Darrell Etherington

Darrell Etherington

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Darrell Etherington is a News Editor at TechCrunch. He’s spent most of his career at TC, with a couple of breaks to gain experience in industry-leading technology companies including Apple and Shopify.

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GoPro debuts the HERO10 Black action camera

GoPro today announced a new flagship action camera for its lineup, the HERO10 Black. The main update for the camera is a brand new processor inside, called the GP2, which enables big improvements to i

SpaceX launches its first batch of Starlink satellites aimed at new coverage areas from California

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 51 of its Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday night at 8:55 PM PDT (11:55 PM EDT). This was the first launch for the S

Firefly launches its first rocket, but loses the launch craft in midflight explosion

Firefly launched its first rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, and on board it carried a number of payloads with an intended destination of low-Earth orbit. The rocket took off as p

Max Q: Astra’s launch goes sideways

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. We had a few launches this week, including SpaceX’s first one after one

How one founder turned painful personal experience into the solution for a huge gap in healthcare

A lot of startup founders think there’s a dire need for their product in the market, but Liya Shuster-Bier knew for sure that there was one, because she’d required it herself prior to buil

Astra’s first commercial launch fails to reach orbit

Astra, now a public company, ran into a problem during its first commercial launch (the mission carried a test payload contracted by the U.S. Space Force as part of its Space Test Program) that meant

Blue Origin successfully launches 17th New Shepard suborbital rocket mission

Update: After a few holds, Blue Origin successfully launched the New Shepard rocket at around 10:30 AM ET / 7:30 AM PT, with a landing of the first stage at around 10:38 and the capsule at 10:40. Blue

Max Q: Launch industry low-down

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. Another public launch company is coming soon, while a still-private launch had

How one founder aims to bring researchers and food producers together around cultured meat

When Clarisse Beurrier was getting her education in chemical engineering and biotechnology, she already knew she wanted to make a difference; hence her participation in Effective Altruism Cambridge, a

FDA fully approves Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first vaccine to achieve that status. The mRNA-based vaccine has been a

Virgin Orbit to go public via $3.2B SPAC deal

Virgin Orbit is set to go public via a merger with a special purpose acquisitions company (SPAC), the company has confirmed. The deal values the combined enterprise at $3.2 billion, and will provide V

Hopper raises $175M at $3.5B+ valuation as travel surges and its fintech tools help offset variant concerns

Travel tech company Hopper has raised a $175 million Series G, the company said today. That’s nearly the same amount it raised in a Series F round that closed earlier this year. These are indee

How one founder identified a gap in education working as a teacher and built a startup to fix it

Amanda DoAmaral was an educator herself before she decided to found a tech company aimed at improving the education system. That’s a surprisingly rare credential for a startup founder in this ar

Hear how Cityblock Health’s Toyin Ajayi, Carbon Health’s Eren Bali and Forward’s Adrian Aoun see tech impacting access to health at Disrupt 2021

If there’s one thing that the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has proven, it’s that the healthcare system in the U.S. is in drastic need of major transformation. One of the biggest issues to be hi

Join us today for Extra Crunch Live, as we speak with 1910 Genetics’ Jen Nwankwo and Playground Global’s Jory Bell

Extra Crunch Live gives you the chance to hear live from entrepreneurs who have successfully raised significant rounds of venture capital -- and from the investors who believed in them.

How one founder bucked the data-driven trend and created a startup based on inspiration

When Oleg Stavitsky and his co-founders started Endel, they didn’t necessarily expect for it to become a venture-backed business with the likes of Amazon’s Alexa Fund as investors. Stavits

Craft your pitch deck around ‘that one thing that can really hook an investor’

Michelle Davey's pitch to Jordan Nof of Tusk Ventures about Wheel, a startup focused on providing a full suite of virtual care solutions to clinicians, was front-loaded with early metrics.

SpaceX stacks the full Starship launch system for the first time, standing nearly 400 feet tall

SpaceX has achieved another major milestone in its Starship fully reusable launch system: It stacked the Starship spacecraft itself on top of a prototype of its Super Heavy booster, which itself is lo

Astra targets first commercial orbital launch for August 27

Astra’s last test launch went better than expected, nearly achieving orbit — kind of a stretch goal for that specific mission. The company at the time said that it would only need to tweak sof

Watch Boeing try its pivotal crew spacecraft orbital demonstration launch for the second time

Update 08/03/2021 @ 10:44 AM EST: The launch attempt has been officially scrubbed for today, and a new timeline for the next attempt is set to be confirmed. We’ll provide updates as they become
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