• Is Seattle Silicon Valley’s Next Favorite Stop?

    Is Seattle Silicon Valley’s Next Favorite Stop?

    In the last ten years, the Seattle tech scene has changed quite dramatically. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the only gigantic software companies in town were Microsoft and Amazon. For a time it even became common knowledge that most Seattle-based startups had only two viable exit strategies: go public, or get acquired by Microsoft. Read More

  • We Are All Venture Capitalists Now

    We Are All Venture Capitalists Now

    “I would again draw an analogy to venture capital,” observes Ben Thompson, in a typically incisive Stratechery post eviscerating the new streaming service Tidal. “The importance–and amount–of venture capital has never been greater. The truth is that because so many folks can now get started it is that much harder–and more expensive–to cut through… Read More

  • An Early Look At The Apple Watch App Ecosystem

    An Early Look At The Apple Watch App Ecosystem

    With the Apple Watch now officially on the market, and soon to be on the wrists of several million customers – possibly as many as 20 million this year, according to some estimates – there’s a lot of curiosity about what kind of app ecosystem will spring up around the new device. Will Apple Watch owners actually be interested in actively reading news, shopping or playing… Read More

  • First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand economy. Operator calls itself a “Request Network”. It’s an… Read More

  • Notifications Are The Next Platform

    Notifications Are The Next Platform

    As the world moves from web to mobile, we’ve been thinking deeply about how people will discover mobile products and services and how we will find and access all the things we need in our digital lives. Search (largely Google) has long been the access and discovery point for web services. This model was pull-driven (i.e. we proactively find information on websites as we need), and… Read More

  • Why You’ll Hate the Apple Watch And The Important Business Lesson You Need To Learn

    Why You’ll Hate the Apple Watch And The Important Business Lesson You Need To Learn

    If you are among the 19 million people Apple predicts will buy an Apple Watch, I have some bad news for you — I’m betting there is an important feature missing from the watch that’s going to drive you nuts. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. In fact, I’m ordering one myself. However, this paradox illustrates an important lesson for the way companies… Read More

  • Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    It was always weird that Snapchat exposed who you snapped with most in the “Best Friends” list, so today the app is ditching that for a new private way to see who you’re closest to. Only you will see these new Friend Emojis on your screen of incoming snaps.
    Here’s what Snapchat’s Friend Emojis mean: 💛- Gold Heart – You’re #1 Best Friends –… Read More