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Check out this never-before-seen clip from HBO’s The Perfect Weapon –

At Disrupt 2020, we got a chance to see some never-before-seen footage from HBO’s upcoming documentary The Perfect Weapon. The documentary, which was executive produced by John Maggio, is based on the book by the same(ish) name written by David Sanger, Washington correspondent for the New York Times. We got to sit down for an […] → Read More

Human Capital announces the winners of its Delta fellowship program –

Today, in the first interview of Disrupt 2020, Human Capital’s Baris Akis and investor Michael Ovitz announced the winners of its Delta Fellowship program. Human Capital launched in 2016 with a mission to become a talent agency for engineers in the same way that CAA, founded by Michael Ovitz, was a talent agency for entertainers. […] → Read More

Disrupt 2020 starts tomorrow… join us for the LIVE pre-show right now! –

We simply can’t wait. Disrupt 2020 officially kicks off tomorrow morning at 9am PT, but there are so many exciting features in this show — from the speaker lineup to the Startup Battlefield competition to the wide variety of features included in this new virtual format — that we simply can’t wait to go live. […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: Disney’s ‘Mulan’ remake is fun, if you can forget the controversy

Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” comes with some serious baggage. First, the film has drawn political controversy for its star’s statements in support of the action Hong Kong police against protestors, as well as the fact that “Mulan” was filmed, in part, in the Xinjiang region, where the Chinese government has held Muslim ethnic minorities […] → Read More

FaZe Clan’s Lee Trink, Troy Carter and Nick “Nickmercs” Kolcheff are coming to Disrupt 2020 –

Esports, an already booming industry, have taken on an even greater significance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. With traditional sports stalled or… er, different, esports and gaming in general have given folks a fresh way to enjoy competition. Perhaps no esports organization has more clout or recognition than FaZe Clan. That’s why we’re […] → Read More

All the ways to meet someone and make connections at Disrupt 2020 –

No matter how amazing the speaker lineup is at Disrupt 2020 next week — and believe you me, it’s pretty fuckin’ amazing — there is nothing more powerful than the connections people make at our show. Whether it’s an investor, a future cofounder, an interesting startup, or a new friend, networking is a critical aspect […] → Read More

Orchard real estate platform raises $69 million Series C led by Revolution Growth –

Orchard, the tech-forward residential real estate platform, has today announced the close of a $69 million Series C funding led by Revolution Growth. Existing investors FirstMark Capital, Navitas, Accomplice and Juxtapose also participated in the round, which brings the company’s total funding to $138 million. Orchard (formerly Perch) launched in 2017 on a mission to […] → Read More

Fabletics’ Don Ressler and Kevin Hart to talk D2C at Disrupt 2020 –

The world of retail has been absolutely rocked by the coronavirus pandemic. Stores closed across the country, and at the same time, online sales went through the roof. Direct-to-consumer brands, many of whom are masters of both online and brick-and-mortar channels, experienced unprecedented change in a matter of weeks and months. To unpack all of […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘High Score’ is a selective tour through video game history

“High Score” is a new Netflix documentary series that looks back at the early years of the video game industry. Across six episodes, key developers, artists, executives and even players discuss the initial arcade and home console boom, the emergence of Nintendo, the rise of adventure and role-playing games, the battle between Sega and Nintendo, […] → Read More

Alexa von Tobel: Eliminating risk is the key to building a startup during an economic downturn –

Launching a company, even in the best of times, is one of the most challenging exercises a person can go through. In an economic recession, it can seem downright impossible. But founders across the country, and indeed across the globe, are in the midst of that process as I write. They aren’t the first. Alexa […] → Read More

harbor, an emergency preparedness platform, picks up $5 million in seed funding –

Billion dollar natural disasters are on the rise in the United States, according to CNBC. Even as I write, a hurricane is making landfall in Louisiana while wild fires rage in northern California. And those are just the big disasters. There were more than 1.3 million fires in the United States in 2018, and nearly […] → Read More

Warby Parker, valued at $3 billion, raises $245 million in funding –

Warby Parker, the optical ecommerce giant, has today announced the close of a $245 million funding round from D1 Capital Partners, Durable Capital Partners, T. Rowe Price, and Baillie Gifford. A source familiar with the company’s finances confirmed to TechCrunch that this brings Warby Parker’s valuation to $3 billion. The fresh $245 million comes as […] → Read More

Eden intros SaaS tools in a bid to become a more comprehensive office management platform –

Eden, the office management platform founded by Joe du Bey, is today announcing the launch of several new enterprise software features. The company, which offers a marketplace for office managers to procure services like office cleaning, repairs, etc., is looking to offer a more comprehensive platform. The software features include a COVID team safety tool […] → Read More

Meet the Disrupt 2020 “TC10” –

If 2020 hasn’t been wild enough, there’s an extra special twist going down at Disrupt 2020 beyond the fact that, for the first time ever, the conference will be fully virtual. It also happens to be the show’s 10th anniversary. Time flies when you’re changing the world, eh? As part of Disrupt’s 10th anniversary celebration, […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: On Netflix’s ‘Selling Sunset’, everyone’s a villain

“Selling Sunset” is the kind reality TV show that doesn’t bother with things like sympathetic or relatable characters. The Netflix series recently released its third season — which, like the seasons before it, follows the efforts of the largely female staff at a Los Angeles brokerage to sell high-end real estate. As we explain on […] → Read More

Eric Hippeau discusses D2C growth, brand value and advice for early-stage founders –

Eric Hippeau is the founding partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, whose portfolio companies include the likes of Axios, BuzzFeed, Casper, Warby Parker, Allbirds, DocSend, Fundera, Everlane, Giphy, Genius and the recently acquired fitness company Mirror. It would not be an overstatement to say that Hippeau is well-positioned to discuss startups across a wide spectrum of […] → Read More

Figma CEO Dylan Field discusses fundraising, hiring and marketing in stealth mode –

You’d be hard pressed to hang out with a designer and not hear the name Figma. The company behind the largely browser-based design tool has made a huge splash in the past few years, building a massive war chest with more than $130 million from investors like A16Z, Sequoia, Greylock, Kleiner Perkins and Index. The […] → Read More

Invision refreshes its Design System Manager, brings on Eleanor Morgan as CPO –

InVision, the design firm that’s raised more than $350 million from investors FirstMark, Spark, Battery, and Tiger Global Management, has today announced the appointment of Eleanor Morgan as Chief Product Officer. The company is also introducing a brand new Design System Manager, giving teams much more flexibility and control in both creating and maintaining their […] → Read More

Extra Crunch Live: Join Eric Hippeau for a live Q&A today at 11am PT/2pm ET –

While you may have heard this phrase several hundred too many times this year, it remains true: These are unprecedented times. At least a dozen industries are in a state of flux, and only time (a relatively short amount of time) will tell if they can evolve quickly enough to stay in the game. A […] → Read More CEO Mariam Naficy shares ‘the biggest surprise about entrepreneurship’ –

At TechCrunch Early Stage, Minted CEO and serial founder Mariam Naficy got into the weeds with us on some of the topics founders don’t often discuss. What’s the difference between expectations and reality when it comes to entrepreneurialism? How do you split responsibilities between co-founders? What’s the key to being great at hiring? We also […] → Read More