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  • Government Should Think Before Imposing Heavy Regulation On Fintech Crunch Network

    Government Should Think Before Imposing Heavy Regulation On Fintech

    On July 16, the U.S. Treasury Department finally made a move that many fintech professionals have expected – and some dreaded – for years. They issued a Request for Information (RFI) for online marketplaces. Their goal is to “allow policymakers to study the various business models and products offered by online marketplace lenders, the potential for online marketing lending… Read More

  • Ephemeral Vs. Perpetual Messaging: Thinking Outside The Timeline Crunch Network

    Ephemeral Vs. Perpetual Messaging: Thinking Outside The Timeline

    If you are following the battle of the short messaging systems, you might think it is a one-dimensional contest between the systems that maintain your chat history for all time – like Twitter and Facebook – and the so-called disappearing messengers – like Snapchat – where messages vanish after being read. Read More

  • BestTechie Founder Creates KYA Analytics To Provide A Better Understanding Of Your Audience

    BestTechie Founder Creates KYA Analytics To Provide A Better Understanding Of Your Audience

    The K-Y-A in KYA Anlytics stands for “Know Your Audience,” and founder and CEO Jeff Weisbein said that’s exactly what he’s trying to help online publishers do. Weisbein has been in those shoes himself, have created and run the tech site BestTechie for more than a decade (though he took some time away from it to work as an analyst at Mashwork, now known as Canvs.tv). Read More

  • Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race Crunch Network

    Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race

    Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace. At a recent conference in San Jose, Calif., leading figures in this NewSpace movement (a term used to describe the startups that stand in the shadows of space industry giants such as Boeing and Lockheed-Martin)… Read More

  • Your Banking Future And The Big Brother Fed Crunch Network

    Your Banking Future And The Big Brother Fed

    Manhattan, 2040: Alice wants to open an antiques store. Chelsea seems like a good location. She has to find 150 square meters to move the items that she has collected over the years, and to go on a tour of flea markets in Eastern Europe, her area of expertise. She needs to finance the imports. The problem? She doesn’t have enough money to get started. Read More

  • Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair Crunch Network

    Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair

    “We’re watching you.” This was the warning that the Chicago Police Department gave to more than 400 people on its “Heat List.” The list, an attempt to identify the people most likely to commit violent crime in the city, was created with a predictive algorithm that focused on factors including, per the Chicago Tribune, “his or her acquaintances and their… Read More

  • Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

    Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

    Startups start with talent, and the talent, as we all know, seems to get younger every year. But it wouldn’t happen if children themselves were not introduced to the word of technology and engineering early, and shown that it can be a fun, creative environment. For the last 6 years, a pioneer of this in the UK has been Young Rewired State, a non-profit founded by Emma Mulqueeny, which… Read More

  • Listen To VC Eileen Burbidge On Being Fired At Skype, Founder Psychosis, And Close Ties To U.K. Gov

    Listen To VC Eileen Burbidge On Being Fired At Skype, Founder Psychosis, And Close Ties To U.K. Gov

    TechCrunch interviews Eileen Burbidge, Partner at London VC firm Passion Capital, where we discuss her early days working at Skype and Apple, the types of startups she invests in, her close ties to the U.K. government, the upcoming EU in-out referendum, and women in technology. Read More

  • The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’ Crunch Network

    The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’

    “The minute a major Silicon Valley VC sets up a branch in Mexico, you will be out of business,” a Mexican founder told me over dinner at last year’s Mexico VC Day in San Francisco. I did not respond, because I actually think our risk of going out of business is higher if they don’t come. And we don’t expect them to come in the near future. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Road

    Gillmor Gang: Apple Road

    The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 1, 2015. The Gang talks cars, the politics of streaming, back catalogues, discovery, demotions, the new News, and social payola.
    Plus, the latest G3 with Kristie Wells, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @Fradice, @kteare, @kevinmarks Read More

