Jeff Bezos: Smart People Change Their Minds

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos stopped by the 37signals office yesterday and offered some wise thoughts about strategy. His views are especially refreshing in a time when people who change their views often get portrayed as weak and lacking confidence. 37signals Founder Ja … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 hours ago

Facebook launches tests to inform future changes to News Feed algorithms

Facebook may be reconfiguring its News Feed algorithms. After being grilled by lawmakers about the role that Facebook played in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the company announced this morning it will be rolling out a series of News Feed ranking tests that will ask users to pro … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 5 hours ago

Emerging use cases for productivity infrastructure in 2021

As market demand continues to accelerate, companies are taking advantage of the benefits productivity infrastructure bring to their organization both internally and externally. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 11 hours ago

New privacy bill would end law enforcement practice of buying data from brokers

A new bill known as the Fourth Amendment is Not for Sale Act would seal up a loophole that intelligence and law enforcement agencies use to obtain troves of sensitive and identifying information to which they wouldn’t otherwise have legal access. The new legislation, proposed by … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 11 hours ago

Satellite imagery startup Albedo closes $10M seed round

While most startups today are creating software, not every upstart enterprise is taking a code-only approach to building a business. Some of today’s most ambitious startups are aiming quite a bit higher. Albedo is one such company. The recent Y Combinator graduate wants to build … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 13 hours ago

Apple downplays complaints about App Store scams in antitrust hearing

Apple was questioned on its inability to rein in subscription scammers on its App Store during yesterday’s Senate antitrust hearing. The tech giant has argued that one of the reasons it requires developers to pay App Store commissions is to help Apple fight marketplace fraud and … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 17 hours ago

Per Diem raises $2.3M to help local businesses build subscription programs

It might be time for neighborhood restaurants and coffee shops to start thinking about a subscription business — at least according to a new Y Combinator-backed startup called Per Diem. The company is announcing today that it has raised $2.3 million in seed funding led by Two Sig … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

ActiveCampaign raises $240M at $3B valuation

As businesses continue to adopt new digital tools to get their names out into the world, a startup that’s built a sales and marketing platform specifically for small and medium businesses is announcing a big round of funding. ActiveCampaign, which has built what it describes as a … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Belarusian regime’s thugs shut down Imaguru, the country’s key startup hub

After visits by unnamed masked intruders and the cancellation of its lease, Imaguru — the country’s key startup hub, event and co-working space in Minsk — has effectively been shut down by the Lukashenko regime, which has led a brutal crackdown on its own people in recent months. … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Real Estate for Retail Investors

Farshad Yousefi and Masoud Jalali used to drive through Palo Alto neighborhoods and marvel at the outrageous home prices. But the drives sparked an idea. They were not in a financial position to purchase a home in those neighborhoods (to be clear, not many people are) either for … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Octopus Deploy raises $172.5M from Insight Partners

Founded almost a decade ago, Octopus Deploy has grown through bootstrapping to serve 25,000 organizations, including Microsoft, NASA, Xero, Disney and Stack Overflow. Today the company announced its first outside investment. Insight Partners has taken a minority stake in Octopus … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Tile bashes Apple's new AirTag as unfair competition

Now that Apple’s lost item finder AirTag has officially been introduced, competitor Tile is going on record ahead of its testimony in front of Congress tomorrow about how it perceives Apple’s latest product. The company says it will be asking Congress on Wednesday to take a close … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Amazon is opening a London hair salon to test AR and other retail technologies

Amazon announced this morning it’s opening Amazon Salon, the retailer’s first hair salon and a place where Amazon aims to test new technologies with the general public. The salon will occupy over 1,500 sq. ft on Brushfield Street in London’s Spitalfields, where Amazon says it wil … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Magic Keyboard with Fingerprint Sensor

Apple has unveiled a new, colorful iMac today with an Apple-designed M1 chip. But that was just part of the story as the company used that opportunity to release new Mac accessories. In addition to a Magic Trackpad and a Magic Mouse with multiple color options, Apple is bringing … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Synthesia’s AI video generation platform hooks $12.5m Series A led by FirstMark

As AI improves, the possibilities of what we can do with the technology grow exponentially (for better or worse). Synthesia, an AI video generation platform, is looking to make video content creation as simple and efficient as possible, and FirstMark is taking a bet on it making … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Saleor scores $2.5M seed round for its headless e-commerce platform

