technology

  • Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech Crunch Network

    Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech

    The FDA is currently considering clinical trials for a drug that would delay aging. The idea of extending human longevity is a controversial one, with some arguing for immortality and others arguing that a lifespan into the mid-70s is perfectly adequate. So is the drug good or bad? As an investor in science and technology, this is a non-trivial question for me. Read More

  • Software For The Full-Stack Era Crunch Network

    Software For The Full-Stack Era

    The history of software is dominated by companies that automated how the biggest companies in the world did business. IBM automated clerical tasks, SAP unified corporate financials, and Siebel digitized Rolodexes for relationship-driven salespeople. With that focus in mind, it’s no wonder that many of the world’s largest technology companies survive based on their ties to IT… Read More

  • Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico Crunch Network

    Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico

    Imagine a country with 100 million mobile phones, but just 15 percent of residents have a credit card. A country where more than half of the population is under age 27, but less than half has Internet access. That, in a nutshell, underscores the opportunities and challenges for innovators and investors evaluating Mexico’s emerging innovation economy. Read More

  • Google Promises Improved Voicemail Transcriptions, Cuts Error Rate By 49%

    Google Promises Improved Voicemail Transcriptions, Cuts Error Rate By 49%

    “Hi, My name is Melissa and also i’m calling on behalf of terribly a meeting a technology company at the forefront of, and both the city of entertainment. I wanted to follow up with you to make sure you saw love to hear announcement about their new H T M R html 5.” That gibberish is what Google Voice showed me as the written transcript of a recent voicemail. Given how… Read More

  • Investment Giant KKR Leads Rare $15M Early Stage Round For Fundraising Platform Artivest

    Investment Giant KKR Leads Rare $15M Early Stage Round For Fundraising Platform Artivest

    In what may be one of its first investments in a Series A round, the investment firm KKR has pulled from its $98.6 billion in assets under management to lead a $15 million investment in the fundraising platform, Artivest. 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

  • How Pixar Solves Problems From The Inside Out

    How Pixar Solves Problems From The Inside Out

    It’s easy to forget that Pixar is a technology company. Mostly because the invention that they do is in service of a narrative. When done successfully, your attention is held by that narrative, not by the technical achievements that made it possible. Read More

  • ‘Foursquare For Stoners’ App Lets You Share Your Buzz

    ‘Foursquare For Stoners’ App Lets You Share Your Buzz

    Truly the bounty of technology’s cup overfloweth. Cannabis smokers of the world wishing they could share their buzz with others can do so via an anonymous geolocation app called Who Is Happy, on iOS and Android. Read More

  • Apple Quietly Bought Dryft, A Keyboard App

    Apple Quietly Bought Dryft, A Keyboard App

    Apple quietly bought Dryft, a startup that develops keyboard apps — an acquisition that appears to have occurred last year — TechCrunch has learned. The acquisition seemed to be confirmed by Randy Marsden’s LinkedIn profile, which lists him as joining Apple last September. Marsden, the chief technology officer of Dryft and also a co-founder of Swype, now leads development… Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again Crunch Network

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • European Tech Verticals To Track Crunch Network

    European Tech Verticals To Track

    While the high-level investment trend in innovative technology is similar between the U.S. and Europe, digging deeper exposes interesting differences. Europe seems to be punching above its weight in some predictable areas like banking and hospitality while being weaker in historically strong areas like fashion and insurance. At a high level, the trend of early-stage technology deals over the… Read More

  • Alibaba And The Cognitive Dissonance Of American Data Policy Crunch Network

    Alibaba And The Cognitive Dissonance Of American Data Policy

    American cyber policy makers may well rue not paying heed to Burnham. The legal interpretations they currently espouse may soon turn around to bite them in the proverbial hypocritical posterior. The issue is put in stark relief by the recent announcement from Alibaba, the Chinese technology company that plans to open up a new data center in Silicon Valley. From a business perspective… Read More

  • London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    What is it with tech jobs in London (and, lately, the rest of the UK)? Well, ask a silly question, right? Because the city and the country is going through a tech boom right now and when that happens tech startups in the recruitment space scramble to join the fray, especially in the UK capital. There’s even a “Silicon Milkround” to compete with the usual ‘milk… Read More

  • Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    While it can be dangerous to take lessons from television shows or science fiction novels, there’s evidence that as technology advances at breakneck speed, there will be those who are afraid of what’s coming and people could choose sides. To some extent, it’s because technology is always a few steps ahead of society, and we have yet to come to grips with much of… Read More

  • Why Are There So Few Black Investors? Crunch Network

    Why Are There So Few Black Investors?

    While the technology sector continues to flourish, and its luminaries are seen as role models, the industry as a whole is suffering from a lack of diversity that has undermined its ability to fully realize its transformative potential. Read More

  • Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

    Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

    The technology sector had a rough year in Washington. In the face of growing political spending, increasing economic might and stumbling government agencies, tech got nearly nothing it wanted in 2014. NSA reform died, as did copyright reform, and patent reform. Immigration reform? Kaput. And the recent election axed important politicians who were allied with the tech industry on certain issues. Read More

  • Graphene Turns Light Into Electricity For Faster Circuits

    Graphene Turns Light Into Electricity For Faster Circuits

    Welcome to another episode of “Cool Science Stuff That Probably Will Have Some Effect On Our Lives Later But We Probably Won’t Realize It.” In this week’s installment we present graphene photosensors. While the vast majority of high speed data is transmitted via fiber optic cables, there is always a “last nanometer” problem where the light signals must… Read More

  • WebDev Video Tutorials Startup Learnable.com Gives Australian High School Students Free Classes To Address Looming Crisis

    WebDev Video Tutorials Startup Learnable.com Gives Australian High School Students Free Classes To Address Looming Crisis

    Hoping to address the software developer skills crisis choking Australia’s startup ecosystem, Learnable.com is giving away $10 million in credits to high school students to access its library of web development resources.  Spanning 10,000 students, the Melbourne startup hopes to reverse the engineering deficit and replicate the success of Aussie successes, Atlassian, 99designs, and… Read More

  • April Fools 2013: The Ultimate Round-Up

    April Fools 2013: The Ultimate Round-Up

    Happy April First, errybody! Yes, that’s right, we’ve reached that special, inimitable time of year. April Fools Day 2013. At TechCrunch, we have a long history of taking April Fools seriously. Deadly, deadly seriously. So, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to create a master list (which will be updated throughout the day) with the best tomfoolery, pranks, WTFs and LOLs the… Read More

  • One of the Biggest Mistakes Enterprise Startups Make

    One of the Biggest Mistakes Enterprise Startups Make

    The era of VCs investing in successful consumer Internet startups such as eBay led to a belief system that seemed to permeate many enterprise software startups that hiring sales or implementation people was a bad thing. And many enterprise startups I meet try to convince me they don’t need professional services teams. This is a big mistake. This post explains why … Read More

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