Examining the NYC footprints of global tech titans

Examining the NYC footprints of global tech titans
 Tech titans like IBM and Google have emerged major players in New York’s startup ecosystem. Here’s a look at how their New York offices stack up to their west coast counterparts. Read More


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Naval Ravikant hints at future plans for Product Hunt and adding secondary trading to AngelList

Naval Ravikant hints at future plans for Product Hunt and adding secondary trading to AngelList
 Earlier this week, at TechCrunch’s Disrupt event in New York, we sat down with AngelList cofounder and CEO Naval Ravikant to talk primarily about the platform’s new Angel Funds product, wherein a select number of proven “angel-operators” is being provided capital from AngelList and outside VCs to invest in a basket of startups. (We wrote about that new program here.)… Read More


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Spotify buys AI startup Niland to develop its music personalization and recommendations

Spotify buys AI startup Niland to develop its music personalization and recommendations
 Spotify has made its fourth acquisition of the year after it announced that AI startup Niland has joined its ranks. Paris-based Niland offered an API-based product focused on providing more accurate search and recommendation options for music. Spotify said the French company will join its R&D team which is based in New York to help hone its personalization and recommendation features… Read More


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Oscar Health only lost half as much money as it did last year

Oscar Health only lost half as much money as it did last year
 Oscar Health CEO Mario Schlosser came on stage with me at Disrupt yesterday at our annual New York conference to talk about his company and the more than $200 million it took in net losses last year. Though he mentioned the Feds still owed his company the equivalent amount in Obamacare subsidies it still wasn’t a good look for a startup struggling among bigger insurance firms with… Read More


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Handy and Managed by Q want to make the gig economy a force for good

Handy and Managed by Q want to make the gig economy a force for good
 Handy CEO Oisin Hanrahan, and Managed by Q CEO Dan Teran joined TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on Tuesday to discuss the evolution and shortcomings of the so-called “gig economy.”
Both startups help customers book quality cleaning and maintenance services, on-demand or at a convenient time. And both expect to be profitable within the next year. But the companies have taken… Read More


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Instagram’s Kevin Weil says Instagram Stories are just one part of the product

Instagram’s Kevin Weil says Instagram Stories are just one part of the product
 Instagram’s head of product Kevin Weil came to Disrupt in New York to introduce selfie filters for Instagram Stories — read more about the new feature here. You can now choose between eight different filters to add koala nose and ears to your face and more. This was clearly inspired by Snapchat, and Weil is aware of that. “There’s a level of craft and attention to… Read More


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RecordGram thinks your phone is the new recording studio

RecordGram thinks your phone is the new recording studio
 If RecordGram has its way, top record producers will all turn to their app, a kind of mobile recording studio, to find the next Justin Bieber or Nicki Minaj. And aspiring artists will all find beats, create songs and get signed to their first label through RecordGram. The company was a “wildcard” contender at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield in New York today. Read More


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Hackers claim to have looted some treasure from Disney’s ‘Magic Kingdom’

Hackers claim to have looted some treasure from Disney’s ‘Magic Kingdom’
 At a town hall meeting in New York earlier today, Disney chief executive Bob Iger said hackers are claiming to have stolen an undisclosed new film from Disney’s upcoming slate, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. Read More


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Outdoor Voices and Glossier are cleaning up by making fashion inclusive

Outdoor Voices and Glossier are cleaning up by making fashion inclusive
 The founders of Glossier and Outdoor Voices, Emily Weiss and Tyler Haney, respectively, spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York today about how they’re taking a bite out of the massive beauty and apparel industries. Key to both startups’ success? A digital-first, and friendly, approach to everything from sales to product development. Read More


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This robot helps kids with special needs to communicate

This robot helps kids with special needs to communicate
 At the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York today, a team of sophomores from Rutgers University introduced a social robot, named Robota, to help teachers in special ed classrooms. Robota uses computer vision and sentiment analysis to identify students in a classroom who appear to be distressed. Then, Robota approaches and asks the student if anything is wrong. When a student confides,… Read More


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