Old VC firms hold entrenched position in fundraising despite fresh entrants

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor The largest buys of tech’s Big Five: a look at M&A deals VCs like what they are hearing out of the podcasting sector On Tuesday, news broke that Sequoia Capital has closed $6 billion out of what…

OpenPhone lets you get a business phone number with an app

Meet OpenPhone, a startup in the current Y Combinator batch. The company has been working on an app to make it easier to get and use a business phone number. You don’t need a second phone, you don’t need to get an expensive solution designed for big teams. “Both my cofounder and I grew up…

Tech in a time of travesties

“Violence is like XML,” a hacker friend once said to me sardonically, re the USA’s endless flailing military presence in Afghanistan, “if it doesn’t work, you’re obviously just not using enough of it.” This is true of the tech and Valley attitude towards life in general. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks…

Original Content podcast: Summer movie madness with ‘Solo’, ‘Incredibles 2’ and more

While we generally keep the Original Content podcast focused on the latest movies and TV shows from the big streaming services, we’ll occasionally go further afield when it like something might relevant to TechCrunch readers — or when we just feel like it. This week, we’re joined by Greg Kumparak to offer rapid-fire reviews of…

The five best reasons you don’t want to miss Disrupt SF this September

TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7) is our most ambitious event ever. And if we’re sure of one thing, it’s that people in the startup scene will extract more insights and inspiration from this Disrupt than any before. Here’s why… More, better programming. For the first time ever at Disrupt, we have two stages, plus two…
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Fortnite fans waited (Fortnite Rocket Launching) with bated breath for the Rocket at the Snobby Shores Villain’s Lair to launch, and, as previously promised, liftoff occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m....

Benchmark’s Mitch Lasky will reportedly step down from Snap’s board of directors

Benchmark partner Mitch Lasky, who has served on Snap’s board of directors since December 2012, is not expected to stand for re-election to Snap’s board of directors and will thus be stepping down, according to a report by The Information. Early investors stepping down from the board of directors — or at least not seeking re-election…
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Court filings accidentally reveal charges against Julian Assange

In a turn of events that reads like a plot point from an unreleased Coen Brothers script, information has surfaced revealing that prosecutors have charged embattled Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. The information came to light as part of the recently unsealed filing of a seemingly unrelated sex crimes case. How Assange’s name and fate appeared…

Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Nigerian data analytics company Terragon acquires Asian mobile ad firm Bizense Africa Roundup: Local VC funds surge, Naspers ramps up and fintech diversifies Kenya’s Twiga Foods has raised $10 million from…

The Orbital 2 is like a Surface Dial that works with Mac

This little peripheral is one of the more interesting new pieces of hardware floating around the halls of TC Tokyo this week. The product, created by local startup Brain Magic, is best described as a more feature-packed take on the Microsoft Dial — one that, as it happens, also works with Mac. It’s a nice…
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