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What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly?

What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly?

Some founders toil for years to secure a meager seed round. Others seem to go from launch to a massive fundraise in no time. Why is that, and how does one get into that second group? There’s no single
Liquid democracy uses blockchain to fix politics, and now you can vote for it

Liquid democracy uses blockchain to fix politics, and now you can vote for it

24Abraham Lincoln famously said that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” but looking around these days, you would be forgiven if you thought
The Rite Press takes low-tech coffee making to high-tech highs

The Rite Press takes low-tech coffee making to high-tech highs

If coffee be the food of innovation, pour on. Give me excess of it that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die. And if you wish to pour me coffee, do so from the Rite Press, a clever hack on
Programming as craft

Programming as craft

Can programming be a craft? I was thinking about this as I was reading Matthew Crawford’s excellent book The World Beyond Your Head. Much like Crawford’s earlier work Shop Class as Soulcraft, he

Equity shot: Dropbox is going public, and Aaron Levie has some advice

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. At long last, after many predictions and even a private filing, Dropbox
Nope, Android isn’t getting a system-wide dark mode (at least not yet)

Nope, Android isn’t getting a system-wide dark mode (at least not yet)

According to a number of reports today, the next version of Android would include a “dark mode” — something that’s been a long-time feature request from those who prefer the dark-themed and
The FCC’s revamped internet speed map lets you covet nearby exotic broadband

The FCC’s revamped internet speed map lets you covet nearby exotic broadband

A big part of the FCC’s mandate is to ensure broadband is rolled out all over the country, and it issues regular reports along those lines — but there’s nothing presenting information visually to get
Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

If you’re worried about someone finding out what you’re pointing your browser at, there are plenty of options for keeping it secret, with varying levels of difficulty and effectiveness. Veil takes
The intensifying battle for Africa’s burgeoning tech landscape

The intensifying battle for Africa’s burgeoning tech landscape

Long gone are the days when Africa was disparagingly regarded as the White Man’s Burden. Today, Africa is the continent with the youngest demographic in the world, on the brink of a technical
The Dropbox IPO filing is here

The Dropbox IPO filing is here

It’s official, the Dropbox IPO filing is here. Going public is a huge milestone for Dropbox and has been one of the most anticipated tech IPOs for several years now. We knew that it had already filed
Twitch’s first live game show ‘Stream On’ debuts March 8

Twitch’s first live game show ‘Stream On’ debuts March 8

Twitch’s new reality show featuring up-and-coming streamers will premiere on March 8, the company announced this morning, along with the list of the 14 personalities selected to participate. The video
Can Ghostbusters copy Pokémon GO’s success with its own AR mobile game?

Can Ghostbusters copy Pokémon GO’s success with its own AR mobile game?

You’ll soon be able to trap Ghostbusters ghosts in augmented reality à la Pokémon GO. A short demo of the game Ghostbusters World was showcased at Google’s MWC booth, highlighting functionality made
Jeremy Fiance, the 26-year-old founder of House Fund, ups his VC ambitions

Jeremy Fiance, the 26-year-old founder of House Fund, ups his VC ambitions

A little less than two years ago, we reported on Jeremy Fiance, a then 24-year-old recent UC Berkeley graduate who’d just taken the wraps off his new firm, The House Fund. It had secured $6 million in
Google needs to give the AirPods better competition

Google needs to give the AirPods better competition

In the race for in-ear AI, Apple has the clear advantage despite the fact that their intelligent assistant is one of the dumbest of the bunch. Yesterday, reports emerged that Apple was working on a
Eden acquires OrgOrg, a social network for office managers

Eden acquires OrgOrg, a social network for office managers

Eden, the office management and tech support platform, has today announced the acquisition of OrgOrg, a social network for office managers to recommend, discuss, and review vendors and products. The
Public media will resurrect Gothamist, LAist and DCist

Public media will resurrect Gothamist, LAist and DCist

Local news sites Gothamist, LAist and DCist are coming back from the dead. Their assets (including story archives) have been acquired by three public radio companies — WNYC in New York, KPCC in
Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

French startup Ledger is making some of the most secure cryptocurrency hardware wallets out there. But the company’s apps aren’t that great. That’s why the company announced that Ledger has been
Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

After Microsoft signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices in 2015 and then Xiaomi bought a trove of patents to help run other Microsoft services on its devices in 2016, today the two
Tesla wants to install chargers at the office

Tesla wants to install chargers at the office

Tesla expects to sell 100,000 electric vehicles in 2018. But electric vehicles don’t make much sense unless chargers are easily accessible and convenient. That’s why Tesla is introducing the Workplace
Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Mute’ is a big disappointment

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Mute’ is a big disappointment

Mute is the latest film from Duncan Jones, the director of Moon and Source Code. He’s called it his Don Quixote, a passion project that he’s been pursuing for well over a decade. The movie goes live