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  • Kalanick is out, but Uber’s VCs royally screwed up, too, say industry watchers

    Kalanick is out, but Uber’s VCs royally screwed up, too, say industry watchers

    Travis Kalanick, who resigned from his post as CEO of Uber, has taken the blame for the company’s long list of problems, from allowing a culture of sexual harassment, to skirting the law with its Greyball program, to mishandling the medical files of a customer raped by one of the company’s drivers. But many view the VCs who pushed Kalanick from his role are nearly as culpable. Read More

  • Wavedash raises $6 million for its platform fighting game

    Wavedash raises $6 million for its platform fighting game

    Hearkening back to the old days of iconic Nintendo games like Super Smash Bros, Wavedash Games has raised $6 million for a vision of platform fighting games as the next big thing in social gaming. Taking platform fighter games beyond the game console, the Oakland, Calif.-based company is looking to popularize the genre and bring the one-on-one fighter concept to the same level as a title… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Instagram Grows To 700M Users

    Today’s Stories  Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users Twitter desperately needed a hit first-quarter and somehow managed to deliver Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies Uber is making it easier to see your rider rating Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital
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  • Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital

    Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital

    Chris Sacca, a former Google lawyer who rose to fame by betting heavily on Twitter and Uber, says he’s “hanging up his spurs,” and getting out of the investing game. In a new post, Sacca explains that he achieved what he set out to do when he created his venture firm, Lowercase Capital, in 2009, an outfit that was helped along by early checks from Industry Ventures, Yahoo… Read More

  • VoiceOps launches to put insights in the hands of managers coaching sales reps

    VoiceOps launches to put insights in the hands of managers coaching sales reps

    The enterprise voice space grows hotter today as VoiceOps announces its seed round led by Accel with participation from Founders Fund and Lowercase Capital. The YC-backed startup aims to support sales teams by offering managers clear insights into what tactics are being used on the front lines. Founders, Daria Evdokimova, Ethan Barhydt and Nate Becker designed a machine… Read More

  • Backed by author Amy Tan, mobile fiction startup Radish raises $3M

    Backed by author Amy Tan, mobile fiction startup Radish raises $3M

    Radish is officially launching its mobile apps for reading bite-sized chunks of serialized fiction — and it’s announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. This isn’t the first startup to experiment with new ways to deliver fiction via e-readers and mobile devices. In fact, I wrote about one of them in my very first piece for TechCrunch five years ago. But… Read More

  • Waggle raises $2.3 million because the internet doesn’t have enough funny animal videos

    Waggle raises $2.3 million because the internet doesn’t have enough funny animal videos

    A startup called Waggle raised $2.3 million in seed funding to become the go-to destination for animal lovers and pet parents online, and for sharing all the cute pups and madcap kitteh adventures they have to offer. The New York City-based startup was incubated at Broadway Video Ventures, the venture arm of the production company behind premium comedy shows like 30 Rock, Portlandia… Read More

  • Sacca To Shark Tank: “I Will Not And Cannot Do It If I Have To Wear A Suit”

    Sacca To Shark Tank: “I Will Not And Cannot Do It If I Have To Wear A Suit”

    If you’re not familiar with Shark Tank, it’s ABC’s show that drops companies in front of investors from all walks of life, including the very loud Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. It’s oddly become a family favorite for a lot of people I know, mostly because they get to shout at the TV and make predictions on whether someone will invest or not, or talk about… Read More

  • Envoy, A Part-Time Concierge Service For Seniors, Raises $3M

    Envoy, A Part-Time Concierge Service For Seniors, Raises $3M

    Envoy, which provides early elderly care with a concierge service for tasks like delivering groceries, has raised $3 million and is launching today. Envoy’s pitch is that it provides a one-to-one concierge with seniors that don’t quite need full-time assistance, but periodically need help with tasks like running errands and for in-home help like plumbing. These tasks are… Read More