Katie Roof

Katie Roof is a senior writer and video host at TechCrunch, where she is focused on the business side of tech. She has an interest in late stage venture capital, and is especially enthusiastic about commerce, social media and wearable tech. Previously, Roof was a tech reporter for FOXBusiness.com and has been a contributor at Forbes, TheStreet and Reuters. She has held television production roles at CNN and Bloomberg TV.

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  • Chemi Peres makes predictions for Israel’s tech scene

    TechCrunch had the opportunity to speak with Chemi Peres, co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital, about Israel’s tech scene. In the above video, Peres explained why he believes digital health, drones and autonomous driving startups will emerge in the region. “The digital wave is disrupting industry one after another,” said Peres. Israel has long been known for its work in… Read More

  • HopSkipDrive wants to be the Uber for kids

    TechCrunch recently went down south to Los Angeles for our mini-meetup and to catch up with the region’s burgeoning tech scene. One of the startups that caught our attention is HopSkipDrive, which aims to be an Uber for picking up your kids. Uber passengers need to be at least 18-years of age to ride alone, so HopSkipDrive hopes to solve a transportation problem for busy… Read More

  • Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin is in talks with a Chinese buyer for an acquisition of around $1.5 billion, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company. We have not confirmed the identity of the acquirer. The deal is not yet finalized and details may change. Founded in 2012 by CEO Adam Foroughi along with Andrew Karam and John Kyrstynak, San Francisco-headquartered AppLovin operates… Read More

  • Thrive Market thinks it can be an affordable online Whole Foods

      TechCrunch recently took a trip down to Los Angeles for our meetup and to check in on the growing startup scene there. One of the fast-growing businesses that’s been on our radar is Thrive Market. The online Costco-meets-Whole Foods recently raised $111 million from venture firms like Greycroft and celebrities like Demi Moore and John Legend to grow their organic foods business. We… Read More

  • Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping

    Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping

    Symphony Commerce, a provider of cloud technology for e-commerce platforms, is raising $11 million to grow its fulfillment business. Charles River Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and FirstMark Capital invested in the round. Symphony, which helps companies like Gatorade and Hershey’s manage their web business, is doubling down on its logistics services, by helping… Read More

  • Zenoti raises $15 million for spa bookings

    Zenoti raises $15 million for spa bookings

    The spa industry is in need of a technology makeover and Zenoti thinks it can help. The Seattle-based startup is raising $15 million in a round led by Norwest Venture Partners to help salons run their businesses. A cloud-based management platform, Zenoti helps spa chains with everything from billing to inventory management. They aim to create a tailored enterprise software experience for what… Read More

  • Andela co-founder Christina Sass is coming to Disrupt SF

    Andela co-founder Christina Sass is coming to Disrupt SF

    I’m delighted to announce Andela co-founder and COO Christina Sass will be joining me on stage for a fireside chat at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco next month. Backed by Mark Zuckerberg and a slew of other Silicon Valley heavyweights, Andela is part of a wave of startups looking to increase diversity at technology companies. The team works with companies like Microsoft and IBM… Read More

  • AirHelp raises $12 million to deal with airline customer service for you

    AirHelp raises $12 million to deal with airline customer service for you

    Few things are more dreadful than dealing with airline customer service. Fortunately, there’s a startup that wants to make those calls for you. For hassle-free travel, AirHelp is raising $12 million in Series A funding from a group of investors, including Khosla Ventures and Evan Williams.  AirHelp promises to get you money from airlines when you deserve it. And they’ve… Read More

  • Amazon shatters earnings expectations

    Amazon shatters earnings expectations

    Amazon shattered expectations when it reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.78, when Wall Street was forecasting $1.11. Amazon also beat revenue predictions, posting $30.4 billion for the quarter when analysts were expecting $29.55 billion. Shares ticked up 2 percent in after-hours trading. The company saw a significant increase… Read More

  • Roomi raises $4 million to help you find a roommate

    Roomi raises $4 million to help you find a roommate

    At first glance, Roomi looks like just another rental listing app. But there’s a twist — all of these homes already have tenants. An alternative to Craigslist, Roomi thinks it can find you a better roommate. Are you a gym rat? Do you like to throw parties? The app syncs with Facebook to give you a glimpse of prospective cohabitants. Launched last year, Roomi has over 375,000… Read More

