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Unity Software has strong opening, gaining 31% after pricing above its raised range

Whoever said you cant make money playing video games clearly hasnt taken a look at Unity Softwares stock price. On its first official day of trading, the company rose mor

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 4:55 am

Conan OBrien on how to embrace an ever-changing media landscape

Like most of the best things in my life, Conan OBrien explains, with a wry smile, the success of the podcast was a complete surprise. The answer is a typically self-effac

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 4:03 am

Chamath launches SPAC, SPAC, and SPAC as he SPACs the World with SPACs

SPACs are going to rule the world, or at least, Chamaths future portfolio. Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder of Social Capital, has already tripled down on SPACs, the so-

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 3:57 am

Daily Crunch: Partial US TikTok ban is imminent

The Trump administration moves forwards with plans to ban TikTok and WeChat (although TikTok gets a partial extension), Unity goes public and we announce the winner of th

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 3:40 am

SaaS Ventures takes the investment road less traveled

Most venture capital firms are based in hubs like Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. These firms nurture those ecosystems and theyve done well, but SaaS Ventures d

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 2:45 am

Gaming companies are reportedly the next targets in the US governments potentially broader Tencent purge

Some of the biggest names in online gaming in the United States have received letters from the U.S. government requesting information about their relationship with the mu

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 2:34 am

Salesforce announces 12,000 new jobs in the next year just weeks after laying off 1000

In a case of bizarre timing, Salesforce announced it was laying off 1000 employees at the end of last month just a day after announcing a monster quarter with over $5 bil

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 1:44 am

And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2020 is Canix

We started this competition with 20 impressive startups. After five days of fierce pitching in a wholly new virtual Startup Battlefield arena, we have a winner. The start

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 1:32 am

Are high churn rates depressing earnings for app developers?

Its great to improve your subscription apps retention rates, but dont do it for the 85/15 split.

TechCrunch 19 Sep 2020 12:46 am

Battery tech superstars JB Straubel of Redwood Materials, Celina Mikolajczak of Panasonic coming to TC Mobilit..

It was a trickle at first that has evolved into a slow and steady stream. Now, a wave of new electric vehicles is building, promising to deliver an unprecedented number o

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 11:45 pm

Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California

Zoox, the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test drive

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 11:01 pm

Amid layoffs and allegations of fraud, the FBI has arrested NS8s CEO following its $100+ million summer financ..

The tagline from todays announcement from the United States Attorneys office for the Southern District of New York says it all: Adam Rogas Allegedly Raised $123 Million f

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 10:59 pm

The stages of traditional fundraising

What you think when you hear seed funding and A rounds might be different from what investors think. You both need to be on the same page as you move forward.

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 10:59 pm

How the NSA is disrupting foreign hackers targeting COVID-19 vaccine research

The headlines arent always kind to the National Security Agency, a spy agency that operates almost entirely in the shadows. But a year ago, the NSA launched its new Cyber

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 10:25 pm

Chime adds $485M at a $14.5B valuation, claims EBITDA profitability

In the midst of IPO week we have to add another name to our future debuts list, namely Chime, which announced a huge new round of capital today. The $485 million Series F

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 10:12 pm

Its game on as Unity begins trading

Unity Software, which sells a game development toolkit primarily for mobile phone app developers, raised $1.3 billion in its initial public offering. The company, which w

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 9:40 pm

Outschool, newly profitable, raises a $45M Series B for virtual small group classes

Outschool, which started in 2015 as a platform for homeschooled students to bolster their extracurricular activities, has dramatically widened its customer base since the

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 9:30 pm

NASA to test precision automated landing system designed for the Moon and Mars on upcoming Blue Origin mission

NASA is going to be testing out a new precision landing system designed for use on the tough terrain of the Moon and Mars for the first time during an upcoming mission of

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 7:55 pm

What makes Checkout.com different from Stripe

While Checkout.com has kept a low profile for many years, the company raised $380 million within a year and reached an impressive valuation of $5.5 billion. It wants to b

