austin

  • Austin police are now impounding drivers in the peer-to-peer ridesharing group

    Austin’s transportation saga just keeps getting more interesting. Last week, we wrote about a 30,000 member Facebook group that had formed in Austin to help facilitate ride requests in the absence of Uber and Lyft. Riders posted requests, drivers responded, and people got where they needed to go. One problem – the drivers and riders were not using an official service to… Read More

  • How a 30K-member Facebook group filled the void left by Uber and Lyft in Austin

    How a 30K-member Facebook group filled the void left by Uber and Lyft in Austin

    Exactly a month ago, Uber and Lyft paused operations in Austin after voters defeated Proposition 1, an attempt to overturn mandatory fingerprint-based background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers in the city. With almost a million residents of the 11th largest city in the United States now void of the reliable transportation option that is Uber and Lyft, no one really knew what would… Read More

  • Buy tickets to the Austin and Seattle pitch-offs now

    Buy tickets to the Austin and Seattle pitch-offs now

    It’s time for a little friendly competition among startups. TechCrunch is coming to Austin and Seattle in two weeks, and we’re bringing the TC pitch-off with us. Ten companies will have exactly 60 seconds each to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. After all the presentations, the judges will determine our winners. First place will… Read More

  • Austin and Seattle TC Pitch-off applications close in two weeks

    Austin and Seattle TC Pitch-off applications close in two weeks

    You have about two weeks to apply for the pitch-offs in Austin and Seattle, going down June 14 and June 16, respectively. Ten companies will have exactly 60 seconds each to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. After all the presentations, the judges will determine our winners. First place will receive a table in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Non-profit RideAustin looks to fill void left by Uber and Lyft

    Non-profit RideAustin looks to fill void left by Uber and Lyft

    Charity or opportunism? It’s so hard to tell, sometimes. In RideAustin’s case, it looks to be a bit of both. It’s a non-profit car-for-hire service that’s happy to abide by the city’s rules — and adds a layer of budget- and conscience-friendly features that may help it stay differentiated (and alive). Read More

  • Apply now! The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is coming to Austin and Seattle

    Apply now! The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is coming to Austin and Seattle

    Fresh on the heels of Disrupt NY, we’re packing up and heading to Austin and Seattle for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off. Ten companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch to a panel of expert judges, including local VCs and TC editors, as well as our lovely audience. Judges will conduct a quick Q&A on stage, and at the end of all the presentations, they will determine our winners. Read More

  • Uber and Lyft ‘pause’ Austin operations today in standoff over regulation

    Uber and Lyft ‘pause’ Austin operations today in standoff over regulation

    Today, Uber and Lyft took their ride-hailing services offline in Austin, Texas, leaving drivers scrambling for other means of making income, and riders stranded or seeking another mode of transportation. Here’s why: this week, Austin voters upheld a rule that would require Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies there to do fingerprint-based background checks of their… Read More

  • Uber and Lyft shut down in Austin after voters defeat Proposition 1

    Uber and Lyft shut down in Austin after voters defeat Proposition 1

    Today voters in Austin went to the polls to weigh in on Proposition 1, an attempt to overturn a bill requiring mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background checks for new Uber and Lyft drivers in the city. The results are in, and with 56 percent of total voters voting against Prop 1, the proposition failed to pass. This means that the bill requiring fingerprint-based background checks… Read More

  • The Dark Ages of Austin startup capital Crunch Network

    The Dark Ages of Austin startup capital

    An Austin-based venture capital firm recently offered my company $400,000 for 40 percent of its equity. This was one week before their counterpart in the Bay Area offered $2 million for 20 percent of the same company. Nothing had changed in that week, and both received the same pitch and deck in the weeks prior. Read More

  • Uber And Lyft And The Debate Over Fingerprints In Austin Crunch Network

    Uber And Lyft And The Debate Over Fingerprints In Austin

    It is self-evident that ensuring public safety is a city’s job. In a sane world a public official would never choose between reducing sexual assault and reducing drunk driving. Ridesharing policy is increasingly being framed as either/or brinksmanship, presenting a false choice. I reject that polarity, and I urge you to as well. Read More

