New York

  • Dog Parker, because even your dogs deserve a smart home

    Dog Parker, because even your dogs deserve a smart home

    Everyone says that dogs are a huge responsibility, but it’s hard to feel the weight of that responsibility until you own one. Dog Parker, a new startup out of ERA, is looking to take out some of the stress of owning a dog in New York. As you might imagine from the name, Dog Parker is a service that lets you park your dog outside of a grocery store or coffee shop while you are… Read More

  • The Guarantors makes it easier to rent an apartment in New York

    The Guarantors makes it easier to rent an apartment in New York

    If you’ve rented an apartment in New York you know how much of a hassle the process is. First you need to find somewhere, then you need to meet the building or landlord’s strict approval process. But in New York (and a few other major cities) the approval threshold is so high that people aren’t able to get the apartment they want, even if they can actually afford it. This… Read More

  • Airbnb sues New York City

    Airbnb sues New York City

    Another city, another Airbnb lawsuit. Airbnb sued the city of New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio today over legislation that would make it illegal to advertise accommodations that can’t legally be rented out for less than 30 days. The bill was passed in June and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier today. New York housing law… Read More

  • Facing legislation, Airbnb proposes new rules in New York

    Facing legislation, Airbnb proposes new rules in New York

    With new legislation that would inflict heavy fines on Airbnb hosts sitting on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk, Airbnb is proposing last-minute concessions to address the concerns over affordable housing that are driving the legislation. Among the company’s proposals is a new “one host, one home” rule that would allow New York users to only list one space for rent… Read More

  • New York’s transit plans include facial recognition tech in bridges and tunnels

    New York’s transit plans include facial recognition tech in bridges and tunnels

    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference earlier this week aimed at building a bridge (and tunnel) to the mid-21st century. The governor’s ambitious and controversial plan highlighted a series of initiatives designed to reduce highway congestion and cut down on emissions. The initiatives also include tunnel barriers designed to protect against floods, and bridge… Read More

  • Less exciting than Beyonce’s album, but maybe more rewarding, Lemonade launches new insurance plans

    Less exciting than Beyonce’s album, but maybe more rewarding, Lemonade launches new insurance plans

    The new insurance company, Lemonade, is finally able to take the covers off of its radical (and pretty freaking cool) insurance plans. The company has received its initial license in New York as the first step in its plan to roll out nationwide. Its launch is a challenge to traditional insurers and a definitive sign that the technology disruptions that have shaken the banking industry are… Read More

  • Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

    Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

    Cloud-based collaboration tool Frame.io has raised $10M in Series A funding led by Accel, with participation from SignalFire, FirstMark Capital, and Shasta Ventures. Actor Jared Leto, who was a seed investor in the company, has also invested in the Series A as well as actor Kevin Spacey. Frame.io is a collaboration tool for video creators and compares themselves to a InVision or Github… Read More

  • What to expect from Sony’s PlayStation event

    What to expect from Sony’s PlayStation event

    Sony is having a PlayStation event tomorrow in New York, where it plans to provide an update on its PlayStation business and PS4. Most people agree that means it’s going to show us a couple of PlayStation hardware updates, including a previously announced more powerful PlayStation 4 (supposedly codenamed “Neo”) with support for 4K and more robust virtual reality, and a… Read More

  • NYC Taxis are still giving twice as many rides as Uber

    NYC Taxis are still giving twice as many rides as Uber

    After last summer’s vicious fight between Uber and the City of New York there hasn’t been much talk about the state of ridesharing in the Big Apple. But today a research report from Morgan Stanley, shared by Recode, shed some light on how ridesharing has been growing in the city. The report compares ride numbers from NYC Taxis (which are released by the city) to the number of… Read More

  • Flybridge adds a General Partner in NYC, WeWork Labs cofounder Jesse Middleton

    Flybridge adds a General Partner in NYC, WeWork Labs cofounder Jesse Middleton

    A Boston-based venture fund, Flybridge Capital Partners, is ramping up its presence in New York City, bringing on WeWork Labs’ cofounder Jesse Middleton as a full-time General Partner. Known for its bullish view on Boston’s tech scene, Flybridge’s portfolio includes 21 Boston-area startups out of 52 total, and just 9 in New York. The firm, which has done mostly… Read More