  • “Soft” Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries Crunch Network

    “Soft” Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries

    From something as simple as a door sensor at a store to the new age of “smart” sensors in a rapidly emerging wearables market, the application of sensors has already permeated many parts of our everyday lives. But the future of dynamic sensor applications goes beyond just measuring your heart rate through the new Apple Watch. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 08.01.15

    Gillmor Gang LIVE 08.01.15

    Gillmor Gang – Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. LIVE chat Center chatroom during LIVE broadcast HERE Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show, G3, on Facebook G3’s archives on Ustream. Find all their shows HERE Read More

  • How Businesses Are Leveraging Public Data To Reach Target Audiences Crunch Network

    How Businesses Are Leveraging Public Data To Reach Target Audiences

    It’s no secret that the growth of publicly available data, or open data, is more prevalent than ever. From government databases, such as those aggregated by Data.gov, to data made available via tools such as Google Places API — the public has access to an overwhelming amount of information. Read More

  • A Conversation With Michael Lopp, Pinterest’s Head Of Engineering

    A Conversation With Michael Lopp, Pinterest’s Head Of Engineering

    About a year ago, Michael Lopp joined Pinterest as the company’s head of engineering — filling in the leadership of the engineering side next to co-founder Evan Sharp and CEO Ben Silbermann. Much of his role, since joining, has been to help teams at Pinterest, which consist of units of engineers, designers and product managers, mesh and work well together. Lopp comes from both… Read More

  • Vapor No More: Ethereum Has Launched Crunch Network

    Vapor No More: Ethereum Has Launched

    Thursday was, I think, a historic day–though whether it becomes a memorable milestone like the launch of the Altair 8800, or an obscure footnote à la CP/M, remains to be seen. Thursday was the day that the Ethereum Project finally launched, after much sound and fury, including raising ~US$10 million (in Bitcoin.) It’s a fascinating, wildly ambitious project, and it is vaporware… Read More

  • Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy Crunch Network

    Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy

    On the heels of Homejoy’s failure, the fundamental “on-demand marketplace” model has come into question by investors, the media and even consumers. That questioning is very relevant, as there has been an overload of VC money that has been injected in the on-demand service platform space over the past few years ($4 billion-plus in 2014). Read More

  • Setting The Right Valuation For A Competitive Series A Round Crunch Network

    Setting The Right Valuation For A Competitive Series A Round

    Founders are often puzzled by how VCs derive valuations for competitive Series A rounds. A competitive Series A round is an equity round where a company generally raises greater than $5 million led by a top-quartile venture capital firm. During these Series A rounds, it is not uncommon for founders to receive multiple term sheets from lead investors at different valuations, and to feel… Read More

  • Why Polyvore’s Jess Lee Sold To Yahoo

    Why Polyvore’s Jess Lee Sold To Yahoo

    Yahoo bought Polyvore in what we’ve heard could be a $60 million deal today. Both Polyvore and Yahoo were mum on those details, but Polyvore co-founder Jess Lee did tell TechCrunch her company will continue to do the same thing as it’s been doing before – now on a larger scale and with more resources from the tech giant run by Marissa Mayer. Read More

  • FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar Will Talk About The  AgTech Revolution At Disrupt SF 2015

    FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar Will Talk About The AgTech Revolution At Disrupt SF 2015

    The World Bank says that farmers need to produce 50% more food to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit the earth by 2050. While farmers are facing higher demand, they have fewer resources to work with thanks to a growing water crisis and the availability of arable land. Join us at SF Disrupt 2015 as FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar walks us through tech’s possible solutions. Read More

  • Here’s The Latest Batch Of 500 Startups Companies

    Here’s The Latest Batch Of 500 Startups Companies

    500 Startups has unveiled its 14th batch of companies going through its accelerator. While Y Combinator is starting to roll out its own class in an upcoming Demo Day, a new one from 500 Startups is emerging — and increasingly, so is the race to be the earliest to invest in companies. Of course, that means that accelerators like 500 Startups — which has a portfolio of more than… Read More

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