• Breaking a myth: Data shows you don’t actually need a co-founder

    Breaking a myth: Data shows you don’t actually need a co-founder

    We are often told that starting a startup on your own is madness. There are thousands of articles out there that tell you that and why why you need a co-founder. Probably solid advice, but data from CrunchBase shows a different side of the story. More than half of startups with an exit did so with just a single founder. The average is 1.72 founders. Read More

  • MIT’s shape-shifting 3D-printed objects could improve medicine and solar-power

    MIT’s shape-shifting 3D-printed objects could improve medicine and solar-power

    MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) teamed up to create a new kind of structure that can “remember” its original shape, and return to that state even after being deformed or otherwise bent out of shape. This could be hugely beneficial in applications like creating drugs that can lie dormant until it detects a change in body temperature indicative of… Read More

  • FOX Sports Go hits Apple TV, allows viewing of four games at once

    FOX Sports Go hits Apple TV, allows viewing of four games at once

    FOX Sports GO has now arrived on Apple TV, allowing viewers to watch up to four games at the same time, thanks to an innovative split-screen interface that lets you arrange video feeds side-by-side, picture-in-picture style, or in a mosaic pattern. With the app, you’ll be able to stream from channels including Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes, and Fox College… Read More

  • Announcing the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield competition judges

    Announcing the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield competition judges

    Startup Battlefield is back. In just a few short weeks, TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition will kick off at Disrupt SF and we’re excited to announce the judges tasked with determining which company will take up the Disrupt Cup and $50,000. This year the competition features 23 young companies vying for attention and funding. Each will have six minutes to impress their panel… Read More

  • Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Sequoia-backed kids educational startup Duck Duck Moose is heading to Khan Academy, to add preschool learning to the non-profit’s digital education offerings. The startup’s 21 mobile apps aimed at children ages two and up are now available for free as a part of the move, which is not technically being considered an “acquisition,” due to the way the deal was… Read More

  • Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding Crunch Network

    Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding

    mSurvey, a Kenya based startup specializing in mobile data collection, has raised seed capital as it looks to expand its survey business in partnership with retailers in sub-Saharan Africa. Safaricom, Cross Culture Ventures, and the Virgin Group’s Alpha Angels joined an investment round in the three year old business. “It’s a seed round. I can’t disclose the amount… Read More

  • The ethics of transhumanism Crunch Network

    The ethics of transhumanism

    While many of the ideas of transhumanism are noble, the field is accused of sharing traits with eugenics. I can’t answer the many ethical, moral and existential questions raised by transhumanism. All I know is that it’s inevitable that advances in robotics, bionics, AI and genetics will affect the next phase of human evolution — we shouldn’t underestimate the ethical… Read More

  • Here’s Baidu’s new all-electric self-driving test car

    Here’s Baidu’s new all-electric self-driving test car

    Self-driving cars have a tendency to become more adorable as big tech companies iterate their design, and Baidu’s new modified Chery eQ all-electric test vehicle is no exception. It resembles Google’s updated self-driving car, the panda-like EV, but it’s got more cabin room and still uses an existing vehicle platform for the basic car body and drivetrain, fitted with a… Read More

  • Volkswagen’s 2019 electric car said to get 300 miles on a 15-minute charge

    Volkswagen’s 2019 electric car said to get 300 miles on a 15-minute charge

    This year’s Paris motor show will host the unveiling of Volkswagen’s first all-electric car, according to an interview with company chairman Herbert Diess in German magazine WirstschaftWoche. The car will be roughly Golf-sized, according to the chairman, but will feel as roomy as a Passat on the inside, thanks to space saved via lighter frame construction and use of the… Read More

  • Spiri’s on-demand carpooling service will use custom EVs and let drivers ride free

    Spiri’s on-demand carpooling service will use custom EVs and let drivers ride free

    Danish startup Spiri believes urban transportation is still massively inefficient, and it’s setting out to tackle the problem from a few different directions. First, it’s building an on-demand carpooling service, similar to the UberPOOL offering (and the one Lyft just shut down). Second, it’s going to use its own custom electric vehicles to do so. Finally, it’s… Read More

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