  • GoPro sales beat investor expectations but are still in steep decline

    GoPro sales beat investor expectations but are still in steep decline

    Action-camera maker GoPro reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. Shares quickly rose 10 percent in after-hours trading, but then were down 3 percent as investors dug through the earnings release. And then they were back up about 3 percent. The company posted revenue of $220.7 million, above analyst forecasts of $194 million. Adjusted earnings per share was negative… Read More

  • How Facetune and Enlight became top photo apps

    Jerusalem-based Lightricks knows what it takes to stand out amongst the thousands of photo apps. They’ve done it twice — with Enlight and also Facetune, which is currently the top photo app in the U.S. according to App Annie. We caught up with CEO Zeev Farbman for a video interview when we were in Israel. He showed us some tricks to using the Lightricks photo apps and explained why… Read More

  • Tinder subscriber growth disappoints Match investors

    Tinder subscriber growth disappoints Match investors

    Match Group reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday. At first shares rose about in initial after-hours trading, but then they were down 5% as investors were disappointed by subscriber growth and guidance for the year. The owner of dating sites including Tinder, OkCupid and Match.com reported $301 million in revenue, above analyst expectations of $297 million. Adjusted… Read More

  • Gett CEO claims his ride-share company is beating Uber in Europe

    It is a very competitive landscape for on-demand rides. While Uber dominates the market in the U.S., Didi Chuxing is the leader in China. And in Europe, there is another player that is making headway. Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, is the “number one on-demand mobility company operating in Europe,” according to CEO Shahar Waiser. TechCrunch sat down with him for a video interview… Read More

  • PayPal ticks up 2% on earnings, Visa partnership

    PayPal ticks up 2% on earnings, Visa partnership

    PayPal reported earnings after the bell on Thursday, showing $2.65 billion in revenue for the quarter, when analysts were expecting $2.6 billion. Adjusted earnings per share was also in line with Wall Street estimates at 36 cents. Shares ticked up 2 percent in after-hours trading, in part because of a Visa announcement that was timed with earnings. The new partnership with Visa emphasized… Read More

  • Impinj soars 28% in internet-of-things IPO

    Impinj soars 28% in internet-of-things IPO

    It has been a very slow year for tech IPOs, but Seattle-based Impinj decided to brave the public markets and list on the Nasdaq today. The company priced at the top of the range at $14 and then saw its shares rise about 28% on its first day of trading. A leader in developing radio frequency technology, or RFID chips, Impinj has found unique partnerships with Coca-Cola, Macy’s… Read More

  • eBay shares up 5% after beating earnings expectations

    eBay shares up 5% after beating earnings expectations

    eBay reported second quarter results after the bell on Wednesday and saw its stock rise over 5% in initial after-hours trading. The company beat expectations, posting earnings at an adjusted 43 cents per share, when analysts were forecasting 42 cents. The company also brought in $2.23 billion in revenue, compared to the $2.17 billion expected by Wall Street. Investors were also pleased to see… Read More

  • Trim personal finance bot raises $2.2 million to save you money

    Trim personal finance bot raises $2.2 million to save you money

    Ever wonder how much you spend each month on Uber? The newly released Trim chatbot will tell you in a text. Trim also helps you manage subscriptions, set up spending alerts and check your bank balance. But there is no app, only a bot that can be linked to SMS or Facebook. “Anything that you can do on your mobile banking app, you can do with trim with the exception of moving… Read More

  • Zenreach raises $30 million; Peter Thiel joins board

    Zenreach raises $30 million; Peter Thiel joins board

    If you’ve used free wi-fi in San Francisco, there’s a good chance you’ve used Zenreach and just don’t know it yet. The company, until now, has flown largely under the radar, because they wanted to amp up their business quietly for competitive reasons. And they’re finally ready to announce themselves and their new $30 million Series B funding. (Their previous… Read More

  • Coffee Meets Bagel overhauls dating app with “ladies choice”

    Coffee Meets Bagel overhauls dating app with “ladies choice”

    Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel is making some big changes, rolling out a “ladies choice” update in the coming days. The San Francisco-based startup says it has generated 2.5 billion introductions and created more than 50,000 happy couples. But the team thinks it’s time to switch it up from the one-a-day match suggestion and give its members more options. Going forward, men… Read More

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