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 7:49 pm

In its 4th revision to the SEC, Palantir tries to explain what the hell is going on

For a company vaunted for its clandestine government work and strong engineering culture, you cant help but wonder if the governments bureaucratic norms and paperwork pus

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 7:44 pm

Calling VCs in Zurich & Geneva: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European VC

TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey the venture capital investors of Europe, and their cities. Our survey of VCs in Zurich and Geneva will capture ho

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 7:43 pm

3 VCs discuss the state of SaaS investing in 2020

Yesterday during Disrupt 2020 I sat down with three investors who know the SaaS startup market very well, hoping to get my head around how hot things are today. Coming on

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 7:29 pm

German space agency reveals an autonomous, electric urban mobility prototype for use right here on Earth

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has debuted a prototype of what it calls U-Shift, an urban mobility vehicle designed for multiple uses. U-Shift is a fully electric vehi

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 6:14 pm

TikTok and WeChat will be banned in the U.S. from Sunday

The Commerce Department announced this morning that it will require mobile app stores to remove popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat. New users will not be able to

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 5:55 pm

CB Insights scouting for potential acquisitions in India

This was its second acquisition. It acquired the data assets of VentureSource - a portfolio of information relating to venture capital mark

The Economic Times 18 Sep 2020 5:37 pm

Indian SMBs can account for 30% share of Indias public cloud market: NASSCOM ..

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the SMB segment and they have struggled with liquidity crunch, lack of demand and lack of an al

The Economic Times 18 Sep 2020 4:28 pm

VCs have to train themselves to ask the stupid questions, says Hoxton Ventures Hussein Kanji

If venture capitalists could predict the future, why wouldnt they just start companies themselves? Thats the question Hussein Kanji, founding partner at Hoxton Ventures,

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 3:52 pm

Chinas vaping giant Relx gears up for US entry

The backlash against vaping in the United States has not deterred a Chinese challenger from entering the worlds largest vaping market. Relx, one of Chinas largest e-cigar

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 3:41 pm

Google takes down Paytm from Play Store

Google said it has these policies to protect users from potential harm, and when an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of

The Economic Times 18 Sep 2020 2:40 pm

Google pulls Indias Paytm app from Play Store for repeat policy violations

Google has pulled popular Indian financial services app Paytm from the Play Store for violating its gambling policies.Paytm is Indias most valuable startup and claims ove

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 2:12 pm

Apple will launch its online store in India on September 23

Apple will launch its online store in India on September 23, bringing a range of services directly to customers in the worlds second largest smartphone market for the fir

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 10:04 am

Bruised Branson seeking $400 million to fund next business foray

Branson and the management of VG Acquisition bought 11.5 million shares or 20% of the shares outstanding for $25,000 in a common payout kno

The Economic Times 18 Sep 2020 9:19 am

TikToks Chinese rival Kuaishou becomes a popular online bazaar

In China, short video apps arent just for mindless time killing. These services are becoming online bazaars where users can examine products, see how they are grown and m

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 9:09 am

PropShare Capital raising Rs 100 crore distressed strategy fund

This is the second such fund by the platform. Part of the first round of Rs 80 crore raised in June has been invested in a grade A property

The Economic Times 18 Sep 2020 8:48 am

Ather Energy looks to install 100 charging stations by 2021

Ather Energy announced that it would begin deliveries in November for its flagship scooter Ather 450X, which belongs to the 125cc category.

The Economic Times 18 Sep 2020 7:55 am

Amazon, Flipkart, Bigbasket, other internet companies bulk up blue-collar job..

