June 2018

Email security startup Tessian raises $13M led by Balderton and Accel

By | June 18th, 2018|Technology|

Tessian (formerly called CheckRecipient), the London-based startup that is deploying machine learning to improve email security, has raised $13 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Balderton Capital, and existing backer Accel. A number of previous investors also followed on, including Amadeus Capital Partners, Crane, LocalGlobe, Winton Ventures, and Walking Ventures. Founded in [...]

Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities

By | June 18th, 2018|Technology|

Brooks Rainwater Contributor More posts by this contributor How the digital economy shapes American cities Do cities still want a sharing economy? The city of Austin is currently piloting a program in which its 2,000 homeless residents will be given a unique identifier that’s safely and securely recorded on the blockchain. This identifier will help individuals consolidate [...]

After twenty years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud

By | June 17th, 2018|Technology|

As we enter the 20th year of Salesforce, there’s an interesting opportunity to reflect back on the change that Marc Benioff created with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for enterprise software with his launch of Salesforce.com. This model has been validated by the annual revenue stream of SaaS companies, which is fast approaching $100 billion by [...]

The techlash

By | June 17th, 2018|Technology|

People hate hubris and hypocrisy more than they hate evil, which is, I think, why we’re seeing the beginnings of a bipartisan cultural backlash against the tech industry. A backlash which is wrongly conceived and wrongly targeted … but not entirely unfounded. It’s hard to shake the sense that, as an industry, we are currently [...]

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is coming soon to Beirut, São Paolo and Lagos

By | June 17th, 2018|Technology|

Everyone knows there are thriving startup communities outside of obvious hubs, like San Francisco, Berlin, Bangalore and Beijing, but they don’t always get the support they deserve. Last year, TechCrunch took a major page from its playbook, the Startup Battlefield competition, and staged the event in Nairobi, Kenya to find the best early stage startup [...]

First look at Instagram’s self-policing Time Well Spent tool

By | June 17th, 2018|Technology|

Are you Overgramming? Instagram is stepping up to help you manage overuse rather than leaving it to iOS and Android’s new screen time dashboards. Last month after TechCrunch first reported Instagram was prototyping a Usage Insights feature, the Facebook sub-company’s CEO Kevin System confirmed its forthcoming launch. Tweeting our article, Systrom wrote “It’s true . [...]

Facebook’s new AI research is a real eye-opener

By | June 16th, 2018|Technology|

There are plenty of ways to manipulate photos to make you look better, remove red eye or lens flare, and so on. But so far the blink has proven a tenacious opponent of good snapshots. That may change with research from Facebook that replaces closed eyes with open ones in a remarkably convincing manner. It’s [...]

Elizabeth Holmes reportedly steps down at Theranos after criminal indictment

By | June 16th, 2018|Technology|

Elizabeth Holmes has left her role as CEO of Theranos and has been charged with wire fraud, CNBC and others report. The company’s former president, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, was also indicted today by a grand jury. These criminal charges are separate from the civil ones filed in March by the SEC and already settled. There [...]

Teaching computers to plan for the future

By | June 16th, 2018|Technology|

As humans, we’ve gotten pretty good at shaping the world around us. We can choose the molecular design of our fruits and vegetables, travel faster and farther and stave off life-threatening diseases with personalized medical care. However, what continues to elude our molding grasp is the airy notion of “time” — how to see further [...]

Crown, a new app from Tinder’s parent company, turns dating into a game

By | June 16th, 2018|Technology|

If you’re already resentful of online dating culture and how it turned finding companionship into a game, you may not be quite ready for this: Crown, a new dating app that actually turns getting matches into a game. Crown is the latest project to launch from Match Group, the operator of a number of dating [...]