How Businesses Are Leveraging Public Data To Reach Target Audiences

 It’s no secret that the growth of publicly available data, or open data, is more prevalent than ever. From government databases, such as those aggregated by Data.gov, to data made available via tools such as Google Places API — the public has access to an overwhelming amount of information. Read More Read more »

FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar Will Talk About The AgTech Revolution At Disrupt SF 2015

 The World Bank says that farmers need to produce 50% more food to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit the earth by 2050. While farmers are facing higher demand, they have fewer resources to work with thanks to a growing water crisis and the availability of arable land. Join us at SF Disrupt 2015 as FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar walks us through tech’s possible solutions. Read More Read more »

Here’s The Latest Batch Of 500 Startups Companies

 500 Startups has unveiled its 14th batch of companies going through its accelerator. While Y Combinator is starting to roll out its own class in an upcoming Demo Day, a new one from 500 Startups is emerging — and increasingly, so is the race to be the earliest to invest in companies. Of course, that means that accelerators like 500 Startups — which has a portfolio of more than… Read More Read more »

Boston’s WTF/LOL Problem

 Well, that was embarrassing. Following months of piss-poor communication and a chaotic planning process, Boston’s bid to be the U.S. entry for the 2024 Olympics finally died this week like Britain’s rule over the colonies. The city that once brought the Industrial Revolution to the people now finds itself unable to build a venue for beach volleyball, or you know, housing or… Read More Read more »

YC-Backed GrowSumo Helps Businesses Grow Sales Through Partner Programs

 Partner programs can be a big source of revenue — for example, channel sales account for 80 percent of Cisco’s revenue. Now a startup called GrowSumo is working to make those programs easier to manage, particularly for businesses that don’t have Cisco’s resources. GrowSumo is part of the current batch of startups at incubator Y Combinator. Co-founder Bryn Jones told me… Read More Read more »

December’s Disrupt London To Feature Delivery Hero And Wallapop

 We’re continuing to announce speakers for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. The conference will feature an amazing slate of global startups, investors, influential speakers, VIP guests and more. Niklas Östberg, Delivery Hero Niklas Östberg is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Delivery Hero. Niklas has been involved in the start-up scene since… Read More Read more »

JustTheBell Is Just The Bell

 Sleeping with a cellphone in your room is, according to scientists who aren’t real, akin to sleeping with a radioactivity-emitting sleeplessness machine. That’s why artist and designer Ignasi Giro made JustTheBell. This box is quite literally just a bell. Read More Read more »

Requiem For The App Revolution

 The app revolution is dead. In fact, it died years ago. It had been a good run, but a revolution is no longer a revolution when the model is the status quo. With new apps created every day, the revolution has definitely been televised, commoditized and capitalized. But while the app revolution is dead, a new movement is rising to take its place — the experience evolution. Read More Read more »

NewSchools Venture Fund Launches An Ed Tech Accelerator With A Focus on Science Learning

 NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that has backed more than 400 charter schools and educational technology for more than 15 years, has just opened a new startup accelerator with an initial focus on science. They’re offering $1.5 million in grants, and their first project is a Science Learning Challenge. That’s for companies and nonprofits that are… Read More Read more »

Olio Raises $10 Million To Build More Fancy Smartwatches

 Smartwatch underdog Olio has raised a $10 million Series A led by New Enterprise Associates. The cash will go to expand Olio’s manufacturing prowess and bring on new hires for the budding company. In addition to the raise, the company has announced a number of new models including a 24-carat gold model for $1,195 on a leather strap. Read More Read more »