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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  • Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report

    Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report

    Internet radio pioneer Pandora, saw its shares jump over 11% on Friday to $12.77, amid renewed acquisition speculation. A report from CNBC indicated that Pandora and SiriusXM are expected to discuss a possible purchase. The story cautions that there is “no assurance” that Pandora will reach a deal with SiriusXM or any other prospective buyers. This isn’t the first time… Read More

  • Box shows strong sales growth in third quarter earnings

    Box shows strong sales growth in third quarter earnings

    Cloud storage company Box reported third-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations with a record $102.8 million in revenue, a 31 percent increase year-over-year and above predictions of $100.64 million. Adjusted earnings per share showed a loss of 14 cents, better than the negative 19 cents that analysts were forecasting and a 17-cent improvement from… Read More

  • What does Trump mean for tech M&A?

    After Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential victory earlier this month, the tech community has been trying to assess how the new administration will impact them. There are concerns that there will be fewer H-1B visas for engineers, making it harder to hire the world’s best talent. People also interpret Trump’s stance on the Apple-FBI controversy as an indication that he will… Read More

  • BuzzFeed authorizes $200 million flat round

    BuzzFeed authorizes $200 million flat round

    A Delaware filing has confirmed that BuzzFeed authorized $200 million in Series G financing. At $45.04, this is the same share price as their round last year, which valued the digital media company at $1.5 billion. Recode reported last month that NBCUniversal was talking about making another investment and it’s possible that this is what the filing is in reference to. The filing does… Read More

  • Levie on what Trump could mean for tech

    Like many leaders in Silicon Valley, Box CEO Aaron Levie was a vocal supporter of Secretary Clinton. But after the shocking U.S. election outcome, the industry has been reflecting about what the next president could mean for the community.   We sat down with Levie for an interview at Box headquarters in Redwood City. While it’s difficult to know what the capricious Trump will actually… Read More

  • Tech leaders respond to upcoming Trump presidency

    No matter which side of the aisle you’re on it’s clear that in next four years technology will be taking center stage. Politics are now less about relationships between people and more about relationships between computers and no matter who you voted for we believe tech is truly leading the way. Many of us are looking for a sense of clarity and understanding that will help us… Read More

  • Stealth Uber competitor Zoox valued at $1.5 billion

    Stealth Uber competitor Zoox valued at $1.5 billion

    The race for self-driving autos is heating up; undercover startup Zoox is fetching a value of $1.5 billion even before unveiling their first product. TechCrunch has confirmed that the company recently raised $50 million from Hong Kong-based hedge fund Composite Capital. The round was first reported by The Wall Street Journal and comes just months after $200 million in funding raised at a… Read More

  • How Yo inspired the Jonas Brothers to create apps

    How Yo inspired the Jonas Brothers to create apps

    Remember that silly app, Yo, where you could ping someone with just a tap? Well, Kevin Jonas does. At the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York, the Jonas brothers talked about why they are creating apps. After seeing the Yo app raise over $1 million in funding, Kevin said it made launching startups look easy. “If they could do that, look what I can do,” said Kevin, about… Read More

  • Apartment List raises $30 million to find you a home

    Apartment List raises $30 million to find you a home

    There’s no shortage of competition in the housing space, but Apartment List is making a dent in rentals. With more than 5 percent of America’s listings already on the site, the startup is raising $30 million in a round led by Canaan Partners to take the business to the next level. “Our goal was to bring as much inventory to consumers as possible,” CEO John Kobs… Read More

  • General Catalyst-backed Octane AI will make you a bot

    General Catalyst-backed Octane AI will make you a bot

    Bots are hot. Ever since Facebook introduced chatbots at F8 last spring, they’ve been integrated into brand pages for customer service, e-commerce and fun. But how do you make a bot? Many businesses don’t have developers that are adept at creating them. Enter Octane AI, a newly formed startup launched by media personality Ben Parr, serial entrepreneur Matt Schlicht and Omegle… Read More

