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Hear from these amazing investors and founders on TechCrunch Live this February –

TechCrunch Live (formerly Extra Crunch Live) is coming back this February, and we have a fantastic lineup to start the new season. Changes are coming to the show, too. In 2022 look for more pitch decks, more pitch-offs and more of the best founder/investor combos. Last year’s season ended on a high note. We had […] → Read More

The Chevy Silverado finally goes electric –

General Motors just pulled the sheet off the Chevrolet Silverado EV. It has a range of 400 miles, up to 664 horsepower, and a starting price of $39,900 for a basic work truck edition. The fully loaded, four-wheel steering RST First Edition costs $105,000. Both will hit production lines in 2023. Can’t wait? Get in […] → Read More

Cannabis and banking vets launch credit card for dispensaries –

Most consumer cannabis transactions are done in cash, legal or not. Since the United States classifies cannabis as a Title IV drug, the banking industry is unwilling and unable to provide services to cannabis operations. That leaves dispensaries managing and protecting massive sums of cash, and the stores cannot offer a modern retail payment system […] → Read More

Gift Guide: Give the gift of cannabis with these 9 high-tech smoking devices –

Cannabis is quickly going to the nerds. As it gradually becomes legal around the world, startups have responded with innovative products from laser-powered water bongs to CNC machined vapes to AI-powered herb grinders. Got a friend who wants to get a bit fancy with it? Give’m the gift of high-tech consumption. Please consume responsibility. Throughout […] → Read More

Check out the incredible speakers joining us on TechCrunch Live in December –

TechCrunch Live (previously known as Extra Crunch Live) is ending the year strong with a slate of fantastic speakers. We’re speaking to Eugenio Pace from AuthO and Sunil Nagaraj from Ubiquity Ventures. Then, our last show of 2021 will feature Alyson Watson from Modern Health and investor Annie Case from Kleiner Perkins. We’re thrilled with […] → Read More

Meadow launches Dynamic Delivery to bring mobile cannabis dispensaries to California –

Meadow’s new Dynamic Delivery helped Cannable cut delivery times from hours to 20 minutes. How? The delivery vehicle is stocked with $3,000 worth of pot, and customers can order directly from the car in their neighborhood. Think of it like an ice cream truck with a modern online ordering system. But, instead of serving gelato […] → Read More

Agrify aims to be the fastest-growing cannabis company –

Agrify currently sells computer-controlled vertical farming units for cannabis. But that’s just the starting point for Agrify. The company is quickly going vertical itself, adding features and acquiring more companies as it builds out a total solution provider for the cannabis industry. Cannabis is among the most valuable crops in the United States. According to […] → Read More

The DJI Mavic 3 is the company’s best consumer drone yet –

Let’s get this out of the way: The $2,199 DJI Mavic 3 is excellent and I didn’t get to try all the new features yet. The Mavic 3 is DJI’s latest top-of-the-line consumer drone. It’s foldable, expensive, and packs an impressive dual-lens camera and dramatically better drone-to-controller communication. The Mavic 3 is easily DJI’s best […] → Read More

Puffco keeps innovating dabbing –

Puffco is announcing a new upgrade to its over-the-top Peak Pro vaporizer that increases the smoking experience and improves battery life. This upgrade requires users to swap the cooking chamber of their Peak Pro, but a sleek design makes this easy. The new chamber comes just after announcing a clever battery-powered hot knife that makes […] → Read More

Cannabis investment jumps 82% the second half of 2021, 165% over 2020 levels –

Cannabis equity fundraising is quickly hitting new highs. An analysis of Crunchbase data reveals cannabis companies are seeing larger checks from equity financing, and the number of rounds is seemingly shifting from seed to later-stage rounds. News broke today that cannabis tech leader Dutchie raised another massive financing round. This $350 million Series D values […] → Read More

Vlad Novakovski and Nicole Quinn to elucidate Series A fundraising –

Vlad Novakovski co-founded Lunchclub in 2017 as a way to improve professional networking. In 2020, the company made a large push toward videos (thanks, COVID) and eventually saw enough traction to raise a $24.2 million Series A at a valuation above $100 million. Nicole Quinn from Lightspeed Ventures lead the raise. We’re thrilled to have […] → Read More

Vlad Novakovski and Nicole Quinn to elucidate Series A fundraising –

Vlad Novakovski co-founded Lunchclub in 2017 as a way to improve professional networking. In 2020, the company made a large push toward videos (thanks, COVID) and eventually saw enough traction to raise a $24.2 million Series A at a valuation above $100 million. Nicole Quinn from Lightspeed Ventures lead the raise. We’re thrilled to have […] → Read More

Review: The Surface Pro 8 with Windows 11 is fast and fresh –

The latest Surface Pro is packed with new goodness. The screen is new and the chassis is new. It runs the latest Intel chipset and finally supports Thunderbolt 4. The Surface Pro 8 even packs Windows 11, which brings a host of new features. The signature kickstand works better, and the optional keyboard is improved. […] → Read More

First drive: The Electrifying GMC Hummer EV –

The $110,000 GMC Hummer EV is a wild mashup that can keep up with the best off-roader, has the comfort of a luxury sedan and the speed of a sports car. And it has a truck bed. GM calls it a super truck, and I cannot disagree. After driving the Hummer EV at General Motor’s […] → Read More

Vlad Novakovski and Nicole Quinn to elucidate Series A fundraising –

Vlad Novakovski co-founded Lunchclub in 2017 as a way to improve professional networking. In 2020, the company made a large push toward videos (thanks, COVID) and eventually saw enough traction to raise a $24.2 million Series A at a valuation above $100 million. Nicole Quinn from Lightspeed Ventures lead the raise. We’re thrilled to have […] → Read More

Here are the 5 Startup Battlefield finalists at Disrupt 2021 –

Over the last two days, 20 companies took the stage in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield in a bid to win $100,000 and the Startup Battlefield cup. They had six minutes to present their pitch decks and answered six minutes of questions from noted investors and executives. The judges and TechCrunch editors evaluated the companies and selected […] → Read More

Seth Rogen explains how Houseplant promotes cannabis without breaking the rules –

I was annoying Seth Rogen. We had just started the interview, and while he politely answered my questions, he was growing tired of talking about his celebrity status. He was more interested in discussing how the company he co-founded is succeeding by overcoming countless regulatory hurdles. To him, that success has little to do with […] → Read More

Storz & Bickle new Mighty+ vape features faster heating, USB-C and UL certification –

Storz & Bickle finally updated the Mighty vaporizer. The original hit the market in October 2014 and quickly became a fan favorite despite its unwieldy form factor and market-topping price. Users point to the quality of the vapor, airflow, and its certification as a medical device as primary reasons for buying the vape. The new […] → Read More

Curio Wellness rebrands retail biz, expands its cannabis retail franchises to new states –

Curio Wellness announced its innovative franchise program in 2020, and today it’s bringing the program across the United States. The company is now accepting franchise applications in ten states, including MD, VA, PA, OH, MO, NJ, FL, MA, MI, and IL. The program is designed to lower barriers to opening a dispensary. Anyone can apply […] → Read More

Cannabis e-commerce startup Jane Technologies raises $100m after stellar growth –

Don’t call Jane Technologies the Amazon of weed. Instead, think of Jane Technologies as the Shopify of weed, and it’s an important distinction. While other startups attempt to build a destination marketplace like Amazon, Jane Technologies is trying something more powerful. The company is building the backends for dispensaries that are quickly taking their cannabis […] → Read More