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.

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DeveloperAuction Rebrands As To Make Recruiting Suck Less For Everyone

DeveloperAuction, which launched in 2012 to revolutionize the engineer recruiting market, is today rebranding itself as, and putting its sights on a much larger target covering designers, da

Silicon Valley Luminaries Got Grilled On The NSA At Disrupt, Here’s How They Responded

Over the course of the three day Disrupt conference, Michael Arrington interviewed 13 of the most influential people in the tech industry, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa

Zuckerberg Says The “Government Blew It” On The NSA Scandal

"I think the government blew it," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg bluntly said about the NSA scandal today at TechCrunch Disrupt. "We take our role very seriously," he said. "It's our job to protect

Zuckerberg Says He Was Too Afraid Of Taking Facebook Public

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today that he was previously too afraid of taking Facebook public. "I've been very outspoken about staying private as long as possible", Zuckerberg said o

Yahoo Monthly Active Users Are Up 20% To 800M, Including 350M On Mobile, Says Marissa Mayer

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt that Yahoo monthly active users are up 20% to 800 million globally, including 350 million monthly active users on mobile. Mayer said those

Health Tech Panelists Say VC Interest In The Sector Is Tentative But Growing

Consumers are showing an increasing interest in wearable health technology, and health tech startups offer an opportunity to cut on costs for a medical system that many would say is failing the countr

Facebook Closes At All-Time High Of $45.05 Before Zuckerberg’s Disrupt Interview

Facebook shares closed at an all-time high of $45.05 on Wednesday afternoon. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be interviewed by Michael Arrington this afternoon. Arrington interviewed Zuckerberg at

Kleiner Perkins Has Invested In A Stealth Startup To Improve Battery Power By 300%, Says Moore’s Law Is Running Out Of Steam

<a target="_blank" href="">Kleiner Perkins</a> has invested in a startup that partner <a target="_blank" href="">John Doerr</a> says wi

Sequoia Made $400M From Meraki’s Sale To Cisco, Says Key To Enterprise Investing Is To Stand Back But Stay Committed

Investing in enterprise startups is a long-odds game, but if you play your cards right you can hit the jackpot. That was one of the takeaways of a conversation today between Doug Leone, a partner at s

What’s Ahead For Snapchat? CEO Evan Spiegel Drops Clues In Disrupt Talk

Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt and dropped a number of hints about Snapchat's future products, from wearable tech to social media feeds. What's

Snapchat Now Sees 350M Photos Shared Daily, Up From 200M In June

Snapchat users are sharing 350 million photos per day, according to CEO Evan Spiegel. That figure is up from 200 million in June, and Spiegel says a lot of the growth comes from Snapchat's Android use

Founders John Zimmer & Logan Green Explain How Lyft Was Born Out Of Zimride

Lyft founders John Zimmer and Logan Green shared the backstory of how they chose to sell off their original core business, Zimride, to focus on Lyft on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt. "Lyft came

Lyft President Says The Company Will Rely On Its Community To Beat Uber

Lyft President John Zimmer said the company will rely on its community, with its signature pink mustaches and fist bumps, to gain a large user base, even in the face of stiff competition from Uber and

Rotten Tomatoes Founder Positions New Site To Be “Google News For Movies”

Rotten Tomatoes founder Senh Duong has redesigned his new site, Movies With Butter, to be the "Google News for movies." Movies With Butter originally launched with more of a Digg/Reddit strategy, allo

Stanford University Is Going To Invest In Student Startups Like A VC Firm

Stanford University is going to start directly investing in students’ companies. Stanford is also giving a $3.6 million grant to StartX, a non-profit startup accelerator for Stanford-affiliated entr

Shutterfly Has Acquired Photo Printing Company R And R Images

Shutterfly has acquired R and R Images. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company announced that it gave an inducement grant to R and R Images' founder Rod Key. The grant consists of up to

Stealth Startup Fantex Wants To Make It Possible For Celebrities To IPO

If corporations can be people, why can't people be corporations? A stealth startup called Fantex aims to allow celebrities and professional athletes to file for initial public offerings (IPOs). Fan

Hands On With The Seven Best Fantasy Football Sites And Apps

With the NFL season just a week away, fans are poring over stats, trash talking their friends, and gearing up for the real season: fantasy football. Here are the coolest and most useful places to play

Test Driving The Evelo Aries, An Electric Bicycle For Commuters From A Bootstrapped Startup

When co-founder Boris Mordkovich and his team at Evelo were ready to launch their electric bicycle company in April 2012, they took an unusual approach: They rode electric bikes from New York to San F

Social Media Manager Buffer Adds Google+ Page Sharing As It Gains Ground On Hootsuite

Buffer, a popular social media manager, will now allow users to schedule and publish content to Google+ pages. Users will not be able to personal profiles, because Google has only opened its API for b
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