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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  • Bitcoin futures are now tradable on the CBOE

    Bitcoin futures are now tradable on the CBOE

    Bitcoin futures trading on CBOE, the world’s largest futures exchange, just launched at 5pm CT. Within a minute of the launch bitcoin spiked about 10% from ~$14,700 all the way up to $16,200 before settling a few minutes later to around $15,500, up about 5%. Now an hour after launching the actual price of bitcoin is still up, trading around $15,350. Currently the settlement price of… Read More

  • Sonos and Ikea are collaborating on sound products for the home

    Sonos and Ikea are collaborating on sound products for the home

    Sonos and Ikea just announced a new collaboration to “create future home sound experiences”. The companies say they want to make it easier to play music anywhere in the home – which makes sense, since Sonos’ main benefit is how easy their software makes it to set up and manage a system of speakers throughout your home. “Together with Sonos we want to democratize… Read More

  • Justin Kan’s Atrium is starting a boot camp to help founders raise money

    Justin Kan’s Atrium is starting a boot camp to help founders raise money

    Raising a Series A is hard for a founder. Especially when you consider they’re usually doing it for the first time, while the VCs on the other side of the table are essentially professional negotiators getting pitched and doing deals every day. So to help give founders a leg up Justin Kan’s new legal tech startup Atrium is launching a program to help founders become better… Read More

  • People have spent over $1M buying virtual cats on the Ethereum blockchain

    People have spent over $1M buying virtual cats on the Ethereum blockchain

    Launched a few days ago, CryptoKitties is essentially like an digital version of Pokemon cards but based on the Ethereum blockchain. And like most viral sensations that catch on in the tech world, it’s blowing up fast. Built by Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio AxiomZen, the game is the latest fad in the world of cryptocurrency and probably soon tech in general. People… Read More

  • Simon wants to help startups establish a retail presence in malls

    Simon wants to help startups establish a retail presence in malls

    It’s a strange time for e-commerce startups. While most of the retail world is trying to figure out how to make the shift from brick and mortar to online, most e-commerce startups are trying to do the opposite and find a way to let people discover and test out products in person without breaking the bank on a retail lease. So one unlikely player is trying to help them out –… Read More

  • One bitcoin is now worth $10,000

    One bitcoin is now worth $10,000

    It happened. One bitcoin is now worth $10,000. The milestone was hit on international exchanges earlier in the day (where prices are normally a few percent higher) and was just crossed on U.S exchanges like Coinbase and Gemini a few minutes ago. This comes two days after bitcoin hit $9k, and eight days after it crossed $8k. This $10,000 marks a bull rally essentially never before seen in… Read More

  • Japanese bitcoin exchange bitFlyer is coming to the US

    Japanese bitcoin exchange bitFlyer is coming to the US

    Japanese cryptocurrency exchange bitFlyer announced today it’s expanding to the U.S., with approval to operate in 42 states starting today. This includes regulatory approval in New York via the state’s Department of Financial Services’ “BitLicense”, which only five other cryptocurrency companies currently have. For comparison, Coinbase has approval to operate in… Read More

  • Facebook and The Gates Foundation are matching $2M in donations for #GivingTuesday

    Facebook and The Gates Foundation are matching $2M in donations for #GivingTuesday

    Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that always falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year Facebook is again partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to match up to $2M in donations to fundraisers held on Facebook by nonprofits. Additionally, Facebook is waiving its typical 5% fee on donations to U.S-based nonprofits all day long. It’s a big step… Read More

  • 11 bragworthy gifts for the 20-somethings in your life

    It’s me, TechCrunch’s resident 20-something back for a third year to help you figure out what to get the millennials in your life. Here’s a great selection of gifts that any student, grad or freshly-employed person would be thrilled to get this holiday season. Read More

  • You can now request to join someone’s Instagram live stream

    You can now request to join someone’s Instagram live stream

    Instagram just rolled out a neat feature for its live product. Users can now request to join a live stream that they’re watching and, if accepted, can start broadcasting live as the host’s guest. To request to join a live video a viewer can tap a request button in the comments section. Hosts see the request pop up in real time and can accept or deny, and also have access to a list… Read More

