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  • Judah vs shopping app thing

    Judah vs. the Machines: For when you can’t bring yourself to go shopping

    You’d be forgiven if you can’t be bothered to drag yourself to the store to shop for shoes and clothes and things. The internet is there for you, after all. But if you don’t know what you want? Well, I guess there is an app for that. In this episode, Friedlander, a self-described shoe expert because he “has feet,” tries to be better at shopping than an app… Read More

  • A Slack integration is Magic’s next act

    A Slack integration is Magic’s next act

    Remember the text message-based service on-demand company, Magic Assistant? In a whirlwind two months after the service’s launch on Product Hunt, Magic went viral based on its claims to deliver anything; promptly raised a rumored $12 million from Sequoia Capital (with Sir Michael Moritz, KBE joining the board); and then went into hiding as it figured out an actual business plan. Read More

  • Operator harnesses chatbots, humans, and $15M to sell US goods to China

    Operator harnesses chatbots, humans, and $15M to sell US goods to China

    With a little personal shopping assistance, Operator thinks Chinese citizens will pounce on American products sold through its conversational shopping app. The promise of becoming the guided commerce layer connecting China with the US has earned the two-year-old a $15 million series B round at a $100 million pre-money valuation. “We’re making commerce borderless”, Operator… Read More

  • Operator fuses bots with humans to build cyborg shopping experts

    Operator fuses bots with humans to build cyborg shopping experts

    Big purchases are scary to make online without anyone there to quell your fears and answer questions. Operator’s app wants to give you the same peace of mind, not with mechanical chat bot responses, but through real humans with knowledge about whatever you’re buying. Today Operator 2.0 launches with a new Discovery tab where curators assemble recommendations about their… Read More

  • Meet The Startups Vying For The Crunchie For Best New Startup Of 2015

    Meet The Startups Vying For The Crunchie For Best New Startup Of 2015

    The 9th Annual Crunchies are right around the corner, and some of the best and brightest startups, companies and leaders are vying for the chance to win the coveted Crunchie award in one of the 12 categories up for grabs. As the event draws closer, we’ll be featuring the finalists in each of the 12 categories up for grabs, starting with the nominees for one of the most prolific… Read More

  • Announcing The 9th Annual Crunchies Finalists

    Announcing The 9th Annual Crunchies Finalists

    After a multitude of worthy nominations, TechCrunch is proud to announce the 9th Annual Crunchies Awards finalists. Take a peek below at the full list of finalists for each award category. There are 12 categories that recognize a variety of significant accomplishments by the startup community, ranging from Fastest Rising Startup and Best Founder to our inaugural Include Diversity Award. When… Read More

  • Walmart Simple Text Could Be Walmart’s Version Of Magic

    Walmart Simple Text

    One of the very cool things about hackathons is that you learn what type of technology that people are really using. We’re all wondering what the hot “trends” are going to be at one of these things. At the Disrupt Hackathon, we’re learning quite a bit. An early trend is SMS. Surprise! There’s Magic, Facebook M, Operator and now Walmart Simple Text. The latter is… Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, Apple Watch deliveries officially arrived to the first pre-order customers, Q1 earnings were released and Google announced its wireless cell service Project Fi. These were our best stories of the week (4/18-4/24). Read More

  • First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand economy. Operator calls itself a “Request Network”. It’s an… Read More