Fitz Tepper

Fitz Tepper is a writer at TechCrunch based in New York City.

He writes about a wide range of topics including sports, hardware, payments, social apps, government legislation and more.

Fitz also frequently does video interviews for TechCrunch, and has sat down with media personalities including Steve Wozniak, D.J Khaled and Casey Neistat. He is also a frequent technology commentator on CNN’s Los Angeles-based “CNN Newsroom”.

If you want to get in touch or would be interested in having him speak at an event/conference, email him at fitz@techcrunch.com

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  • Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles

    Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles

    A few months ago we reported that Facebook may begin testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles beginning in October. Well now it’s October, and surprise – Facebook has started testing subscription support for instant articles! Here’s how it will work: Facebook will start with two paywalled options for publishers to choose from: The first option is a metered… Read More

  • Feather raises $3.5M to rent furniture to millennials

    Feather raises $3.5M to rent furniture to millennials

    The furniture rental industry is stuck in the last. Current options involve old-school companies like CORT where most of the inventory will make your apartment look like a dorm room, or a place like Rent-A-Center where you’ll almost certainly pay many times what the item is actually worth. Enter Feather, a company trying to breathe some life into the aging industry by letting… Read More

  • Dropit runs live auctions on stadium scoreboards that fans bid on from the stands

    Dropit runs live auctions on stadium scoreboards that fans bid on from the stands

    There’s no doubt that our collective mobile device addictions are hurting real-world engagement for advertisers. This is especially true in professional sports stadiums, where looking down at your phone means you’re not paying attention to announcements, advertisements, and sometimes even the live game. One New Zealand-based startup think they have an answer to this problem. Dropit… Read More

  • Bento Stack is a bento box for your Apple accessories

    Bento Stack is a bento box for your Apple accessories

    The only thing I hate more than schlepping around electronics is schlepping around accessories and dongles for those electronics. And even when I’m not traveling it’s still hard to organize everything in one place and resist the temptation to just throw all my cables into a drawer. Which is exactly why my interest was piqued when I saw Bento Stack. It’s a stacking case… Read More

  • StockX is adding a streetwear marketplace, starting with Supreme

    StockX is adding a streetwear marketplace, starting with Supreme

    StockX, the “stock market of things” that originally started with high-end sneakers and expanded into handbags and watches, is now adding support for streetwear. Supreme gear is live now in the app. While not quite as mainstream as the sneaker market, streetwear is a fast-growing industry with extremely high demand — especially for Supreme gear, which often sells out in a… Read More

  • The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies

    The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies

    This year the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has grown from about $13 billion to well over $150 billion, fueled by infusions of capital from all different types of investors. But regardless of this extreme growth, it’s still very complicated for most people to invest in cryptocurrency. So one startup is launching a private index fund designed to let you passively hold a… Read More

  • Bitcoin just passed $5,000

    Bitcoin just passed $5,000

    This morning bitcoin shot past $5,000, and is now hovering around $5,300 — up nearly 10 percent from yesterday. It’s the first time the cryptocurrency has confidently shot past $5,000. Some exchanges saw the price hit $5,000 for a few minutes in September, but it only lasted for about 10 minutes, making today the first sustained movement past the historic milestone. Read More

  • Coinbase is launching instant purchases and ditching the 3-5 day wait period

    Coinbase is launching instant purchases and ditching the 3-5 day wait period

    Coinbase just announced that users can instantly purchase cryptocurrency and have it be funded from a U.S. bank account. Until now, these types of purchases took between 3-5 days to complete, as Coinbase waited for funds to transfer via ACH before they credited your purchase. Read More

  • Here’s the list of NBA games that will be streamed in VR this season

    Here’s the list of NBA games that will be streamed in VR this season

    Last year the NBA launched a program where they streamed one regular-season game in virtual reality each week, all season long. Today they announced that they’re doing it again, starting with a free preview on October 21st when the Houston Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks. Just like last year, games were selected to give all 30 teams the opportunity to play in VR at least once. Read More

  • One Night, the boutique last-minute hotel app, is expanding internationally to London

    One Night, the boutique last-minute hotel app, is expanding internationally to London

