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5 apps that could help you in an earthquake

Several countries have been conducting earthquake drills and various forms of disaster preparedness activities in anticipation of this potentially cataclysmic earthquake. Technology companies have mob

Spotify suffers notable hour-long outage for many users

Breathe that weekend air, Saturday is here in most parts of the world! Great time to put on some music and relax, except, that is, if you're a Spotify user because the world's most popular streaming s

Hardware is hard: How we built a hardware startup with two engineers and some free time

Hardware is hard. Building a hardware startup is even harder. The good news is that the staggering amount of innovation in rapid prototyping, 3D printing and backend-as-a-service platforms has made ha

Peter Thiel’s other fund, Mithril Capital Management, raises $600 million

Peter Thiel is having a good month. According to a new SEC filing, low-flying Mithril Capital Management, which Thiel co-founded with longtime colleague Ajay Royan in 2012, is out raising its second f

Reserve acquires mobile payments startup Dash

Restaurant reservation startup Reserve announced today that it has acquired Dash. When you make a reservation through Reserve, the app already handles payment (including splitting the bill), but by ac

Slack’s growth is insane, with daily user count up 3.5X in a year

Plenty of startups have tried and failed to make enterprise software sexy, but Slack made it viral. Its growth rate is unheard of. Both Slack’s daily user count and its paid seat count are

Can Slack transform enterprise communication once and for all?

Those of us who have been around the block a few times have seen multiple attempts to kill email and change the way people communicate in the enterprise. Slack is just the latest, but one that has ca

Supermodel Karlie Kloss chats with us about the launch of Kode With Klossy, a coding camp for girls

Karlie Kloss made headlines last year when she announced she was not only a high-ranking model but could also code in Ruby. Kloss, who says she's always been interested in math and science, started le

How SoFi can ruin fintech for everyone

I’m going to start by saying I’m actually a huge fan of SoFi. I think they have a great product, they’ve built an incredible business and their growth in a regulated and complex industry is i

Palaround lets anyone build their own Tinder-like app

Palaround began its life as one of what’s now many companies attempting to be the “Tinder for finding friends” — a list that now includes Tinder’s dating app rival, Bumbl

The top 5 startups from Y Combinator Fellowship’s Virtual Demo Day

Pre-natal genetic testing, VR drones, and fracking nanoparticles were a few of the products featured in Y Combinator’s first Virtual Demo Day. They come from the YC Fellowship, a program designe

Managed By Q, the digital office administrator, raises $25 million

Less than a year after raising a hefty Series A, Managed By Q is today announcing the raise of a $25 million Series B round from GV and Kapor Ventures. Former TechCrunch writer MG Siegler is joining t

April Fools’ 2016: A roundup of this year’s best and worst pranks

For better or worse, it’s April 1st again. Happy April Fools’ Day! The day when up becomes down, cats become people, and the Internet loses its collective mind for about 24 hours. As is tradit

Slack is work chat’s runaway train, raises $200M at $3.8B

The Slack rocketship won’t slow down. The business messaging startup has raised $200 million at a $3.8 billion post-money valuation, the company confirms to TechCrunch. The round was led by T

North Korea blocks access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

In news that is not April 1-related, North Korea has this week begun to block access to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other websites in the country.

Kanye West’s new album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ is no longer a Tidal exclusive

So much for Kanye West’s plans to make his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” a Tidal exclusive. The artist, who has changed his mind numerous times with regard to this latest release,

CHKN, letting you build and raise creatures, is betaworks’ latest game

betaworks doesn’t often launch games, but when they do, it tends to stick. Just take Dots, for example, which ended up spinning out of betaworks as its own game studio. Today, the startup studio

Billy lets you track your subscriptions and bills in a simple app

A new app called Billy wants to help consumers more easily manage their subscriptions and bills, by keeping track of your fixed costs and recurring payments, and make these accessible via a simple mob

Krablr pivots to crab pricing messaging app for millennials

Krablr started off as a promising real-time crab pricing engine for amateur fishermen. After a long beta period and <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/04/01/krablr-raises-5-million-with-sequoia

Yammer co-founder Adam Pisoni raises $4.5 million for Abl Schools

A co-founder and former CTO of Yammer, Adam Pisoni, quietly raised a $4.5 million first round of venture funding for his new education tech startup in January. This week, he revealed what Always Be Le
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