TechCrunch Disrupt SF

  • Kevin Durant explains his Twitter meltdown

    Kevin Durant explains his Twitter meltdown

    Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant had a bit of a scuffle on Twitter yesterday, calling out his former organization, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Given his status as one of the most prominent figures in basketball, it got quite a bit of attention. Durant is a pretty prolific Twitter user and was onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 to give a short explanation of what happened. Read More

  • GGV’s Jenny Lee says Xiaomi doesn’t need to come to the U.S.

    GGV’s Jenny Lee says Xiaomi doesn’t need to come to the U.S.

    Xiaomi is one of the most valuable startups in the world and has become a big icon in smartphone design, sometimes suggested as an analog to Apple in China. The company’s flagship phones receive a ton of press in the U.S., too, but they aren’t available in the U.S. just yet. Instead, Xiaomi is looking to emerging markets like India in addition to getting its phones into the hands… Read More

  • A Google security chief considers the NSA a state-sponsored threat

    A Google security chief considers the NSA a state-sponsored threat

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Google’s Manager of Information Security Heather Adkins sat down for a fireside chat. Among the varying topics discussed, she spoke about what’s like to have the NSA tap the company’s lines and how she views state sponsored threats. Moderator and TechCrunch Senior Editor Frederic Lardinois asked Adkins if she thinks of the NSA as a… Read More

  • English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

    English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

    VIPKID, an online English teaching tool, announced today that it has raised $200 million in financing. That financing round values the company at $1.5 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. That wouldn’t just give VIPKID unicorn status — it also exposes a huge amount of demand there is in China and other countries as a tool to learn English from English speakers. VIPKID… Read More

  • MOTI wants to help build positive habits with a little glowing robot

    It can take a lot to build a positive habit — whether that’s stretching every morning, drinking enough water or remembering to go on a run. Kayla Matheus and Laura Day hope to make that a little easier with a small robot that sits on your table or desk called MOTI, which is currently running a Kickstarter campaign. But how would that help? Basically, the duo want to try to… Read More

  • How Apoorva Mehta hopes to build an Instacart empire with a promoted ad business

    How Apoorva Mehta hopes to build an Instacart empire with a promoted ad business

    Instacart is one of the most well-known companies in what can be an extremely difficult on-demand delivery economy. It’s known for being one of the pioneers of a new age of online grocery delivery, especially in light of the previous failure of companies like Webvan, but it’s going to have a long uphill battle to profitability and sustainability. Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta… Read More

  • Myki rolls out a password manager that locks all your info away on your phone

    Myki rolls out a password manager that locks all your info away on your phone

    Everything is getting hacked to the point that it’s getting kind of ridiculous — and everyone needs to have secure passwords. The trouble, however, is making them tough to crack and also being able to remember them. That’s led to a blossoming ecosystem of password management services like OnePassword. But if you ask Antoine Vincent Jebara and Priscilla Elora Sharuk… Read More

  • Create hassle-free slideshow presentations online with Slides

    Create hassle-free slideshow presentations online with Slides

    Meetings are probably never going to die — and, along with that, neither are presentations. But the traditional route for making presentations is getting a little outdated, with tools like PowerPoint getting updated regularly but lacking a certain simplicity to them. That’s why Owen Bossola and Hakim El Hattab decided to start Slides, an online service for creating, viewing… Read More

  • CEO David Sacks on moving on from Zenefits’ troubled past

    CEO David Sacks on moving on from Zenefits’ troubled past

    Zenefits at one point was one of the fastest growing software companies in the world, rocketing to a $4.5 billion valuation in 18 months. It was on track to generate tens of millions of dollars in annual recurring revenue. Then, everything went south; regulators started investigating the company, and its CEO Parker Conrad was fired from the company earlier this year. In short, it’s been… Read More