Saleor, a Poland and U.S.-based startup that offers a “headless” e-commerce platform to make it easier for developers to build better online shopping experiences, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. The round is led by Berlin’s Cherry Ventures, with participation from variou … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Chargebee valued at $1.4B in $125M fundraise

A startup that enables businesses to set up and manage their billing, subscription, revenue operations and compliance has become the newest firm to earn the much coveted unicorn status. Chennai and San Francisco-headquartered Chargebee said on Tuesday it has raised $125 million i … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Facebook invests in audio with Soundbites, podcast support and Clubhouse clone

Facebook today officially announced a suite of new audio products — an indication that it’s taking the threat from Clubhouse and other audio platforms more seriously. The company is doing more than just building its own take on Clubhouse, however, it’s also announcing tools that … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Flawed data is putting people with disabilities at risk

Our products are long overdue for a new, fairer data framework to ensure that data is managed with people with disabilities in mind. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Huawei is not a carmaker. It wants to be the Bosch of China

One after another, Chinese tech giants have announced their plans for the auto space over the last few months. Some internet companies, like search engine provider Baidu, decided to recruit help from a traditional carmaker to produce cars. Xiaomi, which makes its own smartphones … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

What to expect from Apple’s Spring Loaded event

Surprise! It’s another Apple Event. Gone are the days of getting a few weeks’ notice before these events now that they’re entirely virtual (at least until 2022, most likely). Instead, the company just dropped the news last week. Thankfully, there have been plenty of rumors leadin … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Reddit unveils its Clubhouse clone, Reddit Talk

On the heels of Clubhouse’s latest fundraise, Reddit today officially unveiled its Clubhouse rival Reddit Talk following a recent report from Mashable that revealed the company had been developing audio-based social networking features. Like many of the newly launched Clubhouse c … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

MasterCard is acquiring identity verification company Ekata for $850M

As online identity management grows in importance, Mastercard swooped in this morning and bought identity verification company Ekata for $850 million. Mastercard certainly sees the rapid digital transformation that is happening in online commerce, a move that was accelerated by C … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Xbox Cloud Gaming beta starts rolling out on iOS and PC this week

The era of cloud gaming hasn’t arrived with the intensity that may have seemed imminent a couple years ago when major tech platforms announced their plays. In 2021, the market is still pretty much non-existent despite established presences from nearly all of tech’s biggest player … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Apple confirms it will allow Parler to return to App Store

Apple will reinstate Parler on its App Store following its multi-month ban, according to a letter Apple has sent to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck, which was made public this morning via a post on Congressman Buck’s Twitter. TechCrunch also obtained the letter and confirmed with … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Zoom launches $100M Zoom Apps investment fund

When Zoom launched Zoom Apps and the Marketplace as a place to sell them last year, it was a big signal that the company wanted to be more than just a popular video conferencing application. It wanted to be a platform, which developers could use to build applications on top of Zo … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Andela begins global expansion in 37 countries after going remote in Africa

More than a year after the pandemic began, remote work shows no signs of going away. While it has its cons, it remains top of mind for potential employees around the world before joining a new company. But while most people in Africa still go to physical offices despite the pande … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

India’s Razorpay raises funds at $3B valuation ahead of Southeast Asia launch

Six-year-old Bangalore-based fintech Razorpay topped a $1 billion valuation late last year, becoming the first Y Combinator-backed Indian startup to reach the much sought after unicorn status. In less than six months since, the Indian startup has tripled its valuation and is prep … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

FeedBurner moves to a new infrastructure but loses its email subscription

Google today announced that it is moving FeedBurner to a new infrastructure but also deprecating its email subscription service. If you’re an internet user of a certain age, chances are you used Google’s FeedBurner to manage the RSS feeds of your personal blogs and early podcasts … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 5 days ago

Rivian to initially launch in-house insurance program in 40 states

Electric truck startup Rivian released Thursday details of its in-house Rivian Insurance program, which it says will be integrated into its digital ordering process. The insurance will initially be available in 40 states. Keeping in line with the company’s marketing as an “advent … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

Data scientists: bring the narrative to the forefront

Data alone doesn’t spur innovation — rather, it’s data-driven storytelling that helps uncover hidden trends, powers personalization, and streamlines processes. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

Squarespace files for a direct listing on the NYSE

Today Squarespace, a well-known software-and-hosting provider for SMB websites, released its S-1 filing. The company is pursuing a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE. It will trade under the ticker symbol “SQSP.” The company’s financial results paint the pictu … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Tesla Competitor EQS

