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Adobe’s ‘Liquid Mode’ uses AI to automatically redesign PDFs for mobile devices –

We’ve probably all been there: you’ve been poking around your phone for an hour, deep in some sort of Google research rabbit hole. You finally find a link that almost certainly has the info you’ve been looking for. You tap it.. aaaand it’s a fifty page PDF. Now you get to pinch and zoom your […] → Read More

Here are the 19 companies presenting at Alchemist Accelerator Demo Day XXV today –

When Alchemist Accelerator shifted its Demo Day to virtual earlier this year, Alchemist director and founder Ravi Belani told me it was a move he expected the team to stick with for some time. Nearly half a year later it’s time for another Demo Day — and sure enough, with the pandemic still ongoing, it’s […] → Read More

Kiri is a screen-free smart toy meant to help kids learn languages and more –

After six months of sheltering in place (and now weeks of hiding from wildfire smoke) alongside a toddler who never seems to run out of energy, I’m the last person who would try to make anyone feel bad for giving their kid some screen time. But if a company wants to build a toy that […] → Read More

Rally wants to make big group video calls more fun, more real and maybe less exhausting –

Another day, another video meeting. Or video happy hour. Or video birthday party. Another grid of 30 faces, all sort of trying to have one conversation. While it’s beyond wonderful to have access to these big group video chat platforms during this pandemic dumpster fire, they’re all a bit… exhausting. Part of that is just […] → Read More

Three years later, Google Maps is back on the Apple Watch –

Google Maps has had a sort of spotty relationship with the Apple Watch over the years. Google first shipped a Watch-friendly build of Maps back in September of 2015, just months after the Apple Watch first hit the shelves. In 2017, however, Google nixed Map’s Watch support with little more than a suggestion that it’d […] → Read More

Hear Y Combinator’s Eric Migicovsky and Chrysalis Cloud’s Kate Whitcomb talk hardware at Disrupt 2020 –

As has been said so many times before: “Hardware is hard.” But has building a hardware company gotten any easier over the years? Or has 2020 introduced all new challenges of its own? At Disrupt 2020 — our first ever entirely virtual Disrupt! — we’ll be joined by two people who have tons of insight […] → Read More

Nintendo is remaking the first portable gaming system it ever built –

Quick, what was the first portable gaming system Nintendo made? If you said “Game Boy”… solid guess, but not quite. For nearly a decade before Nintendo released that iconic gray beast, it was making the Game & Watch — a collection of handheld devices, each dedicated to playing just one or two simple games and, […] → Read More

Here are the 94 companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Demo Day 2 –

And we’re back! Today was part two of Y Combinator’s absolutely massive Demo Day(s) event for its Summer 2020 class. As we outlined yesterday, this is the first YC accelerator class to take place entirely online, from the day zero interviews all the way on through to their eventual demo day debut. We talked with […] → Read More

Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part 2 –

Figma for filmmakers, TikTok for English learners and a cryptocurrency twist that actually makes sense? After 197 pitches, Y Combinator’s Demo Day for its Summer 2020 cohort has concluded. While the fanfare, run-ins and fortune cookies were missing in this virtual session, it was still exciting to see and hear founders from 26 countries pitch […] → Read More

Here are the 98 companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Demo Day 1 –

Today was part one of Y Combinator’s two-parter Summer 2020 Demo Day, where nearly 100 companies debuted their efforts to the world for the first time. The Summer 2020 batch of companies was the first fully remote YC cohort, with the ongoing pandemic leading the accelerator to take its program entirely virtual. But it was […] → Read More

Our 11 favorite companies from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part I –

Startup incubator and investment group Y Combinator today held the first of two demo days for founders in its Summer 2020 batch. So far, this cohort contains the usual mix of bold, impressive, and, at times, slightly wacky ideas young companies so often show off. This was Y Combinator’s second online demo day, its first […] → Read More

Gather helps teams streamline things like onboarding, offboarding, and parental leave over Slack –

Adding a new employee to a team tends to involve more than saying “You’re hired!” and tossing them into the company Slack. You’ve got to get them trained, ship them any hardware they might need, get them setup on all of your internal tools, and check in regularly to make sure everything is going smoothly. […] → Read More

OpenUnit aims to be Shopify for self-storage facilities –

So you’re looking for a storage unit to put some stuff in for a few months. Maybe you’re moving and your new place isn’t ready yet – or maybe you’re just looking to declutter and want to tuck some stuff away for a while and see if you’re really ready to part with it. As […] → Read More

The next-gen Xbox will ship in November –

The last few months have provided a steady trickle of information about the next Xbox console — or the Xbox Series X, as it’s known. We know what it looks like. We know a lot about what’s inside. We know about over a dozen titles currently being built for it. One thing we didn’t know […] → Read More

Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston shares actionable advice for startup founders –

Running a startup accelerator comes with a number of occupational hazards, but “skepticism is the easiest thing to fall into when you’ve seen too many companies,” said Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston, “and it’s the thing you have to avoid the most.” Ralston joined me last week for an hour-long Extra Crunch Live interview where […] → Read More

Delightree raises $3M to help franchise business owners simplify their operations –

Owning one brick-and-mortar business seems complicated enough. But running multiple locations? For many owners, that’s a constant juggling act of phone calls, check lists, and driving back and forth from store to store. In the middle of a pandemic, it gets all the more complex. Delightree, a company out of the last Alchemist Accelerator class, […] → Read More

Extra Crunch Live: Join Y Combinator’s Geoff Ralston for a live chat today at 12pm PT/3pm ET –

How has Y Combinator adapted its accelerator program to work through a pandemic? What does YC look for in a company in a year as rocky and unpredictable as this one? Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston will join us on Extra Crunch Live later today to talk about all this and more, starting at 12 […] → Read More

Extra Crunch Live: Join our Q&A tomorrow at noon PDT with Y Combinator’s Geoff Ralston –

From Airbnb to Zapier, and Coinbase to Instacart, many of the tech world’s most valuable companies spent their earliest days in Y Combinator’s accelerator program. Steering the ship at Y Combinator today is its president, Geoff Ralston . We’re excited to share that Ralston will be joining us on Extra Crunch Live tomorrow at noon […] → Read More

How to do remote work right, from the teams that know it best – TechCrunch (future)

What are the most important things to get right about remote work? What needs to be prioritized? With more and more teams being thrown headfirst into remote work, I spent a few weeks talking with some of the people who know the topic better than just about anyone: the founders and execs who’ve put countless […] → Read More

How to do remote work right, from the teams that know it best –

What are the most important things to get right about remote work? What needs to be prioritized? With more and more teams being thrown headfirst into remote work, I spent a few weeks talking with some of the people who know the topic better than just about anyone: the founders and execs who’ve put countless […] → Read More