Billy Gallagher

Billy Gallagher is a former TechCrunch staffer whose first book “HOW TO TURN DOWN A BILLION DOLLARS: The Snapchat Story by Billy Gallagher” is on sale now. Gallagher previously worked as an analyst at Khosla Ventures.

The Latest from Billy Gallagher

How Reggie Brown invented Snapchat

Why sexting and a Stanford class led a group of former fraternity brothers to create Snapchat.

Zero To One: How Blake Masters Went From Being Peter Thiel’s Student To Co-Author

In the spring of 2012, Peter Thiel taught a class called CS 183: Startup, at Stanford. One of the students in Thiel's class, Blake Masters, posted detailed notes on his personal blog that became an in

Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Matchmaker

In May 2013, Tinder introduced Matchmaker, a way for users of the popular dating app to introduce their Facebook friends to each other. Matchmaker has since been phased out of Tinder, but a new startu

The Pac-12 Networks Are Going Live On YouTube Internationally

The Pac-12 conference is launching a live YouTube channel for international fans, featuring 24x7 coverage of the conference’s sports teams. Fans in 27 countries will be able to watch live games,

Spiral Hopes To Nail Location-Based Communities

A new app called Spiral could change the way we connect with the people and places around us. The idea is pretty straightforward: users see a newsfeed of posts near them, and can add their own upda

Hired Now Helps Tech Companies Find Executives

Hired, a startup working to make recruiting more efficient, has expanded to include a category for VPs of engineering and chief technical officers (CTOs). Just months after raising its $15 million

Meet HelloWorld, An Easier Way To Share Your Location With Friends

Three years ago, Ernestine Fu was sitting at the iconic Philz coffee shop in Palo Alto studying for her Stanford exams. She tweeted about it, wondering if any of her friends were studying nearby. A fe

A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchat

Facebook released Slingshot, its second attempt at an impermanent sharing app, last Tuesday. The app borrows heavily, in concept and features, from Snapchat, as well as smaller startups like Frontback

Yahoo News Digest Comes To Android

Yahoo’s popular News Digest app is now available on Android, and offers two new editions of content: International and Canada. Previously, the app, which gives readers twice-daily digests of news ag

Marissa Mayer Explains Yahoo’s New Video Strategy

Speaking on stage at Disrupt New York, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer explained the strategy behind the company's new foray into producing original television content. "Can you tell me what Yahoo is?" Tec

Codeanywhere, The Google Docs For Developers, Rocks Startup Alley At Disrupt NY

Codeanywhere, a self-proclaimed Google Docs for coders, wants to become the defacto standard for code development on the go. Co-founders Ivan Burazin and Vedran Jukic presented on stage at Disrupt NY

Sedicii Aims To Better Protect Your Passwords And Information

How many times did you enter a username, password or other details about yourself into a website today? Sedicii, which just launched onstage at Disrupt NY, aims to keep that information safer and more

Comcast CEO Neil Smit Says Improving Customer Service Is His Top Priority

Comcast Cable President and CEO Neil Smit spoke at Disrupt New York today, discussing his company's recent deal with Netflix, his thoughts on Aereo, and more. "I think if there's one thing to disru

Tom Hadfield Is Trying To Make Fetch Happen To Improve Mobile Shopping

Fetch, a mobile app that connects users with personal shopping assistants, launched today onstage at Disrupt New York. Users can simply open Fetch and type what you want, record yourself saying wha

Hired Raises $15M Series A At Valuation Around $60M

Hired, a startup aiming to make hiring employees and finding a job easier and more efficient, has raised a $15 million Series A led by Crosslink and Sierra Ventures with participation from SoftTech an

Apply Now To Write For TechCrunch This Summer As A Paid Intern

Are you obsessed with the startup world? Do you read TechCrunch all the time? Good news! We’re hiring paid interns for this summer. What will you do? Blog, blog, blog away. We’re looking for in

Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition Leaves Snapchat Hanging

With Facebook's massive $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp earlier today, any possible marriage between Facebook and Snapchat appears to be dead. After spending $20 billion on a photo sharing company

Daric, A New Peer To Peer Lending Platform, Will Go Live Next Week

Daric, a new peer to peer lending platform, will launch next week as a place for individuals and small businesses to obtain loans, and a place for lenders to see up to 9-10% returns on their invest

DoorDash Raises $2.4M To Improve Food Delivery

DoorDash has raised a $2.4 million round led by Khosla Ventures’ Keith Rabois and Charles River Ventures’ Saar Gur. The company, which was in Y Combinator’s summer 2013 batch, delivers food f

NFL MVP Adrian Peterson Launches Fitness Training App

NFL running back Adrian Peterson has teamed with Driven Apps to release a new fitness and sports training app for aspiring athletes. This is the third time that Driven has paired with a professional a
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