These companies are choosing variable pay models to cut down on liabilities, including lowering fixed costs per executive, moving staff to

The Economic Times 18 Sep 2020 7:40 am

Benchmarks Peter Fenton: 10 to 20 years of innovation just got pulled forward

Earlier today at TechCrunch Disrupt, venture capitalist Peter Fenton joined us to talk about a variety of issues. Among them, we discussed how hes putting his stamp on Be

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 4:47 am

Meet the five startup Battlefield finalists at Disrupt 2020

TechCrunch hosted an unusual Startup Battlefield this week the founders, judges, audience and moderator (me) were all in different locations, doing our best to interact

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 4:30 am

Daily Crunch: Twitter tightens security ahead of election

Twitter takes preemptive steps to avoid election-related hacks, we check out the new Apple Watches and Facebook launches new business tools. This is your Daily Crunch for

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 4:06 am

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer say that their accelerator can help diversify Hollywood

Impact Creative Systems (formerly Imagine Impact) is bringing a startup accelerator-style approach to finding fresh creative talent, and it announced this morning that, w

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 3:35 am

Cloudflares Michelle Zatlyn on getting funding for crazy ideas

Its not easy getting funding for any startup, but when Cloudflare launched at one of our early events ten years ago, most investors sure thought its idea was a bit out th

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 3:14 am

Fabletics Adam Goldenberg and Kevin Hart on whats next for the activewear empire

Like plenty of other modern direct-to-consumer companies, influencer marketing has been an essential part of Fabletics journey. Actress Kate Hudson co-founded the company

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 2:13 am

Why hasnt digital learning lived up to its promise?

What is it about digital learning that has schools so keen on reopening despite the health and reputational risks?

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 12:45 am

Startup founders must overcome information overload

One of a founder's biggest early challenges is figuring out how to sift through all the advice they receive.

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 12:36 am

Lightspeed Venture Partners expands to Southeast Asia, sets up regional offic..

Lightspeed, which manages over $10 billion of committed capital, is also setting up a dedicated investment team for the region, which inclu

The Economic Times 18 Sep 2020 12:24 am

Does early-stage health tech need more patient capital?

Crista Galli Ventures, a new early-stage health tech fund in Europe, officially launched last week. The firm offers patient capital with only a single LP (the Danish fam

TechCrunch 18 Sep 2020 12:06 am

UrbanKisaan is betting on vertical farming to bring pesticide-free vegetables to consumers and fight Indias wa..

Severe droughts have drained rivers and reservoirs across parts of India, and more than half a billion people in the worlds second-most populous nation are estimated to r

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 11:41 pm

Perigee infrastructure security solution from former NSA employee moves into public beta

Perigee founder Mollie Breen used to work for NSA where she built a security solution to help protect the agencys critical infrastructure. She spent the last two years at

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 11:27 pm

Forage, formerly InsideSherpa, raises $9.3 million Series A for virtual work experiences

Techs coveted internships were some of the first roles to be cut as offices closed and businesses shuttered in response to the coronavirus. A number of companies across t

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 11:16 pm

With Goat Capital, Justin Kan and Robin Chan want to keep founding alongside the right teams

Justin Kan and Robin Chan have each been angel investing for more than a decade. Theyre starting a new fund together now, though, to stay involved as cofounders of more s

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 10:37 pm

Facebook tries to clean up Groups with new policies

Facebook this morning announced a series of new rules designed to further penalize those who violate its community standards, specifically around Facebook Groups. It also

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 10:23 pm

Sophie Hill on the changing face of retail and surviving 2020

Threads is not your average startup and, really, its not a startup anymore. Its over 10 years old, employs more than 150 people, and successfully bridged the Series A gap

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 10:10 pm

Contestants will compete for a SpaceX trip to the International Space Station in new reality TV show

Theres a reality TV competition show in the works that will feature a 2023 trip to the International Space Station as the grand prize, Deadline reports. The production co

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 10:03 pm

Demand Sage raises $3M to make sales and marketing data more accessible

Demand Sage, a new startup from the founders of recently-acquired mobile analytics company Localytics, announced this morning that it has raised $3 million in seed fundin

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 9:38 pm

As the Western US burns, a forest carbon capture monitoring service nabs cash from Amazon & Bill Gates backed ..

