New Years Day
Why Black female CEOs lead 50% of the companies in our portfolio
Companies led by Black women were abundant in our pipeline. The failure to invest was the only failure to be found.
Israel’s Entrée Capital raises $300M for Israel-focused fund, Adi Gozes becomes partner
The Israeli VC scene seems to be on a bit of a New Year roll. Hot on the heels of the news that Viola Ventures, an Israeli VC, has closed its sixth fund of $250 million comes news from Entrée Cap
Wordle founder Josh Wardle on going viral and what comes next
The internet loves an unlikely success story, and as we approached the new year, one came around the corner to delight us with a simple idea, and a short game to play it out: Wordle, where you guess a
HBO, including HBO Max, ends 2021 with 73.8 million global subscribers
HBO, including the HBO Max streaming service, now reaches 73.8 million global subscribers as of the end of 2021, according to news shared by parent company AT&T today ahead of the company’s
Elizabeth Holmes convicted of 4 of 11 fraud counts in Theranos trial
Elizabeth Holmes has been found guilty of defrauding investors as founder and CEO of Theranos. After four months of court proceedings and seven days of deliberations, the jury has reached a verdict th
The year the tide turned on ransomware
This year was rife with ransomware. 2021 witnessed the attack on IT software company Kaseya that knocked 1,500 organizations offline, the CD Projekt Red hack that saw threat actors make off with sourc
This Week in Apps: Dutch regulator orders App Store changes, China’s app numbers decline, 2021’s new million-dollar publishers
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.
‘Pfeffel’ artist satirizes Boris Johnson with parody NFTs, sending 52% of proceeds to charity
As crazy as the NFT market has become, there’s been an increasing range of other things to do with NFTs other than pimp images of apes and punks — even if they have become enormously valuable.
Big Cartel staff are voluntarily recognized as the latest tech workers union
Yesterday, e-commerce company Big Cartel’s co-founders Matt Wigham and Eric Turner voluntarily recognized the Big Cartel Workers Union. After the new year, the union — which represents all
How VCs invested in Asia and Europe in 2020
Falling seed volume, lots of big rounds. That's 2020 VC around the world in a nutshell.
The big question on every startup’s mind for 2021
My big question for 2021, and the one that is on every startup’s mind, is how will a cataclysmic event such as a global pandemic show up in post-pandemic innovation? I think we’re in the early
Elon Musk says SpaceX to double launchpad usage for Starship tests, Super Heavy flights coming in a ‘few months’
SpaceX is set to significantly ramp up its Starship development program in the new year, in more ways than one. SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk noted on Twitter on Thursday that the company will seek
Yayzy app automatically calculates the environmental impact of your spending
Ahead of the turning of the New Year, many people are wishing they could do something about the environment. Now, a U.K. startup hopes to make our environmental impact more personal. Yayzy has now lau
Is 2020 bringing more edtech rounds than ever, or does it simply feel that way?
Venture capital activity is high at the moment, making it difficult to keep up with the influx of new rounds that are being announced. Our cup runneth over, and I would much rather be busy than bored,
Google rolls out iOS widgets for Gmail, Drive and Fit; says Calendar and Chrome coming soon
Google has updated its flagship iPhone apps with support for home screen widgets, a new feature of iOS 14. The company announced today it’s rolling out new widgets for Gmail, Google Drive, Googl
Software companies are reporting a pretty good third quarter
What a difference a week makes. This time last week, in the wake of earnings from tech’s five largest American companies and early results from other software companies, it appeared that tech sh
Remessa Online raises $20 million to become the TransferWise of Latin America
Remessa Online, the Brazilian money transfer service, said it has closed on $20 million in financing from one of the leading Latin American venture capital firms, Kaszek Ventures, and Accel Partners&#
China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall
Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The spotlight this week is b
VCs are just tired
I was in SF last week and met with more than a dozen VCs over the course of two days. This was post the holidays, post their visits to the ski chalets in Tahoe and the island beaches, and in the smack
Max Q: The New Space new year
Welcome back for the first Max Q of 2020! As should be expected, the holiday and New Year’s weeks didn’t produce all that much news in the space industry — but that changed fast as t