Innovation

  • AWS kept the announcements coming at a frenetic pace this week

    AWS kept the announcements coming at a frenetic pace this week

    Deep breath. That was quite a deluge of announcements this week at the AWS:reinvent customer conference in Las Vegas. The pace left journalists covering the event dripping in sweat as they put us through our paces like a trainer at a brutal workout with one announcement after another. To give you a sense of the breadth of coverage, we had 25 stories on TechCrunch this week just related to… Read More

  • With Dispatch, Here Be Dragons pushes narrative VR storytelling in bold new directions

    With Dispatch, Here Be Dragons pushes narrative VR storytelling in bold new directions

    As VR takes its trip through the hype cycle of technology adoption, I keep returning to the early days of film as a corollary for the medium’s progress and a good benchmark for its evolution. When they first arrived on the scene, movies must have had the same thrilling and disorienting visual jolt. And just as film developed, so too will VR evolve. Read More

  • Startup studios go Hollywood as CAA launches Creative Labs

    Startup studios go Hollywood as CAA launches Creative Labs

    Continuing a tradition that began with the incubation and launch of Funny or Die (alongside Sequoia Capital and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions), one of Hollywood’s top agencies is partnering with a group of Canadian investors to finance a new venture studio, Creative Labs, with $12.5 million. Read More

  • Our favorite pitches from Alchemist Accelerator’s 16th batch

    Alchemist Accelerator, known for its specialty in working with enterprise startups, held its 16th demo day at Microsoft’s offices in Mountain View, California. 18 startups pitched ideas ranging from more traditional marketplaces to frontier aerospace technology. Addressing the packed auditorium before the pitches began, Ravi Belani, managing partner at Alchemist, reasserted his core… Read More

  • Defining social good at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017

    Defining social good at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017

    As tech barrels through innovations, turning industry after industry upside down in the process, there are some very real human problems that tech examines less often. The immediate potential for social good is huge. For those choosing to examine these issues, there’s no one definition of what social good is, how to achieve it or which benchmarks should be measured along the way. At… Read More

  • Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 21st class

    Another season, another group of startups presenting as part of 500 Startups’ 21st demo day. This time around, 29 companies pitched on stage at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. We noticed strong trends in healthcare focused businesses as well as startups tackling international markets out of the gate. Perhaps the most interesting trait of the startups selected for our top… Read More

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