Katie Roof

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

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  • Casual dating app Down acquired by Paktor

    Casual dating app Down acquired by Paktor

    Remember “Bang With Friends?” The controversial app, which later rebranded as Down, was acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor (they’re um…hooking up). The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we’re told it was several million. After raising just $1 million, it was a “positive outcome” for investors like Tim Draper. Colin Hodge… Read More

  • Yext hires new president as it looks to IPO

    Yext hires new president as it looks to IPO

    Yext, the company that helps businesses make sure that their location data appears correctly in search results, is announcing that Jim Steele will be joining the company full-time as president and chief revenue officer. Steele was previously on the board at Yext and was most recently at InsideSales. “I found a new younger Marc Benioff and I’m really excited,” Steele says… Read More

  • A new CEO for DocuSign

    A new CEO for DocuSign

    DocuSign, the electronic signature company, has ended its search for a permanent CEO. Effective this week, Daniel Springer is taking the reigns and former CEO Keith Krach is moving to a chairman role. With a reported valuation of more than $3 billion, 14-year-old DocuSign is said to be scaling, with speculation that it’s nearing its long-awaited IPO. Though he couldn’t comment… Read More

  • RadPad gets acquired by LandlordStation after nearly shutting down

    RadPad gets acquired by LandlordStation after nearly shutting down

    Layoffs and an office auction sparked rumors that home rental startup RadPad was on its deathbed last year. After raising more than $12 million in funding, hefty legal fees from a “data scraping” lawsuit with Craigslist had put the LA-based startup nearly out of business. But TechCrunch has learned that RadPad has found itself a new home. Dallas-based LandlordStation has purchased… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt-backed HouseCanary raises $33 million

    Eric Schmidt-backed HouseCanary raises $33 million

    The total U.S. housing market is worth $30 trillion, but the data to value individual properties is still imprecise, according to HouseCanary. The real estate startup thinks it has better analysis and counts believers like Eric Schmidt and Kobe Bryant, who are participating in its $33 million funding round. “We’re probably 25 years behind the stock market in terms of… Read More

  • Smize! Tyra Banks emojis are here

    Smize! Tyra Banks emojis are here

    She’s a supermodel, TV producer, entrepreneur, educator…and now you can add emoji character to the list. The tireless Tyra Banks is announcing her latest project, TyTyMoji, which just launched in the iTunes store. The new app means your favorite Tyra moments from “America’s Next Top Model” and more will be encapsulated in stickers that you can send your friends… Read More

  • Airbnb invests in restaurant reservation app Resy

    Airbnb invests in restaurant reservation app Resy

    Highly-funded Airbnb is making an investment of its own, announcing today that it is leading a $13 million round in Resy, an app for restaurant reservations. “Helping people find and book incredible local restaurants is a key part of us moving beyond just accommodation to focus on the whole trip,” said Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in a statement. Airbnb will be integrating Resy into… Read More

  • WTF is a funding round?

    WTF is a funding round?

    But if you don’t work in venture capital or finance, you might not know what all this means. So, we’ll break it down for you. Why are startups getting the money? Investors are giving the startup money in exchange for an ownership stake. They are hoping that the share price will go up as the startup grows into a larger company. Do they have to pay it back? No. If the startup… Read More

  • The 11 biggest tech acquisitions of 2016

    Unlike IPOs, 2016 was pretty active for tech M&A. The year resulted in $612.9 billion in global tech deals, according to Dealogic, which made it the second best year for acquisitions. It nearly kept up the pace of record-setting 2015, where we saw $691.4 billion in tech transactions across the world. A confluence of factors led to consolidation amongst semiconductors and enterprise tech. Read More

  • Gene Munster explains why he’s becoming a VC

    Gene Munster explains why he’s becoming a VC

    Known for his bullish calls on Apple, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster surprised everybody last month when he revealed that he was leaving the analyst world to become a VC. Now Munster is launching his seed stage fund, Loup Ventures, and he’s ready to discuss what kind of investments he’ll be making. He told TechCrunch that his team, which includes former colleagues Doug Clinton… Read More

