How Peloton made sweat addictive enough to IPO

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 23:16:37 +0000
It makes lazy people like me work out. That’s the genius of the Peloton bicycle. All you have to do is velcro on the shoes and you’re trapped. You’ve eliminated choice and you will exercise. Through a succession of savvy product design choice I’ll break down here, Peloton removes the friction to getting fit. It’s the […]
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100 Thieves’ Nadeshot and Scooter Braun are coming to Disrupt

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 23:00:47 +0000
If you’re at all familiar with esports, chances are you’ve heard of 100 Thieves. The esports org, founded by Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, has grown over the past couple years into an absolute powerhouse of esports and a household name for those who follow gaming. Which is why we’re thrilled to have Nadeshot and 100 Thieves […]
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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’ is still the most soothing reality show around

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:43:09 +0000
“Terrace House” (a co-production between Netflix and Fuji Television) is back, and it hasn’t changed much since we reviewed it last year. As with previous seasons, “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020” features six cast members (three men and three women, mostly in their twenties) who all live in a house together. Rather than manufacturing competition or […]
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As Adam Neumann reportedly faces pressure to step down, it’s looking like a fight for life between WeWork and SoftBank

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:16:40 +0000
According to a new WSJ report, certain members of WeWork’s seven-person board, which includes cofounder and CEO Adam Neumann, are planning to pressure Neumann to step down and instead become We’s non-executive chairman. The move, says the outlet, “would allow him to stay stay at the company he built into one of the country’s most […]
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TechCrunch Disrupt offers plenty of options for attendees with an eye on the enterprise

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:00:57 +0000
We might have just completed a full-day program devoted completely to enterprise at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise last week, but it doesn’t mean we plan to sell that subject short at TechCrunch Disrupt next month in San Francisco. In fact, we have something for everyone from startups to established public companies and everything in between along […]
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iPhone 11 Pro teardown reveals smaller logic board, larger battery

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 16:04:58 +0000
iFixit has disassembled Apple’s new iPhone models, which tells us more about the differences with last year’s phones. iFixit shot a live-stream video of the iPhone 11 Pro teardown and wrote a guide for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The first major difference is that the batteries in the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 […]
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Our motto: Dronepocalypse Now

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:00:03 +0000
Last week someone knocked out 5% of world oil production with a small swarm of drones and cruise missiles, and in doing so, inaugurated “a change in the nature of warfare globally,” to quote The Independent. These were relatively crude drones, too. Let’s pause a moment to imagine what happens if and when sophisticated autonomous […]
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Week in Review: Is a new golden age of piracy around the corner?

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:00:07 +0000
Hey all. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about Apple’s aggressive moves to change the gaming market. […]
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Facebook has acquired Servicefriend, which builds ‘hybrid’ chatbots, for Calibra customer service

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 23:19:48 +0000
As Facebook prepares to launch its new cryptocurrency Libra in 2020, it’s putting the pieces in place to help it run. In one of the latest developments, it has acquired Servicefriend, a startup that built bots — chat clients for messaging apps based on artificial intelligence — to help customer service teams, TechCrunch has confirmed. […]
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Meet Facebook’s latest fake

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:56:14 +0000
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a 35-year-old billionaire who keeps refusing to sit in front of international parliamentarians to answer questions about his ad business’ impact on democracy and human rights around the world, has a new piece of accountability theatre to sell you: An “Oversight Board“. Not of Facebook’s business itself. Though you’d be forgiven […]
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Here are the 22 companies from Alchemist Accelerator’s Demo Day XXII

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:39:08 +0000
Alchemist Accelerator, a startup incubator which focuses on enterprise companies, held a demo day yesterday for its 22nd batch. Each company got 5 minutes to tell a theater full of investors who they are, what they’re building, and why they might be the best to build it. We saw companies working on everything from industrial […]
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Zoox CEO Aicha Evans to talk self-driving cars at Disrupt SF 2019

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:22:31 +0000
Aicha Evans, CEO of self-driving startup Zoox, is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in just two short weeks. Evans came on board to Zoox earlier this year following the unexpected firing of co-founder and former CEO Tim Kentley-Klay in August. At the time of the announcement, Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson told […]
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Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:00:51 +0000
In this week's newsletter: Airbnb, WeWork and Postmates prep IPOs.
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Want to crush competitors? Forget SoftBank, Blackstone suggests; it can write $500 million checks, too

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:49:25 +0000
Back in January, Blackstone — the investment firm whose assets under management surpassed a jaw-dropping half a trillion dollars earlier this year — quietly began piecing together a new, growth equity platform called Blackstone Growth, or BXG. Step one was hiring away Jon Korngold from General Atlantic, where he’d spent the previous 18 years, including […]
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Chef CEO says he’ll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:27:50 +0000
Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open-source developer removing a couple of key pieces of software from the project, bringing down some parts of Chef’s commercial business. Chef intends to […]
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Get advice on the latest growth tactics from Demand Curve at Disrupt SF

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:45:11 +0000
We’re going to try something new at Disrupt this year, based on the great response we’ve been getting to our startup how-to coverage. We’re going to put service provider experts on our Q&A stage, where you can talk to them directly in-person about key topics like growth, fundraising and recruiting. To help kick off this […]
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Matchstick Ventures raises $30M to back startups in the northern US and the Rockies

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:41:48 +0000
Matchstick Ventures, a seed-stage firm that says it invests in “rapidly growing, yet underserved startup ecosystems,” announced this week that it has raised $30 million for its second fund. That’s a lot more money than the firm’s $5 million first fund. This time, Matchstick says it will write initial checks of around $500,000, and in […]
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Take cover, it’s a drone with a nail gun!

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:09:06 +0000
The FAA has warned against equipping your drone with weapons such as flamethrowers and handguns. But can a nail gun really be considered a weapon — that is, outside of Quake? Let's hope not, because roboticists at the University of Michigan have made a roofing drone that uses that tool to autonomously nail shingles into place.
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Publicis Sapient’s John Maeda explains how big companies can think like startups

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:07:01 +0000
John Maeda has been a professor at the MIT Media Lab, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, designer partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins and most recently served as the head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic. So perhaps it’s no surprise that he made another big leap with his latest job, […]
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YouTube CEO says it ‘missed the mark’ with verification overhaul

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:14:18 +0000
Less than 24 hours after YouTube announced that it would be changing its creator verification process, CEO Susan Wojcicki admitted that the news hasn’t gone over very well. “To our creators & users – I’m sorry for the frustration & hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification,” Wojcicki tweeted. “While trying to […]
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