• Hack for the environment at the Disrupt SF Hackathon

    This weekend, hundreds of developers and engineers will pack into the Disrupt SF conference space for our Hackathon, a 24-hour race to build a brand-new product. Competitors will present their inventions on stage and win prizes, in a TechCrunch tradition that’s launched products like GroupMe. But this year, we’re doing things a little differently — we’re making data… Read More

  • Music Collaboration Suite Splice Raises $4.5M From True And DJs, Launches Public Beta

    Music Collaboration Suite Splice Raises $4.5M From True And DJs, Launches Public Beta

    GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci has found some powerful allies for his music production storage and collaboration startup Splice, which launches its public beta and remixable music player today. Superstar DJs Tiësto and Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, manager Scooter Braun, and agencies WME and AM Only have invested in Splice’s new $4.5 million Series A led by True Ventures… Read More

  • GroupMe Founder Gets $3.4M to Make Small Business Loans More Accessible With Fundera

    GroupMe Founder Gets $3.4M to Make Small Business Loans More Accessible With Fundera

    In the past five years, the number of bank loans under $1 million has dropped by more than 20 percent. This puts small business owners, arguably the driving force of our economy, at a severe disadvantage when it comes to starting a business. But Jared Hecht, co-founder of startup success story GroupMe, alongside cofounders Rohan Deshpande and Andres Moranis, is today launching a totally… Read More

  • Chatting Is Great, But GroupMe’s Mobile Apps Now Let Users Split Payments, Too

    Chatting Is Great, But GroupMe’s Mobile Apps Now Let Users Split Payments, Too

    While the folks at GroupMe have spent some time exploring the world outside group messaging, they certainly haven’t given up on refining the formula that made them so appealing in the first place. Earlier today, GroupMe pushed out a pair of considerable updates that add some curious (and tremendously thoughtful) features the company’s iOS and Android apps. Read More

  • GroupMe Branches Out Into Group Buying, Launches New “Experiences” Service Into Beta

    GroupMe Branches Out Into Group Buying, Launches New “Experiences” Service Into Beta

    The team at GroupMe has certainly had an impressive ride so far — after winning the Disrupt NY Hackathon in 2010, they quickly locked up some funding, and were eventually acquired by Skype. So what’s next for GroupMe co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci? As it turns out, they’re looking to get into the group-buying game, and to that end they have just launched a new… Read More

  • From Disrupt NY To A Multi-Million Skype Acquisition, GroupMe Tells All

    From Disrupt NY To A Multi-Million Skype Acquisition, GroupMe Tells All

    They raised $11.45 million, acquired a company called Sensobi, and were themselves acquired by Skype for a price that was likely well north of $43 million. There may not be a wilder tale of a Disrupt success (though plenty of startups would beg to differ), which is why we’ve chosen GroupMe to kick off a series I’m doing on “Disrupt Startups: Where They Are Now.” Read More

  • GroupMe's Steve Martocci on Summer Internships

    GroupMe, Gilt Groupe, Jon Bon Jovi Launch SummerQAmp To Create More Quality Assurance Jobs

    Unemployment continues to be an issue here in the States, but the tech industry could prove a very valuable resource when it comes to building out the American work force. That said, I sat down with GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci who may have a plan to help solve the problem. In conjunction with former White House CTO Aneesh Chopra, musician Jon Bon Jovi, and Gilt Groupe’s Vice… Read More

  • GroupMe Co-Founder: GroupMe Won’t Be My Last Startup

    GroupMe Co-Founder: GroupMe Won’t Be My Last Startup

    Ah, the majestic serial entrepreneur in its natural habitat. GroupMe may have cashed out with a $50+ million acquisition by Skype (after the initial product was built overnight at a TechCrunch Hackathon, no less), but that doesn’t mean its founders are about to yacht up and sail off into retirement. At this morning’s Twilio Conference, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson brought GroupMe… Read More

  • What Skype Really Paid For GroupMe

    What Skype Really Paid For GroupMe

    On Sunday we broke the news that Skype was acquiring group messaging service GroupMe. What we didn’t know was the price, and neither company disclosed any of the terms of the deal other than that GroupMe would remain a standalone brand for now, and the team would stay in New York. A widely spread report said that Skype paid as much as $85 million for the year-old company. We’ve… Read More

  • Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe

    Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe

    Skype will acquire group messaging service GroupMe, a service that was born at a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2010. GroupMe was founded by Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci. The terms of the deal, including price, aren’t being disclosed. Just a couple of months after TechCrunch Disrupt the company closed a $850,000 round of financing from Betaworks, SV Angel, First… Read More

  • TC Cribs Tours GroupMe Offices

    TC Cribs: Unlock The Secrets Of GroupMe HQ (Beware The Time-Out Chair)

    Yes, it’s been a long time since we braved the curious smells of LikeALittle’s hacker hose. And while TechCrunch Disrupt may have kept you occupied for a week, that emptiness you’re feeling inside can only really be cured by one thing: a new episode of TC Cribs. Happy to oblige. This episode features GroupMe, the hot startup that has its roots in a TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Disrupt Hackathon NY 2011

    Hax0rz Advice: "Don't Listen To Me. Go Build Something." (TCTV)

    Talent scouting at the 2011 Hackathon in Manhattan today, TCTV caught up with three alumni hax0rz and one n00b, who gave us a sneak peek of their apps and ideas. They included: a couple of dating sites, one with a hyper local twist, a mobile web application that lets you see nearby job opportunities using data from your Foursquare network and… Read More

  • GroupMe Founders Rapid Fire Questions

    (Founder Stories) The GroupMe Guys Reveal How To Land A Job At A Startup

    All week long we’ve been running clips from the Founder Stories interview with the GroupMe Guys, co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci. In the video above, they answer some rapid fire questions about how to impress startups during an interview (give great product feedback), what do they look for in “social engineers,” and what is the hardest part of running a… Read More

  • How GroupMe Won SXSW with Grilled Cheese

    (Founder Stories) How GroupMe Won SXSW: Grilled Cheese

    At this year’s overcrowded and overhyped SXSW conference in Austin, one of the few startups to break through the noise was group text messaging app GroupMe. How did GroupMe win SXSW? Grilled cheese. The company rented an outdoor food shack for something like $10,000 and turned it into the GroupMe Grill with free grilled cheese sandwiches and beer. The grilled cheese, says… Read More

  • GroupMe Founders on the Future of Group Messaging

    (Founder Stories) GroupMe: Is Group Messaging The Thin Edge Of The Wedge?

    What exactly is the deal with all of these group text messaging apps? In the Founder Stories video above, GroupMe founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci tell host Chris Dixon why they think group texting coud be the thin edge of the wedge to something bigger. Call it private social networks. Small groups can do and say things that larger groups can’t. When Martocci first heard the idea… Read More

  • GroupMe Guys Founders' Early Careers

    (Founder Stories) Who Are These GroupMe Guys?

    How do you become a startup founder? There are many paths, but often founders grow up at other startups. GroupMe co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci are still pretty young. Both graduated from college only a few years ago, but both also did stints at other startups before creating group-messaging phenom GroupMe at last year’s Disrupt Hackathon and subsequently raising $10.6 million. Read More

  • GroupMe Brings Brands Into The Conversation

    GroupMe Brings Brands Into The Conversation

    As group texting apps like GroupMe gain popularity, people are using them to create ad hoc, private social networks among a handful of friends. But wherever people congregate online or through their mobile phones, brands will want to talk to them. Today, GroupMe is opening up its group chat to brands in what is the first hint at it business model: Featured Groups. Brands can create their… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging March Madness

    On Thursday, I used Yobongo all day, which helped me find a new lunch spot, run into an old friend, and meet a Yobongo co-founder. That afternoon, I thought it would be a good time to write about the new group and mobile messaging wars for TechCrunch. A few hours later, Color Labs launched, to put it mildly. And, as I was editing this post on Friday night, Disco appeared, the new… Read More

  • SXSW By The Numbers: iOS, Foursquare And GroupMe Emerge Victorious

    SXSW Interactive is no longer about the panels or keynotes, having become a five day experiment in the ability of technology to withstand the load of over 20,000 influencers congregated in the same location, trying to network using various digital tools. It’s some sort of sped up playground for app and device Darwinism, where the rest of the world functioning as a control… Read More

  • GroupMe Founders Interview

    Grilled Cheese, Beer, And Other Awesome Stuff: An Interview With GroupMe At SXSW

    There are few things better than free beer. Mix that with melted cheese and toasted bread, and you have a combination that satisfies even the deepest of human desires. And they’re available just outside the main convention center at SXSW, both free of charge. The food is being provided by GroupMe, the group messaging app that, along with competitors like Beluga and Fast Society, has… Read More