Startups

  • This app builder is letting students turn their ideas into apps for free

    This app builder is letting students turn their ideas into apps for free

    “We just need a technical co-founder!” “We have the idea, we’re just trying to find a CS major to build it!” In 2016, everyone and their mother has an idea for an app. This is especially true on college campuses, where starting an app has seemingly replaced beer pong as the most popular extracurricular activity. The only problem is that there are far fewer… Read More

  • Tile raises $18 million to make personal belongings easy to find

    Tile raises $18 million to make personal belongings easy to find

    To help people find lost, stolen or misplaced personal effects with the proverbial touch of a button, a startup called Tile has raised $18 million in a Series B funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. For the unfamiliar, Tile makes square, waterproof tags that employ Bluetooth low-energy radio and GPS technology to find objects they’re attached to, like wallets, keychains, purses… Read More

  • Microsoft confirms Microsoft Ventures VC arm, renames old one ‘Microsoft Accelerator’

    Microsoft confirms Microsoft Ventures VC arm, renames old one ‘Microsoft Accelerator’

    As Google moves ahead to develop its Area 120 in-house incubator program, Microsoft is also looking to get more of its startup ducks in a row. On Monday, the company quietly, officially unveiled Microsoft Ventures — a new arm that will focus on “Series A and beyond” investments in North America and Israel, with the first investments to be revealed in the coming weeks. If… Read More

  • VetTechTrek is creating an e-learning platform to help veterans build careers in the tech industry

    VetTechTrek is creating an e-learning platform to help veterans build careers in the tech industry

    VetTechTrek is a nonprofit founded last year with the goal of helping military veterans network with the technology industry. Over the last 12 months they have worked toward this goal by hosting multiple “treks” that brought more than 180 veterans and spouses to meet with veterans who work at more than 60 technology startups in New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Read More

  • GoDaddy made an app for entrepreneurs to get feedback on their startup ideas

    GoDaddy made an app for entrepreneurs to get feedback on their startup ideas

    While most associate GoDaddy with domains, the company has become an integral part of supporting small businesses around the world. Whether this is by providing email hosting, website creation, or SEO services, the site is often the first stop for someone thinking about starting a small business online. And interestingly enough, the company even said that customers will frequently… Read More

  • Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation

    Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation

    Snapchat may have first made its name in the crowded world of mobile apps with an ephemeral messaging service, but the startup and its wildly popular app are not disappearing anywhere soon. TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources that Snapchat is raising yet more financing at around a $20 billion valuation. Sources with knowledge of the deal say the social media giant is in the… Read More

  • Tesloop offers city-to-city autonomous travel in a Tesla

    Tesloop offers city-to-city autonomous travel in a Tesla

    Travelers in the Southwest have a new all-electric option: long-distance car sharing in a Tesla with Autopilot. The service is called Tesloop, and it currently serves 15 cities in southern California, plus Henderson and Las Vegas in Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona. The idea came to founder Haydn (one name only; probably because he’s still a minor) in May 2015, when he turned 16 and got… Read More

  • Justin Kan accepts Y Combinator Fellowship pitches over Snapchat

    Justin Kan accepts Y Combinator Fellowship pitches over Snapchat

    One of the latest Snapchat trends (at least in our little tech bubble) is venture capitalists using the social media platform as a way to dish out advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. People like Mark Suster, Gary Vaynerchuk and Justin Kan preach on topics ranging from how to ask for an email intro to the importance of physical activity for startup founders. But here’s the thing —… Read More

  • Scoutible says its video games will find you a job

    Scoutible says its video games will find you a job

    What if finding a job were as easy as playing a game? Scoutible thinks its smartphone games have what it takes to assess the aptitude and traits required for certain professions. The company launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on Monday. With work experience at the White House, Goldman Sachs and a JD/MBA from Harvard under her belt, Scoutible CEO Angela Antony thinks she has what it… Read More

  • Winter brings opportunities for the wise and frugal Crunch Network

    Winter brings opportunities for the wise and frugal

    One of my seed portfolio founders called for advice recently. He’d raised a Series A from a Tier 1 VC and was ahead of plan, but his investor suddenly wanted him to cut spending: on SEM, on PR, on whatever he could. He wanted to know why, and how to think about it. Read More