• ANTVR Is An Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality Gaming Kit

    ANTVR Is An Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality Gaming Kit

    A hardware startup called ANTVR Technology has created an open-source, cross-platform virtual reality gaming set that works with games made for Oculus Rift, Xbox, Playstation, iOS, Android, and other platforms. Read More

  • A Geek’s Guide to China’s Silicon Valley

    A Geek’s Guide to China’s Silicon Valley

    Twenty years ago, Zhongguancun was but farming fields and small houses, far from the city center of Beijing. The ‘cun’ at the end of Zhongguancun literally means ‘village’. As with much else in China, the change has come lightening fast. Today, Zhongguancun is China’s closest equivalent to Silicon Valley. It’s host to electronics super malls, research… Read More

  • TC Cribs Tours Sina Offices

    TC Cribs: Inside Sina’s Weibo Microblog (TCTV)

    The runaway growth of Sina’s microblog service Weibo has been one of the hottest tech stories of the year in China, and we found out the power of the platform firsthand during the promotion and planning of TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing. One curious thing about China’s microblog wars is that an older technology company– not a scrappy startup– became the dominant winner. Read More

  • Beijing’s Garage Café: Coffee and an Open Office for Startups (TCTV)

    Beijing’s Garage Café: Coffee and an Open Office for Startups (TCTV)

    Before we kicked off Disrupt Beijing, the TechCrunchTV team had just enough time to venture out into the city to begin exploring the local startup scene. One of our stops: The Garage Café, a coffee shop where startup companies go to work on their projects. For the price of a cup of coffee (a little over 3 US dollars), teams can set up office for the day and have access to a library of… Read More

  • Beijing Set To Roll Out Massive Free Public WiFi Network This Month (But There’s A Catch)

    Beijing Set To Roll Out Massive Free Public WiFi Network This Month (But There’s A Catch)

    At the end of this month, China’s capital city will begin rolling out free WiFi service in various hotspots across the city. The “My Beijing” wireless network, as it is to be called, is backed by three of the country’s largest telecom companies, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, and will provide 2Mbps broadband WiFi to approximately 60 percent of Beijing… Read More

  • Disrupt Beijing Startup Battlefield Recap

    Who Will Win The TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Startup Battlefield?

    What’s most amazing about TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing is that our Startup Battlefield format has proved applicable internationally; There’s something universal about giving your all in a pitch to people with money I guess. After watching the seventeen companies take the stage yesterday (and blogging all day), TechCrunch’s John Biggs, Greg Kumparak and I went backstage… Read More

  • We Came, We Saw, We Hacked #TCDisruptBJ

    What fuels Silicon Valley is a never ending desire to solve problems, make things work and get things done, no matter what the obstacles. If anything is testament to the universality of this spirit, it is the emergence of a fervent strain of entrepreneurship in China — most recently evidenced by the 46 hacker teams that poured their hearts and minds into their computers at the… Read More

  • DISRUPT Comes to Beijing This Fall. Buy Your Tickets Now!

    DISRUPT Comes to Beijing This Fall. Buy Your Tickets Now!

    We’ve teased you with this news over and over again, but today it becomes official: TechCrunch is coming to China. In late-October we are hosting our first international Disrupt conference ever, and the obvious location was Beijing, the hub of China’s surging entrepreneurial ecosystem. And we’re not stopping there. Read More

  • Groupon: Still Getting Pwned In China

    Andrew Mason has been visiting Beijing and Groupon HQ has finally realized there are some problems in China. On the Forbes website, Rebecca Fannin reports: CEO Andrew Mason just arrived in China and hasn’t wasted time shaking things up. Four expatriate executives at Groupon who were recruited from rival site Ftuan just a few months ago will be leaving Groupon China. Read More

  • Big Brother takes taxi to Beijing Olympics

    Just add it to the list. Hotel rooms, offices, residencies and now taxi cabs. Visitors to China will be closely watched, monitored and recorded. As the U.S. State Department has said: All visitors should be aware that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public or private locations. Microphones have been installed in most of Beijing’s 70,000 cabs. Integrated with GPS, the… Read More

  • How to watch the Olympics online

    The Summer Olympics begin tomorrow (time zone permitting), but you’re stuck in the office all day long and can’t watch. Not so! Using some of the same methods we discussed a few months ago, you can watch your favorite sport—I’ll be watching football (soccer) from the many watering holes in and around Barcelona—as it happens, in real time. Note that NBC is showing… Read More