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Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini on building a business in silicon valley

Jul 20, 3:30AM

 In episode two of Founder’s Corner, Gina Bianchini, the founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, joins host and Omidyar Network partner Shripriya Mahesh to discuss her mission of empowering people to connect around their passions and pulls back the curtain on how she runs the business and manages her days as CEO. [Embed Soundcloud:] Gina has a storied history building social networks and… Read More

Crunch Report | NBC Launches News Broadcast for Snapchat

Jul 20, 3:00AM

NBC launches news broadcast for Snapchat, Tim Draper invests in an Iron Man suit and SoftBank invests massively in three startups. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

Jul 20, 1:10AM

 Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind… Read More

LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India, coming to 60+ countries soon

Jul 20, 12:36AM

 LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with over 500 million members that is now owned by Microsoft, is today taking its next step in its bid to court more users in emerging markets. The company has released an Android app for LinkedIn Lite, a pared-down version of its original LinkedIn mobile app that is developed for users in markets where data networks are slower and relatively… Read More

A huge new survey shows that teens are bullied most on Instagram and Facebook

Jul 20, 12:08AM

 According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017 with Facebook close behind. This year’s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data set that sheds some light into the damaging phenomenon endemic to internet communities.… Read More

Qualcomm has some trouble on its hands

Jul 19, 11:41PM

 Qualcomm’s finances are taking heavy hits over its licensing dispute with Apple and analysts are expressing concern. Today, the company reported its Q3 earnings and front-and-center were the company’s various legal disputes that are causing its profits and revenues to dive. Read More

Here's what robotics investors say they're looking for in startup pitches

Jul 19, 11:40PM

 Robotics investing has taken off in recent years. We sat down with top robotics investors Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital, Helen Zelman Boniske of Lemnos and Manish Kothari of SRI Ventures to ask what they’re shopping for right now and what they hope to hear in startup pitches. Read More

Under Tillerson, the State Department may put cyber diplomacy on the chopping block

Jul 19, 11:27PM

 According to new reports by Politico and Bloomberg, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to merge or eliminate its cybersecurity office, long tasked with representing U.S. cyber interests abroad. The Office of the Coordination for Cyber Issues, created in 2011 by former President Obama, was established as a State Department liaison on a “full spectrum of cyber-related issues.” Read More

Tech's 5 biggest players now worth $3 trillion

Jul 19, 11:04PM

 Tech’s most valuable players today crossed the $3 trillion aggregate market cap mark according to Google Finance data. It’s a feat that marks a new threshold for tech amidst the current boom. The current market rally is, in some ways, a technology rally. Let’s examine the number, how we got here and why it matters. Read More

The virtual used car dealership Shift raises $38 million

Jul 19, 9:53PM

 Shift, the online used car reseller that takes the crappy dealership out of the sales experience, has raised $38 million in its latest round of funding. The company, which is wildly popular among millennials that still buy cars, managed to raise the money from investors led by BMW i Ventures, which has been on an investment tear recently. Read More

The final 75 tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

Jul 19, 9:17PM

 The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. The deck around August Capital’s office is large but cannot hold all of Silicon Valley, so tickets are very limited and released on… Read More

Run your startup the Toyota way

Jul 19, 9:06PM

Toyota Camrys built using the Toyota Production System Toyota is known for its manufacturing efficiency. We’ve probably all heard that if a worker on the Camry line sees a problem, they have the authority to stop the line and address it. At the end of the day, teams meet to discuss what went wrong and what fixes actually fixed things. It’s called the Toyota Production System — but it also can work for a startup. Read More

Billionaires make it rain on Plenty, the indoor farming startup

Jul 19, 8:49PM

 SoftBank Vision Fund, the huge tech-investment vehicle helmed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, has led a $200 million investment into indoor farming startup Plenty. Joining Son are notable tech billionaires Eric Schmidt and Jeff Bezos. Plenty farms can grow anything except tree fruit and root vegetables, and produce crops at yields 530x greater than a typical field. Read More

Facebook 'Groups for Pages' unlocks fan clubs

Jul 19, 8:28PM

 With Facebook’s newest feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers. Today Facebook globally launched Groups for Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. Read More

Elon Musk offers updates on Falcon Heavy, Dragon 2 and Mars mission

Jul 19, 7:46PM

 During a talk at the ISS R&D conference on Wednesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a number of updates about progress on the Falcon Heavy rocket, crewed Dragon capsule development and his vision for an eventual crewed mission to Mars with the ultimate goal of human colonization of the red planet. Spoiler alert for those looking forward to the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural flight… Read More

The TechCrunch Podcast: Silicon Valley's low emotional EQ and, no, not Zuck for president

Jul 19, 7:15PM

 Om Malik, the venerable entrepreneur, writer and now investor, joined TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino for our second episode of The TechCrunch Podcast. In 2006, Malik turned his personal tech blog GigaOm into a business to track the tech industry. In that time he watched the industry evolve rapidly with the pace of innovation. But there’s a problem with that pace, he says,… Read More

SpaceX targets 24-hour first stage rocket re-use turnaround by 2018

Jul 19, 7:09PM

 In a talk at the ISS R&D conference on Wednesday, Elon Musk shared some more insight into SpaceX’s path to fast and full rocket reusability. The company hopes to achieve its 24-hour turnaround window for used Falcon 9 rockets sometime next year, he said, and there is already “a technical path in place to achieving that.” Some of its reuse efforts aren’t… Read More

Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

Jul 19, 7:02PM

 One-third of all link clicks on Facebook already go to its self-hosted Instant Articles. Facebook claims they drive more referral traffic click-for-click because people don’t abandon them mid-click as they do with slow-loading mobile websites. Now Facebook is teaming up with Nielsen to prove that individual publishers benefit when they post with the Instant Articles format. Read More

Elon Musk clarifies that AI regulation should follow observation and insight

Jul 19, 6:51PM

 Elon Musk made headlines over the weekend with comments calling for government controls around artificial intelligence, which he has said repeatedly he believes is an existential threat to humanity if left unchecked. Musk was at the International Space Station R&D conference today, and during a fireside chat explained more about his views on the matter in response to an audience member… Read More

NerdWallet has laid off 9 percent of its workforce this year

Jul 19, 6:45PM

 NerdWallet, a personal finance company, laid off six people from its marketing team this week, TechCrunch learned and has since confirmed with NerdWallet. This latest round of layoffs means NerdWallet has cut nine percent of its workforce this year. Read More

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