What is Wordle? The game's creator Josh Wardle talks about scaling a viral hit, getting interest from VCs, and dealing with Wordle clones. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Tado plans to go public via a SPAC at a €450M valuation

Tado, the German smart home startup that specializes in thermostats and more recently moved into flexible “time of use” energy tariffs based on loadshifting technology, is today announcing the next step in its life as a business. It’s going public by way of a SPAC deal. GFJ ESG A … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Second Life’s founder is returning to reinvent the original metaverse startup

The creator of one of the earliest and most enduringly iconic virtual worlds is returning to his roots. Second Life’s founder Philip Rosedale will rejoin the company he founded in 1999 as a strategic advisor after High Fidelity, the spatial audio company Rosedale co-founded in 20 … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

There are now 13 apps that generated more than $1 billion in 2021

Consumer spending on mobile apps reached $170 billion in 2021, according to App Annie’s newly released “State of Mobile 2022″ report, out today, which offers a comprehensive look at the app economy across iOS, Google Play and third-party Android app stores in China. That figure i … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 9 days ago

Distribution of T-shirt sizes at the Linux Symposium (2008)

TechCrunch50 company FitBit (which demoed its health activity monitoring device live as well) put up this slide to underscore its point that obesity is a growing problem, particularly in the geek world. The slide shows how the distribution of T-shirt sizes at the Linux Symposium … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 14 days ago

Remembering the startups we lost in 2021

When we penned the intro for this piece last year, little did we know that — in many ways — we’d still be deep in it by the time 2021’s feature rolled around. Amid another holiday season marred by a new variant, seemingly the more things change — well, you get the picture. Surpri … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 25 days ago

Naren Gupta, co-founder of Nexus Venture Partners, passes away

Naren Gupta, a venture capitalist who co-founded Nexus Venture Partners to help plant Indian SaaS startups on the world map, died on Saturday. He was 73. Gupta, who moved to the U.S. to pursue higher education in late 1960s, co-founded Integrated Systems, a software firm that was … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 26 days ago

After Essential’s failure, OSOM plans a new privacy-first handset

Last year’s Essential implosion marked one of the most high-profile consumer electronics startup failures in recent memory. Launched in 2017 with $330 million, a killer pedigree and some truly grand ambitions, the company sputtered through a combination of industry issues, disapp … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 29 days ago

With $36M Series C, Brazil’s Ambar hopes to make construction more efficient

Brazilian construction tech startup Ambar announced it has raised a large Series C round of R$204 million, approximately $36 million, to boost the digitization arm of its business. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 29 days ago

Justworks Files to Go Public

Today, we'll dig into Justworks' business, its economic performance and what it might be worth. Let's have a little IPO fun one last time this year! | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

From venture capital to internet capital: founders have better way to fundraise

By Evan Schuman For startups looking to raise capital, more and more founders are turning to online fundraising. These platforms are relatively new, launching as a direct result of the 2012 JOBS Act, which paved the way for startups to publicly advertise their capital raises and … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Justin Kan’s NFT platform scammed of $150K in user funds

Despite billions in VC investment, many web3 crypto platforms are still pretty hostile places for users new to the crypto world. Case in point, today Justin Kan’s NFT platform Fractal suffered a security breach when a scammer hacked the announcement bot for the startup’s Discord … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Rec Room raises $145M at $3.5B valuation for its user-generated gaming platform

On the heels of Roblox hitting it big with its platform for user-created gaming content, another startup has landed a major round of funding to build out its own user-generated platform aimed at immersive experiences. Rec Room, a free to download and play cross-platform social ga … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

France latest to slap Clearview AI with order to delete data

Controversial facial recognition company, Clearview AI, which has amassed a database of some 10 billion images by scraping selfies off the Internet so it can sell an identity-matching service to law enforcement, has been hit with another order to delete people’s data. France’s pr … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

There is still too much gray area in the rules to enforce antitrust law, but with a few changes to the approach, good intentions may lead to new policy, penalties and prosecution. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Security flaws found in a popular guest Wi-Fi system used in hundreds of hotels

