Sequoia Capital plays Nostradamus (again)

Sequoia Capital, the storied, 50-year-old venture firm, has become known over the years for using sweeping memos to warn the founders in its portfolio about market shifts after the shift has become somewhat obvious. Still, while it’s tempting to poke fun at these missives — its “R.I.P Good Times” in 2008 and its “Black Swan” […]

Pony.ai loses permit to test autonomous vehicles with driver in California

The California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked Pony.ai’s permit to test its autonomous vehicle technology with a driver on Tuesday for failing to monitor the driving records of the safety drivers on its testing permit. “While reviewing Pony.ai’s application to renew the testing permit, the DMV found numerous violations on the driving records of active […]

Daily Crunch: 7 months after raising $1B, grocery delivery Gorillas exits four countries and lays off 300

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Bumble is planning to expand further into social networking with a new communities feature

Dating platform Bumble is looking to enhance its non-dating social features with a further investment into its Bumble BFF feature, first launched in 2016. This friend-finding feature currently uses the same swiped-based mechanics to connect people looking for platonic relationships but will soon expand to include social networking groups where users can connect with one […]

Kim Kardashian lends her taste buds to Beyond Meat as first chief taste consultant

She will also be featured in a new campaign touting her recipes for using Beyond Meat and other creative content.

TechCrunch Live is going to Columbus, OH — register and apply for the pitch-off!

TechCrunch Live is thrilled to announce a special event centered around Columbus, Ohio. On June 1, 2022, our crew is hosting an extended TechCrunch Live episode with Columbus investors, founders and business leaders. There’s even a pitch-off, and we’re looking for Columbus-area startups to apply and pitch. Register for the virtual event here, and apply […]

Mastercard exec is bullish on crypto, sees mass adoption ‘sooner rather than later’

Mass adoption of blockchain technology and digital assets is going to happen sooner rather than later, according to Mastercard’s VP of new product development and innovation, Harold Bossé.

A single question changed how Singularity viewed its market

One conversation with a customer changed how Wenbo Shi viewed his product and, ultimately, his company.

Netflix is adding four more games this month, including Exploding Kittens

Netflix has announced four more games that are launching on its platform this month, including a new Exploding Kittens game that is based on a popular card game and will also be tied to an upcoming Netflix series premiering in 2023. The four new titles bring Netflix’s gaming catalog to 22 games in total. The […]

Robotic rehabilitation glove wins Microsoft’s 20th Imagine Cup for student inventors

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is something I look forward to every year. The students and young entrepreneurs who submit their extremely early-stage projects to this global competition are like the seeds of future startups and potentially world-changing projects. This year’s winner, V Bionic, created a robotic glove to help patients with neurological damage recover faster at […]

Shellworks wants to crack makeup’s single-use plastic problem

Is the beauty industry ready to wean itself off single-use plastic? Shellworks is betting on it. Targeting cosmetics brands, the London-based biotech startup has scooped up a $6.2 million seed round to prove it can scale its petroleum-free, compostable packaging, which “performs like plastic” but breaks down in about a year, the company claims. Shellworks’ […]

Questions arise on Y Combinator’s role in startup correction

Some are pointing the finger not just at late-stage capital pools that poured too much liquidity into the startup market -- some startup players are irked at accelerators, Y Combinator in particular.

Twitter rebrands its media website to focus on creators with a new ‘Create’ hub

Twitter announced today that it has rebranded its Twitter Media website to “Twitter Create.” The social media giant says the website is a new hub for creators to access resources, product information and tips for getting the most out of Twitter. With this new rebrand, the company says it wants to make it easier for […]

DDG has a tracker blocking carve-out linked to Microsoft contract

DuckDuckGo, the self-styled “internet privacy company” — which, for years, has built a brand around a claim of non-tracking web search and, more recently, launched its own ‘private’ browser with built-in tracker blocking — has found itself in hot water after a researcher found hidden limits on its tracking protection that create a carve-out for […]

Mayfield’s Navin Chaddha: I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now

My third startup had been in the market only a year when the internet bubble burst and had not yet found product-market fit.

Niantic transcends Discord to build Campfire, an AR social app, and unveils Lightship VPS

Since the launch of Pokémon Go in 2016, players have been coordinating meetups, in-game raids and battles on platforms like Reddit and Discord. This summer, parent company Niantic is unveiling Campfire, a social app designed to help mobile augmented reality (AR) gamers connect. Niantic’s games incentivize people to use their technology to go outside and […]

PlanetScale expands its database service with built-in performance monitoring and more

PlanetScale, the highly scalable MySQL database service founded by the co-creators of the increasingly popular Vitess open source project, today announced a series of updates that push the platform beyond its basic database features by adding new enterprise features and new tools to improve the developer experience. The first of these new features is PlanetScale […]

Stellantis to build new battery plant in Indiana

Stellantis and Samsung SDI said on Tuesday they will team up to build a $2.5 billion lithium-ion battery plant in Indiana.

Google TV is finally launching personalized user profiles after a long delay

After being delayed for months, it’s about time that Google rolls out its personalized profiles for Google TV.  According to the company, users will get profiles “over the next few weeks.” In October, Google TV announced profiles that will give each user their own tailored recommendations, watchlists and personalized Google Assistant answers. While this was […]

Adam Neumann’s blockchain-based redemption story now sponsored by a16z

In a classic “pivot to crypto to reinvent yourself” moment, controversial WeWork founder Adam Neumann recently launched a startup, Flowcarbon, to sell tokenized carbon credits on the blockchain. Venture capitalists just can’t seem to get enough of Neumann and his spouse/co-founder, Rebekah, who started the company alongside its CEO Dana Gibber and two others, Caroline […]

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