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  • Announcing TechCrunch Include Hub, A Home For Our Diversity And Inclusion Program

    Announcing TechCrunch Include Hub, A Home For Our Diversity And Inclusion Program

    TechCrunch has been running a program called Include for a while now. In its first phase, it offered diverse entrepreneurs, founders, organizations focused on inclusion and technologists a variety of benefits like monetary support and free or discounted tickets to our Disrupt events. Last year, we announced  Include 2.0, the next phase of our diversity program, which brought office… Read More

  • Meet The Competitors Vying For The Crunchie For VC Of The Year

    Meet The Competitors Vying For The Crunchie For VC Of The Year

    We’re getting ready for the 9th Annual Crunchies here at TechCrunch, where some of the brightest startups, companies and leaders hope to win the coveted Crunchie award in one of the 12 categories up for grabs. Among that mix are those who write the checks to get these startups off to a good beginning – venture capitalists. Below are the VCs who have been selected as finalists for… Read More

  • Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

    Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

    CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the big CE players. We want to see the future FitBits and… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: The Rise Of American Ecommerce

    Hello and welcome to Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This episode matters a bit more to me than usual, as it is the last week that I will host. After an amazing few years at TechCrunch, I’m changing jobs, which will make it ever so slightly harder to come in every week and put on the show. All that aside, this week we dug into the American ecommerce market, a fine topic… Read More

  • Have A Hardware Startup? Launch In TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield At CES

    Have A Hardware Startup? Launch In TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield At CES

    Hardware Battlefield is back! We’re excited to announce that for the third year in a row, TechCrunch is hosting a startup competition at CES that focuses on hardware companies. We want to help you launch your company at the world’s largest consumer electronic tradeshow. Time is running out to enter your company. Submit your application by November 18 at 9pm PT to compete for free… Read More

  • Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London

    Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London

    We want you to show off your hardware in London at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in London. Why? Because it’s the best alley and hardware is amazing. Disrupt London runs from December 7-8, 2015. Hardware Alley day is on the 8th and you’ll receive tickets to both days of Disrupt. We invite everyone – from bootstrapped prototypers to seasoned makers – to join… Read More

  • Hardware Alley Is Coming To London

    Hardware Alley Is Coming To London

    Good morrow to you madam or sir! I would like to call your attention to a unique and fun opportunity. I, John Biggs, want you to show off your hardware in London at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in London. Huzzah! Disrupt London runs from December 7-8, 2015. Hardware Alley day is on the 8th and you’ll receive tickets to both days of Disrupt. We invite everyone – from… Read More

  • Announcing The Startup Battlefield Of Disrupt SF 2015

    Announcing The Startup Battlefield Of Disrupt SF 2015

    TechCrunch is pleased to announce the 25 startups selected to participate in the Startup Battlefield of Disrupt SF 2015. Over the next three days, these companies will compete on tech’s biggest stage for $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. The Battlefield represent the crème de la crème; the startups onstage represent just over 2.5 percent of those that applied. Startup Battlefield… Read More

  • Mobile Blog JKOnTheRun Is Reborn After The Fall Of Gigaom

    Mobile Blog JKOnTheRun Is Reborn After The Fall Of Gigaom

    Harken back with me to the heady days of 2004. The century was still young and we humans were yet unsullied by the great iPhoning of mobile technology. A young man, James Kendrick, hat in one hand and valise in the other, had just disembarked from the great ship HMS Mainstream Tech Media and begun writing on a website called JKOnTheRun. In those heady days tech blogs grew fat on the vine. Read More

  • Mashable Finalizes $14M First Outside Funding Round

    Mashable Finalizes $14M First Outside Funding Round

    Tech and social media blog Mashable has raised a total of $14 million in a Series A investment round led by Tribune Digital Ventures, the company announced today. The funding adds nearly $1 million to the $13.3 million the company revealed it had raised as of early January this year, and represents the first time the site has sought outside funding. Mashable has offices in New York City and… Read More

  • Blog Monetization Service Skyscraper Comes Out Of Closed Beta, Adds VigLink Integration & WordPress Plugin

    Blog Monetization Service Skyscraper Comes Out Of Closed Beta, Adds VigLink Integration & WordPress Plugin

