Daily Crunch: Amazon scraps HQ2 plans in NYC

Daily Crunch: Amazon scraps HQ2 plans in NYC

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Did…

Startups Weekly: Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a hard time raising VC

Startups Weekly: Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a hard…

I spent the week in Malibu attending Upfront Ventures’ annual Upfront Summit, which brings together the likes of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC’s elite for a two-day networking session of sorts. Cameron Diaz was…

Austin in January: Cash rich and maturing

Austin in January: Cash rich and maturing

Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. 2019 has been good to the Austin startup scene so far. Combined, Austin startups have raised $240.3 million in January. That’s…

DNA test kit companies help customers cope with surprising, life-changing results

DNA test kit companies help customers cope with…

Millions of people have taken home DNA test kits, some with surprising, even shocking results. What’s it like to work at a company call center explaining sensitive discoveries to stressed-out customers? “Good Morning America” went…

The state of the foldable phones

The state of the foldable phones

You’d be forgiven for being cynical. I’ve been seeing foldable display concepts for as long as I’ve been attending tech trade shows (which, quite frankly, is longer than I care to mention). Big names like…

Killer robots aren’t just science fiction anymore

Killer robots aren’t just science fiction anymore

Artificial intelligence is the future of aerospace and defence, but the chief executive of French giant Thales says there is one application of the technology that his firm will never pursue: autonomous killing machines. “It…

A first look at Twitters new beta app…

Twitter has made a name for itself, at its most basic level, as a platform that gives everyone who uses it a voice. But as it has grown, that unique selling point has set Twitter…

How open source software took over the world

How open source software took over the world

Mike Volpi is a general partner at Index Ventures. Before co-founding the firm's San Francisco office with Danny Rimer, Volpi served as the chief strategy officer at Cisco Systems. It was just 5 years ago…