  • New York has passed a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports

    New York has passed a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports

    Early this morning, on the last day of the current session, The New York Assembly passed legislation legalizing daily fantasy sports throughout the state of New York. While the bill still needs to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, its passing is a big win for the entire industry. The Battle Ends Due to the large concentration of daily fantasy sports players in the state (about 10 percent of… Read More

  • New York State Senate passes anti-Airbnb bill

    New York State Senate passes anti-Airbnb bill

    The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would make it illegal to advertise short-term rentals (less than 30 days) for entire homes on Airbnb. Earlier today, the State Assembly passed the bill through to the State Senate. The next step in the process is for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to either sign or veto it. The bill would make it illegal to post a short-term rental… Read More

  • NYC presents more opportunities than challenges for foreign ad firms Crunch Network

    NYC presents more opportunities than challenges for foreign ad firms

    With digital ad spending expected to surpass the spend on television advertising next year, the Big Apple overflows with adtech startups. Many of these startups are coming to New York from abroad. Despite the challenges of setting up shop in such a huge and saturated market, these foreign startups believe that the opportunities NYC presents are greater than its challenges. Read More

  • TechCrunch Include Office Hours expand to NY

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours expand to NY

    Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, launched in 2014, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level. The Office Hours program is part of that effort. Once monthly, TechCrunch works with VC partners to provide feedback and advice to early-stage companies. Since October 2015, over 60 entrepreneurs in the Bay Area… Read More

  • Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong say policy matters for New York’s tech growth

    Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong say policy matters for New York’s tech growth

    Against a backdrop of a New York investment scene that’s been long on promise and press and somewhat lacking in terms of exits, tech icons Fred Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures, and Tim Armstrong, (my boss’ boss’ boss) chief executive of AOL, have come together to launch Tech:NYC, a new lobbying group for the technology community in New York. While Wilson conceded… Read More

  • Juno thinks it can beat Uber by playing nice

    Juno thinks it can beat Uber by playing nice

    Talmon Marco thinks he knows what it takes to beat Uber in the on-demand ride sharing business. The Israeli entrepreneur, known for co-founding messenger service Viber, is launching Juno in New York City “soon.” Marco spoke with our own Ingrid Lunden on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, explaining that by giving the drivers half of the company’s equity, he believes it will… Read More

  • 3 reasons New York City is the best place to start a tech company Crunch Network

    3 reasons New York City is the best place to start a tech company

    In terms of venture capital dollars, it’s still hard to beat Silicon Valley. The latest figures have Bay Area companies gobbling up about 15 percent of the world’s venture capital. Factor in San Jose and Los Angeles and that share climbs to nearly one-third of the all the money raised by private companies in 2015. By contrast, New York City companies raised just 5 percent… Read More

  • Tribeca Venture Partners Closes Its Second NY-Focused Fund

    Tribeca Venture Partners Closes Its Second NY-Focused Fund

    Tribeca Venture Partners, a New York-based early-stage venture firm founded in 2011, is today announcing that it has closed its second fund with $107 million — significantly more than its $65 million debut fund. That’s good news for New York startups. In a conversation earlier this week with Brian Hirsch and Chip Meakem — Tribeca’s co-founders and its sole… Read More

  • NYC Continues Its Great Phonebooth Transformation As First Tablets Hit Its Gigabit Wi-Fi Spots

    NYC Continues Its Great Phonebooth Transformation As First Tablets Hit Its Gigabit Wi-Fi Spots

    The plan to turn unused NYC phonebooths into free digital hubs for local neighborhoods continues as Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced the second phase of the city’s LinkNYC program — with the unveiling of new, slightly generic tablets at the city’s newly installed hotspots. LinkNYC demonstrated the android-powered tablet for the press yesterday, taking advantage of a… Read More

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