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Smart-home technology must work harder to create smarter consumers

May 15, 3:00AM

data-house Attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year were confronted with a head-spinning volume of smart-home devices. From $5,000 refrigerators that can communicate when you’re running low on milk and eggs, to the ability to control lights, locks and thermostats from your mobile app or TV screen, these products and technologies all show very nicely — until the point… Read More

Highlights from Disrupt NY 2016

May 15, 12:45AM

Beam wins Disrupt NY 2016 The doors to TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 opened May 9 at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The three-day conference hosted 2,300 attendees and hundreds of thousands more tuning in online. Indeed, Disrupt NY 2016 was the first media conference to stream on Facebook Live in full, making it one of our most watched events ever. In the much-anticipated Startup Battlefield, 22 competitors pitched… Read More

What startups are saying about raising cash in Latin America

May 14, 10:00PM

buenosaires You don’t have to look hard to see why the startup community in Latin America has long faced a lack of capital and resources to fuel significant growth. Many Latin American entrepreneurs have endured decades of political and economic hardships that left the investment landscape in a less than desirable state — especially for emerging startups. Read More

The drone race is on

May 14, 7:00PM

phantom drone We’ve seen an increase in drone investments on a huge scale, many new entrants into the field, and more mainstream companies getting into the marketplace. So, no, drones are not a fad, they’re here for good and here are a few examples of why this trend is here to stay. Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 05.14.16

May 14, 5:14PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard Gillmor Gang – Doc Searls, frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session begins at 10:00amPT/1pmET today today. Our live chat stream during the show broadcast Gillmor Gang’s Facebook page HERE G3’s archive on ustream G3’s Facebook page HERE Read More

NYC presents more opportunities than challenges for foreign ad firms

May 14, 3:00PM

nyc times square illustration With digital ad spending expected to surpass the spend on television advertising next year, the Big Apple overflows with adtech startups. Many of these startups are coming to New York from abroad. Despite the challenges of setting up shop in such a huge and saturated market, these foreign startups believe that the opportunities NYC presents are greater than its challenges. Read More

Author Raj Raghunathan talks about what it takes for smart people to be happy

May 14, 1:40PM

aad7dc1e9d4624f28670388866fa64551433879957_l In my on-going Technotopia series I’ve been talking to designers, coders, and journalists. This time I talk to business professor Raj Raghunathan author of If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy, a book about finding happiness when you’re already firing on all cylinders in a hard-charging career. Raghunathan’s book shows us that there is little correlation… Read More

Power laws rule everything around me

May 14, 1:00PM

cream We live in a time of great polarization. Politically, in nations across the world, both the left and the far right grow more numerous, and draw further away from the mainstream establishment, every year. Economically, the rich continue to separate themselves from the poor, as the very rich do from the rich. And in tech, of course, we increasingly live in a “winner-take-most” world. Read More

Why Britain is beating the U.S. at financial innovation

May 14, 4:00AM

poundbeatsdollar Legislation allowing ordinary American investors to invest in the shares of startups and small businesses was first introduced in the U.S. Congress in 2011. Despite bipartisan support and the approval of President Obama, it is only now becoming a reality. Read More

Trends in angel investing

May 14, 2:00AM

angelmoney “Tell me about your cap table?” I asked the founder of an early-stage startup. He was clearly passionate about his business, and had assembled a top-notch team to help him achieve his ambitious vision. But the grit and determination that helped him overcome the challenges of his current and former startups seemed to falter a bit as he considered his response. He had a dirty cap… Read More

Robots won't just take jobs, they'll create them

May 14, 12:00AM

robotboss Robots and artificial intelligence have come a long way since a Roomba entered your home to vacuum your floor and Siri gave you advice on the best Italian restaurants in your parents’ neighborhood. Cars drive themselves. Robots deliver pizza. A revolution is underway. Robots in the workforce present an opportunity to stimulate job growth and create new types of work. Robots will not… Read More

Our favorite companies from 500 Startups' 16th Demo Day

May 13, 11:48PM

500startups It’s that time of year again: more than 40 500 Startups companies presented and launched in Mountain View this afternoon. From acne consultations by dermatologists through your smartphone, to selling sewing patterns, today’s Demo Day hit quite a few pretty interesting areas. Here are a couple of our favorite ones from the batch. Read More

Fender's first foray into headphones sounds great

May 13, 11:20PM

Fender I was cynical at first. I mean, I still have some underlying (if not entirely well-founded) suspicions that Fender’s new line of in-ear monitors is part of a bigger play to expand beyond its customary guitar and amp offerings. But if the FXA6 is, indeed, just the first step of some larger world domination plan, it’s an extremely solid one. I know I’m not the only one who… Read More

The importance of black boxes in an autonomous automotive future

May 13, 10:08PM

A black box. Right now, if you get into a crash, it’s usually going to be a driver’s fault — a human driver. Parts can fail and tires can burst, but about 90 percent of all car crashes are caused by human error, depending on which study you read. But in the not-too-distant future, that clear-cut cause will evaporate as more vehicles take over more driving tasks, creating more and more data… Read More

Playboy pitches advertisers on its nudity-free future

May 13, 9:51PM

playboy Playboy looked both backwards and forwards during its first NewFronts today, where it pitched advertisers on its plans for what CEO Scott Flanders described as “the new, multi-platform Playboy.” Now, when I say “Playboy event,” you’ve probably got some preconceived ideas about what’s involved. Turns out, however, that it wasn’t all that different… Read More

Why incident response plans fail

May 13, 9:00PM

bigredbutton Following a cyber attack on critical infrastructure, emotions run high and the clock starts ticking. Suddenly what appears to be a well-structured incident response plan on paper can turn into a confusing “storming session” around who owns what. Rather than identifying, analyzing and eradicating the threat, organizations can easily become entangled in processes hindering response… Read More

Acacia soars 35% in second tech IPO of the year

May 13, 7:40PM

NASDAQ It has been a terrible year for tech IPOs. Until now, only SecureWorks braved the market and it didn’t go well. But Acacia Communications braved the public markets today and outperformed expectations. After pricing its offering at the top of the range at $23 per share, the company soared to above $30 in its first day of trading, yielding a market cap of above $1 billion. Read More

GearVR update brings much-needed native viewcapture tool to compatible phones

May 13, 7:26PM

GearVRPhoto-small Here’s the thing: when your eyes are synthesizing information from multiple screens into a three-dimensional virtual space, the word “screenshot” fails to describe what it is doing almost as badly as it fails to document what you are experiencing. So I’m calling it viewcapture. Read More

Three ways tech is reinventing a surprising sector

May 13, 7:00PM

careervillage More than 1 million users. Sixteen billion monthly page views. Ninety-nine percent user engagement. If these sound like stats from tech companies, you’re right. Except these tech companies are nonprofits. Read More

Arizona's Governor Ducey signs SB 1350 into law, prohibiting the ban of short-term rentals

May 13, 6:00PM

15720546535_479fbe71cd_k Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona has signed SB 1350,  a law which prohibits cities and municipalities from banning the listing and use of short-term rentals like Airbnb, HomeAway, and others. Signing the law isn’t solely about gaining political points, it’s also another step in the Arizona governor’s stated plan to develop public policy in the state that… Read More

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