New York

  • 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

  • Curioos Opens Up Marketplace For Its Digital Art Platform

    Curioos Opens Up Marketplace For Its Digital Art Platform

    Curioos has been selling art prints from digital artists for a few years now. But it’s been a cumbersome work to add new artists to the website. That’s why the company is automatizing the listing process by switching to a marketplace approach. Any digital artist can now submit their work and get revenue from Curioos prints. Read More

  • Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Approaches $15 Million Target For Second Fund

    Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Approaches $15 Million Target For Second Fund

    Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, a three-year-old, seed-stage venture firm led by its founder and sole general partner, Charlie O’Donnell, is about to close its second fund with $15 million, up from an $8.3 million debut fund closed last year. It’s a meaningful milestone for O’Donnell, who got his start in venture capital as an analyst at Union Square Ventures and later worked as… Read More

  • FanDuel And DraftKings Fight Back, File Lawsuits Against NY Attorney General

    FanDuel And DraftKings Fight Back, File Lawsuits Against NY Attorney General

    After NY’s Attorney General ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to cease and desist all operations in the state, the two companies have responded, filing lawsuits seeking an injunction against the order. “Today, we have taken decisive legal action to prevent a unilateral, misinformed and legally misguided attempt by the New York Attorney General to act as “judge, jury and… Read More

  • NYC’s FinTech Innovation Lab Exposes FinTech Startups To Wall Street

    NYC’s FinTech Innovation Lab Exposes FinTech Startups To Wall Street

    Now in its sixth year, the NY FinTech Innovation Lab is looking for another batch of fintech startups that want to disrupt Wall Street. Co-founded by Accenture and the Partnership Fund for New York City, the 12-week program helps early fintech startups get exposure to top Wall Street banks. The group is partnered with 15 financial institutions, including American Express, Bank of America… Read More

  • Quirky Files For Bankruptcy While Flextronics Puts Up A $15M Bid For Wink

    Quirky Files For Bankruptcy While Flextronics Puts Up A $15M Bid For Wink

    Quirky, the long-suffering startup that was once held up as a model for bridging the maker movement and corporate world, has filed for bankruptcy. Read More

  • NYC Rises As A Hub For Software-As-A-Service Startups Crunch Network

    NYC Rises As A Hub For Software-As-A-Service Startups

    As the market continues to mature, and as we watch a blossoming of SaaS activity in New York City, we believe that NYC is poised to become a genuine leader in the formation of companies leading the next wave of enterprise transformation. Read More

  • LockedOut: An Uber For Locksmiths

    LockedOut: An Uber For Locksmiths

    By now, it’s clear that we will see “Uber for [x]” companies until there is indeed an Uber for everything. Here is the latest one: LockedOut — an Uber for locksmiths. The locksmith experience is pretty much on-demand already, but LockedOut founder Ray Wang argues that the locksmith market (especially in New York, where the service is now in beta) isn’t exactly great. Read More

  • Cities As Platforms Crunch Network

    Cities As Platforms

    Take a look at the last decade’s fastest-growing companies. You’ll notice they have one thing in common: They’re all platforms.YouTube was not the first video-hosting site, but it was the first to disrupt the stagnating online broadcasting model, creating a platform with digital engagement at its core. And the catalyst for Google’s exponential growth trajectory was when… Read More

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