October 2018

Chinese electric automakers Nio exceeds Q3 delivery target for its ES8 SUV

By | October 15th, 2018|Technology|

Nio, the Chinese electric automaker aiming to compete with Tesla, reported that it delivered 3,268 of its new ES8 vehicles in the third quarter, beating its own target by 9%. The company planned to deliver between 2,900 and 3,000 ES8s in the third quarter, according to Nio CFO Louis T. Hsieh. Nio began deliveries of the [...]

Amazon debuts a retail site for ‘Shark Tank’ products

By | October 15th, 2018|Technology|

Inventor Jamie Siminoff was rejected by the sharks on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2013 when trying to make a deal for his video doorbell startup. This year, Amazon bought his company, Ring, for a billion dollars. Now, Amazon is looking for another way to tap into breakout products from the popular TV show – by becoming [...]

New wave founders are headed to Startup Battlefield Latin America

By | October 15th, 2018|Technology|

TechCrunch is thrilled to announce that Rappi co-founder Sebastian Mejia, Enjoie founder Ana McLaren and Konfío founder and CEO David Arana will be joining us on stage at Startup Battlefield Latin America for a panel about new wave startups coming out of the region. What does scaling a delivery startup out of Latin America look like? Where do you find [...]

Original Content podcast: We can’t resist the thoughtful glamour of ‘The Crown’

By | October 15th, 2018|Technology|

We weren’t expecting to like “The Crown.” Yes, there are talented actors and fancy costumes on-screen, and yes, there’s an acclaimed writer at the helm who specializes in dramatizing real history. But did we really need to watch another 20 hours of serious, scripted drama about England’s royal family? Well, we were convinced to give [...]

At 10 trillion frames per second, this camera captures light in slow motion

By | October 14th, 2018|Technology|

Light is the fastest thing in the universe, so trying to catch it on the move is necessarily something of a challenge. We’ve had some success, but a new rig built by Caltech scientists pulls down a mind-boggling 10 trillion frames per second, meaning it can capture light as it travels along — and they [...]

International growth, primarily in China, fuels the VC market today

By | October 14th, 2018|Technology|

The venture capital business model has gone global. VC is still an exclusive club of financiers, but now with worldwide scope and scale. According to Crunchbase projections Crunchbase News reported in Q3 2018, worldwide VC deal and dollar volume each set new all-time records. In the U.S. and Canada, deal volume declined slightly from Q2 highs [...]

What to expect from the return of electric scooters in SF

By | October 14th, 2018|Technology|

The time has come. Electric scooter sharing services are returning to the streets of San Francisco — this time with explicit permission from the SF Municipal Transportation Agency. On Monday, we’ll see both Skip and Scoot deploy their respective electric scooters throughout the city. And if you remember what it was like earlier this year, [...]

Make your own phone with MakerPhone (some soldering required)

By | October 14th, 2018|Technology|

There’s no shortage of interesting electronics kits out there to occupy an idle Sunday, but with this one you get a phone out of the bargain. The MakerPhone is a kit looking for funds on Kickstarter that lets you assemble a working mobile phone from a number of boards and pieces, and the end result [...]

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

By | October 13th, 2018|Technology|

TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t mind if I [...]

The team behind ‘First Man’ aims to de-mythologize the space program

By | October 13th, 2018|Technology|

Even for those of us born decades after the event itself, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon remain among history’s most iconic and indelible images. Can a Hollywood movie tell us anything new about that moment? With “First Man” (which opens today), “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle certainly tries. The film climaxes with [...]