The tech elite are moving left this election cycle

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 This election cycle, the tech elite are almost exclusively backing liberals: Tesla’s Elon Musk donated to Hillary Clinton, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg gave handsomely to the San Francisco Democratic Party organization, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates gave to three Democratic congressmen. Though often seen as a libertarian stronghold, no household Silicon Valley names publicly… Read More Read more »

Here’s why we only did three deals last year

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 There has been a huge disconnect between private and public company valuations over the last few years. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it. It probably won’t be the last. During this period of froth, companies were able to raise capital at increasingly ludicrous valuations, and entrepreneurs turned fundraising into a sport. Deals closed peaked in 2014, but all-time… Read More Read more »

5 can’t-miss apps: Rex, Kamcord, ‘Loop Mania’ and more

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With Apple and Facebook both dropping their latest earnings reports and new rumors around the next generation Apple Watch, you may have missed some of this week's best new apps See also: 7 hidden features in the latest Snapchat update Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week's list includes an app to find podcast recommendations, an app to help you register to vote and an app with a new take on live streaming Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you're looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can't-miss apps. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... Read more »

On the dark art of software estimation

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 “How long will it take?” demand managers, clients, and executives. “It takes as long as it takes,” retort irritated engineers. They counter: “Give us an estimate!” And the engineers gather their wits, call upon their experience, contemplate the entrails of farm animals, throw darts at a board adorned with client/manager/executive faces, and return–a… Read More Read more »

Windows 95 on the Apple Watch features the world’s most twee Start button

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 Big, complex things running on tiny things is a common theme this week. Earlier we had a hack that put Counter-Strike on Android Wear, and today some maniac has installed Windows 95 on his Apple Watch. At last it’ll do something worthwhile! That is, of course, if you can find the Start button. Read More Read more »

Gillmor Gang LIVE 04.29.16

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 Gillmor Gang – Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, John Taschek and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. Check back on Saturday for the released version http://techcrunch.com/video/gillmor-gang/ Gillmor Gang LIVE chatroom during live show recording Gillmor Gang on Facebook HERE Other Gillmor Gang Studios shows: G3 : Complete catalog of show archives on… Read More Read more »

Home Chef raises $10M for meal kits and “taste algorithms”

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 Home Chef, one of several startups delivering recipes and ingredients to take some of the hassle out of home cooking, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Pat Vihtelic told me that Home Chef stands out from similar-sounding companies in a couple of ways. The big one is flexibility — customers get to choose their meals from 10 overall choices… Read More Read more »