Pachama, the forest carbon sequestration monitoring service that tracks how much carbon dioxide is actually captured in forestry offset projects, has raised $5 million in

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 9:29 pm

TikTok rumors beg the question: Did Trump solve anything?

Over the past 24 hours, rumors picked up by Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and CNBC have put some boundaries on what a possible deal between Oracle and TikToks parent

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 9:09 pm

Caroline Brochado and Sophia Bendz on the boom in Europes early- and growth-stage startups

As part of Disrupt 2020 we wanted to look at the contrasting positions of both early and later-stage investing in Europe. Who better to unpack this subject than two highl

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 9:07 pm

Hulu tests its co-viewing feature Watch Party with ad-supported viewers

Hulu was one of the first major streaming services to introduce a co-viewing feature that allows friends and family to watch Hulu content together from different location

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 8:55 pm

Impact, a YC-style accelerator for the entertainment industry, spins out from Imagine Entertainment with backi..

Hollywood has been better known for making films and TV shows about the tech industry than it has been for being a part of it, but today a new enterprise is launching, ba

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Watch SpaceX launch 60 more Starlink satellites for its broadband internet service live

SpaceX is set to launch the latest batch of its Starlink satellites on Thursday, with a target lift-off time of 2:19 PM EDT (11:19 AM PDT). The mission will take off from

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 8:05 pm

Which 5 cloud startup categories are the hottest?

Hello from the midst of Disrupt 2020: after this short piece for you I am wrapping my prep for a panel with investors from Bessemer, a16z and Canaan about the future of S

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 7:53 pm

Facebook launches Facebook Business Suite, an app for managing business accounts across Facebook, Instagram an..

Facebook this morning launched a new app designed to make it easier for businesses to manage their pages and profiles across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger in a single

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 7:50 pm

Darkstore launches FastAF app for same-day product delivery

Darkstore, the tech-driven fulfillment solution to enable e-commerce companies to offer same-day delivery, has just released a consumer-facing app called FastAF. Right no

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 7:30 pm

APAC cloud infrastructure revenue reaches $9B in Q2 with Amazon leading the way

When you look at the Asia-Pacific (APAC) regional cloud infrastructure numbers, it would be easy to think that one of the Chinese cloud giants, particularly Alibaba, woul

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 7:03 pm

Amazons first five climate fund investments include Redwood Materials, Rivian

Redwood Materials, the recycling startup founded by Teslas longtime CTO and co-founder JB Straubel, has landed Amazon as a new investor and customer. Amazons investment i

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 6:47 pm

Superhumans Rahul Vohra asks 6 VCs how to raise funding when the sky is falling

For founders and VCs alike, 2020 has changed the game for good.

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 6:43 pm

X1 Card is a credit card based on your income, not your credit score

There are many reasons why you could have a good or a bad credit score. But if youre just entering the job market, you may end up with reliable income and a low limit on

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 6:30 pm

A closer look at the new Apple Watches

Im very much still working on a full review of the new Apple Watches specifically the Series 6. As of this posting, Ive had the wearables in my possession (and on my per

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 6:30 pm

Alternative protein companies have raised a whopping $1.5 billion through July of this year

Companies like Perfect Day, Impossible Foods, and a host of other startups that are developing replacements for animal farmed goods used in food, clothes, cosmetics, and

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 6:29 pm

Ansa Biotechnologies wants to usher in a new era of DNA manufacturing

Daniel Arlow has spent the last eighteen years studying genomics and synthetic biology. The arc of his career has taken the first-time founder of the new startup Ansa Bio

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 6:03 pm

MSME ministry lays out new guidelines for pottery, beekeeping activities

This is being done to enhance the production, technical knowhow of pottery artisans and to develop new products at reduced costs; and to en

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 5:26 pm

Supercells CEO talks about its majority owner Tencent, finding its next hit, and more

Mobile games maker Supercell has been one of the great, understated, breakthroughs of the European startup world. The Helsinki-based mobile games maker built an empire ou

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 5:17 pm

A conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya on finance and the digital divide

Small and medium businesses have been some of the hardest hit in the Covid-19 pandemic.And all that has been as true in emerging markets as it has been for SMBs in the de

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 4:32 pm

Amazon sets up all-women delivery station in Gujarat

In 2016, the company had launched its first all-women delivery station in India, with its partner in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, it added.