  • 10 excellent battery pack gifts for your friend whose phone always dies

    After putting our favorite battery packs in various gift guides over the years, we decided to go all out this year and do a gift guide JUST for battery packs. I consider myself something of a battery pack aficionado, so I decided to step up to the plate and lay out some of my favorites. Read More

  • Raden is betting sticker mania will stick in the physical world

    Raden is betting sticker mania will stick in the physical world

    While smart suitcase startup Raden is inarguably a hardware company, they’ve decided to test the social waters by diving headfirst into the world of stickers. The company is launching a sticker store in their mobile app, which lets customers order physical stickers that once delivered can be can be affixed to their suitcases. The app lets you preview what the stickers will look like on… Read More

  • Bitcoin just passed $8,000

    Bitcoin just passed $8,000

    Bitcoin has been on a wild run. Yesterday the price shot past $8,000 for the first time, and per usual when it breaks through a milestone is now trading solidly above it at $8,250.  Read More

  • Tesla’s newest product is a mobile battery pack to charge your phone

    Tesla’s newest product is a mobile battery pack to charge your phone

    Apparently announcing a new all-electric Semi truck and the fastest production car ever made all in one week wasn’t enough for Tesla. They also quietly launched a third “product”, and you don’t have to wait two years to buy it! It’s a mobile battery pack to charge your phone and other devices. Aptly named the PowerBank, the external battery pack is shaped like… Read More

  • Coinbase’s Custody service wants to store bitcoin for institutional investors

    Coinbase’s Custody service wants to store bitcoin for institutional investors

    Safely investing in and storing digital currency isn’t exactly easy, especially if you’re a large institutional firm. So to help, Coinbase just announced that they’re launching a service called Coinbase Custody, which will securely hold digital assets for institutional investors. Read More

  • Kairos’ $25M venture fund will invest in ideas that help the middle class

    Kairos’ $25M venture fund will invest in ideas that help the middle class

    Kairos, the organization for young entrepreneurs founded in 2008 as Kairos Society, has lifted the veil on its first venture fund that it teased earlier this year. The $25M fund will focus on companies that are working to solve real-world issues facing the middle class in America and abroad. Essentially the fund and its investment thesis is a response to the often heard complaint that… Read More

  • Square Cash is letting some users buy and sell Bitcoin

    Square Cash is letting some users buy and sell Bitcoin

    Square is testing cryptocurrency support in their Cash app, according to TechCrunch reader Zach Miles on Twitter and confirmed by the company. The trial, which seems to only be available right now to a small number of users, lets you buy and sell bitcoin directly in the app. The interface is very basic. Users who have access to the beta can swipe right from the Cash Card page to access… Read More

  • Match Group is still in talks to acquire Bumble with a valuation over $1B

    Match Group is still in talks to acquire Bumble with a valuation over $1B

    In August we reported from our sources that Match Group made an offer to acquire Bumble for $450M. Bumble declined the offer, and at the time a source close to the company suggested to TechCrunch that Bumble was actually valued at $1 billion. Now we’ve learned that these talks are still ongoing, with recent discussions centered around a valuation of “well over” $1B.  The… Read More

  • Lord & Taylor will start selling on Walmart.com

    Lord & Taylor will start selling on Walmart.com

    Walmart and Hudson’s Bay-owned department store Lord & Taylor just announced an interesting partnership — Lord & Taylor will start selling its catalog of high-end fashion merchandise on Walmart.com this Spring. Of course this deal doesn’t mean you’ll see designer pants on the same page as $19.97 Wranglers. Instead, Lord & Taylor will have its own… Read More

  • ESPN’s new streaming service will launch in the spring and be called “ESPN Plus”

    ESPN’s new streaming service will launch in the spring and be called “ESPN Plus”

    Today on Disney’s Q3 earnings call CEO Bob Iger gave a preview of ESPN’s upcoming direct to consumer streaming service. The announcement comes after another disappointing quarter for ESPN, with decreased ad revenue and higher programing costs compared to the prior year. The service will be called ESPN Plus, and live inside a new app that will be launched by the sports… Read More

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