Slack Has Seen 8-10 Acquisition Offers So Far

 Speaking onstage at the Code conference, Stewart Butterfield, CEO of work collaboration startup Slack which launched two years ago, fielded a question about his company being a prime acquisition target at a time when valuations are high. Slack’s most recent funding valued it at $2.8 billion. Read More Read more »

Pinterest Testing Implicit Bias Training For Managers

 Diversity is a running theme across this year’s Code conference, but unlike some of the other CEO guests, Pinterest CEO Ben Silberman was well-versed on what the diversity statistics are at his company. Pinterest, thanks largely to the efforts of Tracy Chou, a prominent software engineer, released its first global diversity report last July, with the results showing that Pinterest was… Read More Read more »

Jawbone Sues Fitbit For Stolen Data By Ex-Employees

 The wearable wars just escalated to a new high. Jawbone has sued Fitbit in a California court for recruiting employees who plundered confidential information on their way out. According to the suit, Fitbit recruiters contacted nearly a third of Jawbone’s employees earlier this year and at least some of those employees left for the IPO-bound Fitbit. But before they left, Jawbone contends… Read More Read more »

Bloomberg Beta Continues Its Data-Based Outreach Targeting Future Founders

 The venture arm of the media and information services giant Bloomberg is continuing its grand experiment in data-driven outreach to folks the firm thinks have the mettle to become the leaders of tomorrow’s startups. Read More Read more »

Lystable’s Supplier Management SaaS Takes $1.5M From Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures

 TechStars London alum and U.K.-based startup Lystable, which has built a cloud-based workflow management platform aimed at simplifying how businesses handle contacts with suppliers and freelancers, has pulled in a $1.5 million seed investment led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures. Read More Read more »

With $2.5M In Funding, Mapsense Launches Developer Tools For Analyzing And Visualizing Location Data

 A new company called Mapsense is trying to help developers make sense of location data they’re collecting with a set of tools they can use to overlay information gleaned from users on top of various different demographic maps available on its platform. Read More Read more »

Jobandtalent Gets $25M To Steer Its Linguistic Analysis Recruitment Platform Toward The U.S.

 Recruitment startup Jobandtalent, which uses linguistic analysis to alert candidates to jobs they might otherwise have missed, has topped up its Series A funding round with another $25 million — bringing the total to $39 million. Read More Read more »

Don’t Hold Your Breath For The Apple Watch Snapchat App

 After answering questions about media, messaging and what he thought about diversity in tech at the Code conference in Southern California today (spoiler alert: he didn’t reveal much), Snapchat* CEO Evan Spiegel was asked whether, in all its efforts, Snapchat had plans for an upcoming Apple Watch app. He said no. “We ended up waiting to do Snapchat on the watch. Why would you look at… Read More Read more »

Microsoft Doubles Down On Office For Android Tablets

 Call it the robot bear hug. Microsoft announced today that its Android hardware manufacturer (OEM) program that sees Office apps pre-installed on new hardware has been expanded to 20 new companies. According to the software company, there are now 31 “partners” in the program. Read More Read more »

Pitch Your Startup Live In The TC Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM

 Today is Tuesday, which means that we’ll be making our usual trek up to the Sirius XM studios to go live with TechCrunch Radio on Sirius XM Insight 121. That also means that the weekly TC Radio Pitch-Off is going down tonight at 630pm, with five companies taking 60 seconds each to pitch their product to a panel of judges, including myself, Anthony Ha, and a special guest VC judge. But… Read More Read more »