Category: Startups

Naval Ravikant’s Airchat is a social app built around talk, not text

Airchat is a new social media app that encourages users to “just talk.” A previous version of Airchat was released last year, but the team — led by AngelList founder Naval Ravikant and former Tinder product exec Brian Norgard — rebuilt the app and relaunched it on iOS and Android yesterday. Currently invite-only, Airchat is […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

India’s Exponent Energy brings 15-minute charging to passenger three-wheelers

India is getting an electric three-wheeler passenger vehicle that charges from 0 to 100% in 15 minutes. The launch of the new EV — a collaboration between auto manufacturer Omega Seiki Mobility and battery-tech startup Exponent Energy — comes amid India’s ambition to electrify 80% of all its three-wheelers by 2030 in an effort to […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Introducing the ScaleUp Startups Program at Disrupt 2024 for Series A to B startups

We are thrilled to unveil our latest innovation: ScaleUp Startups Exhibitor Program at TechCrunch Disrupt 2024. Tailored specifically for startups in Series A to B funding stages with $35 million or less in funding, this program offers unparalleled access to 10,000 tech leaders, invaluable networking opportunities with investors, and exclusive sessions focused on scaling strategies […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

A comprehensive list of 2023 & 2024 tech layoffs

The tech-wide reckoning that began in 2022 and ran throughout into 2023 has continued into this year. And while 2024’s losses are not at that scale, they’re still significant, driven by big names like Pixar, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and TikTok. It remains to be seen if this year’s layoff trends follow last year’s, in which layoffs […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

HomeHQ.ai founders illuminate the path from idea to success at TC Early Stage 2024

Anticipation is building for TechCrunch Early Stage 2024, where industry leaders and budding entrepreneurs alike are eagerly awaiting a bevy of startup-focused sessions. We’re excited to highlight HomeHQ.ai‘s partner session, “From Inception to Cash: How I Wandered into an Idea and Jumpstarted a Company.” This session promises to provide invaluable insights into the entrepreneurial journey, […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Yoshi Mobility has come a long way since gassing up cars on the side of the road

Today, Yoshi Mobility settled into three business lines: preventative maintenance, virtual vehicle inspections and electric vehicle charging. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Go to Source

Cambium is building a recycled wood supply chain

The global demand for wood could grow by 54% between 2010 and 2050, according to a study by the World Resources Institute. While some building materials like steel get consistently recycled back into the supply chain, wood does not. Cambium hopes to fix that. Cambium looks to build the supply chain that keeps wood from […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Check out the complete roundtable lineup at TC Early Stage 2024

Among the highlights of Early Stage are its fan-favorite roundtable sessions. These intimate gatherings, guided by experts, delve into targeted subjects crafted to enlighten, invigorate, and enhance your entrepreneurial endeavors. Moreover, they serve as prime opportunities to forge connections with like-minded individuals. Networking, anyone? Take a look at the complete roundtable roster for this year’s […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Symbolica hopes to head off the AI arms race by betting on symbolic models

In February, Demis Hassabis, the CEO of Google‘s DeepMind AI research lab, warned that throwing increasing amounts of compute at the types of AI algorithms in wide use today could lead to diminishing returns. Getting to the “next level” of AI, as it were, Hassabis said, will instead require fundamental research breakthroughs that yield viable […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Multiverse, the apprenticeship unicorn, acquires Searchlight to put a focus on AI

Multiverse, the U.K. unicorn that builds apprenticeship programs for people to learn technology skills while on the job, has made an acquisition as it aims to skill up itself. The company has bought Searchlight, a startup and recruitment platform that uses artificial intelligence-based technology to source talent. The plan will be to use Searchlight’s tech […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Meet newly minted billionaire Sam Altman, the OpenAI CEO who learned to code at 8

Sam Altman is well known in the startup scene in Silicon Valley. Courtesy of Sam Altman Forbes just declared OpenAI CEO Sam Altman a billionaire.  Before OpenAI, he was well-known in Silicon Valley as president of startup accelerator Y-Combinator. Here’s how the serial entrepreneur got his start — and ended up helming the most-watched AI company. Sam Altman, 38, has been added to Forbes’ billionaires…

Could Congress actually pass a data privacy law?

Hello, and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Monday show, where we dig into the weekend and take a peek at the week that is to come. Now that we are finally past Y Combinator’s demo day — […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Paddy Cosgrave returns as Web Summit CEO after resigning over Israel/Gaza controversy

Paddy Cosgrave, the co-founder of the Web Summit tech conference, is returning to his role as CEO after resigning in October over controversial statements he made about the Israel/Gaza war last year on social media. Rumors of his return began to surface over the weekend; Cosgrave confirmed the move in a post on X today. […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Fintech representation in YC’s Demo Days is definitely shrinking

Welcome to TechCrunch Fintech! This week, we’re looking at just how many fintech companies made it into Y Combinator’s Winter 2024 cohort, how much funding slid in the first quarter, and more! To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important fintech stories delivered to your inbox every Sunday at 7:00 a.m. PT, subscribe […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Mahbod Moghadam, who rose to fame as the co-founder of Genius, has died

Mahbod Moghadam, the controversial, never-boring co-founder of Genius and Everipedia, as well as an angel investor, passed away last month at age 41 owing to “complications from a recurring brain tumor,” according to a post attributed to his family and published on Genius. The startup world appears to have caught wind of his passing just […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

The Complete Side Events Lineup At TC Early Stage 2024

Get ready to amplify your Early Stage 2024 experience with the electrifying lineup of Side Events taking Boston by storm during the week of April 22–28. As the countdown to TechCrunch Early Stage begins, we’re thrilled to share our Side Events lineup to foster meaningful connections within the vibrant Boston tech community. Whether you’re a seasoned industry pro or a budding […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Cross-border fintech stands out in Y Combinator’s Winter 2024 cohort

Cross-border is hot right now, so it’s no surprise that one of the trends among Y Combinator’s Winter 2024 batch of nearly 30 fintech startups is how to more easily move money globally. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Go to Source

Meet the startup pitch finalists at TC Early Stage 2024: ChargeBay, GovGPT, Ti¢ker

TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 is gearing up to showcase the next wave of innovation. Among the standout finalists for the highly anticipated “So You Think You Can Pitch” segment are three groundbreaking startups ready to make their mark. These finalists represent diverse sectors, from social media to civic tech to sustainable energy solutions, and beat […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

India’s Zepto zooms to $1.2B in annualized sales in 29 months, Goldman says

Indian quick-commerce startup Zepto has surpassed the annualised sales milestone of $1 billion within just 29 months of its inception, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note Thursday, citing the Zepto management. The startup, which competes with Zomato-owned Blinkit and SoftBank-backed Swiggy Instamart, is also gaining market share, now standing “close to that of the number 2 […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Retro, an actually good photo-sharing app for BFFs, launches collaborative journals

As big social apps are optimizing for maximum engagement using algorithmic feeds and personalized content recommendations, Retro wants to go in the opposite direction: The company is launching a new feature called journals. It’s a flexible way to share photos with your favorite people and create visual records of whatever matters in your life. So […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…