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  • Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

    Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

    Jon Callaghan is a founder and managing partner of True Ventures, an industry-leading venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology firms. We’re thrilled to announce that Callaghan will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2015, where he’ll talk about all things tech and what he looks for when investing in new startups. Callaghan is an entrepreneur… Read More

  • Sampler Is Like Those People Who Give You Free Warm Cheeseballs At Costco But Only On The Internet

    Sampler Is Like Those People Who Give You Free Warm Cheeseballs At Costco But Only On The Internet

    Giving out samples on the street is kind of silly. Taking a little cup of urine-colored sports drink or a nasty bag of chips offers little in the way of customer generation and it usually ends up in a messy sidewalk and tired sample givers. But what if you could give away urine-colored sports drinks over the Internet? Now you’re cooking with gas! Marie Chevrier at Sampler wants to make… Read More

  • iRobot and CyPhy Co-founder Helen Greiner To Talk Robotics, Drones And Founding Companies At Disrupt SF 2015

    iRobot and CyPhy Co-founder Helen Greiner To Talk Robotics, Drones And Founding Companies At Disrupt SF 2015

    When it comes to the complex world of robotics, Helen Greiner is an expert. She was one of the co-founders of iRobot, the robotics company responsible for the wonderful vacuuming Roomba robot, and she founded and currently helms CyPhy Works, which develops UAVs for search and rescue missions and bridge inspections. We’re stoked to announce that Greiner will be joining us live on stage… Read More

  • LockedOut: An Uber For Locksmiths

    LockedOut: An Uber For Locksmiths

    By now, it’s clear that we will see “Uber for [x]” companies until there is indeed an Uber for everything. Here is the latest one: LockedOut — an Uber for locksmiths. The locksmith experience is pretty much on-demand already, but LockedOut founder Ray Wang argues that the locksmith market (especially in New York, where the service is now in beta) isn’t exactly great. Read More

  • Shotput Wants To Be The AWS For Logistics

    Shotput Wants To Be The AWS For Logistics

    “We’re in a unique, extremely unsexy industry,” explained James Steinberg, who founded Shotput with fellow Northeastern University graduate Praful Mathur around 18 months ago. Part of Y Combinator’s summer 2015 class, Shotput provides an end-to-end product delivery and fulfillment suite to customers. Started as a response to the frustration the cofounders experienced… Read More

  • With A Slew Of US Investors, Zimmber Launches Home Service Marketplace For India

    With A Slew Of US Investors, Zimmber Launches Home Service Marketplace For India

    A who’s-who of big time American investors are bringing the marketplace investment thesis behind HomeJoy and Handy to India — backing the new startup Zimmber. Ram Shriram, the founder of Sherpalo Ventures and an investor in Google, IDG Ventures, the Omidyar Network, and the India-based chairman of Manipal Global Education, V. Mohandas Pai, have committed just under $2 million into… Read More

  • Merienda Picnic Will Deliver A Fully Stocked Picnic In Under An Hour

    Merienda Picnic Will Deliver A Fully Stocked Picnic In Under An Hour

    Everyone loves a picnic, but the labor-intensive planning, packing, and cleanup often cause people to rethink their outdoor plans and just head to a nearby restaurant. Merienda Picnic (winner of last week’s TC Radio Pitch-Off), is an on-demand service that will bring you a fully stocked picnic basket in under an hour. Launched in New Orleans, the company currently delivers an array… Read More

  • 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

  • Shinola, Grado Labs, And Adafruit To Talk Making And Manufacturing At Disrupt NY

    Shinola, Grado Labs, And Adafruit To Talk Making And Manufacturing At Disrupt NY

    Manufacturing never left America. Even during the recession, good people were still building good things. Recently, though, thanks to the maker movement, small-scale manufacturing is seeing a renaissance throughout the world, something the president of Shinola, Vice President of Grado Labs, and founder of Adafruit will discuss at Disrupt NY. Each of these people have a unique vantage point on… Read More

  • Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

    Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

    The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet, a company working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will happen in Switzerland this summer as proof of concept to “to clarify the legal framework, consider local conditions and explore the technical and business capabilities of the… Read More

