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WeWork proves that (venture) capitalism works

By |September 29th, 2019|

What’s the lesson of WeWork? Here’s a startup that has been a darling of Silicon Valley investors for years, whose offices and CEO have been stunningly painted across the covers of major trade magazines and strategically deployed across major tech conference stages, including our very own. At its peak, the company commanded a valuation of --> READ MORE

Badass millennial women are supercharging startup investments

By |September 29th, 2019|

Patricia Nakache Contributor Patricia Nakache is a general partner at Trinity Ventures. More posts by this contributor The next frontier in real estate technology Defensible strategies for food tech entrepreneurs facing the Amazon juggernaut Across the political, social and economic stage, women’s issues are finally receiving heightened attention and priority. There are more women than ever --> READ MORE

Facebook’s plan for our post-web future

By |September 29th, 2019|

Let us connect some dots. Five years ago, Facebook acquired VR pioneers Oculus for $2 billion. This week, it snapped up neural-interface pioneers CTRL-Labs for somewhere north of $500 million, and announced that its own massively multiplayer VR shared universe Horizon will launch early next year. Oculus became (somewhat creepily named) Facebook Reality Labs, headed --> READ MORE

Week in Review: Corporate wickedness and mango Juul pods

By |September 29th, 2019|

Hey everyone. 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 how streaming networks were undoing their advantages and --> READ MORE

Elon Musk says Starship should reach orbit within six months – and could even fly with a crew next year

By |September 29th, 2019|

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk delivered an update about Starship, the company’s nest generation spacecraft, which is being designed for full, “rapid reusability.” Musk discussed the technology behind the design of Starship, which has evolved somewhat through testing and development after its original introduction in 2017. Among the updates detailed, Musk articulated how Starship will be --> READ MORE

Attending Disrupt? Get feedback on your pitchdeck, marketing and immigration questions directly from the experts

By |September 28th, 2019|

The right advice at the right time can make all the difference for your company. So this year at Disrupt SF (Oct. 2-4), we’re going to try to help startup founders get an extra level of insight. We’re hosting a set of workshops with experts in fundraising, growth and hiring, where attendees can submit questions --> READ MORE

Take a peek at the future of media and entertainment at Disrupt SF

By |September 28th, 2019|

Where does tech end and media begin? It can be hard to find the dividing line, particularly as tech companies move into the media business, and as big Hollywood blockbusters are increasingly created on computers. So even though TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF event (happening next week!!) is ostensibly a tech conference, we’ll have plenty of big --> READ MORE

How to become a VC, Amazon’s voice play, Peloton stock, Facebook’s new VR environment and more

By |September 28th, 2019|

EC Editorial Announcements TechCrunch Disrupt SF is this week: join us on the Extra Crunch stage TechCrunch’s biggest event of the year is happening this coming week at the brand-new Moscone North convention center in SF. We have wall-to-wall programming on our inaugural Extra Crunch stage, where audience members can ask questions to our panelists --> READ MORE

Watch live as Elon Musk delivers an update on SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft

By |September 28th, 2019|

SpaceX is all set to deliver an update on the status of its Starship program, courtesy of CEO Elon Musk. Musk will provide new info about “the design and development of Starship” at 8 PM CDT (9 PM EDT/6 PM PDT) tonight, live from the company’s Boca Chica rocket assembly facility in South Texas. The --> READ MORE

Gallery: SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 spacecraft prototype in pictures

By |September 28th, 2019|

SpaceX is set to show off its Starship Mk1, an orbital-scale prototype of the spacecraft it eventually plans to use to attain its goal of fully reusable commercial spaceflight. Starship is the key ingredient not only to fully reusable launch and cargo vehicles for serving commercial clients; it’s also the next most important step in --> READ MORE