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 So you’ve made it past all the VC grilling and received a term sheet. Congratulations! But don’t celebrate just yet. Term sheets are non-binding, and even though they should signify a VC has conviction in investing in you and is ready to move towards closing, they fall through more often than most Founders may expect. Read More

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 This week we cover one noteworthy review of the new MacBook by Marco Arment, as well as iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 details. Apple is supposedly tidying up with both OS updates this year, and also making things more pleasant for older device owners, and that’s very good for Tim Cook’s favorite customer satisfaction metric. We also discuss the new $2,000 iMac, as well as the update for… Read More

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 Happy holiday Friday, team, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around, we remain camped out in the CrunchBase offices while TCHQ undergoes reconstructive surgery, Our own Kyle Russell, Colleen Taylor, and your modest supplicant sat down in broad red chairs to dig into Pebble’s reported cash woes, Stripe’s shiny new valuation, and just what is going on in the… Read More

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posted about 8 hours ago on techcrunch
 If you look across the space of consumer Internet services and physical sensors, people are producing more data than ever before, which is being used to make all kinds of insurance more granular and accurate according to individual risk. Zendrive, a company backed by First Round Capital, BMW i Ventures and Bill Ford’s Fontinalis Partners is partnering with Guild to create a new kind… Read More

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 Jim Gaffigan, comedian and official President Of The Internet, stopped in at our New York studio where we talked about his new show that is now streaming on JimGaffigan.com. The show will air on TV Land in a few months but he posted the first episode online so fans could watch – and learn to love – his new sitcom. Gaffigan knows the Internet or at least hires people that do. He… Read More

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 Here’s another absurd one out of Disney’s research labs. We’ve seen them build adorable robots to draw on beaches, 3D printers that make huggable objects out of felt, and make spinning tops out of seemingly impossible shapes. Their latest trick? Using algorithms to make people say things they didn’t actually say. Think of it a bit like lip reading — or like those… Read More

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 One important note about this podcast: Matt can’t seem to get his microphones to work. Ever. So if you’re wondering why we all sound like professional radio hosts (two of us are, actually) and Matt sounds like hot garbage, it’s because he is incompetent with microphones. Moving on! Pebble is against the ropes, according to a new story from John Biggs, with the Apple Watch… Read More

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 Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran a successful Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth — the company is also announcing that it has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford has said that the point of the crowdfunding campaign was to recruit early users, not raise an enormous sum… Read More

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 Plenty of people have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch; these guys went ahead and made the inevitable app. Meet GeekWatch — the app that turns your Apple Watch into an oldschool calculator watch. I mean, sure — you could buy a calculator watch on Amazon for like 15 bucks. But where’s the meta/hipster/ironic/kinda-obnoxious humor in that? They… Read More

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 Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S, Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. That’s one new ticket every three seconds, he… Read More

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 Some Spider, the digital media startup created by Quidsi co-founder Vinit Bharara, has been bringing on some big names from the media world, including The New York Times’ chief technology officer Rajiv Pant and its digital head Paul Smurl. Yesterday it announced that it has hired Blake Zeff, former political editor at Salon.com, to be the editor in chief of Cafe.com. Read More

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 Anker, the company that makes affordable, good quality backup batteries and other accessories without the hefty price tag of some of its competitors, is answering the call of USB-C. To serve buyers of the new 12-inch MacBook and Chromebook Pixel (as well as countless future devices), the accessory-maker today unveiled a line of USB-C cables, adapters, hubs, backup batteries and more. They… Read More

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 Earlier this year, Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon announced its plans to enter the subscription video market with its own over-the-top streaming service aimed at the preschool crowd. Called Noggin, the service launched this March on iOS with a decent selection of titles, including a few popular names from the kids TV market, like “Blue’s Clues.” The question… Read More

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 LaunchKit, which aims to give developers a tool set that makes launching new apps easier, announced its newest service this week. The free LaunchKit App Store Sales Reporter helps developers track the sales they generate from Apple’s App Store (just like its name implies). Instead of building a complex dashboard that developers can then obsess about every day, the team decided to use… Read More

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 Nootropics, smart drugs, and other biohacks are now drawing mainstream scrutiny and controversy as more and more people are using legal, off-label, and unscheduled “research chemicals” as nootropics to enhance their academic or work performance. Read More

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 The Aria is an add-on band that measures movement in the wrist to control smart watches with finger gestures. Compatible with Android Wear and the Pebble Time, their module slots in to an existing band and lets you move through a watch’s interface without tapping the screen or using controls on the side of the watch face. Read More

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 Meet Izberg Marketplace, an interesting French startup that has been flying under the radar for a while. The company recently grabbed $1.7 million from Alven Capital (€1.5 million) — and it’s already profitable. Izberg provides one of the most flexible e-commerce solutions available, and it finds the right balance between customizability and complexity. “We can add an… Read More

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 AOL, which is in the process of getting acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, says it has no plans to divest itself of its content operations (which include TechCrunch) as part of that deal. But it’s not leaving them on autopilot, either. We’ve confirmed there are plans to overhaul MapQuest, its mapping business, later this year. Part of that includes a deal with developer… Read More

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 Apple’s next-generation operating systems, for both mobile devices and PCs, are reportedly going to have a strong focus on zapping bugs and improving stability, reports 9to5Mac. We’d heard this about iOS before, but it appears this will be a smoothing year (but with new features, too). The more interesting news, however, is that Apple is also said to be working on improving iOS… Read More

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 TechCrunch had some big internal news this week, as we said goodbye to co-editor Alexia Tsotsis and Conference Program Chair Susan Hobbs. Read More

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 Switch, the Tinder for job apps, has just announced a new investor in the form of Marker VC, closing out their seed round at $2 million. Other investors include Metamorphic, Rhodium, Marker, BAM, SG VC, and Marcel Legrand. Switch lets users search anonymously for jobs through an algorithmic matching process and a UI similar to Tinder. This lets users swipe right of left on potential… Read More

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 Every May 22 cyphernerds around the world celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Day, the day when early bitcoin enthusiast and programmer Laszlo Hanyecz offered 10,000 bitcoins – about $25 at that time – for two Papa John’s pizzas (pictured above). In 2010 he posted this to a bitcoin message board: I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I… Read More

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posted about 13 hours ago on techcrunch
 Tech companies old and new are powering an on-demand revolution, letting us get everything from house cleaning, to lunch, to product, to almost literally everything where we want it, when we want it. Of course, there’s a cost – a monetary one for users of these services, and, arguably, a long-term economic one on the supply-side. But there’s also a hidden cost, in that… Read More

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posted about 14 hours ago on techcrunch
 Project Fi, Google’s recently announced plans to offer its own wireless cellular service, appears to have a lot of demand – or at least, that’s what an email sent out to potential customers seems to imply. The email informs those who previously registered their interest in trying out the new service that, due to the  number of requests Google has received, it will likely… Read More

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 In my high school years I learned programming from a robust man with a large mustache who practiced his golf swing while we coded in Pascal. Not once did we ever sing and I doubt he would have been able to make us. The teachers at the Whittell High School Computer Club in Zephyr Cove, Nevada have clearly figured out that secret formula. The Whittell High Computer Club and AP computer… Read More

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