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SOSV partners explain how deep tech startups can fundraise successfully –

'In deep tech, it's essential to think about founder-investor fit. And what we mean by this is understanding why an investor is even in VC in the first place.' → Read More

Silicon Valley comms expert Caryn Marooney shares how to nail the narrative –

"You may think that the message is boring because you've said it once. But repetition never spoils the prayer." → Read More

Dodge Challenges: Can the automaker bring muscle into the electric future? –

The term muscle car has always been a euphemism for concessions. Want the most power for the money? Forget about a sports car from Porsche or Lotus. Buy a muscle car and just take corners a bit slower. Today Dodge announced it’s making an electric muscle car and it will be available in 2024. The […] → Read More

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto speaks on Duolingo’s IPO and luring venture capital to the Steel City –

is known as the Steel City, but these days, the city is turning to startups rather than steel. Mayor Bill Peduto lead this charge since taking office in 2014. He recently spoke at TechCrunch’s City Spotlight: Pittsburgh event, where he outlined the opportunity and challenges for entrepreneurs considering founding and running their companies in […] → Read More

Last call for our Pittsburgh City Spotlight Pitch-Off –

We’re about a week away from TechCrunch Spotlight: Pittsburgh, and one of the uniquely-TechCrunch things we do at events is a pitch-off. Be it the big Disrupt Battlefield, or the flash pitch-offs that happen weekly on Extra Crunch Live, the energy around folks pitching their company — sometimes for the first time — is downright […] → Read More

Pitch us, Pittsburgh –

We’re getting closer to putting our spotlight on Pittsburgh, and there’s quite a bit going on behind the scenes. We’ve been spending a ton of time chatting with folks who are on the ground in the city, and we’ve had a great time learning and listening, which we think will make this installment of our Spotlight […] → Read More

Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian is speaking at TechCrunch City Spotlight: Pittsburgh –

TechCrunch is thrilled to announce Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian is speaking at our Pittsburgh event on June 29. You can register here. It’s free to participate and hear President Jahanian’s interview. President Jahanian is an outspoken advocate for science and innovation, making him perfect to headline our event focused on startup activity in […] → Read More

Mint House claims top hotel in NYC after COVID changed its hospitality business –

What’s the top-rated hotel in New York City? According to Tripadvisor users, it’s Mint House at 70 Pine, and it’s easy to see why as you click through the photos. Throughout NYC, hotel rooms are essentially bento boxes, carefully constructed to contain all the necessary bits. But not Mint House rooms. Mint House rooms are […] → Read More

iPadOS 15 announced at WWDC, features improved multitasking and new Swift Playgrounds features –

Apple today introduced the next version iPadOS with more widgets and a better multitasking system. The announcement was by Apple SVP, Craig Federighi at Apple’s annual developer’s conference, WWDC. The features announced today are welcomed updates, but fall short from the major rework the iPad sorely deserves.The new iPad features come in addition to the […] → Read More

Amazon to stop screening employees for marijuana –

Amazon in brief blog post announced it will no longer include marijuana on its drug screening program. In short, the company is now treating weed like alcohol, which means off-work employees can partake in a beer or a spliff without fear of repercussions. Of course, just like with alcohol, Amazon says it will continue to […] → Read More

Calling all Yinzers, TechCrunch is (virtually) headed to Pittsburgh! –

We’ve had a blast meeting new folks in different cities this year and we’re keeping the train rolling. We learned quite a bit about what’s happening now in Miami and got up to speed on what’s been happening in the great city of Detroit. Up next? Pittsburgh. Register for free the event here. That’s right, […] → Read More

Airspace Link raises $10m to make drones safer for both operators and communities –

Airspace Link is today announcing it raised a $10 million Series A from Altos Ventures, Thales, and others. The Detroit, Michigan-based startup anticipates using the additional funds to expand its domestic offering and expand overseas. CEO Michael Healander explains to TechCrunch that the company sees airspaces as digital infrastructure lacking critical regulations. “Today you have […] → Read More

Axle raises $10m Series A to advance its freight financing services –

Axle recently announced it raised $10m in Series A financing after a stellar year of growth. The round was led by Crosslink Capital with participation from FJ Labs, Flexport, Tribeca Early Stage Partners, and others including existing investors Anthemis Group, Techstars, and Plug and Play Ventures. In a press release, the company points to the […] → Read More

Credit Karma reinvents cash-back rewards with instant payback –

Credit Karma Money, a new checking and savings account from the company best known for its credit monitoring service, recently launched a significant new feature. Called Instant Karma, the program rewards users by randomly refunding purchases or adding money to cash deposits. So far, since launching the feature, Credit Karma says it has rewarded 100,000 […] → Read More

Comms expert and VC Caryn Marooney will detail how to get attention at TC Early Stage –

We’re thrilled to announce Caryn Marooney is speaking at our upcoming TechCrunch Early Stage virtual event in July. She spoke with us last year and we had to have her back. Just look at her resume. She was the co-founder and CEO of The Outcast Agency, one of Silicon Valley’s best-regarded public relations firms. She […] → Read More

Jim Belushi is chasing the magic in cannabis –

I don’t think Jim Belushi was high while we talked on Zoom this week. Instead of a joint, he was puffing on a cigar, but he was still happy and smiling. “I have my brother’s face on it. I have the Blues Brothers brand. It’s got to be good shit, man.” Jim Belushi was telling […] → Read More

Detroit-based Signal Advisors raises $10m Series A led by General Catalyst –

Signal Advisors is building a specialized financial platform for financial advisors, and the company is announcing it raised a $10 million Series A led by Brian Ru and Hemant Taneja at General Catalyst. This funding is on top of the $6 million seed round it raised in 2020 from Detroit Venture Partners, Ludlow Ventures, General […] → Read More

The M1 iMac’s power supply sports magnetic connector, Ethernet port –

Apple just announced the new iMac powered by Apple’s own M1 silicon. Among the numerous updates and upgrades is a new power brick that sports something special to Apple’s lineup: an Ethernet port. On the surface, this seems like a silly placement of a critical I/O port, but there’s a good chance this feature could […] → Read More

Cannabis banking act passes U.S. House with bipartisan support –

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark bill aimed at easing restrictions placed on the cannabis industry. The SAFE ACT (Secure and Fair Enforcement) banking act provides safe harbor for financial institutions to work with cannabis operators. If passed by the Senate and approved by President Biden, this bill would allow the cannabis industry […] → Read More

Cannabis lender Bespoke Financial raises $8m from Casa Verde Capital and Sweat Equity Ventures –

Cannabis financing company Bespoke Financial today announced it raised $8 million in a Series A financing round. Through this round, the company brought new, key investors into its corner as it fights to bring financing solutions to companies in the cannabis space. Bespoke is a direct lender and provides several financing solutions to companies operating […] → Read More