Katie Roof

Katie Roof

Senior Writer/Video Host

Katie Roof is a senior writer and video host at TechCrunch. She also co-hosts TechCrunch’s “Equity” podcast about tech finance. 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. Roof has a Master’s in Business Journalism from Columbia University.

The Latest from Katie Roof

Here are 64 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s W18 Demo Day

Biotech, robotics, and fintech startups took the spotlight today at Y Combinator’s 26th Demo Day. This batch features 141 total companies from 23 countries, with presentations spread over two da

Tinder owner Match is suing Bumble over patents

Drama is heating up between the dating apps. Tinder, which is owned by Match Group, is suing rival Bumble for patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. The suit alleges that Bumble &#82

Zscaler soars 106% on first day of trading

It was a big debut for enterprise cloud security company Zscaler, which saw its shares skyrocket 106% on its first day of trading. After pricing at $16, shares opened at $27.50, and closed at $34. Th

TheSkimm raises $12 million for its snarky newsletters

Seven million women (and men) love theSkimm.  With its daily newsletters designed to keep you in the loop on the latest news and pop culture, theSkimm has developed a loyal following, and even recrui

Equifax exec charged with insider trading, selling shares ahead of hack news

Former Equifax exec Jun Ying has been charged with insider trading, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ying is accused of knowing that Equifax had been hacked and selling company sh

Warby Parker raises $75 million more for trendy glasses

Glasses have been en vogue for several years and with celebrities donning them on the Oscar’s red carpet, it doesn’t seem like the trend is about to fade away. One company that’s be

Outdoor Voices raises $34 million for comfy workout clothes

These are the most comfortable pants of my life. They’re also soft, flattering… And it turns out that some venture capitalists think sweatpants and workout clothes make for a good investme

Katie Couric on smartphone addiction, ‘freaky’ sex robots

Katie Couric has some concerns about the way people are using technology. It’s “making us less reliant on true human connection,” the legendary news anchor told TechCrunch during the

Trump blocks Broadcom’s takeover of Qualcomm

President Trump has blocked Broadcom’s proposed $117 billion buyout of Qualcomm over security concerns, according to a White House statement. News of the president’s decision was first re

Stitch Fix falls 6% after posting earnings

Stitch Fix, the on-demand fashion styling business, saw its shares quickly fall 6 percent following the bell on Monday, after posting its second-quarter release.  The company posted a diluted earnin

Facebook had ‘a negative role’ in politics says co-founder Chris Hughes

"Facebook has played at times a negative role in the political discourse," according to Facebook co-founder and Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard roommate Chris Hughes.

TripActions raises $51 million to reward employees who spend less on travel

It turns out that some employees spend more when they can expense it on a corporate card. But some companies are finding that five-star hotels and fancy dinners can add up when it's for hundreds or th

Box shares fall over 20% on slowed growth

Cloud storage provider Box started out the day Thursday down over 20% on the stock market. Shares traded as low as $19.11 in early hours of trading, down from a previous close of $24.07. The company

Spotify has filed to go public

Music streaming service Spotify is going public and it just unveiled its filing. The documents state that it is targeting a $1 billion IPO, but this is just a placeholder. The company actually plans

Apple Watch apps now track ski performance

Skiers, rejoice! It just got a lot easier to track your mountain treks. Due to an Apple Watch update that combines GPS and altimeter (altitude) measuring, ski apps are now able to quantify performance

The Dropbox IPO filing is here

It’s official, the Dropbox IPO filing is here. Going public is a huge milestone for Dropbox and has been one of the most anticipated tech IPOs for several years now. The cloud storage company ha

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel got a $637 million bonus last year

Snap’s stock investors haven’t made much money since the company went public last year, but CEO Evan Spiegel still got a hefty payday. According to an SEC filing, he was granted an RSU of

Pandora's improving financials help it recover from a bad day

Pandora tumbled almost 9% on the stock market Wednesday. And then it bounced back over 6% after the day ended. The music streaming business, which has had a terrible past year on the stock market, su

Roku stock tanks 18% after sharing financials, outlook

Despite surpassing analyst expectations for the quarter, Roku disappointed Wall Street when it shared its fourth-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The digital streaming business fell about

Equity podcast: Uber’s losing billions, Amazon lays off hundreds and somehow Instacart gets more money

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