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  • Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Disrupt NY is just a few days away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak throughout the three-day-long conference. You can still buy general admission tickets for Disrupt NY here. You can find full details about the event here. These are the speakers we are proud to announce and when you can expect to see them take… Read More

  • Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

    Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

    Acceleprise Ventures, a San Francisco-based incubator anchored by investor Sean Glass, announced a new $3.5 million fund with a pronounced enterprise app bent. It also announced 10 newly funded companies. The company works with 8-12 pre-seed B2B companies per round to help them grow from acquiring their first customers “to building scalable and repeatable processes that can fuel… Read More

  • LinkedIn Q1 Beats On Sales Of $638M, EPS Of $0.57, Shares Tank On Weak Outlook

    LinkedIn Q1 Beats On Sales Of $638M, EPS Of $0.57, Shares Tank On Weak Outlook

    After Facebook and Twitter reported mixed results this week, LinkedIn today was the latest of the social networks to report its Q1 earnings. The company, which has over 350 million users globally, posted sales of $638 million, up 35% year on year, with non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.57. Both beat analyst expectations but the stock is taking a big hit in after-hours trading, down more… Read More

  • The Worst Business Mantra Is ‘Spend The Company’s Money Like It’s Your Own’

    The Worst Business Mantra Is ‘Spend The Company’s Money Like It’s Your Own’

    What do a teepee, cosmetic surgery and hot tub supplies have in common? They all appeared on corporate expense reports in 2011. Yes, it turns out that when companies tell employees, “Spend company money like it’s your own,” some people listen too well. When the average American household carries $15,611 in credit card debt, let’s face it: you don’t actually… Read More

  • Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup

    Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup

    While the atmosphere outside the store was generally similar to previous launches, a glaring difference was the fact that I wasn’t waiting outside of an Apple Store. I was sitting on the sidewalk outside of the upscale fashion boutique Maxfield, on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Read More

  • Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Will Give Disrupt NY The Real Deal On Virtual Reality

    Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Will Give Disrupt NY The Real Deal On Virtual Reality

    Oculus is getting ready to launch its consumer Rift virtual reality headset so at TechCrunch Disrupt NY I’ll be sitting down with the man who made it. Nate Mitchell is the co-founder and VP of Product at Oculus. While visionary Palmer Luckey and CEO Brendan Iribe get a lot of attention, its Mitchell who’s in charge of engineering, product, its Story Studio content team, and making… Read More

  • Introducing TechCrunch TV Live From Disrupt NY

    Introducing TechCrunch TV Live From Disrupt NY

    Disrupt NY 2015 is days away and we’re thrilled to announce the TechCrunch video team will be broadcasting interviews, updates, and great startup action live from the Exhibit Hall floor. In the past, our video team has been hidden backstage, occasionally sneaking out from inside a secret lair with cameras and microphones. This year TechCrunch TV Live will quite literally be in… Read More

  • Lyft CEO Logan Green To Join Us At Disrupt NY

    Lyft CEO Logan Green To Join Us At Disrupt NY

    The last time Lyft CEO Logan Green graced the Disrupt stage, in September 2013, the mobile ride-hailing service was a little more than a year old. Back then Lyft was available in just 10 markets, but was growing quickly thanks to an aggressive expansion roadmap that would take it into 25 U.S. cities by the end of that year. A lot has changed in the last 18 months, as Lyft has evolved from… Read More

  • Brazil’s Samba Ads Raises R$3 million To Take Premium Video Advertising Off YouTube

    Brazil’s Samba Ads Raises R$3 million To Take Premium Video Advertising Off YouTube

    Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com.  Sao Paulo-based startup Samba Ads is announcing a R$3 million ($1 million) investment from a coalition of international investors that are betting on the online video opportunity in Brazil. Brazil’s e.bricks, Brazilian-Israeli firm Initial Capital, Israeli firm Rhodium and Dave… Read More

  • JetMe Launches ‘Name Your Price,’ A Tool To Help You Get That Private Flight

    JetMe Launches ‘Name Your Price,’ A Tool To Help You Get That Private Flight

    JetMe, a startup trying to make booking a private jet simpler and more affordable, released a new tool today called “Name Your Price.” The feature lets users request a private flight, and pick a price that they are willing to pay. JetMe informs you how likely it is that you’ll get that route, at your selected cost. The lower your bid, of course, the lower your chance… Read More