    One Night, the last-minute booking app for boutique hotels, is expanding internationally — starting today with London. One Night was created by Standard International, which is the parent company of Standard Hotels. Originally the company launched an app called One Night Standard, which was a way to get great deals on same-day bookings (starting at 3pm) at Standard properties. But… Read More

  • Foursquare revamps its developer site as API usage soars

    Foursquare revamps its developer site as API usage soars

    It’s no secret that developers are the key to Foursquare’s continued success, and as part of supporting that mission the company just launched a revamped developer site, its first major refresh since 2009. The new site clarifies what the difference is between the developer offerings. The Places API is the free offering that most developers will use that serves up information on… Read More

  • Hands-on with Snapchat’s mediocre, crashy AR art

    Hands-on with Snapchat’s mediocre, crashy AR art

    After trekking out to the middle of Central Park to see Snapchat’s newest AR feature, I can solidly say that the best part of the experience was getting to spend some time outside during a beautiful fall day. Yeah, it was that lame. Read More

  • Bumble’s business networking feature launches today

    Bumble’s business networking feature launches today

    About a year ago we reported that Bumble would soon launch BumbleBizz – a swipe-based networking tool that is designed to help people make professional connections. And now the feature is finally rolling out today to users in the US, UK, Germany, France and Canada. Essentially BumbleBizz will use the same types of parameters that regular Bumble does – your location, network… Read More

  • An MLB team is using the iPhone’s NFC feature for contactless stadium entry

    An MLB team is using the iPhone’s NFC feature for contactless stadium entry

    Today the MLB announced that the Oakland Athletics are piloting a new NFC ticketing solution which lets fans enter the stadium by tapping their phone (or Apple Watch) to a ticket scanner – just like you’d do to use Apple Pay. The feature uses the NFC technology that is used for contactless rewards cards (like Walgreens Balance Rewards) via Apple Pay, and this is the first time… Read More

  • Here’s how to watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon tonight

    Here’s how to watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon tonight

    When Amazon beat out Twitter and Facebook to stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football this season, people were pretty surprised. The one year deal, which requires viewers be Amazon Prime member, will show 11 games this season starting tonight with the Bears playing the Packers at 8:25pm ET. Here’s how to watch it if you’re a Prime member: If you have a Fire TV or Fire… Read More

  • Giphy wants you to put stickers on your favorite website

    Giphy wants you to put stickers on your favorite website

    It’s no secret that Giphy thinks the future of communication is visual. And of course stickers are a big part of that – Japanese chat app Line makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year just from selling stickers. But Giphy thinks that stickers can be used as visual commentary in places beyond chat. So today they’re launching Giphy Sticker Embed, which is a tool that… Read More

  • Here’s why professional sports teams are buying esports teams

    Here’s why professional sports teams are buying esports teams

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 we sat down with three experts from the esports world to explain why you should start paying attention to the industry. To kick it off, Heather Garozzo, a former competitive Counter Strike player and current Director of Fan Marketing for Team Dignitas, told us what a day in the life of a professional esports player is like. And surprisingly, it’s not… Read More

  • Here are the best ARKit apps for iOS 11 you should try right now

    Apple just released iOS 11 to the public, and a big feature is ARKit, the company’s SDK that lets developers easily create cool augmented reality apps. Even though Apple announced ARKit a few months ago, there aren’t a ton of good options available right now to test out AR on your phone. But we’ve found a few good ones that will at least let you see the potential of… Read More

  • Materialize.X is using machine learning to disrupt the $300B engineered wood industry

    Materialize.X is using machine learning to disrupt the $300B engineered wood industry

    What’s the next $300 billion industry to be disrupted by technology? Wood. Specifically, engineered wood. Materialize.X, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, has two new products that it thinks will revolutionize the $300 billion-a-year engineered wood market. Read More

  • How living in Silicon Valley has made Kevin Durant a better investor

    How living in Silicon Valley has made Kevin Durant a better investor

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, Warriors player Kevin Durant and his partner Rich Kleiman took the stage to tell the crowd about The Durant Company. While The Durant Company has made about 30 investments to date, Kleiman and Durant were hesitant to call it a VC firm. Instead they likened it to a private equity fund. Read More

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