Fitz Tepper

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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  • Skurt has raised a $10M Series A to grow its rental car delivery service

    Skurt has raised a $10M Series A to grow its rental car delivery service

    Skurt, the Los Angeles-based rental car delivery startup, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Upfront Ventures (which also led a $1.3 million seed round), and included a strategic investment from BMW, as well as funding from Troy Carter’s Cross Culture Ventures, Expansion VC, Greycroft and Magic Johnson. Skurt has an interesting take on the rental car… Read More

  • Dovetale wants to let brands of any size use influencer marketing

    Dovetale wants to let brands of any size use influencer marketing

    Influencer marketing is red-hot right now. Whether you realize it or not, a material percentage of your Instagram feed today is probably content posted by people getting paid….a lot. It’s not unheard of for the platform’s most popular accounts to get paid over $100,000 per post, and major brands collectively are spending an estimated $255 million per month on sponsored… Read More

  • Blin.gy puts you inside your favorite music video

    Blin.gy puts you inside your favorite music video

    A green-screen effect, or chroma keying, is nothing new. But it’s not really consumer technology — mainly because of the need for an actual green screen, a static camera and studio-quality lighting. But being able to have a live video background behind you is cool. Meet Blin.gy, a new app that’s figured out how to achieve a “mobile green-screen effect.” Read More

  • Dobby’s foldable pocket drone is the perfect mix of portability and functionality

    Dobby’s foldable pocket drone is the perfect mix of portability and functionality

    Most consumer drones available on the market today fit in one of two categories: full-fledged UAVs like DJI’s Inspire, Phantom or Mavic, or portable “selfie” drones like Hover that prioritize size and convenience over features. So what about “in-between” drones? Drones that are easy to carry, typically under the weight that requires FAA registration but still have… Read More

  • StockX raises $6M to grow its marketplace for limited-edition products

    StockX raises $6M to grow its marketplace for limited-edition products

    StockX, a marketplace for sneakers, has announced that they’ve closed a $6M round from a group of high-profile investors like Mark Wahlberg, Scooter Braun, and Wale. They join existing investors like Eminem, SV Angel and Detroit Venture Partners. The sneaker reseller space couldn’t be hotter right now. GOAT, one of the largest app-based sneaker marketplaces has raised more than… Read More

  • Snappr makes it affordable to order a professional photographer on demand

    Snappr makes it affordable to order a professional photographer on demand

    Everyone loves being in pictures taken by a professional photographer. Because as good as our iPhone cameras are these days, there’s just no comparison to a picture taken by a professional on a high-quality DSLR. But most of us don’t often get this opportunity, because professional photographers are usually only hired for large-budget, high-profile events — not your… Read More

  • The NBA is creating its own eSports league for the basketball game NBA 2K

    The NBA is creating its own eSports league for the basketball game NBA 2K

    The rise in popularity of eSports has mainly been focused around leagues that play games like League of Legends, Dota and Counter-Strike – all games that aren’t actually sports-related. But eSports games that are modeled after actual sports are also extremely popular – for example the Madden NFL and FIFA soccer franchises are some of the most popular games made for Xbox… Read More

  • Symple wants to be Venmo for business payments

    Symple wants to be Venmo for business payments

    Between Venmo, Square Cash and even Snapcash, no one can argue that it’s hard to send money to a friend. But it wasn’t always this way. Paper checks used to be the de facto method of repayment — and it was messy, time-consuming and nowhere near instantaneous — someone could wait a month to cash a check you wrote them, leaving you with an annoying surprise when the… Read More

  • Check out all of the tech-themed Super Bowl commercials

    In a tradition that’s become almost as storied as the game itself, companies spent big dollars to push big stars and — this year more than ever — a more political agenda at the big game. Read More

  • Hutch wants to virtually redesign your living space — then sell you the furniture

    Hutch wants to virtually redesign your living space — then sell you the furniture

    Everyone can recognize great interior design. But it’s much harder to actually design a space and pick out all the items you need to make it look great. Hutch, a Los Angeles-based startup, is aiming to fix this. Read More