  • First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand economy. Operator calls itself a “Request Network”. It’s an… Read More

  • Backed By $3.5 Million, SnowShoe Debuts Clever, Plastic “Stamps” That Unlock Content On Mobile Phones

    Backed By $3.5 Million, SnowShoe Debuts Clever, Plastic “Stamps” That Unlock Content On Mobile Phones

    Imagine being able to touch a toy figurine to your phone’s screen in order to see the character transported into your video game, or touching another small piece of plastic to the phone in order to unlock exclusive content, like a new video or iTunes download. A startup called SnowShoe has developed technology that does just this – it has created clever, plastic… Read More

  • Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    In the process of growth, startups change. They change from scrappy three-person operations to behemoths with new employees rolling in daily. They go on hiring sprees and the founders no longer know the people sitting at cubicles outside their offices. Bigger companies – Google and the like – start sniffing around. And those changes add up – going from 50 mph to lightspeed is… Read More

  • ClickMechanic, The U.K. On-Demand Car Mechanic Startup, Scores Seed Funding

    ClickMechanic, The U.K. On-Demand Car Mechanic Startup, Scores Seed Funding

    ClickMechanic, the U.K. startup aiming to be something like an ‘Uber for car mechanics’ by offering a marketplace that lets you easily and transparently book a mobile mechanic, has scored a modest seed round. The London-based company, founded by Andrew Jervis and Felix Kenton, has raised £320,000 from angel investors led by former Just Eat CEO Klaus Nyengaard. This adds to… Read More

  • Robocoin, The Bitcoin ATM, Adds A Way To Send Cash Overseas

    Robocoin, The Bitcoin ATM, Adds A Way To Send Cash Overseas

    Remittances – sending cash overseas – has always been bitcoin‘s killer app. Now the guys at Robocoin have made it more killer. Their new product, called Romit, is basically a way to send cash through a Robocoin ATM to another ATM or merchant account at fees far lower than other remittance providers. Robocoin runs 20 ATMs around the world including systems in Hong Kong… Read More

  • Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

    Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

    Twitter has today announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform. The problem of the mainstream social network being misappropriated as an amplification medium for minority hate groups to — for instance — spread jihadist terrorist sentiments and propaganda, or harass and threaten women with messages of violent misogyny… Read More

  • Casper CEO Phillip Krim Is Dreaming Of Disrupt NY

    Casper CEO Phillip Krim Is Dreaming Of Disrupt NY

    Though Casper prides itself on making sure you catch some Zzz’s, Casper CEO Phillip Krim won’t be inducing any snoring come Disrupt NY in May. His company is company is targeting an industry that most consumers consider a night terror. Maybe we’ll even get him to do the interview lying in a Casper mattress. Anything could happen. It’s Disrupt! Casper is flipping over… Read More

  • Ad Tech And Mobile In Focus In Microsoft And Yahoo’s Renewed Search Deal

    Ad Tech And Mobile In Focus In Microsoft And Yahoo’s Renewed Search Deal

    After months of negotiations, Microsoft and Yahoo today finally announced a renewed search alliance, which includes amendments to the two companies’ earlier partnership. It will give Yahoo more flexibility in terms of how it’s able to monetize its search traffic and includes changes to the two companies’ ads salesforces. Yahoo will continue to serve Bing ads and search… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards

    TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards

    It’s Apple Watch pre-order day! The new device went on sale this morning at just after midnight Pacific time, and now shipping times are extending to at least June across the product lineup. Our guest today, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple (@jdalrymple), not only successfully ordered three but also went to the Apple Store in Palo Alto to check out the in-store experience. I also managed… Read More

  • FanBread Says It Can Help Online Celebs Make Money By Creating Their Own Websites

    FanBread Says It Can Help Online Celebs Make Money By Creating Their Own Websites

    If you’re big on YouTube or Vine or whatever, a startup called FanBread aims to help you make money — specifically by building and monetizing a website of your very own. The company is only emerging from stealth mode today, but founder and CEO Karl House told me he’s done something similar before, when he served as head of sales and business development at YouTube network… Read More

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