startups

09Dec

Swarm Now Lets You Spend Those Coins On Upgraded Stickers

Remember when Swarm launched coins? While the reward for checking in was entertaining, the coins had no real use other than providing a measurement by which to rank you on the weekly leaderboard. Today, however, that changes. With the latest Swarm update, folks can use their coins to pay for […]

09Dec

A Eulogy For Dead Standalone Apps

Mobile isn’t easy. Suddenly “more” wasn’t the answer. A website could do everything and it’d work fine. An app has to do just enough. Session lengths started to be counted not in hours or even minutes, but in seconds. Software had to blend into our life, augmenting it rather than […]

09Dec

CEO Of Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Step Down After Just One Year

Citing a ‘corporate’ decision making process that left the company slow to respond to competition, Rovio, the company behind the Angry Birds franchise, has announced that CEO Pekka Rantala is to step down after just one year. Current Chief Legal Officer Kati Levoranta is to take over as new CEO […]

09Dec

Slash Raises $1.3 Million For An iOS Keyboard And Mobile Search Engine

A company capitalizing on the growth of mobile messaging, and in particular the reach of Apple’s iMessage, Slash, has now raised $1.3 million for its development of a search engine that’s tucked inside of your keyboard. Launched just a couple of months ago, the Slash keyboard app lets you share […]

09Dec

QikPod Wants To Solve India’s Logistics Woes With Smart Lockers

India’s e-commerce market is growing at an incredibly quick pace and expected to be worth $100 billion by 2020. All online sellers, however, face a major hurdle: the country’s underdeveloped logistics infrastructure. A new startup called QikPod wants to help by building the world’s largest network of smart lockers, where […]

08Dec

Uber Suspends Its Auto-Rickshaw Service In India

Uber has paused its auto-rickshaw service in Delhi. Called UberAUTO, the feature represented one of the car-hailing app’s attempts to localize to the Indian market. It launched in April and competed with a similar service from Ola. Uber released a press statement that said “At Uber, we continuously experiment with products […]

08Dec

France’s Singular Unicorn BlaBlaCar’s Secret To Scaling Fast Globally

BlaBlaCar pulled in $200 million and spread its ride-sharing platform to 20 countries this year. It now claims 25 million members worldwide. Co-founder and COO Nicolas Brusson told the TechCrunch Disrupt London audience in an onstage interview today at least 50 percent of that growth is from emerging markets like […]

08Dec

And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 Is… Jukedeck

It’s been a tough fight, but we now have a winner. At the very beginning, we hand-picked the 15 greatest companies from Europe and beyond so that they could compete in our incredibly competitive startup competition — the Startup Battlefield. They all presented in front of multiple groups of industry […]

08Dec

Everwise, A Mentoring Matchmaker, Raises $8 Million

Everwise, a New York-based company whose online service connects “protégés” with mentors –from new entrepreneurs, to budding sports coaches, to people looking to rise through the ranks of Fortune 500 companies — is taking the wraps off the bigger business that it’s been quietly building over the the past year. Now, the […]

08Dec

Video News Startup NowThis Raises $16.2M Led By Axel Springer

NowThis just announced that it has raised $16.2 million in Series D funding. The round was led by German media company Axel Springer — which, in addition to previously investing in the startup’s $6 million Series C, recently bought Business Insider and invested in Thrillist. Previous backers Oak Investments, NBC News Group and […]

08Dec

Didi Kuaidi Strengthens Its Tech Alliances By Adding Yahoo Co-Founder Jerry Yang As Senior Advisor

Didi Kuaidi, the largest car-hailing app in China, announced today that it has added Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang to its board as its senior advisor. In a statement, the company said Yang’s experience will help it build its mobile platform, which is already used by 250 million people in China. The […]

08Dec

Watch Disrupt London 2015 Live Right Here

TechCrunch Disrupt London All the leaves are falling, and the sky is grey. That’s because we’re in London, on a winter’s day. Disrupt is entering Day Two and the agenda is jam-packed with awesomeness, including appearances from Jeff Lawson of Twilio, Augustine Gomez of Wallapop, Aol CEO Tim Armstrong, and […]