The gateway maker said the device is "end of life," and won't receive security patches. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

India antitrust watchdog fines Amazon, suspends 2019 deal with Future

Indian antitrust watchdog has revoked the approval it had granted for Amazon’s 2019 investment in a Future Group unit and imposed a fine of about $26.3 million to the American e-commerce giant for concealing facts. The Competition Commission of India said Amazon, which invested i … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Adtech vendors still tracking EU users who deny consent via IAB’s TCF

New research examining what happens after Internet users in Europe land on an ad-supported website and express their “privacy choices” — using a flagship ad industry consent management platform which is supposed to allow them to control the types of ads they receive (i.e. non-tra … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

A spyware-for-hire, Predator, caught hacking phones of politicians, journalists

Meta said it notified about 50,000 people targeted by seven surveillance-for-hire outfits. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Grindr’s $7M GDPR fine is a stark warning to adtech not to track

Grindr, a hook-up app for gay, bi, trans and queer people, has been fined around $7.1 million (65 million NOK) by Norway’s data protection authority for passing user data to advertisers without consent — including highly sensitive information related to users’ sexual orientation. … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

The Irrational Exuberance of Web3

This year’s hottest new tech terms are definitely “web3” and “metaverse.” The former refers to a decentralized web, based on the blockchain, while the latter is a combination of the internet and augmented and virtual reality. It is possible that we will see a merging o… | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Apple quietly pulls references to its CSAM detection tech after privacy fears

The feature, announced earlier this year, was delayed following fears that it could be abused by governments. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Samsara IPOs at $11.5B

We have 72% growth, 70% gross margins, nine-figure revenues and a 27x multiplier. There's more to be said, but perhaps this begins a slightly more conservative pricing regime for software companies. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

The Open Cap Table Coalition

If this coalition gets all the relationships right, doesn’t get greedy and understands that there is a social good component here, this could be as impactful as the SAFE was. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Struggling to win subscribers, Netflix cuts prices in India

Nearly six years after Netflix launched its service in India, the global streaming giant is still struggling to find enough customers willing to pay what is already one of the world’s most affordable prices. The American firm on Tuesday further lowered the subscription price in I … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Mozilla expects to generate more than $500M in revenue this year

The Mozilla Foundation today released its financial report for 2020. As usual, this gives us a good picture of the organization’s financial health from a year ago, but for the first time this year, Mozilla also provided us with more recent data. It’s no secret that Mozilla recent … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Is tech hurting American soft power?

About 30 years ago, the political scientist Joseph Nye overturned convention when he suggested that states exert not just “hard” power — i.e., military might — but “soft” power as well. Soft power, Nye wrote is "when one country gets other countries to want what it wants … in con … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Indian Prime-minister Modi Twitter-account was briefly compromised

During the time it was compromised, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s account tweeted falsely saying that India had officially adopted bitcoin as a legal tender. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

The ‘art’ of VC startup valuations is a forgery

We pretend the startup has value so that the startup’s team is motivated and everyone involved has a chance to win. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Usage-based pricing is a company-wide effort

Usage-based pricing (UBP) has quickly gone from fringe to mainstream in SaaS. Converts to UBP are drawn to the promise of accelerated revenue growth and a more efficient land-and-expand business model. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Ford to triple production capacity for the all-electric Mustang Mach E by 2023

Ford plans to increase production of the all-electric Mustang Mach E next year with the goal of tripling its current capacity by 2023 to meet “incredible demand,” CEO Jim Farley tweeted late Friday. This is the first time the automaker has provided specific outlook for the Mustan … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Tim Berners-Lee’s startup, Inrupt, has raised about $30 million in its Series A financing round, a source familiar with the matter said. Forte Ventures led Inrupt’s new round, the two said Thursday, but both declined to disclose the size of the deal. The round saw participation f … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

The new decentralized venture landscape is changing how we report startup data

Where is Silicon Valley, really? | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

1k companies per Y Combinator batch?

