August 2017

Can protein startups and their investors take on Big Cow?

By | August 12th, 2017|Technology|

For many of us, our first experience with fake meat involves rubbery tofu that tastes more like sneaker sole than seared filet. As we forage on, next come the veggie burgers, the soy dogs, the meatless meatballs, the caramel-brown vacuum-sealed lumps called field roasts. Eventually, we grow accustomed to these chewy, protein-dense, vaguely meat-like foodstuffs. [...]

Moneytis is like a travel fare aggregator, but for sending money abroad

By | August 12th, 2017|Technology|

If you don’t care too much about loyalty programs, chances are that you’ve been relying on platforms like and Expedia to find the cheapest flights and hotel rooms. Moneytis wants to do the exact same thing, but for foreign exchange services. TransferWise is arguably the biggest consumer brand in international transfers. Instead of telling [...]

Uber board ‘disappointed’ by Benchmark’s lawsuit against former CEO

By | August 12th, 2017|Technology|

The Uber saga continues, and the board of directors has weighed in on the brewing battle between early investor Benchmark and former CEO Travis Kalanick. In wake of a lawsuit Benchmark filed against Kalanick, the company’s board has issued a statement urging both parties to resolve their differences so that employees can get back to [...]

Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video

By | August 11th, 2017|Technology|

Facebook has acquired a German company called Fayteq that builds software add-ons for video editing that can remove and add whole objects from captured video using computer vision. The acquisition was first reported by a German startup publication (via Variety) and confirmed to TechCrunch, and could be useful as Facebook pursues additional video filter creation [...]

Curve co-founder joins challenger bank Monzo as COO

By | August 11th, 2017|Technology|

In an example of more revolving doors in London’s heated fintech space, TechCrunch has learned that Curve co-founder Tom Foster-Carter is joining Monzo. As of Monday, he takes up the role of COO at the digital-only challenger bank. At Curve, a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single card and [...]

Crunch Report | Facebook Launches ‘Watch’ for Original Shows

By | August 11th, 2017|Technology|

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Google’s Sundar Pichai cancels internal meeting on gender issues in light of online harassment concerns

By | August 11th, 2017|Technology|

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was expected to hold an all-hands meeting this afternoon in light of now-former Google engineer James Damore’s post about differences between men and women. Shortly before it was scheduled to start, Pichai sent out a note to employees letting them know it’s cancelled, Recode reports. Some employees reportedly expressed fear that they’d [...]

These 10 tech companies are doing the best at diversity, according to Comparably

By | August 10th, 2017|Technology|

It’s been quite a week in tech, with now-former Google engineer James Damore’s controversial post about gender going viral and his subsequent firing. So, right on cue, workplace culture and company review platform Comparably has come out with a ranking of the top 10 tech companies for people of color, as well as the top [...]

Blue Apron sees some signs of life as it pulls back its marketing engine

By | August 10th, 2017|Technology|

Amid the ever-present specter of Amazon, Blue Apron reported its second-quarter earnings today — where it showed a mixed performance for Wall Street, but also some small much-needed improvements in certain metrics. The biggest drag on the company was that it said it was paring back its marketing expenses between the first and second quarter, [...]