entrepreneurship

  • 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

  • The Bouqs Gains A $12 Million Bushel in Series B Financing To Grow The Business

    The Bouqs Gains A $12 Million Bushel in Series B Financing To Grow The Business

    We’re a week-and-a-half away from Valentine’s Day, one of the biggest days for flower purchases everywhere and probably the best time for The Bouqs, an on-demand-ish flower startup to announce it pulled in $12 million in Series B financing. The Bouqs is not a name that rolls off the tongue, but it promises better pricing and next day shipping with flowers that last longer. Read More

  • Meet The Nominees For The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards

    The 9th Annual Crunchies are almost here. On February 8, pioneering tech startups, entrepreneurs and investors will make their way to San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House for what we like to call the Oscars of startups and technology. They’ll be hoping to win a Crunchie award in one these 12 categories. Read More

  • Is VC The Right Money For Fintech? Crunch Network

    Is VC The Right Money For Fintech?

    Financial technology has never been a more exciting or innovative category — especially in New York City. Oddly, tech is not the driving force in many of these ventures. The Blockchain and Bitcoin notwithstanding, most of what we’re seeing now is financial product evolution and the unbundling of the large bank. Most of these companies could have been built 20 years ago. Read More

  • Iterate’s New Platform Helps Corporations Find The Best Tech From Startups

    Iterate’s New Platform Helps Corporations Find The Best Tech From Startups

    Startups are created to solve problems—but that doesn’t matter if the people they want to help don’t know they exist. Iterate Studio was created to match retail companies with startups that have promising technology, but it doesn’t just serve as a matchmaker. Its new cloud-based platform also integrates with popular commerce software and A/B testing services to make… Read More

  • When Burn Rate Outweighs Enthusiasm Crunch Network

    When Burn Rate Outweighs Enthusiasm

    Many business critics of Uber contend that the company is spending “unsustainably.” Despite that nearly all venture-backed startups burn capital unsustainably, Uber’s level of spending is viewed as particularly problematic among its naysayers. Negative press notwithstanding, Uber has now raised billions of dollars — many times over. How is this possible? Read More

  • Interest Rates, Unicorns And What The Fed Means To Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Interest Rates, Unicorns And What The Fed Means To Silicon Valley

    Changes in macroeconomic forces — starting with the interest rate hike — could have a dramatic impact on Silicon Valley and other regions. Read More

  • Silicon Valley Lies And Those Who Tell Them Crunch Network

    Silicon Valley Lies And Those Who Tell Them

    We are now in a new year. Like most people, you’ll likely start 2016 setting a bunch of resolutions. If you are an entrepreneur, or want to become one, do yourself a favor and make the one resolution that can make 2016 your best year: Stop believing the Silicon Valley lies and those who tell them. Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley Should Bring Unsexy Back Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley Should Bring Unsexy Back

    Neckties embedded with QR codes. Pants that make drum noises. “Uber for medical marijuana.” These are just a few of the goofy startup ideas that have cropped up in Silicon Valley in recent years. I can’t be the only one who’s disappointed with this. The Valley is the birthplace of game-changing innovations, like the microprocessor and the PC. It’s home to… 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

  • How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software Crunch Network

    How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software

    I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just never knew how. Many of my friends who are founders of their own companies tell me how they exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit as a kid — they sold candy out of their backpacks, had a landscaping business during the summer, etc. They created value and… Read More

  • The Midwest Startup Formula Will Change The Status Quo For Building Businesses Crunch Network

    The Midwest Startup Formula Will Change The Status Quo For Building Businesses

    As Silicon Valley startups continue chasing private valuations, entrepreneurs in the Midwest are following an entirely different approach. Our goal is the same — to build world-class businesses based on innovative technologies that create new wealth — but our approach is entirely different. We are proving that startup success comes from validating a real market need, then building… Read More

  • 18 Female Founders Who Killed It In 2015

    Last week, on an internal conversational thread here at TechCrunch, the staff began chatting about some of female founders who’ve made a major dent on the tech scene in 2015, and the thread quickly became a very long and involved one. The following are some of the people who popped immediately into mind. This list is in no way comprehensive, so please do reach out to us with your… Read More

  • The Entrepreneurial Journey Is More Darkness Than Light Crunch Network

    The Entrepreneurial Journey Is More Darkness Than Light

    Looking at startups from the outside, it’s easy to assume the startup game is just that, a game. A game with big winners and glorious and rapid rises to the top. Of billion-dollar valuations and worldwide conquests. Of apps serving hundreds of millions of people and liquidity to ensure glory for one’s heirs for generations to come. But entrepreneurship is not a game. Read More

  • Google Launches Equity-Free Accelerator Program For Mobile Startups In Brazil, India And Indonesia

    Google Launches Equity-Free Accelerator Program For Mobile Startups In Brazil, India And Indonesia

    Google is launching a new accelerator program today. The Launchpad Accelerator will provide mobile startups in India, Brazil and Indonesia with mentorship, training, support, and up to $50,000 in equity-free funding. As Roy Glasberg, Google’s Global lead for its Launchpad programs, told me, the accelerator was born out of Google’s existing Launchpad program for startups and… Read More

  • Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech Crunch Network

    Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech

    The way we do everything has been turned upside down: how we read, how we communicate, how we get from point A to point B, how we eat and how we get help when we need it. We are living through the “re-imagination — of nearly everything,” and we are seeing this re-imagination very clearly within the self-help industry. Read More

  • The Essentials of Hiring An Exceptional Startup Team-SD
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    The Essentials Of Hiring An Exceptional Startup Team

    For early stage companies to be successful, founders need to develop a thoughtful recruiting process, and need to do it early on. Read More

  • Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders Crunch Network

    Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders

    Scott Kupor, COO and a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, recently published an article on Fortune.com (titled “Your next business partner should come with a prenup”) in which he reviews several of the common pitfalls of business partnerships and wisely suggests to address them using a prenup agreement. Read More

  • Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups Crunch Network

    Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups

    With interest and investment in food and agriculture startups reaching record levels, new entrepreneurs are entering this important sector, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives on how best to feed the world. While numerous opportunities exist to make a difference in this space, I’ve noticed some common pitfalls for new entrants. Read More

  • Entrepreneurial Experience Separates Top VCs From Other Investors Crunch Network

    Entrepreneurial Experience Separates Top VCs From Other Investors

    A good VC is hard to find. Researchers studying the sector have noted that most venture capital funds “fail to generate attractive returns (or any returns) for investors.” Over the last several years, a number of well-known leaders in the industry, like Fred Wilson, have also spoken publicly about the mediocre returns that many venture firms deliver. On the other hand, the best VCs… Read More

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