November 2017

Why now is the time to join Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin

By | November 17th, 2017|Technology|

(Hint: Free stuff) TechCrunch Disrupt is coming to Arena Berlin on 4-5 December, and and we’re looking for a few more rockstar startups to be a part of our massive menagerie of innovation, Startup Alley. If you’ve never been to a Disrupt before, Startup Alley is where hundreds of early-stage companies (who have raised less than [...]

The Tesla Semi tackles this classic truck safety problem using tech

By | November 17th, 2017|Technology|

Tesla’s Semi is an all-electric semi truck, which itself is a major feat, but its powertrain isn’t the only technological innovation that the automaker is applying to trucking. One other key element of the new Semi is that it will automatically avoid one of the most notorious, and dangerous potential safety issues faced by big [...]

Meural raises $5 million and brings Canvas to over 100 stores

By | November 16th, 2017|Technology|

Digital art technology company Meural has raised a $5 million Series A round of funding, led by Corigin Ventures and with participation from Netgear, Resolute Venture Partners and assorted angels. The $5 million in fresh funds accompanies the news that Meural will now be distributing its Canvas in retail stores across the U.S., Canada, the [...]

Kairos’ $25M venture fund will invest in ideas that help the middle class

By | November 16th, 2017|Technology|

Kairos, the organization for young entrepreneurs founded in 2008 as Kairos Society, has lifted the veil on its first venture fund that it teased earlier this year. The $25M fund will focus on companies that are working to solve real-world issues facing the middle class in America and abroad. Essentially the fund and its investment [...]

China’s third-largest bike sharing service, which raised $90M, is reportedly closing down

By | November 16th, 2017|Technology|

Bike-sharing, the year’s hottest startup trend in China and beyond, looks like it is about to see the biggest casualty of its cut-throat competition. Bluegogo, which had raised $90 million from investors and operates around 700,000 bikes across China, seems headed for the deadpool after Technode, our Chinese partner site, reported that the company has [...]

Twitter removes verified checkmarks from several white supremacists’ profiles

By | November 16th, 2017|Technology|

A few hours after announcing a review of its verification program, Twitter began revoking the verified status of some accounts. White supremacists Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler are among the users who no longer have a blue checkmark displayed on their profiles. On Wednesday, Twitter admitted in a thread on its support account that “verification [...]

Watch Startup Battlefield Australia live right here

By | November 15th, 2017|Technology|

 Here we are in Sydney, Australia, hosting our signature Startup Battlefield competition. We have an amazing lineup of speakers who all share a ton of knowledge and expertise about technology in Australia and New Zealand in general. But the real star of the show is going to be the Startup Battlefield. Read More

Drivy launches its car rental marketplace in the UK

By | November 15th, 2017|Technology|

French startup Drivy is expanding to another European country. This time, the company is launching in the U.K. For now, the service is mostly live in London and it’s slowly going to expand across the U.K. throughout 2018. The company has been somewhat careful when it comes to international rollout, with only six European countries in seven [...]

Call to ban sale of IoT toys with proven security flaws

By | November 15th, 2017|Technology|

Ahead of 2017’s present buying season, UK consumer rights group Which? has warned parents about the risks of giving connected toys to their children, and called for devices with known security and/or privacy risks to be banned from sale on kids safety grounds. Working with security researchers the group has spent the past 12 months [...]

Square Cash is letting some users buy and sell Bitcoin

By | November 15th, 2017|Technology|

Square is testing cryptocurrency support in their Cash app, according to TechCrunch reader Zach Miles on Twitter and confirmed by the company. The trial, which seems to only be available right now to a small number of users, lets you buy and sell bitcoin directly in the app. The interface is very basic. Users who [...]