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Best of TechCrunch 2021

We asked our staff to vote on their favorite stories of the year, added evergreen content and our top TC+ articles for a well-rounded 2021 list. Enjoy!

How to be one of the ‘haves’ of SaaS

The flow of capital in SaaS is becoming increasingly bifurcated. There are the "haves" (public companies with revenue growth of over 30%) and the "have nots" (everyone else) of B2B software.

Accessibility awareness is on the rise, but is it turning into action?

Are organizations finally getting the message on the importance of accessibility?

Mio raises $8.7M Series A to make enterprise messaging interoperable

Mio, a startup that helps enterprise teams collaborate across messaging services like Zoom Chat, Microsoft Teams, Slack and Cisco’s Webex, today announced that it has raised an $8.7 million Seri

Zoom is piloting ads for free users

Zoom is introducing a pilot advertising program that will show ads to users on its “Basic” free tier. The company says the ads will support investments and enable it to continue providing

Google Meet rolls out new audio and video locks for hosts

Google Meet is getting new audio and video locks to let hosts turn off the microphones and cameras of other participants. The new feature essentially lets you mute a user and prevent them from unmutin

Why did the Zoom-Five9 deal eat %#*& and die?

Hello friends and welcome to bonus Equity, the sort of podcast episode where you get even more chat for the same low price of zilch. We are here to ensure a high ROI for your podcasting dollar! To ca

SquadPal is a social app to help remote working teams gel

The future of office work, post-COVID-19, is driving plenty of startup activity. Not just around core business needs like comms (Zoom, Slack et al.) — but entrepreneurs are also competing to com

And that’s that, as the Zoom deal to buy Five9 is called off

Talk about a roller coaster ride. Zoom, the video conferencing company that became everyone’s primary means of communication around work during the pandemic, will no longer be acquiring Five9, a

Tech giants brace for impact in India as new payments rule goes into effect

Apple, Sony, Google, Zoom, PayPal and several other tech companies as well as scores of banks have cautioned customers and partners in India to expect a surge in declined transactions as the world’s

Brave’s non-tracking, browser-based video conferencing tool is out of beta

Brave, the startup behind the eponymous non-tracking browser, has launched a non-tracking video conferencing add-on out of beta — letting all users make and receive video calls straight from the

Lounge’s new app aims to reimagine the office for the remote work era

A startup called Lounge wants to reimagine work for the fully remote era where tools like Slack, Zoom, and Teams have fallen short in terms of helping companies build culture and creating relationship

Zoom looks beyond video conferencing as triple-digit 2020 growth begins to slow

The company has been undertaking plans over the last couple of years to move beyond its core video conferencing market — here's how industry experts see this plan working.

Sequoia’s Pat Grady says it isn’t clear startups ‘should be accelerating’ right now — here’s why

Earlier today, we joined friend and former colleague Jon Fortt of CNBC in interviewing partner Pat Grady of Sequoia Capital, and it proved a wide-ranging conversation. You can check out the video belo

Virtual meeting platform Vowel raises $13.5M, aims to cure meeting fatigue

Vowel's meeting operating system has the goal of making meetings more useful before, during and after.

Box, Zoom chief product officers discuss how the changing workplace drove their latest collaboration

Their newest collaboration is the Box app for Zoom, a new type of in-product integration that allows users to bring apps into a Zoom meeting to provide the full Box experience.

Zoom announces first startups receiving funding from $100M investment fund

For more than a year now, Zoom has been on a mission to transform from an application into a platform. To that end it made three announcements last year: Zoom Apps development tools, the Zoom Apps mar

Macro relaunches its Zoom skin to focus on self-expression and inclusion

Productivity has been a focal point for many enterprise businesses since before the pandemic hit, and even more so since its onset. But Macro founders Ankith Harathi and John Keck are taking a differe

Stop using Zoom, Hamburg’s DPA warns state government

Hamburg’s state government has been formally warned against using Zoom over data protection concerns. The German state’s data protection agency (DPA) took the step of issuing a public warn

Zoom reaches $85M settlement in ‘Zoombombing’ lawsuit

Zoom has agreed to pay $85 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the video conferencing giant of violating users’ privacy by sharing their data with third parties without permission and enabl
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