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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  • Airbnb finalizes deal to buy social payments startup Tilt

    Airbnb finalizes deal to buy social payments startup Tilt

    Airbnb has finalized its deal to buy social payments startup Tilt, TechCrunch has confirmed. We reported on the acquisition talks last month, but now everything has been made official. We are told that investors will be getting back about $12 million in cash, but the deal value is tens of millions of dollars higher if you include employee retention packages, which were paid for in cash… Read More

  • App platform company MuleSoft files for IPO

    App platform company MuleSoft files for IPO

    MuleSoft is the latest “unicorn” to file for an IPO. The company, which helps businesses like Netflix and Spotify with their APIs, has unveiled its financials to the public in an S-1 filing, suggesting that they are targeting a debut as soon as March. The size of the proposed IPO is $100 million, but that is subject to change. In the filing we see that MuleSoft had $187.7… Read More

  • Snap takes aim at Facebook in roadshow video

    Snap takes aim at Facebook in roadshow video

    Snap is about to embark on its investor roadshow as it prepares to go public at the beginning of March. And a new video gives a glimpse at how they will be trying to persuade Wall Street to buy shares. The video starts off with CEO Evan Spiegel emphasizing their mission as a “camera company.” He compares Snap’s video experience to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of… Read More

  • Dorsey: Twitter still has “a long way to go”

    Dorsey: Twitter still has “a long way to go”

    Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey spoke on stage with COO and CFO Anthony Noto at the Goldman Technology Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. The leaders of the social media giant reiterated Twitter’s mission as a real-time information platform and spoke of its latest accomplishments, but also talked about the challenges of growing what is already a widely-used site. “We… Read More

  • PayPal buys TIO Networks for $233 million

    PayPal buys TIO Networks for $233 million

    PayPal has agreed to buy bill payment management company TIO Networks for $233 million in cash. The deal will allow PayPal to gain access to a market of customers who pay their utility and cable bills at kiosks in locations like Rite Aid. This will help the company reach the “underserved” chunk of North Americans who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, some who even lack bank… Read More

  • Pandora falls 4% on earnings news

    Pandora falls 4% on earnings news

    Internet music giant Pandora fell 4 percent in initial after-hours trading after the company released its fourth-quarter 2016 earnings results. Pandora actually beat expectations, but this was already worked into the stock because the company announced last month that they would beat guidance. Investors were apparently looking for something better. The earnings per share loss came in at 13… Read More

  • Greycroft announces $250 million growth fund

    Greycroft announces $250 million growth fund

    Greycroft Partners, the venture firm co-founded by industry veteran Alan Patricof, is announcing their second growth equity fund. They will have about $250 million in capital to deploy, an increase from the $200 million in their previous late stage fund from 2.5 years ago. This is in addition to the $200 million early stage fund that they recently raised late last year. About half of their… Read More

  • Chinese photo-sharing app Kuaishou planning U.S. IPO later this year

    Chinese photo-sharing app Kuaishou planning U.S. IPO later this year

    We’re hearing from sources that Kuaishou — a hot photo-sharing application in China — is planning to go public in the U.S. later this year. Sources tell us the app has more than 40 million daily active users against 100 million monthly active users, and was most recently valued at around $3 billion. The app is in some ways similar to Instagram, with photos (some of which… Read More

  • CEO Evan Spiegel’s Snap ownership is worth about $3.5 billion

    CEO Evan Spiegel’s Snap ownership is worth about $3.5 billion

    Snapchat parent Snap Inc. has finally revealed its long-awaited IPO filing. The social messaging company, which plans to go public in early March, just shared details about its growth trajectory and financials.  And while we knew that Snap has raised at least $2.4 billion in capital from a long list of investors, we now know the ownership percentages. We also know the pre-IPO values of… Read More

  • Cuban: “Just plain stupid” to not go public

    Cuban: “Just plain stupid” to not go public

    Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban spoke on stage at the Upfront Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he voiced concern about the lack of tech IPOs recently. “I don’t understand the reticence to going public,” he said. “It’s just plain stupid.” After a slow 2016, there have yet to be any tech IPOs in 2017. AppDynamics was supposed to debut in January… Read More