Mercedes-Benz lifted the final veil Thursday on its flagship EQS sedan after weeks of teasers, announcements and even a pre-production drive in which TechCrunch participated. The company peeled off the camouflage of the EQS — the electric counterpart to the Mercedes S Class — and … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Facebook to test new business discovery features in US News Feed

Facebook announced this morning it will begin testing a new experience for discovering businesses in its News Feed in the U.S. When live, users tap on topics they’re interested in underneath posts and ads in their News Feed in order to explore related content from businesses. The … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Detroit’s native son, billionaire Dan Gilbert, makes the case for his town

Dan Gilbert loves his hometown of Detroit. He loves it so much that the billionaire founder of what would eventually become the mortgage lender Quicken Loans has poured at least $2.5 billion into rehabilitating buildings in the heart of the city. He has also invested in many comp … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Sen. Wyden proposes limits on exportation of American’s personal data

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has proposed a draft bill that would limit the types of information that could be bought and sold by tech companies abroad, and the countries it could be legally sold in. The legislation is imaginative and not highly specific, but it indicates growing con … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Garry Kasparov launches a community-first chess platform

Four years ago, MasterClass, a platform that sells celebrity-taught classes, invited chess legend Garry Kasparov to teach a class. He said yes, but soon realized that creating a message that could satisfy a majority of players was a “struggle throughout the process.” While the cl … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Philippines ‘buy now, pay later’ startup Plentina raises $2.2M seed round

E-wallets are rapidly gaining popularity in the Philippines, overtaking credit cards, which have a penetration rate of under 10%. Fintech startup Plentina is leveraging that trend with buy now, pay later (BNPL) installment loans that can be used and repaid through e-wallets. The … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Carbo culture raises 6m seed round

Carbo Culture — a startup that has scaled an industrial process to create large-scale CO2 removal using woody waste from agriculture and forests — has raised $6.2 million in seed a financing round led by Silicon Valley VC True Ventures. The round was co-led by European early-stag … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Giving EV batteries a second life for sustainability and profit

Instead of sending batteries straight to recycling — and leaving unrealized value on the table — startups and automakers are finding ways to reuse batteries in a small and growing market. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 16 days ago

Proptech startup Knotel went from a $1.6B valuation to filing for bankruptcy

This week, flexible workspace operator (and one-time unicorn) Knotel announced it had filed for bankruptcy and that its assets were being acquired by investor and commercial real estate brokerage Newmark for a reported $70 million. Knotel designed, built and ran custom headquarte … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 16 days ago

Clubhouse launches payments so creators can make money

Clubhouse, a one-year-old social audio app reportedly valued at $1 billion, will now allow users to send money to their favorite creators — or speakers — on the platform. In a blog post, the startup announced the new monetization feature, Clubhouse Payments, as the “the first of … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 17 days ago

Tim Cook drops hints about autonomous tech and the Apple car

Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped a few hints in an interview released Monday about the direction of the much-anticipated Apple car, including that autonomous vehicle technology will likely be a key feature. “The autonomy itself is a core technology, in my view,” Cook told Kara Swisher … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 17 days ago

StockX became the stock market of hype

StockX may be a multibillion dollar juggernaut with massive influence radiating throughout sneaker culture today, but it started with taking the leap to transforming a personal passion into a business plan. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 17 days ago

Indian social commerce startup Meesho raises $300M from SoftBank

Meesho said on Monday it has raised $300 million in a new financing round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 as the Indian social commerce startup works to become the “single ecosystem that will enable all small businesses to succeed online.” The new round — a Series E — gives th… | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 17 days ago

Apple expands Apple Arcade with classic App Store games

Apple has announced an expansion for its subscription gaming service Apple Arcade. In addition to exclusive game releases, the company is adding two new categories — Timeless Classics and App Store Greats. In the “App Store Greats” category, you can find some well-known iPhone ga … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 20 days ago

Tech in Mexico: A Confluence of Latin America, the US and Asia

LatAm entrepreneurs look to Asian tech giants for inspiration because of similar market conditions. But don't treat LatAm countries as a monolith.  | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 20 days ago

Facebook launches profile frames: encourage friends to get the Covid-19 vaccine

As Covid-19 vaccines are becoming more readily available to larger groups of the U.S. population, Facebook has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to launch new Facebook profile frames that all … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 21 days ago