  • Google’s Self-Driving Cars Take The Safe Road To Austin

    Google’s Self-Driving Cars Take The Safe Road To Austin

    Whether they’re actually fully safe or not yet for your own joyriding, Google’s self-driving cars are pretty damn cool. It looks like people other than Googlers and journalists will get to take a look, as the company has shared that Austin, TX is first to get a visit. Why Austin? – BBQ.
    – It’s pre-prepped with Googly infrastructure thanks to its Fiber project… Read More

  • TechCrunch Invades Austin Tomorrow

    TechCrunch Invades Austin Tomorrow

    Get ready, Austin. For the fourth year running (maybe more, it’s hard to keep count) we’re visiting one of our favorite cities in the world to check out the shining stars of Austin’s ‘stay-weird’ tech scene. Tomorrow evening at the Palm Door on Sixth, we’ll be holding our world-renowned TechCrunch Pitch-Off, where some amazing companies will get exactly… Read More

  • Reminder: Applications Close For Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs On Friday!

    Reminder: Applications Close For Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs On Friday!

    The time has come, my friends. This time next week, we’ll have chosen around 20 amazing companies to participate in the TechCrunch Pitch-Offs in Austin and Seattle. Applications close on Friday, June 5. In other words, now is the time to apply if you haven’t done so. Selected entrepreneurs will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product on-stage to our audience and a panel… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off Is Coming To Austin And Seattle In June

    The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off Is Coming To Austin And Seattle In June

    TechCrunch is headed to Austin and Seattle on June 23 and June 25 respectively, and we’re stoked to see what some of our favorite cities have to show us. We’ll be holding the world famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off, where about ten companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product live on stage. Alongside the input of the audience, local VCs and TechCrunch editors will hold… Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup In The Austin And Seattle TC Pitch-Offs

    Pitch Your Startup In The Austin And Seattle TC Pitch-Offs

    Hot on the heels of Disrupt, we’re (re)packing our bags to come to two of our favorite cities in the world, Austin and Seattle. We’ll be hitting Austin on June 23, where we’ll get a little weird, and then we’ll head up to Seattle on June 25 for our third-annual Seattle Pitch-Off. These will be nights to remember, but prep starts now. The first priority is going… Read More

  • Game Of Angels Maps Tech Influence Networks

    Game Of Angels Maps Tech Influence Networks

    Ever wondered who influences the influencers? Developer Pierre-Jean Camillieri did, so he put together a tool that scrapes public Twitter and Angel List interactions to map inbound and outbound connections between technology investors, journalists and analysts to foreground influence networks. Read More

  • Drones That Shoot Fire, Silly String And More With Chaotic Moon

    Product design firm Chaotic Moon creates prototypes for some of the biggest brands in the world. It has designed tech products for corporations like Samsung, Whole Foods and Intel. But the Austin-based firm got in trouble at last year’s SXSW Interactive festival when its “taser drone” accidentally shocked one of its interns. Naturally, Chaotic Moon is back again this year with… Read More

  • Venture Capital Keeps Austin Startups Flush

    Venture Capital Keeps Austin Startups Flush

    Austin investors may not be keeping the city weird, but they’re sure keeping its startup scene humming. Like the rest of the country, venture capitalists in the Capital City are riding a wave of exits to big new numbers in startups financed and capital committed over the past few quarters. With the TechCrunch Meetup circus in town, there’s no better time to take a look at how… Read More

  • TechCrunch Meetups Invade Austin And Seattle In One Week, Get Tickets Now!

    TechCrunch Meetups Invade Austin And Seattle In One Week, Get Tickets Now!

    One week. We have exactly one week until TechCrunch invades Austin and Seattle with the TC Meetups and Pitch-Off competitions, where a few lucky startups will have a chance to pitch their product to a panel of local VC judges and an audience of hundreds. Read More