  • Postmates confirms $140 million funding round at $600 million valuation

    Postmates confirms $140 million funding round at $600 million valuation

    As we first reported last month, on-demand delivery app Postmates raised additional funding in a round led by Founders Fund, with participation from existing investors. The company is now confirming the total came out to $140 million, giving the Postmates above a $600 million post-money valuation.  Brian Singerman from Founders Fund will be joining the board. Despite Postmates’… Read More

  • BlackLine surges 40% in software IPO

    BlackLine surges 40% in software IPO

    BlackLine, a Los Angeles-based accounting software company, debuted in the U.S. markets Friday. After pricing at $17 per share, the stock closed at $23.70. In what has been a slow year for tech IPOs, BlackLine decided to go public right now because it’s “part of a longer term plan to raise awareness for what we do,” said CEO Therese Tucker. She said the IPO, which raised… Read More

  • Amazon plunges on earnings miss

    Amazon plunges on earnings miss

    Amazon disappointed investors when it posted third quarter earnings after the bell Thursday. With an adjusted earnings per share of 52 cents, this was well beneath the expected 78 cents. The stock quickly fell at least 6 percent in after-hours trading. Revenue of $32.7 billion was in line with what Wall Street was expecting. The miss came as a surprise because in recent years the company… Read More

  • Twitter is shutting down Vine

    Twitter is shutting down Vine

    With Twitter’s future still in question following failed attempts at finding an acquirer and the recently announced layoffs of nine percent of its workforce, the company today announced it’s shutting down its standalone short-form video app, Vine. According a post, nothing is changing immediately — the website and apps will remain online for the time being, and users will… Read More

  • Twitter finally stops counting usernames against reply character limits in test

    Twitter finally stops counting usernames against reply character limits in test

    #Beyond140 is coming to fruition with the removal of one of the most annoying laws of Twitter. Some iOS users are now part of a test group that no longer sees a recipients’ usernames appear or count against the 140 character limit when they post replies. This leaves more room for actual discussion. It also prevents the dreaded “Twitter Canoe”, where more and more users join… Read More

  • Pandora’s latest quarter disappoints investors

    Pandora’s latest quarter disappoints investors

    In what has become a very competitive landscape for digital music, early pioneer Pandora is trying to remain a leader. The company reported third quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday, giving a glimpse at the current health of their business. Pandora has seen its revenue grow to $351.9 million, up by 13% from the same period last year. Yet analysts had been expecting $366.1… Read More

  • Cuban: AT&T-Time Warner will create more competition

    Cuban: AT&T-Time Warner will create more competition

    While many people are arguing that the proposed $85 billion AT&T and Time Warner deal would be bad for consumer choice, billionaire Mark Cuban has a contrarian viewpoint. The merger would lead to “more competition” he tells TechCrunch. Cuban, who made his money through a different media acquisition, thinks the combination would help challenge the tech giants like Facebook… Read More

  • Weebly hacked, 43 million credentials stolen

    Weebly hacked, 43 million credentials stolen

    The web design platform Weebly was hacked in February, according to the data breach notification site LeakedSource. Usernames and passwords for more than 43 million accounts were taken in the breach, although the passwords are secured with the strong hashing algorithm bcrypt. Weebly said in an email to customers that user IP addresses were also taken in the breach. “We do not believe… Read More

  • PayPal ramps up mobile payments business

    PayPal ramps up mobile payments business

    PayPal reported third quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. The global payments company reported an 18% increase in revenue at $2.67 billion, when analysts were expecting $2.65 billion. Adjusted earnings per share stood at 35 cents, in line with Wall Street expectations. However, some investors were disappointed to see that PayPal missed on total payment volume, a metric of total… Read More

  • EBay continues shift to “Amazon-esque” business

    EBay continues shift to “Amazon-esque” business

    EBay reported third-quarter earnings results after the bell on Wednesday. The company brought in revenue of $2.22 billion, narrowly beating estimates of $2.19 billion and up 6 percent year-over-year. Adjusted earnings per share came in at 45 cents, slightly above the analyst consensus of 44 cents. While its financials were up, the stock still fell more than 7 percent in early… Read More

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