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Dive into Detroit’s growing startup scene with TechCrunch’s Detroit City Spotlight –

Don’t sleep on Detroit. The city that put America in motion is quickly growing into a startup hub with a wide variety of successes. From sneakers to mortgages to houseplants, companies are finding success in Southeast Michigan thanks to welcoming investors, access to amazing engineering talent, and a deep history of creating lasting businesses. Throughout […] → Read More

Last call for Detroit startups to apply for TechCrunch’s Detroit City Spotlight pitch-off –

TechCrunch is hosting a small virtual event on April 15 for startups in Detroit and we’re still looking for a few startups to pitch at the event. The deadline is today, Friday, April 9th. Apply below. Want to attend the free event? Register here. TechCrunch just published a feature on Detroit-darling StockX and this meetup […] → Read More

Have a startup in Detroit? Apply to pitch at TechCrunch’s Detroit virtual meetup! –

TechCrunch is coming to Detroit — virtually, at least. On April 15, TechCrunch is hosting a small online event with local venture capitalists, founders and those curious about the growing ecosystem. There will also be a small pitch-off event where Detroit-based startups have three minutes to pitch their companies to Detroit-based VCs. TechCrunch just published […] → Read More

New York moves to legalize recreational marijuana –

New York State officials struck a deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow recreational use of cannabis. The move would create the largest legal cannabis market on the East Coast, potentially creating tens of thousands of jobs and significant startups opportunities. This is a big first step, though the first sale of recreational weed is […] → Read More

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg want to be your weed dealer –

Seth Rogen and four friends-turned-co-founders have been building a weed company for close to ten years, and its products are now available in the United States. The company’s house goods will be available through its website and select dispensaries in Los Angeles will carry Houseplant’s three strains of cannabis. Nearly every smoker has been there: […] → Read More

Happening today: Attend TechCrunch’s free Miami meetup to hear how to raise money from Miami investors –

In just a few hours, we’re going to (virtually) meet up in the Magic City, Miami. Since we first let you know about our new Spotlight series, we’ve gotten a ton of registrations and some amazing submissions for our pitch-off. The small event features three segments: networking, a pitch-off, and a fireside chat with Rebecca […] → Read More

Attend TechCrunch’s free virtual Miami meetup on March 11 –

TechCrunch is hosting a small virtual meetup this Thursday centered around Miami. We hope you can attend. It’s free. This is our first (virtual) field trip to Miami. Even though we can’t be there physically right now, it’ll sure feel like we are. All lights will be shining on the Magic City. The area is […] → Read More

Have a startup in Miami? Apply to pitch at TechCrunch’s Miami virtual meetup –

TechCrunch is coming to Miami — virtually, at least. On March 11, TechCrunch is hosting a small online event with local venture capitalists, founders, and those curious about the growing ecosystem. There will also be a small pitch-off event where Florida-based startups have three minutes to pitch their companies to Florida-based VCs. Everyone is welcome […] → Read More

Attend TechCrunch’s free virtual Miami meetup on March 11 –

Silicon Valley is novel, but not unique. Throughout the United States and abroad, there are communities of technology entrepreneurs leveraging local assets to build great companies. TechCrunch has long told these stories, and throughout the first half of 2021, our editorial staff is dedicated to shining a spotlight on exciting startups and notable investors in […] → Read More

The keyboards of TechCrunch’s editorial staff –

Few things are more personal than a keyboard, and yet they are often overlooked by Work From Home guides. Why use the standard-issue keyboard when there are so many options available? This is a sampling of some of the keyboards used by TechCrunch’s editorial staff. Some are boring, some are for different languages — and […] → Read More

The Midwest Fund launches, brings The Fund’s innovative investment strategy to a fifth market –

A new investment fund is coming to Midwest cities, and it’s lead by names familiar to the local scenes. The aptly-named Midwest Fund targets early-stage startups from Pittsburgh to Chicago, from Detroit to Cincinnati, and everywhere in between. Unlike traditional venture capital funds, this one gets its funding from successful entrepreneurs looking for ways to […] → Read More

Ford to go all electric in Europe by 2030 –

Ford today announced a new strategy for the European market that aims the automaker at primarily only selling electric vehicles by 2030. To do so, Ford intends to spend $1 billion to revamp a factory in Cologne, Germany, where it will produce EVs using a Volkswagen platform. The first production vehicle from the updated factory […] → Read More

Leafly and Jane partner to build a better online cannabis shopping experience –

Two giants of the cannabis industry are today announcing a partnership to create an improved retail experience for consumers and dispensaries alike. Through this partnership, Leafly and Jane’s solutions will offer dispensaries powerful tools to sync online e-commerce with in-store inventory — something that is sorely lacking in the cannabis world. Legal weed shoppers know […] → Read More

Cannabis marketing platform Springbig adds BudTender to its stash –

Springbig today announced that it acquired Canada-based BudTender, a customer experience platform for cannabis retailers. The acquisition adds 200 clients to Springbig, which brings the total amount of retailers in its purview to 1,900. This move comes as cannabis retailers are seeking novel approaches to expand their client base. In most regions, cannabis companies are […] → Read More

Tesla recalls 135,000 vehicles over touchscreen failures –

Own a Tesla Model S or Model X? It might have a recall, and it’s serious. Tesla today issued one of its largest recalls to date, covering roughly 135,000 Model S and Model X. The touchscreen is the concern. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the touchscreen in these vehicles can fail […] → Read More

5 consumer hardware VCs share their 2021 investment strategies –

"Tesla is arguably the most interesting connected consumer hardware company since Apple exploded in scale with the success of the iPhone." → Read More

Bryte raises $24m, pivots from selling $8k AI-powered mattresses to licensing its tech –

Bryte today announced $24M in Series A funding led by ARCHina Capital. This comes as the company moves away from selling its $8,000 mattress direct to consumers and instead is working with partners who would utilize Bryte’s technology in their mattresses. Bryte says several deals are in the works. According to the company, this pivot […] → Read More

These 5 VCs have high hopes for cannabis in 2021 –

"2021 could be nothing short of amazing for our industry." → Read More

Nikola’s stock crashes after announcing cancelation of contract with Republic Services for 2,500 garbage trucks –

The undoing of Nikola continues. Today, the company announced the termination of its contract with Republic Services for 2,500 garbage trucks. Announced back in August, the deal had Nikola building garbage trucks in 2023 with on-road testing scheduled for 2024. This is the latest deal to unravel for Nikola as it tries to patch up […] → Read More

Watch Space Force commander Gen. John Raymond explain public-private partnerships for space defense –

General John “Jay” Raymond spoke at TechCrunch Sessions: Space earlier this week where he touched on a variety of subjects. The talk came on the eve of Space Force’s first birthday, having been founded on December 20, 2019. Space Force commander explains how the new military service operates like a startup and gave advice how […] → Read More