07Dec

Overseeing A Successful Founder-CEO Succession

Sujay JadhavCrunch Network Contributor Sujay Jadhav is the CEO of goBalto. How to join the network Replacing a founder-CEO is no small matter. The founder-CEO is the core around which a startup grows. Replacing that “core” is a highly divisive and hotly debated topic in startup and VC circles. Ideally, the […]

07Dec

The Disrupt London 2015 Battlefield Finalists Are Jukedeck, Lystable, MAX, And Yoobic

Disrupt London Day One was a smashing success, and included speaking appearances from Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, former Arsenal footballer and sports broadcaster Thierry Henry (yep, there was plenty of football on our stage), Postmates’ Bastian Lehmann, and a host of investors from Sonali De Rycker to Andy […]

07Dec

Airbnb Confirms Its Massive $1.5 Billion Raise

Failing To Find Users, Dropbox Will Shut Down Mailbox In February 2016 And Carousel In March 6 hours ago by Ingrid Lunden Software Eats Software Development As Andreessen Invests $10M In App Outsourcer Gigster 10 hours ago by Josh Constine IBM Asks Women In Tech To Hack Hair Dryers, Women Tweet Back […]

07Dec

Qwertycards Is A Wallet-Sized Card That Generates Secure Passwords

Do you still use one generic password to login across multiple websites? Even though it’s a pretty awful habit, you’re probably not alone. Most of of us now have hundreds of accounts for different sites across the internet. That means unless you use a password manager, its practically impossible to remember a […]

07Dec

Emotech Is Building Olly, A Robot Assistant With Personality

A robot with a unique personality might sound like an oxymoron. Or science fiction. But that’s the goal of London-based startup Emotech, launching on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 today, with a plan to crowdfund its first product, a voice-controlled robot assistant called Olly, early next year. The bot takes the […]

07Dec

Software Eats Software Development As Andreessen Invests $10M In App Outsourcer Gigster

Send Gigster your app idea and it sends you back that app. No coding. No hiring. No wrangling freelancers. Just a fundamental shift in how software gets built. That’s why Andreessen Horowitz has led a new $10 million Series A for Gigster just 18 weeks after its launch.  The lauded venture […]

07Dec

William Shu Wants You To Order From Deliveroo Twice A Day

Shortly after raising $100 million, Deliveroo co-founder and CEO William Shu and Accel Partners’ Fred Destin took the stage at Disrupt London to discuss the company’s ambitious plans. “We started with two restaurants in Chelsea with two drivers — I was the first driver,” Shu said. “And now, it’s not […]

07Dec

Why Increased Efficiency Will Make Us Miserable

Aja FrostCrunch Network Contributor Aja Frost is a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She writes about technology, career and the workplace, and social media. How to join the network My life just keeps getting easier. These days, I don’t have to run out to the store to replenish […]

06Dec

FreeMe Wins The Disrupt London 2015 Hackathon Grand Prize

It’s been a long night at the Copper Box Arena in London. The arena hosted the handball competition of the Summer Olympics two years ago. But this weekend has been all about a different kind of competition — the Disrupt London Hackathon. Some of them were participating in our event […]

06Dec

SMSNav.me Sends You Local Directions Without A Data Connection

James Hitchcock and Moti Ferentz, along with the rest of their team, were visiting London for TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015’s hackathon — but they didn’t quite have access to the data they needed in order to find their way around with apps like Google Maps. So, as part of the hackathon, they […]

06Dec

Watch The TC Disrupt Hackathon Live Right Here!

TechCrunch Disrupt London Ahoy, mates! We’re in foggy London town and Disrupt Europe 2015 is officially underway, as the Hackathon presentations kick off right now. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s the scoop: Before every TC Disrupt conference, we give coders and developers from the […]

05Dec

Jompeame Wants To Reduce Poverty In South America Through Crowdfunding

Jompeame (Jumpstartme in Spanish) is a new crowdfunding site aimed at helping the impoverished in Latin America. “Our mission initially is to change the lives of at least 5 people in this condition every week, in every country we expand to,” said co-founder and CEO Katherine Motyka. The site is […]