Fin names former Twilio exec Evan Cummack as CEO, raises $20M
Fin's software captures employee workflow data from across applications and turns it into productivity insights to improve the way enterprise teams work and remain engaged.
What is happening to risk-taking in venture capital?
The irony is that there’s never been a better time to be an inception investor given lower capital needs of getting from idea to Series A milestones.
LA-based Metropolis raises $41 million to upgrade parking infrastructure
Metropolis is a new Los Angeles-based startup that’s looking to compete with BMW-owned ParkMobile for a slice of the automated parking lot management market. Upgrading parking with a computer vi
Hands on with Telepath, the social network taking aim at abuse, fake news and, to some extent, ‘free speech’
There’s no doubt that modern social networks have let us down. Filled with hate speech and abuse, moderation and anti-abuse tools were an afterthought they’re now trying to cram in. Meanwh
PicnicHealth raises $25 million for its patient health record management service
PicnicHealth, the startup that’s looking to give patients a way to manage their care in one place and pharmaceutical companies access to patient records for real-world data, has just raised $25
Checking in on the state of ISAs
Income share agreements (ISAs) rose to public awareness this year — if measured in press articles and discussion on “VC Twitter” — after several years of niche experimentation among a small co
Week-in-Review: Alexa’s indefinite memory and NASA’s otherworldly plans for GPS
Hello, weekenders. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch t
Startups Weekly: 2019 VC spending may eclipse 2018 record
In this week's newsletter: When to seek VC backing, Lance Armstrong's VC career and Calm's big raise.
Colonna call, timing a VC pitch, WeChat, patents, and growth
Editor’s Note: Shortened week Due to the U.S. Independence Day holiday this week on July 4th, Extra Crunch will not be publishing our normal editorial on Thursday and Friday of this week, nor will w
Sam Lessin and Andrew Kortina on their voice assistant’s workplace pivot
The founders of Fin are betting on the consumerization of the enterprise.
Slow Ventures raises $220M across two new funds
Co-founder Dave Morin will no longer be making new investments.
WTF are ISAs and can they transform education and spark a startup wave?
Soaring college tuition prices have left Americans drowning in debt without a correspondingly enhanced set of professional skills to show for it. In the past 11 years, US student debt has increased by
Inside ‘Fin,’ the elite human/AI assistant
"I have FOMO for the future", says Sam Lessin. That's why his startup Fin is working backwards from a far-off tech utopia. One day, computers with some human help will answer our every beck and call.
Dave Morin And Kevin Colleran’s Slow Ventures Raises A New $65 Million Fund
Slow Ventures, previously run by early Facebook employees Dave Morin and Kevin Colleran, has raised a new $65 million fourth fund. Sam Lessin, another former Facebook employee who left in August la
Facebook’s Fischer And Lessin Say User Experience And Advertising Are Sides Of The Same Coin
Do Facebook's efforts to make money come at the cost of the user experience? Company executives David Fischer (vice president of marketing and business partnerships) and Sam Lessin (who heads the Iden
Sam Lessin Pitches The Facebook Timeline
Because Facebook Timeline <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2011/09/22/how-to-enable-facebook-timeline/">is rolling out to the public</a> in the coming weeks, Facebook brought in press last week to
Dave Morin Argues Information Is More Valuable When You Pay For It. He's Wrong.
<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/please-pay-here.jpg"> Lately there's been a backlash against blogs and open information on the Web, in general. It started with newspapers p