Michael Lopp And The Future Of Engineering At Pinterest

michael lopp pinterest Michael Lopp’s job at Pinterest is to basically make sure he doesn’t have anything to do all day. As head of the company’s engineering efforts, Lopp, a compulsive counter who has been at Pinterest for a year and 30 days, has to ensure like the rest of the leadership that all of the teams building Pinterest are meshing and that he can effectively delegate certain tasks. Read More

An Open Letter To WeWork

breast pump, lactation room Dear WeWork, We moved into WeWork Golden Gate on July 1 and signed a four-month lease on a sunny new office space for our growing startup, Glassbreakers. This is a really exciting time for us. We’re hiring our first batch of full-time employees and embarking on a whole new chapter scaling our company. Since our first day at WeWork, we’ve hired three new teammates (two engineers and… Read More

Announcing The Judges For The TC Meetup + Pitch-Off In NYC

meetup-nyc2015 Dearest New Yorkers, Boy do I have a treat for you! I have a pretty strong intuition and expectation that the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-off in NYC is going to be our best yet. Which makes sense, given that New York is the best city in the world. And that wouldn’t be possible without the presence of the coolest folks in NYC tech on our humble* stage. So without any further ado,… Read More

Snowball Debuts A “Priority Inbox” For Your Phone’s Notifications

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.27.39 AM With a growing number of mobile applications available to download, and only a handful that see regular usage, push notifications have become one of the only ways for developers to grab users’ attention in order to get them to re-open their app and re-engage with their content. Unfortunately for app users, that means we’re often bombarded with notifications we don’t care about. Read More

Vector Plans Developer Platform For It’s ‘Affordable Luxury’ Smart Watch

vector Back in March the Vector — a smart watch with an e-ink LCD screen — made its debut in a number of reviews in the tech press. Of note was the unusual 30 day battery life and a smartphone control app which worked across iOS, Android and Windows phones. What wasn’t elucidated in detail at the time was that the startup not only planned to release an API to developers, allowing… Read More

Interview: Duane Jackson Talks Prison Life To Startup Life, And His Multimillion Pound Exit

duane-jackson-suited Duane Jackson’s story is both unusual and inspiring — a story he tells with refreshing candour in his recently-released autobiography ‘Four Thousands Days, My Journey From Prison To Business Success’. During an interview we discuss Jackson’s conviction for drug trafficking, the transition from prison life to startup life, why he shunned VC money, and… Read More

Lending Platform China Rapid Finance Raises $35M Series C At A $1B Valuation

Chinese Yuan China Rapid Finance, which claims to be the country’s largest online consumer lending marketplace, has closed a $35 million Series C led by Broadline Capital. The round pegs the company’s pre-money valuation of $1 billion. China Rapid Finance is reportedly gearing up for an initial public offering in the U.S. Read More

Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution

Aclima Google If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe. Google Earth’s Outreach program that equips non-profits and public-benefit organizations with data wants to give the world these insights. So today, Google revealed that it’s been working with SF startup Aclima for the last year and a half… Read More

The Only Metric That Matters For Content Marketing

biometric At Pixable, we — like almost every digital property — are in the eyeball game. We are one of thousands of media companies competing for attention, and, in our case, we seek the attention of young, highly social readers with seemingly infinite interests. It goes without saying that attention grabbing begins with a catchy headline, but the real challenge is this: After getting the… Read More

Legacy Republic Acquires Yarly To Build Up Its Workforce For Digitizing Family Photos

legacy republic Legacy Republic, which is building a freelance workforce to help families digitize their photos and videos, just acquired competitor Yarly. Digitization company YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative last fall. Yarly, meanwhile, has a similar mission of digitizing photos (or as Legacy Republic Brian Knapp put it, of “preserving family memories”). Knapp said that by… Read More