  • Sources: Spotify may delay IPO to 2018 as it rethinks licensing deals

    Sources: Spotify may delay IPO to 2018 as it rethinks licensing deals

    Spotify — the music streaming company with over 100 million users (40 million of them paying) — has long been seen as one of the more likely candidates among larger tech startups to go public in 2017, but it looks like this plan may be shifting. TechCrunch has heard from multiple sources that the company is now weighing a plan to delay an IPO until 2018. The delay… Read More

  • ForeScout Technologies filed confidentially for IPO

    ForeScout Technologies filed confidentially for IPO

    ForeScout has filed confidentially for an IPO, TechCrunch has confirmed. The security company has submitted its S-1 and will be unveiling it to the public closer to its debut. The IPO is likely to happen in the next few months, with an exact date yet-to-be-determined. The JOBS Act from 2012 made it so that the companies could work on revisions to their filings without public scrutiny. It has… Read More

  • Apple shares up 3% after company beats earnings expectations

    Apple shares up 3% after company beats earnings expectations

    Apple’s latest quarter surpassed earnings expectations, sending the stock up about 3% in initial after-hours trading. Its fiscal first quarter of 2017 saw record earnings of $3.36 per share, well above the $3.21 forecast by Wall Street. Revenue also beat, coming in at $78.4 billion, versus the $77.3 analysts were predicting. Investors were pleased that the company sold 78.3 million… Read More

  • Snap to list on New York Stock Exchange

    Snap to list on New York Stock Exchange

    Snap, the parent of Snapchat, will be listing on the New York Stock Exchange, TechCrunch has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. This means that you can expect to see a big Snapchat banner on Wall Street and that executives will probably be ringing the opening bell when the company debuts, likely in March. The move sends the message that Snap wants its IPO… Read More

  • PayPal continues to see strong revenue growth

    PayPal continues to see strong revenue growth

    PayPal reported fourth quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, and they were just what investors were expecting. The stock was flat in initial after-hours trading. Revenue came in at $2.98 billion, which is on par with analyst estimates and a 17% increase from last year. Adjusted earnings per share was 42 cents, which is also what Wall Street was forecasting. Total payment volume was… Read More

  • What the AppDynamics sale could mean for other tech IPO candidates

    What the AppDynamics sale could mean for other tech IPO candidates

    As the first planned public offering of 2017, AppDynamics was supposed to be a bellwether for other upcoming tech IPOs. If it went public and performed well, the “IPO window” would have been wide open, as bankers like to say. That’s because the performance of a big tech IPO is often seen as indicative of investor appetite, and can set expectations for future offerings. Read More

  • EBay meets investor expectations for holiday quarter

    EBay meets investor expectations for holiday quarter

    EBay reported its fourth quarter earnings for the bell. Investors were closely watching the holiday quarter to see if it met expectations, which it did. The stock rose 7% in initial after hours trading. Gross merchandise volume, a metric of that shows the total dollar value of all purchases on eBay’s platforms, came in at $22.3 billion, when analysts were expecting $22.4 billion. Read More

  • Why the $3.7 billion AppDynamics acquisition happened right before IPO

    Why the $3.7 billion AppDynamics acquisition happened right before IPO

    Applications management company AppDynamics was just wrapping up the final touches on its initial public offering when it learned that Cisco was interested in discussing a potential deal. Preliminary talks were abandoned in November, but the discussion just picked up again last week. The deal was announced today and the IPO was slated to price tomorrow. Although many companies seek… Read More

  • Box unveils an overhauled Box Notes productivity platform

    Box unveils an overhauled Box Notes productivity platform

    Box Notes, a productivity tool at Box, is announcing updated functionality and a new design. The platform, which Box says is used by nearly 40% Fortune 500 companies, will now let users view and edit all notes within a single browser, without having to leave Box Notes to search folders. They will also be introducing desktop apps, to make it easier to access Box Notes on both Mac and PC… Read More

  • TripActions raises $14.6 million for its corporate travel booking tool

    TripActions raises $14.6 million for its corporate travel booking tool

    Corporations could be a lot more efficient with their travel spend, believes booking platform TripActions. Today, the company is announcing $14.6 million in funding from Zeev Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners to fulfill that mission. Based on the idea that people spend more money when it’s on their company’s dime, the startup offers employees rewards for staying under a… Read More

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