Scott Banister

IRL wants to get people together offline

Social planning apps are a dime a dozen, but none have risen to become a mainstay in our digital lives. IRL, founded by Abe Shafi and Scott Banister, is looking to break the pattern, focusing on posit

Recharge lets you book a hotel room — for minutes at a time

Call it on-demand on steroids. A 10-month-old San Francisco company called Recharge has developed an app that enables users to book a stay in hotel for just for 67 cents a minute, or $40 an hour. The

And The Winners Of The 9th Annual Crunchies Are…

Silicon Valley is getting dressed up tonight to celebrate startups, their founders and CEOs, VCs and angels, and the products they make during our 9th Annual Crunchies awards show at the San Francisco

Meet The Competitors Vying For The Crunchie For Angel Investor Of The Year

We're getting ready for the 9th Annual Crunchies here at TechCrunch, where some of the brightest startups, companies and leaders hope to win the coveted Crunchie award in one of the 12 categories up f

Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet, a company working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will h

Backed By $3.5 Million, SnowShoe Debuts Clever, Plastic “Stamps” That Unlock Content On Mobile Phones

Imagine being able to touch a toy figurine to your phone's screen in order to see the character transported into your video game, or touching another small piece of plastic to the phone in order to un

Mobile App Testing Startup Sauce Labs Raises $5M

Cloud-based app-testing service <a target="_blank" href="https://saucelabs.com">Sauce Labs</a> closed $5 million in Series C funding today, led by Toba Capital, with angel investor Scott Banister an

Practice Fusion Pulls In $34M Series C Led By Artis To Crush The Other eMedical Record Startups

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.practicefusion.com/">Practice Fusion</a> is the frontrunner in the fevered race to become <em>the</em> electronic medical record platform, and today it finished ra