of Hardware Hacking

    We Have Entered The Golden Age Of Hardware Hacking

    Hardware is the new hotness. This has been true for some years now: but today, the acorns planted by Arduino, TechShop, Kickstarter, lean prototyping, etc., are finally beginning to sprout into oaks. The best thing about this year’s Disrupt SF conference was that its Startup Alley boasted far fewer sugar-water SoLoMo apps…and many more nifty hardware start-ups. Read More

  • Bring Your Robot To Hardware Alley In London Next Month

    Bring Your Robot To Hardware Alley In London Next Month

    Your robot deserves to roam free. That’s why you should bring him/her/it to Hardware Alley at Disrupt London! The alley, which runs during the last day of Disrupt, features all of my favorite startups – the hardware ones – in glorious technicolor. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything… Read More

  • Aileen Lee’s Cowboy Ventures Is Raising A $55 Million Second Fund

    Aileen Lee’s Cowboy Ventures Is Raising A $55 Million Second Fund

    Cowboy Ventures, the early-stage investment firm led by Aileen Lee, is in the midst of raising its second fund. According to an SEC filing, the firm is seeking to raise $55 million — which is up from the $40 million it sought the first time around. Read More

  • With Plans of Investing $100M Next Year, Israel’s OurCrowd Forges Its Own Path in Equity Crowdfunding

    With Plans of Investing $100M Next Year, Israel’s OurCrowd Forges Its Own Path in Equity Crowdfunding

    In the fast-emerging space of equity crowdfunding, Silicon Valley insiders are pretty familiar with players like AngelList. But there’s actually a startup crowdfunding site out of Israel with a veteran team that has a good deal of momentum as well. OurCrowd, which is run by serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jon Medved, has put at least $70 million to work in roughly 50 companies… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings MSN Back By Shifting Windows Phone’s Bing Apps To A New, Old Moniker

    Microsoft Brings MSN Back By Shifting Windows Phone’s Bing Apps To A New, Old Moniker

    Microsoft, in an effort to bring MSN back to mainstream prominence, is shifting its Bing-labeled Windows Phone and Windows apps under that brand’s aegis. You are forgiven if you forgot that MSN is still a thing, or that a number of Windows Phone and Windows apps that have little to do with search are in fact still branded under the Bing name. MSN may be on this side of risible in the… Read More