The mad dash to the public markets – TechCrunch

The mad dash to the public markets – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the differences between raising cash from angels and traditional venture capitalists. Before that, I summarized DoorDash’s acquisition of Caviar. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter…

How Facebook does IT – TechCrunch

How Facebook does IT – TechCrunch

If you have ever worked at any sizable company, the word “IT” probably doesn’t conjure up many warm feelings. If you’re working for an old, traditional enterprise company, you probably don’t expect anything else, though. If you’re working for a modern tech company, though, chances are your expectations are a bit higher. And once you’re at the scale of a company like Facebook, a lot of the third-party services that…

ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused on connecting cause and effect – TechCrunch

ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused on connecting cause and effect – TechCrunch

Businesses need to understand cause and effect: Someone did X and it increased sales, or they did Y and it hurt sales. That’s why many of them turn to analytics — but Bilal Mahmood, co-founder and CEO of ClearBrain, said existing analytics platforms can’t answer that question accurately. “Every analytics platform today is still based on a fundamental correlation model,” Mahmood said. It’s the classic correlation-versus-causation problem — you can…

Enterprise on September 5 – TechCrunch

Enterprise on September 5 – TechCrunch

Being the CTO for one of the three major hypercloud providers may seem like enough of a job for most people, but Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, has a few other talents in his back pocket. Russinovich, who will join us for a fireside chat at our TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise event in San Francisco on September 5 (p.s. early-bird sale ends Friday), is also an accomplished novelist who…

TransferWise’s debit card launches in Australia and New Zealand, with Singapore to follow – TechCrunch

TransferWise’s debit card launches in Australia and New Zealand, with Singapore to follow – TechCrunch

International money transfer startup TransferWise’s debit card is now available in Australia and New Zealand, with a Singapore launch expected by the end of this year as the company expands its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. TransferWise’s debit card, which features low, transparent fees and exchange rates, first launched in the United Kingdom and Europe last year before arriving in the United States in June. Since its launch, the company…

Enterprise 2019 ticket includes a free pass to Disrupt SF – TechCrunch

Enterprise 2019 ticket includes a free pass to Disrupt SF – TechCrunch

Shout out to all the savvy enterprise software startuppers. Here’s a quick, two-part money-saving reminder. Part one: TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 is right around the corner on September 5, and you have only two days left to buy an early-bird ticket and save yourself $100. Part two: for every Session ticket you buy, you get one free Expo-only pass to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019. Save money and increase your ROI…

The World’s First Public Blockchain with Secret Contracts is Making its Case –

The World's First Public Blockchain with Secret Contracts is Making its Case -

Ever since the global interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain soared in 2017, the debate pinning public and private blockchains against one another in the context of practical adoption has persisted. Ethereum is undoubtedly the most popular public blockchain with over the majority of +2,400 Dapps being built on it since Ethereum went live in 2015, but the top Ethereum applications are still only seeing a few thousand transactions per day. …

Blade raises $4.3M from Coinbase, SV Angel to reshape cryptocurrency derivatives trading – TechCrunch

Blade raises $4.3M from Coinbase, SV Angel to reshape cryptocurrency derivatives trading – TechCrunch

Exchanges like Coinbase have ballooned in size by taking the mechanics of equity markets and fitting them to cryptocurrency markets, but as the space expands in its scope and craftiness, new exchanges trading asset classes native to cryptocurrency are taking off and attracting the attention of top Silicon Valley VCs. Oh, and Coinbase, too. Blade is a new cryptocurrency derivatives exchange launching in three weeks. Prior to starting the company,…

Polarity raises $8.1M for its AI software that constantly analyzes employee screens and highlights key info – TechCrunch

Polarity raises $8.1M for its AI software that constantly analyzes employee screens and highlights key info – TechCrunch

Reference docs and spreadsheets seemingly make the world go ’round, but what if employees could just close those tabs for good without losing that knowledge? One startup is taking on that complicated challenge. Predictably, the solution is quite complicated, as well, from a tech perspective, involving an AI solution that analyzes everything on your PC screen — all the time — and highlights text onscreen for which you could use…

Prices of Bitcoin Miners in China Have More Than Doubled

Prices of Bitcoin Miners in China Have More Than Doubled

The bitcoin mining frenzy is on and miner rigs are once again in high demand following the recent market escalation. It saw the industry emerge from a five-month crypto winter. According to current Chinese media reports, prices of popular bitcoin processing machines have more than doubled in the past 6 months. Demand for the devices is allegedly outstripping supply and making it exceptionally hard for mining farm operators to get…

Angel vs. VC – TechCrunch

Angel vs. VC – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about DoorDash’s acquisition of Caviar, which no one saw coming. Before that, I jotted down some notes on SoftBank’s second Vision Fund. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or…

Adobe’s Amit Ahuja will be talking customer experience at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise – TechCrunch

Adobe’s Amit Ahuja will be talking customer experience at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise – TechCrunch

As companies collect increasingly large amounts of data about customers, the end game is about improving the customer experience. It’s a term we’re hearing a lot of these days, and we are going to be discussing that very topic with Amit Ahuja, Adobe’s vice president of ecosystem development, next month at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise in San Francisco. Grab your early-bird tickets right now — $100 savings ends today! Customer experience…

CoinCentral Joins First Blockchain VR Network (BVRN) Created by Live Planet, Inc.

