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  • The Dark Ages of Austin startup capital Crunch Network

    The Dark Ages of Austin startup capital

    An Austin-based venture capital firm recently offered my company $400,000 for 40 percent of its equity. This was one week before their counterpart in the Bay Area offered $2 million for 20 percent of the same company. Nothing had changed in that week, and both received the same pitch and deck in the weeks prior. Read More

  • Uber And Lyft And The Debate Over Fingerprints In Austin Crunch Network

    Uber And Lyft And The Debate Over Fingerprints In Austin

    It is self-evident that ensuring public safety is a city’s job. In a sane world a public official would never choose between reducing sexual assault and reducing drunk driving. Ridesharing policy is increasingly being framed as either/or brinksmanship, presenting a false choice. I reject that polarity, and I urge you to as well. Read More

  • Google’s Self-Driving Cars Take The Safe Road To Austin

    Google’s Self-Driving Cars Take The Safe Road To Austin

    Whether they’re actually fully safe or not yet for your own joyriding, Google’s self-driving cars are pretty damn cool. It looks like people other than Googlers and journalists will get to take a look, as the company has shared that Austin, TX is first to get a visit. Why Austin? – BBQ.
    – It’s pre-prepped with Googly infrastructure thanks to its Fiber project… Read More

  • TechCrunch Invades Austin Tomorrow

    TechCrunch Invades Austin Tomorrow

    Get ready, Austin. For the fourth year running (maybe more, it’s hard to keep count) we’re visiting one of our favorite cities in the world to check out the shining stars of Austin’s ‘stay-weird’ tech scene. Tomorrow evening at the Palm Door on Sixth, we’ll be holding our world-renowned TechCrunch Pitch-Off, where some amazing companies will get exactly… Read More

  • Reminder: Applications Close For Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs On Friday!

    Reminder: Applications Close For Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs On Friday!

    The time has come, my friends. This time next week, we’ll have chosen around 20 amazing companies to participate in the TechCrunch Pitch-Offs in Austin and Seattle. Applications close on Friday, June 5. In other words, now is the time to apply if you haven’t done so. Selected entrepreneurs will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product on-stage to our audience and a panel… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off Is Coming To Austin And Seattle In June

    The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off Is Coming To Austin And Seattle In June

    TechCrunch is headed to Austin and Seattle on June 23 and June 25 respectively, and we’re stoked to see what some of our favorite cities have to show us. We’ll be holding the world famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off, where about ten companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product live on stage. Alongside the input of the audience, local VCs and TechCrunch editors will hold… Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup In The Austin And Seattle TC Pitch-Offs

    Pitch Your Startup In The Austin And Seattle TC Pitch-Offs

    Hot on the heels of Disrupt, we’re (re)packing our bags to come to two of our favorite cities in the world, Austin and Seattle. We’ll be hitting Austin on June 23, where we’ll get a little weird, and then we’ll head up to Seattle on June 25 for our third-annual Seattle Pitch-Off. These will be nights to remember, but prep starts now. The first priority is going… Read More

  • Game Of Angels Maps Tech Influence Networks

    Game Of Angels Maps Tech Influence Networks

    Ever wondered who influences the influencers? Developer Pierre-Jean Camillieri did, so he put together a tool that scrapes public Twitter and Angel List interactions to map inbound and outbound connections between technology investors, journalists and analysts to foreground influence networks. Read More

  • Drones That Shoot Fire, Silly String And More With Chaotic Moon

    Product design firm Chaotic Moon creates prototypes for some of the biggest brands in the world. It has designed tech products for corporations like Samsung, Whole Foods and Intel. But the Austin-based firm got in trouble at last year’s SXSW Interactive festival when its “taser drone” accidentally shocked one of its interns. Naturally, Chaotic Moon is back again this year with… Read More