  • The Rise Of Micro Startup Acquisitions Crunch Network

    The Rise Of Micro Startup Acquisitions

    Recent news of Pinterest acquiring a two-person startup was probably a head scratcher for most of you. It shouldn’t be. Along with Kosei, Hike Labs was a focusedmicro acquisition intended to bolster Pinterest’s content discovery efforts. More companies should be following their lead. Read More

  • Visor Lets You Look Through Other’s Eyes

    Visor Lets You Look Through Other’s Eyes

    As we move into our telemetric future, we will soon be able to mediate our experience in the world through apps. Already we can live the lives of others, vicariously, through Meerkat. We can see photos of the food of others with Instagram. And now, thanks to Visor, we can see how long the line is to order at Shake Shack. We are truly living in an era of spooky action at a… Read More

  • Foundation: Leo Laporte On TWiT And Following Your Passion

    In this episode of Foundation, I sit down with a long-time mentor and friend, Leo Laporte. Leo was the star of TechTV and is the founder of TWiT. We discuss his early days as a fry cook at McDonald’s, how the concept of This Week in Tech was born, and the importance of keeping a positive attitude. Leo’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: “I’m lucky for one thing. I do… Read More

  • Are Newly Formed Roles In VC Firms Differentiators, Table Stakes Or Total BS? Crunch Network

    Are Newly Formed Roles In VC Firms Differentiators, Table Stakes Or Total BS?

    In the venture capital world, we’re about to experience an explosion of hiring around one very specific function. These people won’t invest in startups, nor will they analyze companies. They won’t help operate the management company, nor will they focus on LPs. They won’t be EIRs or in-house recruiters or PR consultants or pretty much anything you’re accustomed… Read More

  • Dataminr Confirms $130M Raise To Take Its Social Media Data Analysis To New Verticals

    Dataminr Confirms $130M Raise To Take Its Social Media Data Analysis To New Verticals

    Dataminr, a startup that parses and crawls the vast glut of real-time informatio posted on social media sites like Twitter to extract key developments for public safety, bankers and news organizations, has confirmed that it’s raised another $130 million in funding. The funding — a Series D led by Fidelity — will be used to expand into new enterprise verticals, with… Read More

  • Felicis Ventures Brings On More Founders To Its Advisory Council With Shopify CPO

    Felicis Ventures Brings On More Founders To Its Advisory Council With Shopify CPO

    Several years ago, venture investor Aydin Senkut just showed up at Shopify’s headquarters in Ottawa. He had heard about them from the organizers of the Grow Conference in Vancouver and decided to stop by apropos of nothing. “At the time, no one really knew who we were,” said chief platform officer Harley Finkelstein. “But we knew of Aydin’s reputation and that… Read More

  • The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags Crunch Network

    The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags

    Apple’s focus should be on selling as many watches as possible, not becoming a fashion brand. Read More

  • Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

    Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

    When you break down, the assumption is that you need help urgent.ly. That’s why Urgent.ly exists. This on-demand roadside assistance app aims to be the Uber of what happens if your car can’t be used as an Uber anymore. Founded by Chris Spanos, Surendra Goel, and Luke Kathol, the service allows you to pinpoint your location and request help. Spanos, who worked as a GM of Repair.com… Read More

  • 500px Co-Founder And Former CEO Ousted From The Startup

    500px Co-Founder And Former CEO Ousted From The Startup

    Toronto’s 500px photo portfolio site and marketplace is undergoing some major changes, as co-founder Oleg Gutsol is out from the company he started. The executive shared the information on Facebook on Monday, saying that he was “ousted from the company that [he] created by the people [he] trusted most.” It’s impossible to see this as a move that was reached equitably… Read More

  • The Story Behind Qualtrics, The Next Great Enterprise Company

    The Story Behind Qualtrics, The Next Great Enterprise Company

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred and is ex-Electronic Arts. I met Ryan Smith about nine years ago in a college apartment in Provo Utah. We were both attending school, and after asking him what he was working on he replied… Read More