CoinCentral Joins First Blockchain VR Network (BVRN) Created by Live Planet, Inc.

  Live Planet is a pioneer of advanced media technology infrastructure, and it just announced the forthcoming launch of the first VR network built specifically for the blockchain industry. The Network will feature in-depth and engaging VR programming from top blockchain industry influencers including Bad Crypto Podcast, Crypto Trader, Boxmining, BLOCKTV and CoinCentral.com, all shot with the Live Planet VR System, the world’s most advanced end-to-end capture and distribution system…

This startup is helping food app delivery workers start their own damn delivery companies – TechCrunch

This startup is helping food app delivery workers start their own damn delivery companies – TechCrunch

Following many months of pressure, DoorDash, one of the most frequently used food delivery apps in the U.S., said late last month that it was finally changing its tipping policy to pass along to workers 100% of tips, rather than employ some of that money toward defraying its own costs. The move was a step in the right direction, but as a New York Times piece recently underscored, there are…

Experts from Airbnb and Carta on building and managing your company’s customer support – TechCrunch

Experts from Airbnb and Carta on building and managing your company’s customer support – TechCrunch

Tim Hsia & Neil Devani Contributor More posts by this contributor ‘The Operators’: Experts from WeWork and Brex talk marketing – Getting the most bang for your buck ‘The Operators’: Understanding your user – The art and science of UI/UX behind Facebook, Google, Mint, and Edmodo Welcome to this transcribed edition of The Operators. TechCrunch is beginning to publish podcasts from industry experts, with transcriptions available for Extra Crunch members…

Chinese Court Says Bitcoin is Legal Property, Regulatory Hurdles Still Exist

Chinese Court Says Bitcoin is Legal Property, Regulatory Hurdles Still Exist

Bitcoin has been declared legal property in China after a court ruling by the Hangzhou Internet Court. The declaration was made following an injunction on a legal dispute between crypto exchange FXBTC and a client who lost funds when the company closed down. The customer claimed that he bought bitcoin through the platform which had then been listed in the Taobao marketplace. He apparently bought 2.675 bitcoins and left them…

What tech gets right about healthcare – TechCrunch

What tech gets right about healthcare – TechCrunch

We often hear how tech just doesn’t get the healthcare industry but how is it helping where government and big pharma can’t? Sarah Buhr @sarahbuhr / 8 hours Why is tech still aiming for the healthcare industry? It seems full of endless regulatory hurdles or stories of misguided founders with no knowledge of the space, running headlong into it, only to fall on their faces. Theranos is a prime example…

72 hours left on early-bird pricing to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 – TechCrunch

72 hours left on early-bird pricing to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 – TechCrunch

Synchronize your Fitbits, people. You have 72 hours left to get your fiscal fitness on. Three days to save $100 on tickets to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 in San Francisco on September 5. Buy your early-bird ticket by August 9 at 11:59 p.m. (PT) and then go back to counting your steps. We say with confidence that no tech category’s more competitive than enterprise software. The gigantic, $500 billion market…

Iran Approves Crypto Mining Framework Amid U.S. Sanctions

Iran Approves Crypto Mining Framework Amid U.S. Sanctions

The Iran economic commission has approved a cryptocurrency mining regulatory mechanism. This is according to an announcement made by the nation’s Chamber of Commerce. The long-awaited framework is set to be tabled in parliament for formal consent and ratification as a law. Iran Embraces Crypto to Circumvent U.S. Sanctions The Iranian government is slowly embracing cryptocurrencies which are now being seen as a viable means to circumvent crippling sanctions imposed…

News discovery app SmartNews valued at $1.1B – TechCrunch

News discovery app SmartNews valued at $1.1B – TechCrunch

A $28 million financing has made SmartNews, an AI-powered news aggregation app, a unicorn. Japan Post Capital has led the Series E round, which brings the company’s total investment to $116 million and pushes its valuation to $1.1 billion. Existing investors in SmartNews include Development Bank of Japan, SMBC Venture Capital and Japan Co-Invest L.P. The company, founded in Tokyo in 2012, boasts 20 million monthly active users in the…