New York

  • 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

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