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Original Content podcast: ‘Tiger King’ might be the wildest show on Netflix –

Netflix’s “Tiger King” is a docuseries focusing on the man who calls himself Joe Exotic — owner of a private park full of tigers and other big cats. We learn in the opening minutes of the first episode that he’s been accused of hiring a contract killer to murder an animal rights activist. A documentary […] → Read More

John Borthwick & Matt Hartman of betaworks discuss coronavirus adaptation strategies –

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hopping on Zoom with betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman to discuss the tech world’s adaptation to this new locked-down world, the future of new media and answer questions from the audience. We discussed whether new media companies can raise capital right now, and touched on emerging trends around […] → Read More

Join betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman on a live WFH conference call tomorrow at 3pm EDT –

The world is changing fast. With the spread of coronavirus keeping folks in their homes, there’s no time like the present to connect with people online. Tomorrow at 3pm EDT, betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman will be joining us for a live conference call via Zoom (here’s the dial-in link) for everyone on TechCrunch. […] → Read More

ClassPass now offers live streamed workouts for those house-bound by coronavirus –

ClassPass, the fitness platform that connects gym-goers with the right studio/fitness class, has today announced that it’s dusting off its shuttered video product in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. With some tweaks. ClassPass studio partners will today be able to offer live streamed classes on the platform. ClassPass has set up a system that […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: Apple’s ‘Amazing Stories’ is thoroughly unamazing –

It’s been two-and-a-half years since the news first broke that Steven Spielberg would be rebooting his ’80s anthology series “Amazing Stories” for Apple’s then-unnamed streaming service. Now, after some behind-the-scenes drama, “Amazing Stories” has launched on Apple TV+, with the first two segments currently available. The first, “The Cellar,” is a time travel romance, while […] → Read More

Announcing the Disrupt SF Digital Pass –

At TechCrunch, we aim to deliver a great show no matter what. We’re constantly looking at ways to broaden the reach of Disrupt — in 2018, for instance, we added several new pricing tiers to make sure the show is as accessible as possible. That’s why today we’re announcing plans to offer access to Disrupt […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: Hulu’s ‘Hillary’ retraces a controversial career and a heartbreaking election –

While Hillary Clinton’s comments about Bernie Sanders (“Nobody likes him”) have prompted more headlines than anything else in Hulu’s “Hillary,” there’s a lot more to learn from the documentary. Over the course of four-plus hours, “Hillary” traces Clinton’s life and career, with a particular focus on the 2016 election — both the combative primary with […] → Read More

Quit Genius raises $11M Series A to expand into opioid, alcohol addiction treatment –

QuitGenius, the YC-backed startup that uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help folks quit smoking and vaping tobacco products, has today announced the close of am $11 million Series A round. The new funding was led by Octopus Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. Quit Genius was built by doctors […] → Read More

Varsity Tutors launches Virtual School Day for free amid COVID-19 school closures –

Varsity Tutors, the edtech company looking to connect students with tutors live and on-demand, is today releasing a free product called Virtual School Day for students and parents, as schools close across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic. Virtual School Day offers more than 20 hours of live, online classes across a variety of […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘Devs’ is a strange and delightful technothriller –

Given its name, you might expect “Devs” — which launched earlier this month on the new FX on Hulu — to be a “Silicon Valley”-style sitcom about the tech industry. And there are indeed some delightful moments where “Ex Machina” writer-director Alex Garland pokes fun at San Francisco and tech culture. But the prevailing mood is […] → Read More

This startup got a meeting with Mark Suster by getting clever with Google ads –

Startups have done some wild things to get the attention of VCs. In fact, Instacart founder Apoorva Mehta sent YC partner (at the time) Garry Tan a six-pack of beer through the service after missing the deadline for Y Combinator by two months. Yesterday, the ingenuity of startups struck again., an enterprise startup that […] → Read More

TechCrunch is postponing Early Stage SF and Sessions: Mobility –

Just like you, we at TechCrunch have been keeping a close eye on the developing situation around the novel Coronavirus. This is indeed a challenging time for families and businesses across the globe. TechCrunch is not immune. Our events, big and small, have always been designed to bring the tech startup community together, to make […] → Read More

YC-backed Giveaway is a peer-to-peer marketplace that uses virtual currency –

YC-backed Giveaway lets folks give away their unused or unnecessary items in a marketplace. Unlike other buy/sell or donation platforms, Giveaway uses a virtual currency on the platform to reward people for listing their products for free on the app. Users earn Karma coins each time they list an item on the website. Folks can […] → Read More

YC-backed Legionfarm lets competitive gamers pay to play with pro coaches –

Legionfarm, a YC-backed company, is looking to bring coaches to the competitive gaming world. Esports teams at the very top often have coaches, but the rest of the massive competitive gaming scene has to find a way to improve on their own, either via sheer time played or with creative new training platforms. There is […] → Read More

Real estate platform Orchard adds new features to home search portal –

Orchard, formerly Perch, is sprinting towards its goal of having a fully integrated home buying and selling platform, from title and mortgage services to its tech-focused real estate brokerage to a consumer search portal. They company has many plates spinning at once, one could say. Today, Orchard is announcing new features for its home search […] → Read More

YC-backed Snapboard is a no-code platform for building internal tools –

No code tools are on the rise, and a YC-backed company called Snapboard is looking to join the fight. Snapboard, led by solo founder Calum Moore, started when Moore decided to build one product a week for a year as a personal challenge. In the second week, he realized just how many apps and services […] → Read More

Electric reopens Series B to make room for Dick Costolo and Adam Bain –

Electric, the platform that delivers IT services to small and medium businesses, has today announced that it has raised an additional $14.5 million on its Series B from 01 Advisors, the fund led by Twitter alums Dick Costolo and Adam Bain. Though the funding is a part of the company’s Series B financing, founder Ryan […] → Read More

YC-backed Cleanly merges with NextCleaners to vertically integrate –

Cleanly, the YC-backed company that looked to bring tech to the laundry industry, has today announced a merger with NextCleaners. The New York-based companies signed an all-stock deal after more than a year of negotiations, with Cleanly founder and CEO Tom Harari serving as Chairman of the Board and Next CEO Kam Saifi will stay […] → Read More

TFLiving, with $4.8M in seed funding, wants to be the Uber for amenities –

TFLiving, looking to bring amenities to residential and commercial spaces, has today announced the close of a $4.8 million seed financing led by Camber Creek. Courtside Ventures, and other strategic investors, also participated in the round. TFLiving uses technology to connect service providers, like massage therapists, yoga instructors and dog walkers, with property managers and […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘Love is Blind’ adds a touch of reality to a silly premise –

Even by the standards of romantic competition reality shows, “Love is Blind” has a doozy of a concept: A group of men and women “date” by talking in pods where they can only hear each other’s voices. In just a little over a week, they’re expected to start proposing marriage to someone who they’ve never […] → Read More