  • WinkBeds’ new mattress has built-in heating and cooling

    WinkBeds’ new mattress has built-in heating and cooling

    WinkBeds, a direct-to-consumer mattress company that competes with other mattress startups like Casper and Tufts & Needle, is launching a mattress with built-in heating and cooling functionality. The device is called CoolControl, and is actually sits below WinkBeds’ mattress in lieu of a box spring. Each base contains four fans that work to suck in air from your bedroom. These… Read More

  • Qvivr raises $5M to move beyond its all-in-one credit card

    Qvivr raises $5M to move beyond its all-in-one credit card

    Qvivr, a Silicon Valley-based FinTech startup originally known for building the SWYP programmable credit card, has raised $5M in Series A funding. The funding was led by Khosla Ventures, with participation from a large multinational Asian bank. The startup was founded in 2014 and originally launched with a pre-order campaign for a hardware product that would let users program all of their… Read More

  • Here’s how to watch Super Bowl highlights in VR during the game

    Here’s how to watch Super Bowl highlights in VR during the game

    FOX Sports just announced that they will be streaming Super Bowl highlights in “near real-time” in VR via their FOX Sports VR App. Specifically, the app will show somewhere highlights consisting of 16-20 of the best plays of the game in VR. These plays will be uploaded in near real-time, so you can ideally see a great play on TV and throw on a headset to check it out from… Read More

  • Facebook’s Parse developer platform is shutting down today

    Facebook’s Parse developer platform is shutting down today

    One year ago Facebook made the surprising announcement that it was shuttering Parse, the development platform that it purchased in 2013. While the company said they would keep the service online for a year so developers could migrate their apps to a new backend, that time has finally come. In what is probably the last ever post on the Parse blog, the service reminded users that today… Read More

  • DraftKings has received a Malta gaming license, paving the way for European expansion

    DraftKings has received a Malta gaming license, paving the way for European expansion

    DraftKings was just approved for a Controlled Skill Games License from the Malta Gaming Authority, which is the entity that runs gaming in Malta – a small island nation south of Italy. While this may not sound like a big deal, (especially considering Malta has a population of under 500,000 people) the nation is part of the European Union, meaning DraftKings can now expand into some other… Read More

  • GoDaddy’s new site builder offers templates for 1,500 industries

    GoDaddy’s new site builder offers templates for 1,500 industries

    Drag and drop website building platforms like Squarespace and Wix aren’t necessarily the most popular tools in the tech community. But the reality is that these sites are how the majority of internet users, who aren’t necessarily technically savvy, can create and maintain a web presence for themselves or their business. So it’s actually a pretty important industry. Read More

  • Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest (physical) Dash button is like a “I’m Feeling Lucky” for candy. When pressed, the button will send you a box with a random assortment of small-batch candy made by “artisans from across the nation.” The box will cost $18 (with two-day free Prime shipping, of course) and can be ordered as many times as you want. The program is called Prime… Read More

  • President Trump has officially taken over @POTUS

    President Trump has officially taken over @POTUS

    It’s official. As of about an hour ago Donald Trump is the 45th President of The United States of America. One question regarding the transition was how the social media handoff would occur between outgoing former President Obama and President Trump. And now about an hour in, some of these accounts are starting to switch over. The most important one is probably @POTUS on Twitter, which… Read More

  • Take a tour of Slack’s new NYC office

    Slack has been busy lately. The two-year-old company has covered a lot of ground since it launched. Beyond growing to 4 million daily active users and 1.25 million paid users, the company also just announced a long-awaited feature: threaded conversations. Plus, Slack has moved into seven global offices, including San Francisco, Vancouver, Melbourne, London, Toronto, Dublin and now NYC. The… Read More

  • Alibaba is now the official cloud services provider of the Olympics

    Alibaba is now the official cloud services provider of the Olympics

    Today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Alibaba and the International Olympic Committee announced that Alibaba will become the official “Cloud Services” provider for the Olympics. The deal will last through 2028. Considering the next three olympics will be in Asia – South Korea in 2018, than Japan in 2020, than China in 2022 – Alibaba may have seen this as a good… Read More

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