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  • Austin and Seattle TC Pitch-off applications close in two weeks

    Austin and Seattle TC Pitch-off applications close in two weeks

    You have about two weeks to apply for the pitch-offs in Austin and Seattle, going down June 14 and June 16, respectively. Ten companies will have exactly 60 seconds each to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. After all the presentations, the judges will determine our winners. First place will receive a table in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Non-profit RideAustin looks to fill void left by Uber and Lyft

    Non-profit RideAustin looks to fill void left by Uber and Lyft

    Charity or opportunism? It’s so hard to tell, sometimes. In RideAustin’s case, it looks to be a bit of both. It’s a non-profit car-for-hire service that’s happy to abide by the city’s rules — and adds a layer of budget- and conscience-friendly features that may help it stay differentiated (and alive). Read More

  • Apply now! The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is coming to Austin and Seattle

    Apply now! The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is coming to Austin and Seattle

    Fresh on the heels of Disrupt NY, we’re packing up and heading to Austin and Seattle for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off. Ten companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch to a panel of expert judges, including local VCs and TC editors, as well as our lovely audience. Judges will conduct a quick Q&A on stage, and at the end of all the presentations, they will determine our winners. Read More

  • Uber and Lyft ‘pause’ Austin operations today in standoff over regulation

    Uber and Lyft ‘pause’ Austin operations today in standoff over regulation

    Today, Uber and Lyft took their ride-hailing services offline in Austin, Texas, leaving drivers scrambling for other means of making income, and riders stranded or seeking another mode of transportation. Here’s why: this week, Austin voters upheld a rule that would require Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies there to do fingerprint-based background checks of their… Read More

  • Uber and Lyft shut down in Austin after voters defeat Proposition 1

    Uber and Lyft shut down in Austin after voters defeat Proposition 1

    Today voters in Austin went to the polls to weigh in on Proposition 1, an attempt to overturn a bill requiring mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background checks for new Uber and Lyft drivers in the city. The results are in, and with 56 percent of total voters voting against Prop 1, the proposition failed to pass. This means that the bill requiring fingerprint-based background checks… Read More

  • 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