    Skyscraper launched last year as a pretty straightforward blog advertising service with a focus on helping bloggers make money through direct ad sales. That’s still a main part of its business, and it is currently serving up more than 1.5 million ads every day, but as its co-founder Paul Burger told me last week, the company’s focus is slowly shifting to becoming a full-service… Read More

  • Business Of Fashion Gets $2.1M Seed Funding From Index, LVMH And More For Its No-Nonsense B2B Fashion Blog

    Business Of Fashion Gets $2.1M Seed Funding From Index, LVMH And More For Its No-Nonsense B2B Fashion Blog

    We’ve seen a lot of fashion tech and fashion e-commerce startups pick up steam in the form of users, revenues, and venture backing. But because content remains king, less tech-heavy sites, working in the area of amassing intelligent data, are also growing: Business of Fashion, a London-based B2B blog that chronicles the ins and outs of the fashion industry, is today announcing that it… Read More

  • 61 Percent Of Disqus Comments Are Made With Pseudonyms

    61 Percent Of Disqus Comments Are Made With Pseudonyms

    One of the unending debates in blogging circles is about the value of comments. How do you encourage the best comments and discourage the anonymous trolls? Do you even need comments?  Or do you enforce civility by requiring real names, through the use of Facebook comments (which is what we currently use on TechCrunch) at the expense of discouraging conversation? But there is a middle… Read More

  • Gawker's Gulp Moment: Big Redesign Is Driving People Away

    About ten days ago, gossip blog Gawker and its sister sites Gizmodo, Lifehacker and others switched over to a drastic redesign which was met with plenty of jeers. People always complain about design changes, but this time it looks like several of Gawker’s sites actually took a major hit to traffic. According to Quantcast, which directly measures the sites, Gawker’s U.S. daily… Read More

  • 2010 State Of The Blogosphere: Facebook And Twitter Drive The Most Traffic (Slides)

    2010 State Of The Blogosphere: Facebook And Twitter Drive The Most Traffic (Slides)

    Earlier today, Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra gave his annual State of The Blogosphere presentation at the ad:tech conference. Technorati will be blogging about the findings over the next few days, which is based on a survey of 7,200 bloggers. But we have the full slide presentation after the jump. Some key takeaways: Read More

  • Six Apart Rolls Out Sponsored "TypePad Conversations," Your Comments Are Now Ads

    Ever since this whole blog thing started to take off, marketers have been trying to horn their way into the conversation. It started out as crude pay-per-post schemes, and then evolved into more subtle “sponsored conversations”. Once Twitter and Facebook took off, some of those conversations also were for sale. It got so bad, the FTC had to get involved. Now Six Apart is… Read More

  • Wikio merges with Ebuzzing – cue controversy

    [France] Wikio has announced on its blog (in French) that Ebuzzing has joined the “Wikio communication group”. You’ve probably heard of Wikio – you know, a kind’ve competitor to Digg and Technorati in France which expanded to Europe. But you’ve probably not heard of Ebuzzing, which is focused on France. Wikio and Ebuzzing are in fact two major players for… Read More

  • PlasticAxe: A blog about music gaming

    We don’t usually announce blog launches but this one is pretty much beauty: it’s PlasticAxe, a blog about music gaming. Granted he’ll probably run out of stuff to write about on day 10, but Joe Rybicki, formerly of 1UP and a bunch of other gaming sites and magazines, has melded his love of music gaming with his love of WordPress templates and created a niche blog to end all… Read More

  • What If Comments Could Be Retweeted? TweetMeme Is Working On It.

    Twitter and blogs are increasingly feeding into each other. A blog post can go viral if it gets retweeted enough time. But what if it was easy to retweet a comment? TweetMeme, which powers the retweet buttons increasingly found on blog posts (like this one), is working on bringing retweets to comments, at least to comments on its own site. But once it does that, blogs will be able to… Read More

  • Jeff Jarvis Tries To Save Local News (With Spreadsheets!)

    Local news always seems to get the short end of the stick, both in terms of coverage and advertising dollars. And as the entire newspaper industry continues to struggle for survival, the prospects for local news looks particularly bleak. It just doesn’t pay to have a reporter cover a neighborhood farmer’s market when she could be covering the Mayor’s office or something… Read More