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Sphero lays off dozens as it shifts focus to education

Sphero was ready to conquer the world last year. The company quintupled its product release schedule, flying high with the help of a Disney licensing deal that gave the world several Star Wars droids and talking Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen robots. Show More Summary

10 Signs That The Age Of The Entrepreneur Is Here Now

With the current strong economy, and sparked by the last recession, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before. I believe the days of the “job work” mentality are thankfully waning,...Show More Summary

Mike Moritz and the declining America worker

Storied Sequoia investor Mike Moritz threw fire into the tech Twitter gumbo with his observations of hard-working Chinese workers and slothful Silicon Valley engineers. Moritz, a billionaire, clearly needs page views to fund his retirement. Show More Summary

Women’s March embraces collaborative social app Crunchet

Today’s nationwide Women’s March attendees will advocate for voter registration through every conceivable social network, so one of its planning organizations has allied with a new app that lets you combine posts from across apps. Crunchet...Show More Summary

5 New Venture Deliverables Put You Ahead Of The Crowd

As a mentor to startups and new entrepreneurs, I continue to hear the refrain that business plans are no longer required for a new startup, since investors never read them anyway. People cite sources like this recent Inc.com articleShow More Summary

Meet top startups from Alchemist Class 17

Yesterday Alchemist Accelerator, best known for working with enterprise startups, held its 17th demo day at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. Twenty-four startups pitched ideas ranging from personalized...Show More Summary

Where is crypto heading in 2018? We talk to some folks who might know

Cryptomania! This week was rough for HODLers. We took to the halls of CES and then spoke to some folks in the know about the future of crypto, the ever-changing price, and where crypto is headed in 2018. Join me, Jameson Lopp, and Michelle Tsng as we dig into cryptomania. Credits Written by: John Biggs Hosted by: John Biggs Filmed by: Chris Gates Edited by: Chris Gates Read More

France’s Digital Minister Mounir Mahjoubi on French startups

More than 270 French startups flew all the way to Las Vegas for CES 2018. And France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi came there to support them. I had the opportunity to sit down and interview him about the current state of the tech ecosystem in France and how it can compete at a global level. Show More Summary

Foursquare is finally proving its (dollar) value

In 2009, Facebook was just getting popular with moms and grandmas. People were playing Farmville. Twitter was just becoming mainstream. And Foursquare launched on to the scene. Back then, Foursquare was just another social network, letting users check in to locations they visit and potentially receive badges for those check-ins. Show More Summary

Clever looks to give teachers and students an easy-to-track progress report

The classic problem of how teachers should devote resources to their students, such as helping students that are struggling in specific areas, is one that’s still ever-present — but it needs a deceptively-simple approach to making that...Show More Summary

7 Guidelines For Funding New Research & Development

As an advisor to new business owners, and an occasional angel investor, I see new business proposals daily, many seeking investors to fund early research and development (R&D) of a new product idea. Unfortunately, most entrepreneursShow More Summary

Our Latest Kickstarter Fellow: Fred Benenson

Fred Benenson was Kickstarter’s second employee and ran our data team before leaving in 2016 to explore new things. Today, we're happy to announce that he’s coming back for a bit as a Kickstarter Fellow.  Fred’s wide-ranging curiosity about technology and culture has taken him down some surprising paths. Show More Summary

Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday

Tile, one of the best known item-tracking gadgets out there, has laid off some 30 people and reportedly froze the potential hires of another 10, TechCrunch has learned. This comes less than a year after the company raised a $25 million B round last May. The layoffs are reportedly due to disappointing sales over the holidays. Read More

Snap Inc. lays off at least two dozen amid slowed user growth and engagement

Snap Inc. has laid off at least two dozen people across several divisions within the company, according to the Information, which first reported the news. Snap has since confirmed these layoffs, which largely affect those on the content teams in the New York and London offices. Show More Summary

Enzyme.io wants to make FDA compliance easier for startups

The Food and Drug Administration approval process can be like navigating a landmine for health startups hoping to get through regulations and begin selling to the American public. YC company Enzym.io hopes to help these small businesses out by automating the process for them. Show More Summary

Asia VC investment clocks high of $15.6B

Region's venture capital investment sees six-quarter high in fourth quarter 2017, fuelled by two US$4 billion mega deals to China's Didi-Chuxing and Meituan-Dianping.

Group Nine Media hires Stacy Green as its first chief people officer

Group Nine Media has hired Stacy Green to lead its human resources team. The company was created at the end of 2016 by the merger of Thrillist, The Dodo, NowThis and Seeker. CEO Ben Lerer said that at the time, he assumed that thereShow More Summary

Birch raises $1 million to help you reap the best credit card rewards

Birch Finance, a TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 Battlefield alum, has raised a $1 million seed round from AGP Miami, Kevin Johnson, the former CEO of Ebates and Frank Azor, founder of Alienware. The plan is to grow Birch Finance’s user base and increase its opportunities for monetization. Show More Summary

Audience data provider Eyeota raises $12.5M

Eyeota is looking to sell audience data to advertisers around the world, and it’s announcing that it’s raised $12 million in Series B funding for further growth. The company was actually founded back in 2010, but it didn’t raise its Series A until two years ago. Show More Summary

Platform Strategy, book review: Business models for connected markets

This authoritative book explains how platforms connect different customer groups to enable transactions, allowing businesses to scale and create value.

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