Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics

Saturday • August 18, 2018 • 17:47 GMT
John Chen
When we think about designing our dream home, we don’t think of having a thousand roommates in the same room with no doors or walls. Yet in today’s workplace where we spend most of our day, the purveyors of corporate office design insist that tearing down walls and bringing more people closer together in the […]

Global unicorn exits hit multi-year high in 2018

Saturday • August 18, 2018 • 16:09 GMT
Joanna Glasner
Unicorn exits are taking flight. With the IPO window wide open, an apparent record number of venture-backed companies privately valued over $1 billion have launched public offerings this year.

Gaming in Asia may be crypto’s killer dApp

Saturday • August 18, 2018 • 15:29 GMT
Joyce Yang
As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the “killer app” that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia. That’s the theory for Cryptokitties, the notable purveyor of cute cats. The company has […]

Only 48 hours left: Apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin

Saturday • August 18, 2018 • 8:02 GMT
Samantha Stein
The action you take within the next 48 hours could change your life. That’s how much time you have left to apply to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield, our world-renowned pitch competition, which takes place at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. The application deadline expires on August 20th at 9 p.m. PST. Don’t waste another minute — apply […]

The public finance opportunity

Saturday • August 18, 2018 • 0:49 GMT
Connie Loizos
If you’re a certain age, it’s likely that you’ve never given a second thought to buying a municipal bond or the process of bond buying, even if you’ve intuited, rightly, that’s it’s an intentionally opaque business. Yet there could be a big opportunity for startups, and for people looking for places to invest, and for […]

It’s Friday so relax and watch a hard drive defrag forever on Twitch

Saturday • August 18, 2018 • 0:09 GMT
Devin Coldewey
It's been a while since I defragged — years, probably, because these days for a number of reasons computers don't really need to. But perhaps it is we who need to defrag. And what better way to defrag your brain after a long week than by watching the strangely satisfying defragmentation process taking place on a simulated DOS machine, complete with fan and HDD noise?

Y Combinator invests in non-invasive breast cancer screening bra EVA

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 21:23 GMT
Sarah Wells
According to a report by the American Cancer Society, an estimated 266,120 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year and (according to a 2016 estimate) can expect to pay between $60,000 and $134,000 on average for treatment and care. But, after hundreds of thousands of dollars and non-quantifiable emotional […]

Tesla lost nearly $8 billion in shareholder value this week and its board should be ashamed

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 21:01 GMT
Jonathan Shieber
Over the last five days, Tesla shareholders watched the value of their stock decline by roughly 16 percent and saw nearly $8 billion in value erased, as the company’s celebrity chief executive, Elon Musk, had what amounts to a very public breakdown. However, Musk is not the only person responsible for the collapse of Tesla’s […]

The Automatica automates pour-over coffee in a charming and totally unnecessary way

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 20:26 GMT
Devin Coldewey
Most mornings, after sifting through the night's mail haul and skimming the headlines, I make myself a cup of coffee. I use a simple pour-over cone and paper filters, and (in what is perhaps my most tedious Seattleite affectation), I grind the beans by hand. I like the manual aspect of it all. Which is why this robotic pour-over machine is to me so perverse... and so tempting.

Movado Group acquires watch startup MVMT

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 20:25 GMT
John Biggs
The Movado Group, which sells multiple brands, including Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, has purchased MVMT, a small watch company founded by Jacob Kassan and Kramer LaPlante in 2013. The company, which advertised heavily on Facebook, logged $71 million in revenue in 2017. Movado purchased the company for $100 million. “The acquisition of MVMT […]

YC-backed Mutiny helps B2B business personalize their website for each visitor

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 19:14 GMT
Anthony Ha
Mutiny, which is part of the current batch of startups at accelerator Y Combinator, helps business-to-business, software-as-a-service companies present a message that’s customized to each visitor on their website. Co-founder and CEO Jaleh Rezaei said this concept is alive and well in the analog world: When she was at VMware, sales reps were given materials […]

6 million users had installed third-party Twitter clients

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 19:11 GMT
Sarah Perez
Twitter tried to downplay the impact deactivating its legacy APIs would have on its community and the third-party Twitter clients preferred by many power users by saying that “less than 1%” of Twitter developers were using these old APIs. Twitter is correct in its characterization of the size of this developer base, but it’s overlooking […]

YC-backed Sterblue aims to enable smarter drone inspections

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 18:57 GMT
Lucas Matney
As government regulation for commercial drone usage seems to be trending in a very positive direction for the companies involved, there is an ever-growing opportunity for drone startups to utilize artificial intelligence to deliver insights without requiring much human effort. Sterblue, a French drone software startup that is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class […]

Incentivai launches to simulate how hackers break blockchains

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 18:22 GMT
Josh Constine
Cryptocurrency projects can crash and burn if developers don’t predict how humans will abuse their blockchains. Once a decentralized digital economy is released into the wild and the coins start to fly, it’s tough to implement fixes to the smart contracts that govern them. That’s why Incentivai is coming out of stealth today with its […]

Sino-US investment firms are targeting over $4 billion for new funds launched this year

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 17:50 GMT
Jonathan Shieber
As limited partners increasingly demand greater exposure to emerging market opportunities, venture capital firms with a focus on Asia are bulking up their funds and chasing deals in an increasingly competitive race to own stakes in the next generation of local startups with global aspirations. Over the last year, firms, including DCM Ventures, GGV Capital, Matrix […]

Netflix tests video promos in between episodes, much to viewers’ dislike

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 17:49 GMT
Sarah Perez
Netflix is testing video promos that play in between episodes of shows a viewer is streaming, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The promos are full-screen videos, personalized to the user, featuring content Netflix would have otherwise suggested elsewhere in its user interface – like on a row of recommendations, for example. The promos also displace […]

Gillmor Gang: Private Lives

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 17:00 GMT
Steve Gillmor
The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Michael Markman and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Waiting for the midterms, Twitter meets the Constitution, uncommon carriers, straw man superheros.

Kiiroo launches an adventure in bi-directional teledildonics

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 16:26 GMT
John Biggs
In the future everyone will be naked for fifteen minutes. It’s with this novel thought in mind that I connect with a model named Nazanin who will walk me through the new world of bi-directional teledildonic cam life. I was there to test a new device from Kiiroo called the Kiiroo Launch. This novel sex […]

Google gives its AI the reins over its data center cooling systems

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 16:05 GMT
Frederic Lardinois
The inside of data centers is loud and hot — and keeping servers from overheating is a major factor in the cost of running them. It’s no surprise then that the big players in this space, including Facebook, Microsoft and Google, all look for different ways of saving cooling costs. Facebook uses cool outside air when […]

Tesla shares tumble in early trading after another Elon Musk-powered PR blunder

Friday • August 17, 2018 • 15:34 GMT
Jonathan Shieber
Elon Musk, the embattled chief executive of electric automaker and sustainable energy company Tesla, tried to “set the record straight” about his recent behavior in an hour-long exclusive interview with The New York Times. Instead, it only served to further underscore how out-of-touch the billionaire chief executive seems from the ongoing operations at his company. […]