  • Few startups IPOed this year, but the ones that did soared

    Few startups IPOed this year, but the ones that did soared

    There weren’t many tech IPOs this year, but they performed well. Just 14 venture-backed tech companies went public, according to Dealogic. This compares to 25 last year and the 40+ we saw in each of the five years before.  The last time we had fewer tech IPOs was in the 2009 financial crisis. Macroeconomic concerns related to oil prices, China and the Brexit made it a suboptimal time… Read More

  • AppDynamics posts long-awaited IPO filing

    AppDynamics posts long-awaited IPO filing

    AppDynamics has revealed its filing for a U.S. IPO. The IT company, which helps businesses like Salesforce and IBM with applications management, is targeting a $100 million offering. Despite a competitive landscape, which includes New Relic and Dynatrace, AppDynamics has shown strong revenue growth over the past year. For the nine months ending in October, revenue came in at $158.4 million… Read More

  • Rent the Runway raises $60 million

    Rent the Runway raises $60 million

    Fashion e-commerce powerhouse Rent the Runway has confirmed that it raised $60 million in a funding round led by Fidelity Investments. Technology Crossover Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Advance Publications are also participating in the round. Recode, which first reported the news, was told that the valuation was a “significant step up” from the… Read More

  • Uber lawsuit alleges employees were misled on equity compensation

    Uber lawsuit alleges employees were misled on equity compensation

    An Uber employee has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading employees about their equity compensation. Uber “devised a fraudulent scheme to recruit highly sought software engineers,” according to the case.   The lawsuit claims that Uber promised a more tax favorable type of options at the time employees were hired and then later changed the plan. The… Read More

  • Apps for holiday shopping

    The holidays are almost here and there is still a little time left for last-minute shopping. Instead of sifting though all your discount emails, we found some apps that will help you save money and make both your online and in-store shopping experience easier. Slice
    Online shoppers may want to check out Slice, which makes it easier to monitor shipments. There’s no need to input any… Read More

  • Airbnb authorizes $153 million more funding

    Airbnb authorizes $153 million more funding

    A new Delaware filing for Airbnb, identified by CB Insights, suggests that the travel service has authorized another $153 million in Series F shares. This implies that they might be raising an extension to their financing $555 million round from a few months back. The filing prices the shares at $105, consistent with the latest round, which was said to be about a $30 billion valuation. Uber is… Read More

  • Trivago closes up 8% in public debut

    Trivago closes up 8% in public debut

    Hotel search site Trivago went public on Friday, after separating from Expedia. The company priced its shares at $11 and closed the day at $11.85, up 7.73 percent. But this was after pricing at $11 per share, below the $13 to $15 range that had been forecast. The company raised $287 million in the offering and plans to use the capital to focus on growth and potentially make strategic… Read More

  • Yahoo shares tumble as investors fear Verizon acquisition trouble

    Yahoo shares tumble as investors fear Verizon acquisition trouble

    Yahoo shares tumbled 6% on Thursday as investors feared that the latest Yahoo hack could spell bad news for its sale to Verizon. This is the second major hack revelation in recent months and there’s speculation that Verizon could be spooked. Some are wondering if Verizon will ask for a discount on the $4.8 billion deal or scrap it altogether. TechCrunch is owned by Verizon, but we do… Read More

  • Apple may participate in $100 billion SoftBank fund

    Apple may participate in $100 billion SoftBank fund

    Apple is considering investing up to $1 billion in the SoftBank Vision Fund, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. With a fundraising target of $100 billion, Apple’s participation would mean that the world’s largest tech company would be investing in the world’s largest tech fund. SoftBank itself is investing about $25 billion and the Saudi Arabian government… Read More

  • Numerai is a crowdsourced hedge fund for machine learning experts

    Numerai is a crowdsourced hedge fund for machine learning experts

    Richard Craib believes that some of the best stock pickers aren’t on Wall Street. The former hedge funder came to the realization that tech’s machine learning experts may be able to build better predictive models than those with finance backgrounds. Craib carried this thesis forward when he launched Numerai last year, a crowdsourced hedge fund. The startup hopes to attract the best… Read More

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