• Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

    Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

    Airbnb — the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels — is doing some booking of its own. Airbnb is in the process of raising another round of funding that will value it at $20 billion, according to sources familiar with the situation. Read More

  • No, Magic Can’t Deliver A Tiger

    No, Magic Can’t Deliver A Tiger

    Earlier this week, as Re/Code’s Jason Del Rey was trying to procure a chicken parmesan via text, we were trying to procure a tiger via text. “You want a tiger delivered? Just text the details and Magic’s got you covered,” read the lede of the VentureBeat article about nascent on-demand startup Magic. Read More

  • Uber Database Breach Exposed Information Of 50,000 Drivers, Company Confirms

    Uber Database Breach Exposed Information Of 50,000 Drivers, Company Confirms

    Uber announced today that its database was breached by an unauthorized third party last year. The company confirmed the breach in a company blog post published this afternoon, authored by Uber’s managing counsel of data private Katherine Tassi. The breach, which occurred on May 13 2014, revealed the names and license plate numbers of approximately 50,000 drivers across various states. Read More

  • With A $60M Revenue Run Rate, ClassPass May Be The Next Uber

    With A $60M Revenue Run Rate, ClassPass May Be The Next Uber

    TechCrunch has secured financial information about ClassPass, the TechStars-backed startup that offers unlimited access to various fitness classes for a flat monthly fee. As it stands now, our sources report that ClassPass is tracking to a $60 million revenue run rate for 2015, a run rate that has doubled in the past three months. Last week alone, the company brought in $1.5 million and this… Read More

  • How Cards Are Quietly Transforming The Web

    How Cards Are Quietly Transforming The Web

    Nearly three hours a day. That’s the average amount of time you and I spent on our phones every day in 2014. Our dependency on mobile devices for information has forced the design of the web to change. Netizens have come to expect mobile content is optimized in a way that brings them exactly what they are looking for front and center. Read More

  • Google Unveils Plans For Flexible, Biodome-Like Headquarters In Mountain View

    Google Unveils Plans For Flexible, Biodome-Like Headquarters In Mountain View

    Google just unveiled plans for a new headquarters in Mountain View that looks like a series of canopies or even almost geodesic-dome like formations. This is the first time the company has designed and built offices from scratch, and it’s partnering with Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, which will lead to a better way of working. Instead of very… Read More

  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

    Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch of the Apple Watch, which is likely going to be the start of the show at a special event on Monday March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. He spoke to The Telegraph about the company’s first smart wearable, and in that interview he talked about what will motivate a purchase decision for the… Read More

  • Overdressed

    Overdressed

    If you were offline between, say, 7pm and 10pm Eastern last night, boy, things must have seemed real weird when you logged back onto Twitter. Despite what you might have heard, BuzzFeed did not invent the optical illusion. “The Dress,” as it immediately became known, is but one in a long line of images that trick the eye and the brain. Read More

  • PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this particular equation. Following its huge success in the App Store, the app is coming to Android. When I first played with PhotoMath before the team took the stage in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt London, I was impressed by its design… Read More

  • As Kleiner Trial Plays On, VC’s Upper Echelon Is Laid Bare To The Real World

    As Kleiner Trial Plays On, VC’s Upper Echelon Is Laid Bare To The Real World

    The world of venture capital has long been cloaked in understated reticence and secrecy. That’s especially been true for the traditional top tier Sand Hill Road firms, such as Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. After all, a big benefit of being in the private market is, well, the privacy. Deals can be done with handshakes. Salaries and bonuses can be confidential. Business strategies… Read More

  • FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

    FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

    As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new net neutrality regulations today on a vote of 3-2, with the Commission’s two Democratic appointees joining Chairman Tom Wheeler in voting yes. The Commission’s two Republican-appointed members both voted no. Notably, the FCC’s plan is now known to have undergone a last-minute revision to remove a… Read More

  • Vurb Is Crazy Enough To Fight Google
  • The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

    The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

    Sitting at the top of the iTunes App Store for the fourth day in a row and counting is Scholly, another one of the many mobile applications that found its way onto the national stage by way of ABC’s popular TV pitch competition Shark Tank. The show now has a history of being able to move the market when it comes to turning apps that would otherwise be also-rans into mobile hits –… Read More

  • The Untapped $140 Trillion Innovation For Jobs Market

    The Untapped $140 Trillion Innovation For Jobs Market

    It’s a popular sport nowadays, discussing if tech is going to kill or create jobs. The answer is simple, if you ask me. If we care more about tasks than about people, then tech will replace people. If we care more about people than about tasks, then tech will leverage people. Think about it this way: I work in your company, I wash the dishes. You buy a dishwashing machine. You can either… Read More

  • How To Speak Startup

    How To Speak Startup

    Hang with startup kids long enough, and you’ll notice that they have their own language. No, bro, it’s a SaaS play in the on-demand food space. Think of it as the Uber for gluten-free Whole Foods delivery, ok? It never ends: We’re actively raising, but really want to make sure that we hit investor-board fit before product-market sync, you know? Read More