Don’t worry, Y Combinator fans, you’ll be able to write off this entire opinion piece as the disgruntled musings of “a failed startup founder who was never able to get into Y Combinator,” because seen through one lens, that’s exactly what I am. But, damn it, for a whil… | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Better.com CEO Vishal Garg steps back as employees detail how he ‘led by fear’

Looks like Better.com CEO Vishal Garg’s behavior is catching up to him. This morning, employees were notified via email by the Better board of directors that Garg would be taking time off effective immediately after the “very regrettable events over the last week.” The move came, … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Growth marketing experts survey: How would you spend a $25k budget in Q1 2022?

If you run marketing for an early-stage startup, these growth experts have some advice for how you can get the most value out of your meager budget. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Web creator Tim Berners-Lee’s startup Inrupt raises $30M

Tim Berners-Lee’s startup, Inrupt, has raised about $30 million in its Series A financing round, a source familiar with the matter said. Forte Ventures led Inrupt’s new round, the two said Thursday, but both declined to disclose the size of the deal. The round saw participation f … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Flink, the Berlin-based instant grocery startup, is now valued at $2.85B

Instant grocery delivery continues to be a very frothy market, but today comes news of a major funding round for one player in it that investors believe will still be standing after the hype has died down. Flink, the Berlin-based startup that sells food and other essentials at su … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Atlys raises $4.25M to make visa applications faster and easier

International travel is slowly opening up again, but that also means business and leisure travelers alike will once again have to think about visa restrictions as they take to the air. Nobody has ever enjoyed the process of applying for a visa, but Atlys promises to take the hass … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Indian edtech giant Byju’s acquires Austria’s GeoGebra in a $100M deal

Byju’s has acquired the Austria-headquartered startup GeoGebra, the latest in a series of purchases by the Indian edtech giant this year as it scales its online learning platform across the globe. Neither of the firms disclosed the purchase price, but a source familiar with the m … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Egyptian fintech Sympl raises $6M for its ‘save now, pay later’ service

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) offerings have existed for a long time, but increased in popularity as the pandemic made more people shop online and conserve cash. Though BNPL has taken off in most parts of the world, it’s yet to pick up steam in Africa. But in countries such as South … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Non-business books for 2021 recommended by VCs

We’re pretty big reading nerds here at TechCrunch, which means that we like to collect yearly book recommendations and share them with you. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Apple won’t be required to make changes ordered in Epic ruling due to appeal

Apple will not have to implement changes to its in-app purchase system and App Store guidelines as ordered by the judge’s ruling in its court battle with Epic Games. While Apple largely won that case, as the court ruled Apple was not acting as a monopolist, the company had been o … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Developer productivity startup Gadget raises $8.5M led by Sequoia and Bessemer

Ottawa-based Gadget, a developer productivity company founded by two former Shopify employees, has raised $8.5 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by Sequoia Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Greg Brockman, the co-founder and CTO of Ope … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Better.com CEO Vishal Garg apologizes to employees for blundering mass layoffs

Better.com CEO Vishal Garg apparently realizes he’s done wrong. (As if the barrage of negative publicity wasn’t enough evidence of that.) Today, a letter to current employees was leaked on Blind by a verified Better employee. In the letter, Garg apologized for the way he (mis)han … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Falcon Edge closes first tranche of $10B fund, rebrands as Alpha Wave Global

Falcon Edge Capital, the New York-headquartered investment firm, has closed the first tranche of its new $10 billion fund and is rebranding as Alpha Wave Global, a source familiar with the matter said. Once the new fund — which is called Alpha Wave Ventures II — has completely cl … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Twitter acquires Quill, a would-be Slack rival; team will work on DMs

Under a new CEO, Twitter’s made an acquisition that speaks to what it might be looking at developing down the line to diversify away further from ad-based, open-ended, consumer chatter. It has acquired Quill, a business-focused messaging service meant to compete against the likes … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago

Astra will launch a rocket from Cape Canaveral for the first time in January

Astra is set to expand its launch footprint, after exclusively flying its first few rockets from Kodiak, Alaska. The startup will fly a mission from Cape Canaveral in Florida for client NASA in January 2022, it announced on Monday morning. The launch will take place at Space Laun … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 month ago