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  • Tech in Asia

Recent articles by Danny:

Product lessons from building our subscription service Extra Crunch –

Subscription has been all the rage in media circles as the industry searches for new, sustainable business models. We’ve seen companies from infrastructure plays like Substack and Pico to brand verticals like Holloway and The Athletic receive venture funding, all with the goal of changing the economics of news, information and entertainment. Every day, I […] → Read More

The NBA should learn from Google China –

By now, you’ve probably heard about the tweet heard ‘round the world, or at least, the part of the world where Mandarin is spoken. The GM of the Houston Rockets basketball franchise wrote a tweet — since deleted — supporting the democracy protesters that have lit up Hong Kong these past few weeks. As Eben […] → Read More

Top VCs in Edtech, Dropbox, first mover advantage, India’s Netflix, scooters, and more –

Editor’s Note This week, we hosted 23 panels on all aspects of building startups on the Extra Crunch stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Thanks to the thousands of attendees who attended those talks, as well as the workshops we held on the Breakout Stage — your enthusiasm was palpable. We also had hundreds of new […] → Read More

WeWork proves that (venture) capitalism works –

What’s the lesson of WeWork? Here’s a startup that has been a darling of Silicon Valley investors for years, whose offices and CEO have been stunningly painted across the covers of major trade magazines and strategically deployed across major tech conference stages, including our very own. At its peak, the company commanded a valuation of […] → Read More

Attending Disrupt? Get feedback on your pitchdeck, marketing and immigration questions directly from the experts –

The right advice at the right time can make all the difference for your company. So this year at Disrupt SF (Oct. 2-4), we’re going to try to help startup founders get an extra level of insight. We’re hosting a set of workshops with experts in fundraising, growth and hiring, where attendees can submit questions […] → Read More

How to become a VC, Amazon’s voice play, Peloton stock, Facebook’s new VR environment and more –

EC Editorial Announcements TechCrunch Disrupt SF is this week: join us on the Extra Crunch stage TechCrunch’s biggest event of the year is happening this coming week at the brand-new Moscone North convention center in SF. We have wall-to-wall programming on our inaugural Extra Crunch stage, where audience members can ask questions to our panelists […] → Read More

Get your pitchdeck analyzed by top investors and experts at Disrupt SF next week –

…And see other pitchdecks get the teardown treatment from top early-stage investors Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures), Anu Duggal (Female Founders Fund), and Russ Heddleston (CEO of DocSend). All you have to do is send your deck over to ec_editors@techcrunch.com if you’re attending Disrupt, and you can get feedback directly from them in a workshop setting. […] → Read More

Tribe leads $12M Series A into Teampay to make managing employee expenses painless –

The modern office worker is heavily engaged with expenses. From buying SaaS products and purchasing team lunches to securing freelancers for outsourced work, employees need access to purchasing power on behalf of their companies on a regular basis. Unfortunately, offering that purchasing power is fraught with difficulty. Companies want to manage their cash carefully to […] → Read More

Paro raises $10 million series B to offer corporate finance expertise on demand –

As any CFO can attest, corporate finance is extraordinarily complicated. From tax preparation, to financial controls, to cash flow estimation and more, the finance department of any major company often has to turnaround sophisticated analyses with extreme attention to detail — and quick. Most of the time, businesses outsource at least part of those financial […] → Read More

Summer wants to vanquish student loans for borrowers, and now has $10M to do it –

$1.5 trillion. That’s the amount of outstanding student loan debt held by American citizens according to the New York Fed. It is an astronomical sum, and has led to much hand-wringing about whether there is a coming bubble in U.S. higher education. What’s even worse than the scale of the debt load though is the […] → Read More

How to sell a startup for a $1B, Automattic, WeWork craziness, Kobalt, Netflix, Blackstone, and ClimateTech –

Editor’s Note Apologies for not getting this roundup newsletter out on Saturday — I was on vacation this weekend. So this newsletter covers the back half of last week and the first half of this week, and some of the articles are summarized more aggressively to keep this email at least somewhat reasonable in length. […] → Read More

Fractional home ownership startup Divvy raises $43m series B to build a path from rent to purchase –

There is no more important savings asset for most American families than owning a home, but the dream of ownership has turned into a nightmare. Homeownership, which peaked in 2004 at around 70%, hit its nadir after the global financial crisis, reaching 63% in 2016 according to data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve bank. […] → Read More

Vannevar Labs comes out of stealth to bring best-in-class AI tech to national security agencies –

Few organizations have the complex data and analytics problems that challenge the defense and intelligence communities every single day. Whether it is managing petabytes of text, audio, or video data, finding extraordinarily small patterns in the noise, or processing multilingual analytics, the agencies at the heart of America’s national security system confront cutting-edge problems every […] → Read More

ZenBusiness raises $10m to help founders launch and grow “worry-free” –

There are two sides to starting a new business. On one side, entrepreneurs need creativity, imagination — a dream, essentially — to find, build, and market a new product to users and consumers. But on the other side, they have to deal with the regulatory state and all the minutia that comes with running any […] → Read More

ZenBusiness raises $15m to help founders launch and grow “worry-free” –

There are two sides to starting a new business. On one side, entrepreneurs need creativity, imagination — a dream, essentially — to find, build, and market a new product to users and consumers. But on the other side, they have to deal with the regulatory state and all the minutia that comes with running any […] → Read More

Fundbox raises $176 million Series C to build ‘Visa’ for B2B payments –

Credit cards have become all but ubiquitous for consumer transactions, and it isn’t hard to see why. By intermediating payments, networks like Visa allow buyers and sellers to exchange money for goods and services without knowing the financial risk profile of the counter-party. Rather than applying for credit at every merchant you shop at, you […] → Read More

Startup growth hacks, high-frequency trading, startup security, privacy, and Adobe –

Full Disrupt SF agenda posted We have an amazing slate of speakers stopping by TechCrunch Disrupt SF this year, including two full days scheduled for the debut of our Extra Crunch stage, which will focus on how founders can overcome the challenges they face through discussions of tactics with some of the most successful founders […] → Read More

Hear how to hire at breakneck speed at TechCrunch Disrupt SF –

Nothing can get built without talented people with the right skillsets, which is why startups hitting their growth phases have to go from hiring a smattering of employees to building systems that can hire dozens to hundreds of people per year. How can startups double and triple headcount year after year in a sustainable way, […] → Read More

Get the word on product-market fit from leads at Instagram, Tinder, Uber, and Okta at Disrupt SF –

Every founder knows you gotta find market fit. Almost no one gets it right on the first try, which means iterating quickly and decisively is the difference between greatness and the void. On the Extra Crunch stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, we have a jam-packed panel filled with leading product builders to discuss just how […] → Read More

SexTech, Kobalt, sales efficiency, philanthropy and ethics, Brexit, and startup growth tactics –

Tech startups want to destigmatize sex Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. That’s TechCrunch’s Megan Rose Dickey discussing the rise of “sextech”, a movement among technologists and product […] → Read More