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 2:38 pm

Covid disruption will hurt MSME recovery prospects says Moodys

Government of India's stimulus measures like guarantees on loans to MSMEs will partially offset rising risks and help alleviate liquidity p

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 2:25 pm

SmartNews Kaisei Hamamoto on how the app deals with media polarization

Six years ago, SmartNews took on a major challenge. After launching in Japan in 2012, the news discovery app decided that its first international market would be the Unit

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 1:08 pm

Blume Ventures Karthik Reddy on Indian startup ecosystem, geo-political tension with China and coronavirus

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, which has slowed down deal-making across the world, dozens of startups in India have raised considerable amounts in recent months. Unaca

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 12:55 pm

SAP Startup Studio announces the launch of its fourth cohort

The final 16 were selected based on the feedback provided by SAPs leadership, sales and product engineering team. This years batch has 55%

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 12:54 pm

Narrator raises $6.2M for a new approach to data modelling that replaces star schema

Snowflake went public this week, and in a mark of the wider ecosystem that is evolving around data warehousing, a startup that has built a completely new concept for mode

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 12:30 pm

Walmart Foundation announces grants to help small farmers

The aim is to help FPOs develop knowledge of sustainable farming practices, share business best practices, add value to primary agricultura

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 12:29 pm

Southeast Asias East Ventures on female VCs, foreign investment, consolidation

Melisa Irenes path to becoming a partner at one of Southeast Asias most esteemed venture capital firms is an unconventional one. I always consider myself to be quite luck

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 11:16 am

Interswitch to revive its Africa venture fund, CEO confirms

Pan-African fintech company Interswitch plans to fire up its corporate venture arm againaccording to CEO Mitchell Elegbewho spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt on Wednesday. The

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 10:30 am

Infarm raises $170M in equity and debt to continue building its vertical farming network

Infarm, the vertical farming company that has built a network of urban farms to grow fresh food closer to consumers, has raised $170 million in new investment in a first

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 9:30 am

TechCrunch statement on sweep at our venue

There have been a couple of articles published in the last two days reporting on an impromptu sweep that took place outside of a venue we are using for our TechCrunch Dis

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 9:09 am

Lightspeed Venture enters Singapore to step up tech investment

Lightspeed is joining other U.S. investors including Vulcan Capital in boosting their investments in Southeast Asia. With deepening mobile

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 9:04 am

Justice Department says WeChat users wont be penalized under Trumps executive order

In a Wednesday filing in federal court, the United States government said that users who use or download WeChat to convey personal or business information will not be sub

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 8:21 am

Flipkart allows PhonePe rival Paytm at checkout

Both platforms have had their share of taking digs at each other in public, with the most recent one being the Yes Bank moratorium scare in

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 8:18 am

Social media users troll WhiteHat Jr ads for overexposure

The constant exposure to advertisements by WhiteHat Jr, which teaches coding to school students online, has turned into a nuisance, users h

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 7:59 am

Flipkart plans to list overseas in 2021; eyes $50 billion valuation

Flipkart has begun talks with investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, among others, as a first step towards taking the comp

The Economic Times 17 Sep 2020 7:48 am

Gillmor Gang: In The Bag

This may be counterintuitive. I hope so. I remember the day I first started using Twitter. My friend Gabe Rivera suggested it would be a good idea to sign on to the fledg

TechCrunch 17 Sep 2020 6:39 am