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Where are the rest of the tech IPOs?

May 30, 2:01AM

 When Snap went public in early March, it opened up the floodgates after what had been a stagnant period for tech IPOs. The warm investor reception for the Snapchat parent helped pave the way for MuleSoft, Alteryx, Elevate, Okta, Netshoes, Yext, Cloudera and Carvana, which all debuted in March or April. But then in May we only had Appian. And June isn’t expected to be a strong month… Read More

This Memorial Day Don't Remember; Just Celebrate

May 30, 1:41AM

   As a soldier who occasionally is in uniform in public in the Bay Area as part of my Army Reserve duties I am overwhelmed by the volume of “Thank You for Your Service” comments I receive. We’ve come to a remarkably mature place as a society where you can detest the war; but not the Warrior.  For any service member who has received these appreciative acknowledgements in… Read More

Uber board reportedly receiving Eric Holder's report this week

May 29, 9:36PM

 Uber’s board of directors will reportedly hear the results of former Attorney General Eric Holder’s investigation into its workplace culture on Wednesday, according to Axios. The investigation by Holder was announced after former Uber employee Susan Fowler published a blog post detailing her own experience at the company, including accounts of sexual harassment and workplace… Read More

NYU's Sarah Kaufman talks about the shape of cities to come

May 29, 7:14PM

 On this week’s episode of Technotopia we talk to Sarah Kaufman, the Assistant Director at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Kaufman is working to create new transit opportunities for New Yorkers – and the world – and expects the future to be quite interesting. Her prediction? As we move towards self-driving cars we will see more options for… Read More

Judah vs. the Machines: Kairos face recognition AI can tell how you feel, but does it know what you dream?

May 29, 5:30PM

 Instead of humanity working together on our own collective sense of caring and empathy, we have made the brave decision to build computers that can interpret emotions for us. In this installment of Judah vs. the Machines, Judah Friedlander heads to Miami to discover the wits of Kairos, a computer vision technology that claims to “understand people with face recognition technology.” Read More

Fixing cities

May 29, 5:14PM

 Exciting news for people who live, well, everywhere: Incremental changes happening across tech, local news and local government are finally making the world around you transparent. This isn’t some “smart cities” concept fantasy, like those corporate marketing videos you see. This is about all of us finally getting answers to the real problems facing cities today that affect… Read More

Why Tom Kelley of IDEO is the ultimate disciple of 'design thinking'

May 29, 3:00PM

 In our 16th episode, we talk with Tom Kelly, a partner at IDEO, about the definition of innovation, how to take back your creative confidence, and the habits that can shape not only your current design team, but the up-and-coming design leaders of the world. The word “innovation” has gotten overused. Kelley says innovation, at the most fundamental level, is a fresh… Read More

Saluting veteran founders and their mission-driven startups

May 29, 1:30PM

 Veterans seem much more likely to found companies centered on a social good mission. Read More

Asus skips robots at this year's Computex event and flaunts super-thin laptops instead

May 29, 12:31PM

 Remember Zenbo, the cute humanoid robot that stole the show at Asus’ Computex press conference last year? Zenbo was absent from the stage this year, as were ZenFones. Instead, in an unusual departure for the event, which took place today in Taipei, Taiwan, the focus was solely on Asus’ new laptops, with the spotlight shining on the newest additions to its ZenBook line: the ZenBook… Read More

Waze co-founder Uri Levine joins the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup + Pitch-off, June 28

May 29, 9:33AM

 The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv is drawing closer and we’re super excited to start announcing our speakers for the event. We’ve already announced some guests will be joining our stage for fireside chats. Today we’re delighted to announce Uri Levine co-founder of Waze will be speaking. Uri Levine is a passionate serial entrepreneur and disruptor. He co-founded… Read More

UK eyeing fines for social media content moderation failures

May 29, 9:31AM

 A UK minister has suggested the party is open to bringing in financial penalties or otherwise changing the law in order to encourage social media firms to improve their content moderation processes. Read More

Thoughts on building a bootstrapped business

May 29, 5:30AM

 Chief executive officer Yaron Ben Shaul originally launched Hometalk as an engagement platform for customers of Networx, his lead generation business for home contractors. That engagement platform, with offices in New York and a research and development center in Israel, has since grown into a social network for the “do-it-yourself” community. “Technology has caused… Read More

How not to launch a company in the U.S. — lessons learned from LeEco

May 28, 8:59PM

 After a months-long parade of endless red flags, LeEco’s Stateside woes finally came to a head this week. The company announced that it would be laying off 325 employees in the U.S. alone. And judging from a number of address forwarding emails I’ve received, the company moved swiftly and without much warning. It’s always easier to Monday morning quarterback all of this after… Read More

The difference between smartphone gimmick and game changer

May 28, 6:29PM

 It’s hard to find a legitimately bad flagship phone these days. Sure, one peeks its head out from time to time, but on a whole most phones are pretty good. The screens, the cameras, the internals. There are always a few bits that could use improving (see: battery and durability), but the gulf between good and bad isn’t any near where it once was. And for the past several… Read More

Judah vs. the Machines: In which a robot services a hotel room

May 28, 5:00PM

 Robots remain a rare sight outside of labs in most of the world, but in Silicon Valley, they have already started taking on service jobs. In this episode of Judah vs. the Machines, Judah visits the Crowne Plaza hotel in San Jose to check out Relay, a hotel service robot that can autonomously bring guests food and other necessities. Read More

Blockchains are the new Linux, not the new Internet

May 28, 1:00PM

 Cryptocurrencies are booming beyond belief. Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year. Three weeks ago the redoubtable Vinay Gupta, who led Ethereum’s initial release, published an essay entitled “What Does Ether At $100 Mean?” Since then it has doubled. Too many altcoins to name have skyrocketed in value along with the Big Two. ICOs are raking in money hand over… Read More

After beating the world's elite Go players, Google's AlphaGo AI is retiring

May 28, 2:51AM

 Google’s AlphaGo — the AI developed to tackle the world’s most demanding strategy game — is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world’s best talent. The latest to succumb is Go’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week. The AI, developed by London-based DeepMind, which was acquired by Google… Read More

Spotify settles lawsuits, adds board members as it gets ready to go public

May 27, 11:11PM

 Spotify made a few moves this week that could put them in a better position to join the stock market. On Thursday, it was revealed that the company added four people to its board of directors. The music streaming startup has brought on former Disney COO Tom Staggs; Padmasree Warrior, a Cisco vet who runs an electric car business; Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube’s former head… Read More

Tragedy strikes as Uber CEO Kalanick loses mother in boating accident, father in serious condition

May 27, 9:07PM

 We’ve received word from Uber that the Kalanick family suffered a tragic event this weekend. CEO Travis Kalanick’s parents were in a boating accident in Fresno yesterday and his mother Bonnie Horowitz Kalanick has passed away. His father Donald Kalanick was also injured. The company provided the following statement. “Last night Travis and his family suffered an… Read More

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

May 27, 7:00PM

 After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the venture capital industry has decided to direct its considerable capital reserves at helping us get more shut-eye. Read More

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