November 2017

Pact Coffee founder steps down from CEO role as London startup looks to B2B for growth

By | November 19th, 2017|Technology|

Pact Coffee, the U.K. subscription service that delivers freshly roasted “specialty coffee” to your door, has seen a change of leadership as the company plans to focus more on the B2B side of its business. After 5 years running Pact, TechCrunch understands that founder Stephen Rapoport has stepped down from his role as CEO and [...]

Cultural accumulation vs. cultural decay

By | November 19th, 2017|Technology|

Don’t worry; I’m not getting all moralistic on you here. When I talk about cultural decay I’m talking about something I think we need more of. We have too much culture to have a culture, you see, and that’s basically all tech’s fault — but it’s not necessarily a problem. No, stop, wait, listen, I [...]

Zego picks up £6M Series A led by Balderton for its gig economy worker insurance

By | November 19th, 2017|Technology|

Zego, the London-based startup that appears to have spotted a gaping insurance hole in the so-called gig economy, has raised £6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Balderton Capital, with participation from existing backers, including LocalGlobe and unnamed angel investors in the insurance sector. The company plans to use the new [...]

HBCU.vc trains students become venture capitalists

By | November 19th, 2017|Technology|

There are very few black and Latinx investors, with only 2 percent of investment team members at VC firms identifying as black and just 1 percent identifying as Latinx, according to the National Venture Capital Association. This is where HBCU.vc comes in. HBCU.vc, a pivot from HBCU to Startup, aims to diversify the white, male-dominated [...]

Silicon Valley could be the next hotspot for SEC whistleblowers

By | November 18th, 2017|Technology|

Jordan A. Thomas Contributor Jordan A. Thomas, chairman of the whistleblower representation practice at Labaton Sucharow, is a former assistant director in the SEC’s Enforcement Division and had a leadership role in the development of the SEC Whistleblower Program. In recent years, the SEC has had greater success policing wrongdoing due in large part to [...]

Canadian grocery chain orders 25 Tesla electric Semi trucks

By | November 18th, 2017|Technology|

Tesla’s Semi is off to a promising start, despite there being no official pricing information available yet: In addition to a Walmart pilot, Canadian grocery giant Loblaw is purchasing 25 of the heavy duty all-electric transport trucks (via Canadian Press), with a $5,000 deposit for each upfront even though pricing is TBD for the vehicle, [...]

Code2040 raises $5.6 million from The Knight Foundation and others

By | November 18th, 2017|Technology|

Code2040, founded by Laura Weidman Powers and Tristan Walker, recently raised $5.6 million to advance its diversity and inclusion efforts in technology. The latest funding comes from The Knight Foundation, The Sara and Ev Williams Foundation and others, and brings Code2040’s total funding raised to more than $7 million. Code2040’s Fellows program, which first launched [...]

Crunch Report | Twitter tests a new tweetstorm feature and Tesla unveils a semi truck

By | November 18th, 2017|Technology|

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15 awesome gifts for your awesome Mom and Dad

By | November 17th, 2017|Technology|

Welcome to the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We check out a lot of really cool stuff here at TechCrunch, so we figured we ought to put that experience to good use and help you get your holiday shopping done quickly. This is our first guide of the year, but we’ll have many more rolling [...]

Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

By | November 17th, 2017|Technology|

Walmart says that it intends to be among the first companies to pilot Tesla’s new all-electric Semi heavy-duty truck. The retailer told CNBC that it’s “excited to be among the first” to test the new vehicle, and to see how it might help them achieve “long-term sustainability goals” including decreasing their overall emissions footprint. The [...]