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Peter Beck says Rocket Lab actively prepared for interplanetary missions ‘from day one’

Rocket Lab long ago graduated from underdog launch provider to industry heavyweight (with funding to match). Now the company is planning to go to the moon, Mars and Venus in the next decade.

Qikfox is on a mission to democratize the internet

Qikfox isn’t your average browser. Not only has it been built to protect consumers from the proliferation of online scams, but it’s also on a mission to democratize content publishing and brin

AI luminary Kai-Fu Lee and sci-fi author Chen Qiufan predict the future in ‘AI 2041’

What will an AI-infused world look like in 20 years? Sinovation founder and AI thought leader Kai-Fu Lee and breakout sci-fi author Chen Qiufan (aka Stanley Chen) make an educated guess in "AI 2041."

Peloton’s CEO John Foley on the changing face of connected fitness

No one roots for a pandemic, but for companies like Peloton, the timing couldn’t have been better. People on the fence about buying a treadmill or stationary bike went for it as their options shrunk

Nth Cycle wants to revolutionize metals processing for recyclers and mine operators

There’s a lot of value in waste; just ask metals processing company Nth Cycle, which has developed a technology to help mining and recycling companies recover every bit of critical minerals from the

Keep Technologies wants to turn a cup holder into a security guard for your car

David Moeller wasn’t looking to start another company. He had already earned the serial entrepreneur badge with CodeGuard, a website backup startup, and his hardware company Claw Hanging Systems

Flite Material Sciences uses lasers, not chemical coatings, to keep ice and rust off surfaces

Dan Cohen was on the hunt for a coating that could keep ice, snow and frost off of solar panels when he discovered a technology that could cut costs and reduce the environmental footprint of a broad s

StethoMe’s smart stethoscope lets your kid’s doctor listen to their lungs from afar

When you or your kid have any sort of respiratory issue, figuring out what’s happening minute by minute — and how well treatment is working — is a stressful, frustrating and anxiety-filled p

Nymbull wants to guard your next Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace item for sale

Buying and selling on marketplace websites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace often lead to meeting a stranger somewhere to complete the purchase and pick up the item. With over 1 billion Facebo

What Canva CEO Melanie Perkins looks for in a potential acquisition

We sat down with Canva co-founder Melanie Perkins at Disrupt 2021 to talk about how she has approached fundraising, and how she's managed to grow Canva's free and paid user base at a rapid clip.

Microsoft now more focused on ‘killing Zoom’ than Slack, says Stewart Butterfield

"I do feel like that preoccupation has shifted. I think Microsoft believes that in order to kill Slack, they're going to have to kill Zoom first."

Cellino is using AI and machine learning to scale production of stem cell therapies

Cellino, a company developing a platform to automate stem cell production, presented today at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021’s Startup Battlefield to detail how its system, which combines AI technology

Koa is helping African consumers make better money moves

While Delila Kidanu grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, mobile money platform M-Pesa was the go-to fintech platform for her and most Kenyans. The Safaricom-owned product provides basic access to financial serv

The Blue Box is betting on the future of at-home breast cancer tests

You can take a pregnancy test or colon cancer test from your bathroom, or, these days, a COVID-19 test from the comfort of your living room. You might one day be able to get a breast cancer screening

Tide encryption is ready to end the cyber breach pandemic

The global pandemic, along with the digital transformation it accelerated, broadened corporate attack surfaces exponentially. As a result, there were almost 1,800 publicly reported data breaches in th

Prenome could help pregnant women better predict and manage gestational diabetes

“We’re always trying to stick something up a women’s something.” Stevie Cline, the co-founder of Prenome, is tired of how invasive diagnostic processes are for women, even with modern technolo

How Calendly is building a platform by turning scheduling into a center-stage event

The tools you use most often are the ones you think about the least. Calendly, an app that helps people plan, schedule and follow up on meetings, may be a perfect example of that. 

Twitter’s Rinki Sethi on why CISOs win when security is a shared responsibility

Sethi draws on her decade-plus cybersecurity experience to talk about the role of the modern CISO and how the next-generation of CISOs can stay ahead.

Coinbase to propose a federal regulatory framework for crypto to US officials within the next month

Cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase wants to help guide any emerging regulation on exchanges like itself, for obvious reasons, and in an interview with TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarin

Straffr is a smart resistance band that helps you exercise on the go

Smart fitness gear is often limited by being static and non-portable. (And, well, eye-wateringly expensive.) Think Peloton‘s stationary bike for spin classes or wall-mounted strength training ri
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