• Playdom Keeps The Acquisition Fun Rolling With Virtual-World Startup Metaplace

    Social gaming company Playdom is definitely on an acquisition spree. Last month it bought Hive 7, this month it is Metaplace, a startup that launched at TechCrunch 40 in 2007. Metaplace has developed an in-browser virtual-world engine which can be applied to social games. Founders Raph Koster and John Donham previously worked at Sony Online Entertainment, where they helped develop games… Read More

  • The Value of TechCrunch50: Mint Acquired by Intuit for $170m Two Years After Winning TC40.

    Aaron Patzer is the CEO and founder of, a personal finance site that launched two years ago at TechCrunch40. Last night the news broke that Mint is being acquired for $170 million by Intuit. Today, exactly two years after launching at TechCrunch40, I’m excited to announce that has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Intuit for about $170m. Intuit, a… Read More

  • TechCrunch 40 Day 1: Wrap Up

    As the party goes on in downtown San Francisco, a quick wrap up of the first day of the TechCrunch 40 Conference. We live blogged the whole event, and added some great pictures as well. I’ll clean up the typos tomorrow…or the day after. TechCrunch 40 Session 1: Search and Discovery. The first session in front of a crowd of around 1,000 people, all wielding laptops and… Read More

  • TC40 Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings

    Our live blog of the Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings Sessions from TechCrunch40. Sequoia’s Michael Moritz introduces the three guests: Marc Andreessen, David Filo and Chad Hurley. An amazing lineup: for those old enough to remember Andreessen was the CTO and Co-founder of Netscape, more recently he co-founded while label social networking startup Ning. David Filo was a co-founder… Read More

  • TechCrunch40: Let The Show Begin

    We’ll be bringing you live coverage of TechCrunch40 through the next two days. Enjoy, and also checkout the TechCrunch40 website. Read More

  • Follow the TechCrunch40 Conference Online

    Couldn’t snag a ticket to this year’s TechCrunch40 conference? Head on over to to follow the action online. We’ve put together a fully-featured website for the event, which starts this morning and continues through Tuesday evening. Get the scoop on the 40 presenting companies, the 100 demo pit companies, our expert panelists, and our keynotes. As the… Read More