Danny Crichton

Danny Crichton is an investor at CRV and a former contributing writer at TechCrunch.

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With the development of generalized AI, what’s the meaning of a person?

For the next installment of the informal TechCrunch book club, we are reading the fourth story in Ted Chiang’s Exhalation. The goal of this book club is to expand our minds to new worlds, ideas, and

Can we debate free will versus destiny in four pages?

The informal TechCrunch book club (which is now a whole week off schedule thanks to the news cycle — let’s see if we can catch up here shortly!) is now venturing into the very, very short story Wh

6 strategic stages of seed fundraising in 2020

Seed fundraising is rarely easy, but it certainly used to be a lot less complicated than it is today. In a simpler world, a seed investor (or maybe two) would lead a round, which meant that they would

Nvidia’s Q4 financials look to brighter skies with strong quarterly revenue growth

Major artificial intelligence and graphics chipmaker Nvidia reported its 2020 Q4 financials today (the company’s fiscal quarter ends on January 26th, 2020). The company announced revenues of $3.11 b

Trump administration aims to protect GPS with new exec order

GPS increasingly runs the entire planet. Supply chains, oceanic shipping, port docking and even our daily movements in cars, on bikes and walking around cities is dependent on a constellation of satel

The US is charging Huawei with racketeering

Ratcheting up its pressure campaign against Huawei and its affiliates, the Department of Justice and the FBI announced today that it has brought 16 charges against Huawei in a sprawling case with majo

Catching up on China’s tech influence operations in America

It’s been a dizzying few weeks following all the China news emanating from Washington, DC these days. While a “phase one” trade deal with China has been signed and appears to be moving forward a

Shutterstock founder and CEO Jon Oringer steps down after 16 years

It’s an end of an era, and you might just want to snap a photo and upload it for others to purchase. Jon Oringer, who founded New York City-based Shutterstock in 2003, announced today that he would

Equal Ventures raises debut $56M fund to double down on thesis-driven seed

There has been a proliferation of venture capital the past few years, as funds go up and down the stack looking for unique and high-return opportunities in the startup landscape. Large funds are incre

Why is One Medical worth more than Casper?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was something fun. First, we were back as a group in the S

YouTube has seen soaring growth in South Korea

Earlier this week, Google released revenue figures for YouTube for the first time in the product’s history, revealing that the video service pulled in $15.1 billion in advertising revenues in 2019.

Jenfi wants to solve small business lending in Southeast Asia

Small business lending is a huge market that has attracted massive attention from VC investors in recent years. Startups like Kabbage have raised more than a billion dollars in venture capital and deb

How to blow through capital at an incredible rate

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. It was yet another jam-packed week full of big news, IPO happenings

What is our meaning in life in a world of technology?

The informal TechCrunch book club is now venturing into the short story “Exhalation,” the second piece in Ted Chiang’s eponymous collection. Today’s story gets at the meaning of existe

Free Agency wants to give every tech worker a career and salary boost

Labor markets, particularly those in the tech industry, are incredibly lopsided against employees. Companies screen, interview, and negotiate with thousands of candidates per year, while employees may

Samasource CEO Leila Janah passes away at 37

The startup community has lost another moral leader today. Leila Janah, a serial entrepreneur who was the CEO and founder of machine learning training data company Samasource, passed away at the age o

Can a time machine offer us the meaning of life?

We are continuing our discussion of Ted Chiang’s “Exhalations.” Today (and one day late because of the MLK holiday), I give some thoughts on the first short story of the collection, “T

Should tech giants slam the encryption door on the government?

Reuters reported yesterday, citing six sources familiar with the matter, that the FBI pressured Apple into dropping a feature that would allow users to encrypt iPhone backups stored in Apple’s c

Lame LPs, founder referenceability and the future of VC signaling

I’m still going through some of the comments I received on last week’s articles about the heightened competition among VCs for the best (typically SaaS) venture deals. Some more notes on whether l

The paradox of 2020 VC is that the largest funds are doing the smallest rounds

I talked yesterday about how VCs are just tired these days. Too many deals, too little time per deal, and constant hyper-competition with other VCs for the same equity. VCs are just tired One founder
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